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Discussion in 'Canada' started by MANXMAN, Jan 31, 2008.
Good to see ya posting. How's the bike? Getting her fixed back up for next year?
OK, here's my pics from Day 2:
We started with a beautiful ride on the Kane Valley Road, heading south from 97C towards Brookmere.
dr650bc motoring along
Not sure of the name of this rider (let me know), but it's a nice GSA (edit: this is Ronyx)
Cooler with a thumbs up!
Bora20 at speed
PacWestGS is catching up
Farmerger on the red GS
Strompette's on her way - here she comes...
There she goes...
We started gathering near the water tower at Brookmere.
Manxman is walking the line of bikes to see who's missing...
Here comes IslandR
followed by Farmerger
Ronyx shows up
Night Wolf with another AdvRider salute
And here's Cooler (the blue Stroms finding strength in numbers)
And finally PacWestGS who rode sweep to make sure we have everybody
My red GS is resting...
From Brookmere, we split into two groups. One group took the dirt road into the hills, eventually meeting with the Tulameen-Otter Valley Rd. And the second group took the Kettle Valley Railroad. I'm with the KVR group...
The KVR is a really fun ride - we took it all the way into Princeton:
Farmerger and Bora20 at a rest stop
The KVR group already talking about how much fun we're having
The red GS's (the best color to have)!
JR Larry on his non-red GS, followed by Bora20
Bora20 likes the dirt!
The Farmerger close-up
Another rest stop - time for some water
My red GS is loving the scenery!
Gathering at one of the bridges
We made it to this little rock slide that was covering the trail, but Farmerger and JR Larry were missing. PacWestGS and Bora20 already crossed the rock slide, so I rode back from here to find what happened.
A rock had apparently bent the shift lever on Farmerger's bike, and by the time I backtracked to reach them, he and JR Larry had the tools out and were making fixes. So I took back off down the trail to let PacWestGS and Bora20 know. I think I had them a little worried that something serious was wrong, as I was blasting down the trail at a pretty good pace so they were relieved that it was just a minor technical problem.
JR Larry and Farmerger catching back up
Once they caught up, I crossed the rock slide. I was trying to go quick enough to maybe catch a little air over the top, so when I came down on the other side I grabbed a handful of brake. Of course, stupid me had forgotten to turn the ABS off, so the ABS got confused on the dirt and didn't give me any brakes at all. Luckily I stopped just in time with my left front turn signal kissing Randle's KTM right rear turn signal. PacWestGS posted pictures previously.
Further along the KVR
This is just after coming through one of the KVR tunnels
PacWestGS getting ready to ride some more
And the rest of the group is starting to re-mount
We finally made it to Princeton, and met up with the other group. We let them take off for the Nickle Plate Road while we hit Quizno's for lunch.
After lunch, we took the Old Hedley Road east and then it was up the Nickel Plate Road. The Nickel Plate is a great winding dirt road, with plenty of switchbacks that heads towards the Nickel Plate Mine, and then on to the Apex Mountain ski area.
I was having too much fun blasting up the mountain to take many pics.
Here's a view of part of the Nickel Plate Road
dr650bc was waiting at the top for us. The first group had passed through about 5 minutes before us, so I motored along to meet up with them at the Apex Ski area. I caught up with them, and told them to keep going and then waited for the rest of our group to arrive.
My GS is eyeing the ski runs - looks like fun!
Randle coming into the Apex Ski area
Farmerger rolls in
Bora20 just starting a little skid slide
JR Larry on the yellow GS
dr650bc and PacWestGS
Everybody's accounted for again
From here, we headed down the Green Valley Road and into Keremous for the evening.
Day 3 still to come...
The bike's running just fine and I haven't fixed a darned thing, yet. I did wash it just to see how bad it was under the dirt. The only thing that NEEDS to be done is to paint the crash bars and get new signal lights.
Besides, it's getting me lots of sympathy at work. I get to whine about my big injury - a bruised toe.
Larry - Great pictures! I was so busy trying to keep up with everyone that I didn't have time to stop to take pictures.
Hey there, the unknown GSA rider is moi.
Cool, thanks - hope to see you again next year
Amazing how many people have shown up over the last three years and - and I'm terrible with names.
Thanks - I edited the posts. As PacWestGS stated, hope to see you on BC-BTR4 next year.
Strompette - Glad to hear no serious damage to the bike. It looked like you were getting pretty comfortable with the dirt by Sunday. Your Strom will be wearing the scuff marks with pride!
Hello boys from Europe,
Looks like I missed a really good one this year.
Bora20 ... I never met you but I've been following your adventures. Don't be stupid and keep that GS in your garage. You will regret it the minute it leaves you. I said that to some of your friends I met in Reno about a Month ago.
PacWest ... WTF with the new ride ? Did you traded one or two or none ? Congrats.
We missed you too
I found a great deal on a used '07 in Napa CA, flew down and rode back last Thanksgiving. Great bike, has not replaced anything in the barn, just added a new dimension - the 1150 has street tires the 1200 will have knobbies
Where are you at now?
A few more from the archive and to finish up my library.
So when someone does (or tries) to do a good deed, and finishes the job (of breaking your shift lever completely off, it's time to make repairs. (My finger still hurts by the way)
Farmerger finds all the tools he needs: (Dewalt - part of BMW tool kit )
It only took two bits:
Attaching new shift lever (cut to order)
Refreashments made to order...
Close-up... (Beer and trails)
Finishing touches to keep the boots nice..
Yes, I believe if you look closely at the foot peg there is still some skin from my now bandaged knuckle, ouch that hurt like a son-of-a-bitch
Where we were for the last night in Keremeos:
It's "Thing" from the Adams Family.
While we missed everyone, Gerald and I made up lost time and stopped at a few of the local attractions:
Which included pretty girls.
and a Sasquach found lurking in the woods:
We waited and waited but no one came (the begining of Summerland road)
All two of us had lunch and bid farewell at Billy's:
Gerald went home, and I thought I'd give you guys one last chance to make it. I went back up towards Summerland road but only saw this guy:
It was getting late, so I turned around and headed for home, five-more hours in the saddle...
Can't wait until next year, here is all the pictures I took if you haven't already been there: :huh
Bump, Bump, were we off to in 2009. Can't wait.
This looks like a lot of fun, but I've got a DR650 and it looks like everyone brought a highway adv bike. If I show up with my DR650 will I be that kid who showed up for BMX race day at the track with a Sears BMX?
I have the wifey go-ahead for a couple of rides like this one this year. I can't wait to get started riding again!
Do you have gps co-ordinates for the goat trail? or how to find it? I rode the Nickel Plate Rd this fall but didn't see the Goat Trail, we weren't looking real hard though.
Passed several lanes like this...
The route won't be posted until Jan. We have a few things to finalize.
But I am authorized to say that we will be going to quite a few new places and roads on the BCBTR 4.
There are lots of 650 singles that show up for the ride. Everyone is welcome........as long as they don't show up in their car.
It leaves from the Apex Mnt. village and comes out on Green Mnt. Rd. by Ford Lake. I don't have GPS co-ordinates.
I will be bringing mine, but I need someone with a pig to carry my extra fuel! 200~250km is about all I get.
Even if I bring a Dakar champ? Looks like a fun weekend, and I look forward to making it (on my bike that is)