Monday, 27 August 2012

60 days on the road...

We rode out of Vancouver 28 June 2012.
We rode into Los Angeles 26 August 2012

The decal with bold NZ on the white background brought us many a welcome wave. Perhaps it would do for the NZ flag. It was certainly recognised by most people.

The Provinces we visited in Canada
British Columbia
The Yukon

UNESCO world heritage sites in Canada
Head-Bashed-in-Buffalo-Jump World Heritage Site
Canadian Rocky Mountain World Heritage Site
Jasper National Park, (Columbia
We visited 4 National Parks in Canada
Banff National Park
Jasper National Park
Kootenay National Park
Kluane National Park

We visited 10 States in the USA
New Mexico
We visited 17 National Parks in the USA. It was wonderful to be able to ride through the parks and to walk on well-planned walk ways with excellent interpretation materials on display. We knew we could go on many different hikes as we have done in New Zealand. Access is available to everyone whatever their mobility. The $80 annual pass which covered both bikes was excellent value. The entry funds collected are put to good use in facilities, roading and service.
Knowledgeable National Parks Volunteers were a great source of local information.

We visited
Denali, Alaska
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, Montana
Yellowstone, Wyoming
Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Craters of the Moon, Idaho
Dinosaur Monument, Colorado
Rocky Mountain, Colorado
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Monument Valley, Arizona
The Arches,Utah
Canyonlands, Utah
Capitol Reef, Utah
Bryce Canyon,Utah
Zion, Utah
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Death Valley,California
Yosemite, California
Four Corners Monument (Where four states meet, Navajo)

UNESCO World Heritage sites in the USA
Mesa Verde
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
Yosemite National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Total distance 18,503 km, (13,600miles)
Our average daily distance was 370 km/day, (231miles/day)
Of 60 days we rode for 50 days had 10 rest days:-
Dawson City
Salt Lake City
Las Vegas
We stayed in 44 places.
The approximate distances (km)
4141km Vancouver to Deadhorse(Prudhoe Bay), via Lilloet, Dease Lake, Prince George, Stewart, Nugget City, Beaver Creek, Fairbanks, Wiseman.
796 Deadhorse to Fairbanks via Wiseman
577 Fairbanks to anchorage via Denali
512 Anchorage to Tok via Glenn Highway
301 Tok to Dawson city
531 Dawson to Faro
425 Faro to Watson lake
525 Watson lake to fort Nelson
530 Fort Nelson to Chetwynd
310 Chetwynd to Prince George
379 Prince George to Jasper
386Jasper to Radium Hot Springs via lake Louise. Cumulative 9443km
287 Radium Hot Springs to Kananaskis
230 to Calgary via Turner Valley and Bragg Creek
269 Calgary to Babb, Montana
383 Babb to Lincoln
507 Lincoln to Red Lodge
179 Red Lodge to Cody over Bear Tooth Pass
445 Cody to Jackson, Wyoming via Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
377 Jackson, Wyoming to Hailey, Idaho
321Hailey to Boise Idaho
428 Boise to Elko, Nevada
548 Elko to Craig
442Craig to Denver
455 Denver to Delta
282 Delta to Cortez
532 Cortez to Moab
354 Moab toTorrey
562 Torrey to Kaibab Lodge
479 Kaibab lodge to Las Vegas
541 las Vegas to Bishop
373 Bishop to Mariposa via redwoods
304 Mariposa to Monterey
221 Monterey to San Luis Obispo
380 San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles
We camped at
Dease Lake
Denali National Park
Fort Nelson
Red lodge

Location:Santa Monica, Los Angeles 380km, total 18,503km

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