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Old 10-27-2013, 10:04 PM   #16
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Fantastic.

Such an entertaining video! Sand coming up? That's been my nemesis before. Does a steering damper improve sand riding ability for an average Joe on, say, a 650, anyone?
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:16 AM   #17
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Just watched your great video. We did the route on October 6th. It was very wet and slick in places. So did you do it that weekend also?
My trip was the week of Labor Day.

It had been a relatively dry summer here up until the week before Labor Day and then the skies opened and poured buckets of heavy rain. I believe 2 days after I got back it poured pretty good again. I was able to slip in between these 2 storms. Out on the Chilcotin Plateau, I had been warned of staying off the roads with my bike if it got really wet. They use calcium chloride out there and it is really nasty stuff. Another inmate here went in the rain, a week or so after me and had to re-route his trip because of the rain out there.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:08 PM   #18
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Day 2: Bridge River Beauty

Day 2: Bridge River Beauty

“We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness.” ~ Aldo Leopold


My morning on day 2 began with thick layers of fog. Surprisingly, I slept good, albeit, a little wet because of the blanket of fog that had engulfed the valley overnight. I had large drops of condensed water coming off the trees onto my tent and this is what woke me from my sleep.

View from my morning camp on Lillooet Lake

With the daylight, I was able to see more clearly my neighbors with whom I camped. It turns out, I was a bit more cozy with them than I imagined last night. I really wanted to take dip in the lake to clean up, but the lack of privacy kept me from doing so. But, that could wait until later. After a quick breakfast, I packed my soggy tent up and headed down the road toward Pemberton. The road along Lillooet lake was in really bad condition. It was pretty rough, even by motorcycle standards. It really exercised my suspension and my ass. Eventually the fog gave way to sunshine and I was beginning to get excited about my trip again.


The fog lifted and the views were priceless



I re-fueled in Pemberton with both, breakfast and premium unleaded. I then proceeded further into the far flung reaches of southwest BC on the Pemberton Meadows road. I was on the fringes of the glaciated coastal mountains. I headed up the Hurley Forest Service road over to GoldBridge. This road was awesome. I gained elevation really fast and the soon found myself above the valley floor with great views in to the heart of the mountains.


The Hurley road is amazing

It was hard to make fast progress as each corner rewarded me with great views. At one point I was mesmerized by the views into Dowton Lake. I stopped for quite awhile here to admire the scenery.




View of Dowton Lake from the Hurley Road



Not far from there, I stopped at Goldbridge, an old mining town with a population of 43 people, and had a snack. I then proceeded up to Bralorne mining town and had a look around, including a quick tour of the mining museum. It is quite the place to see. For any biker, visiting the bridge river area is an unforgettable experience. I can see that any dual sport rider would love to ride any numerous road options here as they all offer fantastic vistas and challenges for all skill levels.


Area contains old mines, towns and abandoned bldgs




Welcome to Goldbridge... Population 43


Leaving GoldBridge, I proceed very methodically along Carpenter Lake. Carpenter Lake is a real gem of ride as well. The lake is just over 50 kms in length, but I would take more than 3 hours to ride it. I stopped several times to savor the beauty and waterfalls in this deep canyon.


Pictures don't lie...



Carpenter Lake was spectacular


Hmmm, hmmm, hmm, good!!





At the end of Carpenter Lake is a dam where the road winds its way through a narrow canyon.


The road and the river wind through a narrow canyon


Magic




Cool ride -- One of the best motorcycle roads ever





The geology has a story to tell

Both the road and the Bridge River would continually wind its way through the mountains. It was fantastic and mode for a very special riding experience. For several miles, the road hung precariously along the cliff wall, without guard rails and with the river far below at the base of a cliff. This was not a ride for those afraid of heights. Eventually the canyon mated up with the Fraser River and I passed the West Pavilion Road; A road I was to ride the next day. I spent the night in Lillooet.


Old buildings and cabins dot the countryside, adding to the experience


Exiting into the Fraser River Canyon to Lillooet


Video of Day 2 coming soon...

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Old 10-28-2013, 09:14 PM   #19
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wow, well done and a good warning about taking that road on a GSA.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:39 PM   #20
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wow, well done and a good warning about taking that road on a GSA.
Well thank you sir...

Yes, the West Side Harrison Road can be fickle. Best to try and get a good report before you go. It is my understanding that it has some water crossings over it for most of the summer. I only had a couple as I was late in the summer, but I can see where seasonal creeks and streams run.

Day 2 is compiled and uploading to the net was I write this.

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Old 10-29-2013, 11:47 PM   #21
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Video - Day 2: Bridge River Beauty

Day 2: Bridge River Beauty

“We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness.” ~Aldo Leopold

Enjoy my Adventures on Day 2 in video form.

Ghost towns, mines, rivers and a relaxing ride along Carpenter Lake followed by a profound ride along a steep cliff high above a river.

As usual... best enjoyed with headphones and a fine wine. Take a few minutes for yourself and relax.



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Old 10-31-2013, 11:47 PM   #22
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Geat videos, Grizz!! Well done.

Hey, I'm not surprised the West Harrison road got you.........that short section near the north end of the lake can be pretty rough.

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Old 11-02-2013, 08:05 PM   #23
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Day 3: Big Bar Ferry and Beyond

Day 3: Big Bar Ferry and Beyond

As day 2 of my ride came to a close, the sky was getting angry and it looked like a storm was brewing. After being told adamantly by the locals that it was going to storm overnight and into the next morning, I decided to get motel in Lillooet. Now Lillooet, isn’t much of a town. Main street consists of a bar, a couple of hotels and a gas station. It is quite the location as is sits in one of the driest and hottest locations in all of BC. The clouds pass over the high mountains, dumping very little precipitation. The area is also unique from a native history perspective. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places on the North American Continent. The confluence of the Fraser river and many major streams combined with the warm long growing season made it an ideal meeting place and residence for the indigenous people. In fact, in my visits there, I’ve encountered more 1st nations people than outsiders. In the summer months when I have passed through, it has always been hot.

My day started in a hotel in Lillooet to a nice partly overcast day. No rain. I wish I had gone with my original instincts and the weather report I had read prior to leaving my home in Washington state and camped out. Oh well, a good shower and a good meal were needed. After a good breakfast, I headed up the West Pavilion Road hoping to cross the Fraser River at the Big Bar Ferry and then across the heart of the Chilcotin Plateau. As was to be normal for the entire trip, I had no planned destination and would camp wherever I saw fit.

Native Fish Camp



West Pavillion Road... Heavenly Ride


Fraser River canyon is beautiful


Moran Canyon... The most dramatic section of the Fraser River

The first sight I had was seeing a fishing camp along the Fraser. A narrow slot in the rapids of the Fraser are choice for native dip netting. The salmon were running and I was told that the bears were out in force. I would see 6 bears this day. The road quickly climbed up in elevation and soon I was high above the river valley. The photos look as if I was in a helicopter floating over the canyon. It was quite a sight. In fact the entire road to Big Bar Ferry was a sight to behold. It provided dramatic vistas at nearly every corner. During the course of my travel here, the road dipped in and out of the forest where I would intermittently see open range cattle, bears and Ptarmigan. Once I arrived at the road to drop down to the Big Bar Ferry, there was dramatic shift in grade.

Remote desert in British Columbia?!?!


Unbelievable roads


Descending to the Big Bar Ferry


Awesome


I feel like a modern day explorer


Surreal beauty and loneliness


The land tells a geological story


Basalt lava is exposed


Bassalt and sandstone

I believe one sign stated a 14% grade, but I swear it was much worse in many sports, perhaps up to 20% or more. As I descended into the river canyon, the trees gave way to sage brush and the road… ah yes, the road turned into a horrible mess. At times I was nearly axel deep in sand. Not just ordinary sand. This stuff was like fine talcum powder. I nearly dumped my big GS a couple of times. I must have been a sight to see as I had my legs out like training wheels to keep the bike upright. Because the grade was steep, I could not alleviate the load off the front wheels. I would encounter vehicle tracks and they would pull me in every direction and I had to pay strict attention to keep upright. Thankfully this lasted only a couple of miles until I came to the loading ramp of the ferry. Man, I was dripping with sweat and the temperature must have gone up another 10 degrees. It is really different world in the deep canyon. Much more arid sage brush down there.


Waiting for the Ferry

Cool Ferry ride

The Big Bar Ferry is interesting in that is a “reaction” ferry, powered by water current. It is connected to a cable spanning the river and propelled by angling rudders to drive the ferry across. Once across, the road leads up to Big Bar Ranch and Jesmond. My destination was to go beyond there and out past Gang Ranch and head over to the Nemiah Valley.

Looking back at the escarpment I came down

After much anticipation of more sandy roads on the east side of the Fraser river, I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of sand and the firmness of the road there. It also helped that the road wasn’t quite as steep. I was having fun again and versus the terrifying death grip I had on my handle bars on the other west side.


My route takes me up into the plateau and out of the sage into trees


It was here where a bear came sneaking up behind me

As I proceeded up the poison lake road, I came across more open range cattle and more bears. In one case, a bear had found a juice bottle and proceeded to run down the road in front of me, refusing the let the bottle go in his mouth. I guess that he finally had enough and needed more oxygen and released the bottle where he took an immediate left in front of me into the woods. About 200 yards later I stopped for a snack. While there, I heard some rustling in the bush behind me. I happen to turn around and see a bear (same bear?) staring intently at me. He/she stood up to get a better view and I reached for my camera. Unfortunately, the bear must have been startled by making eye contact with me and turned tail and ran, crashing through the brush. I could hear the bear crashing for 100 yards or more pounding the bush as it was to make it’s escape.

Approaching Churn Creek Provincial Park


Riding parallel to the Fraser River Canyon


Stunning views


The land gives hints about massive flooding


Crossing the Fraser River (looking north)


Looking south as I cross the Fraser



Water carved sandstone walls deep in the canyon




I almost camped here beside Churn Creek

From there I rode over toward Canoe Creek and encountered yet another bear. This time, I could see the bear in the distance ambling down the road long before it noticed me. I stopped to get my camera and proceeded slowly forward. The bear heard my engine and crossed the road to my right and paused briefly, looking at me. It then disappeared into the brush and all I could see was its haunches as it casually walked away from me. Soon after I was running parallel to the Fraser River near the Churn Creek Protected area. The area is a mix of dry arid canyon land that dips off the edge of the Chilcotin Plateau grasslands. It is a fantastically beautiful country with grand vistas, colored rock mixed with golden grasslands and green trees. I crossed a metal grate suspension bridge and then made my way up to Gang Ranch. It was now late afternoon/early evening. I stopped in for a soda at the general store which also serves as a post office. I checked to see if there as camping and was told no. So off I went hoping to make it out to Fletcher Lake before it got too late in the evening. By this time, the sky was beginning to thicken with dark sinister clouds. Another storm was brewing.

Arrival at Gang Ranch


It is a beautiful ranch


Post office and General Store


Grasslands around the Gang Ranch


Arrival at Big Creek Junction


A pay phone out here? It works... I made a call home


View from my camp


Loons keep me company and other waterfowl sing while I have dinner

I found my way over to Farewell Canyon Road and headed west. As I reached Big Creek I discovered a pay phone out in the middle of the sticks. Huh??? I stopped and called my son back in Sammamish, Wa. Surprisingly the phone worked. From there I rode past Rushes Lake and pulled into the Fletcher Lake Campground. This was great. I was at the tail end of the Labor Day holiday weekend and found that I had the camp ground all to myself. I needed no reservations and didn’t have to purchase a permit. Furthermore, I had fresh chopped firewood stacked underneath my picnic table. WOW, Pinch me, I was dreaming. As the clouds formed the sun was setting and I enjoyed a fantasy sunset of orange, pink and golden yellows. As the last vestiges of light were fading, I felt a few rain drops. I had barely enough time to put my gear away in the tent and cover my bike before the sky opened up and I was greeted with thunder showers. I was pretty spent by this point and I faded off into the night with heavy rain drops pelting my tent with the occasional crack of thunder proceeded by a bright flash of lightening. As I closed my eyes, I wasn’t worried. No work, no schedule, no problems. This thunderstorm was the least of any problems I had back home.


One final look at the sun before it disappeared


My last sight of the lake before I turn in for the night.. Priceless!!

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Old 11-02-2013, 10:32 PM   #24
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why yes, this is fav area to ride in BC .... always dry and lovely, as you saw.

The Fraser Canyon we call it - all the way to Cache Creek
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why yes, this is fav area to ride in BC .... always dry and lovely, as you saw.

The Fraser Canyon we call it - all the way to Cache Creek
I agree. Probably my favorite as well. I suspect that it is some of the finest riding country in North America. Lots of diversity.

Should have video of day 3 posted soon.
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Video - Day 3: Big Bar Ferry and Beyond

Day 3: Big Bar Ferry and Beyond

“We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness.” ~Aldo Leopold

Enjoy my Adventures on Day 3 in video form.

BIG Canyons, solitude, desert, ranches, geology and a sunset! It's a beauty.

As usual... best enjoyed with headphones and a fine wine. Take a few minutes for yourself and relax.




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Old 11-03-2013, 10:00 PM   #27
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I'm really enjoying this GrizzLee!!

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Old 11-04-2013, 06:54 AM   #28
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I'm really enjoying this GrizzLee!!

Cheers

I enjoy re-living the experience. I'm sure you can tell that it was so much more than a vacation or just another ride for me.

Very spiritual.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:15 AM   #29
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I finally got to the Gang Ranch this year........it was one of my best rides of the year.........so this is helping me relive it!!

Are you going to post GPS tracks so us lazy FF's can do the ride??

I know the routes you have done so far, but the next sections will be all new to me!


Keep'em coming!

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Old 11-04-2013, 07:11 PM   #30
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Very nice! I'm feeling the need to get out there.
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