Vancouver Island Day Trips

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Tropic-Of-Canada, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    (sigh) when is this going to go away!:cry

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    So I bus it for the first time in a real long time. It's still the same regular driver I knew from way back when. Great guy, lots of stories, it was good to see him! :D

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    I want to try some winter camping, but I'm not going anywhere till the roads are thawed here! Drivers are plain scary in Victoria in winter, so its not worth the risk. I can't wait to get out again! I should post some pics of my camping kit in the meantime.
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  2. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Oh yeah... There is more snow in the forecast, then freezing rain:eek1!......this could get more interesting yet!
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  3. linksIT

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    Good stuff as always thanks. Lets see you camping kit.:freaky
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  4. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    :clap Really enjoying your posts about day trippin' on VI. Never been there myself yet but have seen the coast up to Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast back in 1989. Great country to see for us flatlanders from Southern Ont. My son is in North Van. and have a sister in law in Port Coquitlam so probably will get back out that way eventually. Stay safe and enjoy the rides. Keep the pics coming. Dave
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  5. LegB4Wicket

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    Love the reports. Keep them coming.

    You're giving me some great ideas on local rides for when I purchase a dual sport.
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  6. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Cool, Thanks, I'm glad you like it! I'll post some new shots, and the survival/ camping items real soon.

    Photo's are taken, just not posted yet. I've been busy with work, I've been suffering my annual bout of Cluster Headaches, ( you don't want these!:puke1 ) and electrical headaches with my bike to boot! It's not charging the battery properly, and I've been really lucky not to have gotten stuck somewhere because of it! Oh well, life is good! really!!! I'll be okay!:D
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  7. Ardyjay

    Ardyjay Been here awhile

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    All of your rides are pretty familiar to me. My buddies and I ride all over V.I. on any given Saturday. Gordon River etc is one of my favorite rides. Mt. Bolduc is where the crashed aircraft is- from April 1944. Its abut 10 kms from the log on car pic. The 6 guys who died are buried there too. Quite a somber place, with aircraft debris scattered around over about 5 acres.

    Probably see you on the road one of these days!
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  8. nukemm

    nukemm Been here awhile

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    Whidbey Island, WA native here. Thanks for showing me some familiar scenery as I'm stuck here in Southern California. Sure, it doesn't get that cold down here, but I miss being surrounded by trees, trails and streams. Keep up the good work!
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  9. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Yup, enjoying it too. I was 35 years in the Seattle area, Edmonds, Snohomish. Moved to so-Cal in '92. Lots of family up there so we're going back for a couple of weeks in August. I'm taking a bike and ride for 7-9 days in BC. Whoohoo!

    I miss the outdoor stuff but not the rain. :D
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  10. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Someone wanted to see the camping kit, so here it is!
    This bag has been around the cut-block a few times! I bought it in Prince George........jeez, just after high school? No, I think I was about 20. This thing is not the lightest bag around, but if it was, It probably wouldn't have lasted almost 8 years! It still has years of life left in it, even after all it has been through! Right now, it has about 33 lbs of gear in it.

    I go into the woods alone a lot of the time, so the bear spray is always within reach, but it's mostly for bush cats! I've had a few cougar encounters in the past, and there was one that was particularly unpleasant and spooky. But that is another story.

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    I used to use just rubber straps, but I found them a bit bouncy for larger loads. for my big pack, I now use a combination of fiber straps, as well as the rubber ones for extra support or other items on top. My only fear is what would happen if a fiber strap worked loose! At least the rubber ones shear off... I'd best not think about it!

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    A new tarp, which is very useful on the west coast in winter! It's a good wind break for the tent, as well as keeping the rain off.

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    And now....... The items!

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    An MEC Raven sleeping bag rated for 0C in a dry-sack, an inflatable sleeping pad from I forget who,(real comfy and compact), A Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 3 season tent, (about 3 lbs), a first aid kit in the green dry-sack, A ceramic water filter from MSR, The Vancouver Island Backroads Mapbook, A 4 piece Shakespeare Ugly Stick in the sock, and an old graphite shimano reel, a 9" filleting knife, and....... A Hatchet!

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    Not as sharp as the devil himself, but plenty good enough! 17" handle, and its actually a splitting maul. Sure makes fire easier in the wet.



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    And some cooking utensils. The stove is another MSR product.

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    Oh yeah, and a bit more fishing tackle.

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    I haven't tried out this hoist yet, but It may come in handy some day for moving rocks or trees! It is rated for 1000 Lbs. we'll see how that goes!

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    And then there is my newest 4 litres of home made storage.

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    This is the usual set of items I have on me for any ride. They are the bare essentials to get me home! The orange handles are for my can saw.

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    Real good saw. A friend of mine gave this to me years ago. It was made in Surrey BC, and it still holds an edge!

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    Front tube, pump, pressure guage, chain breaker, extra links, master link, torch lighter, extra ear plugs, tape, some cliff bars and a compass.

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    Also in the box wrapped up in a rag are some tools you can't be without.

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    And the latest addition are these! My new earplugs (from work). They fill your ear with an expanding foam, and take a mold from it to make them. I figured I'd see if I like them before ordering a second set for the motorcycle. I seem to like them, so I better get another set before I loose one! Foam earplugs can't touch these as far as comfort and protection!

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    Not a usual part of the kit, but these days....... I might be looking at a new stator.......To be continued......This weekend.....:puke1

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  11. Mercenary

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    I love my Fiskars axe. Handy piece of kit right there.....
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  12. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    The axe is good, but the saw is a real winner! I love this thing. It's even quicker as a 2 man saw.

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  13. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Well, I told myself that I would get out for a solo winter camp close to town, just to see how I was able to cope with the cold damp winters here. As it turns out, I did pretty well! Got a good nights sleep in the tent, which is rare for me, even when summer camping! My 0C sleeping bag was just right for this temperature! I usually sweat in it if I don't open it up. I think the tarp acting as a wind break really helped too. I was quite surprised how dry my tent was in the morning too. it is usually a soaker by morning if you touch the roof! maybe that extra layer of insulation prevented condensation as well as keeping the wind off.

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    Cougar tracks? a bit too melted to tell, but they have been around lately!

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    Tried to hike down to the ocean, it was a bit too steep and slick for my liking! Beautiful sights though.

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    I had not checked in to the weather before I left, and by mid-morning the wind was really picking up!
    Had I checked the weather network, I would have seen that there were sustained winds of 90 kph, with gusts up to 120kph! Coming back, there was a backup on the Malahat from a giant tree that fell on the road at suicide corner. Luckilly I hit the backup just before Finlayson Arm Road.

    This was the Zoo of cars on the way back to town! This road is full of single lane sections, hills and blind corners! It reminded me of that television series where the ice road truckers went to northern India to try the roads in the Himalayas. People were inching by, folding in mirrors ,backing up, and one person in a front wheel drive car was stopped half way up a hill, half in the ditch to make room. When he wanted to go again, he started creeping backwards, his driven wheel in the mud! he had to back all the way down and try again!


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    Of course I was able to sneak by most of the jam up, so it was kind of fun! The locals are obviously used to it, they were doing traffic control through some of the narrower sections.


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    It was insanely windy by the way, I was getting blown all over the road, and I was glad not to be doing battle with a tent in a forest. The power was out in a few intersections, and must have been out earlier at my apartment, clocks flashing 12:00.


    This was the weather warning I saw when I got home:
    An intense low pressure center is moving across the British Columbia coast. Strong southeast winds of 70 to 90 gusting up to 120 km/h have developed over the British Columbia coast. In the wake of the low the strong winds will shift to southwest with speeds up to 90 gusting 110 km/h in the evening.

    The wind was literally shaking my 4 story building.

    Funny, on the Island, They don't bother to give a wind warning unless its more than 90 kph! yet 4" of snow shuts us right down!
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  14. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    And the week after camping, the snow was gone, and Glorious mud Hath returned!!:D

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    Thanks for coming out Troll!:freaky

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  15. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    The day after this, electrical trouble started at the Malahat Petrocan...... Filled up, and the bike wouldn't start! Tried jumping off of Troll's bike, but blew one of his fuses for some reason...... The clerk was real cool about trying to find us a jump. He even asked another customer for us if they had cables. They didn't but were trying to help someone across the highway with their breakdown.... Jeez, tis the season.... The clerk did find some old rusty jumper cables, And I started no problem off of his car! Props to this guy!:D Troll and I decided that this ride was officially the longest trip for gas ever made. about 60km in all! oh well, at least he didn't have to double me back from the bush!
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  16. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    I tried all week to figure out my electrical problem, and checked every connection I could. I did manage to solve my flickering signal problem at least. I thought that that may have drained the battery, since they would come on solid once in a while, even with the key out. I made it to and from work all week with no problem, and kept the battery on a charger at night just in case. It kept a charge, so I decided I could go for a ride this weekend with my friends, provided we had jumper cables. I kept a good eye on my battery, and brought a volt meter to monitor it. It was iffy, but at least I was with lots of people. It was a very wet ride to Jordan River.

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    Well, look at that! Three DRZ'S!

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    We decided to try and get to the Bear Creek Resivoir, and started to hit snow at about the first dam. We saw two quads coming out, and no tracks after that. We went a LOT further than they did......not saying it stayed fun for long. It was an adventure, that's for sure!

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    It was so much work getting anywhere! a full body workout, especially with your feet constantly getting dragged back by the snow!

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    Here is a video troll took of the way up.

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    Finally got to the reservoir, all four of us soaked through and exhausted

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    We tried to dry off under the trap and have a fire. It was a pitiful attempt at fire! It is SO hard keeping a flame on the coast when it is wet out! When I lived in the interior, it was like cheating starting a fire, even in winter. Birch bark everywhere! all you need! You could truly be screwed out here if you are stuck, cold and wet, and don't have an axe or tinder!

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    Oh well, it was out of the rain for a bit anyway.

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    We decided we had enough of smoky fires and wet, and we were starting to get cold, being soaked through. Time for the work out program phase 2, and my battery is dead! We jump it in fairly short order, (nearly hit a pun there) and make the slow, spinny way back. I try extra hard to stay upright, knowing what a pain it will be to have to jump start a bunch of times from dumping!

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    Like my jumper cables?

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    The road back was very dark, very wet, and my lights were very dim...... I took my time, not wanting to get killed, and lagged way behind on the highway... oh well, do what you gotta do. live to ride another day! I had a nice warm layer if water in my boots all day long!:rofl

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    I've got some serious work to do on my machine! No bush till charging problem solved! At least I can still get to and from work!
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  17. TheAdmiral

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    I'm a wuss, I would've turned around shortly after hitting the snow. And it was raining too? I'm to much of a fair weather rider for that. But it was really cool to watch ya'll do it!
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  18. Mercenary

    Mercenary Mindless Savage

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    Yea I wouldn't have gone with all that rain....

    Damn....getting wimpy in my old age:cry
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  19. 907Duc

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    Used to go there all the time then logging company gated the roads and some of the bridges on others are gone now. They do kick people out for trespass so though there are many ways to get a bike in...........
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  20. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Well.........:mullyummmmm.......not much to write about these days, the machine has been in battery limbo.........
    Bike is now charging, I finally replaced my stator this weekend! So I buttoned up the cover, turned the key, and no spark! That "oh shit" feeling hit me pretty good. Unfortunately when I installed it, I managed to pinch one of the pickup coil wires!:doh I was conscious of this possibility when I put it in, the wires were very stiff though, and it pinched in a spot that I could not see or feel for.

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    So I soldered it up the best I could. I'll have to cut the wire, slip some shrink tube on it, and re-solder it, since I'm not sure how much wire is really left at the pinch site. A fine feeling it is wrecking brand new parts before you even get to use them! oh well, live and learn. At least I got it running.

    It's my own fault, but if I wanted to blame the manufacturer, I could say that they cheaped out by not sheathing the entire length of wire. Why did it stop there? if it was a centimeter longer, it might not have happened!:deal

    Note the full length of sheathing on the OEM stator! At over $400, It wasn't an option. I went with one from RM Stator in Quebec.

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    It's great that my bike is charging again, but I discovered another problem....Signs of coolant in the oil!:becca

    I hope its not too expensive to fix it......I think it's either a water pump seal or the head gasket.......Either way, I'm probably going to have a shop look at it this time. If they are in there, I want them to look at my Rev-loc auto clutch (It stutters a bit in first once in a while so I think it needs an adjustment) and I want to know if installing a manual override is possible. This is my commuter as well as my toy, so I really need to start giving it the attention it deserves.

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    Also, I'm wondering what is up with my carb..... It's looking a bit leaky too...Is this bike a ticking time bomb?

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    So I've been spending a lot more time working on the bike than riding it lately, I suppose it's a good thing really.

    Oh yea, on a positive note, I got some decent, aftermarket foot pegs now, so it's much more comfortable standing. A set of bar risers will be in the future too.