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Old 08-08-2014, 10:36 PM   #1
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Bella Coola

Thinking about a 4 day trip from Vancouver to Bella Coola. Looking at google maps there does not seem to much of anything from Williams Lake to Bella Coola which is about 450 km. I can squeeze about 400+ out of a tank of gas - are there gas stations along Hwy 20? Looking at just after Labour Day and also wonder about weather - I know hard to predict but is it usually dry or wet and cool?
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:27 AM   #2
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I find that gas is usually available at Hanceville, Alexis Creek, Tatla Lake, Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake. Gas won't be a problem during daytime hours with the range you have.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:25 AM   #3
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You'll be fine for gas my bike sure hasn't that much range.Permium if you are picky will be hard to find.

Having said that I did turn back last month, started raining in Williams Lake, rode to and camped around Alexis Creek. Next morning rode quite a ways West and couldn't see clear skies anywhere...turned back and chased clear skies somewhere else.

I may go back in a couple weeks....unfinished business I don't like.

Have fun on the Hill......Heck!!! That's my unfinished business, I don't get rattled too much on motorcycles but last time with all the big rocks on the road going down and coming back up a few hours later....more "fresher" rocks. Yeah....!
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:43 AM   #4
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I find that gas is usually available at Hanceville, Alexis Creek, Tatla Lake, Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake. Gas won't be a problem during daytime hours with the range you have.
+1

suggest you keep some cash handy for those fuel stops, rather than counting 100% on their debit machine to be working.

Watch out for free-range cattle between Alexis Creek and Anahim Lake. It's easy to ramp up speed and lower your guard on Highway 20, only to come barreling around a corner and right into the middle of a cattle drive.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:47 PM   #5
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Prolly be dry up top and wet down below.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:39 PM   #6
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Prolly be dry up top and wet down below.
I just spent 2 weeks up that way on the coast. Wet below for sure saw the sun once or twice. But the West Coast is very nice tonite.
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:59 AM   #7
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Suggest you keep some cash handy for those fuel stops, rather than counting 100% on their debit machine to be working.
Excellent point. This route is no place to be with just credit/debit cards. Take cash.
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Old 08-14-2014, 05:12 PM   #8
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Just came thru there, lots of gas, very few places to eat. many closed down cafés and restaraunts.

Better take some food.

Very nice country, we had a blast on two KLRs.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:14 PM   #9
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How was the fire at Bull Canyon, were you forced to detour around it?
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:25 AM   #10
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Stunning scenery!

I heartily agree that this area is "nice country" and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride from Bella Coola to Williams Lake. Much of the scenery reminded me of the Rocky Mountains in my home state of Wyoming, cowboys and all. I could have happily spent two or three weeks hiking, rafting and exploring that area, but I didn't have the time and my bike was misbehaving a little bit (ignition problems). Riding up "the hill" really got my adrenaline flowing! I was impressed with how well my Metzler Tourance tires handled the loose gravel on the hill, only fishtailing on some of the steeper, tighter curves. I usually ride with TKC80s but they weren't practical for the long ride down to Oregon from Alaska.

FYI - the gas station at Anahim Lake was a little hard to find as it's off the main road. If I remember correctly, I turned at a big sign that pointed to some resort and the gas station is a mile or so down that road. I agree with the suggestion to bring cash.

I am already plotting returning to BC some day. What amazing country!
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I heartily agree that this area is "nice country" and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride from Bella Coola to Williams Lake. Much of the scenery reminded me of the Rocky Mountains in my home state of Wyoming, cowboys and all. I could have happily spent two or three weeks hiking, rafting and exploring that area, but I didn't have the time and my bike was misbehaving a little bit (ignition problems). Riding up "the hill" really got my adrenaline flowing! I was impressed with how well my Metzler Tourance tires handled the loose gravel on the hill, only fishtailing on some of the steeper, tighter curves. I usually ride with TKC80s but they weren't practical for the long ride down to Oregon from Alaska.

FYI - the gas station at Anahim Lake was a little hard to find as it's off the main road. If I remember correctly, I turned at a big sign that pointed to some resort and the gas station is a mile or so down that road. I agree with the suggestion to bring cash.

I am already plotting returning to BC some day. What amazing country!
If you return you should take the route I took from Seattle.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=941311




Btw: I loved your Nome RR. My home state is Wyo as well. I finally returned to visit this year... On my bike of course.... After leaving 40 years ago with my mom and dad.
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Beautiful country. I'm dealing with one of the ranches in the Nemiaih Valley in receivership and need an excuse to get up there.
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