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Old 05-15-2013, 09:19 AM   #16
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Viaje al Norte del Isla

Any rendezvous ideas? Where, when? GPS tracks for us to look over?
Come on..give us sumptin'...really hoping to make this ride.

The pictures look great and I haven't been up there in so long ....
Who's planning to go? Who's riding from Victoria? (I am). Who are we meeting as we head North? I hope my cousin who I'll connect with in Nanaimo....then we'll drop in to see some more family in Courtenay area, maybe lunch at "Dicks" in Campbell River, or the Cable House in Sayward...who can we look forward to connecting with...this can be a GREAT TIME.
Am even thinking of buying some Tactical Bacon for this adventure!
C'mon....let's have some noise!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:46 PM   #17
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Any rendezvous ideas? Where, when? GPS tracks for us to look over?
Come on..give us sumptin'...really hoping to make this ride.

The pictures look great and I haven't been up there in so long ....
Who's planning to go? Who's riding from Victoria? (I am). Who are we meeting as we head North? I hope my cousin who I'll connect with in Nanaimo....then we'll drop in to see some more family in Courtenay area, maybe lunch at "Dicks" in Campbell River, or the Cable House in Sayward...who can we look forward to connecting with...this can be a GREAT TIME.
Am even thinking of buying some Tactical Bacon for this adventure!
C'mon....let's have some noise!!
The first RV will be on Friday Morning around 10:30 -11:00 at the chevron located in Cambell River right at the HWY 19/28 junction... The Second RV will be at the Friday night Camping area for riders coming late: It is located about 3 KM north of the Woss junction just off HWY 19... Follow the powerline trail left off the highway and keep your eye out for a trail branching off to the left,take the left and follow this trail to the end and that is camp...

I have not completed the GPS tracks yet as some of the routes are still snowed in and as always I like to preride everything to make sure the plan will be workable... I'll be out there this weekend...

If your on the list and have PMed me your Email I will forward you the GPS route when it is ready..

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Old 05-16-2013, 05:14 AM   #18
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Whadaya in the navy or something?
no, not Navy, Coast Guard
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:55 PM   #19
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Update

I will put together a GPS track in the next few days for day 1 and day 2 ... The route I would like to use for day 3 is still snowed in so I will wait a couple of weeks to see if it is going to melt enough to pass through..


Still lots of white in the hills..



After churning through a couple of patches we came onto solid snow with still nearly 1000' of elevation gain to go forcing us to turn back...
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:15 PM   #20
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GPX File

I sent out a GPX track file to those E-mail addresses that I have on hand... This file covers part of the route, when or if the snow melts I will supply the rest or add an alternate after a preride... If you have not received a track file and would like one please forward your E-Mail address via a PM...
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:33 AM   #21
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i'm gonna bangsomeheads to be there this year

After last seasons bad moment on the Duffy i recognise life is short, so unless I do something stupit or similar, i will be there.
i'd always wanted to get to side bay and have gurglemaped it in my mapporn moments.
the last time i came up we saw a great bunch of stuff and of course me and the truck wash at PA will live fer ever in my boots.
i've been pumping off some good low elevation rides already and after some minor maintenance(tires, chain/sprokets) the backwoods couch will be all set fer north island s'ploring again.
fair warning
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:34 PM   #22
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Unless it hits the fan....

Hi David,
Thanks for putting it together again. I'm 95% in so pls put a small? by my name. Let me know if you need any help.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:50 PM   #23
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Thanks for putting it together again. I'm 95% in so pls put a small? by my name. Let me know if you need any help.
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Your on the list, we'll see if we can talk Randy into riding through the truck wash again for kicks... Lets hope for some good weather on that weekend...
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:54 PM   #24
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Going to give it a go again this year over the Canada Day weekend...


The loose plan is to do 4 days of off HWY riding and camping on upper Vancouver Island... This will be a caravan style ride where we camp at a new spot each night on our way out to the west coast of the Island north of the Brooks Peninsula... Riders should be self sufficient and able to pack all the required camping and cooking gear on their bikes... A fuel range of 300KM is recommended for the loop out from the last gas in Port Alice before you see fuel again... I'll preride the route in the upcoming weeks and supply the GPS tracks so riders can do their own navigation... This allows for splitting into smaller groups to minimize dust...

Weather can always play a role so if it looks like a terrible forecast for the destination, I'll either use an alternate destination or postpone the ride... If anyone is interested I'll get your name on the list...

Here is part 1 of a video from last years ride:


This years route will be big bike friendly but there will be some steeper terrain on the day 3 alternate route which can be opted out of... Also on day 3 there will be an optional B section that the more experienced riders may want to take on the way to that nights camp...

The plan for this year will be:

Day 1 Fri
I will put the first nights camp close to the hwy near Woss so it will be easy to find for riders coming in Friday evening... For those that can make it earlier in the day we will meet up at the Cambell River chevron station near the hwy 28 cutoff and spend the day riding back roads before joining the rest of the group at the evening campsite ...

Day 2 Sat
Take in the back roads from Woss to Port Alice for fuel and then out to the west coast to camp the night at one of the beaches...

Day 3 Sun
Return back to Port Alice taking in an alternative route, fuel up and then take a different backroad route heading south camping the night in the Bonanza Valley...

Day 4 Mon
Homeward day, those that want to B -line it can take the hwy... Those that haven't had enough of the dust can do another half day of it on the way to Cambell River...

Could the riders on the list let me know if you can make it for a Friday Morning meet up in Cambell River... And those that would meet that evening at the Campsite near Woss...
The first RV will be on Friday Morning around 10:30 -11:00 at the chevron located in Cambell River right at the HWY 19/28 junction... The Second RV will be at the Friday night Camping area for riders coming late: It is located about 3 KM north of the Woss junction just off HWY 19... Follow the powerline trail left off the highway and keep your eye out for a trail branching off to the lef t,take the left and follow this trail to the end and that is camp...

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1- Droptarotter ?
2- canadian chris Fri AM
3- Rookie 54 Fri AM
4- woofer2605
5- Volcon Fri AM ?
6- Betaman
7- Yatman
8- Randaroo Fri AM ?
9- Islandswede?

Bloody work keeps getting in the way of great rides that this. I wont be back from the salt mines until the 1st week of July or I'd be going with. Is it too much to ask for the GPS tracks so that when the warden does let me out, I'll just have to pack and ride.

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Old 05-31-2013, 06:06 PM   #25
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Bloody work keeps getting in the way of great rides that this. I wont be back from the salt mines until the 1st week of July or I'd be going with. Is it too much to ask for the GPS tracks so that when the warden does let me out, I'll just have to pack and ride.

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For some reason, this year I have had a spike in the requests for GPS tracks, a lot of riders are planning to explore the Island..

Pm me your E-mail address in a week or 2 and I should have the full route logged by then, going to see if the snow will let us through on Sunday...
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:55 AM   #26
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Who's riding from Victoria? (I am). Who are we meeting as we head North? I hope my cousin who I'll connect with in Nanaimo....then we'll drop in to see some more family in Courtenay area, maybe lunch at "Dicks" in Campbell River, or the Cable House in Sayward...who can we look forward to connecting with...this can be a GREAT TIME.
Am even thinking of buying some Tactical Bacon for this adventure!
C'mon....let's have some noise!!
I'm in Victoria as well. I'll likely head to Qualicum on the Thursday after work and then do the run up to Campbell River on Friday morning.

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:16 AM   #27
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I tried to ride through my planned day 3 route and hit snow again, lots of it, so I will have to change my plan and put together an alternate ... I'll work on getting the rest of the track files together this week...
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:10 AM   #28
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Here is a bit that I shot on last Sundays scouting mission:

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Old 06-06-2013, 09:56 AM   #29
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Hi David,
This all looks great! I hope/plan to join you and will be ferrying over from Horseshoe Bay if anyone wants to ride with me...
Are there other inmates coming from the mainland?
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Hi David,
This all looks great! I hope/plan to join you and will be ferrying over from Horseshoe Bay if anyone wants to ride with me...
Are there other inmates coming from the mainland?
Lane
Yep, You have Randaroo coming from Pemberton and Volcon coming from the GV area...
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