Cee and Dave to INOA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Solarmoose, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Hero or tragedy. that is the question. I think perhaps stubbornly heroic. The silver Interstate is a nice setup. We shall post pics of the event.
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  2. Solarmoose

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    Sunday July 15 Sea to Sky Highway #99

    We did it as Sky to Sea. This is a curve nirvana road, most of it had too many curves to get the camera out and not many places to pull off for a shot. Tiring but a lot of fun.
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    Familiar sign, the 20kph one, with many tight switchbacks going up and down steep grades.
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    Time for a break.
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    Mine, but don't know for what.
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    Coming into Horseshoe Bay.
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    Sat here in the shade for an hour waiting for the next ferry. It was near 90f.
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    Then moved to line for boarding.
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    On board the ferry at Horseshoe Bay (near Vancouver) to Nanaimo BC on Vancouver Island.
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    Busy port.
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    Arrival Nanaimo BC. We stopped in Duncan BC for the evening. Hope to catch a ferry at Victoria to Port Angeles WA in the morning.
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    Tomorrow arrival at the Norton rally.
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  3. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    Only one day on the island! Did you need to bring your own ratchet straps for the ferry or were none needed?


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  4. Solarmoose

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    Yes, just passin through. I did have my own straps but didn't need them. See following post...
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  5. Solarmoose

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    Monday July 16 - Arrive Elma Washington

    We started early to get to the ferry terminal and get in line since we didn't have reservations. Got there at 8am for the 10:30 ferry.

    Riding through downtown Victoria.
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    But they told us the boat was full and may not get on. Waiting. They were right, it was full and we had to wait for the 3pm ferry. Long day sitting around, but nice talking with other riders in the same situation.
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    Watching the planes and boats come and go.
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    Finally the ferry returned and we were first in line to get on.
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    Place a block under the bike and tie off to the ropes.
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    We got off the ferry at 5pm and started the ride down 101 to Elma. Stopped at a wayside to eat "dinner."
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    Winding along the ocean side was pleasant but hot in the 80's.
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    We arrived at the Elma fairgrounds at 7:30pm and found old friends Fred and Ella Eaton, they operate Old Britts. We chatted for a bit and then we headed for the hotel as were both tired from the long day. More pictures of the rally tomorrow. Nortons everywhere and the sounds!!!
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  6. Solarmoose

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    Tuesday July 17 - Norton Time at INOA

    We got registered first thing this morning and wandered around talking and looking and picture taking.

    At 10am 80 riders gathered up for a salute to riders who have gone on. The sound of 80 Nortons making thunder was awesome.
    They're called Snortin Nortons for a reason.

    And then the 80 rode off on an somewhat organized ride with the local police force assisting with traffic control. It was an awesome sight. We didn't go since we just finished a 7 day ride and are looking forward to a day or two off.

    You want pics of Nortons? I got 'em.

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    Fuel injected done by a very creative builder in Colorado.
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    Owned by Ken from Vancouver Island. We spent most of yesterday with him waiting on the ferry.
    Its a '67 SS with an Atlas 750 engine.
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    Norton Atlas in fine condition.
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    Norton Commando Fastback
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    more to come
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  7. Solarmoose

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    more to show

    custom Commando in Fastback livery.
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    Older Norton single from the 50's.
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    Another beautiful older Norton.
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    Kenny Dreer built special prior to his attempt to revive Nortons under Norton America. Not many of these around.
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    Lining up the group ride.
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    Modern Norton built in the UK but patterned after prototypes built by Kenny Dreer led Norton America. Long story behind this.
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    Metal flake blue, original color from '74.
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    Appearance of this bike speaks to a hard long life but still runs sweet. Rider was heard to say he feels like he's in his 20's every time he rides it. How to stay young at heart.
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    Commando Roadster in the Union Jack color scheme, frequently referred to as John Player but the "John Player" was a different model with race inspired twin headlight fairing and equipment.
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    Although The Norton Commando, 1968 to 1975, was typically seen in black with gold stripes/lettering, the factory offered it in many different colors. Several in metal flake which was popular in the 70's.
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    Not a Norton, but a beautiful first year (mid 70's) Moto Guzzi LeMans.
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    '74 Norton Commando in silver Interstate livery.
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    Another Interstate setup in emerald green, not a factory color but very pretty.
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    There was some drama here today when someone came racing by the fairgrounds, not one of us, and crashed into a telephone pole shearing it off and hitting a second one before rolling the car. The car was rumored to be stolen and was being chased by the police. Loud booms, transformer exploding and multiple sirens. Driver escaped into the woods.
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    enough pics for now.
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  8. GuateRider

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    So do we .... Greetings from the Chilean winter .
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  9. gperkins

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    Thanks for the photos, I do love an old Norton.
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  10. Solarmoose

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    Thursday Jul 19 Bike Games

    Today we watched the bike games, this one's object is to place a ball on top of four cones without stopping or the driver touching a foot down. If there is tie then cones are placed closer together until there is winner.
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    Jousting. Object capture the rings hanging from the dummy. Rings are progressively smaller.
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    Passenger throws a water balloon up and over the bar and the catches it again.
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    There was also a slow race, last one to finish line wins, and other games. Fun to watch and cheer on your favorite rider.
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  11. Solarmoose

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    Wednesday Jul 18 Bike Show

    Yeah, I know these posts are out of chrono order. Bikes were posted by model and year range. Lots of nicely cared for machines:

    1948 (or maybe '49) Model 7. This was the beginning of the twins. Up to this point all Nortons were single cylinder.
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    Nice Atlas, late 60's.
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    Older Norton single.
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    1958 Norton Model 88
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    The rally ended tonight, Thursday, and tomorrow we begin our ride north to home with a couple stops to visit family and friends. I'll post up progress on ride north as wifi allows. ride your bike!
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  12. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    Totally awesome pictures, thanks for all the posts! Looks like you two have had some great weather.
    Sorry I've been awol for the last week, just now got caught up on your ride report. Have had some pretty nice weather here as well.
    Carry on and have fun!
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  13. Solarmoose

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    10-4 Mission accomplished. We start north nxt Monday. More report to come.
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  14. Solarmoose

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    Friday July 20

    We left Elma around 0800 on our way to Kingston to catch the ferry to Everett WA. About 90 miles.

    Roads had light traffic and the ride to Kingston was quite pleasant.
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    (I try to shoot pics when other vehicles aren't present and it was easy today.)
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    Getting tickets for the two of us was quick and painless, about $14 for both bikes.
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    Pulling away from the dock.
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    The ride is short, about 30 minutes, just enough time to grab a sandwich and inhale it. The rest of the ride back to my brother's home in Woodinville was short. We stayed up late talking and sharing a beer or two.
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  15. Solarmoose

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    Saturday Jul 21
    We left Ralph's (brother) at 1100 to ride south to friends home. We've known Fred and Ella since the 70's. Always nice to catch up with long time friends. Unbeknownst to us they were celebrating 39th anniversary. I've known them since they first started dating when we were all into whitewater kayaking and rafting. And we were present at their wedding in 1979 so it was a pleasure to help them celebrate. Fred was responsible for my getting into Nortons as he had a new 1975 Norton when I met him. They subsequently moved to near Enumclaw and started OldBritts, a very well known Norton parts supplier and restorations. We spent the evening and talked till late-ish. It was delightful.

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  16. Solarmoose

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    Sunday July 22

    We left Fred and Ell's in the morning. Fred directed us to some very nice back roads before we got on the freeway.
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    The ride back to Ralph and Gloria's home was quick and traffic on the freeways was reasonable. Tonight we are refreshing our gear for the ride north beginning tomorrow and had time for great pizzas that Gloria brought home.
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  17. Solarmoose

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    Monday July 23 north

    Time to start the return north and see what the weather brings us. The bikes were made ready to go last night.
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    We got on highway 9 from Woodinville which goes all the way to Sumas WA. After we rode past populated areas the road became quite entertaining.
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    We cleared through Canadian Customs easily at Sumas after gassing up, then went east on Trans Can 1 to Hope and turned north to go through the Fraser River canyon. We stopped in Hope for lunch
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    There are several tunnels. Short moment of eye adjust to see in the "dark."
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    Go to the light.
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    It warmed up substantially, was over 90F for several hours. Shows 92.5 here. We took several breaks where we could find shade.
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    It is a picturesque ride, though a fair bit of truck traffic.
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    As we got near our destination for the evening in Clinton BC, the temps began to drop to mid 70's. Low for tonight is 40's. Guess its back to warm clothes in the morning but doubt we'll need them for long. Tomorrow the Yellowhead highway. Cee said we may see mid 30's for a morning low further up the road. yikes. Is this July?
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    I like hwy 9. Spent a lot of time on it when I was commuting between Woodinville and Bellingham.
    Enjoy the rest of your journey!

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    Tuesday Jul 24

    This young rider is from Chile and has been on the road for a month. I talked to him in the parking lot while he was changing rear brake pads and gave him some tips on roads going north, but didn't get him in the picture.
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    We were on the road by 0730 today to mid 50's temps. Nice riding temperature and clear skies.
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    Our first break stop was at 100 Mile House on the Cariboo highway, 97. Nice place for a break.
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    We fueled the bikes in Quesnal (pronounced que-nell) and bought lunch to go. Continued to Woodpecker Rest stop to have lunch. We camped here last October on the way north after having a hard time finding a place to park the trailer and then this place just showed up on Cee's GPS, a real God-send after a long tiring day driving the truck.

    We talked with Ben, from Juneau, who was on his way home. We saw him a couple more times later on and discovered we have friends in common. smallworld.
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    The road from Prince George west, Yellowhead highway 16, is mostly flat for the first couple hundred miles and somewhat boring.
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    I'm stand-up riding to rest my buns just before entering Burns Lake BC. The bike's ergos provide for this. Great.
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    I had reserved a room with a credit card at the Burns Lake Sunshine Motel only to find they were full upon arrival, ????.
    Fortunately we found a room elsewhere in town and then went to dinner at a great Indian restaurant.

    Tomorrow we'll go north on the Cassiar, 37, highway and take a side trip to Stewart BC/Hyder AK. Never been there before.
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  20. Solarmoose

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    Wednesday July 25 - part 1

    As predicted it was cool this morning, 40F, when I went out to check the temp but warmed up a bit when we left.
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    At Moricetown we stopped to see the falls and watch what the people were up to.
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    He dipped out a fish, probably a salmon, and the gal in the yellow helmet rushed the fish to a tub.
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    Where I assume it was weighed and tagged before being released.
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    Lunch stop by a stream, again. The best place to eat, just the sound of the water babbling by.
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    It was a really nice day and temps quickly got into the 70's. We turned off the Cassiar highway and headed for Stewart BC/Hyder Ak. Its 40 miles or so from the Meziadin Junction.
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    The views along the road were spectacular.
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    Just one beautiful scene after another.
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    The road is biker heaven, lots of corners, up and down hills and then through a narrow canyon.
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    Stopping for pic at a glacier view. Lots of glaciers.
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    I zoomed in on the water rushing out from under the glacier.
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    next Stewart BC
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