Vancouver Island Day Trips

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Tropic-Of-Canada, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    It was a nice warm night for camping, and we left Cortes Island early to explore Quadra Island a bit more, before returning to the big island.

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    Onto Campbell River for food, gas and a look at the map. We stopped at the grocery store, got chicken and coleslaw, and ate it in the baking heat by Elk Falls hydro dam. We decided to head towards woss, and search for a place to camp.

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    The long, lonely highway to Sayward/Woss. Torture.....Absolute Torture!!!!!!

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    We went up some sideroad somewhere between Sayward and Woss, and it looked something like this to the north!

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    We got a good fire going, it was going to be a cold night....

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    It was 3C by morning. I'm wondering if those are the Coast Mountains in the North East horizon? We got off the mountain top, and headed for Woss for breakfast. It was a very chilly morning for riding! Took us off guard a bit.

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    We arrived in Woss about 1 1/2 hrs too early for breakfast, so we settled for gas station fare. Chris, a half frozen egg sandwich, and I, an oddly textured, slightly fridgy sausage roll, and an Oh Henry, for the sugar. At least the Coffee was half decent!

    We decided to take "Backroad" from Woss to Gold River to change up the route home, and avoid that bonville-esque highway. There is a washout at km 82, so it's bikes only!

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    Vernon Lake. By now it is starting to spit. Must be beautiful on a clear day!

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    We arrived in Gold River in the pouring rain, and found a little hole in the wall place to eat in the Village Square. I can't remember the name of it, but it was next to the beer & wine store. I had an omelette with everything on it, and I mean everything! It even had Broccoli and Cauliflower! Excellent food, great service, and they even had a good offroad map!

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    While we were eating, Chris read in a tourist paper about the Upana caves, which were about 15 Kms up the Tahsis Highway. 15 known entrances, and over 3000 feet of networks! We decided that we had the time, and the restaraunt owner/ cook made sure we had good directions. The rain let up for us just in time!

    Went a little too far, and hit snow!

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    Upana Lake

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    We only went in a little ways, noting the time, and the fact that our bikes were loaded with gear, conveniently close to the main road. Still very cool! First real spalunking experience for myself!! Great way to end the trip!

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    We followed the light.

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    And found a creek that disappeared into the cave!

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    Fed by this!!

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    We then made our way back, and started to ride in the rain, back to Campbell River. It let up a bit between CR and Lantzville. Enough for one last stop in Royston, before getting soaked royally the rest of the way between Nanaimo and Victoria.

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    Chris's bike was not handling the moisture well, and kept stalling at every light, not wanting to start. It truly poured on this last day, and by the time we got to Duncan, My bike started cutting out from rain as well! about 400kms of wet roads later, and we are both right beat! Great times though, and a real test of wits with the moisture! It's just a little rain, right?
  4. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Well, I did more trip planning than actual riding this summer, just tried to put in as much distance as possible preparing for an up north adventure.Here is the link

    I had someone at work do some work to my abused sub frame before loading up.

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    Went to Port Alberni the back way for the first time via Youbou. Here are some shots by the lake. Man what thick gravel they pour into the corners on Bamfield road!

    Watch for wide loads!! They is fast!!

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    A quick stop at Nitnat in search of gas... No gas open, no hrs posted....Kite boarders in full force!!

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    Confusing signage.

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    20 or so kms of pavement after all that dirt, and it is like riding whoops! definitely standing up type of riding that keeps you on your toes!!

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    The scale is about right, best to ride on the weekends!

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    Views of the Alberni inlet are hard to come by! I tried a few side trails, but many were overgrown, with bear sign everywhere.. this was the first sight of it, close to town..

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    Still don't own one!!!!

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    Man made oddity of the day.

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    On the way to Great Central Lake.

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    Camped out at one of the lakes, weather was nice, not great... More to come from the way back..
  5. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Nice!
    Still planning to come up and ride the island, take the ferry to Prince Rupert. Maybe next year. :evil
  6. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    I headed back the way I came in the morning, and stopped on the Nitnat River. I was right to stop here, I looked down, and found a buck!

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    I want to see about a road on the map I have not taken near Caycuse. I think it hooks in with another main I know.

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    Above Caycuse, on the Cowichan Lake.

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    The Goat Islands.

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    Lots of logging going on over the hilltops. The road hooked into Gordon River main, so I headed south towards Port Renfrew : This is the dirt alternative to the Circle Route. It will take you past a spot called Avatar Grove. I had seen the sign a few times, but had never stopped, so I figured I should go for a short hike. The trails here are still very fresh, and are better suited to hiking boots rather than riding boots! It's pretty slick and rooty, as well as being steep.

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    It's a nice spot, but sadly, I have seen many larger trees, some big enough to take up whole trailers on logging truck rolling through town. Sadder still, is the fact that most of the wood cut on Vancouver Island is not providing mill jobs here anymore, and is instead being shipped to Asia, stockpiled, and sunk in ponds for decades to be milled whenever they decide they need it. :fpalm

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    Port Renfrew, Early July. It's 30 Celsius and foggy. Tall Tree Music Festival is on the hill in the distance. Hippies are everywhere!

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    Some Roosevelt Elk.

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    The fog was racing by at a good 30 kph, but the sun was just above. Pretty good start to the summer!

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  9. arraflipper

    arraflipper Been here awhile

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    I sure have enjoyed your pictures and stories. Hope to get out there this summer to do a little sight seeing, sure helps to see how pretty it is on the island.
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    Exploring the southeast Cowichan Valley. Whoa, that's the tip of Lake Cowichan in the distance! I'm at least 20 kms away from it.

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    Long Lake. Very nice spot.

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    Except the bugs!! I've seen leeches here too...

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    I smacked this guy to the ground. I thought it was dead. A minute later, it flew off!

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    Here's a nicer bug. This guy hung out for hours. I miss summer!

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    Random Jordan River pics from various rides.

    I didn't hear about this one in the papers! :eek1

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    Walking on the Elliot Reservoir. It's a bit of a moonscape!

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    Fun times!

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  12. trevorf

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    Great pics!! Lot of places look familar and lots don't.:D
    Gotta love the Island!!
  13. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    This is all on Vacouver Island?
  14. it happens

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    You have posted some nice pictures of Cow Lake. The islands that you are calling Goat islands are looking like the islands by Caycuse. Goat Island is the single island in front of Honeymoon Bay. I have fished the lake a lot and thought that I should point this out to you. No disrespect intended. Good fishing by Goat Island. Watch out for the big rock just under the water there. It is a prop killer.:lol3
  15. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Yup, you are correct, but I thought these were unofficially goat Islands #2, 3 and 4.
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    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    I booked some time off for early August, and decided on a whim that the only logical thing to do with 18 days in a row off, was to ride as far north as possible. (Of course!) I couldn't go south without a passport, east, well, I kind of wanted to see the Alberta Rockies and badlands, but they were having flooding at the time. So North it was! Waay north!

    I had to test out my load off road first though. I also switched to a 41 tooth rear sprocket from a 46 for the long haul. This was going to be an epic trip!

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  17. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Great photo's as usual.

    I thought the bad logging stuff only happened on Ax Men! :lol3 Hope the person wasn't inside that yarder when it went over. Did the road give way?
  18. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    Yes, it is! 43rd largest Island in the world! I doubt I will ever run out of new places to explore on it!
  19. it happens

    it happens sh it happens

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    You could be right. When I rundown the lake in my boat I use a BC Topo map chip in my GPS. I don't recall that the island names are on the chart.
  20. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    They're unnamed on every map I have, I'm just going by what Papa (Grandpa) told me back in the day!