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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    Born 12:26 am today. Mom and baby are doing well.

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  2. mdlak

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    Congrats CC!
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  3. IKIGAI

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    I'm sure her SISTER is quite relieved to hear that -- the family was looking a tad brother-rich! :lol3
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  4. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

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    Congratulations CC. Glad Mom and baby are doing fine.

    Beautiful family you have. Well done.
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  5. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    Congratulations! My daughter just turned 5 weeks.
    Very cute baby you have, definetely dont needparentgogles
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  6. Mercenary

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    That is some good news. Congratz!:clap
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    Way to go Ben and your awesome wife, great family, ride smart/safe

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  8. Loud Al

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    Congratulations, you are very lucky to have such a wonderful family and yet you still were able to get away on this awesome adventure :thumb
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  9. hardwaregrrl

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    She's gorgeous!!!! Congrats to you all!!!
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    congrads
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  11. squonker

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    Congratulations Ben!
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  12. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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  13. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    Thanks everyone!

    Big sister is terribly excited.

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    As is big brother.

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    Little big brother is loving her as well.
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  14. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    Ok, so babies are almost all in bed, so I'll try and share a little more of the journey.


    We left off here.

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    Or, more specifically, here:

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    The switchbacks you can see mark the end of the Core Lodge Road. Or at least the part I would travel. It looks like you can follow it around back north and climb up Roman Mountain, but I had another idea.

    It wasn't what I had planned (not that I had planned to even take this road at all) but it what I ended up doing sure seemed like a good idea at the time. You see, my not so trusty backroads mapbook indicated that after the first switchback one could catch the Five Cabin Creek trail which follows...you guessed it. And then from there, it looked like you could hit the Old Kinuseo Falls road, bringing you here:

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    This largely unknown drop on the Murray River is 197 feet tall. Yep, that's higher than Niagra.

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    So even though the sun was getting low and time was getting short, I decided to keep heading south.


    It is quite a drop into the valley.

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    I'm not sure if there was a sign or anything, but I managed to find myself heading south on the Five Cabin Creek trail. No one had been down it yet this year, and as such, the washouts kept getting bigger.

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    And bigger.

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    I'm not making very good time anymore.

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  15. hardwaregrrl

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    Whoo-hoo!!!! Thanks for filling in the blanks and probably loosing a lot of sleep!!!!:clap:clap:clap:clap
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  16. The_Scottsman

    The_Scottsman There's Beer here??

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    Congrats on the baby girl, and
    great RR!
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  17. downdog

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    Great ride report.

    Congratulations on your new child!

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  18. Carl Spackler

    Carl Spackler Been here awhile

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    Nice report. Great pictures. Nice baby.
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  19. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    At this point I was in battle mode. I stopped taking pictures and concentrated on trying to maintain my speed without crashing.

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    It was getting late (probably 9 or 10 pm) and the road was not longer fun to ride with my top-heavy load of gear. But I still hoped to punch through to the falls.

    So on and on I went. Conditions got worse and worse as the trail descended into the Kinuseo Valley.

    If you look closely the backroad mapbook, you will see that where the Old Kinusea Falls road crosses Kinuseo Creek, it is clearly marked that the bridge is out.


    Unfortunately, I didn't look that closely :bueller.

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    In fact, I didn't notice that until 2700km and 3 days later at my parent's place. Had I, it would have saved me about 6 hours :lol3 of stream crossing and rock dodging.


    But, having successfully seen what I could see, I rode a lot faster on the way out. I rolled into Tumbler Ridge in just time to grab some fuel and food before things closed and hit the road north with enough light to doge bears (which I saw a few of.) I also saw some moose but I didn't stop as it was too dark to get good pics by then.

    I had no plans for the night, but by the time I rode the 90 km to Chetwynd, I was starting to get tired. It was well after midnight and the adrenaline from blasting up the Five Cabin Creek trail has long worn off.

    Also, it was starting to rain.
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  20. Mercenary

    Mercenary Mindless Savage

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    I have to admit though...whenever I see a road marked "Old"...I'm drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Why is it old? Is there any cool stuff to see on it? These questions flow like water from my mind and my imagination kicks into overdrive when I come across these...

    Keep it comin' Ben.
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