Day 1 (443km): Party in Port Hardy We are back in the saddle again. After a much needed hiatus from Adventure Riding - we needed to recover from Taking the Road South / RR here - the summer of 2012 is all about re-connecting with our neglected BMWs. Our Plan: The only part of this particular trip that was planned was making reservations on BC Ferries Queen of Chilliwack to travel from Port Hardy to Bella Coola. Once arriving on the mainland the adventure begins and the plan ends. This particular trip is about getting lost in BC, the more remote the better. Bella Coola and beyond - 2012 at EveryTrail <iframe src="http://www.everytrail.com/iframe2.php?trip_id=1660319&width=400&height=300" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="no" width="800"></iframe> This story beings on July 4th, 2012. The weather looked like it was going to cooperate today, but we were in no hurry. All we needed to do was get to Port Hardy before dark so that we could take the ferry in the morning. We have done this ride before, so we weren't planning on making any "tourist" stops. Rubber down, throttle open. We caught the 12:25pm ferry leaving Salt Spring, after spending the morning doing some last minute packing and errands. I had unfortunately spent the previous evening sleeping in Victoria International Airport, having missed my ferry home due to a flight delay. Under normal circumstances I would have taken the day off at home to rest, but the ferry to Bella Coola leaves Thursday morning, and that was really the only option. The 400+ kilometers to Port Hardy that passed by were fairly uneventful. We stopped for gas in Courtney and munched on a delicious Subway sandwich in the sun for our lunch. We spent some time getting acquainted with our new G9s, figured out what items we forgot behind, enjoyed the nice sunny day and took our time riding the old school coastal highway. North of Campbell River traffic thinned out and didn't make many stops. Mostly rugged landscapes were on the menu with some forestry activity thrown into the mix. Views on the way to P. Hardy. Sunny days finally arrived to the West coast! Once we arrived in Port Hardy we filled up with gas, checked out where the ferry terminal was (so we knew what we were doing tomorrow morning) and camped. We stayed at an eclectic place on the way to the ferry, Woodlands Campsite. We didn't do much exploring since we arrived pretty late in the evening. We just made something to eat and called it a night. Camping spot for the night It was nice to not get rained on and be back on the road; just us and our tent. Boy do these bikes feel heavy though, we had been riding them "naked" for the last couple of day trips and being packed up for an overnight trip really changes things .