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Old 07-06-2015, 09:11 PM   #1
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Hwy 99 between Kamloops and Whistler

Who has driven this Hwy before? All I have to say is Holy cow!!! What a drive! GPS said 6.5 hours for 400km's. I figured it would be a little hilly with a switch back or two as you are in the mountains but wow!!! Took us at least 7 hours and many stops along the way. 15% grades with significant switch backs with no shoulder or guard rails. Definitely deserved a cold one when we got set up in Whistler. I know I will never take that Hwy again and will go the long way instead.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:37 PM   #2
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Thanks for the heads up on that one. We were planing on heading that way this fall.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:40 PM   #3
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I recently had to make a decision about an Ontario to Maine trip, I used this tool to figure out the total elevation changes for the two options,

Elevation Calculator - Find the elevation of a route drawn on a Google Map

it takes a while to calculate, but could help avoid short/steep routes!
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:46 PM   #4
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That is a much nicer drive on a motorcycle than an RV, glad it went ok for you.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:51 PM   #5
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I commented to my wife that it would be a great trip on a motorcycle or in a sports car but as far as a truck and TT not so much fun.
The Hwy from Naniamo to Tofino is a cake walk compared to Hwy 99 (Duffy Hwy).
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:09 PM   #6
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It was a beautiful drive tho, wasn't it? I traveled that way myself last summer with truck & camper (in sig) spent nearly a week at Birkenhead Provincial Park. While I will admit a couple of the hills caught me by surprise, it was a beautiful drive. (Warped my rotors) it did result in upgraded brakes.
One of the biggest issues with some of BC'S mountain roads is the elevation changes. It is how we find some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada.
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Old 07-09-2015, 01:46 PM   #7
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Did that trip a few years ago on my Harley and had a great time. Would I tow my trailer on that road - NO! Beautiful drive if you have the right vehicle otherwise a bit too hairy for me.
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