Well, I've never done one of these ride reports before. It's a good opportunity to try it. I've been working 7 days a week for a few months now and I was desperate to get out for a longer ride. I like the idea of doing things on the big adventure bikes that aren't the common practice. I luckily have a few friends that believe in the same theory I had done some research on the route in the weeks prior to this ride and worked out as much offroad riding for a loop through the BC interior that I could safely manage. The total trip would be about 2500kms or so over 5 days. Not huge mileage for highway but offroad, that was a different story. 500-700km days would be BIG days - particularly for some of the terrain. THE PLAN: Friday - Day 1. Leave Victoria - ride up to Pemberton and stay the night in a rustic cabin with 4 guys in bunk beds. Day 2 - leave Pemberton, go over Hurley Pass, ride around Carpenter Lake, Seton Lake, Anderson Lake, do Duffy Lake Road (hwy 99), head to Clinton via Big Bar Ferry. (this was optimistic) Day 3) Head East of Clinton offroad, head down to McLean Lake, over to Merritt via offroad, possibly get to Hope via Tulameen and the Old Coquihalla Hwy. Day 4) Head up the West side of Harrison Lake offroad and back down the Sea to Sky hwy to head home. Day 1 - the day we were supposed to meet at the cabin on Lillooet Lake. There were a few difficulties with this: 1) Some of us had to work Friday and couldn't leave until 5pm to catch a 6pm ferry for a 1.5hr ferry ride and a 210km run through heavy Vancouver traffic. Luckily, I wasn't one of these people 2) There was no physical address for the cabins that we were staying at - only map co-ordinates. This was interesting. So, onto the trip and how my well laid plans didn't follow exactly how I had thought they would - not that they ever do. Here's an overall map of the route we did: I thought I'd get up early and start off Friday morning to take the scenic way to Pemberton. This was the first bit of the trip that I stuck to almost all off-highway backroads through Southern Vancouver Island. Not much dirt to begin with. Not too much picture taking either. After heading through Cedar south of Nanaimo, I had a look at the ferry schedules and I could make the 3:15 going to Powell River and taking the Sunshine Coast down. Worked pretty well...until I realized at Saltery Bay that I would be waiting until 6:40 to depart. That's not good. Still another ferry to take. I was planning on being at the cabin around 7pm. From the last ferry, it's a 156km ride - about 2 hours - in the dark...with the last bit on a logging road...oh well. I met another biker along the way - Owen. Great guy to talk to as we trundled along between ferries. He was riding a Buell sportbike and me on my KTM were a little bit of an odd match but we passed the time talking about the ferry waits and big Harleys. Next ferry - 9:40 and is a 40 minute crossing. Arriving in Horseshoe Bay at 10:20 - with a 2 hour bike ride ahead. I'm sure the boys are drinking all of the RUM at the cabin already. Damn. After a long ferry ride, I was off on the Sea to Sky highway right around dusk. I headed through Whistler in the dark without much issue. The GPS guided me to the co-ordinates...somewhat. It became a little intimidating when I passed the final gas station and the signs to Lillooet Lake Cabins were somewhat sparse. The logging road I turned down at just after midnight didn't seem like such a good idea. I kept thinking that it was just 10kms down so no big deal - fire up the Ridgid Dually D2's and the HID's and we're off. It was only a little disturbing to see the wrecked minivan on the side of the road with 4 flat tires. Finally the cabin sign came up and it was time to pull in. I was greeted with some bleary eyed but talkative friends - Brent on his F800GS, Jonathan on his F800GS, and Jason on his KTM950 Adventure. There was still some rum left and after polishing that off, we hit the bunks. When I booked the cabin, I talked with the owner, Jacob, who had some good knowledge of the area. He described some of the roads to us talking about the "hairy" High Bar road and that it was possible to go from Harrison Lake South all the way back up to Pemberton offroad. We added these things into the "want" list for routes. The cabins were described as "rustic" and I though that this would add to the experience as well as allowing 4 of us to sleep fairly cheaply. This was the cabin: and this was the view from the cabin - absolutely spectacular: Looking south down Lillooet Lake. It was somewhat disappointing to me that I spent so little time here but we were ADVENTURERS and it was time to find breakfast and head to the hills! So - off we go - the team of 4! Like Ewan and Charlie...and Charlie...and Charlie...I guess? Hurley Pass was our first destination. This was a nice little 10km offroad stretch to get us warmed up. I just about plowed into the ditch on the first corner as my offroading skills were VERY rusty. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Hurley+Road,+Squamish-Lillooet+A,+BC,+Canada&daddr=50.8483268,-122.8365353+to:Gold+Bridge,+BC,+Canada&hl=en&ll=50.819276,-122.815475&spn=0.113222,0.264187&sll=50.844511,-122.822084&sspn=0.02829,0.066047&geocode=FaPOBgMdZPCt-Ckf8BO3Jhx-VDFIMAvMwsQ3XQ%3BFUbiBwMdyamt-CmZb9BwBxl-VDEpIjgUnV7dAw%3BFXrtBwMdlJ-t-CkvF_cvrxl-VDHeW7G2PMxgJQ&oq=Gold+Brid&t=h&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=15&via=1&z=13 Along this route, the substrate is a little marbly and not the highest on the fun factor but the scenery is quite nice. We arrived in Gold Bridge without issue. The local store said they were closed for lunch and there was no gas station to be found - luckily, us KTM riders are prepared with extra fuel...well, some of us KTM riders. There was an Adventure Rider that stopped by while we were having a drink that seemed particularly concerned with finding gas and wasn't thrilled that there wasn't a gas station in Gold Bridge. Before we could offer him some, he was off. I'm sure that he made it the 15 or so kms back to Pemberton. Now the scenery starts. Going around the north end of Carpenter Lake is phenomenal - great scenery, a mix of gravel road and chunks of pavement with NO TRAFFIC! A great ride. Here's a picture of the boyz. Here's Brent on the beach. This would be our version of "beach photos"