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Old 07-31-2012, 11:41 AM   #61
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PSSOR to the rescue? Looks like webbing and hardware? Is it commercial or made by you?
The pics look like the bike is ready to go over the edge! Great angle shows the bike and valley below really well.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:31 PM   #62
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PSSOR to the rescue? Looks like webbing and hardware? Is it commercial or made by you?
The pics look like the bike is ready to go over the edge! Great angle shows the bike and valley below really well.
It's a motorcycle rescue system made by the Puget Sound Safety guys: http://pugetsoundsafety.com/main.php...#cat=23&pid=73
It's like a first aid kit: you never want to have to use it but you'll be very glad you had one if needed

I took the cases off and even then it was hard to get the bike out of that hill. The PSSOR system came in handy for sure!
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:49 PM   #63
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PSSOR to the rescue? Looks like webbing and hardware? Is it commercial or made by you?
The pics look like the bike is ready to go over the edge! Great angle shows the bike and valley below really well.
You could easily buy all the pieces yourself, but the price they charge is pretty much the cost of the parts.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #64
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We're back on the saddle - again! - and I'll posting the last entries of this RR after we complete our WBCDR ride in about 8 days. It has been crazy busy in the last few days and have been distracted with 2 moto kiwis visiting our den which hasn't help (yes, blame them... it's their fault! )

Thanks for all your kind comments, we read every single one and enjoy reading them

Cheers,
Alberto.

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Old 08-03-2012, 09:55 PM   #65
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I enjoyed your South America's RR, and glad you guys are riding again! Excellent pictures, narrative, sense of humor! Alberto, you lucky guy to have found a beautiful woman who enjoys the sport and actually rides better than you! You guys are a cute couple! Thanks for taking the time to share your stories and great pictures!

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Old 08-04-2012, 06:21 AM   #66
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We're back on the saddle - again! - and I'll posting the last entries of this RR after we complete our WBCDR ride in about 8 days. It has been crazy busy in the last few days and have been distracted with 2 moto kiwis visiting our den which hasn't help (yes, blame them... it's their fault! )

Thanks for all your kind comments, we read every single one and enjoy reading them

Cheers,
Alberto.
are you still going to go o the BC ride in Sept? Have another great trip!
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:22 AM   #67
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How about that Hwy 20 and the 12% grade to get to the bottom of the hill!!!??? EPIC!!!

I just rode that route and picked up the Bella Coola - Port Hardy ferry last week on my way south from Yellowknife, NWT...that's some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever ridden past.

cheers!!
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:26 PM   #68
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are you still going to go o the BC ride in Sept? Have another great trip!
We will be there, looking forward to camping together
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:33 PM   #69
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We will be there, looking forward to camping together
ummmmm.... We might not be going...we just rode almost the entire route without knowing we were doing it...I am trying to convince Cheryl to do at least day 1 because we have now done day 2 and part of 3 last week.

How was the WABDR?
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:30 PM   #70
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Day 8 (462km): Homeward bound

I barely slept last night, too paranoid of bears trying to get into the tent in the night. Every single tiny noise woke me up and sent me into cold sweats. My master plan for this trip was to use our bear spray and/or axe should a bear decide to pay us a visit in our tent. Hopefully using those things we would be able to make our escape, however the current situation finds us trapped on the road between two fallen trees, so escape isn't really an option and we were sitting ducks. As it was we both survived the night, phew dodged that bullet. Nothing tried to eat us except the mosquitoes.

The first order of business was to fend off the mosquitoes as we quickly broke camp and had breakfast. We knew what we had to do, we needed to make it back to cow's corner. First up on the list was the fallen tree. Oh boy, here we go. We didn't waste any time when we arrived at the tree. I quickly removed my cases and we carried them down the road, on the other side of the tree. Alberto negotiated the tree detour like a veteran this morning We were quickly past the tree. So far so good. Next up the huge rut combined with a small river crossing. We breezed through that test as well. Things were going well so far, and it felt a little bizarre to be riding familiar routes in such a far away place. We had now passed through these roads 3 or 4 times over the last 24 hours. We knew each rock and branch.

The significant obstacles were dealt with without too many dramas. Back at Cow's Corner, there were no cows this morning. We rode through the forest and then back out into the desert we went. The riding, just like yesterday, was very nice: twisty, no traffic, wide open. It reminded me a lot of an unpaved version of highway 1 in California, which we rode last summer. I enjoyed riding on this type of road very much. Once again the views were stunning, seemingly extended forever out into the horizon.

A fresh start on the saddle


Back to the great views


A road to somewhere... not like the day before


Backtracking but still having fun


One more shot of the great vistas


The road ahead w/out fallen trees



As we got closer to Jesmond the road became wider, there was more traffic and also more gravel on the road. The views were less interesting, the riding was less fun. It was more work than pleasure at that point, but at least we weren't going round and round in circles in the forest any more. When we reached Kelly Lake we followed the signs to Pavillion, not only did this keep us on dirt roads but it saved us a significant amount of riding distance compared with going through Clinton on the main highway. What we found was a little gem of a road. The road takes you straight up, with sections as steep as 14%, through narrow switchbacks and forest. The road then spits you out on the other side into desert and heat, and our first glimpse of snow caped mountains for quite some time. Those 20kms back to the highway were so much fun.

We left the dry lands for trees, creeks and lower temperatures


Ranches along the road


Korean made Shinko tyres are GREAT and very cheap


Picturesque ride it was...




Descending towards Pavillion


A close up


First glimpse of the highway


There is Naomi


BTW, it was another sunny day, in case you didn't notice



We rejoined highway 97 at Pavillion, and made our way into Lillooet. The heat was intensifying, and it was all we could do to keep moving to take advantage of some sort of airflow. We had to use our spare gas from the rotopax so the first order of business when we reached Lillooet was getting gas. The second item on our list was lunch. I spotted a restaurant that advertised homemade perogies and couldn't resist. We stopped for lunch and cold water.

Grandma's Kitchen: yummy Perogies in Lillooet


Naomi LOVES her Perogies



We hit the road again after filling our stomachs. I was hoping the temperature would cool a little bit once we hit the Duffy Lake road, but it remained quite warm throughout the mountain ride. Every so often we would cross a river and there would be a gloriously brief moment of fresh cool air. Riding that road is always fun, and would be even more fun without the slow moving cars but that's just part of life I guess. Some of the people were curtious enough to pull over for us, much appreciated. We saw lots of bikes out and about, and one particular guy comes to mind. I think he was riding in his boxers, I know it is hot but seriously, so much bare skin exposed.

When we reached Pemberton it felt like we were never going to escape the heat, as has been the case this entire trip. The fun was over now and we just wanted to put some distance into the books to make the ferry home from Horeshoe Bay. Things were going fairly well, but it was going to be tight. We got held up in some construction in a few places, but we were more or less on time. It was an enjoyable, the views on that road a pretty spectacular.

Ride to the coast


BC @ its best





Views from the saddle





It was starting to come down to the wire, the ferry departure time was looming. Sadly we missed the ferry by about 10min, which meant that we were not going to make it home tonight. Bummer. Such is my luck lately with ferries. Since there was nothing much we could do about the situation we chilled out in the ferry terminal, reminiscing about the excellent riding we had experienced over the last 7 days. The ferry ride over to Nainamo was fairly uneventful until at the end when we saw a small pod of killer whales as the sun set. Not a bad way to finish up the day and great trip on the mainland.

Ferry to Nanaimo


Ferry ride views



The plan was to ride down towards the Crofton Ferry terminal to set ourselves up to catch an early ferry home in the morning. We were both at the point where we really just wanted to be home. We'd been riding for the last 7 days, hadn't had a real shower since Hagensborg and missed our home. We were just leaving Ladysmith when Alberto had a really scary moment on the highway. He suddenly lost control of his bike, and we barely made it safely off the highway. The rear wheel bearings suffered an epic fail while leaning on a fast right bend....luckily we were only a few kms from where my aunt and uncle lived so we called them up and crashed with them for the night. We will call BMW in the morning to get things taken care of but right now it's dark and we are very tired.


Dealing with the (un)stoppable F8GS


The day coming to an end




Good night Irene

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Old 08-11-2012, 09:39 PM   #71
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I enjoyed your South America's RR, and glad you guys are riding again! Excellent pictures, narrative, sense of humor! Alberto, you lucky guy to have found a beautiful woman who enjoys the sport and actually rides better than you! You guys are a cute couple! Thanks for taking the time to share your stories and great pictures!

Atentamente:

Martin
Naomi is indeed a great rider... she has many more years and miles under her belt... in fact, it was her that showed me how to ride a motorbike. I learned on a Yamaha R6... boy that bike was a challenge to develop an educated wrist...

Saludos Martin!

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How about that Hwy 20 and the 12% grade to get to the bottom of the hill!!!??? EPIC!!!

I just rode that route and picked up the Bella Coola - Port Hardy ferry last week on my way south from Yellowknife, NWT...that's some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever ridden past.

cheers!!
That ferry ride from B. Coola to Pt. Hardy is not cheap but the views are worth the money
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ummmmm.... We might not be going...we just rode almost the entire route without knowing we were doing it...I am trying to convince Cheryl to do at least day 1 because we have now done day 2 and part of 3 last week.
How was the WABDR?
The WABDR was fantastic! but there are sections that were quite the challenge for our limited dirt skills and fat&heavy F8GSs.... we'll post a RR this week!

WHAT!? what is this 'we might not be going' business? .... Hope you gals come to the ride!
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:04 PM   #72
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What a fantastic ride report! Your photos are spectacular, the black and white ones especially so.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:15 PM   #73
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Great report, it helps to have the good weather to go along with the riding... What a great part of the province, so different than what's on the coast and so little travelled that the regions remains a last frontier...
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:29 AM   #74
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Nice RR.

Labor day week can't come soon enough for me. I can hardly wait for my ride in the area. I almost took the Pavillion road last year from Kelly Lake. Now I wish I had. Thanks for the description. It will happen this year. I guess I will be ending my ride up there just as the next big BC Trailride will follow right after labor day weekend (over 100 people signed up!?!)

BTW: If you practice good camp etiqutte, regading food, cooking and storage, you should never have any problems with bears. I also carry a road flare along with my bear spray... if I have a problem bear that won't leave, the idea would be to light the flare and blind them a bit. They can't see very well to begin with. In all my advenutres up north, I've only had one bear(s) in camp (a mom with 2 cubs). They wouldn't leave when we made noise, but ran when I used my headlamp with the flashing mode enabled.
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:52 PM   #75
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You were correct when you said you don't have to leave BC to have an amazing trip. Great report with even better photos.
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