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Old 07-21-2008, 10:45 AM   #106
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I ride south and pull into Toad Rock. Its too early to think about camping but a good place to juice up my battery.

Balfour- Crawford Bay

At the ferry I have a half hour to wait for the boat to come and talk to the personnel and some Vstrom riders. Earlier I had asked about the Grey Creek Pass and all I was being told was a German tourist had tried to get through in a rental car a few days or a week ago and had gotten stuck right bad and had to dig the car out by hand. Another report was a 4x4 had gotten stuck goin through and maybe made it.


Leaving the ferry and heading to Grey Creek General store....

I was told to ask at the store about the Grey Creek Pass. Its open(the pass), its already 5pm and I head up there knowing I have all that I need with me and will ride as far as I go, however far it may be.

I see the sign. Warning signs at the head of a road are always a good indication. I begin climbing up and up. This is great, as I recall people asking me why I would go all the way to BC on a 650 dirt bike. This is why, I think.


I get to the summit and see the snow remaining beside the road.



There is one section on the way towards Kimberly that is rough where they repaired the washout. Otherwise it’s a piece of cake. I see a river on the GPS to my right and the first dirt side road I explore for campsites leads me this great spot.About 20 km west of Kimberly.....


Another super day of riding, nice camp spot again!
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:48 AM   #107
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Great report!

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Old 07-21-2008, 10:49 AM   #108
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A view of the river from the campsite as the sun fades away..
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:31 AM   #109
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Kimberly-Cranbrook-Fernie



I awake very early and ride the short ways into Kimberly and its so early, nothing is open. The downtown has a cool Bavarian theme, and there is a big accordian festival going on. I wish it was not so early, but I ride south towards Cranbrook and pull into the big casino there. I go into the resatraunt at the golf course pro shop and have coffee and toast.



I enjoy my coffee at the ritzy place. I like stopping at places like this sometimes. I had my nights sleep for free, yet I am having my toast in the same place as the $100 a night folks are.
Next I ride up to Fort Steele and connect onto some back roads in order to avoid the main highway. Hardly no traffic, and crossing over an interesting bridge, Bull River I think.


Bridge over Bull River...cool



I get back on the main highway near Galloway and ride the slab into Fernie.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:01 PM   #110
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Alpine KLR gravel riding

I had stopped in Fernie for a while and visited some friends there. Earlier I had asked at the casino about some routes in the mountains and one guy gave me some really good info , but told me to ask at the tourist info place, or the highway maintenance building. Some of these gravel roads that lead over the pass are prone to washing out.

Side road at Bonnie & Clyde cars
I began going up Hartley Lake road, just northeast of Fernie off of highway 3. This would climb up quite an ascent and connect to the Bull River road. On the way up I stopped and took a break, and saw some old “Bonnie and Clyde” vehicles laying there.

the old cars


This is great riding back here, as I head north on the Bull River road. I stop to check out some nice campsites along the way. I only saw one other person on this whole ride up, until I got past wherhe logging was taking place on the Whiteswan road.



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Old 07-21-2008, 04:13 PM   #111
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remote campsites


Great campsites up here with no one around at all. It was late in the day but I still wanted to go further hoping to find something as good tonight.

Perfect backcountry riding!


Monroe Lake along the way.


Logging area behind Whiteswan

More nice riding


Whiteswan Provincial Park


I got to Whiteswan Provincial Park and rode a bit more to the Lussier HotSprings. I stopped briefly and there seemed to be a lot of people there, so I opted to try and find the Ram Creek Hot Springs which should only be maybe 15km to the south of here.

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Old 07-21-2008, 04:31 PM   #112
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Hey H! Nice report!
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:51 PM   #113
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Ram Creek Hot Springs to ?


I zoomed in on my gps and fooled around with it, spending more time looking at it than the road. I had maybe an hour of daylight left and was getting ready to call it a day. I figured 15 km should be a piece of cake. Well, there is a road that does go there in a reasonably direct way, but I missed it. I took the one on the west side of the valley and rode quite a ways south almost to Premier Lake PP before I was able to cross the valley. I came upon some farms, some paved road, a sign ROAD CLOSED , before I started climbing up again. I went up the roughest knob-rock rubble road of the entire ride so far. I hope I don’t hafta come back down here to get out. It was a good climb up, and just at sunset I arrived at a small clearing where a couple was camping with their SUV. I was beat. I set up my tent and assumed the hot springs were nearby. I had a simple dinner on the stove, and then walked up the road further to where the springs were located. It felt good to walk after that ride today. I was walking up the road and just arrived at the pool when a small Honda civic approaches me from behind scraping the bottom every few feet. The 2 french girls ask me ees deez whar da ot spreengs are? I say yup! Come on up! I could not believe the car made it!------------------------
The springs are not very hot so you are able to stay in a lot longer than the other ones I had been to. The view from the pools is worth a million bucks, soaking there after a days riding. Free camping and soaking.
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The next day I planned to ride the closed road back up to Lussier Hot Springs, on the east side of the valley.
I followed the terrible nugget road in first gear again and dreaded to have to turn around. I thought the road closed sign was for keeping the traffic down to the springs, but soon enough the red flagging tape appeared and the first barricade to stop people from driving further.
I rode over it just fine and some more rough stuff, and then came to the part where the water was flowing down the road and it got kinda treacherous……
Then the water...

Now when your out riding, you don't want to get all buggered up alone with a fully loaded bike, but at the same time ya wanna have some challenge. I saw so many ADV style bikes on my trip that were spotless, and the riders were not leaving the pavement too much. I wanted to see the backcountry, but not get in trouble back here.
Going downhill into what?




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Old 07-21-2008, 05:03 PM   #114
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Hey H! Nice report!
welcome to ADVRider! LOL ! maybe I'll see ya again at the hatchet rally
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:22 PM   #115
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Great report Kari, as always. But tell us more about the two French girls and the hot springs....or do I have to stop in at chez Hekto for details?
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:38 PM   #116
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..............The 2 french girls...........
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Great report Kari. It's the first thing I look at each time I log on. I like your style.

I met you in Hot Springs a couple years ago. You gave me a DVD of a trip you and your brother? took and it was a hoot.


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Old 07-21-2008, 06:56 PM   #117
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You are doing it up right lad. The best reports are always the ones where the rider interacts with the local folk at every opportunity. The further you get off the beaten path, the more you see and learn.

Great job...and thank you for taking the time to share
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:25 PM   #118
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You should'a called. I would have come up and rode a day or two with you. It's about 250 mi to the ferry on Kootenay to my house. Maybe that is why you didn't call. LOL

It sounds like you are enjoying the KLR.
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:46 AM   #119
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Great report Kari. It's the first thing I look at each time I log on. I like your style.

I met you in Hot Springs a couple years ago. You gave me a DVD of a trip you and your brother? took and it was a hoot.


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It was the short chat I had with you that inspired me to begin exploring Mexico.I could tell, by the fire in your eyes, that I had to go down there too.
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:49 AM   #120
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You should'a called. I would have come up and rode a day or two with you. It's about 250 mi to the ferry on Kootenay to my house. Maybe that is why you didn't call. LOL

It sounds like you are enjoying the KLR.
I shoulda called. We will ride again Loco Viejo ! some day....

It took some time, but I now I do like the KLR....
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