Speaking of Backroads in B.C.

Discussion in 'Canada' started by GrizzLee, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Thought you folks may be interested in my solo ride report.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=929543

    Destination Nuxalk Nation: A Solo Adventure To Bella Coola

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  2. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    Nice video GrizzLee..........one question......if you were on your own.........how did you manage to pick up your GS after that fall??:rofl

    Cheers
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  3. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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    Great video GrizzLee. Even though I've been to a few of these places already, I look forward to the rest of your videos.

    Mike
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  4. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    You'll have to watch the videos. :wink:

    And read the narrative.

    Or just believe me when I tell you that Sasquatch does exist and he rides a GS :lol3
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  5. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Yes you guys are soooo lucky to have this as your backyard... Hopefully, someday, it will be my backyard as well. I love that country up there. When I retire, I will have to build my cabin up there. I have land up in Bowron Lakes area. BC is thee best IMHO.
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  6. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Have just as good in Washington, Idaho and Montana. Maybe better.
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  7. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    +1. I love riding those states as well as Oregon.
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  8. gunnerbuck

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    Great video work Grizzlee, cant wait to see the rest... Dropping the bike {especially a loaded one} on a hill sucks, but I guess with a GS 12 you can pivot it on the head to give you a downhill lift?

    For me this area has the best riding B.C. has to offer, great scenery, great roads/trails, great camping, wildlife variety and remoteness...

    Mike Ryder has some fantastic Chilco stuff here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=922685
    just waiting for him to finish it...
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  9. GrizzLee

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    The GS loaded is just plain heavy. I had a heck of time trying to lift it on the hill. The rocks were like ball bearings. My feet would slip and/or the bike would slide. Believe it or not, with the panniers and other junk off, the bike is pretty manageable for me, especially if the 8.6 gallon tank is less than 1/2 full. But I am big guy. Some have even called me Sasquatch at work :lol3

    Thanks for the heads up on Mikes report. Damn fine country back there. I will be spending a lot time up there over the next several years. At some point I should get a small bike and truck it up there. Set up base camp and explore. Horses on the Chilcotin look to be the way to go... But, I'm not horse guy.
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  10. GrizzLee

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    See what it is like to ride the West Side Road of Harrison Lake on Day 1 of my Solo Adventure.<o:p></o:p>
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    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=929543


    Enjoy...
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    Day 3: Big Bar Ferry and Beyond

    “We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness.” ~Aldo Leopold


    Enjoy my Adventures on Day 3 in video form.

    BIG Canyons, solitude, desert, ranches, geology and a sunset! It's a beauty. :clap:thumb:kumbaya

    As usual... best enjoyed with headphones and a fine wine. Take a few minutes for yourself and relax.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=929543&page=2

    Video here:
    http://youtu.be/TEfmS7UwaCc
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  13. Azazel

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    GrizzLee, I took my bike over the Hurley FSR and through the BR to Lilloett back in August, and hands down that region was the single most beautiful trip I've done in BC and I've been all over this province. I wanted to go back again immediately. Just utterly stunning.

    The fact that I was riding a rattly POS with street tires probably added to the aura, especially on those random unpaved segments along carpenter lake and the rim of the old "The Wash" hydraulic gold mine outside of Lilloett!

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  14. GrizzLee

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    :D

    I haven't ridden everywhere in B.C. I've been to many places on foot (backpack) and kayak and passed through the north on several trips to the Yukon. You have no argument from me about this area being the most beautiful place for a motorcycle trip. B.C. has a lot of great stuff, and fortunately, this area is not advertised on the tourist brochures. You Canadians should strive to keep it that way IMHO. :D

    Day 4 video is nearly done. Darn these things take a lot of time to compile.

    Stay tuned... I have some "Grizzly" (not GrizzLee) footage that I think you folks will find to be fun. I was totally blown away and surprised to see them this close. I've seen many Grizzlies before, mainly in a more comfortable (safe) setting (viewing platforms, bus, camper, airplane, while back packing across valleys, etc..) but never from the seat of a motorcycle and never this close to a mom and cub. I felt naked and exposed. It was exciting...
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  15. GrizzLee

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    Video: Day 4: Bella Coola and Bears

    "...for many of us the world would be a poorer place without bears. We keep bears because they are a part of nature and because of what they do for the human mind, body, and soul." ~Steve Herrer

    Enjoy the video of my ride for Day 4... Rain, bears, glaciers and more solitude.

    http://youtu.be/-QnqJA_zvWI

    Ride report here w/pics.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=929543&page=3
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  16. Sikorsky

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    Great videos GrizzLee. I did the first section of your ride 2 weeks ago but rode it in the other direction, from Pemberton to Agassiz. That last half from Tipela south was rough on my bike, on a loaded GSA it would have been a bear.

    The Hurley Rd up and over to Gang Ranch is first on my list of spring rides. As for the Bowron Lakes region, I've ridden and camped all through there on a KLR several years ago. Beautiful country year round, but if you plan on living in Wells you better be packing a Costco card for food supplies and several jerry cans so you don't need to hit Quesnel each week. That road in isn't really high on the list for the Dept. of Highways. But that keeps the undesireables out too! :D

    Good gold panning in the area if you can get hold of a claim, it helps pass the days in the summer and fall.
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  17. GrizzLee

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    Wow... 2 weeks ago... Hmm.. was the weather still good?

    Yeah, Wells is kind of a quirky town. My property is actually along the Bowron River with the park just behind it. My plan was to buy an old Uhual type truck and store it in Quesnel during the winter months (keep all my tools, genset and stuff locked in it). I figured I'd make a big Costco run on the way up from Seattle or wherever I live then. That was the plan... More and more I am liking the Chilcotin Plateau better. The problem is, it is all good up there!!! BC really gives meaning to the saying "TOOO MUCH GOOD STUFF" and then there is the Yukon. Hard to choose a place and stay planted. Maybe I'll just get a camper and trailer my bike and Kayaks all summer... live like a nomad fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking and drinking beer. Sell the property to pay for the gas and the beer. I think I could be happy doing that in my golden years until the knees and hips give out.:wink:
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  18. OurBC

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    Great videos.
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  19. Sikorsky

    Sikorsky The Man.

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    The weather that day was perfect. A heavy fog in Langley and 7 deg C temps gave way to sunny skies before Furry Creek. It stayed at a perfect temp of around 14 deg C all day ....... cool enough not to overheat and hot enough not to stiffen up.

    As for your retirement plans ...... I've heard worse. Sounds like not a bad way to spend a few years.
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