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The slow ride home - Canada to Australia on a pair of CT110 Honda Postie Bikes

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tncpowell, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. B10Dave

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    Todd and Chantelle; glad to see you are enjoying all aspects of your trip so far. Rosie had her flat tires to slow you down so that you didn't miss any scenery!!! Your pictures are beautiful and your eye for details is very good. Ride safe and ride far...Dave.
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    Today we had to only ride about 65 km's to our hosts ranch. So we decided to head into Williams Lake town centre to take care of some laundry. Our clothes were getting kind of stinky, and they could almost stand up on their own!

    At the laundromat we met a lovely lady and her little girls. Hello to you all! We had a lovely chat about our trip It's amazing to us how many people find our new way of life so incredible. To us it's just something we are doing. It's very easy for us to forget that we are fortunate enough to be able to do something such as this trip and it is always a great grounding moment when we see the excitement on someone else's face when we talk about what we are doing.

    After our clothes came out smelling weirdly clean we rode a little ways up the highway and turned off for Horsefly. What a cool name for a town! It was an easy ride out there and once we got to the town we decided to have a little bit of lunch in the sun next to the river. We both sat on a rock and just soaked up the beautiful suns rays. What a gorgeous day!

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    From there it was about 5km to our new found friends house. We were so excited to stay on a ranch!

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    Frans and Silvia were amazing hosts! They currently have a guy from Switzerland, Stefan, working for them and he is also a super guy. We enjoyed a few beers outside with them before embarking on a tour of their incredibly beautiful property.

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    Frans and Silvia have done an amazing job of building Sunshine Ranch up to what it is today. Chantelle and I were both so impressed with the quality of workmanship and attention to detail they have put into the place!

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    Its no wonder they constantly have weddings booked for out there. Even Scarlet got in on the action!

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    We also saw our first hummingbirds! What cool little things! Very hard to take photos of though!

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    After our tour it was time for dinner. We had some delicious perfectly cooked steak, and the ever welcome fresh made salad and home made bread! So lovely! All washed down with some red wine. Pretty damn good!

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    Then after a nice chat we were all yawning in the lounge and it was time to go to bed.

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    Tomorrow we shall head the back way from Horsefly to Likely and then to Barkerville, also via the back roads.
  3. tncpowell

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    Haha. Dont make excuses for Rosie! She is a pain in the bum!! And she knows it!
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    Mabel is always jinxed!! Thankyou on the comments on my photos. I really enjoy photography!!
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    After a great sleep last night we woke to sunshine streaming in through the windows and the smell of bacon cooking in the kitchen! Not a bad way to have to greet the day!

    Silvia and Frans were cooking up a storm and Stefan was on hand to deliver hot, fresh made coffee. I could live like this all the time!

    Over breakfast we chatted about where we were hoping to get to today. Plus there was the offer for us to stay another night! As much as we would have loved to, we also want to keep making moves northwards. We realised this morning, while looking at our little map, just how far we have yet to travel!

    After breakfast Frans suggested some routes we might enjoy between Horsefly and Likely and then from there through the mountains to Barkerville. Easy! The only issue being that the road from Likely to Barkerville may still be impassable. But we would ask the locals when we got to Likely.

    We packed our bikes and said our farewells. It was our pleasure to have met you guys and we cant thank you enough for having us at your beautiful property. Maybe we will see you in Australia in a few years?!!!

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    We left under rapidly greying skies and after a refuel in Horsefly we set off along the Ditch Road to Likely. We meandered alongside a fast flowing river and climbed steadily until we were just over 1000mts above sea level. The riding was superb. The road was in fairly good condition and just seemed to flow effortlessly.

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    Once we made Likely we started to ask around about the 147km back road to Barkerville. We had everything from "No it's definately not been open, but maybe it is now" to "yeah it should be open. A friend of mine went out there last week.Maybe" In the end we basically decided that we would just have a go and see how we went. One guy told us that his mate had to turn back at the 40km mark as the snow was too thick.

    The road soon turned to smooth gravel and we cruised along. I kept an eye on the trip meter and once we had passed 45 km's without any issues I deemed us clean and hosed! We would go all the way today!

    Or not as it turned out. At around the 85 km mark we hit some snow. We rode through it, squealing and laughing. So much fun. Mabel was ploughing on, cutting a path for Chantelle and Rosie. Good on you Mabel! Your such an awesome bike!

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    Which all came to a halt once the snow became knee deep.

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    With me revving her and pushing at her bars and Chantelle pushing her from behind, we managed to get Mabel another 300 mt to some exposed gravel road. Maybe we would make it after all! I decided to walk on a bit and have a look at what lay ahead. Another hill covered in deep soft snow greeted me. The white covered road stretching off into the distance and around the corner.

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    Bloody hell. It had taken us an hour to push her 300 meters We gave up and turned Mabel around. It was after 6pm and we were a long way from anywhere. So back we went. While the heavens opened up and drenched us to the bone.

    On the way back we did see two black bears though. Oh and we saw 2 moose. Those things are huge!

    We made a beeline for Williams Lake as it was the closest place with a hotel. We were both frozen to the core and just wanted to thaw out. Which meant we ended up 65 kms from where we left today. It took us 9 hours and 300 kms to get there though! It was so much fun!!!

    Tomorrow we head for Barkerville via the highway...
  6. motopoet

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    Awesome constant updates guys, sorry you couldn't make it further into the snow but, hey, you can definitely say tou tried!

    Any idea of when your going to be in NY (sorry, I know that's still far to come hehehehe)

    Quick question, what solar panel set up do you have? I see it every now and then strapped to the bike and on some camp pics. Do you recommend one?

    Also, what did you end up deciding about soft luggage? Did you check out wolfman? Great bags!

    Anyhow, ride on guys!

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    After a very late finish to yesterdays ride we ended up booking into a hotel. We were both frozen to the bone and couldn't face the idea of sleeping in a tent! By the time we made it into town it was after 10pm. Are we getting a bit soft or what?!!!

    I was up early today and excited about a free breakfast! Chantelle...well not so much. She wanted to sleep in but apparently I was making too much noise!

    I stuffed my face with 2 bowls of Fruit Loops. I haven't had those in years! They were so damn good. Mmm sugary.

    Eventually we were packed and on the road. It was quite chilly though and we ended up wearing several layers. We are sure its just going to get cooler the further north we go!

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    Quesnel was 120 km away, about 2 hours, and we just plodded along the highway, moving off the road whenever traffic came up behind us. Eventually we rolled into town as the temperature started to come up a little. It was quite a nice ride really!

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    From Quesnel we turned off towards Barkerville, a small historical town from the gold rush days. Around 30 km's out from Quesnel we decided to have a look at a historical house called Cottonwood House. Built in the 1800's it was used as a halfway type house for those venturing north in search of the yellow stuff. The place was closed for now as its not quite tourist season, but the caretaker came along and after a chat told us to feel free to wander around where ever we liked.

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    He was a cowboy in his younger days and would have to be one of the happiest men we have ever met. His whole face glowed with happiness and contentment and his bright blue sparkling eyes told of a youthful happiness within. It was so awesome to chat to him!

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    After we had a poke around there we continued on to Barkerville. Another 50 km away. There were a few signs out and about warning of grizzly bear activity in the area. So we were feeling nervous about free camping now!

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    We had a look around Barkerville, unfortunately my camera battery died before we got there so there's no pics, it was really cool and we enjoyed having a look at the old buildings and were amazed at the tough life those early guys and gals took on out there in the wilderness!

    We were hoping to stay in the small town of Wells near here but we were fobbed off by one of the hotels so decided to ride back to Quesnel for the night.

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    A good day, an easy day, and tomorrow we shall head for Prince George and back into the tent!!!
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  8. tncpowell

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    Gday! Thanks!!! We might be in NY for xmas? Haha. Maybe?! Its a fair way off yet though!

    Its just a trickle charge panel for our deep cycle batery that we use to charge the laptop while we are at camp. Just means that we can have some entertainment once we go to bed. It's useless and a pain in the bum really!

    We decided to use an RJays branded soft pannier. The Wolfman gear is superb but it was simply not available for an off the shelf purchase when we needed it! But definately we will buy Wolfman gear next time. The switch to soft panniers has been great! We are very happy with them!
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    We woke to gorgeous blue skies and a lovely chill in the air. We were really looking forward to our ride today! We intended to knock out a few extra km's to try to make up for some that we had lost. So we packed up and after a quick drive through the main street, set off for Prince George.

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    Unfortunately we were stuck on the highways now as many backroads that we could see didn't loop around and join up to where we wanted to go. We have also decided to try to pick a camp some distance ahead and aim to reach there by 3-4pm each day. No more motels!!

    The highway was like any other. Wide, fast and smooth. Before we knew it we were in Prince George. This place had a very industrial feel about it and after we had our obligatory Tim Hortons coffee and Bagel we headed out of town with our destination being Fraser Lake.

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    By now we had started to see some signs along the highway asking for information about missing girls. We were riding on what is known as the Highway of Tears. It seems many girls have been taken from the highway while hitchhiking and are never seen alive again. So sad and it made for a sobering ride. For more info go here.

    We eventually made it to Fraser Lake and the free campsite that the town has down by the lake. What a beautiful spot!! I would imagine that it would be very popular in the warmer weather, however it was just us and a stray dog!

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    We did some minor maintenance on the bikes, Rosie needed her carb leaning out and Mabel needed her front tyre flipped around. Then it was time to kick back with a burger and watch the sun go down until eventually the mozzies drove us into the tent. A good ride today even though nothing of note happened.

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    Tomorrow we are meeting up with Cindy's brother and his wife near a town called Smithers! Cant wait!!
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    Today we were off to Smithers to stay with some new found mates! This was Cindy's brother and his wife, and after staying with her and Brian a couple of weeks back, we were keen to meet these guys!

    We enjoyed a nice day for riding. Clear skies, little traffic and just a little bit of a cool wind.

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    Along the way we passed a group of black cows grazing in a small field next to the highway. Except...they weren't black cows. They were black bears! A mum and her three little babies! As soon as we pulled up though the little ones took off. Even though we were a good 100 meters away from them it seemed they were taking no chances. Mum stayed out in the field and stared in our direction. Fluffing her cheeks up. So we didn't stay too long.

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    Then it was time for a quick lunch break and drop some rubbish off before setting our sights on Smithers where we would meet with Dean and Jeanette. As we got closer to Smithers we started seeing gorgeous jagged snow topped mountains rearing up from the landscape. Yay Mabel, mountains! Your favourite!

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    Smithers was a delight to ride into and so so scenic. Wow. We had a quick hunt around in town for some new tyres to suit our bikes on the off chance we would find some. no such luck. Time to order some ahead of us then!

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    After another short 5 minute ride we made it to Dean and Jeanettes jaw droppingly beautiful property! What a place! Lots of timber and log beams and so much character! It is truly a beautiful home!

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    Our new friends are so welcoming and lovely and it didn't take long before we were sitting on the deck with beers in hand and sharing some stories and some laughs. It felt like we had know these guys for years already!

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    We shared a great dinner and some wine before retiring to the couch with a glass of port for some more laughter and chats. The night was over so fast and we stumbled downstairs and crashed into bed!

    Tomorrow we stay put for a couple of days. Dean and Jeanette are going to show us around their lovely town and we cant wait!!
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    Today we were off to Smithers to stay with some new found mates! This was Cindy's brother and his wife, and after staying with her and Brian a couple of weeks back, we were keen to meet these guys!

    We enjoyed a nice day for riding. Clear skies, little traffic and just a little bit of a cool wind.

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    Along the way we passed a group of black cows grazing in a small field next to the highway. Except...they weren't black cows. They were black bears! A mum and her three little babies! As soon as we pulled up though the little ones took off. Even though we were a good 100 meters away from them it seemed they were taking no chances. Mum stayed out in the field and stared in our direction. Fluffing her cheeks up. So we didn't stay too long.

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    Then it was time for a quick lunch break and drop some rubbish off before setting our sights on Smithers where we would meet with Dean and Jeanette. As we got closer to Smithers we started seeing gorgeous jagged snow topped mountains rearing up from the landscape. Yay Mabel, mountains! Your favourite!

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    Smithers was a delight to ride into and so so scenic. Wow. We had a quick hunt around in town for some new tyres to suit our bikes on the off chance we would find some. no such luck. Time to order some ahead of us then!

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    After another short 5 minute ride we made it to Dean and Jeanettes jaw droppingly beautiful property! What a place! Lots of timber and log beams and so much character! It is truly a beautiful home!

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    Our new friends are so welcoming and lovely and it didn't take long before we were sitting on the deck with beers in hand and sharing some stories and some laughs. It felt like we had know these guys for years already!

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    We shared a great dinner and some wine before retiring to the couch with a glass of port for some more laughter and chats. The night was over so fast and we stumbled downstairs and crashed into bed!

    Tomorrow we stay put for a couple of days. Dean and Jeanette are going to show us around their lovely town and we cant wait!!
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    After a great sleep in, we had an amazing breakfast cooked by Dean. Eggs, tomatoes, bacon, and toast! We may never want to leave this place!!

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    We were off for a bit of sight seeing around Smithers today and Dean and Jeanette had us all excited about it thanks to their amazing enthusiasm and passion for their home town!

    First stop was the local Farmers Market where we met another Aussie! Shr=e had moved to Canada a while ago and loved it here in Smithers. She likes to listen to a little bit of Australian talkback radio each week though, just to remind her of home! She was so sweet and found a new buddy for Scarlet! We haven't named the little koala bear yet but the RCMP moose from Cindy and Brian is now called Moosey Moose!

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    From there we went to a cool little coffee joint where Dean and Jeanette shouted us a chai each! Damn it was good! These pair are so kind and amazing. We are truly lucky to have met them!

    After that we took a ride in their massive, to us, Dodge Ram up to check out the ski slopes above town. Even though they were closed for the season there was still plenty of snow laying around. Scarlet wanted to pose for a photo but ended up falling into the mud a little bit!

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    Then we were off to look for bears! On the way we stopped at a real life Shoe House! Pretty neat! Always though in the background was this amazing set of mountains. I couldn't stop looking at them!

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    On the loop back to Dean and Jeanette's place we stopped in to see some special sights including a stuffed Grizzly Bear that had been menacing the locals cattle. He was a big boy but unfortunately I couldn't get a decent photo of him.

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    That night we were treated to a feast from the local Indian Restaurant that Dean loves. Then it was sit back and taste some quality tequilas before retiring to bed.

    Dean and Jeanette, you guys are incredible and we cant thank you enough for your kindness, your hospitality and for sharing your passion of Smithers with us. Thank you so so much!

    Tomorrow we are going to spend another night here and are having a BBQ to meet some of the neighbours!
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    Looks like Victoria on roids, great work on the RR guys.
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    We are so lucky. We slept in! A lot! Then it was up and at 'em! Dean and Janette were having some neighbours over and we were keen to meet them all! So after a nice breakfast we all pitched in to get things ready!

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    I helped Dean to set up outside and gave the table and caravan a good pressure wash. It felt good to do something after not having worked since December!

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    After that was all finished Dean, Chantelle and myself hopped onto the 4 wheeler and Dean took us for a tour of their remarkable property.

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    What a blast! we were chatting and ;laughing and having a great old time! Especially when Dean tore through some slippery mud holes!! Woohoo!

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    Dean and Janette are so proud of their place and it was awesome to hear all about their wood lots and learn the difference between 'pines' and pines!! Dean showed us some cool spots along the way including a beautiful little cabin. We also learnt how to tell the differences between poo's of the various animals wandering around their place. Dean tried to teach us how to find Morrells mushrooms, but we are pretty useless and only ended up with the two that Dean found!

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    We both had a go at being driver of the 4 wheeler and Chantelle managed to do a nice reverse skid. On purpose right Chantelle?

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    We had a blast! These guys are so kind and we just loved spending time hanging out with them.

    Then it was time to properly get ready for the BBQ. Chantelle made a lovely sweet potato salad and I helped Dean to taste some beer! It wasn't long before people started showing up and the party started!

    There was so much food and so many great people! What an amazing little neighbourhood! We had so much fun and stuffed our fat little faces with masses of great food!

    After we said goodbyes as people left it was time for a quick chat and a beer before we hit the bed. What a great fun day!

    Tomorrow we are going to head towards Prince Rupert.
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    We woke up feeling a little sad today. It was time for us to move on. We have ordered some new tyres to Prince Rupert and need to keep heading that way in order to pick them up. We said an early goodbye to Dean as he was off to help out a mate on a ranch a little ways up the road.

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    We moved slowly packing up our stuff as we didn't really want to leave. But if we stayed any longer then we would have never left!

    It was as we were packing up that Dean called from his mates place. Would we like to come there and stay on a ranch for a couple of nights?? Of course we would!

    After we were packed we gave Janette big hugs and rode off. It wasn't far to the next nights camp now, maybe 70 kms. So we just meandered along and had a good look around.

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    We pulled in to the town of Hazelton and Dean had told us to go and check out a place called K'san.

    It was pretty cool and had a nice little museum and some cool totem poles! We then had a nice drive around the nearby town site before heading off to the ranch.

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    It was a nice easy ride on some smooth hard gravel roads and before we knew it we were pulling into Larson Ranch. We had a guest house already to go and after we arrived we flopped onto the grass and both of us had a snooze in the sun with a sweet little cat!

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    Dean and Grahame arrived soon after and we jumped into the pickup to give them a hand with some work. then we went back to the house for a shower and met the guys over in the main house for some home made rhubarb wine, yummmmm, and stir fired moose, double yum!!

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    Grahame and Dean are a font of knowledge when it comes to the wildlife and plants in the area. It was great to listen to them both and we learnt so much! So damn cool!

    Grahames wife, Carole, came home and we were soon chatting up a storm! After a few more wines and a bowl of ice cream it was 11 pm and bed time!

    Tomorrow we are going to help out around the ranch a little and then go on a grand tour of the ranch!
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    It was really cool to wake up today and lay in bed looking out the window at the mountains. It was a bit wet looking out there and the clouds were draped over the mountains.

    Just as we were thinking about heading over to the main house, Grahame came over with a mug of coffee and a mug of tea for us! Man what a guy! Its so amazing to meet such special and beautiful people so soon into our trip.

    We sipped at our hot drinks as we chatted and wandered over to the house for a full cooked breakfast of bacon, toast and eggs. So good!

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    Then it was time to work! Which we both were excited about! We helped erect an electric fence first, which Dean then shocked himself on, and then helped to shovel out the chook pen. I love a bit of manual labour so it was good to stretch some muscles that I haven't used in a long while. I reckoned I would be sore the next morning!

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    Once we had finished that, Grahame showed us how to drive a Ranger ATV and we all jumped into two buggies and raced off across the paddock. So much fun!! Im sure Grahame and Dean were having as much fun as we were. Until they stopped to look at a coyote and I very nearly didn't. Luckily we stopped within millimeters of running straight up the back end of Grahame and Deans buggy! I was so embarrassed.

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    We then raced through mudholes and down skinny tracks. There were a few fallen trees and we made quick work of cutting them up and shifting them out of the way. Its was so much fun!

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    Before we knew it though lunch time was upon us! Where did the morning go?

    We had a big feed for lunch and then we were back into the buggies and off to look for more wildlife. Grahame and Dean continuing to impress us with their incredible knowledge!

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    We stopped and admired a bear from afar. A big fella he was too! Then came the real kicker. Grahame was going to show us some bear dens. One a Grizzly bear den and the other a Black bear one. With one condition, we had to climb inside the Grizzly bear den! Hell yes!

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    What a cool little thing to do. It was a highlight for us as we figured not every tourist gets to climb into a bear den and stare at the massive gouges in the wall from its claws! We raced off from there down the road to the Black bear den, which looked way scarier and way more comfy than the Grizzly one.

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    All too soon it was time to go back to the house for dinner with Caroles parents and say a final farewell to Dean. See ya next time Dean! It's been incredible to hang out with you guys!

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    After dinner we had a nice chat to Carole and Grahame and then it was 11 pm and bed time! We aren't looking forward to saying good bye to these guys tomorrow that's for sure.

    Tomorrow we shall start our slow meander towards Prince Rupert.
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    Some of those Oz photos bought back some memories.
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    We were leaving Grahame and Caroles today. It's always hard to leave such amazing people. But the ride must go on.

    There was a fair bit of grey sky today but just as we were watching, a massive ray of sunshine broke through and shone down on the valley. It was stunning! A sign of things to come? Hope so!

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    We said our goodbyes to Carole as she had to go to work and sat down for a nice hot breakfast with Grahame.

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    He asked if he could show us one last place just up the road before we left. Obviously we were happy to do that!! So off we went to check out a beautiful little lake where everyone in the area went swimming in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. It was a lovely little spot and one we could have stayed at for a few hours.

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    We headed back to the house and finished packing our bikes before giving Grahame a go on Mabel. As he wobbled off down the road we could hear him swearing!
    He came back wondering how the hell we were riding these things all loaded up! Haha!
    Finally we had hugs and it was time to really go. We waved goodbye and just like that we were gone.

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    We were only planning on riding for around 2-3 hours today to camp. We had picked a camp just out of a town called Terrace on a little lake in the forest.

    The ride was nice and pleasant and there wasn’t too much traffic on the highway. We did get excited when we saw the big sign to Alaska. However we weren't headed that way just yet.

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    Once we got to Terrace we took a turn down a hard dirt road and followed it all the way to camp. Passing another Black bear along the way. We are seeing these guys once or twice every day now and still get excited every time.

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    Camp was already a bit crowded when we got there but we found a little spot up near the toilet block. Barely had we gotten off of the bikes when a lady invited us into her camp for a refreshing beer! Yes please!!

    Well it seems we may have crashed a girls only party. They did allow me to hang out with them though as we had a few drinks and even let off a firework!

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    Eventually it was time to go to bed as we were hoping to get away a bit early tomorrow.
    Tomorrow we might go halfway to Prince Rupert, so about 60-70 km's down the road.
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    After last night Chantelle woke up feeling a little unwell. Her tummy wasn’t happy so she was pretty keen to not travel too far at all. We decided to not stay another night in this camp as we do have to keep moving towards Prince Rupert. We have some tyres heading that way and once we have them in hand we shall head for Alaska.

    It didn’t take us long to pack up camp and we were trying to be quiet as the girls from the next camp had partied pretty late last night and were still sleeping.

    We rode into Terrace where we wanted to buy some mozzie nets and spray as the little buggers have discovered our sweet tasting blood.

    Then we were on the road! We have been told that this ride from Terrace to Rupert is stunning! Boy was it ever!

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    The road hugged the river pretty well all the way and the sun shone down with plenty of warmth. A perfect riding day!

    We made a pitstop at a rest area where we cooked up some moose burgers given to us by Grahame.

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    We were contemplating camping here too as it was a lovely spot but we are unsure of the fines for camping in a day use area. Not that there was anyone else there anyway.

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    So we pushed on. The road was mesmerising and we didn’t mind having to ride a bit more!

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    We were looking for free camps as we went but not knowing the area to well we seemed to end up in rubbish dumps or dead end roads near peoples homes. So we ended up riding all the way to Rupert and the only RV park in town. Oh well! We have had an invite to stay with Dean and Janettes daughter and her boyfriend here so we will look them up tomorrow and see if they are in town.

    We will be spending a few days in town so there may be one or two days of no blog if we end up just lazing around on a beach!
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  20. tncpowell

    tncpowell Long timer

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    Made a new little video! hope you like it! We need to get the camera out and film more often! I promise we will try a little harder!