WAY UP NORTH - To The Arctic Ocean & Back to Arizona

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. #1Fan

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  2. Aarrff

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    Great stuff and awesome photos! My lady and I are experimenting with 2-up camping on my 1200GS and find this very interesting. It is a challenge but so far I think we are going to be able to travel distance as well. We'll ride along!
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  4. dave6253

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    So I tried to shorten this video just cutting out the boring sections of Hurricane Ridge, But I couldn't find any. Oh well. Deal with it.


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    Thanks for your service. I was a company commander 2/506 co E 1968 VN. A great unit with unmatched history. The band of brothers capt winters was the co of 2/506 reg co E. I was was shocked to read the book years later to find I was in the same company after the army went from reg to bns. What unit were you in?

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  6. dave6253

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    After Hurricane Ridge we visited the Honda Dealership in Port Angeles where I insisted Helen buy warmer gloves and silk liners. She gets cold at 70.:huh We then make some decisions regarding the route.


    We ride from Port Angeles...

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    To Port Townsend...

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    Where we hop on a ferry to Whidbey Island.

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    We see our sister ship going the other way.

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    The ferry cut out lots of freeway riding around Puget Sound, but I'm not sure it was any faster. The crossing was over 20 minutes and traffic was very slow making progress a real chore all the way to Interstate 5. (The blue line and dots are our GPS tracks.)

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    We were surprised by how much this big boat rocked and rolled. After getting hot chocolate the Captain announced all motorcyclists should tend to the machines as the crossing was expected to be rough. It's not likely I could catch it if it started going over...

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    I think this bridge was leaving the island.

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    We finally find I-5 and turn towards Canada.

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    I spotted a big KTM dealership and stopped for parts I expected may soon be needed. Of course, no KTM dealer actually stocks anything.
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  7. dave6253

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    Thanks for coming along swimmer, #1Fan and Aarrff!





    I was a GRUNT in the 2/327th Always First Brigade. Thank you, sir!
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  8. dave6253

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    We eventually get to the border. Helen disembarks to cast suspicion in our direction.:lol3
    Can you believe it. They let me into Canada.... Again.

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    Even though we took a shortcut, we still don't make our mileage goal for the day.
    We again decide to settle for a hotel room. This time near the airport in Vancouver, BC.
    This is getting expensive! It was only 217 miles for the day, so far.

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    We jump back onto the bike and ride downtown to see the sights (Take Pictures).

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    The shops were all closed and we were too tired to party, so back to the hotel room we go.

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  9. dave6253

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    The morning of Day 7 finds us muddling our way through Vancouver traffic.​

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    Crossing one bridge after another.​

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    Lions Gate Bridge​

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    We Shoot...​

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    Each Other...​

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    Yes. We have issues.​

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    Sea to Sky Highway​

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  10. dave6253

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    We spotted our first bear along the road just before entering Whistler. We were so excited!

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    Highway 99 = FUN!

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    + Spectacular Mountain Scenery

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    We take a little hike at Joffre Lakes.

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  11. Katoom990

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    Welcome to Vancouver. The Sea to Sky is a great ride. Beautiful scenic route. Hope you stopped at Squamish for a coffee at Starbucks. It's a popular meeting point for motorcyclists.

    Have a safe trip.
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  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Great trip and fantastic pictures Dave!
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    Katoom990, Beautiful city you have there. The surrounding countryside isn't too shabby either. I've been avoiding Starbucks as I need to cut out caffiene. I'm not really addicted to coffee, though I like it. I did want to try a Tim Horton's, but the one time we decided to go, the lines were outrageous.
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    Thanks Cannonshot! I like taking pix, but my tales lack the colorful details that make your historical masterpieces so enjoyable.
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    My dream bike, on my dream trip! I'm in!

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    Subscribed. Damnit. As many have said, great RR, photos and what a ride. On my bucket list and so I'm out of the closet. Made the announcement to wife not long ago.
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    ... amazing pictures !!!!! :clap:clap:clap
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  18. max384

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    How long was the ferry? I'm surprised they didn't have you strap them down if they were going to be left unattended. I've done a few small ferries where I sit on the bike for a minute or two until the crossing is done, but I thought it was standard on the longer ones, like when I went from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, to strap them down. That would've made me a bit nervous!
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  19. dave6253

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    max384, The crossing was only about 20 minutes. I don't think the bike was ever close to coming off the centerstand, but walking around was a challenge.
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  20. dave6253

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    Highway 99 continued to be spectacular...​

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    We stop near Lillooet​

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    for a break near the big green reservoir.​

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    Once on the east side of the mountains the landscapes starts to look like Northern Arizona.​

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    Except for the very swollen Fraser River, that I didn't get a photo of.​

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    We turn north onto the Cariboo Highway. I remember it being a fairly boring highway.
    The locals were friendly, and at a gas stop we got good intell on camping near Quesnel.
    We end up at Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park Campground just north of Quesnel, BC.​

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    We made our goal for the day, but were still behind overall by about 250.​

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