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Old 07-01-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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Trial Run- BC,Yukon,NWT and Alberta

This isn’t really a ride report, It’s a trial run ride report.
In preparation for riding my Buell to South America this fall, I have followed the advice of a number of people and am taking a trial run for 10 days to see how my choice of bike, gear , packing system etc works out. Since I am hoping to write a live road report while in SA, I am following , again, the advice of a great number of people and am attempting to write a live RR.
My trip to South America is, hopefully going to follow no set plan. Head South until its time to turn around and head North. Unfortunately, this weeks trip has a deadline as I have to be back to work for July 10th, so a bit more planning had to be done . The plan/route is to leave after work Thursday, ride from my home in Williams Lake BC to Quesnel,then up the Blackwater road and camp somewhere along the way. Then ride to Prince George, up the Stewart-Cassiar highway to Watson Lake, down through Muncho Lake to Fort Nelson, then up the Liard Highway to Fort Simpson, on to Hay river to visit my brother, then head home through Alberta to Jasper and home to Williams Lake. We will see how it goes J
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:04 AM   #2
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Day one June 30th 213 kms Williams Lake to Punchaw Lake

I left Williams Lake in the rain. It had been raining on and off all day, and when I left, the rain was on. I stopped briefly at New Life Cycle, a bike shop in Williams Lake, to drop off a book Dave, the owner, had lent me ( 1 man caravan. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it. The 1st documented RTW on a motorcycle) Dave is a great guy with a great shop and bent over backwards to get me the parts I needed before I had to leave on this trip ( just a little plug)
Stopped for gas, and then on my way to Quesnel




Stopped for a p*ss break at the old steam shovel in the park




On the Bridge over the Blackwater river





Oh yeah, my kind of road

Went as far as Punchaw Lake and camped at a (free) gov campsite (pics didn’t turn out)
Tent, sleeping bag and cot worked out good. Penny stove, not so much. I have to buy methyl hydrate tomorrow. Isopropyl isn’t doing the trick for me. Luckily I had a nice fire going.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:55 PM   #4
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Nice pics! I like the luggage setup - looks like it gives you some room to move back and forth on the seat...

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Old 07-01-2011, 06:07 PM   #5
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More to come once I get the tenr set up
I am at Meziadin prov campsite where the internet is slow but it is expensive!
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:55 PM   #6
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I would be very interested in knowing the fuel situation between Ft.Liard and Hay River....sounds like a fun ride.
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:03 PM   #7
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I would be very interested in knowing the fuel situation between Ft.Liard and Hay River....sounds like a fun ride.
Not sure if I am going to Make the Liard highway. I am having some electrical problems and if I can't get them sorted out in Ft Nelson, I will have to skip that part of the trip.

My brother lives in Hay River and drives that road regularly. Here is a cut and past of e-mails he sent regarding fuel on the route

> Hi Bro.
> Here's some distances in the NWT.
> Hay River to Enterprise = 39 km.
> Enterprise to Ft Providence junction = 101 km Fuel is 40 in to
> Ft Prov.
> Ft Prov junction to Ft Liard Highway junction = 225 km No fuel
> at this junction. Its 67 km and a ferry ride to fuel in Ft
> Simpson. Ferry runs 8:30 until 11:30.
> Liard junction to Ft Liard = 217 km. Its 10 km into Ft Liard for fuel.
> Ft Liard to a place called Camp 99 = 75 km There is fuel there
> 24/7 on a visa card.
> Camp 99 to the Alaska Highway = 99 km
> Liard highway to Ft Nelson 27 km
> Hope this helps

Thanks
This is a bit confusing for me, cause I will probably be going from Fort Nelson to Hay river, not the other way.
So lets see if I have this right.
If I was to get fuel in Ft Nelson and go to Camp 99 27+99=126km
Camp 99 to Ft Liard 75+10=85km
Ft Liard to Ft Simpson 10+217+67=294km
Ft Simpson to Ft Providence 67+225+40=332km
Ft Providence to Hay River 40+101+39=180 km
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:10 PM   #8
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In Watson Lake at the air force hotel, where they gurantee the internet is fast. We'll see.
updates once photos have loaded
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:34 PM   #9
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Looks like you're making good time! How's the packing/equipment working out?
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:19 PM   #10
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Looks like you're making good time! How's the packing/equipment working out?
Good so far. I had decided to fill any bag/pannier/trunk to only 2/3 or 3/4 capacity and consider that full so I would have room for stuff I picked up. Turns out that was a good strategy as I had room for the jumper cables a guy gave me today. More on that later.
There is stuff I haven't used yet, but I am only a few days into it, so I will know more by the end of next week.
But, overall, equipment and packing is going well
Update soon. Slloooooow loading pictures. I will see how they loaded after I go for supper

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Old 07-02-2011, 08:14 PM   #11
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Day 2 July 1 698kms Punchaw Lake to Meziadin Lake

Left Punchaw early and rode to Prince George for gas and headed west for Fort Fraser. While I am away next year, my wife is moving back to her home town. I stopped to check on the work done to the septic system on our new house on the way through.
New House

I carried on to Burns Lake where I was planning to stop and find an internet connection I stopped at the tourist info booth for wifi, but it was closed. But….. there was free internet and a table to sit at, and the rain had slowed by that time
My office for a while


While sitting in my new office, a couple of young ladies drove up and asked if they could help me. I told them no, I am OK. They said “ no, really, can we help you?” so I am thinking, What, I shouldn’t be here.
They then told me they worked at the info booth, and they wanted to help me. They then told me there was a Canada Day celebration in the park and invited me.
After I was done online, I headed down to check it out. I got there Just at the end of the parade and the beginning of the festivities
Lots of people hanging out


Vendors selling their wares


A band


Interesting head gear


More people


Nothing says Canada like a traditional Canada day goat

More interesting head gear


Headed off in the rain for Smithers, where I stopped for a bite to eat at McDs, then carried on.
At the next gas stop(kitwanga) met a couple from Oz on a KLR and a DR650 heading to Argentina. Chatted a bit then carried on to Meziadin, where I set up camp in the Provincial campsite.


Met a couple from Germany who were riding their bicycles from Anchorage to Patagonia, and a well travelled Dutch lady from South Africa

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Old 07-03-2011, 03:40 AM   #12
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I enjoyed the picture of the band, the hands in the pocket, too cool for school look made me laugh

Won't sourcing parts for a Buel be a bit of a pain in SA ?

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:57 AM   #13
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I enjoyed the picture of the band, the hands in the pocket, too cool for school look made me laugh

Won't sourcing parts for a Buel be a bit of a pain in SA ?

Enjoy your ride
I am anticipating issues sourcing parts in SA. I will be carrying some spares and wear items ( belt, brakes, cables etc) and I have budgetted for shipping parts etc from Canada/States if they are needed. I am thinkig that if I have to wait for parts for a couple weeks in a small village in Bolivia, I will find something to do :)

My buddy with the bike shop shipped engine parts to Nicaragua last month, and they arrived in three days. I am not going to count on that speedy deliveries, though
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:05 AM   #14
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Day 3 July 2 615 kms Meziadin to Watson Lake

Woke up this morning and it was raining. It had rained all night, but inside my Big Agnes tent I was nice and dry. Got up early, packed all my gear….in the rain and the bike wouldn’t start. I kind of figured that was going to happen, as when I got to the campsite the night before, the battery was almost dead, and I had to bump start it. I had run the heated grip quite a bit the day before, and figured that was probably the reason. Pushed my bike up the hill and tried to bump start it again, but a combination of cold engine, and wet, real smooth pavement, the back tire just skidded.
Hmmmm. So I sat, in the rain, and waited for people to get up so I could ask someone for a jump start. The first couple early risers had either no jumper cables, or didn’t speak enough English to know what jumper cables were ( I looked it up and Jumper cable sounds almost the same in German, so maybe it was just me)
Finally, a young fella was walking up the road and I asked him, he said sure, so I pushed my bike back down the hill to his truck and he got out his cables, and the Buell fired right up. He was fairly local, so I asked him if he thought I would be able to buy jumper cables at Bell 2 ( next town) and he wasn’t sure. So then he offers me the cables he had. Said he had a better set at home. I thanked him profusely, but the cables in my panniers, and away I went. If anyone knows a young fellow Named Randy from Terrace who drives a silver chevy pickup, tell him BC Brian says thanks again. Gotta like random acts of kindness.
So, away I go in the rain with a new to me set of cables . I get to Bell 2 for gas, and……. Bike won’t start. Crap. I dig out Randy’s cables and ask a lady if she ould mind giving me a boost after she fills up with gas. While I am waiting, I recheck my battery connection, and they are a little loose. I tighten them and the bike fires right up. Problem solved

At Bell 2

So away I go, in the rain. It was pretty cold and miserable out, and I didn’t dare use my hand warmers, so I just rode, and rode, and rode, in the rain. I stopped a couple times to stretch, always near a hill, just in case. Bike started good every time. Got to Dease lake for fuel and lunch, and couldn’t find a restaurant. Started and stopped the bike a number of times while trying to find lunch. No problems. Found a deli in the super market and had a real good, real greasy, full of saturated fat hot wings, fries and a corn dog ( I could feel the ateries hardening. Left Dease Lake with a full tank and a full belly, but the bike hesitated a bit beforeit started. Hmmmm…… must be because I started and started so many times in the lasr while...................
Rode for a couple of hours, and needed to stop for a break, so I pulled over for a stretch

Walked around, had a drink, got back on the bike and…….wouldn’t start. Crap. Unload the bike, clean the connections real good, retighten....nope. Get out the cables and stand on the side of the road holding up the cables to every vehicle that drives by (not a lot, I might add)
After a few vehicles drive by, an older motorhome with Alaska plates stops and we hook up my new cables. Bike fires right up and away I go.
Now I am getting concerned. I stop for another break and to add fuel, on a hill and the bike fires up like there was never a problem
Finally I get to the Yukon border

Left the bike running for this shot


And Arrive at the Air Force Hotel

Get all signed in, go to move my bike, and…… you guessed it, Won’t start.
The hotel owner couldn’t find his battery charger, so the Buell is hooked up to his pickup over night, and hopefully will have enough of a charge to keep me going for a bit tomorrow.
Oh yeah, It stopped raining for the last couple hundred kms, and the sun even came out for a while

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Old 07-03-2011, 08:41 AM   #15
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Sorry to hear about your charging troubles. I had a similar incident last summer traveling to Mexico and my bike wouldn't charge the battery. Could it be the charging system? Regulator/rectifier? That's what the issue was with my bike. You'll know after a while as even with a push start or jumper cables it won't run (battery will be completely dead).

Best of luck. Fingers crossed for you until you can make it to a shop or repair facility to test things out.
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