700 miles, 4 days, 3 bikes, 2 much fun--1 for the road home

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by deej, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. deej

    deej Deej (Deric)

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    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.

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    I got there around 4 in the afternoon and parked in the wall tent on a friends property. 70 miles from Forks

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    Staging area
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    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.

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    Organizing the tank bag.
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    The second victim (Ole) showed up Thursday at 10:00 pm bright eyed and ....well sort of ready to go.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!!!
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    Getting ready to leave
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    At the ferry terminal
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    Garland arrives
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    Ole and Garland talking about the shotgun and weather we would pretend to not know him if they started to hassle him. :)
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    Ferry arriving
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    Bikes all tied up for the hour and a half ride across the water.
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    Coming into Victoria
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    Customs
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    Garland
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    Our first stop out of Victoria (beef jerky break)
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    All the bridges were one lane to Port Renfrew and over to Bamfield
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    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. ;)
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    Fuel station. $6.00 a gal
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    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
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    Catching back up with the guys
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    Well after 100+ miles it was time for lunch
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    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.
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    If it was warmer we might have gone swimming.
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    Looks like an old railroad crossing or something.
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    Back on the road
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    Time to get something to eat.....:eek1:D
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    Had to take a picture of this old machine, I actually ran one of these 18 years ago.
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    Time to set up camp.
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    Canada Day 2
    Looking at the map
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    Look what we saw, a black bear, got a picture as fast as I could, and then it was gone.
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    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.
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    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!!!
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    mmmmmm Hot food
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    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.
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    Ole in some sort of trance :)
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    Gonna ride to the lake campground a mile down the road.
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    Float plane going by
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    Ole with one of those up to no good looks, I checked my gas switch and other stuff...:D
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    Heading back on the road to Bamfield
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    Stopping at a small lake that wasn't even on the map.
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    Back on the road again.
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    Roads starting to get a bit rough.
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    Then around the corner we came upon this thing, either burned for the insurance or some environmentalist..:cry
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    Forward we go
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    Campground the second night, but first on to Bamfield which was about 5 miles down the road.
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    Stopped in to talk to the locals
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    Some people waiting for the water taxi
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    Ok back to the campground to set up camp.
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    This looks like a good spot
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    What a great spot just 30 yards from the beach
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    Time to eat...again
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    Exploring the campground
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    Ole
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    Garland
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    Good night KLX,...see you in the morning.
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  2. deej

    deej Deej (Deric)

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    We woke up Saturday morning to rain, and I was not a happy camper, so I packed up and waited for the guys to so the same and we headed out of there looking for warmer weather.
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    Ole trying to get me to smile, and it sort of worked.:D
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    Port Alberni, and time to eat.
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    The sand turns to concrete :D
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    Mr OCD will have to live with this for a while longer.
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    Yours truly
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    Ole on the phone...AGAIN!! Its tough being the boss huh/ :D
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    Fill er up please.
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    Getting a break from monkey butt.
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    Resting the leg
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    Now that's trouble with a capital T
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    Garland..always looking for the good deal.
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    Finally got a good shot from behind while driving.
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    My glove got in the picture a little, but I thought it made for a cool picture so I kept it.
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    Campbell River!!!!! Now where is a motel so I can get dried off?
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    Ahhhhh a motel, with a pool, sauna, hot tub, swimming pool, free breakfast all for $40.00 a night split
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    Feeling better about the trip, it amazing what a good dry place will do for your attitude. :D
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    Now lets go check out the pub
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    Hey Ole,...are you tired or are the double Bombay's kicking in? Hehehe:D
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    Garland enjoying a dark beer.
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    Hammer time :rofl
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    Here you are trying to look normal, but it ain't working. :evil
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    Ok that's the end of day 3, day 4 and the ride home coming soon.
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  3. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Am I ready?

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    Sure looks like a lot of fun :clap

    Cant wait to hear about the rest
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  4. deej

    deej Deej (Deric)

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    Day 4 leaving for Victoria, about 150 miles. Mmmmm free breakfast.
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    Great view
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    Whoops, don't wanna lose that huh?:D
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    I'm ready guys, what's the delay?
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    Huge mill on the water, can you imagine trying to build that now with all the environmental laws?:wink:
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  5. deej

    deej Deej (Deric)

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    DO NOT...GO IN THERE!!!!!:D
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    Got dumped on again
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    The only log truck we saw the whole time we were there.
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    Stopping for lunch before it rains again
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    Ole checking out the food
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    It tasted better than it looked:D
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    Alright let's get out of here, the wind really started to pick up.
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    Dark clouds...not looking good.
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    Great roadside viewpoint
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    Its hard taking pics while doing 60 mph down the road.
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    Ahhhhh Victoria ahead...another 70 miles
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    VICTORIA!!!!
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    At customs again
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    Here comes our ride
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    Coming off the ferry
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    Leaving Victoria, the sky actually started to clear pretty nice.
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    Hitchhiker
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    Back to Sequim...the staging area for an overnight and heading home on Tuesday.
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    Ride home coming.
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  6. deej

    deej Deej (Deric)

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    Ok, so a good nights sleep on a real bed and look at the sky, but it would soon turn dark and cold.
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    Ok so I took off heading home around 70-75 miles left to go by myself. About 15 miles out of Port Angeles I saw a bike come up behind me, and this guy comes right up next to me as we are doing 60 mph down the road, we waved a couple of times and then after 5 miles I motioned him to pull over to see what his story was. Turns out that he was from a place up in BC and was heading down to the Oregon Coast on his KTM 450, we talked for a while then we took off and I followed him around the lake and then he pulled off and I went ahead.
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    His name was Gilbert and this is where he was riding from
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    Kelowna BC

    then he stopped and talked to a couple that he met on the ferry, and I was off to home.
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    Well that's it, here is my GPS track, I ended up with 140 miles more that the other two guys, at just over 700. It was fun, yes I would do it again hoping for better weather. Hope you enjoyed the report, and Ole if you see any pics that you don't like and want them removed.......TOO BAD!!!!!:evil :D :clap
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  7. philip Kelly

    philip Kelly phil kelly

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    Question for you lads.

    First off welll done, this is what life is all about get out find the time,and do it.

    The question, the bikes.
    What did you do to them to get them ready, .
    Your not lite lads, how did they do on the road over a long trip.
    250's seem small, but I am 16 stone10, and would love to get a bike that small to do a trip on but am i right in thinking that you are restricked to slow speed.

    can you go through any problems you had bike wise.

    Thanks again for posting the trip.

    phil in Ireland
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  8. J-Rock!

    J-Rock! Adventurer

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    Nicely done Deej...
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  9. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Great pics:clap


    Oh, Ole may wanna check his race sag:rofl
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  10. deej

    deej Deej (Deric)

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    some comments on the bikes. Even me being 6-1 and 260 lbs and another 80-100 lbs on it, I had all the power in the world. One thing I would change for next time is that I would let half of the air out of my tires. I got vibrated to death on the washboard roads. I let out some air after 100 miles or so on the gravel and it helped immensely.

    The DRZ 400 (Ole's bike) was set real soft, and in fact I don't think he has done anything adjustments, he's a big guy too, but he said and I can attest to his comments, that the bike floated across all of the bumps like they were not there at all. When I followed him it was as if even on the roughest roads that the bike just absorbed all the bumps while I was bouncing all over the place.

    Power was not even an issue on the trip, but my bike is jetted and piped as was the other KLX.

    :clap :freaky :1drink :D
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  11. Mr.Moose

    Mr.Moose Living the Adventure

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    I really enjoyed your pictures.:freaky thanks for sharing you travels.
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  12. jonathanneely

    jonathanneely n00b

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    Deej, awesome pictures my man and great travel stories too. One question though???? The second day, you guys were eating and their appeared to be a turned over empty bottle of JD ol' #7. I could be wrong but there are 1 of 2 observations here: 1) someone was completely sauced! or 2) that's a turned over empty bottle and that would constitute alcohol abuse!:freaky

    Good times man, glad you had fun!
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  13. Hines

    Hines Been here awhile

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    thanks for posting. I really enjoyed those pictures. I cant' wait for retirement so I can ride in the northwest and canada! Only 30 years to go!!!
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  14. deej

    deej Deej (Deric)

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    I already told you that I had nothing to do with that.:D
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  15. sparrow

    sparrow Long timer

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    monkey butt is an absolute essential on those types of trips. gold bond is the same stuff only cheaper. i always have some with me.
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  16. J-Rock!

    J-Rock! Adventurer

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    bump
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  17. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    Great pics guy's.:dutch
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  18. deej

    deej Deej (Deric)

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    Shameless bump. :lol3
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    deej Deej (Deric)

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    Bump....LOL
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  20. Dirty Princess

    Dirty Princess n00b

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    nice pix!!!!!! You folks got to see a lot of the island.
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