Adventurey Muppets’ Snowy Ride in BC

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by powderzone, Apr 25, 2021.

  1. powderzone

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    Calgary-Porcupine Hills - Fernie - Wardner, BC

    Need to escape. It’s been a long winter but planning a bike trip this early, in Canada? Guess we’ll see how that turns out. Noon departure - BigMuppet finally gets his road test sorted after riding his bike for 12,000km so he’s ready to roll. MediumMuppet has been packed and ready since January.

    We blasted south of town and jumped on gravel heading into the porcupine hills, low elevation foothills...surely clear of snow by mid April...We hoped.

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    Attempted to ride Skyline Rd but encountered mud ruts and snow at 1600m. A passing farmer confirmed our suspicions about the road conditions ahead - he was in 4x4 mode for 5km sliding around in the mud ruts. Ah...no thanks. We did a shithook and go outta there...but not before BigMuppet plugged his 790 into a snowbank. It was pretty comical to watch.
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    We backtracked to hwy 22 then down Willow Creek Rd for the great views.

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    Rolled into Fernie to grab fuel, beer, and a beef wrap from the Chopsticks food truck (so good). Continued riding west and found a great spot to stealth camp and settled in for pints, fire, stories and great scenery.

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  2. powderzone

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    Wardner - Balfour - Duncan Lake

    Coffee on the lake. Perfect start.
    Side stand sensor failure. Not so perfect. Thankfully I carry a dongle/bypass - you katoom riders take note. This was a 5 minute delay versus towing a bike out. $80 well spent.

    To lift my spirits further, BigMuppet decided to dump his bike upside down while navigating over a log. Sorry no pics since he needed help. Lol

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    We rode via Norbury to Fort Steele, twisty asphalt to Creston and Crawford Bay and beyond. After checking out the Marblehead mine we found a great camp spot at Howser rec site on Duncan Lake - the water was so low that it was like descending / climbing a Saharan dune to go for a (very) cold dip.

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    That night we were treated to fireworks from a family camping down the lake. Then the Northern Lights were on show while we chilled by the fire on the beach. Perfect end to the day.

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    Howser - Trout Lake - Edgewood - Kettle Valley FSR (Sandy Bend rec site)

    Cold start from an amazing camp.
    Stopped for some gravity pumped fuel in Trout Lake. Love these relics that still serve a purposeful existence.

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    We were then snowed out on west side of Upper Arrow at km 26 headed south. Met Steve (SxS) who warned us of snow ahead, and an English dude on a shiny new 890R who told us the Christian FSR / Kettle Valley FSR is clear to from the top of Lumby pass to Rock Creek in the south.

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    So we doubled back to the ferry and headed down the east side of Arrow Lake for a late lunch/ beer pickup in Nakusp and down to the Faurquer ferry.

    Coming off the ferry was like a LeMans start with cars jockeying around trying to avoid the pace car (a clapped out old VW). I was behind an AMG and M2 for a while until they started their drift session through the twisties and I remembered I wasn’t on a sport bike.

    Near the top of the pass we headed south through the snow and finally found a rec site not buried in white stuff. Epic fire ensued. Not a soul in sight.
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    Sandy Bend Rec Site - Rock Creek - Oliver - Otter Lake

    Amazing sleep fueled by fresh mountain air, river sounds, a full belly and pints...helped overcome seeing prints on the beach below my tent. Medium sized cat?
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    Chowed down a late (second) breakfast at the Pub in Rock Creek. Despite our lack of land pirate attire we were welcomed in.

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    MediumMuppet went missing at this point, racing ahead and missing the turn off. Shot him a text to meet us in Oliver and idled up the Baldy Mtn road and down into Oliver where we reconnected with the missing Muppet.

    Then deciding not to tempt fate with high elevation snow (the ride up and over Apex Mtn) we rode twisty asphalt the remainder of the afternoon. Riding some dual-track north of Oliver we somehow lost BigMuppet and no amount of texting or phone calls could sort him out. Sometimes you just have to find your own way.

    After waiting for 15 minutes we cut the umbilical and headed off towards Hedley where we grabbed gatorade and chatted with the local gentry. A text from BigMuppet - he’s 20 minutes AHEAD of us fueling up in Princeton. How the heck?

    Found the missing Muppet and followed the KVR railbed to our camp spot for the night. We were going a bit rogue with camping since lots of rec sites and provincial parks aren’t yet open. Not sure if that’s due to Covid or just too early in the season? In any case we aren’t damaging anything by using facilities for their intended purposes and if the government wants us to stay away from each other, stealth camping is just the ticket.

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    Otter Lake - Spence’s Bridge - Boston Bar - West Harrison FSR

    After a civilized night as the only campers in the area, it was a cold start with a s l o w sunrise. The target today is to ride over to Boston Bar, down the East Harrison and up the west side. No idea if this is a reasonable target but looks like there’s several rec site options along the route so no rush.

    We got a snowed out twice - on the KVR west of Otter Lake and again trying to connect the Nahatlatch to East Harrison. MediumMuppet dumped his 790 in the snow and finally put a scuff on it. On the plus side, he spotted a cougar crossing the track behind us as we sized up a larger water crossing. Yikes!

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    Started receiving texts from the missus regarding BC going into some sort of lockdown and restrictions on recreational travel. Well shit, good thing our plates are covered in mud. Just the same, best to head back to avoid scrutiny. The reality is that the few folks we met along the way were friendly and welcoming.

    Twisty asphalt to Harrison Mills and headed up towards West Harry - to grab a spot at one of the many rec sites. After passing on a few earlier campsites we turned into the 20 Mile site...and the gate was locked. What the?! Hmmm the day use area is open though so we wander down to the beach and camped there. Weary travellers shouldn’t be faced with locked gates but that’s a topic for another time.

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    Fire and beers on the beach and chill vibes until BigMuppet had a few extra pints and blew a tire in turn 3 on the final lap and careened into the wall. That is to say...he overcooked the landing. You know what I’m saying here...

    This is MediumMuppet grabbing a few zzz’s before BigMuppet’s escapades. Like I said...chill vibes.
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    West Harrison - Lilloet - Sicamous

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    Chunder fest on West Harry gave way to dusty high grade FSR. The Duffy to Lilloet was glorious! Such a great road.

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    After lunch in Lilloet, we charged on...alongside the semis and clapped out pickups.

    Found a great stealth camp spot near Sicamous for the night and chilled out. Note the stealth campfire setup. We’re no dummies.

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    Sicamous - Radium - Calgary

    What can I say. We were racing the clock. Snow in the forecast and travel restrictions pending, time to make miles.

    Nothing notable other than the usual circus of aggressive pickup truck drivers between Radium and Castle Junction. I don’t get this mentality - One moron literally hogged the passing lane and when I tried to pass on the right, he sped up. When I slid back in behind him and flipped him a long and dramatic “bird”, he finally relented and moved over. Silly muppet!

    Back home, camp gear cleaned up, bike spotless, with a list of maintenance items do do while it snows in typical Calgary fashion. The Motoz rear tire has 7,500km and looks good for a couple more. Not bad mileage for a bike that eats tires.
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  8. AdvDna

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    Nice Ride Report Dirty Muppet!
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  9. drrod1

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    Looks like a great trip. Thanks for the write up.
    Your mention of the bypass dongle got me digging. Apparently the 790 is a bit more complicated but can still be done. I guess I need to look into this more. Any other Calgary area 790 inmates put one in?
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    It was actually the same failure on a 790 that got me thinking about carrying a dongle for the 1090.
    You're correct, KTM have taken measures to make this more difficult to bypass (ridiculous concept if you want my opinion). @AdvDna has done the side-stand delete on his 790. I recall that he bought the kit from Rotweiller or Vanasche?
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    Its actually a sensor relocate bracket that you can buy. The delete is god awful ugly!
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    Terrific job. This early in the season, I'd say you lucked out; the weather, you can judge by the forecasts but conditions of the roads varies year to year. You guys are tougher than me; in the campsite pix you look cold. (Although I don't see any frost on the tents, so maybe I'm just getting old and soft.) Curious as to where/what the Sicamous stealth site is? It looks a bit more cozy that the beach sites, if less scenic. Oh and that Motoz looks amazing for having seen that much use.
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    Thanks for the info guys. I will put it on my ever expanding list of things I need (want?) to get.
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    Here is a little YouTube of the trip!

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    We really DID get lucky with weather. We had frost on the tents one morning up at the Sandy Bend rec site - that's pretty much it. The rest of the trip, the overnight lows ranged from 2C to 8C...and the daytime highs ranged from 16C to 26C. Zero rain!
    Things definitely cooled off quick in the evenings so I'm thankful that I packed by big down-filled vest. It packs down okay and makes flumping around camp far more enjoyable. We were pretty toasty with the evening fire and have all committed to trying the Adjustafork contraption (an inmate innovation) to cook dinner over the fire on future trips.
    The stealth site in Sicamous is theoretically the Yard Creek day-use shelter. This is an account of a 100% fictional motorbike trip so to camp there in real life may be considered rude and inappropriate.
    They were kind enough to leave one of the latrines open. Yay us!
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    Thanks for posting this fictional ride report! Adding this one to my post covid list.
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    Since no one else has mentioned it, you muppets sure do make some fantastic fires. Fictitious fires, that is.
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    That’s MediumMuppet aka @AdvDna
    He’s the firestarter prodigy. I’m relegated to wood collection detail.
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    Firestarter prodigy, nice one!

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    Uncanny resemblance! lol
    I got the poison...
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