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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jamie Z, Nov 29, 2020.
Great RR Jamie!
If I can take a moment to be serious, I think most people vastly underestimate the amount of work and time it takes to put together a really interesting ride report (I've certainly failed at that enough times to have some idea...). Trying to keep one up on a nearly "live" basis for an extended period of time is even more work and one ends up devoting a lot of trip time to working on the report. I know we're all enjoying this already, but now it's on each of us to enjoy it just a little more
Because of an incompatibility between our OP's schedule to reach Canada and when I had to be at work, I didn't think I was going to get to meet Jamie this time. Fortunately a quick call to Revzilla requesting they "misplace" his tires for a few days paid off, and Laura found this guy wandering our driveway just after I got home from Portland. She brought him in for some dinner, and after he had a bit of a chat with our boy he got to work on his report.
Here he is at 1am - seriously.
And here is eight hours later (also seriously). I spent most of that time sleeping. He says he did too, but there were no witnesses.
He did a little work on the bike,
We did a little drinking* and route planning,
*Jamie seems like an ok guy, but he turned down my best tequila, so...
We looked at some water,
took some selfies to put on the Instagrams,
remembered to put safety first,
and contemplated the architectural diversity of Seattle's post-war skyline.
I was lucky (pushy) enough to get invited (invite myself) to the Ram tour, after which I got Jamie to add a sticker to the GS,
and then he was gone.
Assuming you get across the border ok and head east on Canada Highway 3, a great place to stay for not much is the motorcycle-friendly Sal-Crest motel on the edge of Salmo, B.C., which is a spit n' a chew east of Castlegar. Run by a very nice young couple, there's a concrete pad on the lawn with a hose bib, curled hose & nozzle by a sign saying "Hog Wash" - and fresh towels, bucket & soap are gratis, or were when I stayed there before the pandemic. Simple, clean rooms, good showers... and a steak house across the road. The town's nice too with cafes and a bar or two, a dandy place to base for loop rides north, east & west.
Best to ya, and thanks again & again for the great report!
@Jamie Z https://dreamcycle.ca/ I've ridden by this place but didn't have time to stop. You might enjoy it if you're in the area of Sorrento.
In the South , they're called Fried Pies. I love them , everyone loves then. Apple , Blackberry , Peach , bring them on !
Jamie had editorial help at my house!
I just saw the last several pages of this thread. "A day late and a dollar short", as my dad used to say. I would have loved to spend time with Jamie showing him around my area. Best of luck to you sir!
@Jamie Z Enjoyed reading your RR. After riding all over the United States, Mexico and Cuba, do you have any thoughts or comments you'd like to make about the CB500X? Seems to have proved itself a pretty capable Half-Rica Twin, right?
Negative test results just came in. Time to pack up and head north.
Stay in BC as Alberta is cold and rainy for the next 10 days
Carefully following this part because I plan to cross into Ontario in a few weeks.
Question: Are you happy in your choice of the CB 500, given what you've been asking it to do? I'm thinking of my next bike and a mid-weight is on the list.
Hope you packed a mask, as of midnight, mask mandate is back on.
August 23, 2021
Going to Canada! Or not...
I woke up late today, in no rush, knowing I couldn’t go anywhere until my test results came back from Walgreens. I took the test two days ago with the expectation that my results would arrive in 48 hours.
Mary had left for work when I got up, but she left a note on the table and a pot of coffee. She invited me to stop by her work to say goodbye.
I packed up my things, showered, and caught up on my ride report. Still no results from Walgreens.
I went back to the RAM manufacturing plant where Mary works, gave her a hug and thanked her for the wonderful time while I was visiting.
I went north to ride Chuckanut road, recommended by my friend Matt, and confirmed by both Josh and Mary. The road follows the shoreline.
The road is narrow with few pullouts, so it’s hard to get any good photos.
My next stop was the Blue Sea facility in Bellingham. I had emailed Blue Sea a few days ago about my broken temperature gauge. The representative I spoke to told me that they didn’t have any retail, repair, or customer facilities in town, but after I explained my situation he offered me to stop by the plant and he’d personally give me a new gauge.
I asked if I could replace the part in the parking lot.
I got the old one out, and replaced it with the new one. Success!
Now past 4pm, I fully expected I would have gotten my covid results by now, but still had nothing in my email. I went around the other side of the Blue Sea building and sat at a picnic table to search for someplace to take the test for faster results.
This is one of those living-on-the-road things that I struggle with. Everything takes longer and is harder than you think.
I found a testing site at the Bellingham airport. They had one open slot left this afternoon at 4:48pm. My clock said 4:40pm. I have to go now!
Fortunately I wasn’t far away, and I arrived at about 4:52pm and got in line for the drive-up test.
The test was quick. I was surprised that they already had documents there with my name on them.
After my test I parked across the street to figure out the next plan. It was clear I wasn’t going into Canada today, so I needed to find a place to stay for the night. I did check for a hotel room; of course they were beyond my budget, so I checked iOverlander and located a promising campsite about an hour away.
I passed this cool country store along the way and stopped to buy a sandwich and a couple of beers for dinner.
And fresh blueberries.
The campsite was high up in the hills; the road up rocky, loose gravel.
But the view was unbeatable.
And then the sun set.
I fell asleep relatively early after eating a pound of blueberries.
In the wee hours I woke up to pee and went back for my camera.
O my, those last three photographs are outstanding!
The city lights shot is what used to be called "front page stuff" Nice.
Based upon another RR I'm following lodging is expensive and hard to find above the border. Some cold weather too the further north you get.
On the positive side, the US dollar will buy $1.25 ish Cdn.
Hey @Jamie Z
If your future plans involve Columbia, you might be in luck
The link is short on details, but thought you'd be interested.....
Capt Ludwig is sailing again from Panama to Colombia
I keep saying, your photos are incredible
August 24, 2021
As yesterday I woke early today but slept in knowing that I can’t really go anywhere unless and until I get my covid test results. Also, it was fairly cold, so I didn’t mind staying in my sleeping bag.
Eventually I crawled out of my bag and got dressed. For a while I sat outside my tent admiring the view and eating more blueberries.
Just as I was packing up, I got an email from TestDirectly, where I took the covid test yesterday. It was the negative results I was looking for.
I had made arrangements to meet with an ADV inmate near Vancouver and I messaged him that I was on my way.
My route led me on some wonderfully curvy roads through a heavily agricultural area with large fields of corn. I haven’t seen cornfields in a while.
I stopped at a park in Lyndon Washington to update my ride report and submit my ArriveCAN information. The town is just a few miles from the Canadian border.
Getting into Canada took only about one minute. The official asked me for my passport. She asked me where I would be going in Canada and for how long. She asked me if I had any weapons, or anything I planned to leave in Canada. And she asked me if I had proof of a negative covid test. I handed her my phone.
She gave me everything back, plus an information sheet about current covid-related requirements, telling me that a mandatory mask mandate would be starting tomorrow in British Columbia.
My host, Kiwi Canuck lives just a few miles inside the border and I rode straight there, but I had to stop on the way. What could be more Canadian than this?
I found it curious that Canadians use Mexican speed limits here, but almost nobody that I’ve talked to speaks Mexican.
I got to David’s house and before long we were discussing routes.
Not long after, we took a local ride. David led the way with his wife Jana (pronounced Yana) on his Africa Twin.
Their son rode with us as well on his V-Strom.
For dinner, David grilled bison burgers.
And all of us for dinner including their other son Alexander.
In the evening David and I stayed up late talking in his shop.