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Old 04-10-2011, 10:06 AM   #1
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63 years old female, solo V-Strom rider....BC to California, Idaho, Wyoming

Last summer I loaded the Strom, and took a long trip down the Oregon Coast, mostly to ride that famous California Highway 36 from Fortuna to Red Bluff. I'd read about it, and decided that I wanted to ride that for myself. All winter I've been meaning to post a ride report, but ended up spending most of my winter shovelling snow instead (interspersed with reading ride reports on ADVRider of course to counteract the cabin fever that sets in up here in February). Now it's almost time to head off again, so without delay, here's my ride report from LAST summer.

So, all packed up and ready to go.
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First two days on the road

I’m 62 years young and female... I ride a V-Strom….I travel solo – British Columbia to Oregon Coast to Yellowstone Park.

Learning to ride a motorcycle was the best thing that every happened to me. I think it should be compulsory for every girl at age 15 to learn to ride a motorcycle. Not just how to shift the gears and wobble around a parking lot, but learn to REALLY ride a motorcycle. Yes, feel the icy hands of fear grip the throat, and swallow that feeling down, get on the big bike, and ride that damned thing! Conquer the machine! Conquer the road. Conquer life!

I’ve ridden now for 11 summers. I love my V-Strom. It is the very best purchase I think I’ve ever made as it’s opened the way for me to travel far and fast and meet wonderful new people, and see glorious sights. For the past two summers I’ve been down to Moab in Utah, and through Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, and all over wonderful Idaho. The call of the Rockies in all their beauty whispered to me again this past summer along with images of the rolling Pacific Ocean along the Oregon coast. Come on, I’ll take you along for the ride!

Saturday June 5th 2010

The night before I leave on any long bike trip I’m always feeling nervous and I can’t get to sleep. It’s that fear thing. Dawn came and it was a great day for a ride…I live in Quesnel, in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. About 200 kilometres down the road I stopped in 100 Mile House and had a burger at the A&W. It was cold riding around there, and on the McDonald summit above Littlefort, but it warmed up as I cruised on down towards Kamloops and spent the night at my friend's house in Vernon.
Sunday June 6th 2010

I finally was on the road around 12.30 pm and rode down through the beautiful Okanagan lakes area to Kelowna and Penticton and on to Osoyoos. At the stylish Osoyoos Visitor’s centre, they recommended the NK’MIP resort for camping right on the lake. I pitched my tent and made bacon and eggs for dinner. While I was at the shower building some crows stole my bread so I have no bread for breakfast in the morning.

It’s very pleasant camping here on the edge of the lake and so far all is going well. The bike ran perfectly as she always does. The V-Strom is bullet proof but I always get nervous the night before leaving...I think of all the things that could go wrong....I miss my dogs, I worry about my garden not being watered properly, and wonder whether I'll find a place to stay on the road...or get lost! Whatever...stupid stuff really! Once I'm about half an hour out of Quesnel, I have a grin from ear to ear and all's well again.

OK, back to the camping now....I cross the border tomorrow, and I hope I don't get some surly arrogant customs officer like I have had in the past....I don't know why the American Customs people are so rude....they are so unwelcoming to tourists! I always try to be friendly and willing to do what they ask, but they act like I'm a suspicious person!

Camping at N'KMIP on Okanagan Lake.

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Two older Dutch gentlemen

Monday June 7th, 2010

Next door to me in a motor home were two older Dutch gentlemen with limited English skills. I said good morning to them, and they invited me over to their picnic table for coffee. They were very amusing, and entertaining, and they thought it was just SOMETHING that this "older" woman (me) was touring around on this "great big motorcycle".... "Do you go FAST or do you go SLOW?" they asked....so funny! I told them I go FAST ...they wanted to know HOW fast... One guy was 84 years old and the other was 68...the 84 year old was so upright, active, good looking....amazing. I sure hope I can look as good at that age....he had twinkly eyes, and wanted my name to write down in his diary! They were so entertaining and so I got a late start....

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This is GREAT! I can't wait to hear more, and hope you got some pictures of You taken.

Please keep it coming.
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Highway 20 over the Cascades

Well the US border guard was a woman this time and she was quite polite so that was good. So I went on an amazing ride today. Last year when I was down here in July, Highway 20 was closed because of a forest fire. This time I could take the awesome Highway 20 over the Cascade Mountains, from Omak, to Twisp, Winthrop, and on over the pass to Ross Lake where I pulled over to enjoy the magnificent view of the turquoise coloured water and then rode on down to Newhalem, a company town populated by employees of Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, and stopped for a look at the old train on the main street. The road over the top had lots of twisties, perfect pavement, went REALLY high...well over 5,000 ft, and there was a surprising amount of snow up on the high pass and best of all, it was not raining. This road reminded me of riding the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
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Cascades ride

Still a lot of snow over the top of Highway 20
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Lots of snow at the top

What a beautiful ride
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"63 years old female, solo V-Strom rider....BC to California, Idaho, Wyoming"

No way, how about "63 years young...."! And I'm 4 years ahead of you.

OK now, let's hear more about your adventure please.

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OK, you want to see a picture of ME? This one was taken at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show in January 2011. I was dreaming, at the time, of taking a marvellous trip through India on a rented Royal Enfield....up the highway to Leh......but then I read the ADV ride report on the trials and tribulations of renting a Royal Enfield in Delhi.... oh well, someday.....
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At the top of Highway 20 as the road heads down to the coast

I used to be "put off" by the uncomfortable feelings before leaving home, but now I recognize I will have these thoughts, and I KNOW they will go away, so I try not to pay any attention to them. Once down the road half an hour and I'm all smiles. I miss my dogs terribly before I leave, but then on the road I feel guilty that I don't think of them at all!
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I agree with Roadscum.. Moderator, please edit the headline to 63 years young!
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Beautiful flowers and mosses and shrubs

Highway 20 over the Cascades is definitely a MUST ride.... the scenery is amazing
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I'm used to gorgeous scenery here in B.C. and this is beautiful too...

The colour of the water is amazing. This is Diablo Dam from the overlook
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Diablo Dam overlook

Diablo Dam blue/green waters
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The old train in Newhalen

Now back to my current trip. The plan is tomorrow to head out to Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula, and then down the Washington and Oregon coasts to the redwoods in Northern California. Then head east past Redding, CA to Mt. Lassen Volcanic park, and then north to Klamath Falls and Crater Lake for a look around there. I have cousins in Eugene OR, so will drop in on them for a couple of days to catch up. Then I'm heading across to Boise Idaho, where I will link up with Jon and Candy, (HD riders). They are a couple I met on the road in Dubois, Wyoming a couple of years ago. They offered to host me, and they want to ride with me to Stanley, Lowman, and to Craters of the Moon, and on to Ashton, and West Yellowstone Park.

Tonight I have set up my tent in a KOA campground, still on Highway 20, just outside of the town of Concrete. It has obviously been raining a lot over this side of the mountains, and the campsite is deserted and my spot is very muddy. The Strom did quite a wobble as I slid my way onto the site, under some large trees near the pool and shower building. The guys at the front desk said I should be able to get wifi in this spot. It is not supposed to rain tonight, so hopefully I'll stay dry. Part of the site is hard packed gravel too, and my tent pegs would not go in without bending. Its not the best place I've stayed at but it is fine and the showers were hot. It was a bit of wishful thinking about the wifi, but I got great wifi in the lounge area. I have a small netbook with me while travelling. I don't have a GPS... I know a lot of riders do, but I'm of the "less is more" mentality. Less to go wrong...less to worry about. How hard is it to read a paper map? I can check out on Google Earth where Ive been, and where I plan to ride. I did stop at a great little espresso place just along the side of Highway 20, and had an awesome cappuccino (essential at home and on the road). The local girl behind the counter had no idea if there were any camp grounds anywhere nearby when I asked. As she said "I never go camping!" but just up the road was this KOA.
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