Canada's Best Kept Secret: 500km from the nearest paved road, solo in Northern BC.

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Crooked Creek, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    So I'm heading off tomorrow to Cortes Island on a 3000 km family adventure (with our untested $2500 1979 Winnebago...:huh)

    In the meanwhile this is a very interesting article about the next past of my trip, Germansen Landing.
  2. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    Hope you have fun on your trip. I have some good memories in old winnies
  3. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    OK Ben , you may be off running around with that super family of yours and you just may have your hands full with that Winnie, but we are all looking forward to your RR report from the captain's seat in the front of that square bus!! :lol3

    Safe and wonderful trip

    adios, gale
  4. Rex Nemo

    Rex Nemo horizon calling

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    Great ride reports, man. I so wanted to take your off-the-beaten path advice when I was on the Cassiar--but bike trouble sidelined that plan. Next time!
    Thanks for the inspiration.
  5. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Nice! I need to get away from all the people out here....

    Hey, remember the bit about mice in your air filter box, and I related a story about a friend whose car quit running because they'd packed the air box with dog chow? Guess what I found when I serviced my GS last week:

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    Mice are industrious little bass turds; the air intake for this bike is about three feet off the ground and tucked up under the tank with nothing near it to climb on. The little acrobats must have made 1000 trips up there. It sure runs better without two cups of kibbles packed around the air filter.

    I hope you have a great trip and your Winnie keeps on truckin'! I also hope you don't go broke buying gas for that thing :eek1. It's cheaper than a hotel, I guess, and easier than camping with three little kids and a new baby. Good on you guys!

    I'm still waiting for the geology quiz.

    :lurk

    Doug
  6. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Holy shite!!!!!:huh


  7. Caymen8

    Caymen8 Been here awhile

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    This is the first RR I've read where a baby is born in the middle of it. :eek1 Now that's real entertainment!!! :rofl

    Great job with both the photos and the report. Thanks for putting all of the effort into it - much appreciated!
  8. Roughshod

    Roughshod weld proud

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    That brought back many memories of my treeplanting days in the 80's and early 90's. I planted every major pass between MacKenzie to Terrace an stopped in at Manson Creek many times. Fishing is great in Germanson Lake by the way, as well as Takla Lake AND many, many more. Northern BC is our hidden gem. Keep posting! Cheers!!!
  9. 1Down-5Up

    1Down-5Up Been here awhile

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    OK, so you bike into the middle of nowhere and head down a river with a packraft. How the hang do you get back to the bike?
  10. RockyDS

    RockyDS Lost in the wilderness

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    International Rescue!
  11. Rodsbike

    Rodsbike Adventurer

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    Crooked Creek you been gone for 3 weeks now. I have cronic withdrawal syndrome. Need to read some more of your adventures and look at the outstanding photos you take.
  12. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    :roflNice to know I'm not the only mice-infested ADVer. The gas bill has been ridiculous, as has been the rest of the Winnebago, but you're right about camping with the fam. My wife's sister was tenting with us (and has 4 kids the same age as ours) and was in the motorhome a lot...

    You'll see...

    I apologize. Been a little busy wrenching on the Winnebago. 9 litres of oil, 2 litres of brake fluid, one waterpump and fan belt so far... Laid up in Abbotsford with engine knock now.

    But we had a good time.

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    More pics here.
  13. hardwaregrrl

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    You are the coolest dad!!!! Hope you get the knock sorted!
  14. moto rrad

    moto rrad ADV n00b

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    Amazing!:clap

    I've grown up in Victoria, but have never explored BC. It's amazing what is in our own backyard. Can't wait to get out there and do it!
  15. Creekgeek

    Creekgeek Custom Sarcasm Dir.

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    Great idea on taking off the glasses. I liked the singing parts. I'll do that inside my helmet sometimes. Fun read, well, except for the mosquito parts.
  16. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    It turns out the Winnebago was not that great of a deal after all. 3 cylinders were misfiring under load (bad plug wires/boots) and one not a all, so we though that might be the cause of the knock, but it was not to be. When we changed the plugs, one wouldn't go back in. Upon closer inspection, found a hairline crack in the head. Blown exhaust manifold gasket heated the head unevenly, binding an exhaust valve and (I'm pretty sure) breaking a lifter. So Winnie is done for now.

    A couple friends (God bless 'em) are on their way, driving 2400km to bring me my van and haul the motorhome back. It's just not worth putting the time and money into an engine that leaks out of every seal with exhaust manifolds that are stuck on (already had two broken bolts.) So I figure if I don't have to drive it over the continental divide, I should be able to limp it around home for years to come. Or sell it to someone who wants to do the same. Or maybe I will fix it. Who knows.
  17. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    I see you've had a lot of Pine Beetle kill in Northern B.C., too.

    Sorry about your Winnie. I think of motorhomes as airplanes: too many complex systems.
  18. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Bummer about the Winnie, hope it didn't totally ruin your trip. My parents have been RVers for decades and literally every time they went anywhere with their truck+fifth wheel, something broke and they were stranded dealing with it for a while, plus the unanticipated $$$$. I had a small 17' travel trailer that I used for a hunting camp for years and that was fine, but I never ever had any interest in dragging that thing across the country. If I take a vehicle, it's my extended cab 4X4 truck with topper and futon bed built up on a platform above the wheel wells, with gear underneath, and a nice big tent for the kids/guests, motorcycles/kayaks/etc. on a flatbed trailer.

    Tow your Winnie up to your favorite hunting area and set it up on blocks, then drive in to visit it once in a while! :lol3

    Welcome home, and kudos to your friends (they're keepers too!).

    Doug
  19. riverman

    riverman Life is great !

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    I have been following your most excellent RR Ben. Great job as usual! On a sidenote, I have been thoroughly enjoying my WR250R as well. Don't miss the KLR at all. Always great to see the paddling sidebars, as you know that is my other passion. Take care. The offer still stands if you ever want to do a trip east to NB.
  20. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    Over 18 million hectares affected so far... And agreed re: motorhomes, but it's not the complexity that let me down but the lack of use (being parked for 12 years.)

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    Breakdowns only add to the adventure, though with four kids it might not be the kind of adventure you'd prefer. Once the kids are older it'll likely be Landcruiser and tents. I already have the sleeping platform, stove, icebox, and roof rack with the Cruiser. And I just got a free $850 tent from the North Face (because of a botched warrantee on a $25 pole; now that's product support!)

    My favorite hunting area (with my limited time right now) is my yard, so I don't need Winnie for that, but she should still have enough life to drive (albeit at very low RPM) to the river and lake with the family. Anywhere I would stay overnight to hunt won't be accessible by vehicle, never mind a motorhome [​IMG].

    Thanks for the kind words and the update on your R2. Glad you like it. I just may take you up on that offer some time, as my canoeing buddy just moved to Quebec and I have a brother/sister in law we need to visit there sometime.