A Loop Around Southern BC

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  1. cathulu

    cathulu Been here awhile

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    Last year I had two weeks and with Vito hatched this idea to do the Western TAT on my F800GS and Vito's KLR 650. We had a great time on the trip as reported here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=745037&highlight=cathulu

    This year, Vito planned a one week trip around southern BC and of course I was in, as well as a couple of Vito's friends from work - Brian and Vlad. Brian rides a Suzuki DRZ400 and Vlad a KLR 650. Brian likes his tequila straight. I am with Vlad, more of a scotch guy.

    Unfortunately a third work mate, Kevin, couldn't make it but saw us off on the day of departure.

    So the idea was we would do a loop of Southern BC, starting in Vancouver and getting as far North as ? and east as ? hmmm - at the time I was not so sure. I saw the map and it was a loop, that was all that registered on my brain. It looked pretty complicated. I put my trust in Vito and his GPS! :clap

    Usually when we had any discussions on which way to go my brain would shut down and I would saunter away, or I would say something stupid and Vito would have to correct me. :lol3

    For the record, here is the map of our route. It shows how far North and East. On this day we are going to Lillooet from Pemberton along the red line, and not the long way by the purple line.

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    So our departure date was Saturday September 8. That happened to be the date of the GranFondo Whistler - and we were on the same road to Whistler and beyond so we had to leave very early to beat the hoard of cyclists and avoid the resultant traffic jams. We met at 6:00AM at a gas station in West Vancouver for immediate departure. It sucks to get up so early but it would be a long day, so it was good we did.

    Kevin and Brian at the departure point.

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    Me and Vito. I got the helmet hair. :D
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    So we quickly get on the road. It was a bit chilly in the early morning and I plug in my heated jacket - I recall my bike thermometer was below 10C as we rode to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway. So I was nice and toasty on the ride up. I don't think everyone else was as quite as comfortable. We get a bite to eat at the North side of Whistler Village at the Lift Coffee Company. Sun was finally up and clear of the mountains and starting to warm up a bit, but still on the cool side.

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    I start to worry, did I have enough gas in the tank? I didn't fill up in the morning... last thing I want to do is run out of gas... I think I am starting to get a reputation as I ran out on a recent day trip and on the TAT. I decide to risk it and gas up in Pemberton. :lol3 Photo of Vito, Vlad and Brian from left to right as we get ready to depart to Pemberton.

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    Up the Pemberton Valley to get onto the backroads... I had gassed up by this time in Pemberton - I made it with about 10 km to spare. :clap

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    Vito leading... it was going to be a beautiful summer day. Warming-up quite nicely now.

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    The sign just off the road, we are going onto the gravel roads now.

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    And so it begins again... we get on the Lilloet River Forest Service Road which is fast gravel. I take the tail gunner position, cause I hate dust and Vito leads the way. I hang back, let it settle, and take photos... :wink:

    At least until the red mist descends! :lol3

    We turn onto the Hurley River Forest Road and start to climb the mountain pass. I am waiting for the dust to settle.

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    We stop on the way up, change out of our warm stuff. Going to be a hot day today. Vito waiting as Brian pulls up first.

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    I pull up next, I passed Vlad while he was making some adjustments iirc.

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    Vlad pulls up. We aren't the only traffic. We would see the occasional vehicle on the trip, and sometimes large logging trucks. But usually we were left alone.

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    Just taking it easy overlooking the Pemberton Valley.

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    So we get going again, Vlad is taking off. Beautiful BC in Behind.

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    The gravel on Hurley pass. This can be a bug infested hell hole! The black flies even attack your bike, attracted to the heat. Not so bad this time of year... we don't really stop to find out.

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    More Hurley gravel...

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    We finally pop out at the community of Gold Bridge, with some 40 full time residents living there. Bralorne mine operations buildings in the background, the actual mining is south of here. The river is the Cadwallader River.


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    So I looked into this Bralorne Mines thingy. Seems the first stake was in 1896 (gold rush!) and then the mine finally shut down in 1971. There is an old ghost town down by the mine site. Now that Gold is so pricey, the current mine owners can chase after the more difficult to get at stuff, or the lower grade ores. In 2005 they bulk sampled 20,000 tons of ore and recovered 2,910 ounces of gold - basically recovering 1.5 ounces for every 10 tons. They sold most of it off for $2M and retain 430 ounces among other assets. Now they stockpile ore at up to 100 tons per day. Who knows how many tons they have stockpiled and how profitable this mine will be for investors... they are at the exploration and development stage and have been for a while it seems. It all sounds so boring yawn... :lol3

    Here is the mine in relation to Gold Bridge in case there are any investors out there. :D

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    Anyways, good luck to them and hopefully they make money and keep the economy going in Gold Bridge. Now back to Gold Bridge... a very small community that with the mine staff and visitors supports a gas station and motel with pub. This is the motel with the pub.


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    The door to the pub inside. Things can get a bit wild in here methinks...

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    And inside the pub on a quiet Saturday afternoon... the fighting was all last night. :lol3 One of the few persons there but outside having a smoke was this guy on a 1200GS. A nice guy, formerly from Romania. Rides backroads a lot. Used to have a F800GS and misses the dirt capability of it. Looks like a nice place for a drink but we are thinking of getting on our way.

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    Outside I find Vlad stretching his back. This is an ominous sign, we worry for Vlad, looks like he is on the way out and going home. His back was really acting-up at the time. We make plans for Vlad to take an alternative route. Even with his back killing him Vlad finds time to smile.

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    This is where we separate, and Vlad follows the Carpenter Lake Road out to Lilloet. We take the dirt road heading up the hill to Mud Lakes and Poison Mountain then to Lilloet. This was an awesome part of the ride and involved some adversity. We surmise that Vlad with his back acting-up would have been buried up there.


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    Starts off fairly gentle.

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    Vito is all smiles


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    Gravel is tightening up and turning into dirt. This is fun.

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    We stop for a quick bite at Mud Lakes.

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    Brian is back in motion, lunch in the belly, we are feeling good...

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    The road leading along Mud Lakes, just past where we stopped to eat.

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    Little to no dust or gravel, rolling terrain, got to watch where you put the front wheel. Zen like.

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    I'm loving it! (trademark)

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    Brian inching his way down the hill, much steeper than it looks, we don't want to go back up. Only forward for us now.

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    Easy peasy
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    Typical, this area I figure ain't called Mud Lakes without reason. This would be difficult and muddy after heavy rains. My tires are plumb worn out as I am carrying the same from the TAT trip and offer little grip in the mud.
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    Water! I soak myself to my gloves. We had a few crossing like this. F800Gs takes this with aplomb.

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    But not this!

    We all had to put our bikes down here. Although I think I was the only one that put it down carefully on purpose. :bmwrider But I must admit that after stopping I slid backwards out of control. Thanks Vito for keeping me up-right! But then if you didn't go down, maybe I would have made it... you were in my line buddy! :lol3

    There was no where for us to put our bikes on the side stand or prop it up somehow, it was just too steep. And it wasn't a short steep section, it was a long steep section a couple of hundred metres.

    Hey look, in the picture down the hill - you can see a Sasquatch if you look carefully, I think that was what really threw me and Vito off our game from making it to the top...

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    Yes, it was a Sasquatch - look, coming out of the woods! :lol3:lol3:lol3
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    Another perspective of the hill. So to get out we had two pushers and one guy on a bike. Once we got the bike back up to speed a bit with the support of the pushers we were able to ride it up safely. Momentum is your friend! This is where we would have buried Vlad I think.:muutt
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    Finally at the top safely...
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    The sign at the top of the hill in case anybody recognizes it...
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    Back on the gravel, dueling cameras
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    Near Poison Mountain. Nice riding here...
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    Rest stop and then down the gravel through the Yalakem Valley.
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    Nice shot of Brian
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    Vlad finds his Brother-in-Laws site at the BC Hydro Campsite in Lillooet. It is a free campsite so it can pack up. We are still on the trail. A happy coincidence for Vlad as he slept in the van iirc in relative luxury.
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    Near Lillooet, a beautiful canyon marred by gravel operations.

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    We made it to Lillooet. The GPS info courtesy Vito...
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    We have dinner. We meet an old friend Brian Henderson, a former road racing alumni from Westwood, SIR and PIR. Brian was fast! He was on the BC Big Adventure Trail Ride. There were a lot of dual sport bikes in town. Hope we can all hook up soon for a ride together.
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    Our campsite in the morning. Things were busy when we arrived but John, a former South African, riding a very nice BMW R80 :bmwrider invited us to his site. He was very friendly and we all had a good time. This is the morning...

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    More later...
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  2. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I see Scooter is still riding the same old DR 400......
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  3. Droptarotter

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    Hey Chris;
    Great write up so far.............sure was nice running into you guys in Lillooet......I'll subscribe to this and try and leave unwanted comments along the way!

    Cheers
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  4. cathulu

    cathulu Been here awhile

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    Thanks Brian! Unwanted comments are wanted :D

    Oh crap, my furnace is on the fritz and it is not igniting the gas. So I am going to try and fix it tonight, gonna start the tear down right now. Tomorrow I have Spanish, so no update until Wed... unless Brian Vlad or Vito has something to say...
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  5. Duas Rodas

    Duas Rodas Been here awhile

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    Our furnace just went south also! What a coincidence:eek1 The plumber finally found the problem but will have to wait until tomorow to get the part. Is your spanish good enough to understand "mucho dinero" on parts?:cry

    That's enough complaining...

    Great start to the report Chris. I don't have any unwanted comments yet either even if wanted them:lol3
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  6. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    Ok..............first unwanted comment...........I wasn't fast............you were just slow!!:lol3

    Sorry to hear about your furnace. Vito's furnace must have sympathy sickness!

    Cheers
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  7. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Yes!
    We were just there in July. :D
    Made it up Poison Mtn.


    Enjoying your photos, thanks!
    Looking forward to the rest of the report.
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  8. cathulu

    cathulu Been here awhile

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    Well I fixed my furnace, loose connector at the gas valve. Hard to find. I jammed a couple of nails into the connector and now it works. :D

    Now onto the report...


    Sunday September 9.

    Saturday was an awesome day, especially around mud lakes and poison mountain, where it was more than just fast gravel forest service roads. The rest was OK but I'm not a huge fan of fast open gravel roads, they are just a means to get somewhere more fun to ride - at least for me. I like it when it feels you are more on a jeep trail, or a tight gravel road with lots of ups downs lefts rights and whoopsy doodles. And mud lakes / poison mountain delivered! :clap

    Well today will be another awesome day with some cool stuff.

    But first we got to get some food in the belly, and if I recall correctly the Reynolds Motel in Lillooet was plain but decent. I think everybody got a good meal. We got going after 11:00AM.

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    We then ride out of Lillooet heading North following the west side of the Fraser River on the gravel road aka West Pavillions. Highway 99 is on the East side - at least for a while, then turns away while we stay close to the river. The mighty Fraser! I am reminded of this map from when I was a kid. A version of this map has been kicking around for a long time. This is how I learned my BC geography. :lol3

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    Heading out of Lillooet up the Fraser Canyon.

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    We ran into three stray or feral dogs along the way. This one looked particularly nasty but was not aggressive, just wary. They probably reside on lillooet tribal lands and are more than 10 kilometers from home. Reserve dogs are a problem in many communities.

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    We stop for a break. Vito and Vlad.

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    This is when I find out my headlight has lost a bolt and the whole thing is rattling around. Thanks to Brian who carries a spare collection of bolts lest his thumper vibrate away a few. We managed to get it to work pretty good. Brian recommends going through all my bolts with loctite. I concur. Vito, me and Brian.

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    We continue Northwards. The typical road surface here.

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    We come across this spectacular slope that looks more unstable than it probably is... but it does look unstable. One wrong move and it is a quick trip to the bottom of the Fraser Canyon. A one way trip.

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    The side of the slope. Yikes!

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    Beautiful BC

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    Where we are going... up the hill to the right.

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    Looking back to Where we just came from, interesting how this slope is wooded and the other previous shot is nearly bare.

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    Going down to Big Bar Ferry. Some steep slopes with tight switchbacks. No problem because the surface is well graded but a bit loose in sections.

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    At the bottom it got really sandy. I decide to wait for Vlad with my camera :lol3 and help Vlad if he needs any. Turns out he does as I see a rider down in a cloud of dust.

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    I run up to see how he is doing, but first I take the photo. That is very important, photo first! :D
    But I could tell he was OK, he was smiling.

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    We continue down through the sand. Big Bar Ferry in the distance.


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    We stop to help somebody in a Honda Odyessy who got stuck pulling a trailer up from the Ferry. One idea was to turn the trailer around so they could head back the way they came. Luckily, somebody was driving by in a truck that could pull the trailer out past the sand section.

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    And off they go, to be reconnected to the Honda a kilometer or so away. I hope they got home OK, maybe they are still there... somewhere...

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    Heading to the Ferry. This ferry has no motor, it uses the river current to move back and forth, held in place by a fixed tether to a suspended cable. The technical term is a reaction ferry. Never was on anything like it. Using the current to sail across the river by angling the pontoons.

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    All aboard as Brian is last down the ramp.

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    Ready to roll to the other side

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    We are back on gravel on the Big Bar Road, working our way further North. This cozy spot caught my eye.

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    Some years are tough, and there is no market, so the farmers leave their crops in the ground. It is sad... :cry

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    Looking back, this sign gives the operating hours for the ferry. Funny I don't remember any signs coming from the other way.

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    This was a fun bit of gravel road, swoopy and turny. The kind of gravel I like. I got into a fun groove on this one. The road is called Dog Creek Canoe Creek Road on google maps. They can't make their minds up.

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    We cross back over the Fraser to get onto Gang Ranch Road. Hey I know all this now cause of Google Maps. At the time I was clueless. There is a neat bridge across the Fraser here.

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    We all gather for a group shot midspan. Had to make sure the kickstand was in the right place as you can see. It was windy, I lost a glove that was blown into the river and had to throw the other one away as a result. So this was an expensive photo.

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    So the last man before me leaving the bridge was Brian, I was last to go as I was dicking around getting my other pair of gloves out. Brian takes off, and doesn't wait and the road splits soon after, which was one of our rulez - wait until the last guy can see which direction the group went. I can't see any tracks in the road. I have to decide left or right. I never studied Vito's map. I turned right. BRIANNNNNN!!!!!! :ddog

    This is a shot of Brian from Vlad's bike, I am way back, not sure if I am going the right or wrong way.

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    Gang Ranch...

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    I am all alone. I can't see anyone in the distance. I am thinking to myself that I will camp in the woods if I don't catch them soon as it is getting a bit late in the day. I will try and phone them tomorrow. Thinking about finding a spot by a stream. In some kind of way I was enjoying the thought. Shit happens. Make do and it will go right in the end. :lol3

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    I did have some company though...

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    Hallelujah, by this time I had caught up to them. Brian, you are forgiven. All is well. I was going the right way after all. :D

    Vito is arguing with me about who will close the fence. I am in a trance, he is getting angrier.

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    This was the entrance to this nice jeep trail on the Gang Ranch Vito found... it was NICE

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    Over fields

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    More fields. We did not go up the hill, our route turned left at the bottom of the hill.

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    Into the woods. We had to make our way through this section. Impassable for most vehicles. We go up.

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    Then down...

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    Then across...

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    PS that was the only in focus shot. It is not all about me, I just happened to be in the shot that was in focus. :D


    Now we are all safe on the other side. We briefly contemplate camping in the area, but it looks like it might rain and it is a bit muddy. It would be bad to ride out of there in real muddy conditions. Unfortunately we didn't get any shots after this one to give a good impression of the trail beyond here. It was a fun little trail.

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    We finally kick out to a major gravel road - Farwell Canyon Road. It is getting late, we need to camp soon.

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    Very nearby we stop for a view of Chilcotin River in Farwell Canyon. Very nice spot, picture does not do it justice. River rafting through the canyon in the summer is a draw.

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    This is our view. We spy an area next to the river where we figure we can camp. It is a First Nations fishing area with an old run-down cabin in the background.

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    We check it out and get the OK from the two natives camping there. They were very friendly and happened to be also very stoned. We contemplated camping right next to the Chilcotin River but it was too rocky. So we ended up on the bench nearby.

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    We sucked back some Scotch and took it easy. More later...

    PS I leave it for Brian to describe what happened to him in the sand at the Big Bar Ferry... Brian???? Or maybe I will have to say something. I only wished we got photo evidence. Guys, photo first!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
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  9. Droptarotter

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    This is great Chris..............keep the report coming!

    Cheers
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  10. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Great stuff, I believe the river in your last 3 pics is the Chilco...
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  11. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    Nice.
    Looking forward to more.
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  12. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  13. Duas Rodas

    Duas Rodas Been here awhile

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    Yea, it is the Chilcotin River at Farwell Canyon. Beautiful spot.
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    Let us go back to the mini van pulling the camping trailer up through the sand after the Big Bar ferry event. <o:p></o:p>
    When going by them I asked if everything was ok and if they needed help. The old guy looked quite stressed but said it was all under control. I just carried on not giving it much thought.<o:p></o:p>
    Waiting at the bottom, it seemed like it took for ever for the guys to show up. Chris shows up last and right away wants me and him to go back up there and help:eek1<?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /><v:shapetype id=_x0000_t75 stroked="f" filled="f" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" o:preferrelative="t" o:spt="75" coordsize="21600,21600"></v:shapetype>I roll me eyes and thinking to myself; what the f*** I hate riding deep sand, especially downhill, and now he wants me to do it all over again just because he wants to play good samaritan?
    Well, we weren't going to cross the river any time soon anyway 'cause the ferry operator just took off up the road to help too:lol3Oh well up we go and help... <o:p></o:p>
    Talking with the ferry guy later, he said this was the worst condition he had ever seen the road in all the years he has been running the ferry!
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  14. Droptarotter

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    I can't believe someone would be foolish enough to take a mini van up that road?? And to haul a trailer up there with a mini van is just sheer stupidity!!
    How many kids were in the back of the mini van?
    Did you guys at least get a beer for your efforts?

    Cheers
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  15. cathulu

    cathulu Been here awhile

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    OK, I corrected the errors, it was the Chilcotin River, not the Fraser... Chilcotin River kicks in to the Fraser, but not close enough.

    Yes, those folks in the minivan were a bit foolish! And no beer, but we were ok with that, just wanted to see them get on their way safely.

    Working on the next days...
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  16. cathulu

    cathulu Been here awhile

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    OK, Brian hasn't popped in to update us on his crash, lets just say he was making a run to the Ferry, he thought he was past the sand, and then got caught in a sandy bit and launched. His dignity was preserved and the only damage appeared to be his left mirror. I am sure there is more to it for Brian to embellish if he wants.


    Monday Sept 10.

    So last night it was windy like heck and rained hard. Ripped my tarp off my tent and flapped annoyingly in the night but otherwise no damage. So I put it back up to dry. Brian left his helmet on top of his tent so he had a soggy noggin through the day. :lol3

    In the morning we woke up and everthing was damp. It was cold. But the sky was clear and it was beautiful watching the sun slowly rise high enough to bring sunshine to our campsite.

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    The abandoned log house in the background. Sun is nearly on us.

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    So we rode out on the gravel of Farwell Canyon Road. Where there was active grading the gravel was loose and muddy - but without grading it would have been probably muddier. Not much fun to ride to be honest - a big open gravel road, a muddy crapper. I am back on the heated vest. Brian because he has aggressive knobbies is causing a shit storm all over his back even with a fender :lol3

    We dump out onto Highway 20 (Chilcotin-Bella Coola Highway) and ride north east to Williams Lake. This was probably the longest stretch in terms of gas to get to Williams Lake. Brian gave me a spot of gas along the way as he carried a spare container. Nevertheless I was stressed and worried about running out of gas along the way. I need to carry a litre or so of gas next time. The KLRs of Vito and Vlad did not seem to suffer from gas anxiety, they have a bit more capacity.

    So after Williams Lake we took the highway further east to 150 Mile House where I topped-up again and then got on the gravel. It started to spit a bit during the day, we had sun, cloud, gray, etc but we avoided getting really rained on. We were back on the muddy stuff. Because my tires were worn, I really suffered here and felt at any moment I would go down. I had trouble keeping up and dropped further and further behind. Lots of little slips of the front wheel.

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    Some spots the gravel was drier and not too bad. Pretty countryside, harvesting for winter feed.

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    Finally we get to a decent section, a nice gravel road that was tight, twisty, flowing and not muddy. We all had fun as it was one of the few times where we could all ride close together. This was the entrance if I recall correctly. Because it was a bit damp I didn't bring my camera out to play much, nor did anyone else.

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    We also had a bit of road to ride...

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    And more gravel...

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    We are nearby our campsite and walk in a km or so to see Canim falls. Because we are at the end of the summer after a long dry spell there is not a lot of water. You can see areas of the falls that are dry, like on the left side.

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    there is a nice shot of the falls here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Canim_falls.jpg


    So we get to our campsite at the West Side of Mahood Lake in Wells Gray Park. It was really muddy on gravel to get here. Brian with all his worldly possessions:

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    I am always dicking around with my tarp, getting used to it...

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    Vito setting up his tent - aka the palace. Brian considered setting his up inside it.

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    The days effort:

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  17. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    great report and love the pics...could this be doable on a bigger machine like the GSA??
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  18. cathulu

    cathulu Been here awhile

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    Tuesday September 11

    So today would be a transition day from threatening weather back to good. A front moving through was finally passing for good.

    The view from our campsite last night of Mahood Lake.

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    Now in the morning, things don't look so gloomy. We are ready to depart.

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    Back on the gravel. We are riding east to Clearwater for food and to stock up on supplies. If I recall correctly this was an active logging road. Vito almost got schmucked by a logging truck. :huh

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    We stop for breakfast at the Wells Gray Inn, Clearwater. Vito's license plate is completely obscured with mud.

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    Vlad, back problems largely behind him.

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    On the road again. We decide to skip the gravel out of Clearwater because of the potential for logging and head further east along Highway 5 - the Southern Yellowhead Highway. We get gas at Avola Service instead of our original plan to gas up at Blue River and retrace our steps back. Vito didn't think Avola Service would be open, lucky for us it was. Apparently a thread on BC Sportbike describes the guy at Avola Service as a "nut job". Well we didn't have a problem, other than he wanted to sell us a pile of jerky.

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    Soon after the gas-up we get back on the gravel and cross over to the Upper Adams River.

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    Our most Northern stop on the route. I was worried we would never turn south!

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    I found this cabin there - the inspiration no doubt for the horror film "the Cabin in the Woods" and many others...

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    From this point on we follow the gravel road as it winds south next to the Adams River. This river is one of the most important sockeye breeding areas in North America and has a famous salmon run. A photo of the surrounding mountains with the first snowfall dusting of the year.

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    The river is in the valley below. Surprising how much logging is going on around this salmon run. A corridor of trees are left standing between the river and the logging...

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    So I was following Vito, playing this little game where I was just flowing, not allowing myself to touch my brakes at all, using engine compression. It worked for a little while until I ran off-road, in a ditch and smashing through the scrub brush and stopped here. Lucky I didn't hit anything solid along the way. :lol3

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    The gravel continues south and at the end of the day we stop at Tsikwustum Creek campsite, also called Silviculture Camp on the north end of Adams Lake. We find a nice spot to set-up camp and go for a swim in the lake, Vlad style. The lake was cool and refreshing, not cold yet. The campsite is nearly empty, just a few hardy campers left. Things shut down after Labour Day fast!

    A nearby neighbour to us had cut a lot of wood near the beach into nice logs. We didn't know and took most thinking it was left behind - so here we are on the lake with the campfire blazing nicely.

    Later our neighbour goes to find most of his wood gone. We say sorry and offer him some of his wood back. He didn't take any I guess because he had enough for the night. Just to be sure Vlad went over to make peace. I think Vlad got a beer out of it... :clap Our neighbour was a nice guy.

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    The GPS:
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    Later that night things got real freaky...

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    More later...
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  19. cathulu

    cathulu Been here awhile

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    I think so, the only area that stood out to me as definitely not doable was the Mud Lakes ' Poison Mountain area due to the steep slopes up and down - but that can be skipped. There was a crossing where the road was out at the Gang Ranch that might be difficult but doable on the GSA.

    Oh and the sand at Big Bar ferry would be a challenge.
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  20. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    I did the Adams Lake road on my R100S and my buddy used his R100RS.......so I think a GS could easily do that section.

    The worst thing we encountered on the Adams Lake road were the bugs........mosquitos were bloody horrible when I did the route!

    In regards to the 7th picture for September 11............I did not know that a KLR could break traction in dirt???

    Keep the report coming.....this is great!!

    Cheers
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