B.c. Big Trailie Ride 3

Discussion in 'Canada' started by MANXMAN, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    After the lead group made it to Sun Peaks Ski Resort, a few of us went back up the road to snap some pictures of the trail group. We tried to get back to an intersection but passed Ray in the process. Thinking that the group was right behind him, we stopped on this rather steep area to take photos:

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    Then we waited, and waited and waited some more... Then Les came along - looking poised: :wave
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    I turned to look for another rider, and then heard screech and thump: :huh
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    I guess the camber got the best of him trying to stop and turn in where the other bikes were. All good fun and Les was okay and laughing: (Not like this :lol3 but more like this :lol2 - :becca )
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    But what are riding mates (friends) for if not to help you out when you are down :krusty :doh :razor
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    After we got Les up and rolling again, Patrick came along - looking stellar :wings
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    Not quite sure why he sat down, he was looking so good standing up! :poser
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    Not sure of the rider, but looking good :thumbup
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    I think this was Cam - so he was having fun on Friday :D
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    As evidenced by the big grin: :jump
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    Next pair up were Sharon :sweeti and Radio man :dj
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    Looking pretty comfortable here Sharon: :rayof (I know that's your good side :lol3 )
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    and the Rocker (Country Rocker) :trp :lol2
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    Bringing up trail was our fearless tour guide Ross on the beast. :lift
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    Looking so suave and secure with that 600# behemuth :rilla
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    As he rides into the distance - he couldn't even tell us he was the last person. :evil :augie
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    We figured that out in short time and headed to the ski resort... :oscar

    and the motel back at Merrit: :1drink :freaky
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    A "PIG" a "COW" and a Buell - hate to to see the offspring :lol3
  2. bross

    bross Where we riding to? Supporter

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    Excellent! :clap D@mn sorry I missed it.
  3. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    The journey continues - Saturday Merrit to Princeton and Keremeos along the KVR and the BC-Bruce damnation road :lol3 and up the Nickle Plate road.

    The ever ready "Cat Herder" prepares himself to depart at 08:30 SHARP! :rofl
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    If I missed you the day before, hopefully I got you today. :freaky

    R.J. Larry, who stuck with the big dogs later on. :clap
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    Rider not sure. :D (I think it David)
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    Randle, who rode very well throughout the day, even though the sites were too much to handle later on. :lol3
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    IslandR's friend "G" (Greg or Gary?) I shouldn't :1drink so much when learning names. :ricky
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    Galactic Larry with the :thumbup
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    Cam, takin' in the sights and sounds. :nod (fixed)
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    Radio man, still having a ball, and warning all the animals within a kilometer radius. :super
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    Ever faithful tour guide Ray, with the beauty queen :queenie wave.
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    Unknown rider (edit: Ronyx from Calgary), too many new faces this year, come back next year and I'll try to remember yur name, great riding. :thumb
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    Les unscathed from yesterday. :gdog (fixed)
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    Dan, "The Wild Man" who just found out his bike does indeed like the dirt. :pynd
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    Gerald, with the only ADVrider salute of the day... :fyyff (oh wait a minute I may got a few more of those - just not on camera :lol3 )
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    and Sharon, who was doing better and better each day - after the silt ride. :wave
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    So a stop at the Brookmere water tower, to discuss routes and which rider's going with whom this year eh? :bow :cromag
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    The anxiety must have been great, becuase we got to the only known water crossing on the Kettle Valley Railroad 'trail', and I got through it as fast I as could to dismount and take picutes. I managed to get Galatic Larry (who was last, as everyone else stacked up behind me. :doh :becca oh, well at least everyone made it)
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    We all got practice opening and closing gates, a half-dozen or more? - Dan blasting though as Randle closed yet another. :knary
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    We didn't stop much, riding to was way too much fun, rolling whoops in third and fourth gear (60-80kph). :ricky (but I stopped here last year, so why not stop again)
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    We got to the link-up point last year, at the same time as the lead road group, and picked up two extra riders (IslandR and "G"). No one else wanted to go though the rock slide that caused so much fuss last year. Well I had missed it while going back to look the missing rider (Barry who couldn't make this years BCBTR) :cry

    More to come... :norton
  4. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    Off to work again, I'm only on page 6 of 10 with pictures, so many more too come. :D

    I want to see someone else's pictures, let's get crackin' eh! :lol3
  5. bross

    bross Where we riding to? Supporter

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    Keep em coming, totally envious of you guys and gals. :lurk
  6. Tail Gunner

    Tail Gunner Life is Good !!! Enjoy the Ride

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    I was on Friday's ride. I had a great time riding and meeting all of you. It is such a beautiful area to ride and our hosts were great. Thanks for letting me be a part of the ride.

    Cam sorry to hear about your wrist. I hope it heals quickly.

    Nice Pictures Russ.

    Andrew
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  7. IslandR

    IslandR Awkward Silence Producer

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    Hi Russ

    Great pictures, thanks for taking the time to stop and do the work.

    I on the other hand am very selfish and had one thing on my mind :freaky . Ride quickly to the rest stop and recreate.

    Looking forward to seeing more. Sorry we got split from you and Farmerger Sunday morning.

    I will keep lurking

    See you next year
  8. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Well, to say I had a great time would be a great understatement. It was a perfect weekend. If my butt wasn't so sore I'd do it again tomorrow!

    Here are a few shots:
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    Rob (behind the post) getting into mischief
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    Thanks all for putting it together.....count me in for IV
  9. Bora20

    Bora20 Been here awhile

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    Ok, here are a few of mine.

    The pig ready for action.
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    Baja???
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    Nice gravel.
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    Good size comparison.
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    Nothing but speed on this stretch.
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    Waiting for Larry to run into Randall.
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    Almost all together again, before the mud, crashed bikes, and broken limbs.
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    More pix in my Smugmug account.
  10. kildala2000

    kildala2000 The GS Store.

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    Hey BCer's :D

    That sure looked like a great ride and thanks for sharing your shots.

    Ride Safe,
    Rick:D
  11. rockies-GS

    rockies-GS Been here awhile

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    Hey Larry , Looks like you had way too much fun! Next year I am in ....:kboom
  12. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    The rest of the Kettle Valley Railroad (KVR) trail.

    Apparently this section was more difficult last year, but after looking back, it looks pretty much the same. Sorry Stilly1 it was just you. :lol3

    J.R. Larry and Madman Dan:
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    The normal way: :D
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    The madman way: :D (course someone already sneeked a peek :lol3 )
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    Next down were Brett and G-Larry: :thumbup
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    IslandR Up-Close: :1drink
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    Galactic Larry: :webers
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    Madman enters Tulameen with flare: :wink:
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    J.R. Larry on the bridge: :thumb
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    The two red GSs bring up the rear: :D
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    (Brett and all you are on the smuggy account if you want to see yourself: https://PacWestGS.smugmug.com/gallery/5236508_zKQLv/1/318237018_E4iDd )

    We pulled into Tulameen and discussed whether to join the main group or stay on the KVR - we stayed on the KVR. But, had time to check out the "Joker" - Randle: :lol3
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    Back on the KVR: :clap
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    Dan was either spinning or skidding, I know he was having fun. :deal
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    So we get to this really cool bridge, and I start stopping a ways back, Dan pulls up behind me and stops, and then - crash, screetch and a whooa thrown in. I look in my mirror and see orange laying on the trail in a cloud of dust... :eek1

    Randle was really fast, but the 640 has been "Trail Rated" :lol3
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    Randle said he was looking at the scenery and missed seeing us stop, dang man, glad you found the front brake. :bow Only broke a water bottle in the saddlebag, :rofl

    Randle tends to his wet bag, while we take a short break: :1drink
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    Next photo opportunity came at the slide all the way down to the river. :lurk
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    Little bikes rule, but the feet thing really has to be fixed... :evil
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    It was at this time that Gerald and J.R were missing for quite some time, Larry turned around and went back to make sure they got through some difficult rocky sections without injury. Larry comes flying back up the trail and I'm thinking oh shit someone is down. He pulls up and says - Gerald hit a rock and bent his shift lever up and they were fixing it so he could keep going.

    Both show up shortly there after, and me and larry go over the slide. Larry tried to get some air, but with all the speed and forgetting to turn off the ABS only confirmed why we moved to other two bikes forward down the trail. It wasn't enough though, because G-Larry pile drived the back of Randle's 640. From our point of view, Larry got off lucky, cause the river looks like another option. :yikes
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    It was high and sandy to the highside and packed rock near the edge: (the edge would have been better, but human nature says stay away from the edge.)
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    Kissing turn signals:
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    Next up was J.R.: :getiton (well done)
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    and finally Gerald - Crashing like Ewan...:rofl :jack (it started going wrong from the begining)
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    Thank you Dan for the helping hands...:clap
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    Ahh the sweet smell of success, must have been the bent shift lever...:augie
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    Guess I'm not going to get done tonight, got to go to bed and work in the morning, ciao...

    More KVR tomorrow - tunnels...:freaky
  13. Cooler

    Cooler Farkle king.

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    This is Cam not Les. Cam has side cases. Les doesn't.
    Les unscathed from yesterday. :gdog
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  14. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    Yeah, I noticed that too - but late.

    Cam has a white sticker between the headlight, and you (Les) have a Canadian flag sticker...

    Sorry for the mix up... Blue Stroms all look alike... :lol3
  15. GalacticGS

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    Made it back to Camas, WA in one piece!

    This was an outstanding ride, with a chance to see old friends and meet many new ones. Thanks all for the good times!

    Kudo's to Ross, Ray, and Patrick for arranging some great routes with a little bit of everything thrown into the mix. It sure was fun. Defintely got a chance to light the wick up a bit on some of the dirt.

    Hoping Cam heals soon - that was a bummer.

    Got plenty of pics to post - just no time right now - but will get them up in a few days.

    Can't wait until BC-BTR4...
  16. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    Just got home from my Edmonton, Merrit, Vancouver, Whistler, Prince George, Edmonton loop. 3800k's and one fried rear tire. Had a great time with YFF's

    Rob
  17. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    Tunnels on the KVR -

    That light at the end of the tunnel might be happy rider and not a train. :D
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    From the cockpit: :D
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    Close-up: (Reflections in the mirror) :0-0
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    The last bridge and tunnel before Princeton, no one fell down this time. :brow
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    The Calvery charging up from the rear. :hair
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    Whooo whoooo - chugga - chugga - whooo whooo! :lol3
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    The end of the train and the trail: :norton
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    Next up is the Nickle Plate road and Apex Mountain...
  18. Hank Kimball

    Hank Kimball Adventurer

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    Hey Folks: Looks like you all had a great time....great ridin, great scenery and a bunch of nice folks to ride with...Had a great time friday

    Kinda bummed out I didn't have my bike in shape......I shoulda just changed out the chain and sprockets at 30K and not tried to squeeze that little extra.....oh well.

    Will be back next year if Ross, Ray, and Patrick see fit to put it on again....thanks guys.

    There was a fellow I was speaking to who was getting a team together for the 08 Baja 1000......PM me or send me an E at timhunt@insco.ca

    Thanks again.......

    :1drinkoh yea, the chain made it home.....750k....but was resting on the center stand when I arrived
  19. PacWestGS

    PacWestGS Life Is The Adventure!

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    Nickle Plate -

    As seen from space: :D
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    And in person. :wink:
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    Gerald on the way up.
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    and Dan.
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    Pics from the top (rolling switchbacks), before continuing:
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    Pics from the next climb, (180 - switchbacks), only one turn up:
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    Over the top - heading into Apex: (Dirt super highway :lol3 )
    J.R. Larry
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    Ray:
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    Down the hill from Apex Ski Resort, was a really fun paved road with lots of tight switchbacks: (Danger Dan, finds out TKCs stick like glue :D )
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    Gerald is a little less willing to test the limits, but his heads in the right place:
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    Randle's just cruising along, having fun...
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    I was trying to scrap something on the big GS, but couldn't manage to do so... :wings (It was fun trying)
  20. canuck

    canuck Been here awhile

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    I had such a great time that I didn't take any pics !!

    Glad to see everyone had fun. I enjoyed meeting all the new folks and meeting up with folks who have come with us in years past.

    Ross, well done on the routing front. The mix of roads was perfect.

    For an unorganized ride I think it went very well !!

    The amazing thing about this kind of ride is the people you meet. It would seem that with a group this size that there must be someone who doesn't play well with others but that has always been a rare occurence.

    All the best folks, and see ya next year.

    Patrick