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Old 02-01-2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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Metchosin, B.C. (Part 2)

Here it is, the sequel you haven't been waiting for!

But this one might actually be worth looking at...it was a beautiful day to be beside the ocean. And the twisties....ooh!

I played with the bike a little this morning to see if I could find out what stopped it idling the last time I was out. Threw a new plug in while I had the tank off, unblocked a breather hose...it seemed to do the trick.

For about ten minutes!

But whatever, it was a gorgeous day here today and there's a new Provincial law in B.C. that states if it is a glorious day and you own a bike, you have to ride. Really. If the cops come by and find your bike at home parked in your garage, the ticket is several hundred bucks.

Anyway I'll start out at the jail where I so miserably ended up last time, but I came into Metchosin a different way this time, through Colwood, and that mean views like this:



There is a large gravel pit at the top of this hill and when I used to run heavy equipment I thought it'd be a pretty sweet place to work, with this view all day long.



I think the gravel pit would make an excellent dirt playground, but it would require a Steve McQueen style jump over the fence first.









That's Victoria's Dallas Road ocean front in the distance.


Good thing I never followed through with that plan to fit a 5th wheel on my bike!!

So...back out to the jail.


About 18 months ago I did some work for a buddy who manages a facility in the city, and there is a restaurant on the site. There was a really nice guy called Wayne who washed the dishes..an older chap, late 60s or so, but he gave off a very calm vibe. He was always pleasant, helpful and you could tell when you spoke to him that he was interested in what you had to say.



I finished up what I was doing at the place where Wayne worked and then went away for several months. When I came back to town I went back to visit everyone and there was a new dishwasher. "Where's Wayne?" I asked, and everyone said things like, "Oh, you didn't hear about that?" and " You don't know the story?"

Nope.



It turns out that Wayne was in a little trouble with the law. Well, that's actually kinda like saying Hannibal Lecter had a little trouble with vegetarianism. Wayne had a history. A big one!

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/youbethejudge/index.html

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...1-a4cd90338fa0

I can't find it now, but there was one news article that made him out to be a violent, drug-addicted dangerous offender. If you don't want to read all the links above, Wayne has escaped from jail more times than anyone else in North American history. 13 times, I think it is. He wrote a book about it.

http://www.amazon.ca/Breakfast-Devil.../dp/1895837189



This is where he lives now. I had thought about buying a copy of his book and coming here to visit him and getting him to sign it, but I doubt that he'd remember me now.

Ok, off to find some twisties....
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:51 AM   #2
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Enjoyed the sequel! Thanks for the sunny pics too
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:07 AM   #3
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I think they put this up to commemorate where I broke down last time

I backtracked to the Rocky Point turn off, with the intention of riding out towards East Sooke for a little way and then taking in both Kangaroo and Gillespie Roads.

I did get to ride them, but the Rocky Point/East Sooke Road was just too much fun and I couldn't turn off it without having ridden it to the far end first. Too many of these







It was just constant twisties, and not another vehicle in sight! I had the entire road to myself, the sun shining down and the ocean on my left.



At times I forced myself to pull over and take pics, but there were many places that I either told myself I'd take them on the way back, or I simply couldn't stop for having too much fun.







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Old 02-02-2011, 11:27 AM   #4
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I love it,I love it and you are riding and I am blowing snow, it is -18C and I need to do some xc ski training so what do I end up with, your report, those beautiful roads and sunny weather. Keep it coming, I will make it to summer with your RR.

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Old 02-02-2011, 07:43 PM   #5
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More twisties



and more



Not a twisty



Stopped to snap a few pics at some bay or other






Bloody hell - no wonder I was cold!







A piece of metal roughly two feet long




And back on the bike for more groovin'
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that's a lot nicer than my ride down Hastings in Vancouver the other day!
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Hey Squonker,

We crossed paths briefly a couple of years back, at Bell II on the Cassiar. Good to see you're out riding the Island. The road up to Pt Renfrew is a nice scenic quiet one with a decent pub at the end. Some real nice roads there especially for this time of year. I'm away down south in Alabama for a while, where I'm startled / horrified / disappointed to say that it's mostly been appreciably colder than the Lower Mainland / Vanc Island area so not as much riding as I'd hoped!

Keep the shiny side up.
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Hey Squonker,

We crossed paths briefly a couple of years back, at Bell II on the Cassiar. Good to see you're out riding the Island. The road up to Pt Renfrew is a nice scenic quiet one with a decent pub at the end. Some real nice roads there especially for this time of year. I'm away down south in Alabama for a while, where I'm startled / horrified / disappointed to say that it's mostly been appreciably colder than the Lower Mainland / Vanc Island area so not as much riding as I'd hoped!

Keep the shiny side up.
Hey brunstei,

I remember you clearly, good to hear from you. Alabama, hey? what takes you out that way?

Take care and ride safe.

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I rode all the way out to the end of the road in East Sooke, and this





















Man, that road was great! There were ups...



downs...



rollers...


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Old 02-04-2011, 09:29 AM   #10
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I tried to get a couple of clever shots...and failed miserably!








And then back on the road....




For a little while, anyway!



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Hey brunstei,

I remember you clearly, good to hear from you. Alabama, hey? what takes you out that way?

Take care and ride safe.

Cheers.
A craving for biscuits and gravy!!!

Ok, no, a job. Hope to be coming back to my home in New West in a year or so, though :) Meanwhile bought a bike down here and will be exploring around when the weather permits.
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Great pictures! I have a few of the same ones from East Sooke Road from November Monday I rode Kangaroo again and ended up at the other end of Whiffin Spit - there's some great roads in Metchosin and Sooke. We'll have to meet up sometime
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A craving for biscuits and gravy!!!

Ok, no, a job. Hope to be coming back to my home in New West in a year or so, though :) Meanwhile bought a bike down here and will be exploring around when the weather permits.
Cool - what bike d'ya get? If you get a chance, post some RRs of your own, I'd love to see !


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Great pictures! I have a few of the same ones from East Sooke Road from November Monday I rode Kangaroo again and ended up at the other end of Whiffin Spit - there's some great roads in Metchosin and Sooke. We'll have to meet up sometime
I was thinking the same thing - had such fun doing the East Sooke Rd - Kangaroo Rd - Hwy 14 - Gillespie Rd loop that I couldn't really stop for pics, it just didn't seem right! I was thinking that if the two of us rode the loop about half a dozen times we might then be willing to pull over and take pics of each other riding the best twisties. We could do a joint RR! I'll get my bike running properly in the next few days and drop you a line before work becomes too busy. (Stupid work, always interfering with my lifestyle ).
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I was thinking the same thing - had such fun doing the East Sooke Rd - Kangaroo Rd - Hwy 17 - Gillespie Rd loop that I couldn't really stop for pics, it just didn't seem right! I was thinking that if the two of us rode the loop about half a dozen times we might then be willing to pull over and take pics of each other riding the best twisties. We could do a joint RR! I'll get my bike running properly in the next few days and drop you a line before work becomes too busy. (Stupid work, always interfering with my lifestyle ).
I'm in!!!
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I'm in!!!
Suh-weet! Here we go....!

Ooh, that's about it for this RR because here on it the fun was just too much! I'll try and use the highly technical mapping system I used in my big RR a coupe of years ago in a mo and show you where this all happens, 'cos it's just not cool to share when you find roads this good!







I did the loop I mentioned earlier and it was time to go home. I went back through Metchosin the way that I'd come in the first part of this RR, so it bought me back out here, where I'd begun.







Thanks for riding along!
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