Well after a month of planning, I headed to Sequim on the 20th of August and got to the staging area for my Canada trip starting on Friday the 22nd. Me (Forks WA) Ole (Maple Valley WA) and Garland (Port Angeles WA) all met up at the Coho Ferry on Friday morning at 7:00am. First off, on my way into Sequim this is what the sky looked like, the wife took all my gear with her, and I wasn't sure if I was going to head in that day or Thursday, I looked at the sky and the weather report and thought I had better get in there before it got worse. Pre trip....trip first leg 70 miles. I got there around 4 in the afternoon and parked in the wall tent on a friends property. 70 miles from Forks Staging area On Thursday my wife dropped off my gear and I loaded my bike up and took it around the loop a few times to get a feel for the weight. Everything felt perfect. Organizing the tank bag. The second victim (Ole) showed up Thursday at 10:00 pm bright eyed and ....well sort of ready to go. He got the rack 2 days before the ride and picked up a couple of soft bag coolers and a Rubbermaid box which worked perfect for the trip. Both bikes all packed and ready to go. He traveled from Maple Valley to Sequim which is about a 3 hour drive. He hauled his bike in his truck. So it was a campfire chat and to bed in anticipation for the trip in the morning. Canada day 1 Up bright and early at 6:00 am for coffee prepared by our host. Mmmmmm coffee!!! Getting ready to leave At the ferry terminal Garland arrives Ole and Garland talking about the shotgun and weather we would pretend to not know him if they started to hassle him. :) Ferry arriving Bikes all tied up for the hour and a half ride across the water. Coming into Victoria Customs Garland Our first stop out of Victoria (beef jerky break) All the bridges were one lane to Port Renfrew and over to Bamfield Looking for gas because I was at 102 miles from Victoria and we thought there would be gas at Port Renfrew but apparently the Marina was the only place in town to get fuel. This is as close to Alaska type environment that I will get to. Fuel station. $6.00 a gal Ran into this old guy right outside the marina about a half mile, he was crazy and I don't mean in that funny sort of way, I stopped to take a picture of the sign and he looked right through me as if I wasn't there at all. And the way he was calling the dog I thought he was having some sort of seizure or something, and then I could swear I heard banjos, so I got the heck out of there.:eek1 Catching back up with the guys Well after 100+ miles it was time for lunch Back on the road heading toward Cowichan Lake we stopped at what seemed like there would be some good water pools, and we were right. If it was warmer we might have gone swimming. Looks like an old railroad crossing or something. Back on the road Time to get something to eat.....:eek1 Had to take a picture of this old machine, I actually ran one of these 18 years ago. Time to set up camp. Canada Day 2 Looking at the map Look what we saw, a black bear, got a picture as fast as I could, and then it was gone. Ran into this guy that had been there all night waiting for a tow truck, broken axle. These roads will tear you up. He had food and his coffee pot running, so we said goodbye and headed out. Then we came to the end of the road, and I guess it was an Indian Village, and there was gas and food and a lake...excellent!!! mmmmmm Hot food Turns out this little place at the end of the world is a great place to wind surf, and in fact is a salt water fed lake. This little store had some high end wind surfing equipment for sale in the corner. Ole in some sort of trance :) Gonna ride to the lake campground a mile down the road. Float plane going by Ole with one of those up to no good looks, I checked my gas switch and other stuff... Heading back on the road to Bamfield Stopping at a small lake that wasn't even on the map. Back on the road again. Roads starting to get a bit rough. Then around the corner we came upon this thing, either burned for the insurance or some environmentalist.. Forward we go Campground the second night, but first on to Bamfield which was about 5 miles down the road. Stopped in to talk to the locals Some people waiting for the water taxi Ok back to the campground to set up camp. This looks like a good spot What a great spot just 30 yards from the beach Time to eat...again Exploring the campground Ole Garland Good night KLX,...see you in the morning.