Female solo V-Strom rider age 64 rides Beartooth, Glacier, Icefields Pkwy.

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Cariboostrom, May 23, 2012.

  1. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Been here awhile

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    When I grow up I want to be like you Cariboostrom!!!:clap BTW many years ago my uncle and aunt homesteaded in Williams Lake... . When you (Cariboostrom<SCRIPT type=text/javascript> vbmenu_register("postmenu_18773865", true); </SCRIPT>) wrote, "So then it was onwards to the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Rattlesnake</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Pass</st1:placeType></st1:place> and down to Hell&#8217;s canyon. The weather was still not too hot, as I started down the switchbacks into Hell&#8217;s Canyon. I stopped at the café at the bottom, and took the camera and walked out onto the bridge over the Grande Ronde river. " Actually you were not in "Hell's Canyon" as that canyon has the Snake River in it... you were very close to that famous canyon (it is actually East as crow flies about ten miles from the Rattle Snake Grade). You can ride into parts of Hell's Canyon if you can ride on dirt/gravel (Dugg Bar) and ride along the rim on Forest Service roads like at Buckhorn overlook.

    FYI my wife and I rode down the Washington side of the Rattlesnake Grade yesterday and then turned West at the bottom of the grade and rode back roads (and thru some snow lol:eek1) over to Milton Freewater, Oregon. If you ever get into this area again give us a jingle and we will show you Hell's Canyon... I also noticed you were in Deer Lodge MT... other than dead of winter it seems to always be buggy there and you are correct Yellowstone is a zoo of people and not worth going to in the summer... in the winter it is GREAT!!!
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  2. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    Where were we....OK, Kalispell....I spent July 13th riding around Flathead Lake looking for cherries...no cherries ripe in this area, as the season was, according to a local, about a month behind schedule...cool spring. I bought a new camera, and went to Snappy Sports Centre, and bought a new camp stove to replace my old Coleman which had served me well for about 32 years...and a new slightly smaller better quality air mattress. Zigy had some unsettling news from his home and decided to head back to home in Boulder. I spied this bike in the parking lot of the motel:

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    In the morning I got to meet Joe, the owner of the bike, who is from England, and who has been riding around South and Central America and is on his way to Alaska. I gave him my contact details and hoped to meet him again in Quesnel, on his way through. This really is the best part of travelling - all the wonderful and interesting people you meet on the road.

    Today was the first day that the Going to the Sun Road was open for through traffic, owing to the high snowpack from the past winter taking so long to clear.

    Day 12, July 14, 2011.
    I headed off from Kalispell early. I like Kalispell, and have been there a couple of times:
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    The Strom "leading the pack".... :evil
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    Heading into Glacier Park
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    Joe had said there were some areas of gravel that were freshly graded and wet. He'd come through from the Eastern side the previous day (first day open). He said he'd seen a bunch of Harley riders turning around, saying they weren't going to ride "on that shit"....but he reassured me "you'll be fine on your bike".... Joe, just a young guy (late twenties?) didn't seem to think it odd at all that I was riding around on my V-Strom on my own, and appreciated my skills and suitable bike....awesome!

    There were some delays on the road, one lane at times, but it was great to have a chance to get off the bike and take some pictures. These guys in front on their Gold Wings (?) were having quite a time of it to stay upright, as we were going very slowly, in loose and freshly laid down gravel.
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    the sun was shining; it was a gorgeous day; the snowbanks got higher and higher as we approached Logan Pass...what a fantastic road to be riding .... !
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    Wildlife appeared out of nowhere at the top.....mountain goats I think?
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    Lots and lots of snow still beside the road at the top.

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    I've ridden the Going to the Sun road from East to West several times, but this was the first time going West to East, and yes, it does pay to ride it BOTH ways, as it's quite a different view each time.
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  3. Nacho911

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    Ride safe. I did that trip last year from Canmore through Kananaskis and into Waterton Park. There was no where to camp all was full. So we headed into the USA at the border crossing. Great ride although late. Then we stopped close to Glacier entrance in the KOA. It was great. We were first to stay in one of their highbred tents. At dinner and a beer at that nice log lodge just outside the park. Great food. The trip into glacier was wonderful. So different from Banff National Park just outside my door at home. Colossal would be a good word.
    One through the park we avoided the tourist traps and stopped at a hole in the wall pub on the side of the highway called Packards Roost. Cold beer and the largest $10 hamburger I have ever seen. We fed 3/4 to two mongrel dogs on the deck outside. We were all very happy.
    Through Whitefish Montana then Sandpoint ID. Great epic ride. We met Kurt and Martha outside Sandpoint ID whom own BlackDog CW and adv gear company. Great people! Got great advice on where to ride and even were invited to camp by the river on their spread.
    Good Lord we had a great time. Love the USA.:lol3:lol3:freaky
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  4. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    Riding East through the remaining stretch of Going to the Sun is beautiful too. This road is spectacular from start to finish (either way!)
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    I followed Chief Mountain Highway, and crossed back into Canada and turned up Hwy 5 where I set up camp at Crooked Creek Campground, just outside of Waterton Park, where it was SO windy, that even though I had put the tent up behind some brush, I woke up in the middle of the night with the tent flapping about my face, with about half the tent pegs pulled out! So folks, ya know you're REALLY camping and having so much fun when you have to get up at 3 am and get dressed and go out and re-peg your tent down again in a howling wind!.
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    Someone had got a little inukshuk going on one of the picnic tables. This is a really nice friendly campground, but it sure is WINDY here!
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    Day 13, July 15, 2011
    So then I went into Waterton Park - sister park to Glacier, which is ALSO spectacular...
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    At the end of the road in Waterton Park is Cameron Lake...
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    So then I headed over the Crowsnest Pass Hwy 3 into British Columbia again, and I was so glad to get out of windy Alberta.
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  5. tankara fishing

    tankara fishing tierra encantada

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    Gorgeous pics. I want to be you when I grow up! (I'm only 57)
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  6. Scooterchick

    Scooterchick And then what?

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    Wow.....what a ride!

    Thanks for sharing....:-). Are you home now?
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  7. JemezMtns

    JemezMtns Been here awhile

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    What is the brand of your tent? I'm really digging that vestibule/storage area.
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  8. GirlieS

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    Great to read your report!

    Somehow there are not a whole lot of woman on the road.
    And you are. That gives me a lot of positive energy toward my own future.

    I still have to wait 16 years till our son will be able to get his driverslicense.

    And then I hope we will be on the road with my husband, my son and me.
    (allready saving for a great adventure together).
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  9. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    The tent is an OutdoorWorks Summit - It was cheap. I got it at Costco about ten years ago. It works really well, sleeps two easily, three in a pinch. If it's raining I have plenty of room inside to sit and read and dress/get undressed although it is not tall enough to stand up in. The vestibule is awesome, room to put ALL of my gear under cover if it's raining (except the wonderful V-Strom, but she's tough). The tent weighs 10 lbs, is 28" long all packed up. What I like about it is that the rain fly comes right down to the ground, so if it's raining and windy, I stay dry. I've slept in this tent through some amazingly heavy wind and rain and stayed dry. The tent was about $100, I think.

    I doubt it is available still, but try and find a tent with the same design.



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  10. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    I took this trip LAST year 2011....
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  11. bESS

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    CaribooStrom (Danielle):

    I think it's great to be able to recognize places in some of your photos. There is a picnic area on that stretch where you took that photo along St Mary's lake where there is a rest area and we had lunch on a picnic table. we were travelling East to West because it was opening day, we thought there would be less traffic that way, but we got stuck on those "one Lane" sections too. It took nearly 2 hours from Hungry Horse to East Glacier because of construction. I have a video on my Youtube channel but on opening day, one day before you. The road was all gravel on the way up and part way down due to damage from heavy snow

    I think we saw the same family of mountain goats

    bob
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  12. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    I stopped for the night at Fairmont Hot Springs.....$38 per night to pitch a tent was a bit steep....more like a resort, as they had a pool and lots of facilities, and a good view...but it was pretty muddy on the roads in the campground.
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    Day 14, July 16, 2011
    I turned off at Radium Hot Springs onto Hwy 93
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    I rode the Trans Canada Hwy 1 for a short while, before turning off onto Amazing Road #4....the Icefields Parkway, going north to Jasper, Alberta. I've tried to ride this road before, but the weather has been raining, and low cloud, and no visibility...but this trip, the weather was PERFECT.
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    I stopped for the night in Hinton at this little cabin.
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    Day 15 July 17, 2011
    I headed for home, passing Mount Robson on the way.... it's hard to see the top of Mount Robson...almost always it's obscured by clouds....highest mountain in B.C. I think.
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    I am spoiled to live so close to such beautiful mountain scenery... So that's my ride report on last summer's ride, on four of the most amazing roads I've ridden on...... now to plan THIS summer's big ride...
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  13. bigskydrift

    bigskydrift dual sport hooligan

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    Thanks for the wonderful RR Cariboo......I will be anxious to see where you travel to this summer. I just purchased a 2012 vstrom (wee) and just hit the 600 mile mark, and am anxious to take it out on a road trip, unfortunately I will only be able to take it out on 4-5 day runs this summer. Luckily I live in Missoula and am very close to many great roads / scenery. Maybe we will cross paths someday!
    Safe travels to you !
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  14. Davemacduf

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    What a report ,well done,inspiring and absolutely beautiful pics. If you ever take on South America and specifically Ecuador be sure and look me up. Also if you happen to visit without your Suzy I have two Honda Africa Twins Here and we could do a tour on them.
    I spent January and February riding Peru,Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Next year Brazil.
    looking forward to your posts.:clap
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  15. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Cariboostrom....

    We need more like you....I am a bit older but never have seen the likes of you going solo at your age. You are an inspiration to the female of species. You rock.

    I just love Canada and have been there quite a few times... hope to see you on the road there?....Newfoundland and Labrador is waiting to be photographed and written about by you:clap.

    Ride safe, ride far....
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  16. oscar23

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    Simply awesome –Thanks so much for sharing-<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    You should really think about writing a book – I know I could sure use some pointers and advice-<o:p></o:p>
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  17. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    I looked it up on Google Earth....I think you're referring to La Laguna Restaurant - it has some great reviews by other patrons too. I'll keep that in mind for sure, as we don't get Mexican food anywhere up here in my area. Thanks for the tip.
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  18. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    Write a book????? Me???? What would I write about? So what do you need pointers and advice about? Writing lessons, grammar lessons? I guess I could do that! :rofl Maybe I'll write a book when I'm old.....you know, REALLY old! Like 90+ maybe!
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  19. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    I'd LOVE to ride the East Coast of Canada, but it's so FAR AWAY from here....it's about a week of solid riding to get there.... I HAVE thought about flying out and renting a bike....but it's expensive.... my mechanic says I should buy a new V-Strom in Halifax and ride it home..... Hmmmmm...that's a thought!

    About going solo.....I find that if you wait around for someone to go and do something with, you can wait forever....so I just go anyway on my own, and have a wonderful time. This applies to a person of any age...
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  20. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    Wow, that's quite the offer! Ecuador eh? If I get there I'll look you up for sure! I've been to South America way way back in the day (1973) hitch hiking and taking busses and trains.... I spent 6 months down there..... I have thought of flying to Chili and renting a bike. Chili was in the midst of major political turmoil in1973, and tourists were not advised to go there then, so it's one country I have not been to (yet).