This year I took an extra week off of work so we could head up to the Arctic... The plan was to ride between 8,000 and 10,000 km for the trip which meant a manageable 400-500 KM for a daily average, but as in many cases things don't go to plan... Tom from Victoria would be joining the ride again this year, also Jason from Britain who flew his bike to Halifax and rode it to Vancouver Island to join in... The other riders had to bow out due to time constraints and health issues, so 3 it was.. Jason arrived at my place a few days before departure with a tired engine, so first coarse of action was to pull the top end and inspect... I took the head into the local shop and they turned the seats and cleaned up the valves ..We gave the carb a much needed rebuild and also checked to see if the piston had any wiggle movement in the bore before reassembling.. My bike had been running great and getting good economy for the last bunch of rides so I didn't do much other than throwing some new parts into the carb... First day we were to meet for the 6:30 AM ferry out of Nanaimo to West Van and the route plan was to take Mud Lakes trail into the B.C. interior... We then had to make up a new plan for day one when Tom misjudged the ferry timings and missed the boat... The new plan was for Tom to B-line for Lillooet off the next boat and we would meet him there while taking in some scenic dirt roads... Mud lakes was thrown into our return trip plan... A bit of travelling music: Day 1 Stop for Gas at MT Currie Jason managed to leap to safety after this big rock rolled down and knocked his bike over the edge, good thing he was riding a KTM as no damage was apparent.. This area was on fire not long before we rode through, and it has caught on fire again more to the West of here.. Jason taking in the view under the wires Perfect conditions Sad to see the rickity old 2 plank bridge gone Jason had put a brand new set of MT 21s for the ride and carried his cross Canada tire for backup But after some interference with the swingarm we installed a whittle stick to brace it away.. Another shot of those perfect conditions. The heat was picking up again, not out of the norm for this country and we were acclimatized after having a week of 30+ in Campbell River.. Plan B worked as Tom was waiting for us in Lillooet, we grubbed up before leaving town getting in on those low low prices.. Heading towards the wild west to find a campsite..