**EDITED - October 11, 2007 So, having had ample time to reflect on the ride and everyone's comments, I thought I might try and briefly summarize the trip. I think, "WOW," is a good way to start as the unbelievable beauty of our surroundings definitely took center stage. It's amazing to contemplate the area in which we already live (Puget Sound, mainly) and then realize how much more is just a short distance above the border. Canada is one beautiful place and it’s filled with great people, too. At times, the ride presented some challenges and each Rider had his/her own set of issues to deal with from time-to-time. Everyone did a fantastic job anticipating and powering through the tough spots and the range of skill sets ran the gamut. The overall technical requirements of the ride, especially in the dirt, were about average (except maybe for a few spots on, ahem, West Harrison) and the machine and how it was outfitted made a difference at times. Lighter bikes sailed through the muck but had a tougher time keeping pace on the asphalt. Whereas the heavier bikes, like my R12GS, ran like demons on the asphalt, they required more finesse in the dirt. No one bike was the overall winner in both categories but it was fun to watch them all run and do what they were meant to do – explore. The ride encompassed 1,300 miles of slab and dirt. Without doing the math I would guess that approximately 30% of the miles were off-road depending on the route one took. Some road more dirt and some rode less. We even had a HD on the ride and it rolled quite a bit off-road, which was amazing to behold. The ride planned for 2008 will be similar in some ways and probably feature more dirt and camping. It will also be planned for a set of dates that does not include Canada Day, eh, as that somewhat impacted camping, especially the first night. Okay, it was the buckets of rain that impacted camping the first night but who’s keeping score? The 2008 ride might also feature another day of riding because BC just refuses to fit into four days of riding. So, maybe a Thursday through a Monday is in order…stay tuned. We hope to see you all again next year and feel free to tell a friend! **EDITED - May 29, 2007 DATES: => June 29 (Friday) to July 2 (Monday), 2007 <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]--> ROUTE: <st1:city w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">=> Sultan, WA</st1lace></st1:city> to Nelson, BC => Nelson, BC to Kelowna<st1lace w:st="on">, <st1:state w:st="on">BC</st1:state></st1lace> <st1:city w:st="on">=> Kelowna</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">BC</st1:state> to Gold Bridge<st1lace w:st="on">, <st1:state w:st="on">BC</st1:state></st1lace> <st1:city w:st="on">=> Gold Bridge</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">BC</st1:state> to <st1:city w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Woodinville, WA </st1lace></st1:city> 1,295 total miles! RIDE NARRATIVE: Okay, you may have noticed that this thread has turned into a bit more than a simple summertime beer run from Seattle to Whistler, BC. That would have been fun all by itself! It's funny; you put an idea out there that sounds so complete and fun, and then it slowly turns into something much cooler than you could have ever imagined! Thanks for all the input and support. This is going to be a great ride! The ride will start at the Sultan Bakery at 8:00AM (sharp!) on June 29, 2007. If you're there at 8:01AM, we'll already be a mile down the road! We'll ride to Nelson, BC and stay overnight at the Toad Rock Motorcycle Campground. That weekend will be their annual biker rally weekend and you'll need to visit their website to see all that is planned. I've secured a special one-night deal for our group at USD$35.00/Rider and it will rock! Nelson, by the way, is a charming little city on the <st1lacename w:st="on">Kootenay</st1lacename> <st1lacetype w:st="on">River</st1lacetype> (which eventually flows into the mighty <st1lace w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Columbia</st1:city></st1lace> River). The town has a soft spot for bikes and Riders; you'll love it and want to come back again and again! There's even a brewery in town! Don't even get me started! We'll meet at Mike's Place Pub in the historic Hume Hotel before heading to Toad Rock. <o> </o> The second day will take us through beautiful, scenic byways and a fair amount of double-track to an overnight stay in Kelowna<st1lace w:st="on">, <st1:state w:st="on">BC</st1:state></st1lace>. Kelowna is a great city and quite a bit bigger than Nelson with lots to do, especially wine tasting. If you're into wine, this is the epicenter of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Canada</st1lace></st1:country-region>’s wine production and a must-visit opportunity! And, to top it off, we'll be staying on the grounds of Summerhill Pyramid Winery thanks to the gracious invitation of its owner, Stephen Cipes. This is going to be amazing! <o> </o> The third day will again wind us through some of the most beautiful scenery in Western Canada and even more dirt tracks, and we'll camp overnight in Gold Bridge, BC. This is really the major dirt section of the ride (Day 3 & 4) and you will be blown away by what you see and experience. You’d better bring an extra-big micro-chip for the digital camera! Is "extra-big micro-chip" an oxymoron? Anywho...moving right along. <o> </o> After we leave Gold Bridge, we’ll be heading behind the Whistler/Blackcomb Mountains. Yes, behind the famous ski area!!! As we head down toward Harrison Hot Springs along <st1lacename w:st="on">Lillooet</st1lacename> <st1lacetype w:st="on">Lake</st1lacetype> and <st1lacename w:st="on">Harrison</st1lacename> <st1lacetype w:st="on">Lake</st1lacetype> you’ll be able to appreciate the massiveness of the mountains and the grandeur of <st1lace w:st="on">Western Canada</st1lace> in a way that very few ever get the chance to experience. Did you even know there was a route behind those mountains? Serious bragging rights with your Whistler friends! (Read like Thurston Howell III form Giligan's Island) "So, Muffy, you didn't know there was a motorcycle track back there? Tad, Skip, Biff, and I rode for hours and hours back there along beautiful rivers and all sorts of amazing natural wonders. You really should try it." After leaving Canada through the Sumas Border Crossing, we'll all meet up at Redhook Brewery in Woodinville and toast to the completion of the ride and have something to eat...and maybe some more toasting! This ride is primarily a camping ride but there is certainly no rule that you must camp. After all, this is <st1lace w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region></st1lace> (and Canada, too, eh) so you can do whatever you want! Stay in a hotel, if you'd like. By all means, be comfortable and remember to have fun! Just know that some of the best times will most likely occur around the campfire! You’ll see all the pictures but somehow that probably won’t do the trick…there's nothing like being part of the group! If you have any questions, please send me a PM. Thanks for being part of the experience! GSHighlander **Original Post - 04-11-2007 Does anyone have an interest in riding to Whistler, B.C. this summer? Dates are open, route is open, and number of riders is open, too! In fact, the more the merrier! It's near impossible to make a two-day ride out of the trip, although I'm sure it could be done. I figure we could ride up and enjoy a long weekend; say, leave Friday morning and come home Monday evening. There are camping opportunities all over the place and condo rentals are pretty cheap that time of year, too. Sound like fun? I'll buy the first round, eh!