Way out West - Canada to Central America

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

  1. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Back to my old stomping grounds, this was my backyard playground when I was a kid. Happy to see nothing's changed.
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    Blackberry, ivy and broom. "Introduced" species from back when people figured they knew best. The indestructable broom chokes off the trails and the telltale "snap, snap" of the seed pods will punctuate the hot season. If you're from the Island, you'll appreciate this song by The Bills:
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    It's great to see my brother, it's the first time we've ridden together and we're headed out for a few days, up-island.

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    We do it Island style, taking advantage of the extensive backroads actively used for logging - gotta give these guys room, the local etiquette is to get the f*** out of the way - they MOVE and they own the road.
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    But there's very little traffic overall and we're free to blast down the gravel racetracks that cover the island like a web.
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    Over Nitnat Lake
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    The wind comes in from the open Pacific, funnels through the narrows blasting into the lake averaging 20-40 knots. It's a windsurf and kiteboard Mecca. The highest recorded wind speed was a flattening <a href="http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:YUK3iBchVZYJ:www.myweather2.com/Fishing/Canada/British-Columbia/Nitinat-Lake-Vancouver-Island/climate-profile.aspx+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca" target="blank"> 95 knots. </a>
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    Funny how I feel at home in a clearcut.<br/><br/>
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    Easy, free, beautiful mosquito-free, wild camping. This is how it should be.<br/><br/>
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    Cool and calm in the morning<br/><br/>
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  2. Tricepilot

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    Your face is a perfect clone of Mark (Misery Goat).

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