chilcotin chillout - 9 days, grasslands, mountains, and valleys in BC's Big Interior

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by dcparks, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. dcparks

    dcparks Been here awhile

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    September 2013 saw three of us mount up and spend 8 days riding a loop from Victoria through BC's Chilcotin backcountry. Beasts of choice included My XR650l, Javiers KLR (well, lets call him "Javier" for now....more on this later), and Harry's (ADV Inertial Explorer) 650 GS Dakar.
    Along the way, fish were caught, rum was drunk, steaks were grilled, bugs were splatted, and stuff happened. Much more to come, but here's a taste of the adventures:

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  2. gunnerbuck

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    Looks good, hope you have lots of pictures..
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  3. dcparks

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    oh, i have pictures. just you wait.:deal
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    Show me more!!!!!

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    That's a nice looking fish. well done!

    Looks like you guys had a great ride.
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    Looking forward to this one. I'm in.
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  8. Mike Ryder

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    Hey dcparks, My buddy Linzmr and I saw you on you on the Patterson bridge on your way into Chilco lk. We were bangin around the area and went out to Chilco the next day. You can see the smoke from the fire across the lake in this pic. Did you see the crazy eyed dog
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    This is the best time of year to share and re-live the rides of summer. So I will finish writing my own up.
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  11. dcparks

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    haha! awesome! you should have given us the "salute"!:freaky we did see the crazy-eyed dog.

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    we called him "chilko" and he hung with us the entire time we camped at chilco lake. He was a good hound. Javier would have taken him home if he could have squeezed him into one of his panniers.

    Got the day off today, chore list a mile long, but will try and get day 1 written up and posted tonight.
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  14. dcparks

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    This almost didn't happen for me. My Grandmother passed away in late august, and not to belabor the point, I was pretty low. She was the matriarch of our family, and an amazing lady. She and my mom raised my sister and me from the time I was 2 on, so she was my "dad" too, in a way. Tough, resourceful, and kind, a true Newfoundlander. she taught me how to fish, how to swing a hammer, to love the outdoors, and how to give more than get. She could make me laugh just by looking at me, and once ran off a black bear that was coming for me when i was a little boy by stomping her foot and shouting "GIT!". She made the world a much better place everyday. She had a great run, 96 years, died at home on Pender Island, with all of us around her, not too much pain.


    But everything that had to be done was done by mid September, and seeing how low I was, my family all encouraged me to pack up the bike and go (kind of more like "you are not helping please go away for a while" i suspect..), so, i went.

    I had been pouring over maps and google earth of the area for a couple of years, off and on - check out the pics in the RR Mike Ryder just put up to see why:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=922685


    The plan was to ride from Victoria, ferry over to horseshoe bay, up the 99 to the Pemberton valley, over the Hurley Pass into into the south chilcotin the back way, then do a loop up the Fraser, through to Chilco Lake, then back, riding poison mountain, dash plateau, china head,and a bunch of other enticing roads visible on google earth and the Cariboo/Chilcotin BackRoad Mapbook (aptly named the"Book Of Lies" by MikeRyder), then home, 8 days, saturday to the following sunday. Companions included Harry:

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    And "Javier".

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    Excellent fellows both. Harry is a keen mountaineer and backcountry skier, and spends his winter weekends leading trips and teaching courses for the

    federation of Mountain Clubs of BC. He can also fix anything, anytime, anywhere. Really. ADV motorcycling is in his blood, and I think he puts the "German" in the phrase "german engineering".

    Then we have Javier. I won't say too much about him. He is a "mental health professional", and coincidentally, or perhaps because of this, he suffers from a healthy dose of paranoia. This includes a debilitating reluctance to have his name or image appear in this ride report, presumably because one of you will then steal his identity or figure out how to broadcast his own thoughts back to him over fm radio. Seriously. It's also possible that he is in the witness protection program.

    Finally, me, mostly harmless:

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  15. dcparks

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    I was a bit of a grumpy, gloomy bastard as I rolled up to Javier's on Saturday morning. It had rained hard all week, and the day was grey and gloomy, pretty much matching my mood, feeling like i was a dick for going on a motorbike trip and should be staying home and spending time with my mom and sister.

    The plan for the day was to take the Brentwood Bay ferry to mill bay, head up island to nanaimo and another ferry to horseshoe bay, then up the 99 through Squamish, Whistler, and pemberton. Then pick up the Upper Lillooet Forest Service Road up to Meager Creek Hotsprings for the night. Yes, that's right, Meager creek hotsprings. a nice soak in the hotsprings. Cause I looked at the route on Google Earth, all good, and google earth can't be wrong, right?

    Caught the brentwood bay ferry, and on up to the departure bay terminal in nanaimo. we missed the 9 by about 5 minutes, so had to wait until the 11 (Bugger!). day still grey, but dry.

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    there were bunch bikes on the ferry, including one with some tank art i am considering for the XR. Classy. i wonder if it would make my bike more of a chick magnet? I actually have a closeup of the tank, but it would...uh, violate the "porn rules"...

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    Off the ferry, and in the chaos of unloading Harry is almost taken out by a Harley, and Jav by a weird trycycle-scooter thing. Wow. just...wow :eek1. On up the 99, through squamish and the cloud and fog begins to lift, as does my mood. Big mountains and blue sky. Gas and beer in pemberton, then off the pavement and on up the FSR towards meager creek valley.

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    The white thing on top of my bag is a 6-pack, secured in a plastic bag tied to my load. guess what happened to that once we hit the FSR?
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    Sucks that the beer was on the south end of a rapidly moving northbound bike!

    Waiting with bad.. I mean baited breath, could be why it's bad?:rofl Someone's got to laugh, why not me?

    So far it looks like you had a blast, hope it lifted your funk, sorry for your loss. I too was raised by my grandparents, it's a bitch of a loss. Regardless of your age, at one point they were everything to you.

    Sorry for the melancholy moment... onward and inward!:clap
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    The Chilcotin Plateau... One of my favorite places on the planet... :thumb

    Subscribed!!!
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    dcparks Been here awhile

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    Thanks Slow and Griz - now on with the show
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    After gas and beer in pemberton, then off the pavement and on up the Lilloet River valley, a few Km of pavement emandering through farmland along the river, then across the river and onto the FSR and north towards meager creek valley. We got to the turnoff for the emager creek hotsprings..well, came to this:

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    End of the road.

    The FSR used to cross the lillooet a few 100 meters from this spot, on a bridge that was 10m higher than the river. the bridge is now buried beneath slide debris, and the forest inundated and drowned for several kms upstream.

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    i think i can ride this....

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    harry thinks he can make it with his new Metzler Karoos

    No hotsprings for us! Turns out google earth was wrong, right? a huge slide took out most of the valley in 2010, the Mount Meager (ironic, mount "meager" has a huge slide). 48,500,000 m3 of mountainside gooshed down capricorn creek in to meager creek, sloshed 500 feet up the opposite slope, then spewed down the meager creek valley and obliterating the lillooet river at the confluence, and for several km upstream and downstream. Both the lilloet river and meager creek were temporarily dammed by the debris. This was the (probably) largest slide ever in canada (google it for the wikipedia site).

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    a pic from the interpretive sign at the FS camp, showing the confluence of meager and capricorn creeks. The bare slope on the right is where the debris ran up the opposite side of the valley.

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    wow.

    The image in google earth showing the road rebuilt over a slide at this location is actyually from a smaller, earlier slide. Or not, just checked, the image has been updated, so check it out for more of a sense of what the area looks like now, post-apocalyptic slide.

    So, no camp at meager creek and no hotsprings (they survived, being farther up the valley, you just caint git there from here). However, the sheer massive scale of the slide is incredible, a spectacle well worth the trip up the valley for, and there is a forest service campground situated with a perfect view of the river and slide, so we stopped there for the night. A fire, one beer between three (thanks for sharing, Harry), and an early night.

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    view from our camp across the Lillooet River and up Meager Creek.

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    time to crawl in:snore

    Javier lines the inside of his tent with tinfoil, so the satellites cant read his thoughts.
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  20. Mercenary

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    Hmmmm....I would have thought the Frank slide would have been bigger than the Meager creek slide.....

    Wicked looking none the less....
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