Cougar tracks: The initial pawprints

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Cowgirl, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. OFA

    OFA Adventure Obsession

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    You need to embrace the camping thing CowGirl. It's not to worry about.
    I make my living taking people camping and my only concern when I camp is people.
    Besides you get a great feel for the area when you camp, compared to a stuffy motel room.
    See you on the road.
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  2. smilin jack

    smilin jack Grandpa Adventurer

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    Oh yeah, I do like your jacket. I wear a highway worker vest with reflectors to be seen by the other drivers. Not as nice looking as yours though.

    Nice trip. My grandson lives in Quesnel, BC, so hope to visit him this summer.

    Dave
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  3. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    I'm getting into the swing of it. Next time it'll be warmer :lol3
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  4. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    We pulled into Campbell River and quickly found a spot to hole up in until the storm passed. We just had coffee but the food must have been good because the place was full in spite of surly wait staff and glacial service :lol3

    Once the rain stopped we continued south along the coast road. The wind had really picked up and the sea had gotten quite rough which made for spectacular views.

    Cape Mudge Lighthouse at the entrance to Discovery Passage.


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    This is a cargo barge on it's way to Alaska. The tail end of the tug is barely visible on the far left of the photo. There is a steady stream of these tugs and barges heading to and from Alaska all year round. To get an idea of the size of them those are the same containers that you see towed by semis on the highway and on train cars.

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    The wind and cloudy skies didn't stop us from having a great ride back down to Qualicum Beach. The coast road was the original highway before the four lane inland highway was built. It winds it's way right along the shoreline and through a few small villages of two or three buildings. As we neared Qualicum we left the main road to stop briefly at Deep Bay.

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    When we stopped at the turn back onto the highway Grizz said to me "Wanna take a short cut?" and pointed at a narrow road across from us. Although I'm always ready for a new adventure my off pavement experience is next to non-existant, however this was paved so my answer was "You bet!!" and off we went. A hundred feet down the "short cut" the pavement ended. The road turned into gravel and dirt pocked with deep potholes. Well, OK, I can do this. I got up on the pegs a bit and quickly got the hang of it. I was feeling pretty good and thinking this was really fun then we turned a corner and WATER! Lots of it. The potholes extended all the way across the road and were filled with muddy water. To me it looked like a veritable lake. Grizz was quite a way ahead so there was no way I could chicken out, that's not really my nature anyway. Full steam ahead! I met that first puddle square in the middle. It turned out the water was over a foot deep - not much to you guys I'm sure, but remember, I've never done this before. The resulting wave cascaded into my boots and the bike bogged down. I thought "I'm not laying my bike down in this!" and gave her some more throttle - we were through! And on to the next one, and the next, and the next. It was awesome! I felt like a real adventure rider! Now I was focussing on what I was doing and hadn't watched Grizz at all. When I pulled up beside him at the end of the road he looks at me and says "Wow, you went right through the middle of those! I stayed on the edges." :huh Why didn't I think of that!

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    Believe me, this felt a whole lot more impressive than it looks. I wish I had a picture of me going through but I did jam out of doing it again just for the photo op :lol3

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    By this time I was feeling the cold and my feet were soaked. Earlier I'd decided to give the camping a miss that night due to the cold and I was now facing a 3 hour ride home at best so when Grizz said to me "You sure you don't want to sleep on the couch?" I jumped at the offer. Before you all go there, he was a perfect gentleman and no sheets were harmed in the course of this ride report. :roflThank you so much my new friend!
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  5. TallRob

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    WOW thats bright!....had to turn the brightness down on the monitor.
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  6. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Just wait 'til I get the matching helmet! All of the piping is reflective as well - at night I look like a character out of Tron :D
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  7. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Man, did I sleep! After a nice breakfast and really good coffee supplied by grizzlyone I hit the road at the crack of eleven :D The morning was gray but dry. I decided to head over to Coombs and see if the goats were around.

    I passed these fellows on the way - I'm pretty sure they're not indigenous to the area
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    I think that's a beer cooler, this is Canada after all. Jurrasic Ale anyone?

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    Here's the Coombs Country Market. There's been goats living here on the roof for over 40 years. I think they slept in later than I did 'cause they weren't out today.

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    I used to live in Nanaimo many years ago and back then there was just the Market. Now there's a whole tourist metropolis with some rather interesting attractions.

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    Somebody said I'd get more views if I had a picture of a naked woman.

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    For the women. Yeah, it's a really big - well, you know.

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    As I left Coombs it started to rain and before long it had turned into a real downpour. I got on the inland highway to bypass Nanaimo. It was wet!

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    I don't know why but I have a weakness for these scenes with big ships, maybe because of my job. This is Ladysmith harbour and this ship is waiting for a berth in Vancouver. This time of year there's ships anchored everywhere waiting to take on cargos of grain for destinations all over the world.

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    It didn't stop raining until I got back to the Malahat. Coming down the south side the road started to dry out so I treated myself to a few of my favourite twisty roads for the last bit of my ride home.

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    This is Patricia Bay on the west side of the Saanich Peninsula. Remember the Coast Guard ship from the Mill Bay picture on the first day? Here it is again from the other side.

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    Looking from Patricia Bay northwest into Cowichan Bay.

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    Thank you all for following along on my quest for inner camping peace. Now that I've overcome my tent phobia I plan on many more treks to far and not-so-far away places. Watch for me on the road, I'm hard to miss :lol3
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  8. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    Hahahahaha! Inside joke. That's pretty funny, Cindy! I loved your ride report, and you have a good eye for photography. Sure looking forward to meeting you in Colorado this summer!
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  9. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Thanks! Colorado is going to be a blast!
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  10. durtwurm

    durtwurm Talented Amateur

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    Ummm hmmm. Well good!
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  11. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    :clap:clap
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  12. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    Enjoyed your Day Trippin’ report. Camping, gravel, and water crossing, lots of phobias were conquered on this trip. You are now ready for bigger adventures.:freakyMore pawprints
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  13. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    :thumb Awesome first Ride Report! Looking forward to the next ones....:ear
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  14. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Thank you!
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  15. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Nice ride report, thanks for posting. Beautiful area.
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  16. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    thanks for the report. being at a far corner of the earth, i'll probably never get up there. glad you like camping now..check out hammockforums.com :)
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  17. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Thank you and you're welcome :D

    It is totally different from Florida, you need to make the trip!
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  18. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Since I'm from s. florida and have been riding in BC several times...I say +1, you need to get up there and ride. It is beautiful.
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  19. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Nice report, you have some good pics there. :thumb
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  20. BullShatter

    BullShatter Been here awhile

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    The last time I was in Nanaimo was in 1988. We stumbled on a bridge where they had a permanent bungee jump business set up . On this particular day they were offering free bungee jumps for anyone willing to do it NAKED, yep in your birthday suit. Neither of us did it as they were already sold out of naked jumps for the day. The people watching was interesting to say the least. On that day we had the fortune...or misfortune as it was, to witness the largest man ever to bungee jump naked (375 lbs, or 170 kilos for you Canuk ADVr's). Gotta love Canada, and by the way, Vancouver and Victoria are two of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited.

    To this day, I'm not sure if that record has since been broken!
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