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Old 08-12-2012, 06:58 PM   #166
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Ummm....so...tell me more about the three wheeler you have in that photo of you and that Bruin. Still have the Landcrusier?
PM inbound. Trying to get this RR back on topic.

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Hey Killer, I have some questions for you regarding those Cirque del Debolt hogs you have hanging around the yard.
Just so's this RR doesn't turn into the hunting, Toyota, & hotties-in-pipeliner-overalls thread, I'd like to field my questions to you in a pm.
Hit me with your best shot.

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Nice pics...but I want some with a bike!
On the way.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:01 PM   #167
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Now ..........if you could manage a feat like this I would be truly impressed! ....
Sorry, BMWs are to rich for my blood.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:10 PM   #168
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Bluhduh Finlay Forest Service Road

Okay, so before the new baby, Tumbler Ridge Interlude, packrafting, bear and interrelated distractions we were here with our foxy friend, waiting for some breakfast at the Mackenzie junction.



Only having slept 45 minutes the night before, I made up for it, by having a hearty truck stop style bacon and egg breakfast.

The first right after the junction is the FInlay Forest Service Road.



So, at last we are back on the gravel . Unfortunately, as soon as we got there, it began to rain. So pics of this leg are few and few between.

Most R2 owners chop the rear "whale tail" off the bike for looks. But when riding dirt roads in the rain, it sure beats a muddy stripe up your gear, jacket and helmet all the time.




My "riding boots." With the packrafting gear taking up half my space and weight, everything that could do double duty did.




Sorry about the minimal pics, but it really wasn't that picturesque anyways. There were vast clear cuts on both sides of the road a some points and cut blocks everywhere else. It was truly phenomenal the amount of wood they are pulling out of there.

But in the rain, I decided to forgo (for the time being) the mental struggle of what really is sustainable resource development and instead made a game of passing the numerous log trucks on the straightaways. Every trucker gave me a funny look, but some added a good 'ol thumbs up, as if to say " I have no idea what you are up to out here, but good on ya."



Things would soon change, just 60km from Mackenzie, I met my last vehicle for the day (which would be two days long by that point.) I still had over 500km to go.

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Old 08-13-2012, 07:16 PM   #169
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:59 PM   #170
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Laugh Manson Creek FSR

The Manson Creek road was a lot better than the Finlay. Less gravel, narrower, and no traffic. None. Other than bears anyhow.




And it stopped raining. For a while.




Still the scars of logging, but they were starting to heal here.




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This is the junction with the remote Munro road, which I was going to take instead of the Finlay (via the Nation FSR) but didn't based on intel from an outfitter who informed me there was a big construction project on the south end.



The further I went into the bush, the less fancy the signs got.




Manson River




It was really high. This was not boding well for my packrafting plans.




No traffic meant chickens (aka Spruce Grouse.)






Lots of them.




I have to use some bushwhacking skills, but I took these shots at less than 3 feet.






There was some bigger wildlife around, but they didn't stick around for pics.




Before long, we were at the junction with the Thutade FSR. That's the way you would come in if you were coming from the south, from 'Merica or some such place.




(p.s. As I'm writing this the coyotes are yipping and howling so loud outside my house I'm worried about them waking the kids...)

But anyways, further down the road you run into... the Manson Lakes.








I found this little guy there.




He let me get real close, as he was pretty busy eating flowers.





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Old 08-14-2012, 07:37 AM   #171
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Welcome back to the motorcycle thread! But, ummmm, all I'm seeing are little boxes
and an occasional photo. Did someone exceed his bandwidth allowance again? We used to have HughesNet satellite internet here and I battled that shite routinely. We've got DSL now and it's so much better and 1/3 the cost, so long as our 100 year old phone lines don't melt down.

A couple days ago I saw two of the biggest white tail bucks I've seen yet in Virginia and both of them together plus a harem of does wouldn't add up to anywhere close to that hog you got. And the muley is outstanding! That's a big bear and huge moose too... All this leads me to speculate that it must get really frigging cold for long periods up there! Thanks for the biology lesson (Bergmann's Rule), Ikigai (Icky Guy?? ).

Hope all is well with the hottie in the coveralls and all your babies!

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EDIT: The photos are back and are beautiful as always!
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:19 AM   #172
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Welcome back to the motorcycle thread! But, ummmm, all I'm seeing are little boxes and an occasional photo. Did someone exceed his bandwidth allowance again?
Not sure... I see the pics fine, though the map is hit and miss. Can we get a second opinion?
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:41 AM   #173
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:07 PM   #174
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3rd Opinion, the pics show up for me..
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:24 PM   #175
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Manson Lakes and Manson Creek

I'm on a boat.




One of the nice things about traveling in these remote areas is if you find a boat or a cabin or whatever, chances are it's there for you to use. Just make sure you leave it better than you found it, and enjoy.




I tried a few casts, but was really itchin' to get back on the road. Besides I wasn't hungry yet and it was too hot out to be transporting a fish for very long.

This sure looks like a lake but there was actually a very noticable current with all the rain they've been getting, as the Lakes are really just a widening of the Manson River.




Satisfied with my brief boating diversion, I moved on. This is the intersection of the Thutade/Manson FSR and the Germansen Lake Road. I chose to go to Manson Creek (which was slightly out of my way) to see what I could see.




The clouds were menacing as I arrived the Wolf Creek Store.



I had spoken with the proprietor on the phone the week before while researching the trip, but unfortunately he was not much help. In person, things were similar. His wife is nice though .

There is (very slow and overpriced) internet here though, so I was able to check in with my wife and give my ADV brethren an update as well.

From the store owner's website:

During the Omenica Gold Rush, Robert Howell discovered coarse placer gold on Manson Creek on July 5 1871. The communities Manson Creek, Howellton and Dunkeld were established soon after. Howelltown, built on Discovery Bar was at first the largest and became the capital of the Omineca. Dunkeld built on upper Lost Creek was the site of a small theatre. Manson Creek, at the bottom of Kildare Gulch had for a time three saloons and became the government centre with the Post Office and Gold Commissioners offices.
Of all the old communities established in the Omenica Goldfields only Manson Creek remains today.The old Gold Commissioners Office/Post Office building vintage 1871 still stands at it's original site. Manson Creek has changed much over the years. During the 1930's an even greater Gold Rush revived the community as it shifted closer to the new Hudson's Bay Trading Post established in 1936.
In the 1980's Manson Creek again experienced a surge of placer and lode gold prospectors when gold prices soared record highs. Forty to Fifty crown residential lots were surveyed and sold quickly. In 1981 an elementary school was built and remained for only two year when it was closed due to Government cutbacks. The late 1980's were hard on the community of Manson Creek. A drop in business and family squabbles led to the bankruptcy of the store. A few years later the property was donated to the newly formed Manson Creek Historic Society.
Wolf Ridge General Store opened in 1993 to serve Manson Creek after several years of having no stores. It has quickly grown from a few shelves of canned food to a full service General Store, Post Office and Gas Station. 2008 has again seen gold reach record highs bringing renewed interest in the placer gold fields discovered so long ago.


Just down the road from the store lies the old store.




And the old gold commissioner.




Some remainders of the more recent gold rush.




The local livestock.




It's a bull.




That's the airstrip by the way.

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:36 AM   #176
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Fantastic reports!
Ive been reading all of them over the last two days and find your lifestyle, location and sense of adventure absolutely fascinating and motivating!
I too have a young family at home and find it inspiring that you are able to get out and enjoy life to the fullest even on your 2 day marathon adventures!

I look forward to your future reports!!
Ride on and happy trails!
Thank you for sharing!
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:17 AM   #177
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Ive been reading all of them over the last two days and find your lifestyle, location and sense of adventure absolutely fascinating and motivating!I too have a young family at home and find it inspiring that you are able to get out and enjoy life to the fullest even on your 2 day marathon adventures!
Thanks for the feedback, Adam. That's why I put the time in to write the reports; I want to inspire people to get out of their comfort zones and experience life beyond the picket fence.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:30 AM   #178
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:01 AM   #179
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Manson Creek to Germansen Landing

From Manson Creek, my plan was take the scenic route to Germansen.


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However, it ended up being a little too scenic, as I missed my turnoff and went almost all the way to Germansen Lake. I noticed my error when I hit the Provincial Park signs. No one had been down this road in days.




After turning back, I found a road that was in the wrong place, but looked like it was going in the right direction. So I took it.



It was more trailish than road at some points, but that's exactly what I like.

I really should have taken more pictures, as this section really was exquisite.




The trail climbed all the way up and snaked its way around the mountain on the north side of the infant Germansen River.






Pretty much the perfect trail for my bike when it's loaded.



The signage was a little weak, but it did the job.




It's was here that I found the road I was supposed to take.



It appears that its been deactivated, probably because the bridge over the Germansen River is out. Chalk up another error for the mapbook, but one I'm glad to have made.

The detour worked fine, and I ended up right where I wanted to be.






Leftovers from the 2nd gold rush.





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Old 08-16-2012, 11:02 AM   #180
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That last pic is very cool. Thanks for taking us along for the ride
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