How I spent my Canada Day long weekend
Here it is, my first RR posted for you all.
I know from reading lots of RR's this is a popular type of RR- here's a teaser while I start typing up the rest.
So here's a little back story:
Actually a typical back story that many of you have heard before or perhaps even lived.
Rode early, started on dirt bikes, moved in to street. Succumbed to the pressures of raising a family and making a career and gave up riding for too long. Kids got older but the flame still burned, so back in to riding. And loving it.
Enough of that crap. Let's get to the meat of the story.
Mrs. Squiffy knows I'm thinking of a different bike. I've done my research and have a good idea of what I'm looking for. I understand what to look for and what to avoid. And I'm picky. I've looked at a few locally, and keep showing Mrs. Squiffy the jewels from the FM. Most are in the U.S. and although I can import in to Canuckistan fairly easily, the logistics of distance and time make it difficult. Then I find another gem in the FM, and it's in Canada! PM's and emails ensue. Yes, it's the right bike. Yes, the price is right. Yes, I can get a half decent flight price to go get it. Yes, I can get the time off work. YES!!!
Better yet, it's in Nanaimo BC. I can fly from Regina SK, stay with my Mom in Victoria and her and my sister will drive me up to Nanaimo to pick up the bike!
That's right, it's a Fly and Ride Ride Report!
Well, maybe not.
Just kidding, the flight was slightly delayed and there were no issues with the connecting flight.
Booked off work early on the Friday and headed to Victoria BC via Edmonton AB.
Some great views of the Rockies but cloudy over most of BC.
Landed on time and met by my Mom and sister- haven't seen them in about 3 years so it was great to get together.
First order of business? Beer and food. In that order. Stopped at the local near Mom's house where we had a nice meal and a chat. Sorry no food pron, I'll make up for it later. That's it for day 1.
Day 2. The day.
We left around 9:30, and we took the new road that runs from around Durrance Lake and comes out at Goldstream Park. You Victoria and lower VI riders will know which one. All I kept saying was "I wish I was on a bike!"
Found Gary's place (I can't remember his ADV handle) and he opened up the big garage door. There it was! Do I look happy or what?
It's a beaut!
We did all the paperwork, got my temporary insurance, ATGATT'd up and headed out.
First stop? Beer and food. In that order. My escorts decided that we should meet at the Crow & Gate Pub for a celebratory lunch. No that's not a postcard, that's exactly how it looks.
But I'm riding so I figured a big lunch and just 1 beer to celebrate. I made it Guinness which really isn't beer but the nectar of the Gods. Obligatory food pron! Plowman's lunch with a big hunk of Stilton cheese. Yum!
At one point I went outside and when I didn't come back the search party came looking for me. The owner of the R100GS I parked beside was at his bike and we were talking. Turns out he's inmate JackD, who has forgotten the ADV salute and has resorted to giving bear hugs. Somebody out there straighten him out! (Hi Jack :wink:)
Back to Victoria safely with another big couple of days to go.
Good start, man! And fine motorcycle.
The Crow and Gate is a fine traditional house to lunch at.
Where are you planning to get thru the coast mountains? Hurley pass out of Pemberton is apparently still open: http://hurleydust.com/
Tyax Lodge on the east side of Hurley has a pretty good restarant, too. 40 more miles and you are in Lillooet, and the balmy interior.
Edit: wait, I see you are probably back home already...
Day 3. The journey home Part 1.
What a beautiful morning. The weather is calling for sunny and warm all the way home.
Kickstand up at 6:03 am and off to the ferry terminal for first boat across.
Quite a few bikes on board, caught up with some beemer riders and had a nice chat on the upper deck.
Not often you see the crossing this smooth.
You can get a healthy breakfast on board, but it doesn't look that great.
Off through the Fraser Valley and up the Coquihalla. I went the other way.
Joined the number 1 and headed towards Calgary. I have lots more pics but most of them have a thumb in them.
And at that point the battery in the camera dies. I was hoping to get pictures of Cougar Creek in Canmore AB where the flood went through.
But imagine this: The creekbed must have been 200' wide where it used to be 10'. There were no dirt or stones or small rocks. Just big rocks. 6" round and bigger. Everything else smaller than that went downstream. It was a mess.
Overnighted at my brother's place in Airdrie with beer and food. In that order.
Day 4. The journey home Part 2.
Not much to report. The #1 Trans Canada Highway should be avoided while travelling between Calgary and Regina. 8 hours of boring slab highway, so no pics of that.
But here's a pic of a giant moose!
Made it home safely. Thanks for reading my weak first ride report.
Hey, great fly and ride there, friend! There's lots of wicked riding out west in this country. Heck, we've got lots of amazing riding in our province! The number 1 from Calgary to Regina is, as you say, not much to see, but you can make time on it if you need. Looks like you were cruising in in style at least.
Thanks for the link and read!
Looks like a fun ride. The ferry experience is pretty cool when on a bike.
Thanks for sharing!
is it customary for the bikes on the ferry not to be tied down in any way?
Same to you. Which one are you riding more?
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