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Old 06-28-2013, 07:26 PM   #1141
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Obviously Your skill level is increasing as the load does!! LOL! I wonder....have you ridden Spirit unloaded recently? Bet She would feel really zippy!
Best Regards and safe riding....justjeff
Yes! she is very zippy without all that weight. I was unloaded when I rode to work for those 10 days. I have to say though, Spirit is a trouper! She does just fine with all the weight on her as well.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:29 PM   #1142
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Rain and the PNW are synonymous to each other, also a fondness for the color green. So if this is bugging you, head back on

down to Arizona. NO RAIN but you need to love the color Brown & develop a fondness for ROCKS

Oh! I forgot to add it's nice & warm now suppose to be 117* this week----trade ya -----
You've got me there, what does PNW stand for?? Pacific North West? Well, I had a sunny day today, and there's promise of more to come
Nope, won't trade ya! 117 is a bit much for me
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:31 PM   #1143
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Esther,

Never in my wildest dreams did I think this RR would amount to this awesome much! It's totally amazing and it goes on and on with more and more unexpected accomplishments. A totally inspiring feat especially for a woman. It's a blast to read, that's for sure! Great, great! (I don't know how you can deal with that much rain though.)

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Old 06-28-2013, 07:34 PM   #1144
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It's June 28th and I've gotten to where yo go to Victoria. I was there May 17-19 or thereabouts for the Highland Games and such. Always lots of riders coming over on the Blackball - about my 10th time now, but not on my bike. I'm highly inspired by your RR and you've done a fantastic job. Great photos and like others have said yours gets better and better, not that it was bad at all! I'm almost caught up but I've been reading for three or 4 straight days.
I hope all is well with you!
I'm glad you are enjoying my RR. It's great to have folks ride with me in spirit, and many a times I'll turn around and take a photo of something just because I know you all will enjoy it.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:43 PM   #1145
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Luckily there's an easy fix for this.
I did find the number of the store and called Telus. They went and called the store and credited my account. Cool, now my dad could finally call me

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You are entering our stomping grounds, and I am sorry we are in the SouthWest and unable to offer you our hospitality.
That's all right, I only found out after I ha passed Whistler that you were listed on ADV wit a tent space. I found an awesome place to camp near Whistler so it's all G
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:23 PM   #1146
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Good , texting & acronyms have all but ruined the written word & face to face communication, so yes, PNW is as you thought however I see you are closer to NWT now--- (hint-northwest territories) Keep on trucking w/the shinny side up
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:42 PM   #1147
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Yay! Today was my first sunny day in a long while! What a difference it makes to ride in the sun, it changes everything

After leaving Roberts Creek campsite I made it to the ferry with 5 minutes to spare, Yikes!! As luck would have it, the ferry was late. Go figure......
There was another rider there on his wife's bike heading to work. He was a trucker and parked the bike for days at his job while driving his truck. He owned a GoldWing himself, but didn't want to leave that one at the job site, LOL!
I also met a gal called Tess on the ferry who also rides. She asked me to give her a call 6 months before leaving Alaska if I decided to stay there, because she would love to ride with me. So who knows........

The ferry ride was very picturesque even though it was a cloudy and sometimes drizzly day.



As soon as I got of the ferry I headed North, and I was just awed!!! The scenery even though it was raining blew me away.
The road however was more crowded than I thought it would be.






I made an illegal U-turn when I saw this vision to the left of the road. Wow!!


Yeah I know she looks packed to the max!! Haha, but the black bench seat is foam, and doesn't even weigh a pound! It's just big,

I kept riding North and decided to pitch a tent in one of the camp grounds near Whistler.
The first one I stopped at cost $38!!! You've got to be kidding me!!
I turned around and kept riding. The right before I got to whistler I saw a sign for a campground, and it only showed a tent on the sign. Hmmm, that's a good thing!
So I turned on the little side road which turned into dirt in no time. but shortly after I saw a bunch of campsites between the trees so I turned on the little loop road and found a spot that had trees somewhat close to each other. I didn't see any fee signs so I was excited to have found a cool free place. It looked a little dismal the place because a lot of trees had been chopped down, and the logs and branches where still spread out all over the place. The first thing I did was tie a rope between two trees and throw the tarp over it. I gathered all my pieces of rope and bungee cords together and managed to get all 4 corners tied down. I need to buy some more rope!!!
Once the tarp was up I pitched the tent up underneath. That system works so great!! I stay dry and the tent stays dry. The only drawback is that the mosquitoes figured that out in no time as well.


I even mad a rainproof cooking area as you're not supposed to cook inside your tent

After I was set up I looked around


Wow, a metal bear proof food box, Awesome!!


The river ran right along the campsite




I know it's a lame picture but I had to take one of this patch of blue sky


Cooked myself some dinner while singing out loud (so the bears could hear me ) and happily went to sleep!

I did hear a bunch of noises during the night, and luckily I recognized some of them as rats or squirrels hopping around inside the vestibules.
I smiled and went right back to sleep.

The next day it still rained and I decided to just stay there a day longer. I did not want to break down my snazzy setup.
I also figured seeing as it was free I might as well enjoy it a while longer.

Later on in the day it stopped raining and I walked around some more. To my dismay I discovered the registration booth I had previously missed. I was a fee campsite but only $12. Still, I figured I might as well try and get away with not paying as the place was in such a messy state.

As usual, when it's just raining and not much is going on in the area, I spend it lounging around in my tent and reading or knitting. My sweater is getting along just nicely!

I packed up as much as I could the night before and got up early the next morning to hit the road again. Well, packing up in the rain is a little trickier than pitching up in the rain. So yeah, it took me a while.
I almost backed up into a ditch trying to get out of the campsite, whew!!! That was a close one!!

I rode through Whistler but it seemed like a touristy place where you had to pay to park, so I got out of there as fast as I could!! The only thing I saw was one shop after the other. I'm not one for commercialism.

The road to Pemberton was awesome and I managed to get a couple of okay shots.





At the McDonalds in Pemberton (had a craving for french fries and hot coffee) I met another rider on a KTM (Daniel), he was local and he told me about some free hot springs about 45 Kilometers (30 miles) from where we were. As I had originally planned to take a dirt road north which turned out was not very rideable, I thought it might be great to get a nice long hot soak.
I headed to the Duffy Lake Hwy and shortly after found the road leading to the hot springs.


Okie-Dokie here I go







The scenery was just awesome! The road itself not too bad for most of the way, but I just about shit my pants when I hit the muddy patches, the deep gravel and some part that had fist sized rocks spread all over the place. Yikes!!
But I made it.


hotspring sign

When I got there it turned out that the hotsprings were no longer free. Bummer. The gal told me to go ahead and soak and come back to pay on my way out. As I was getting ready to change I heard a bike, it was Daniel.
He most have seen me riding past his house, he lives on that road. I jokingly told him that he was wrong and that now one had to pay $7.50. He was surprised and offered to pay for my hot tub soak. That was very sweet of him. He then told me there was another hotspring 40 km further down the road. No way!! I just about had it with the road I had been on. riding even more of that! Hahaha, nope I was ready for my soak. We said buy and I thanked him for paying the fee.
I put on my bikini and happily jumped in a tub.


Ahhh, wonderful!

A young couple was there, I had passed them on the dirt road Kim and Alan, and we talked for a long time about my trip, and what they did and many other things. Kim took the picture of me in the tub, and Alan actually went to school to learn how to work on bikes. So that was cool. They came to check out Spirit and took a photo of me leaving. I hope they find ADV and post the pics of me. I didn't take a picture of them as Kim was in her bikini and probably would not want to be plastered all over the internet.


One of the hot spring tubs was in there

At around 2 I decided to start heading back. it looked like more rain and I didn't want to get even more mud
As I was leaving the ever faithful little signs popped up again.
On the way toward the hotsprings the sign read 30km UP and now as I was heading back it said the KM amount and Down.
I had no idea how far up I had gone, but going back I realized how much of it went downhill indeed.



I was happy to hit pavement again, and the weather was still good. no rain! Just a lot of clouds.
the further North I went, the clearer it got.


heading toward Lillooet

I finally made it to Lillooet and turned into a gas station there. What did I see??? Two more Kawasakis!!
I went inside to pay and when I got outside Erroneous Monk (Dennis) and Jerry were standing at my bike.
Dennis pointed out to me that my sub frame bolt was loose. What????
Holy Cow!!!! Boy, was I ever lucky to have bumped into these guys!! I would have been toast, or maybe just banged up??


subframe bolt loose!!

The funny thing was, Jerry's subframe bolt was loose as well!! Now how is that for coincidence??
Both Jerry and I tightened the bolts. In my case Dennis was lifting the rear end up while I got the bolt back in the hole.
Dennis told me about the free campsite they were heading to, and I decided to join them.

When I found them (I left a little later) I saw they had camped right in the beginning of the camp site, Dennis said that he just grabbed the first site he saw (is that a guy thing??) and there really wasn't any room for me. At first I rode underneath the tree to a nice little grassy spot behind their site, but as soon as I took my helmet and ear plugs off I heard the loud crackling of the electric line overhead. Hmmmmm, nope, that ought to drive any sane person insane!! I then went to look for my own site.


Drying my wet stuff





Dennis said he'd find me, be he never did , LOL. Jerry did show up later at my site and we talked about all kinds of roads on Vancouver island and BC, and where he and Dennis and a guy called Gregg from Kamloops had been. I asked Jerry where Dennis was, but he's gone missing somehow.
I was getting sleepy so I wished Jerry good night and he walked back to his tent.

I slept great but woke up at 5:30 even though I was wearing my sleep mask. Oh well. I hung around made some coffee and knitted until people started to wake up.
Saw another cool flower


flower


snowy mount in morn

While I was packing I heard 2 bikes leave, so I figured the guys left. I was bummed I didn't get to say bye, but oh well!
I rode back to the gas station in Lillooet and put some more air in my rear tire, it was only down to 30 but I like to keep it at 33 to 35


Someone please tell me what this is!!

I saw a small road leading out of Lillooet downtown and found out that it ended at an old bridge that had a sign saying closed. Darn! I really didn't want to turn all the way around again. I asked a young couple if a motorcycle would be allowed to go over as it had just 2 poles blocking cars. The guy said yea, the girl no. I just went for it!
Once I got to the top of the road I took a photo of it.



I sat back on my seat and relaxed. It was gonna be a long ride to Williams Lake and I was totally content to ride. It was my first sunny day in a while and I planned on enjoying it.




I've decided to take pics of animal signs. I missed the one with a moose on it, bummer, and also earlier this week one with a turtle on it. So here I go.

Whe I got to 100 mile House I got a text message from Kiffy76 (I had inquired about tent space) saying that I was welcome to pitch up my tent in their yard, and that she emailed me the address.
As I got to Williams lake I stopped by McD to find the place on google maps, as my GPS did not have the address on it.
I also stopped at Canadian tire for some more rope, and a cigarette adapter extension cord so I could charge my GoalZero battery on the bike when it rained. I also got some more tube patches as the Honda shop did not have any. Weird!!!

Once I got to the tent space I was buggered (tired) and when Laura showed me the hill I had to ride up and camp at my courage sank in my boots! It really wasn't a bad hill at all, but sometimes when I am tired I do get a bit freaked out about anything challenging
I said that I'd take the load of my bike and walk my junk up then later get the bike as it was was easier to ride it when it was not so bogged down. She then opted for me to stay in the camper........
Yay!!! Wow!!, Check it out, my own little suite! It even has electric!


The slumber queen, how appropriate

Laura offered me salad which I gladly accepted. While we were talking Chris cam home. He was really tired though, (works 12 hour shifts) and I ate my salad as fast as I could so the two of them had some alone time before he went to bed. Their little one-year old is adorable but definitely causes some sleepless nights!
So here I am, done with my ride report which took me exactly 2 hours, and ready to hit the sack.
Tomorrow I am heading North. I decided against the Bella Coolla side trip as it is supposed to be raining there the next 5 days. I've seen enough rain for a while!! Prince George, here I come. and afterward The Cassiar
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:50 PM   #1148
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Thanks you so much Macclad for your super duper donation, I'm awed!
Spirit will guzzle quite a few more gallons (well liters here) on our journey thanks to you.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:13 PM   #1149
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No problemo

My pleasure to help out, enjoy yourself. You're kinda of an amateur botanist now with tons of great photos of flowers in season at the time at the specific locations you've been. I never see 1% of the variety you seem to find. I have roses at home, and they're great, and that's about it, except when the Rhodies and stuff bloom in May.

Anyhow I'm intrigued by the Goal Zero gear, as it would be a good way to run a small insulin cooler as I am insulin dependent, and nothing will floss away money than a bottle of insulin going INSTANTLY bad not being cooled. This has kept me from roughing it since my diagnosis. I have a 12V micro cooler big enough to cool two bottles (all I need for a month) but it's not that efficient. I've worked on my own designs and at some point someone will have to come out with something better than what is out there. But I'm going off topic. Godspeed!
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:01 AM   #1150
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that thing

is a pelton wheel used in a hydro-power generating plant ,they use a super size garden hose to rotate a generator ,looks about 8-10 feet tall ,I'd quess 20megawatt to 50 megawatt
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:35 AM   #1151
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lovely flower shots! - love the yellow daisy-like one. that river seemed fit to burst its banks. your photo above the bridge gave me vertigo! sure glad your frame bolt got noticed. im being romanced back to wanting another 'dual-purpose' especially after spending an hour trying to find a spot for a helmet lock on Vixi - sigh no luck. cant believe how far you've travelled since we met in Port Renfrew.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:10 AM   #1152
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Anyhow I'm intrigued by the Goal Zero gear, as it would be a good way to run a small insulin cooler as I am insulin dependent, and nothing will floss away money than a bottle of insulin going INSTANTLY bad not being cooled. This has kept me from roughing it since my diagnosis. I have a 12V micro cooler big enough to cool two bottles (all I need for a month) but it's not that efficient. I've worked on my own designs and at some point someone will have to come out with something better than what is out there. But I'm going off topic. Godspeed!
My mom is diabetic and she travels a lot. She has these small cases made of fabric and gel, and as long as the gel is wet it stays cool inside. How much watt does your insulin cooler use? The Sherpa 50 I carry is only 50 watts, so I'm not sure how many hours you can run the cooler on it.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:12 AM   #1153
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is a pelton wheel used in a hydro-power generating plant ,they use a super size garden hose to rotate a generator ,looks about 8-10 feet tall ,I'd quess 20megawatt to 50 megawatt
Thanks dr_jawa !
funny that the edges are so sharp you'd think they were meant to dig in the dirt, not water.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:20 AM   #1154
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lovely flower shots! - love the yellow daisy-like one. that river seemed fit to burst its banks. your photo above the bridge gave me vertigo! sure glad your frame bolt got noticed. im being romanced back to wanting another 'dual-purpose' especially after spending an hour trying to find a spot for a helmet lock on Vixi - sigh no luck. cant believe how far you've travelled since we met in Port Renfrew.
Thanks Ann!! I haven't really gotten very far it seems to me, because I keep on camping for long stretches at a time. But truthfully, I have finally after a year gotten around to how I really wanted my trip to be. Ride, relax and enjoying the views. I can't believe how long it took me to actually achieve this. Something always seemed to happen, either with Spirit, or me or work wise. Only now I feel I can relax.
I've scolded myself several times when that little voice creeps into my head saying, "Don't get too comfortable, something could break on the bike." Trying to retrain my brain into positive thinking is very tedious indeed.
It made me remember the movie with Marlee Matlin, "What the bleep do we know!" and how it is possible to catch yourself thinking negatively and turn it around.
Hope to see you on the road again one day.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:20 AM   #1155
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I wonder if Coleman knows that many of us KLR people have their seat pad on,I always look at ride reports and pictures in general for the pad,I saw 1 on Backroad Bobs bike the other day,Nomad has 1,makes mine comfy.keep up the good posting.
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