Trundle to the NWT

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  1. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    I finally see the buffalo this area is known for. I stopped but am ready to go if necessary. Having been up close and personal to buffalo in Yellowstone National Park I have an idea of the risk. That morning two gun shots echoed over the campsite. There was talk of a lot of problem bears around. This info came from the Road crews that go for a soak every night while in the area. Sad but when animals come into conflict with us Humans they loose. The gun shots were a reminder.
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  2. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    Another fuel stop to pour one of my Rotopacks in and I make it here for lunch-- I am so happy with the Rotos. Easy to use and with their spout no spillage. I fussed over the mount on the side of the car, worried that it might not be strong enough but after this trip I am confident that it will survive any thing I throw at it.
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    Just after topping off the tanks in Watson Lake, 6 loaded GSs show up at the spray wash. Turns out they are just back from Inuvik and had taken the Robert Campbell Road from Carmacks. They were from Mexico City. The second year they have all make the trek North. I would have liked to get more of their story but we only briefly met up later as well. Also briefly met some fellow riders at the Sign Post Parking lot. One fellow riding a Buell had put a rock through his drive belt. Being marginal and heading home to Phoenix, he was looking at his options. He had been in contact with the Harley dealer in Smithers but I advised that the Cassiar is way more remote than the Alaska highway for rescue if the belt broke. Not that the highway is that bad just that he would have way more options heading to Fort St John or Grand Prairie for repairs if he had trouble. Hope he made it.
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  3. MGV8

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    Boya Lake-- Some time I am going to camp here. I always seem to be too early in the day to stop and stay. I need to plan better. Just like today I have kind of planned on stopping up on the Stikine some where but being closer to the Coastal Mountains I got some of the first rain of the trip. I just kept pushing through. Dear wifey had been urging me to get home by Sunday so I was doing the mental calculation of where I needed to stop to be able to push and get South of Prince George the next day.
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    South of Dease Lake The weather really turned on me-- not much stopping. Fuel was available within my tank range so no restful interludes while I poured in a can of fuel. So not many pictures either. A shame as there is fantastic vistas here too. You'll just have to go see your self :-)
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    My Destination of the day-- I arrived cold and tired even with the heated gear and grips. But not as tired as this gal in a jeep. She had been ghosting me all the way from Dease Lake. Turns out, She had messed up her reservation and was a night early. Having a big dog with her they did not have a pet friendly room available. Turned out the Mexicans had booked 10 rooms and they weren't there yet. She headed on to Stewart, another hour and a half. Ouch. Me with no reservation, I risk it, I got one of the crew rooms, so nice to have real bed no matter what the cost. Ouch again!! What else are Visa cards for?? I couldn't believe I had beaten the Mexicans as I was hoping to have some conversation with them. They showed up just as I was heading to bed. Being only 6 of them they didn't need all ten rooms. The gal at the front counter felt so bad about turning the gal with the dog away as she now had a room for her. They became known as the Damn Mexicans after that. I crashed and was up and off before they were even up so it became Ships passing in the night, like so many meetings on a trip like this.
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  4. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    My digs for the night-- During the Ski season this is the crew lodge. Nice rooms and common area, No pets
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    The guest cabins-- Turns out Bell 11 has the largest Heli Ski Tenure in all of BC. After thinking about it and reflecting on the mountains around this area, I believe it. Some day I am going to try heli skiing before my 60 year old legs give out. Dreaming again :-)

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    They were busy moving gear out to remote camps that morning-- Several Helos working
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  5. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    I had to take a little side trip down to the Bear Glacier to get a pic of the rig in front of it-- Mission accomplished
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    Not stopping much to day but got a shot of the guys fishing at Morristown
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    I start to realize I am back to the busyness of life when I stop for lunch in Smithers
    GACK :-(
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    Just before Burns Lake I start to get a thumpety thump from the back of the bike. I have been watching the back drive tire for while and was hoping to make the whole trip on it but Nada. So I swap the knobby to the car and the car tire to the bike. I had purposely installed the car tire on backwards so that if I had to I could use it as a driver tire. Turns out I had planned correctly. Other than more noise it was not an issue and I was on the road again in twenty minutes. 5125 K out of a Shinko Hmmm.
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  6. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    I Pushed hard all day-- But had to stop and get a picture here. I traveled a big circle to get to the centre. :-))

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    I made it to George and almost pulled into one of the big hotels, but I still figured I had an hour of light left so pushed on, the further today the less tomorrow. Made it to Hixon. Even though the campground had a full sign out. I went and enquired, yep one small site in the back but close to the wash house-- perfect. Set up and beer in hand just as it got dark. Nice.
    I think this might have been my biggest day of the trip, at least it felt like it. I love travel on the rig but it does take more out of you than two wheel travel.
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    Last Day-- :-(( It will be nice to be home though. Once on 97 the towns just start clicking by. Ran my fuel low heading for Williams lake. Stopped to put a can in and it was opportunity to take the back road in via Soda Creek Road. Some badly burnt out areas there, plus the fires did get real close to Williams Lake as well. Got some nice shots of the Fraser. I think I traveled over or beside just about every major river in B.C. We are so lucky to have all this water, such a precious resource.
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    The last picture of the trip-- I hit the smoke of Southern B.C. 100 mile was terrible, my route of choice, Hwy 24 was closed due to fire still burning. Cache Creek was a mad house of people and traffic. Uneventful ride up to Kamloops and home to Canoe just before 5:00 Barely got off the rig before big hugs and kisses from both Kathy and Lucy. Fresh corn on the cob and Barbecued ribs were waiting. Life is so good.
    This trip is over sadly but plans are already in place for the next Solo Journey. Till next time
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    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    One last shot-- Talley for the trip. Not huge but enough
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    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    That's a pretty big tally for the trip when you said you only had a week.
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  10. LittleMac

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    Really enjoyed you report !
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  11. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    Thanks-- My first try at one, a good part of the country to report on.
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  12. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    Yes I feel it today after a week of work to boot. I didn't really do it justice having only a week, well nine days. Next time maybe we really will trundle
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  13. northern

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    Very nice trip report.

    Having driven most of those highways myself over the last few years I appreciate the photos. I was surprised this summer by talking with people how many do the loop up through Fort Nelson, Watson Lake and then back down through Dease Lake without going further north. It is great scenery and worth the trip.
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  14. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    Excellent report Brian. I really enjoyed the pictures. I camped at Boya Lake back in 1984 and it was a highlight of our trip back then. I need to go back.

    We missed you at Midway this weekend. We had a relatively small turnout what with smoky skies on Friday and rain forecast for the weekend. A good thorough rain storm yesterday really cleared out the smoke.

    Cheers, Wayne
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  15. MGV8

    MGV8 Been here awhile

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    Should be in Oroville for the last camp out. See you then. In the mean time I am wussing out, as it is damn cold in the mornings. Driving the truck!!! Went from 20c to 2c in a week. WTF
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    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    I won't be at the Last-Chance-Campout in Oroville this year. I was planning to go but I got an offer to go sailing down on the salt chuck that weekend. Since I've already camped off the bike almost 20 nights this year and this will be my only chance to go sailing I had to take the offer. I hope you have a great weekend down there.

    Cheers, Wayne
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  17. Bobcycles

    Bobcycles Been here awhile

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    Came across your RR while looking for info on Yukon and NWT. Looks like you had a great ride and thanks for showing us what some of that area is like.
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