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Old 07-05-2009, 10:52 PM   #31
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So it is time to catch up. I was in Vancouver staying with friends and they sorted out some dirt bikes and we headed up to Alice Lake for some serious offroading. There was an A-loop laid out from a recent race they had there and I had an absolute blast. On or off road Canada has some of the best riding anywhere in the world and the great scenery is non stop.



After a great weekend of blasting around in the woods it was back on the GS onto BC Ferries for a ride over to Vancouver Island.



The ferries are clean, well run and you can even get a decent meal onboard.
Motorcycles get priority loading FIFO.





Off the ferry we head for Port Renfrew. This is a nice road with lots of scenery and you can get a good lunch at the Hotel.



Lots of great scenery





Then into Victoria for a grand Canada Day celebration.

We stayed with friends who live at the inner harbor and had a front row seat for the fireworks.





They know how to party in Victoria!



The Canadian RCMP were there but everyone was well behaved.





Back on the bike and off to Gold River





More to come sooo...

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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:19 AM   #32
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You are here.



On the way to Gold River we decide to take the road to the top of Mount Washington





Another great road lots of sweeping turns and elevation changes.





There are also tons of logging roads to ride in the area.





Then it is back on the pavement and off to Gold River. Another great ride!





After spending the night in Gold River we head to Tahsis which is mostly gravel road.



The road to Tahsis.



Lots of crystal clear rivers criss cross the road into Tahsis we stopped here to test the water , it was ice cold.






We stop in at the West View Marina for a nice lunch on the water.



After lunch we have to retrace our ride as there is only one road in and out of Tahsis but it is a great ride and worth the trip. Vancouver Island has a lot to offer if you are willing to get off the pavement.



We saw lots of wildlife along the road.



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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

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Old 07-06-2009, 06:23 PM   #33
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Life is good on the road.



Taking a break at Elk Falls





Today is a 4 ferry day we load on early Ferry in Comox over to Powell River.



You meet a lot of bikers with some cool bikes waiting on the ferries. All of them have good info on places to ride.


Lots of friendly people on the ferries wanting to know about our travels.



Off the ferry and up to Lund for a coffee

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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

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Old 07-10-2009, 09:15 PM   #34
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Lund is considered the start of Highway 101 which runs all the way down to the tip of South America. Maybe I should just ride down there.



There is a small marina in Lund which is the jumping off point for Deception Bay.



After a coffee in Lund we head down 101 to catch the Earls Cove -Saltery Bay Ferry



After a short scenic ferry ride



It is back on the bike to try and catch the Horseshoe Bay Ferry.





A quick stop in Gibson for an ice cream at Mikes and off to catch the ferry.



It is good to see so many bikers out and about.



A few days in Vancouver and it is off to Mount Rainer. It is cold and wet but we hope to ride out of the weather as we head South. Come on it is July.



I now know why so many people in Seattle commit suicide. I-5 traffic.

If I had to battle that everyday I would slit my wrists and my neck just to make sure.



Once out of the traffic mess it is back into the woods and Mt. Rainer.





After a quick lunch at the Rainer base camp it is off to the mountain.







It is cold with lots of snow up top.







The road is washed out past Paradise so it is a ride in and out but it is well worth the trip.

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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
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Old 07-11-2009, 06:06 AM   #35
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Bravo you two. I'm really enjoying the ride report and fabulous photos.
Have fun, be safe!
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:50 PM   #36
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So out of Mt Rainer we head East towards Yellowstone. We find a great road that skirts the South side of the National Park and have an excellent ride. Then we jumped on the 410 to the 12 . There is a drastic change in the landscape and the temp is climbing. I finally can shed my rainsuit and the fleece jacket. It is more of a "Karoo" type landscape semi desert looking.







Lots of bridges and a few tunnels.







We stop in some neat out-of-the-way places for Espesso and snacks.



And you meet some interesting characters along the way. The store owner was very friendly.



Must be those "amber waves of grain" they sing about.



Watch out for the dust devils.



The cruise control works well. Just lock down the throttle and cruise.


I get tired of the pavement and punch in the save gas feature on the Garmin which always seems to find a dirt road to where I am heading. Off we go on the gravel we scare up lots of deer and even a coyote.





This is the kind of sign I like to see. The road when on for a lot more than a 1/2 mile.



Somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Even the Garmin is confused.





Motel 6, "of course you can put your motorcycle in the room if it will fit".



Highway 12 out of Clarkston across Idaho 200 plus miles of curvy road and great scenery.



While crossing Idaho I highly recommend taking a short run up Highway 11 in Greer. Lots of switch backs and a great view from the top of the mountain.



You can see highway 12 and the river below.



Back on the 12



We stopped for a wade in the river.



Look closely there is a deer swimming across the river.





Onward to Montana...



This is what I really like about Montana they put up big signs telling me which roads I should ride.



Perfect!



Dirt, I love it!









Lots of cool waterfalls.







I haven't the slightest........









Big Sky Country!



Another river to cool our feet in.







Some interesting landscape



Come on, let's ride some more.



We are going to spend a couple of days in Yellowstone then it is South through Wyoming to Salt Lake City and hopefully find some brake pads for the GS there. Mine are almost gone.
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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476605

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Old 07-18-2009, 10:05 PM   #37
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We get to Yellowstone and find a great place to stay about half a block off the main drag. This is our great little cabin.


If you are in West Yellowstone this is a great place to stay very motorcycle friendly, we were even offered supplies if we wanted to wash our bike. How cool is that?



Monday morning traffic in Yellowstone is brutal.


After about half an hour of going nowhere I turned around and headed for the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Yellowstone is beautiful but it is overrun with cars, buses trailers , campers and cars.

There is a gravel road that runs south of Yellowstone into the Tetons it is called Grassy Lake Rd It turns out to be a spectacular ride which puts you right into the Tetons.















next down to Jackson Hole
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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476605

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Old 07-19-2009, 10:05 AM   #38
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When we arrive into Teton we run into a couple guys who had been riding up from Mexico along the Continental Divide, we exchanged some info on places to ride and off we went.



Lots of road construction going on but Teton is amazing and not much traffic.









Some great looking ski slopes.





This is probably the most photographed place in Jackson Hole.



The Harley riders are out in force. It is amazing how many we are seeing out on the road. We have talked to many really nice riders we have met in gas stations, restaurants, motels and rest stops. It is also good to see so many "motorcycles welcome" signs up. A big thumbs up to Comfort Inns for letting the motorcyclist park under there entrance cover. Everyone we have stopped at has offered this and says they keep an eye on the motorcycles.



We head out of Jackson looking to reach Park City Utah were we have an invitation to stay with another ADV Rider we met along the road. He has a garage he says we can use to do some maintenance on the bike. I need to replace the brake pads front and rear and a few other odds and ends then we will head across the desert on highway 50 towards Lake Taho.





Big Bear Lake in Utah



We take 39 any road marked 'closed in winter' is worth a look.



later.........
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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:35 PM   #39
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awesome report. This is how a report should be done. Exact and to the point with great photos! Keep em coming!
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:47 PM   #40
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Then it is off to Park City.









An ADV rider has offered us the use of his garage and a place to stay in Park City, I am able to do a little service work on the bike to get it ready for the 2 day blast across the desert on Highway 50.



We get the parts we need from Jeff at Midvale Motorcycle Repair & Rendezvous 7021 S Commerce Park Dr. (801) 255-1444. Plus he tells us of a great road to ride off of 50. If you are in the Salt Lake area and need BMW service or parts these guys run a super friendly operation.



Here is to the good life and meeting new friends along the way.



Fueling up for the blast across the desert. Pin the throttle and go. There is nobody out there.





Things get hot in the desert.







The road goes on forever.



We decide to spend the night in Baker as we want to ride to the top of Mt. Wheeler in the morning while it is still cool. If you are on 50 I can tell you a place not to stay and not to eat in Baker.These are them.





The only place to stay is up on the highway it is called The Border Inn.

Nice staff, good food and the rooms are air conditioned and clean.





Off to Mount. Wheeler.







This is a great ride with some fantastic scenic overlooks of the desert below.



Nice and cool up here.





more soon
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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:34 AM   #41
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keep it coming, wonderful report.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:10 AM   #42
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It is a great ride to the summit but be careful there is a lot of gravel on the road.



You meet some strange characters in the desert.


Back to:







We find some water so we give the tires a drink.







Back on this road that never seems to end.



At least there are some curves thrown in from time to time.





Believe it, this sign saved me some cash. Thank you to whoever put it up. Although I did make a donation to the Nevada Highway Patrol later on.







Through the desert heat and into Lake Tahoe a great place to cool off.





I can't wait to jump into the lake.



The life



more soon...heading into San Fran today in search of new tires for the GS.

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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:32 PM   #43
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nice stuff!. safe travels.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:51 PM   #44
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A beautiful morning on Lake Tahoe.



After a great stay at the Holiday House we are off to Yosemite.



A few more shots of the lake on our way south.





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South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
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Off to highway 4 to do Ebbetts Pass , which turns out to be another spectacular ride.



















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