Vancouver, BC to NY and back! 11870 km in 23 days!

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  1. soph9

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    August 8<sup>th</sup> 2010 was a much better day for riding. We took a little tour around Canmore than headed to Banff. Picked up some decals for our bikes, looked around and then headed to Lake Louise, Alberta.


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    Not too far from Banff, like ½ hour ride. We did not see the lake this time around, we have been there before....we did not want to pay the Banff National park fee and were not allowed to park and see the lake. Oh well....it is a beautiful glacier fed lake very aqua in colour from what we remember. Not worth the $20.


    After getting turned away at the lake we had to make a decision.....go to BC or head north to Jasper. Since we are a bit ahead of schedule we decided to go north and so glad we did. The Glacier Highway is stunning. Rt 93 got us off Highway 1 and the scenery all along this road is breath taking. We have lots of pics to post. The weather varied from 13 degrees C to 22.


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    Doing what I do best talk to strangers about our bikes and trip!:rofl


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    Sleeping Elk!

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    It rained it and it was sunny. It was gorgeous and fun riding even though we had to share the road with cars, RV's and trucks. This made for a great day and making me realize that we are almost at the end of this adventure.

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  3. soph9

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    Once in Jasper we tried to find a hotel but heard we had to spend almost $300 for a night. After getting pissed off we headed about an hour east out of town and landed at a good ole KOA in Hinton, Alberta.

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    Out of our way but we got ourselves a little cabin/house with a bathroom, TV and wifi. We are happy campers now and again we had a long day. Not KM wise but time. We were on the road from 0745 to about 1800.




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    Went into Hinton for gas, did chain maintenance, and checked our oil level and tires. My rear tire has a little crack in it and the plug is still holding. We have 2 more days on the road and then we should be home. We saw a sign saying Scenic highway to Alaska and we so wanted to turn left and go north. Maybe next year.
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  4. soph9

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    Welcome back we say to ourselves to BC. We did not even have to see a sign that said BC because we hit pouring rain....let me back up for a sec.


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    Left Hinton, Alberta around 0845 with a temperature of 13 Celsius and overcast skies. We properly inserted our rain liners this time just in case as the forecast was for possible thunderstorms.



    Went back to rip off Jasper because we were about an hour east after we could not find accommodations last night. Had a great breakfast at Lou Lou's Pizza. Yep a pizza joint that cooks a mean breakfast. After yet again getting some grub and coffee in us we headed to BC. Only took an hour to get to the border of the 2 Provinces.


    Once we got into BC seriously it started to rain. We had drizzle most of the hour but BC rain. Got to Mt. Robson for a bit of a break with the weather and our butts....we could not see one Rocky Mtn while coming into BC unfortunately. All the mountains were in the clouds. The temperature range for today was a low of 10 and a high of 13. That is Celsius for those American folks reading this.


    Cheryl had the GPS set for Clearwater, BC and although from Mt. Robson it was only 176 KM away it seemed further. We got pissed on and the temperature was dropping a bit. Neither of us had our Gerbing Liners plugged in for heat. In hindsight we should have but we made the trip to our little cabin in Clearwater. On the way down to Clearwater you can obviously see how devastating the pine beetle has been to this region. So many trees have been damaged or killed by this bugger and even though there were low clouds we could still see the impact. Very sad. Also, when riding the bikes you can really get a good sense of smells and today it smelt like Christmas trees. Very cool!


    After we arrived safely in Clearwater we showered up, laid out our gear to dry and got warm. Took a nap and then went for dinner.

    We are now on Pacific Time and we gained another hour. I like gaining the hour versus losing it. Still not ready to go home we might spend one more day out exploring places in BC and head home Wednesday. Just sort of not wanting this to end.


    Something I forgot to mention about North Dakota and Saskatchewan. They appear to have a lot of OIL. Spoke to a woman in Saskatchewan and she said the oil companies knock on farmer's doors, inquire about setting up oil drills and pay them dearly for it. She said the initial payment could be in the millions and then the companies pay rent for as long as the drill provides oil. Once the drill or whatever they call it, an oil well? Is dry, the equipment stays there for 5 years and then can be safely removed. All the while the farmers still get rent for a drill out of service. Cheryl and I want to own just one drill....and rent it out!


    Today is day 24, our tires still have tread and our butts could so do another 12000km.
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  5. soph9

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    Thought this might be an interesting tidbit of information...since July 16<sup>th</sup> our departure date we have ridden in such a huge difference in temperatures. Not all in one day but we have hit a low of 8 and a high of 41.5 Celsius. Our boots and gear have been able to handle whatever we were dealt with except the Milwaukee record breaking rain storm.

    To recapture they got 7 inches of rain in 3-4 hours and we were in that for over 2 hours. In the end after these entire KM traveled I am happy with our gear but we both just might have to upgrade our jackets to a Goretex motorcycle quality. Have to save our pennies.
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    Just a bunch of video clips showing you our travels up the highway to Jasper!

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    On Tuesday the 10<sup>th</sup> we woke up to partly cloudy skies in Clearwater with an immediate task to do. We had to ride 96 KM round trip out of the way to Wells Gray Provincial Park to see Helmcken Falls and Dawson Falls. What a great diversion and well worth it. The falls were beautiful and apparently Cheryl was there when she was young. Thanks to Cheryl's father Jim who led us to this treasure. After taking pics and appreciating how nature can be so fierce and stunning all the same we were back on bikes heading west. Weather was soooooooooooo perfect for riding.

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    Starting out around 12 Celsius and high of 22. We rode to Little Fort, BC and took Rt 24 which turned into a dirt which too us to 70 Mile House. 46 KM of just us, the dirt/gravel and gorgeous scenery. Not a technical ride but so much fun to get away from everyone. Back on tar for awhile we got to Clinton, BC and took what our GPS called unpaved road. We had no idea what to expect other than there would be no tar for another 30+ KM.
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    "Something I forgot to mention about North Dakota and Saskatchewan. They appear to have a lot of OIL. Spoke to a woman in Saskatchewan and she said the oil companies knock on farmer's doors, inquire about setting up oil drills and pay them dearly for it. She said the initial payment could be in the millions and then the companies pay rent for as long as the drill provides oil. Once the drill or whatever they call it, an oil well? Is dry, the equipment stays there for 5 years and then can be safely removed. All the while the farmers still get rent for a drill out of service. Cheryl and I want to own just one drill....and rent it out!"

    A MUCH older friend of mine grew up in El Paso and the family was dirt poor during the depression.
    Somewhere along the line mama picked up some worthless property. Worthless until someone poked a hole in it. Texas Tea! Mama was well cared for in her final years until age 105 or so.
    She was quite naive and never understood why her son and another fellow were, and still are, inseparable since 1945.
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    Ride On
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    working on the last two days and editing some video!:wink:
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    Immediately as we turned on to this uneven dirt road there was a sign saying steep incline. Steep I thought? Where was this going to take us? Turned on my helmet cam and headed blindly up this interesting pathway. We kept climbing and climbing, the road was narrow, and if you looked to your right there was no shoulder just a cliff!

    We kept climbing in altitude and I think we got to about 1600 meters high at one point. This road was bit more technical and really glad we had the K60 tires on board. Having to stand on the pegs the entire climb of the mountain it was a bit tiring at times. When we got to the summit of something we do not know the name, the view was breath taking. We pulled over and just took in the scenery and it was just Cheryl and I. Not another human or car in sight. Total Kodak moment and I think we spent about ½ hour just loving the view.

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    The following are pics from all the dirt roads we did this day!

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    Back on the bikes, and down we went. Dirt turned in gravel, some big rocks, clay and mud. Awesome to say the least and again perfect weather. Got back to reality and headed towards Lillooet, BC where we thought we could spend the night. NOT! Small Native town and no place where we would want to stay. Then off to Lytton, BC to have a peak for accommodations and same thing, nothing. It was getting late and we had to make a decision, go to Merritt, BC about 146 KM away or back track and go to Cache Creek about 80 something KM.

    We choose Cache Creek, stayed at a Sandman hotel that was older and met some other bikers who just did the Arctic Circle and Alaska. Exchanged stories and looked over all the bikes, had some beer and then went to bed late. By the way, everyone was riding Harley’s except one BMW RT rider and they all loved our bikes and wished they had a GS up in Alaska. This was a great day for us especially since it was really the last day of fun riding for us. We went to bed feeling very lucky to have been able to just experience the back country and to be able to do this whole trip with one another
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    First video is the steep mountainous climb we did and the other is just tell you how much we have been enjoying ourselves....I have a few more videos to add

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    August 11, 2010 we got a late start. Not really excited for this ride because we knew the destination would be our house and the end. So, we took our time with breakfast, chatted some more with other bikers taking their time as well and then as usual packed up and headed west on highway 1 through the Fraser River Canyon. Very beautiful part of BC and even highway 1 was fun at times to ride. We got to Hell’s gate, just outside Hope and decided to take the air tram down to the river’s edge. We have driven by this tourist trap before and decided what the hell, we will pay the $$ and take it down and be a tourist. Was fun and interesting to see the deepest most active part of the Fraser River. http://www.hellsgateairtram.com/

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    Hung out for awhile and then headed to Harrison Hot Springs for lunch, rode to Cheryl’s father’s house in Mission, BC to say HELLO! And then cruised in to Maple Ridge at about 1545 in the afternoon. 11870 KM later after 23 days of riding and being away for 26 we are home. Great to see the dogs and our cat. They were taken care of by Taylor and Dave. Taylor is Cheryl’s cousin. The house did not burn down and all looks good. Hung out and talked to some neighbors, had a beer or two, took the hard luggage off the dirty bikes and that’s it. Sad this is over but fortunate we got to do this tour. Might have to reflect for the next few days and I will post things we learned and what we might be planning next. We are officially addicted to touring and love our bikes.

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    I can now reveal that our bikes, 2010 BMW F650GS, handled fantastic as both a touring and off road machine. Almost flawless and our tires are still alive and well with at least a few thousand KM left. We could easily get back on our bikes tomorrow and go away for another month. No kidding and most would think we were done or would be sore. Nope….if we had the chance we would take off and Cheryl and I worked so well as a pair. Got on each others nerves every once in awhile but in the end she is my partner and best friend and I would never had wanted to do this with anyone but her.
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    One last look at how my tread looked on the last day with over 14500 KM on them~!

    The plug in the rear from Day 1!

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    The front!

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    Until next time!:wave
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    A GREAT story, and a GREAT trip. You two obviously had a wonderful time and come across as a great couple. You also did a great job of the trip report, really makes me want to follow along on your next one for sure!:D :D :clap :clap
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    Great Ride report, thanks for taking us along:clap

    I have one question, and it's totally unrelated:evil

    If you were Born in New York, how are you able to Work in Canada?
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    I am a permanent resident of Canada
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    :thumb I gathered as much
    I guess what I'm asking is that I thought as an American it was pretty much impossible to emigrate to Canada. We you in a specialized field of work that made it easier? Or was it a relationship that got you there? Or was it just a matter of applying? I'd love to move to Victoria if you can't tell:deal
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    My job is a profession under NAFTA and I immigrated on my own. You still have to score the minimum amount of points Canada requires to immigrate no matter what profession though. NAFTA made it easier for me to be hired without being accused of taking a job away from a Canadian.
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    couldn't resist adding another video of when we were on the pavement one minute and then nothing but dirt for a long time....

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    and it's your first one too...

    Your trip seems like a great blend of covering large distances fairly quickly and seeing lots along the way, getting that balance right is one of the big challenges for me.

    I'm going to have to check out a couple of those New England diners for sure!

    looking forward to your next RR.
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