Reaver's Ramblings - Toronto to LA on the GS Twins

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Reaver, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. kelsow

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  2. Reaver

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  3. Viking

    Viking Ækt trønder!!

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  4. Reaver

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    Day 5- 720 kms.

    There's too much red there, we actually started mid Montana. Oops.


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    As we travelled further north and higher in elevation, the temps dropped to the 20's making it far more comfortable. Bec signalled to pull over and we zipped up all our vents and she put on a sweater. Finally a use for the sweaters! Here I took the old car pics. I thought of the Clampet's from The Beverly Hillbillies. The road ended and as we stopped I pointed skyward and said "Safe or Sorry?" meaning "Rain gear?" She's not afraid of rain and just shrugged her shoulders so I took it as "Whatever" and I proceeded. The instant we let out the clutch a massive bolt of lightning struck what seemed to be right in front of us (still expansive prairies) and Bec hauled off to the shoulder immediately as the sky opened up on us. It had looked like the road went through a clearing up ahead but no, not my luck. It was a welcome rain but the temps dropped to 12 so we were now cold. Grip heat, check !The beautiful highway 2 into the mountains toward the western side of Glacier Park had us all cold and wet. We arrived at the Park entrance and walked around the shops full of trinkets pretending to be interested as we warmed up. The sun came out so the park ride was saved!

    The Going to the Sun road through the park is so beautiful with it's mountain lakes and snow capped peaks. It was busy but it didn't matter that we travelled below the speed limit. Minor construction delay but who cared? We had an early dinner at a stop after exiting.

    Lack of planning got me again. We didn't realize the Canadian Border was so close. Passing up the shops and BEER, we proceeded to a lonely Border crossing in the middle of nothing. With one bike ahead of us, and a jaded Agent, it took maybe three minutes tops. Nope, no alcohol sir, dammit.

    BACK IN CANADA!!!!!

    I could turn my phone on again, use my Debit card and find me a Tim Horton's! Alberta is much like Montana at this part except everyone drove in the right lane unless passing. Just sayin'. Good visibility meant high speeds! Change Zumo back to metric.

    It was at Tim's I called Cory and you know that story already.

    Pics will follow given time!
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  5. Reaver

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    Don't you just hate idiots doing Ride Reports out of order? :rofl

    We are currently on the Pacific Coast in the Ski Resort town of Whistler BC. Expedia got us a killer deal here on a deluxe room with a kitchen and even a rubber ducky for the tub.Tomorrow is a day off from riding as we celebrate 5000 kms so far (in 7 days). Bec has a Spa appointment in the morning then we go Bungee Jumping in the afternoon. Right now there's a free concert below and every type of food you could want. Kinda romantic, eh Erling? :evil

    Don't mean to brag, sorry.

    There's an F800 parked beside me with BC plates. Anyone we know??

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  7. Reaver

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    Where we stopped to zipper up. The American Pickers prerequisites:




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    Redneck Grocery Getter? I wanted it.

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    Where I stopped to don the raingear. It was a historic site with a pull over spot. Bec stopped on the very narrow shoulder a half mile back with trucks going by. I try to teach her to ride safe. Better to be wet and safe.

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    Look! It's only raining on either side of the road, not where we're going. :D


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    It was an hour in the rain at 12 C. You're fine Princess!


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    The Sun shone bright for our tour of the park. Gorgeous!


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    Hundreds of pics but you'll just have to go yourself. That tiny curb on the right was all that stopped you from going over the edge! If you got caught up looking at the scenery and hit the curb you'd be in free fall. Hopefully enough time for a "Spectacles, Testicles, Wallet, Watch."




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    Back in Canada. FIRST STOP!

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    Canada/USA Differences:


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  8. Reaver

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    Day 6. I dunno, 6-700 kms. You look it up. Forgot to reset trip meter.

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    We left the hotel late and got our Timmy fix. Following the Trans Can Hwy 1 we wanted to go through Banff National Park and see the sights while travelling. There is no charge for the park if you're just passing through. If you're going to do this route then take #1A through Canmore for more sights and scenery. I've been there a few times and wanted more mileage instead. Having reached Lake Louise and needing fuel anyway, we stopped in. It's a Canadian thing, you have to see it. Well....it's popular! After waiting on the RV's and SUV's to fuel we got our chance. We headed for the parking lots and Holy F! We COULD NOT get a spot for even one bike! Oh there are many lots and spots but this place was PACKED! After circling a half hour we managed to find room beside a RV in the compact car section......


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    Where's the lake?

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    Radioface at the lake.


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    She makes it look better......

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    Did I mention it was packed? We had to wait in line to pose for the pics. I cropped out the inconsiderates. They have canoe rentals there and I'd have loved to do that given more time. At least the rental place wasn't busy. There were hiking trails all around and another lake further away. I bet it would be more peaceful there and with vacant parking spots. Bec wanted ice cream so we crammed ourselves sideways into the shop and waited. A candy shop full of whiny spoiled kids who were stuck in a car for hours. Great. Yep, pack'em full of sugar and cage them up for a few more hours. Enjoy your trip parents. Um...we don't like kids all that much. We have pets.

    Been there, done that. Beautiful nonetheless. Can you believe we couldn't find a single decal for my topcase? Met a group of local bikers and yapped for a bit. That was good at least. Practise my PR skills.


    If you have to ask, you can't afford it. We didn't.



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    The Airlines would have a field day with all this luggage!


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    WHO CARES? I'm packin' Camel!


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    Left Louise and packed on the miles Found peace again away from the masses. It was so quiet on the roads now that we stopped for gas, filled up then couldn't find anyone to pay. We're not in the US...... :D


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    Some were not. I didn't realize how "glowy" I was. What brand helmet?


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    Ended up in Revelstoke for a break. Bec fancied a nice hotel with Hot Springs and Spas. She booked a room and made reservations at a place she was told was a half hour up the road. Raided the liquor store, fueled up and left. 10 mins into the ride the street numbers were going the wrong way. It started to rain so we pulled over. No Service! If you're Canadian and want to travel F Rogers! It never works off the beaten path here. Even most of the East Coast wasn't supported. My 3 yr plan is up but I didn't get time to switch. Break down in the Boonies and your BBerry is worthless. Not good if you were to hit a Bighorn Sheep and need 911. Anyway we turned around and went back into service range. This time the receptionist said "No, not that highway, the other one AND it's an hour, not half." OK, cancel it then! Yeah Zumo was useless for finding that place. Like the 30 yr old gas station earlier.

    We decided to stay in Revelstoke and went to the Motel Swiss Chalet. It looked nice but the price for the "last room" was stupid. I surveyed the empty parking lot and wanted to ask "Did they all walk here or are they just out for dinner?" Tourist tricks. Found a back street motel for less than half. All we needed. Met a retired couple on his KTM 950 Adventure and her F650GS single. We'd passed them awhile back but they were ahead of us now all unpacked and relaxing! They tour all over together. We got their address in Colorado and an open invite. A good finish to the day.
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  9. ebrabaek

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    Were they by any chance from Aspen, CO....????????
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  10. Reaver

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    Tim and Paulette from Salida.

    P.S. Mission accomplished. Internet slow in this full hotel. Trying to update now......
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  11. Reaver

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    Day 7 Another 600 kms or so. Who's counting?



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    It rained most of the night in Revelstoke and the morning was wet and misty. I really wanted to rest on the 7th day but it wasn't the best location or hotel for that. I begrudgingly got out of bed while Bec fetched the free muddy water to get me going. A thorough bike inspection and chain maintenance along with a wheel bearing check, tires, reflector, and rims. All ok. F U Loutre. Bec still wanted her luxury suite and booked it online so it was Whistler or bust, as she said. All packed up and seats dried, we left late again and headed for Tims after seeing the Motel's free breakfast. Stupid tourist towns. After a long search we found a spot to park. We removed our gear and headed toward the door which was held open by the lineup of people. Dammit. I'm not waiting. We geared back up complete with my rain pants on backwards, the zipper flaps into the wind. Tough. A man coming from the west says it's all rain coming down in buckets. It doesn't get better! So we survived the parking lot exit to the first red light where the buckets began to fall. Awesome. Hungry, cold and now rain. Onward ho! Maybe 20 mins later the sun came out and it was nice but the wet roads behind the traffic was just like rain. Only dirtier. Onward to Salmon Arm, another busy Touristy place, we stopped at Wendy's and it took an hour for "Fast Food". I hate crowds. Arriving at the top of hwy 99, The Sea to Sky, it was all grins. No traffic, lots of "curves ahead" signs and great pavement. Blasting through the mountains Bec disappeared behind me. I pulled over to get some action shots and nearly dumped it with too much front brake in the gravel. Bec zoomed by and I blew the shot. We hit Lilooet, turned left to continue on and the pavement turned to shite. Rough broken with an annoying crack down the middle of the lane the whole way that made your bars go squirrely when you fell into it. Now with the sun in our faces, things got interesting. Try doing 60 on a 40 corner on bad pavement when the sun hits your face, blinding you as the silhouette of an oncoming car registers. At this point we were slowing down the cars behind us. After about 30 kms of this, the heavens and trees parted to reveal NEW WIDE PAVEMENT! On the gas.....suddenly a wooden planked one lane bridge appears after a 90 degree corner. SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!! Hit the brakes and slide on the longitudinal planks without checking for oncoming traffic. Stupid, but I got away with it. Many 20 and 40 kmh corners later the clouds cleared and the mountains shone in the light. I started snapping pics with my left as the right hand rolled on the throttle and controlled the lean angle. Just then the front end washed out briefly as I hit sand or gravel then regained traction. I could've snapped a pencil with that pucker. Enough stupid crap. I calmed right down in the 12 C temps with it's lower grip and rode like Grandpa from there on out. I know I'm going slow when Bec's in my mirror on the twisties.We arrived in Whistler, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, at our luxury hotel and decided to take the 8th day off. Sorta.


    Pics:

    The cross wind had this guy "crabbing" at 60 in a 90. The rear was being blown to the right as the front clinged to the centreline.

    U-Haul We-Wait. A tiny break in traffic allowed for a rev limiter check.

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    I blew this shot after recovering from a near dump. Bec's shadow.....


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    Bec wearing her "Tank Bag". Guess where she stores the untethered camera.


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    Was that a left or right on Crazy Canuck?


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    The view from the "Summit" Hotel. A luxury suite with a kitchen, dishes and all. We liked it so much we booked a second night.


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    Now there's a full time job! Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys would have an orgasm.

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  12. Reaver

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    Day 8 - Zero Kms. :clap 5062.1 kms to date. Butt Break!

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    At our hotel I slept through EVERYTHING. For once, Bec didn't sleep. The bikes were secure in the underground parking, the hotel was high end and quiet and we made it to the West Coast. My mind was at peace. I woke at 7 and made the specialty coffee and got caught up on the RR. Bec woke in time for her 10 am Spa appointment, massage and facial etc. On my Visa of course. 2 hrs of relaxing and pampering was destroyed by the next activity. BUNGEE! The price included a ride from the hotel. We reached a gravel road and travelled 3 kms in a van driven by a "Drifter!" I swear they had a prize for best time. We were sliding around the corners barely missing pedestrians and tourist cars. I guess you may as well have fun at work with the Company van. We had signed the waiver that mentioned the ride to the site being included in the potential hazards. Bec and I seem to be attracted to activities requiring helmets and waivers. I'd done Bungee jumps before but not her. She loved Sky Diving and White Water Rafting so why not?

    This couple jumped together like this and got wet!

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    No, I'm not scared. (BS!)


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    Fake smile

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    But she did it! I was so proud. No embarrassing wet marks either.

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    The REAL smile.

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    My turn.

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    Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


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  13. Reaver

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    A ride across the Country, a morning at the Spa, a Leap of Faith off a bridge....what more can you do to shake things up?


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    She was soooo surprised and overwhelmed, she couldn't speak. I wanted to propose just before she jumped to really mess with her head but she was bad enough. I looked at the holes in the bridge and considered my luck with things and decided to wait till we were done. She stood there motionless forever it seemed before stuttering a "Yes". My thanks to the staff at Whistler Bungee for their cooperation and professionalism.

    We ride together, travel together, jump out of and off things together all without arguing. What more can I ask for?

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  14. Reaver

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    Erling:

    You may now post anything you like. Be shameless in your self promotion!!
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    How's that Camel Tank working out for you?
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  16. Reaver

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    Exactly as promised! I think my guage is broke because after riding 2 1/2 hrs it still shows full. With her bike getting better mileage than mine, it means we can go further between stops even with her stock tank only.

    I love my Camel! :raabia
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  17. JRWooden

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    Congrats to you :clap

    Offer my sympathies to Becca :lol3

    Good thinking on your part to wait until her brain was a bit shook up from the jump! :deal

    Seriously ... congrats!
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  18. kelsow

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    She said yes?


    Congrats dood.
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    congrats
    loving this ride report and you sharing with us
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  20. ebrabaek

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    It looks like a good fit...... Ring too.....:D:D. It was great to see, and follow this Darryl. Congratulations to you both. Let me know when you need another napkin holder.......:lol3:lol3:clap:freaky