Van Isle ADV rider's sign in...

Discussion in 'Canada' started by longwaytim, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. yatman

    yatman Been here awhile

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    YES....that was her...(if it was a yellow Spyder)...I was following in the "support vehicle" which enabled us to go to "Dick's" in C.R. for Halibut on the waterfront....:rofl
  2. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    Yellow it was. I never noticed any support vehicle - I thought support vehicles usually run behind you? Even though you weren't technically on a motorcycle - I waved at you. :D We were both stopped at the lights at the 'Russels Farm Market' intersection, but going in different directions.
  3. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Thanks for the pics David.
  4. swinada

    swinada Adventurer

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    Going to catch the first Ferry on Tuesday from PR to Comox and then head up to CR and in to Gold River and Tahsis. Never been there before so looking forward to some new scenery.
    Then possibly on Wednesday from Nanaimo to lake Cowichan through the Nanaimo Lakes road, and from Cowichan over to Port Renfrew and Sooke, Victoria and back up to catch a ferry back.
  5. OurBC

    OurBC Live to Travel

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    That road has a gate and might not go through.
  6. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    As was told to me by the gate guardian at the Cowichan end of things - you have to exit via the gated entrance that you entered into the area. They do not communicate between the various entrance checkpoints and therefore if you do not return, they become very concerned. Abuse of the privilege of going into these areas and not returning at the time you have estimated, will result in the loss of your back country privileges. Or so was told to me by this very anal individual manning the guard shack at Copper Canyon.
  7. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Once getting back from Tahsis to Gold River, you still have the option of taking the Muchalat Lake road through to Woss. Numerous backroads going back to CR from there. Woss has fuel, a general store, & a pub.

    I did that route today on my old 95 Tiger with Ryder on a DR650. Only problem was a sinkhole in the middle of the road with a huge log on either side, & numerous ducking under fallen trees. This was on a side road north of Vernon Lake. Main road is usually much better.
  8. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    You mean these logs:
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    At least when they set them there last fall they left room to skirt around the end...

    A video on the recently cleared Vernon Lake stretch:http://contour.com/stories/blowdown-on-the-tcat
  9. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Them's the logs ... sinkhole about 2m across & 3m+ deep. Looks like you did the reverse route we followed. Very mellow, saw NOT ONE vehicle between Gold River & Woss.
  10. Cody1771

    Cody1771 Been here awhile

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    looks like a cool route, going to have to check it out next month. think i might go for a small ride tomorrow, need to scratch the itch before i goto work for 4 weeks again
  11. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Every year the Woss connector {Back} road washes out and it sees so little use that it is often not fixed until Summer... Last year it washed and left a big bike unfriendly square edged channel across the road, we rode through that thing for about 3 months before it saw attention... I actually don't mind having the tough road conditions like that as it makes it into a MC/quad route only...

    On another note, I have had quite a few inquiries asking if there was going to be another North Island Ride this year... I am thinking of going ahead on it again this year and taking the ride out Mahatta way.. A few year back I was going to take the group out there but the weather forced a change in plans... I'm wondering how many people following this thread would be interested in doing a 3-4 day excursion to the West Northwest side of the Island and what dates work best? Hold it over a long weekend or not?
  12. yatman

    yatman Been here awhile

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    gunnerbuck....would really like to be a part of a North Van Isle ride....hopefully it would work out schedule-wise...how about that GPS track from your recent posting to share?.....keep us informed of your thoughts and plans...ears and eyes are open...

    yatman :clap
  13. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I'm trying to guage which dates work the best for those interested... This years ride will be a caravan type event where we camp at a different location each night... So riders will need to haul all the gear for camping in the field and need about a 300 KM fuel range to do the Mahatta loop out of Port Alice... Holding it on a long weekend would be best to avoid logging truck traffic...

    Sent you a pm...
  14. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    I've lived on the Island 23 of 28 yrs, and I still haven't been farther north than Courtenay! That's gotta change this year... I'd love to be in on this! 300km range on a DRZ is pushing it though.....I'm probably on fumes by 250kms with a jerry can...Well, if I have to carry 2 jerry cans, I will, heck, I want to make it out to Bamfield this year too!
  15. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Your 250 KM range would probably do to get you out and back, but it's nice to have a little extra fuel to explore... One of the supertankers could give you a shot of petrol if you run short, my tank holds nearly 26 liters so I guess it qualifies as a supertanker....
  16. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    I'd be in for this too depending on timing. I have access to a safari tank for the WR - this might be an opportunity to give it a try :D I've always wanted to go on one of your rides.........
  17. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I would like some input on which dates work best, the last few years I have been doing it around the 3rd weekend in July... Maybe a long weekend would work better, like the Canada Day {28th June-July 1st} or the BC Day weekend near the Beginning of August...
  18. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    what about May Long? (18, 19, 20th) monday is the stat.... I'm lucky enough to have fridays off too, if it were to be a 4 day tour..
  19. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Canada Day also has the stat on a Monday...

    I thought about the May long weekend but there are a couple or knocks against using that date... #1 The weather is still pretty iffy out that way in May, it's not unheard of to have snow in that pass then #2 It comes pretty close to conflicting with the Orca Run... Early July you have more of a chance for better weather, but I would still plan an alternate destination if the weather forecast for Mahatta looks bad...
  20. yatman

    yatman Been here awhile

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    I'd be out on an early Aug. trip but the July I might be able to make ( must ask)...but I like the idea of following someone who's guiding and I must simply concentrate on not falling over....:rofl