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Calgary to San Francisco

My brother and I are trying to plan a bike trip this summer. San Fran is the goal but not sure if its too long or not. I've always wanted to visit Alcatraz.
We have a week to get there and back. Sleep in tents along the way to save $$. Hotel at the destination.
Out secondary option is Seattle.

Any input wrt route, camp sites/hotels, timeframe, sites to see, etc, would be greatly appreciated.

Btw.... Anyone in either of these two locations or in between want to meet up then or tag along? Keep in mind my brother is a fairly new rider on a cruiser.

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It's not too bad depending how long you can sit on your bike. I did here to Vegas, to LA, up to San Fran and back a few years back. I was gone for ten days but didn't ride every day either. Once you're in the US, don't be afraid to speed. High speed! In Montana the fine amounts are low and they don't bother you too much. We usually cruised at 190 km/hr and never got stopped. We went down in July. It's very hot thru those states until you're on the coast. Great trip however.

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Route 1 is probably most interesting since it takes you mostly through the mountains, route 1 is a lot of I5 and but if you don't mind and want to cover most miles at a time it's probably most efficient but boring as all hell. I think Route 1 to SF then maybe Route 2 or 3 back. If you do take Rt 2 or 3, be sure to either make your way to the shore via 299 or the other way is to ride the shore and make your way back to I5 via 299. Won't be bad for the cruiser. Stay away from 36 if you've got a relative newby on a cruiser.

And of course if you make your way to Seattle, let me know. I'll be up to meet up and go on part of your trip. 10 days would make for a nicer pace than 7 though... just sayin

Worth a mention would be MrT81. He was thinking of a similar trip

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1) You're passing through my city on the way down (route 1). Stop in and say hello or grab a bed or a bite to eat!

2) Is your brother a new rider? or just new to the cruiser? Either way A) Cruisers are more uncomfortable (to me) because the feet are out front and throw your lower back out. Expect low miles from his ability to stick with it. ESPECIALLY if he's just plain a new rider. 500 a day is going to be pushing it.

3) Sleep every other day in a hotel or soft bed. Tenting it is going to wear you out as you won't sleep as well. Nothing is more dangerous than being exhausted and pushing yourself to keep your schedule. You want to be as refreshed as possible as long as possible.

4) Make sure you have good gear. Even in the summer in Idaho, when you go through a mountain pass at night, it can drop into the 50's low 40's.

5) I might ride with you for a bit! Route 1 definitely has some good scenery until about my town, from there to Nevada it's, well, Nevada, lol. That stretch from Twin Falls to Reno is LONG and BOOOOORIIINNNNNGGGGG. I know, I did all 565 miles in one day.

6) Don't speed in Idaho, lol. They WILL ticket you. Even worse in Utah, but you're not heading there.

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If you decide that it's too far for a first big trip, I suggest Sturgis. It's closer and as some nice scenery along the way. Just don't plan on staying in town if you go during bike week. Stay 2-3 hours away, ride in, spend the day and ride out that evening. The place can get ridiculous.

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1) my brother is a NEW rider but mature (38).
2) our goal is to go through some mountains and see some coast line. (Going to the sun road)
3) 7 day break is all he gets between shifts
4) Seattle is already looking to be more realistic
5) a meet up would be cool
6) Sturgis?

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Sturgis bike rally. Biggest rally in the world. Its in western South Dakota. Some mountains but no coastline. Mr.t and I are thinking of doing a ride out to Whistler, BC. Sea to sky highway would be amazing in a bike. We will only take about four days on that run tho.

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That ride is pretty much the whole length of my country....

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That ride is pretty much the whole length of my country....
We have lakes the size of your country. :P not far off anyways.

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I'm going with you guys if my work schedule permits.

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I'm going with you guys if my work schedule permits.
You are welcome to join. We are not sure of the date yet as I may be starting a new job in August. It may be late Aug or early Sep for the trip.

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For what its worth, maybe consider going to Olympic National Park, instead. Its got some amazing scenery, mountain roads and great camping, plus Seattle is on the way.

Such a beautiful area.

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If I understand correctly, Olympic national park is not along the route... Google tells me its west of Seattle. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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We have lakes the size of your country. :P not far off anyways.
But we dont get winter......

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