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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Trygstad, Mar 10, 2013.
These guys did this last year :huh
Like Ged said, we did this trip last august, but I will be heading up that way again in August on my way to Alaska I will look you up!
The air-cleaner actually looked pretty good, not too much oil in the airbox. Cris also carries a spare so we went ahead and changed it anyway. The previous owner had changed out quite a few things on the bike before Cris had purchased it. Different main jets, needles and a BMW 1200 GS exhaust can lol. Once we switched back to the stock needles and mains the bike ran quite a lot better.
This was Cris and I's first day of rest on the whole trip. It was nice to get a break and check out the other bikes who made the trip to Nakusp.
There were two WWII era sidecar bikes that were really cool. One was a BMW and the other was a Zundapp. Both were 2wd with limited slip diffs in the rear with lockers.
There were actually quite a few sidecar bikes at the rally (none that came as far as cris had lol). Cris and I were quite surprised with how many there were. The rally had a really cool ride for the elderly, where the guys with sidecars gave rides to people in the local nursing home.
This lady did not want to get out of the side car :) and she even had Cris stop in town so she could boast to her friends lol.
There were other sidecars that gave rides, but most of the people wanted to ride in the Ural :)
After the elderly ride Cris and I took a walk around the town. I was really impressed with Nakusp, everyone was really nice and the town was really quaint.
We saw this guy who tows his sleeping quarters lol. Actually we had seen him the year before at the John Day Rally.
All in all it was a great day. But with little to no time on the bike for the day Cris and I were itching to get back in the saddle lol.....so we signed up for the GS ride for the next day.
Odometer: Day: 0.....Trip: 2111 Miles
No Route :)
Nice report! Why all the pictures have broken links? I couldn't see any?
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I wasn't paying attention - what a maroon
Still it is a great ride report
and the beer is on me if you are out my way.
After one day off, Cris and I were itchen to get back in the saddle. We had signed up the night before for the GS ride. Cris was really looking forward to trying out the Ural in the dirt and I was just happy to do some driving without a 100lbs of gear on it :)
The GS ride consisted of some dirt logging roads, not really what we had expected but the scenery was defiantly worth it! We headed north on the 23 out of Nakusp and then south on the 31 to Kaslo and back to Nakusp on the 6 (I loved that road!)
Beautiful Trout Lake
Veiw from above Trout Lake
Random waterfall along the trail
By this point in the day Cris was really liking the Ural, sliding the rear sideways in the corners and flying down the logging roads. Probably the first time on the trip I had a hard time keeping up with him lol.
View from the south end of Trout lake
After crossing the inlet to Trout Lake the 31 followed a river that was stunning...
We headed south and ate lunch at a nice little diner in Meadow Creek. After lunch we continued to head south to Kaslo and then back west to Nakusp on the 6. We made it back to camp in plenty of time for dinner and a shower. We both knew that we had a long day ahead of us tomorrow (on the road again!)
Odometer: Day: 172......Trip: 2283 miles
Thanks for sharing your trip details and great photo's. I will use your maps and photos for helping to plan my forthcoming trip to USA and Canada, shipping my F800GS over from Oz and arriving Portland July 8th.
Attending several rallies in Oregon/BC area,especially around the Nelson area.
That area looks awesome for motorcycling.
Well after a great time at the Bee Cee Beemers Rally in Nakusp it was time for Cris and I to start making tracks south. Although we both agreed that we would rather head north lol. We will have to save that for another trip!
We woke early, knowing that we were going to have a long day ahead of us. We did not really know where we were heading for the day but we did have plans to see some of Cris' relatives in Port Townsend on the way home. This was in the back of my head and seemed like a good place to stop for the night.
The morning started out a little nervous for us, all of the gas stations in Nakusp were closed until 9am doesnt do us much good when we hit the road at 6. So we took off hoping we could find gas along the way.
We headed south on the 6 out of Nakusp to catch the ferry crossing at Fauquier. On the way to the ferry we saw a moose out for a morning swim.
We made it to the ferry but still no gas stations were open....
The water was like glass such a nice ferry ride across Lower Arrow Lake.
About a 1/2 hour past the ferry we found the Gold Pan Cafe and had some breakfast, we were met there by a bunch of the other riders from the rally.
The 6 was a great road all the way to Lumby. Pretty diverse road too, some canyon curves and flat farmland. We still had not found gas yet, Cris had went though his 2.5 gallon red can, his 2.5 gallon jerry can and most of the gas in his tank. Big mistake not getting gas the night before in Nakusp. Once we got to Lumby Cris was searching hard for a gas station, so hard in fact he drove right through a 4 way stop! What the heck dude! Better a 4 way than a light though lol. We found gas and all was right in the world.
From Lumby we continued on the 6 towards Vernon. From Vernon we headed south on the 97 towards Kelowna. The Lakes on these paths were really cool and the land had went from lush and green to more of an arid climate. Interesting to see such a change in climate in a small distance.
We picked up the 97C from the 97. The 97C heading west starts off with a long long long climb up in to the hills. I took the lead in the 800 on the way up the hill. I was surprised to see Cris in my mirrors the whole time.....The little Ural that could lol.
Continuing on the 97C we reached Merritt, once there we caught the 5 and headed south towards the town of Hope. The 5 had some stunning views of the mountain sides but man was it windy coming back down the hills. Cris an I were getting blown all over the road yikes. We stopped in Hope for some more gas and a quick break. I did not realize at the time but Hope is were the first Rambo movie was filmed, pretty cool.
From Hope we picked up the 1 and headed towards Abbotsford, once there we headed south to the boarder crossing. We rode some back country roads out towards Bellingham where we picked up the I-5 and took that to Burlington. Back off the freeway again! woo hoo!
Hopping on the 20 we headed out to Whidbey Island. Crossing over Deceptions pass we stopped and grabbed a few pictures.
The 20 on Whidbey Island is a great little road lots of nice curves and wonderful scenery. We decided if we could make it to the Port Townsend ferry we would stay at his relatives house tonight. A bed sounded great after a long day of riding! We made it to the ferry with time to spare so we headed back in to Coupeville for some dinner. Found a great place right on Puget Sound for a great seafood dinner.
On the Ferry.....
So....Funny story about the ferry ride to Port Townsend.....It was a cold night. They let the bikes leave the ferry deck first and Cris was having a hard time getting the Ural to warm up on short notice, so before the bike was warm and with the workers on the ferry telling him to get going before they let the cars go, cris revs up the motor to keep it running and pops the clutch.... I know now..... and cris knows now..... that Urals can pop a wheelie! Only problem with popping a wheelie on a bike with a side car is the "slight" right trajectory the bike tends to take lol. Luckily Cris was on the far left hand side of the boat so he had some room to work with. Phew another close call lol. We laughed about this one for quite a while.
We pulled in to the realities house after 10 pm, over 14 hours on the bike. A bed had never felt so good!
Odometer: Day: 447.......Trip: 2730 Miles
Really enjoying this report....great pictures too