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Old 08-02-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
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Travellin’ Troz – Hunt for the Sun in the BC Gulf Islands

My name is Trond. My wife’s name is Roz. Friends call us Troz. We are quiet and serious people.



For years, we traveled like this – 2-up on a street machine.



Recently we decided to travel South America and Africa by motorcycle in 2009. The question was, would Roz be my passenger or would she learn to ride her own bike?

To find out, Roz took a motorcycle course. She absolutely loved it and aced her test.
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After eighteen years as my pillion, Roz finally got it – riding rocks! That was a month ago. Since then, we bought her an ‘07 Suzuki DR200 and I picked up a used ’08 KLR (sweet!). I also bought Neduro’s Dual Sport Riding Techniques video to introduce Roz to off-road skills. I highly recommend it, even to guys like me who grew up on dirt bikes. I picked up tons of great tips.

After a bit of practice in dirt parking lots, it was time for Roz to try the real thing. It was time to camp with our bikes. We decided to explore the quiet Gulf islands of Hornby and Denman located in the Straight of Georgia between the BC mainland and Vancouver Island.

I loaded up our bikes (Beverly Hillbilly style) and on July 26th, we rode from Vancouver to the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay. Bonus points to BC Ferries for moving motorcycles to the front of the line. Some people had been waiting in their cars for hours!



The ferry took us to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. From there we headed North into darkening skies on #19 towards Parksville and a nearby provincial campground called Englishman River Falls.

Within half an hour on the road, it began to rain. We pulled over to an outlet mall and put on our rain gear. It was the first time in the rain for Roz. She did great and we arrived with glee. Here’s us gleeing.


Despite some drunken older gals in the next campsite (thank you earplugs), the park was green and beautiful. I guess that’s the upshot of all this Wet Coast rain: Mossy trees…


…and slugs.
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:37 PM   #2
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The next day greeted us with sunshine. Here’s us stopped in Qualicum Beach at the Shady Rest Restaurant. Nice smoked salmon eggs benedict – mmmmmm.



Another hour north on 19A (the coastal route) got us to the ferry terminal at Buckley Bay. We hopped on this ferry to Denman Island.



Denman Island is not very big. We would explore it later in our trip. Instead we drove across the island to…yes, another ferry terminal. This ferry took us to our ultimate destination, Hornby Island. Known for it’s gorgeous beaches and artistic residents, Hornby didn’t disappoint. First stop, Tribune Bay beach.



After loading up with supplies at the Co-op store, we found our campground in Fords Cove. It’s on the West side of the island looking out at Vancouver Island. Unlike our noisy experience the night before, the campers here were whisper quiet. Nice.



The next day started off sunny. Here’s Roz getting contacts in so she can wear her sunglasses.



But the weather moves fast in BC. By the time we got to Tribune Beach, the skies had greyed up. But being on holidays, I pretended it was warm.



We went for a beach walk…



…took some silly shots…



…and said screw this, let’s go riding. First stop, Grassy Point on the North end of the island. Big sky country.









We went back to Fords Cove.



There we explored the boat docks…



…and the cool sandstone formations on the beach. Wind and waves sculpture the rock into the wildest of shapes and caves.



While there was a fire ban on Vancouver and Denman Island, we could have a fire on Hornby. Yee haa!
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The next day was grey again so we decide to explore more of Hornby Island. I found some dirt roads for Roz to practice on. She liked it.



We toured this “super” adobe home built by a lovely Persian woman named Shalla. It was like the wind and waves had come inland to sculpture the house. Cool.



Back at Ford’s Cove, we spent an hour hiking a trail that takes you to the ferry terminal. We found some weird stuff man…



…and ran like hell!





Having survived near certain death from hillbilly Hornby Islanders, we retreated to our final fire at Ford’s Cove. Tomorrow we would leave.



The next morning, we packed up…


…and hit the road.







On the ferry to Denman Island. We had people talk to us all the time.



On our way to Fillongley Provincial Park, we rode some lovely little Denman roads.





While the campground was nothing exceptional, the island proved quite nice. Here’s the village.
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:55 PM   #4
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We found a sweet little lake called Chickadee. The sun popped out so we went swimming. No suits? No problem – the place was deserted.



Everything had that quaint little country by the sea feel. I liked it.



The next day, we woke to rain. While we had originally planned to camp for a couple of more days on Vancouver island, we decided to call it a trip.



While Roz may not have got all the sun she wanted, she certainly got in a lot of riding. She rode in the rain and on gravel for the first time and loved it. As we took the ferry back to Vancouver Island, I asked her if she wanted to ride as my passenger for our round the world trip. She grabbed her handlebars with authority, “No way man. I’m riding my own bike!”

Ride on!
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:16 PM   #5
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Old 08-03-2008, 01:55 AM   #6
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Great to see you having lots of fun.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:12 AM   #7
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Yeah, thanks - we had fun.

P.S. That was my first ride report ever. Who knew it would take so long to put together? Makes me appreciate everyone else's reports even more.
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Old 08-04-2008, 03:18 PM   #8
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Hey, looks like a great time. My GF & I were up in the Gulf Islands in Feb, when the weather was great.
Good luck on your South America & Africa trip. How long will you be riding? We're heading that way but not until 2012.
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:47 PM   #9
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Thanks for your first report! You two looked like you were having a fun time!! Thanks for sharing your trip with us
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:04 PM   #10
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Great trip report!!
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:26 AM   #11
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Well done on the RR.....
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