Metchosin, B.C. (Part 2)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by squonker, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Here it is, the sequel you haven't been waiting for!

    But this one might actually be worth looking at...it was a beautiful day to be beside the ocean. And the twisties....ooh!

    I played with the bike a little this morning to see if I could find out what stopped it idling the last time I was out. Threw a new plug in while I had the tank off, unblocked a breather hose...it seemed to do the trick.

    For about ten minutes!

    But whatever, it was a gorgeous day here today and there's a new Provincial law in B.C. that states if it is a glorious day and you own a bike, you have to ride. Really. If the cops come by and find your bike at home parked in your garage, the ticket is several hundred bucks. :deal

    Anyway I'll start out at the jail where I so miserably ended up last time, but I came into Metchosin a different way this time, through Colwood, and that mean views like this:

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    There is a large gravel pit at the top of this hill and when I used to run heavy equipment I thought it'd be a pretty sweet place to work, with this view all day long.

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    I think the gravel pit would make an excellent dirt playground, but it would require a Steve McQueen style jump over the fence first.

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    That's Victoria's Dallas Road ocean front in the distance.

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    Good thing I never followed through with that plan to fit a 5th wheel on my bike!!

    So...back out to the jail.
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    About 18 months ago I did some work for a buddy who manages a facility in the city, and there is a restaurant on the site. There was a really nice guy called Wayne who washed the dishes..an older chap, late 60s or so, but he gave off a very calm vibe. He was always pleasant, helpful and you could tell when you spoke to him that he was interested in what you had to say.

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    I finished up what I was doing at the place where Wayne worked and then went away for several months. When I came back to town I went back to visit everyone and there was a new dishwasher. "Where's Wayne?" I asked, and everyone said things like, "Oh, you didn't hear about that?" and " You don't know the story?"

    Nope. :ear

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    It turns out that Wayne was in a little trouble with the law. Well, that's actually kinda like saying Hannibal Lecter had a little trouble with vegetarianism. Wayne had a history. A big one!

    http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/youbethejudge/index.html

    http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/....html?id=520a72c8-672e-4ebd-9c71-a4cd90338fa0

    I can't find it now, but there was one news article that made him out to be a violent, drug-addicted dangerous offender. If you don't want to read all the links above, Wayne has escaped from jail more times than anyone else in North American history. 13 times, I think it is. He wrote a book about it.

    http://www.amazon.ca/Breakfast-Devil-L-Wayne-Carlson/dp/1895837189

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    This is where he lives now. I had thought about buying a copy of his book and coming here to visit him and getting him to sign it, but I doubt that he'd remember me now.

    Ok, off to find some twisties....:clap
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  2. GB

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    Enjoyed the sequel! Thanks for the sunny pics too :thumb
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  3. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    I think they put this up to commemorate where I broke down last time :D

    I backtracked to the Rocky Point turn off, with the intention of riding out towards East Sooke for a little way and then taking in both Kangaroo and Gillespie Roads.

    I did get to ride them, but the Rocky Point/East Sooke Road was just too much fun and I couldn't turn off it without having ridden it to the far end first. Too many of these

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    It was just constant twisties, and not another vehicle in sight! I had the entire road to myself, the sun shining down and the ocean on my left.

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    At times I forced myself to pull over and take pics, but there were many places that I either told myself I'd take them on the way back, or I simply couldn't stop for having too much fun.

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  4. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    I love it,I love it and you are riding and I am blowing snow, it is -18C and I need to do some xc ski training so what do I end up with, your report, those beautiful roads and sunny weather. Keep it coming, I will make it to summer with your RR.

    ciao,gale
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  5. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    More twisties

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    and more

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    Not a twisty

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    Stopped to snap a few pics at some bay or other
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    Bloody hell - no wonder I was cold!

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    A piece of metal roughly two feet long :D
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    And back on the bike for more groovin'
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  6. spacely

    spacely Been here awhile

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    that's a lot nicer than my ride down Hastings in Vancouver the other day!
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  7. brunstei

    brunstei Been here awhile

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    Hey Squonker,

    We crossed paths briefly a couple of years back, at Bell II on the Cassiar. Good to see you're out riding the Island. The road up to Pt Renfrew is a nice scenic quiet one with a decent pub at the end. Some real nice roads there especially for this time of year. I'm away down south in Alabama for a while, where I'm startled / horrified / disappointed to say that it's mostly been appreciably colder than the Lower Mainland / Vanc Island area so not as much riding as I'd hoped!

    Keep the shiny side up.
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  8. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Hey brunstei,

    I remember you clearly, good to hear from you. Alabama, hey? what takes you out that way?

    Take care and ride safe.

    Cheers.
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  9. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    I rode all the way out to the end of the road in East Sooke, and this

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    Man, that road was great! There were ups...
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    downs...
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    rollers...
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    :D
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  10. squonker

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    I tried to get a couple of clever shots...and failed miserably!
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    And then back on the road....

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    For a little while, anyway!

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  11. brunstei

    brunstei Been here awhile

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    A craving for biscuits and gravy!!!

    Ok, no, a job. Hope to be coming back to my home in New West in a year or so, though :) Meanwhile bought a bike down here and will be exploring around when the weather permits.
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  12. Cowgirl

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    Great pictures! I have a few of the same ones from East Sooke Road from November :D Monday I rode Kangaroo again and ended up at the other end of Whiffin Spit - there's some great roads in Metchosin and Sooke. We'll have to meet up sometime :freaky
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  13. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Cool - what bike d'ya get? If you get a chance, post some RRs of your own, I'd love to see :eek1!


    I was thinking the same thing - had such fun doing the East Sooke Rd - Kangaroo Rd - Hwy 14 - Gillespie Rd loop that I couldn't really stop for pics, it just didn't seem right! I was thinking that if the two of us rode the loop about half a dozen times we might then be willing to pull over and take pics of each other riding the best twisties. We could do a joint RR! I'll get my bike running properly in the next few days and drop you a line before work becomes too busy. (Stupid work, always interfering with my lifestyle :D).
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  14. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    I'm in!!! :clap :clap :clap
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  15. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Suh-weet! Here we go....!

    Ooh, that's about it for this RR because here on it the fun was just too much! I'll try and use the highly technical mapping system I used in my big RR a coupe of years ago in a mo and show you where this all happens, 'cos it's just not cool to share when you find roads this good!

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    I did the loop I mentioned earlier and it was time to go home. I went back through Metchosin the way that I'd come in the first part of this RR, so it bought me back out here, where I'd begun.

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    Thanks for riding along!
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  16. brunstei

    brunstei Been here awhile

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    Here you go! Nothing too exciting yet, they have far too much winter down here and I actually have photos of the bike deep in snow :huh but I've made a few outings as weather permits.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=650489
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  17. Katui

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    Great to see some local adventuring! BTW I think you can get into the sand pit sans-fence if you go over the sand hill on your left just entering the sand pit going north bound. Also behind the new development on the hill above the sandpit there are a couple little areas you can play around in :) Link to map for reference: http://goo.gl/maps/um79
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  18. Ironman2001

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    Ya lots of bikes use that route. Very popular for all types, Harley's, dual-purpose and street bikes. Although the street guys can do that loop in 20 min. Not that I know anything about that.:lol3
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