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Old 02-14-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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Hey Hey hey!!!

How is the winter going in your necks of the woods.? Here it has been a typical Victoria Winter. We had what they call here a snow storm. Somewhere else they call this a dusting of snow. A couple of inches and the whole British like town was paralyzed. But, faithful to my winter riding love affair I was on the road.. Actually what was funny is that in the midst of this two day white hell (That is what they called it) the news crews were out and somehow I happened to be riding by as they filmed this catastrophic event. You could see cars sliding and buses skidding, and was this lonely little BMW bike riding by. Frosty and i were out doing what we like.
By the end of the day I had a few Emails and Facebook messages saying "Hey? We saw you on the news you nut case!"
By the way! I am not on Facebook anymore. I got tired of watching people writing about themselves making eggs in the morning or going shopping and finding this lifetime deal on leopard pattern underwear. Holy Crap!! What is happening to the human race??
Anyway I deleted the account over three weeks ago and messages (Emails) asking me why I am not their friends anymore have stopped. Actually to answer one of them I walked out my door and knocked on his door and said "Give your head a shake! I live next door to you fer Krissesake!"

Anyway! I got some exciting news. I am going to go for 4 1/2 weeks, 10,000 kilometres ride exploring the Arctic Circle and discover its people while riding a bike on the two of the most Northern roads in Canada. Fort Mc Murray to Fort St John and the Tuk Ice Road. We will ride two new BMW F800 Gs given to us for use by BMW Motorrad. And also a new BMW Gran Turismo as our support vehicle. I know! I know!! it is rough... An eternal "Thank you" To Robert Dexter and Norm Wells from BMW Motorrad.
We have many sponsors behind us as well like Offices of tourism from BC, AB, Yukon, Ninuvit and NWT who are graciously supplying accommodation. Many motorcycle accessories and garments manufacturers are also jumping in. Verizon is onboard and so many others.
We will film and document this epic journey with the amazing support of Rogers networks as well as Open Film and Curbsyde Productions.
There will be Dog sled rides, Northern lights hunting, ice rallies and many other things are lined up as well. We are excited about spending time in the communities we will come across and partake in their day to day lives. I will finally be able to spend time with the very people so many, including myself have been saying I have blood and genes from. DO I smell time to drill some ice and go swimming??? Who knows.

This whole thing is not about motorcycles or motorcycling in the winter. It is about going through some of the most beautiful places on earth, discover some of the world's most renown geographical wonders and also be blessed enough to be able to let the world meet and know some of the most amazing people. Northern Canada is known the world over. We want to show it in a way that has never been done. And all this from a Motorcyclist's point of view. And in winter!!! Does not get any better than this.
We are not aiming at making the standard tourism documentary. NO!!! We want to put together an adventure for people to watch an say "Dagn! That looks like fun!" Even if they do not ride..

What a blast.

See more here

I will post more as we go. Jump along and join us.. D-Day is on February 12th, 2011

Hey Hey!! here we are. The launch was yesterday at Island BMW in Victoria. We had a great show up and I want to say thanks to them for all the work they did on the bike and getting us ready in time. it was great. Thanks Oggie and also to Heather as well for all the PR work. ;)

Here is the link to the launch video that Ted Hill from the Victoria Newsgroup did. Thanks Ted!

This link will hook up automatically to the OpenFilm site on the 1st of March and you will start to se the episodes appear shortly after this. We will upload videos and pictures as we go.

We are leaving this morning (Saturday) on the 9 AM ferry to Tsawassen. We are more than ready. Our first night is in Merritt BC, then ClearWater and on further north. We will upload videos and pics as we go and I will do here as well as often as I can.
I will post pictures of the bikes and rigs later on..

I will also post the Spot tracker links in here so you can follow us on Google Earth.

Looking back there has been a bit of change since I posted this.
Two F800 GS
One BMW X5
10,000 kms
6 weeks and all the way to Tuk. (Yep Rob! Will be thinking of you)
And Fort Mc' Murray to Fort St-John to Slave Lake and then west, then to Inuvik, then Tuk.. Either way it is all good...

Ride lots and stay safe

See you soon ;D

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Old 02-14-2011, 08:12 PM   #2
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Well! We made it to Merritt. it was pouring buckets till we started climbing about 20 clicks into the Coquahala, and then?? This happen.

As we started climbing up the snow packed up pretty quick and before we knew it the traffic was stopped. There were rigs at the chain up area that were not able to climb and they blocked the road. The CVSE guys were there and one of them came to us and said

"Damn! You are the coolest guys I have seen on the highway. Actually? I am jealous. Go on the side and get in front. If anyone has a tough time with this tell them I OK'd it" ;)

We gave each other a high five and we pulled ahead. it was very slippery as it was not quite cold enough to freeze solid. it was packed slush and we were sliding all over the place, fishtailing and doing the "drag the feet" dance. Most of the climb for the next 2 hours, because we could not go faster than 20 km/h and it was one lane got worse and worse. It was dicey!!! :o
it took us about 3 hours to get to Merritt. But we made it.. There was a lot of cars in the ditch and trucks as well. I am just damn happy that we stayed up and did not fall while riding that snot.. It was bad.

Settled in at the Ramada! Hey! We deserve it! >:(
Tomorrow we meet the organizer of "The great Canadian Bike Rally" at nine and we go to Clearwater. DO not know what the weather is supposed to be like. We will see!
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:13 PM   #3
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Second day

Well !We made it through our second day. Yesterday we ended up in Wells Gray National park in Clearwater BC. We stayed a the Clearwater Lodge.
We also got shot of the falls which are absolutely stunning. The bottom of the falls gets engulfed in a naturally shaped snow as ice cone. Must be seen

The road there was absolute nightmare. :o It was 3 inches of slush. Riding on this shit is like riding in snot. Not that I have before? but this stuff gives you [size=18pt]zero [/size]traction.

It took about an hour and a half to ride 26 kms.. Not fun. Even the X5 was slip sliding all over the place.. Once we got there it made it all worth it. a beautiful log home with all the luxury a tired rider needs. ;)

I also met my new friend "Quinn" a 200 lb Leamberger dog.

We got up from there and headed back out. This time it was another story. Plus we were escorted by Quinn's girlfriend whom I heard say I swear "He is mine you ass! Stay away from my boy"

The slush had frozen ad it gave us more traction. The weather was kind of warm. it was about -5C.
Once we made it out back to highway 5 north heading toward Jasper the road turned into a beautifully packed snow covered carpet where all you could see was white.
For a while it was snowing quite a bit and it was like heaven. The silent rolling of the tires on the sow covered ice is something to be experienced. it is so peaceful

Further down the road we stopped in Blue River at the Husky where the Waitress Alice (Her real name) was about as pleasant as a wrestler in a TuTu shop.

We had a great Hot oatmeal breakfast after a couple of hours of riding. we kept on going in this snow for about two hours. this is what it is all about. Tonight they say that there is a severe weather warning in Grande Prairie with winds of over 100 km/h. It will be done by the time we get there in two days.
We are spending two days in Jasper as there is a lot of work to be done. But first tomorrow we are being given a tour Moline Ice cave..
SO so far it has been good but not cold enough.. I am sure that as we go up we will get into more stuff that could freeze the balls off of a brass monkey.. Right on!! 8)

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Old 02-14-2011, 08:56 PM   #4
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Thumb Congrats Paul!

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Old 02-15-2011, 04:09 AM   #6
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Amazing trip ,ride safe(or at least as safe as you can on the ice and snow).Could not agree more about facebook.

Cheers and Good Luck !
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:57 AM   #7
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Wishing for trouble free travel,good luck my friend,if anyone can pull this off,it's you!
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:21 AM   #8
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oh yeah and Leambergs rule

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Old 02-15-2011, 06:25 AM   #9
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Wishing for trouble free travel,good luck my friend,if anyone can pull this off,it's you!
Well! For the duration of the trip I have to take back what i said about Facebook.

It looks that no matter how I generally have no use for it that for the purpose of doing some PR for this trip that there is no better tool than Facebook.

Sharing personal stuff on it???? NO!!!!! Sharing stuff like this??? I have to admit that it is becoming the most powerful tool you can use.

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Old 02-15-2011, 06:42 AM   #10
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You be safe there Paul

No pictures of Timmies yet? I thought you were addicted to their "potage"

I became friends with someone just because they rode motorcycles from no-place to no-where.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:12 AM   #11
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You be safe there Paul

No pictures of Timmies yet? I thought you were addicted to their "potage"

Yep!! But we have not come across any yet that was passing us by during our schedule
Yep! Timmies and winter riding. They go hand in hand like Lawyers and cockroaches. Perfect match!!

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Old 02-15-2011, 07:43 AM   #12
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You guys remind me of my much younger days. Used to do that kind of stuff on street bikes and had no fear. Now I am older and worry more about broken bones, staying warmer, etc. Still get out in all kinds of weather, but don't get out in that kind of weather so much.

Keep the commentary and photos coming so that us old buggers can live vicariously thru you, and dream of our younger days.

Keep safe and enjoy your ride. Build those memories for when you get old.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:08 AM   #13
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Sounds like another great trip. Do you have studded tires for this winter riding?
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:17 AM   #14
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Fantastic report Paul
How can we get this over to the ride reports section so more people can see it?
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:48 PM   #15
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Looking forward to a good read.
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