Way out West - Canada to Central America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motojournalism, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Motojournalism

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    OK, just wanted to check a few things. I want to be VERY careful with hydrogen gas, acid etc.

    The charger is 12v 2amp. Hasn't been used since my Dad's CB750 in the mid 70's
    (Damn, I wish he still had that bike...)

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    Calling Dr. Bob, calling Dr. Bob.
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    OK, I can't see a damn thing through the side of this battery, don't know how full. I think it's supposed to be to the top red line...
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    But it looks like I filled it too much. I can see the water with flakes of lead very close to the top...
    Should I suck a bit out with the syringe? :dunno
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    Reading up on batteries now.

    Waiting to hear replies...

    The internet rocks.
    You guys rock.:thumbd
  2. Deuce

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    The battery level looks fine. As long as it's not up to the threads of the caps.

    I thought you were already in Prince Rupert. DUH! Not worth driving all that way that's for sure. Supposed to warm up this weekend so make a run for it while you can.
  3. Motojournalism

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    Cool, Dad came home and helped out. Got a bright shoplight to backlight the levels. We put the caps on and sloshed it about a bit to even out the levels. some water came out the vent. It's on the charger now. How often should I check for bubbles? Hourly? Or later tonight? 12v 2amp charger...

    Yeah, it's Prince George not Prince Rupert that I'm in.:D
    It's not as bad as all the Saint-whatever places in Quebec. Hundreds of em' :eek1

    I really want to take that ferry to Queen Charlottes/Haida Gwai, but maybe when it's summer!

    Thanks for your help man:thumb
  4. Dave Noel

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    If it is a 2 amp charger 4 hours or so should get your bike started, I am thinking riding it the distance you have to go should get it up to a good level. If you want to fully charge it before you leave I would probably think 10 hours or more, I am no expert but just going on past experience but I have an automatic one. If there was a meter on the side I would check it until the needle got down close the left (on mine) then turn it off.
  5. Motojournalism

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    Thanks Dave,:thumb

    I'll leave it on till I go to bed, I'll try it tonight and check again tomorrow morning before I button everything up.:thumb
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    Fantastic report. Great photos. You have really captured the prairies. Take the ferry...take the ferry.....take the ferry. You never know when you will be back. Take the ferry. (I wish to state that I have no financial relationship to BC Ferries) Take the ferry.

    If the roads through southern Saskatchewan and Alberta are a trip through the past life, the heart and soul of the prairies, the ferry is the trip through the past and the soul of the pacific coast. Besides, the photos of the rain forest and the layers of mountains in the mist will be spectacular. Take the ferry....take the ferry.

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  7. elroho

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    Funny enough, my battery died at work yesterday. I left the key on Park all day. Fortunately I was not the last one at the office, and the coworkers that were left were sporting running shoes and not heels. I could not bear to tell my friendly push starter that I forgot to turn the ignition on during the first 3 attempts.:dohBut we finally got it going.:clap When you find the Kawa dealer, next to the beach with the bikini clad waitresses - keep the camera close and the hands steady and remember that we will be looking at your lovely photo work, once we get done shoveling the driveway.:thumb

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  8. Motojournalism

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    Whoo! Made it to Bridge Lake! Staying at a friends cabin. Details later...
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    @hardwaregrrl

    The salad was odd but very good. It was from a book called Urban Italian.
    There was a bed of mescal lettuce (the purple and green stuff) cooked beets, peeled pink grapefruit, pistachios, and soft goat cheese mixed with olive oil. I think there was some balsamic vinegar too.
    Should be served in smaller portions than you see though. It's too wacky to eat a lot of!:D

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    You got it! TKC80 is better than excpeted on pavement. it's got a bit of give, doesn't quite feel as good as the Anakee of course.

    But in the gravel... Wow! I can steer! I think this will be a good trade-off, TKC80 in the front, Anakee in the rear.

    Thanks everyone else for the route suggestions!:thumb
    I'm going to pass on the ferry and try again in better weather. I really want to see the ancient totem poles on the Queen Charlotte Islands. I'm going to go from Victoria BC, to Port Angeles WA, then blast south along the coast to avoid the snow in the higher altitudes.

    On with the story...
  10. Motojournalism

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    Frustated to be stuck, but I can't complain. Another steak dinner, good wine, good visit.

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    Next morning. Battery off ye olde charger.

    Yellow caps twisted onto this box of lead and acid.

    Jam the battery in, wires to terminals.

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    Dad suggests another shot at a bump-start. It's much easier to get up the hill with a bit of help. More speed on the downhill now. Second gear, drop the clutch...

    Pop, pop, pop popopopopop, BRUUUMMMM, BRUMMM! Don't stop! I blast up the highway at high RPM. Run around for ten minutes or so. I stop back at the top of the hill and shut off the engine. It still won't get going with the starter button. But it tries to turn over, so the battery got a tiny charge on theat short run.

    It bump-starts easily after this warm-up, and I ride back to the driveway. I reattach the side panels and pack the luggage on the bike while it's running.

    It's a proper goodbye this time, photos are taken and I'm off. I ain't stopping till I need gas!

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    It's starting to clear up, but there's still a bit of rain out of the city. Cold and wicked windy, but after a while the sun comes out.

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    The wind guards make a big difference. much warmer hands when they're out of the wind. A good prototype, but I'm going to try thicker material. Above 100kmh they bend back.
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    By chance I found that a good friend is visiting his folks six or seven hours south of Prince George. I got the GPS lat' and long' before I left this morning. It's on the way, this is perfect!




    It's dry and dusty out in this part of BC.
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    I don't dare stop 'till I need gas in Williams Lake. On a hill, just in case.
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    But she starts right up. Keep rollin'.

    The wind calms down after Williams Lake and I'm back up to cruising speed.

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    Past Lone Butte.

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    A bit of gravel gives me an excuse to try the goggles and the new TKC80 out.

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    Lot's of catching up to do over 2" steaks and drinks!


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  11. Dave Noel

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    Man all those photos of food is making me hungry. That is some good lookin grub.

    Did the battery hold the charge? I am think no by the sounds of it. Funny for the light to be so bright and still not turn over the engine.
  12. Motojournalism

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    The battery seems to be OK!
    I'm on Vancouver Island now. will be visiting friends and relatives, hopefully have a chance to update the report soon.

    Cache Creek to Whistler, Duffy Lake road = FANTASTIC:eek1
  13. DrydenRider

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    Yes that is fabulous country to ride through.

    I was there for fires this September and all I could think of it that i wanted my bike. Glad the weather has cooperated for you to get to the coast and from here on likely no snow.

    Enjoy the ride south. Looking forward to your continued report.
  14. Motojournalism

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    Happy to have a wealth of time. This afternoon will be wet and soggy, so we hang out at the cabin all day.

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    They were having trouble deciding on what colour the ceiling material should be, so I gave them a Photoshop mock-up of what different colours would look like. They'll go with a dark brown. I'm happy to help out with stuff like that. It's a good way to say thanks for havin' me.

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    They hunt all around the area. Moose was on the menu tonight.

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    The dogs are exctatic to get the trimmings.

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    These two got in a vicious scrap after they collided mid-air going for the same piece. The smaller dog was the agressor, and the big dog dosen't realize what strength is in him. But after being broken-up, they're friends again like nothing happened.

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    We get the fire going quickly and wait out the rain.


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  15. Ragin Rabbi

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    I want that cabin, and this trip. Life would really then be good.

    Great pics... Hurry up and post more, especially the travel shots!!

    GREAT job.:clap
  16. Motojournalism

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    Up before it's light, my friend has to get to the airport, and I'm ready to hit the road by dawn.

    I see five deer before I get back to the paved road. There's a recently hit dead deer alongside the pavement, and another long, wet, red streak further up.
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    I take a quick breakfast served by a lovely young lady named Keena, at Kelly's Whistle Stop restaurant in Lone Butte.
    Then it's a haul along the busy highway, turning off just before Cache Creek.

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    A good way to get the day going.

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    The turnoff, toward Whistler. There's far less traffic this way.

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    A deep breath draws in the scent of the sagebrush, warmed by the sun.

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    Winding, twisting. Climbing, dipping.

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    The Fraser, surging hundreds of meters below, the scale of the canyon magnificent.

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    This little chicane snakes under the railway.
    The road chases the railway, twisting over, under and across, clinging with tenacity to the dry incline.



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    Rubble is strewn across the road here and there from recent rock slides. Signs warn, NO STOPPING - SLIDE AREA. You've got to carefully pick your way through the bowling ball sized rocks. Smaller rocks tumble across the road further ahead. I decide against hanging around to photograph them...

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    It just goes on and on. This is quite simply the most phenominal road I've ever been on.

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    Rain falls, on and off as I work through the mountain passes.

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    The decent into Whistler is finished. Money is being poured into development at an alarming rate.

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    It's just an inlet, but I'm overjoyed to catch a glimpse of the Pacific. I'm almost home.

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    The costal fog begins to roll across the highway as I wind down to Horseshoe Bay, the ferry terminal.

    Roll right on past the long lineup, first on, first off.

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    I'm excpecting to be in Victoria tonight, but I find that the ferry that leaves here only goes to Nanaimo, a city much further north.

    Fortunately I have an uncle north of Nanaimo, so I call him from the ferry.


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    No straps on this ferry. The crossing is calm.


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    It's dark by now, so there's nothing to see on the 90 minute journey.

    It's considerably warmer when I roll off the ramp onto Vancouver Island.
    I head north along the dark highway, Tall trees making black walls on either side. A meteor streaks along the midnight blue like a signal flare.

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  17. TemeculaRider

    TemeculaRider Been here awhile

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    This is turning into one of the most enjoyable trip reports ever for me on ADV and it's funny how relatively little attention it's getting. I'm baffled as to why guys feel the need to name their trip report something nonsensical, pretend that it's an all-time epic and that they're the wittiest, most humorous man alive. I saw one the other day "The adoption of a funky cat." Gimme a break...

    I like your style alot, Anthony - keep it up! Your photography isn't based on Photoshop tweaks and odd cepia tones - typical tweaks in use by everyone. Your composition is what is so excellent. And your food pics are just outstanding.

    Impatiently waiting for more!
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    Drove that same road this September in a truck. It is a beauty and want to return on my bike
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    unbelievable, what a cracking report
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    Dude, you've got talent and a good eye. Like the reporting style. Fantastic RR! In.