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Old 08-25-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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My Vespa Adventures | Canadian West

Tomorrow I'm on my way for a little adventure with my Vespa. I'm heading to Vernon, BC for a wedding and will meet there with my family for a few days of camping. Than I'm off to Vancouver and Victoria and to ride and explore Canadian West :)

I will try to post here but do check my blog for updates: http://www.sergeibelski.com/blog/sea...=canadian+west

I dont know if this was the smartest idea that I ever had, but I just did a full service on my Vespa all by myself for the first time. Scooter seems to be working so I hope I will make it :)



As you can see by the grooves, I only have 2 speeds on my bike... full throttle and idle :) I replaced these at this service.

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Old 08-25-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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DAY 1: Traveled 604km: What a rainy rainy ride all the way to Lake Louise, I tell you, trying to pass a lorry on a motorway during rain is not as easy as it sounds :) Today was a pretty much "get to the camp site" day.



Look at me all happy in the rain :) I had all my Tucano Urbano rain gear on and stayed completely dry. I love Tucano Urbano and I have so much of their stuff for my Vespa.. they should really sponsor me! :)





The sun was shining in Revelstoke when I arrived so I was happy and took all my rain gear off... After I rode for 5 minus, I totally regretted my decision when it started to pour on me and I had to quickly put all my gear back on. I finally made it to the lake where I'm meeting my family and we are camping for a few days! :)



Time to setup camp and cook some food :)





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Old 08-25-2014, 11:44 AM   #3
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DAY 2: Traveled 24km: Camping with my family... Oliver loves my Vespa!! I see him driving one soon enough :)



In the morning I headed to the beach for a nice swim... water was pretty cold but when you get in it wasn't bad :)







Wedding time! My son, Oliver is looking stylish for his first wedding :)





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Old 08-25-2014, 11:44 AM   #4
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DAY 3: Traveled 36km: Last day of camping. Very relaxing morning at the lake and than just relaxing at our campsite :) Tomorrow I should be back on the road, heading West once again!







I really hope its just a phase... Oliver is refuses to touch sand with his feet... He is good with playing with sand but would not even touch it with his feet. Hope it will change soon.



This was my view earlier today, while Oliver was napping... I was reading my book in a shade and relaxing :)



If you thought for a minute that I will abandon my cooking... you were wrong.. Cooking a nice dinner :)

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Old 08-25-2014, 12:19 PM   #5
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Beautiful photos...I'm in!
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:44 PM   #6
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Me too, I love scooter RRs and started off on Lambrettas in the 80s. I still have a soft spot for them and Vespas too. Looks like you had a great trip.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:30 PM   #7
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Great photos.
Love the Vespa.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:40 PM   #8
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I'm in as well. Great shots! Can you tell us a little about your camera? Love the Vespa....
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:32 PM   #9
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I'm in as well. Great shots! Can you tell us a little about your camera? Love the Vespa....
Thank you! these is from my blog.. I post under each photo what camera, lens and settings I used for eat shot.. take a look there if you are interested: http://www.sergeibelski.com/blog/sea...spa+adventures

I use Canon 1DX

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Old 08-26-2014, 01:18 AM   #10
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DAY 4: Traveled 538km: Tracy and Oliver went back home and I'm on the road heading West again :)





Areas around Vernon, Kelowna, and Penticton are so beautiful! This was my view riding for the first half of the day... very nice scenery, beautiful ride.











This trip is unofficially sponsored by Petro Canada... before the trip I got a few gift cards with my Petro Points, so this way I don't have to pay for gas and can get some food.. so far it is working out great!



I'm doing this trip on a budget so I wanted to find a cheap place to stay when possible. My friend recommended to try Airbnb.ca website... so I booked this place in Surrey, BC and it is great! Check out this nice yard I have at my disposal :)

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Old 08-26-2014, 05:54 AM   #11
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As always, your photography is terrific. No, brilliant. No, amazing.

I'm in on this report. Keep it coming!
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:47 AM   #12
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Thank you very much!

DAY 5: Traveled 114km: I made it to Vancouver! :) In the morning I decided to visit Vancouver Aquarium. The traffic in Vancouver was pretty bad but the views are fantastic! I really want to move here... anyone would like to sponsor me?



I was trying to get close to one of the trees in the area and my rear tire slipped on some roots... I went down with the bike, luckily there was a men near by who helped me to get my heavy loaded bike back up. I'm all good and the bike has only a small scratch on the top case and a bend in my rear crash bar (I should be able to straighten them when I will get back to Calgary). These crash bars are so great for protecting your bike, really recommend them!



I visited aquarium before but this time I thought it was pretty small, specially for the $34 (I didn't pay for parking)... I still enjoyed it of course!



I can watch these for hours!









I made a quick stop at Vespa Vancouver, just to take a look what they had :)



From a recommendation of what to do in Vancouver I was told to visit a "clothes optional" beach.. so I did. Crazy busy, hundreds of people.. I was able to squeeze between cars in a prime parking spot! The beach is located on a bottom of the hill with 478 stairs (yes I counted)... Did I tell you how much I dislike stairs?!



For the night I'm staying with my college friend, who was very kind to give up his bed for me and provided a great dinner! We had a nice relaxing swim in the pool and I was promised a breakfast tomorrow morning :)
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:41 PM   #13
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DAY 6: Traveled 124km: After great breakfast this morning, as promised, I headed to catch a ferry to get to Victoria. It took me less than 5 minutes from the moment I bought the ticket to be already parked on the ferry. With motorbikes you get in front of everyone and I guess my timing was perfect :)



My baby is all secure. This was my first time on a ferry with my Vespa :)



I said good bye to Vancouver and started to look forward to Victoria.





I finally made it to Victoria, BC! My fist time ever, and I'm happy to do it on my Vespa!



Time to update my map of where I rode my Vespa :)





I was trying to get closer to get a photo of my bike with a big ship but I guess I got too close. This woman told me that I wasn't supposed to be there and kicked me out.







There is a bunch of these guys running around in front of my window where I'm staying for the night :)

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Old 08-28-2014, 08:59 AM   #14
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Fantastic! Always love the Vespa and your photos!
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:13 AM   #15
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Awesome pictures!!
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