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Old 10-28-2007, 04:50 PM   #151
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Another great evening of fun and song in the Toad Rock pavillion. Dale from Kimberley and John from Alberta worked together on several numbers.



While Reese wowed us around the campfire. What a voice. Incredible.
Thankfully she's showcasing her talent with the "What It Is Band" from Nelson BC.
She really had a remarkable vocal quality and style. Very moving.



Once again it was time to say goodbye to Mary and the Toad Rock Campgorund. If you've never been, you owe it to yourself to enjoy the oasis of hospitality and relaxed charm that is Toad Rock. Pretence and formality not required.


Thanks Steve and Mary: You guys are the best hosts a traveller could find.
(not to confuse, that's Dale and Mary in the pic)



Dale and I headed south from Toad Rock and sailed back across Kootenay Lake on the Osprey 2000.



We parted in Gray Creek where Dale headed for Kimberley via the highway route while I headed over the Gray Creek Pass on a forest service road.

Dale hates to get his pristene R90S dirty on loose gravel roads and I don't blame him. Cheers mate!

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Old 10-28-2007, 05:13 PM   #152
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:06 PM   #153
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I also see that most of the readers posting are in Canada, I just hope that is not all that are reading this. If so the rest of the world is missing a great report and adventure story.
Don't you fret now Hairsmith ... I'm thoroughly enjoying this trip from Perth, Western Australia! SWMBO and I are headed for Saskatchewan on holiday for Easter next year, via Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, and now can't wait to get over there.

Thank you Lornce for taking the time and trouble to share your journey with us and for proving you don't need the best equipment, just the best attitude, to enjoy adventure riding.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:47 PM   #154
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Me, too. Western Australia.
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Old 10-29-2007, 04:46 AM   #155
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"Bout time you got off your ass and finished this Lornce!

At least I FINISHED my last ride report!
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Old 11-03-2007, 07:49 PM   #156
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Dust, dirt and filth only lend credibility to an old R50/5.



Hint: When traveling in BC follow as many forest service roads as you can. The riding and scenery are some of the best there is.



And you're never far from the next perfect spot to fill your water bottle.





Or cop a stellar mountain view.



Or both.



This was a more interesting and enjoyable route than the highway.






A road less traveled.

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Old 11-06-2007, 10:02 AM   #157
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Magnificent RR! I don't know how I missed it until today! There has now been two recent RRs with great pictures of the North American plains: yours and this marvelous thread on the Kansas prairie by Sod Buster.




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I've got to say, I fell in love with the praries. The vast open spaces and solitude is really engaging. A friend yesterday mentioned that it's understandable to her why so many of Canada's authors are from the praries. It certainly puts you in a reflective mood.
True in the U.S. of A., too. From Willa Cather to Garrison Keillor. You're right. There's something about the prairie that brings out reflection.




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As the ferry pulls out of Horseshoe Bay the clouds begin to break up across the Straight of Georgia towards Vancouver Island. The smell of the salt air really is exhilarating. The sea's a dramatic addition to the landscape. I can understand it's powerful draw upon those who've lived near it and then move away from it. Some day I think I'd like to live upon it for a time.
This summer I spent a week at Puget Sound. It can't be that different fro the Strait of George. Just beautiful. I took the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle and it struck me just as you described. It just can't get routine! I left there thinking that some day I have to live at Puget Sound, if only for a short while.

Again, thanks for the RR!
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:22 PM   #158
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It does get to be routine, hard to beileve though. It's mainly the long drive out, long waiting time for the ferry and the long drive into the city that does it. Though I'm sure there are people that are sick of Tahiti and Barbedos too, know what I mean?

I grew up on Vancouver Island, the thing that's made me appreciate it's beauty most was to move away!
Now I can't wait to ride back out there, get on the ferry and say "WOW!"

I remember one trip the captain announced a pod of orca whales on the port side of the ship, ALL the passengers went to see and the ship had a noticeable lean to the left

Thanks again for the great report Lornce!, keep it coming if you got more
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:15 PM   #159
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Hadda include this for the Toronto boys.

Who'da thunk? Your own source for all things poser in Kimberley BC.


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Old 11-08-2007, 08:24 PM   #160
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Hadda include this for the Toronto boys.

Who'da thunk? Your own source for all things poser in Kimberley BC.

What? And you didn't bring us back stickers? And to think we let you hang out with us.

Glad you're back at it Lornce.

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Old 11-08-2007, 08:24 PM   #161
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Next stop was the promised visit with Mike in the Kootenay River Valley on the return trip. Mike used to live around the corner from me when I was a kid in Brampton Ontario. When I was in highschool I used to watch him leave for work every morning on his Honda 750 and envy the fun he was having on his daily commute.

Mike and his wife Debbie made the move to the Kootenays in the late '80's and they've never looked back.

Here's a view while strolling with Mike in his back yard.



This is a view looking north east across his front yard with the East Kootenay Range in the distance.



Mike and Deb operate a holiday cabin on a beautiful spring fed lake.






Mike built this cabin with help from some of his local friends, an extensive community of craftsmen and artisans. Mike has a deep well of talent to draw upon for his building projects.


http://www.holidayjunction.com/prope...wildwood_cabin

The building is gorgeous and very well constructed.


Some interesting relics lying about the property.


And a two story tree house for guests at the other end of the private lake.


Built entirely from materials found on his land and into and around seven living trees, Mike's tree house is a marvel of creative expression and technical ingenuity.


http://www.outathewoods.com/







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Old 11-08-2007, 09:07 PM   #162
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Mike and Deb operate a beautiful holiday cabin on a spring fed private lake.

Mike built this cabin with help from some of his local friends, an extensive community of craftsmen and artisans. Mike has a deep well of talent to draw upon for his building projects.

http://www.holidayjunction.com/prope...wildwood_cabin
I add the web to my favourites ..Next year on my road to Alaska i like to visit the place..
Thank you Lornce to post this
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Old 11-09-2007, 05:54 AM   #163
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Treehouses- I have a deep desire to build one- but am stymied by my own need for longevity. And treehouses are temporary by nature. Its like a vast expenditure of energy- like buiding a house- only not as permanent.

But I guess Art is like that, generally, and we shoudlnt give THAT up.

Great style, as usual, Lornce.

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Old 11-13-2007, 08:56 PM   #164
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Thumb Thanks for the great RR

Hope to ride a similar route one day. I've thoroughly enjoyed your report and your style. It's great to read a report that doesn't make you think "wow, I could never afford to do that". You have a knack for enjoying the simple things and not complicating what the good Lord gave us to enjoy. I hope there's more to come.
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:49 PM   #165
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I'm loving this Ride report. Superb photo's and narrative. Life in the slow lane, it's the way to do it. Thanks.
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