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Old 06-27-2011, 11:53 PM   #1
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Dirt Virgin to aspiring Adventure Goddess!

I’ve spent of my years on this planet living in British Columbia. I grew up exploring the backroads of the Kootenay’s by foot, horseback, snowmobile and even a ’51 White camperized school bus that my Dad drove up the craziest mountain roads. So last month when I purchased my second motorcycle / first DS, a 06 DR650, it seemed a natural choice to sign up for the 6th annual BC Big Trailie Ride and start exploring BC on two wheels!

(http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...95&postcount=1)

I headed over to my fav shop where the good guys at Motomethod in East Van (yes, shameless plug) hooked me up with some Kenda 270’s and looked over the DR to ensure she was adventure worthy. A fellow inmate, Rob, kindly helped me wire a GPS and heated jacket (I know, how girly). With my new Sergeant seat promising “comfy butt” and my minimal gear packed I was ‘good to go'!!

The loose plan was to ride from Vancouver to Lillooet via Hurley FSR, be in Logan Lake for the "Pigs in the Wilderness" DS dirt course on Thursday, do the three day BC Big Trailie Ride 6 and be home Sunday in time for dinner.

I’d like to preface the rest of this report by saying… DIRT VIRGIN! no gravel experience to speak of and first time off road, first time with knobbies… what the hell!

My ‘Bezzy Mate’ all geared up


Once we started heading up out of the Pemberton valley on the Hurley FSR, the knobbies were starting to make total sense! The DR felt awesome! Like a big dirt bike powering up the rocky forest service road.

It’s not an adventure until someone says ‘WTF are we doing here??”.. which is kind of what crossed my mind at the cold, wet rainy summit… (the heated jacket – not so girly now.. )



What goes up must come down …


and as it turns out down for this noob was a little nerve wracking… stretches of pea gravel, loose junk on sometimes uneven pavement and the sharp drop off to the lake/river below may have distracted me a bit from the stunning scenery…







Parting ways after Lillooet, I found myself contentedly cruising solo to the next stage of my adventure… a DS geared dirt course, Pigs in the Wilderness. Organized by Jim (Adventure Hammer) and Faye (Beemer Queen) of Logan Lake and taught by Russ (PacWestGS) of Washington. 10 riders converged on Logan Lake for an excellent one day course chalk FULL of information and skills to better even the more experienced riders. Slow speed, braking, 3 different ways to pickup a bike (one of which I’d already practiced on the Hurley… ), standing, hill climbs, ‘walking’ and fancier stuff my noob brain wasn’t able to assimilate… next year!!



I have to admit, the course was.. errr, more than a little challenging (with me practicing various ways to pick up the DR ) I started to have doubts about how I’d fare doing +400km a day over the next few days. Faye kindly assured me that if she could do it we all could do it!

So off to Clinton for the start of the BCBTR 6! Thanks to Cindy (Cowgirl) for being a great roomie and riding pal… and for letting all the single guys know where the single girls were staying…

My fav scenes from the 3 day, ~1100 km ride ….

Cindy n bike gang in Clinton


'the beginning'


enjoying the view before heading down towards Gang Ranch


Norm & Holly on the bridge


I'm sure we all stopped for this one..


Gang Ranch..


High above Farewell Canyon



somewhere along Horsefly Road


whipee.. pavement!! (not that I was glad to be done gravel for the day .. no really... )


Day 2... Eakin Creek Road was sheer joy!


hellloooo ferry people!

(taken by Mike... thanks Mike!)





(I really love ferries )

Dunn Lake (I think)


I just had to have this pic with the old fences..


marmot perched on the top of the old school house


locals..


and THE MUD! Cindy and I were joined by Mike and guy on green Triumph (sorry, didn't get name ). At first I thought they were just being gentlemanly, not letting us brave the 5km of mud on our own.. then I realized holy crap, everyone was challenged by this stretch, not just us noobs! We all made it through unscathed!



well deserved end to day Day 2!



Day 3 was a (relative to the past 2 days) leisurely trip along some of the Kettle Valley Rail and sweet gravel and paved backroads.

(did you notice the new affinity for the gravel? )

and our riding group expanded from 2 to 9 as new found friends accumulated to enjoy the final day..





The BCBTR was a great way to practice my newly discovered skills and I met so many great people, came away with a bunch of new friends and saw a whole new stunning side of my province... I’ll definitely be back next year! HUGE thanks to Ross (MAXMAN) and crew for doing such a superb job of organizing and hosting!!

Well, I definitely ended the trip more confident and experienced and dare I say aspiring adventure goddess! I am entirely hooked on adventure riding and am thrilled I have a new way to explore this beautiful province and who knows, maybe continent.. dare I dream, world… I am so very blessed to live in!






Ride on, peace out.. Jen
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:22 AM   #2
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I'm getting a bunch of small boxed red Xs on my screen where your pictures should be...
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:26 AM   #3
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crap.. that makes it useless... will need to figure it out tomorrow, sorry
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:33 AM   #4
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Not a problem, I,ve had good luck posting pics by using one of the online photo hosting sites like Smugmug or photobucket...
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:19 AM   #5
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Not a problem, I,ve had good luck posting pics by using one of the online photo hosting sites like Smugmug or photobucket...
+1 for Photobucket. That solved my "picture too large" or "timeout" issues. So simple to uses even a cubeman could do it.. err.....
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:24 AM   #6
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Good write up.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:02 AM   #7
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Good write up.
oh you're too kind! it's all about the pics...

which I have fixed (or so I think)... can someone confirm they are working?
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Pics are working good
Oh, and great pics :)
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:10 AM   #9
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Pics are working good
Oh, and great pics :)
sweet, thanks!!!
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:11 AM   #10
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Great!

Loved your story and loved the pics.

My little beastie and I succumbed to the mud and got thrown around pretty good. "Only a flesh wound though!" Can't wait till the next one!

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Old 06-28-2011, 07:19 AM   #11
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Very nice pics, looks like a great time was had...
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:53 AM   #12
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Great story and great pictures. I went across Hurley pass a couple of days after the rally, and had much better weather. Had a close encounter with a Grizzly on East Hurley road out of Bralorne.




I stopped to check if anyone was in it. Just a note on the window saying all was OK and they would return tomorrow to recover the vehicle.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:49 AM   #13
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Nice write up young lady. It was a pleasure to ride with you. Keep on riding. The world needs more adv girls.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:36 PM   #14
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oh you're too kind! it's all about the pics...

which I have fixed (or so I think)... can someone confirm they are working?
Awesome write up, awesome pictures! Can't believe that was your first dirt ride, you ROCK!!!
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:45 AM   #15
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Great pictures! Thanks.
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