With a week off work and a bike to ride my only real question was whether to go south of the border and explore more of Washington and Oregon, or stay in British Columbia. I was always told to make a list of the pros and cons when faced with a decision like this, so here goes: Reasons to travel in the US 1) Cheaper food 2) Cheaper gas 3) Cheaper accommodation 4) Cheaper parts, should I need any 5) Better, more aware and courteous drivers 6) It's always more exotic traveling in a foreign country Reasons to travel in Canada 1) Tim Hortons Ok, that was easy. Canada it is I've always liked the Williams Lake area and wanted to see more of it. I could have just blasted up the highway and back but there are two problems with that: firstly it's supremely boring, and secondly I ride a KLR, so 'blasting' isn't really something I'm able to do. I was in no particular hurry and had no definitive plan, just a direction to head in, so I decided to do some exploring, stay off the highway as much as possible and ride as many back and dirt roads as I could. Day 1. Monday June 9th 2014 My Mum's 70th birthday today, I guess I'm not a very good son. I had a few things to do at home in the morning, but left at 11am and made the noon ferry from Victoria to Vancouver. One other bike on the ferry, a very tricked out HD which the owner told me had won all sorts of awards. I could see how. The rider also owned some trucks and claims to have had them on the winter road in Yellowknife. He says that T.J. Wilcox from the first series of Ice Road Truckers worked for him, making this guy the second person I've met from Vancouver Island who claims to have been T.J's boss during the filming. But, T.J. did drive two trucks for two different people during that series, so it is certainly possible that they're both telling the truth. (Unlikely though, seeing as how they're both truck drivers and bike riders!) Vancouver Whatever happened, the first little bit was going to require some bigger roads, but I at least took bigger roads that I hadn't been on before. Turning off the Trans Canada at Abbotsford, I went to Mission and then took the Haztic Dewdney rd to Agassiz and Harrison. It's kinda pretty out that way. ^ I prefer unorthodox monasteries, where everyone swears like a trucker and shags nuns rotten all day, but each to his own. I did a little exploring too, just venturing off up side roads for a few hundred meters or a couple of kilometers. Even though I was barely an hour outside Vancouver it was very pleasant here, some pretty farms and all sorts of logging roads to explore. Spectacular snow-capped peaks in the distance. I didn't have a Backroads Mapbook for this area so my main focus for right now was to keep heading towards the Harrison Lake area. My friend inmate Cowgirl had told me about a FSR hat runs up the east side of Harrison Lake and can cut across to Boston Bar so I thought that sounded like as good a plan as any. First though, I became a little sidetracked here: There was so much to explore that I didn't know where to begin. I thought that this was as good a place as any to camp for the night, but I almost had too many choices as to where to stay. I'm happy to bush camp so I didn't need anything in particular. I chose the Skewellepil Creek road for no good reason, and rode perhaps 10km up it but didn't see anything spectacular. This whole area was big enough for a dedicated trip of its own, it seemed, and I ended up pushing on towards Agassiz a little more. Not knowing this area, before I knew it I ended up at Harrison Lake itself, a resort, and having lived in Whistler for several years when I first came to Canada I'm not a big fan of resorts. Therefore I didn't stop, but make my way to the far side of the lake and began to look for the logging road that would take me all the way up along the east side of it. It wasn't hard to find. And it wasn't long before things began to get really pretty. I think that the shot below is actually from the Skewellpil Creek Road Back to the Harrison East FSR Just as I was thinking that I should find a good spot to set up my tent, I stumbled across the first of three campgrounds near the south end of the lake. This was the Cascade Peninsula Recreation Area, and very pretty it was too. Not too shabby to have to spend the night in. Seems like as good a place as any to end day one.