BC Big Adventure Traily Alternate

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  1. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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  2. OurBC

    OurBC Live to Travel

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    May be it will dampen the smoke, it was bad at Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park during the first week of August.


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  3. Adventure Hammer

    Adventure Hammer Ham Radio VE7JMN

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    Off we go. Hope to meet others along the way. Great weather
    I love it. Safe ride for all.

    Jim:freaky
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  4. OurBC

    OurBC Live to Travel

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    Good to see you on the Barkerville to Likely Road. What a blast! I hope everything went good for you two. We ended up finishing off yesterday in Merritt on the Old Nicola Road. Unfortunately Fishnbiker had a small problem with his ankle and a ditch.

    More photos and stories of the trip to come when he gets out of the Kamloops Hospital and when I finish off the summer, weather is unreal on the Island.


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  5. OurBC

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    Fishnbiker has a new look to his left leg after a visit to the Kamloops Hospital yesterday.


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  6. Argus16

    Argus16 Long timer

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    Wishing for a speedy recovery Ken... fill me in with the gory details when you're back home.
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  7. Adventure Hammer

    Adventure Hammer Ham Radio VE7JMN

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    It was good to meet you guys between Barkerville and Likely.
    Rained Sunday night in Quesnel Forks, kept the dust down even
    tho I was lead for the trip. Don's first adventure ride. I think I
    created a monster. Hope Ken has quick recovery. Locked gate between
    Likely and Horsefly due to Mnt Polley spill 16 km then turned around.

    Jim
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  8. NutsBucket

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    Swift recovery, Ken, and smooth rides!
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  9. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Photos now online at https://fishnbiker.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Motorcycle-Travel/2014-Goldrush-Ride/44381417_FqRqL5#!i=3541858610&k=2pGj949

    I guess it's time to catch up to date. Iv'e been out of circulation after a minor get-off turned major with a broken tibia & fibula. Now back home after 4 days of horror with the dinners coming out of Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops. Not recommended to anyone for any reason.

    All this from a moment's inattention, looking at the scenery instead of the road. Be forewarned.

    Back to our regularly scheduled program ...

    only 4 showed up in Pemberton to do the Goldbridge ride :

    OurBC Gary, Fishnbiker Ken, Nutsbucket Michael, & Rydr Mark.

    Our course found us going up the Highline road through Seton Portage. Nuts bucket had some trouble with loose rock & opted to go around via Duffy Lake & Bridge River Highway, meet up with us at Tyax Mtn Resort about 9pm to set camp in the dark.

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    The very cold night convinced us to give up on camping & we migrated to the Gold Dust Motel in Goldbridge the next morning.

    Our first ride was to be the Pioneer road up McGilvray Pass, trying to find the ultimate end. Nutsbucket experienced some vibration issues & lost his Ural sidecar luggage rack & almost his spare tire. We managed to find the rack & get all roped into place. OurBC found the missing tie-down bolt. He opted to turn back to town for some repairs, OurBC accompanying him. Rydr & I carried on. About 30km past Bralorne at over 5,000ft, we finally found a washed out bridge after a few km of technical ditch crossings. No further advancement possible on wheels. We figured we were less than 10km from going down into Anderson Lake.

    Our return route was to pass through a small connector to Bradian, suburb of Bralorne. It turned out to be a dried flood channel that kept us closely focussed until we got back onto real road.

    More to follow...
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  10. Ron from BC

    Ron from BC Long timer

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    Sorry to hear of your incident Ken...is it a spiral?

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! :pope
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  11. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    I did me a beauty, spiral tibia fracture plus detached the heel of the bone as well. no weight bearing at least 8 weeks. All for a peak of the view.

    This just slows me down for a couple of months, still game to go next spring.
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  12. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    After finishing our ride up McGilvray Pass, Rydr & I went back to our motel to freshen up & catch up with OurBC & Nutsbucket. Seems Nutsbucket had another small issue on the way back. OurBC found him bikeless at the motel. "I lost it" was his reply, over an embankment, down 80ft. His slide car (sp?) lost traction in a tight right hand sand covered turn. He opted to jump off just inches before it went over the edge, unhurt. Our gracious motel Darlene called up a tow truck & arranged to get the Ural extracted. An hour later, it fired up & was driven back to the motel for a more intensive inspection. another hour spent tweaking & adjusting found this Russian wonder ready to drive home. I now have a new respect for their toughness. We escorted Nutsbucket out to Lillooet next morning & he made his way home after that.

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    The remaining 3 came back to Goldbridge & did a circle route around Gun Lake before cashing in our chip & heading for dinner.

    Next day, Rydr head home for other commitments while OurBC & I headed over to Pavilion & up the power line road to Clinton. Lunch & gas there, then we backtracked to the Big Bar road, turning off to High Bar & followed the Fraser River to Big Bar & onto Dog Creek. Truly spectacular scenery along that road.

    We overnighted in Williams Lake, then passed through Likely & onto Barkerville on 150km of high speed gravel. Lunch in Wells was followed by a soaking ride back to Williams Lake. At Cache Creek we turned towards Lillooet again for more gas & then down the east side of the Fraser R.on Texas Creek Rd. 68km later we took the Lytton reaction ferry, completing (for me) every crossing of the Fraser River.

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    The Trans Canada to Spenses Bridge for lunch

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    Getting wet the whole way to Merritt, we decided to call it an early day & got a hotel.

    The next morning we took off towards Nicola to test out the Nicola Connector Road, not completed by us a few years ago on the BC Big Trailies ride. This was the section that proved to be my undoing

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    Lesson learned? keep yer F*#king eyes on the road.
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  13. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Awesome... I missed you folks. I rode to bella coola via gang ranch and chilko lake... Here's the funny part... I'm leaving to go to goldbridge and carpenter lake for 3 days tomorrow. Hope the weather is as nice as predicted.


    Hope everything heals well. Thanks for sharing...
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  14. akabeton

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    Awesome... I missed you folks. I rode to bella coola via gang ranch and chilko lake... Here's the funny part... I'm leaving to go to goldbridge and carpenter lake for 3 days tomorrow.


    Lee,

    Look out for 95 GSPD.
    I will be camping at Seton Lake ( Hydro site ) Friday and Gun Creek on Saturday.

    Paul
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  15. OurBC

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    Great photos Ken. What a trip, good to see you made it home and to some good food. Unfortunately the connection here in Susanville is slow so I am having trouble uploading some more pictures of the trip.
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  16. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl I'll ride anything. Supporter

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    I did that Old Nicola Road section on the BC Big Trailie on the Wee, I was so scared I never did see the view! :eek1 I hope you heal up fast Ken.
    BTW im in SoCal on the way to Baja :D
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  17. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Sorry I missed everyone and I hope Ken mends quick - been there, done that on the ride 2 years ago at the summit of East Harrison. I hope at least the nurses were nice in the Kamloops Hospital!

    Anyways, since it was the "alternative ride" this year the original timing did not work out as planned so we had to go late - but better late than never.

    Here is the route we just finished over 6 days (2,482km - 38hours 24 minutes moving time):

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    We did everything except the Chilko Lake loop (black) as the Chilko-Newton road is not a "road", but a rough track and my impending sense of doom approaching around the next corner on my loaded bike made me turn back. The Chilko-Newton is a track for experts on unloaded bikes IMHO. I will have to approach it next time from the Hanceville-Canoe Creek road and exit out at Tatla Lake - next year.

    A few pics from some nice Country:

    Here is Lillooet & Fraser from Fraser Cove camp site:
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    Duffy Lake in the morning:
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    Carpenter Lake near Gold Bridge:
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    Tyax Resort:
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    Carpenter Lake again:
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    Carpenter lake green:
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    Canyon Below Carpenter lake dam:
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    Anderson Lake by the Highline:
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    D'Arcy Musical Bear:
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    Switchbacks on the way to Big Bar ferry:
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    On the Big Bar Ferry Road:
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    Mahood Falls:
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    Brunch at the High Five in Little Fort:
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    Little Fort Ferry:

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  18. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    OceanMtnSea, sorry you couldn't meet up with us. The Goldbridge portion is always my favourite. Rydr & I did get one of the routes run to the end, next year trying from the Anderson Lake side.

    We also found some info on a newly extended road that may take us up towards the Bridge Icefields, some of the largest in SW BC

    We are considering a destination ride, staying in a GB motel several days. This eliminates camping gear, allowing some fishing gear to replace it. I will be looking for access to a tin boat or canoe to take advantage of the excellent fishing in many of the nearby lakes. More to follow.

    Look next spring for "Golden Bridges & Rainbow Fishes"

    I believe I ran into an overload situation the first year on the DR & will be considering many luggage options over the winter. My bike faired well out of my mishap ... needs new handlebars, but I was already considering higher ones. A dent in the fuel tank just gives it that "lived in" look. Most everything else is very minor.

    The nurses & staff in Kamloops, along with Merritt Emerg & the Ambulance Paramedics were the best part of my off-bike experience. I can't say enough in praise of them. Did you have any on-going issues with your leg?

    2 THUMBS DOWN to the outsourced meal contractors. "Boo, hiss, jears " to our present government's "cost cutting" policies. I lost 10 lbs in 4 days, unable to even look at the poor quality overcooked glop trucked in from who knows where. Breakfast, being done in-house, was manageable with fruit cup, yoghurt & toast.
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  19. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Cheers,
    J

    :D
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  20. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Ahhhh morphine, elixir of the gods. I would have been truly in trouble without my hourly IV doses. Don't know if I have SS or unobtanium ... will discuss at fracture clinic next week. I know past ankle surgery needed metal removed after 2 years ... constant cold feeling.

    I just looked back on your X-rays of 2 years ago. A much simpler job than I did with just 1 plate & 3 screws. I seem to have an IM nail 38mm long, 12mm diameter INSIDE my tibia, as well. Google IM nailing tibia for more info. My Xray tech wife says much more damage to me. Will try to talk her into getting copies off the DVD I brought home for follow-up

    Having said that camping gear may be left off the bike, that's not totally confirmed for the next or any other ride. Just some conversation Rydr, OurBC, & I tossed around for discussion. I always enjoy tenting if the situation warrants. Just looking at ways to cut luggage where we find past history shows it wasn't used efficiently. Maybe I might restrict the camping to using the Tiger, as it carries gear much better.

    I'm still having trouble with permissions from Smugmug on inserting images to the threads. need to get that sorted quickly too.
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