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Old 07-02-2013, 03:07 PM   #166
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Update 2nd July 2013

The last five days or so have been spent riding with the blokes from BCdualsport and advrider up in the very north of Vancouver Island.



and this

Wyatt (Yatman) showed me a little bit more of the island on the way home.


If the resolution of the pictures are too big let me know. Would hate anyone to be scrolling like a barstard trying to see the good views.


Two great blokes here with a lot of local knowledge. Dave on the right was kind enough to extend me an invitation to their annual Vancouver Island ride. What a ride it was. I was very fortunate to get to see a lot of places around the northern part of the island that not even the locals know is there.

Sure will be one of the group rides I will remember for years to come.

I am so grateful to have met a heap of guys from all over Canada on this ride that treated me so well and kept up the ozzy tradition of taking the piss out of me any any opportunity that arose. So thanks guys.... a real big thankyou.
I posted this one on my facebook album and tagged Philth in it as he is a good old ozzy milkman.

There is so much logging going on in Canada that makes Aussie logging look small in comparison.



Lots of logs that are left to float on the rivers.
And plenty of these suckers.

Heres a comparison to my 950SE.

Coming into Vancouver I came accross a few of these shops. Had a little laugh in the helmet and just couldnt resist.

I have finally figured out what is wrong with the pommies. (Englishman).

First camp site night was spent trying to dry out everything as it was bloody freezing cold and wet. Despite the weather conditions everyone was having a great time.

and just for Derek.
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looks like ya havin a phat time old son
Fat is and understatement mate, I am having a friggin ball. Should have done something like this years ago.

Ended up doing over 450kms of this type of riding.


I would highly recommend exploring around Woss, Port Mcneill, Campbell River, Bonanza Lake and Port Alice. All absolutely great places to visit.
Bit of a stop where I had to remove my fuel tank to try and plug the leak that the shitty old oring had started. I seems that ethonol fuel here might have made it leak a bit. I tried a new to me product called seal all. I must admit it did a pretty good job even with fuel leaking out all over where I smeared it under pressure. I still managed to block the leak enough for me to get back to camp and drain the tank.

Plus it was quite funny with about 17 Canadians all hanging around watching me do it and offering advice on how to do it. Great bunch of blokes though .. those Canadians are.



Did I say awesome riding ? Just in case I forgot.. its awesome riding.
Our campsite on the beach.



Bob (Diverdown) gave me some YUKON rum. phew.. that put a bit of lead in my pencil and fibre in my stool. Pitty I couldnt find something to scribble on.

Good drop though in the cold I am assured.

The crappy view from my tent.. NOT.

Young Robert (Diverdown) on his Hack loaded with Rum & Coal.

These are pictures of the first Coal Mine on Vancouver Island. Quite the history indeed.
The big Buckets used to haul the coal.

Old ruins of the miners quarters or similar.

flywheel.


This photo gives you and idea how much the forest has overtaken the area since the early 1900s.



The craftsmanship on the brick work was pretty damn impressive.

Yours Truly with the ruins in the background.

Now here is a steam engine. It would have been a mean feat to get this up the shoreline a few hundred meters and get it going.

Had a bit of history too.


The hole in the ground.

and a Culturally modified tree... what ever the ..... that is.

I think shes PissednBroke.

A group picture of the Gang. and the beach.


They didn't have crabs.... Honestly..

But there were a few on the beach.

Young Dave (Redhed) my next door neighbour who I can't thank enough for lending me the Sealall that he had been carrying around in his tool kit across south america hoping to use it. ... Good on ya mate. Will be good to see ya get to Australia, for some of this.

Caught in the Act of KTM Repair.

More to come....
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:35 PM   #167
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you loosing a bit weight there lil fella

great picks hodge loving the updates ......what a great part of the world ...I would love to ride there
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:37 PM   #168
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A few pics of the Aussie Bloke...


Hodgo on the beach..



Hodgo getting off the beach... The guys had the cameras ready for some thrills and spills, but had a little disappointment in the spill department...





Day 2- Karmutzen Range under sunny skies..





You beat out the Kamloops guy for the farthest from home... Thanks for tagging along Hodgo, come back anytime...

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Old 07-02-2013, 08:54 PM   #169
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theres a story to that shirt


he comes off ya just got to be ready
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:24 PM   #170
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Good stuff Adrian Enjoying your pic's and write up. Keep them coming
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:08 AM   #171
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Nice going hodgo. Looks fantastic.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:44 AM   #172
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How far east are you going in Canada Hodgo?
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:21 AM   #173
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Greg {Volcon} emailed me this pic...

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Old 07-03-2013, 07:43 AM   #174
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Good stuff Adrian Enjoying your pic's and write up. Keep them coming
Brent, Glad your enjoying it mate.


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Nice going hodgo. Looks fantastic.
Hey mate, glad you haven't lost interest yet. Retire soon mate, Just do it.

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How far east are you going in Canada Hodgo?
Rough plan is east a bit and then back down to Crater Lake then back to LA for a run over to Colarado with DSM8. Spend a bit of time being escorted around the high peaks of Colarado, then back north again.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:55 AM   #175
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Awesome write up! Be safe. btw I like the saddlemen seat on your KTM
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:16 AM   #176
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The saddleman seat is not bad, much better than the stock seat. Glad you like it.

Heres a picture with me and some Good Canadian Hospitality. I can't thank Chris enough for putting me up at his place and Marlene and Wyatt for feeding me with their warm welcome & food.


Some more pictures courtesy of Dave (Gunnerbuck)





fastlane #2 & #3.

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Old 07-03-2013, 08:58 PM   #177
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Adrian fixing his KTM. hey mate thanks for joing us on the North Island ride. if you have a problem anywhere in north america call me. will send laywers, Guns and Money oh and some Yukon hootch. diverdown. the KLR Hack rider
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Hey mate, glad you haven't lost interest yet. Retire soon mate, Just do it.

Read every word so far and I hear ya. I was going to say you look like you've lost a bit of weight and then I saw that last on of you in profile near the fire - think you forgot to suck it in
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:07 PM   #179
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Depending on where you decide to come south back through Washington, try to see Grand Coulee Dam and then the Oregon backcountry discovery route. Would be perfect to ride that on your SE.

Very interesting to see something that I consider commonplace through anothers eyes.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:22 PM   #180
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independence day up day

Well I am definately independent .

Here I am having a nice cuppa starring at a 6205 bearing with no dust cover with it. The bearing cage is threatening to go AWOL the minute 100 HP demands anything of it.

As they say shit happens but this time around I'm pissed at Mr Jap and his dodgy new bearings that can't handle a bit of Canada's finest dust and mud & rain.

This is where I will spend the night of 4th of July listening to what sounds like world war 3 in osoyoos

Seems to be a place full of apple crates.
So will wander over to the engineering place in the morning and see if he can get me a new bearing.
Failing that its 18 miles to Tonasket or further on to Omak.

Oh and heres some pussy just "DustyRhodes"

Chris cat, quite liked the cat even his biting habits
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