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Discussion in 'Canada' started by BOBMUNZ, Jun 6, 2009.
Count me in. Been awhile since I had a good Roti.
I won't be able to attend the lunch. But glad to hear you're back in town, Brian!
Also, I got a nibble on selling my panniers. if all goes well I'll have some sexy happy trail ones soon
Here are a few more pics from my ride to Vancouver Island last month.
Left Winnipeg at 8AM Nov 9, and raced to the North Dakota border to beat the forecast snowstorm...
And then got stripped to my skivvies, patted down and put in a room while they searched my bike.
Time lost - 75 minutes. Sorry no pics of that encounter. :dog
Rest stop in the Dakotas with the worlds biggest sushi knife...
Which I played leapfrog with all day...
Thought the railroaders would like this big locomotive...
How big was it? This big...
Spent the night in Sioux City Iowa and hit the road early...
Entering Nebraska the road wasn't near as rough as it looked..
A full day's slog through Nebraska and Kansas, where the wind was recorded at 60/65 MPH all day.
More dirt in the air than on the ground. Gas mileage took a huge hit. $$$
The next day saw me ride through a sliver of Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle and most of New Mexico...
Interesting phraseology on this marker. I'm calling it Texas-speak.
After a couple of days of mostly flat terrain the bump on the horizon signals that I'm approaching Tucumcari NM.
Spent the night in the town of Grants NM where I was treated with an indicator that I had better turn south again...
Minus 10 C when I awoke and the RT was not happy cranking over with 15W40 oil.
Castrol makes a 0W60 that I think I'll use when anticipating future temps like this...
Into Arizona and the scenery is getting more varied...
Oh look, a curve...
Oh oh, snow!
Lots of hills coming up and it's getting warmer...
It's getting hot, but only 72 miles to Phoenix and a cold beer.
Sixth rider I've seen since leaving Winnipeg, but this Harley rider that just passed was the only helmetless one...
Finally into the cactus belt...
Spent a couple of days superbly feted by BentForks in Mesa AZ, then westbound again.
Nice twisty road that Jack recommended...
Once I got down off of that mountain, sand appeared, and stayed with me until the Golden Gate Bridge...
Goodbye Arizona, I knew ye only a little, but I'll be back!
Crossing the Colorado River into California...
I wonder how many bikers have pissed behind this marker? I know of at least one.
Across the road...
Lots of traffic out of LA, but mostly in the sky... Just a few cars in the past couple of hours.
I don't recommend wandering onto the shoulder at speed...
High desert colour...
Did I mention there was a lot of sand?
Lots of drought ridden grass...
The orange trees only survive because of irrigation in this area...
Fields of cultivated flowers - there's a little bit of dirt mixed with the sand now...
And a big surprise to me - oil fields!
Nearing the coast and now there are Big trees!
This is why you have to wash the sand out of your spinach...
Spent the night in Modesto CA and picked an orange off the tree in the parking lot.
Sorry, no pic.
Finally, the Golden Gate bridge...
North of San Francisco and it turns green, 'cause there is a lot of rain.
Though the hills are still a bit dry...
Signs that fall is coming in Northern California...
Ok, it's here...
Arrived at a motel in Oregon, de-geared and headed out for dinner a block away. Got halfway there and remembered I'd left the credit card in the room.
Took me half an hour to find it, and only so did because I ended up sitting on it.
Can you see it? (The camera flash makes it easy.)
Ahh... finally, some road that hasn't been straightened!
Started to see Tsunami warning signs along stretches of the highway due to its proximity to this...
Got some good rain. Had to get off the bike in order to smoke because of it! :huh
Got some big sand dunes around here...
Hwy 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) scenery is varied...
Can you see the seagull?
How about now?
I know that picture was in another of my posts, but hey, I like it.
Spent the next couple of days visiting family in Portland. (Thanks J and Suzanne!)
Then struck out for Port Angeles where I'd take the ferry to Victoria.
Still some of this stuff though!
Had a couple of hours to kill in Port Angeles waiting for the ferry, so I tried the local specialty, Dungeness Crab.
Tasty, but far too much work. I'll stick to lobster.
The Blackball Ferry line let me on for free (because it was my birthday), just had to pay for the bike.
They also gave me a return ticket, good for a year!
They have a very unique system for securing your bike.
You tie it to the upper railing! :eek1
They also gave me a stepped block for the non kickstand side of the bike, but it was too short to do anything.
Out of order, but I started to wonder about their navigation when I saw all the spares.
Was treated to a rainbow (or two) just before embarking...
Goodbye USA, I'll be back...
So ends my pictorial.
I've posted pics of my stays in Esquimalt and Richmond before, so I won't bore you with more of the same.
The bike is safely ensconced in Grant and Andre's garage (Thanks Grant!).
I was planning on flying back in late February to retrieve it and use the free Blackball Ferry Line ticket.. and retrace my steps... with some different ones thrown in for good measure..
That said, the end of January sounds even better.
Suffice to say, there'll likely be some of this in it.
Thanks for posting your ride photos....I wondered how/and where it all went.......
Very nice picture overview of the trip! I really like stuff like that. Have never done PC1... hopefully one day. You know, if you hang a 3rd wheel on the side of that Beemer, a little snow isn't as daunting
What kinda time are we looking at? Might be able to make it over there.
I hadn't posted the remainder of the ride earlier as I knew it would be a lot of work to do it properly,,, and other things have beckoned since I flew home on Thursday.
In fact, I spent most of today picking photos, resizing them, putting them in order and uploading them. Then the work to create a post and link the photos.
It was fun for me reliving the trip through the photos, so a worthwhile exercise.
An interesting note on border crossings; in comparison to the southbound crossing, the Canadian crossing took about 90 seconds.
The Cdn border guard waived the duty on the extra carton of duty free smokes I claimed, I didn't have to get off the bike and she was more interested in my ride than pigeon-holing me as a ne'er-do-well.
Lose some, win some.
No third wheel on the beemer, but maybe on the KLR.
Traditionally lunch is 12:00 to 13:00, however as it involves ADVrs, shit happens between 11:30 and 14:00.
Well, if you did hang a sidecar on your KLR, you'd be in a growing group! Recently have been contacted by a few people who've seen the pics I posted here on adv, enquiring further into my thoughts on the rig. 1 guy bought a brand new KLR, and the same DMC Enduro sidecar based on my experience! Cheaper, simpler and more reliable than a Ural! ...not that I dislike Urals.
Brian, another grand slam season on the bike ! Was that coast to coast x 2.5?
Nice photos... Good job on the write up, short and to the point!
Technically it's 2.5, but the point 5 took 6300 KM to get there.
Throw in a couple of rides to the NWT and a quickie run to Kelowna and back and it's over 52,000 this year.
Oh yeah and don't forget the 70 KM I put on the KLR.
Thanks for the kudos, it was fun writing it up.
Brian...good report. Thankyou for the pictoral.
I miss the Desert.... have to get back there someday.
The desert was my favorite part of the ride.
Highway 101 is awesome, but like riding in the far north, I love the solitude of the desert.
Definitely going back, only with the KLR.
where have I seen this quote before
Great photos, Brian.
I got the pull-in-to-the-first-bay treatment once too, but without the grope (guess I'm not as sexy as I thought ). As they had handi-cams all over the place that day I figured they were shooting a training video, or something.
Looks like a great ride pifflemaster. Good to see some familiar picks for areas the wife and I drove the kids through this summer. The whole time on 101 and northern California I just kept thinking "damn, if I only had my bike". Cheers.
I hope the ride to nfld will be just as awsome as your trip seemed to be, Brian!
Hey Cuff, yup, it's a great road.
I've ridden it twice now, both times in the off season (early March and mid Nov), but would hate to ride it when peak tourist season was happening.
We drove most of the Oregon coast and northern Cali on week days and it wasn't bad at all. Montery on the weekend was packed but Laguna Seca was awesome as we showed up practice day for the Rolex Invitational and had full access to the pits with the kids. My sun was just in awe at the cars, being 9, and my wife want's to go back now for MotoGP, what a girl.
We did pick up an old Goldwing when we got back for a case of beer (long story but a good one) and my wife has said we're going back to the Oregon coast as soon as it's hot again but not as far as Laguna on the bike. Should be a good trip just the two of us.