Posted by: Milo46
Thankyou for the reply. We arrive from England in August, thought about hiring a vehicle but do like self support and thought despite some road riding it would be a great way to see the country side as well as exploring the areas on route. I have the route planned out on Kamoot which agrees with your route descriptions.
Pedaling over the Hurley in August is not going to be a pleasant experience as you will cook - you could get temps 35C or higher. I honestly feel you will get far more out of your trip if you rent a vehicle. Besides making the travel between towns a lot easier, it will also allow you to ride more trails and explore more areas. For example, depending on your fitness you could ride Pemberton in the morning and then drive to Whistler and ride a valley trail in the afternoon. Then the next day you could do a day in the bike park. I think by not having a vehicle you'll potentially lose 4 of your 10 days to travel. With a car, you can easily travel and ride on the same day so there are no lost days to travel. Adding a vehicle will add cost, but imo it will make the overall experience a lot better. There is no shortage of trails to enjoy while you're here and in 10 days between the Chilcotins, Pemby, Whislter, Squamish and Vancouver there is no way you will run out of trails to explore. You can easily get the bike packing experience and seeing countryside by spending 3 days riding in the Chilcotins.
Here's a couple links for riding in the Chilcotins
And here's some info about the Hurley road http://isurvivedthehurley.com/?page_id=14