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Old 08-03-2011, 03:24 PM   #16
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Port Hardy...

Today's Route

On the way out of Telegraph cove we got a glimpse of the logging operation..


Then up route 19 and we made it.



Our ferry was in the morning, so we reserved a cabin at the Bear Cove resort...not bad.


We each took turns taking showers to wash the muck off, had a quick bite in Port Hardy, grabbed some beer then spent the evening relaxing.

Hey, is that our ferry?


Nope, too nice.
THAT is our ferry.


No need to go full gear for the half mile ride to the ferry.



There's where we'll be spending the next 13 hours on our way to Bella Coola.


We board and tie everything down.



And off we go...
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:10 PM   #17
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Great job on your ride report and so glad you had a good time here on the island. Be safe and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your report.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:35 AM   #18
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Shots from the ferry ride...


The 13 hour ferry ride from Port Hardy to Bella Coola is just filled with gorgeous scenery and amazing wildlife. It was a bit gray and cloudy, but thankfully no significant rain or rough seas.



Ben used the time to check the maps.








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During the trip we saw whales and porpoises and snow capped mountains and stunning vistas. We met some interesting people from different parts of the world and ate too much and had a couple of beers. We arrived in Bella Coola late at night, around 11:00pm, and proceeded to Ben's brother in law's cabin, having to make our way through a couple of Horse paddocks. We met Mike and his "bear" dog that’s gentle as a kitten to people, but will face down a Grizzly without hesitation. It was unnerving, in the middle of a ebony black night, to hear him race off into the woods barking and growling.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:11 PM   #19
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July 8...


Day 5 of our Adventure began when we awoke in the very cool cabin Ben's sister had built here in Hagensborg. 14 inch thick walls native wood and mortar. We rolled up our sleeping bags and were welcomed by Mike's mom and a pot of coffee and warm loaf of Banana Bread. SWEET!!!

We try to strike our most woodsy pose.


We do break out the rain gear. It's cloudy and misty with hints of rain.


All packed up and ready to go.


And took of quick pic of the view...of course, this doesn't really capture the majesty of how it really looked. That thin streak is one of the numerous waterfalls that lined the mountains around Hagensborg.


And we headed down Route 20 the Chilcotin-Bella Coola Highway towards "THE HILL".


The scenery along the road was quite nice.



Another stop to look at the river



Sadly, the Atnarko-Tote Road was washed out. If you're ever up here, this is where you see the Grizzly Bears catching Salmon


And just past that: "THE HILL". This gate is closed when the snows are deep or the road is washed out. The Hill is a steep section of road that the residents of Bella Coola valley had to fight for. They even paid for the engineers themselves and built the first CAT Trail. The steepest highway in Canada, it's narrow and dirt and has grades up to 18%.

Sign at the top for trucks


Pix from THE HILL




That thin strip, way down, is where we've come from



This blue sign marks where the two crews met and officially opened this stretch of road.


And we continue down Route 20 the Chilcotin-Bella Coola Highway...
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:58 PM   #20
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Scenes of the trip from THE HILL to Williams Lake


We stopped along the road for some photo-ops, but the mosquitoes were VICIOUS, so we moved fast.



BEAR!!! Yes, that black blob is a bear that lumbered across the road, our third sighting of the trip.


COWS!!! These suckers were everywhere.



About lunchtime we came upon the Nimpo Bakery, (and towing, tire repair and auto repair)


It was a cute, small place run by two ladies who cooked right there in front of you.


Jeff enjoys his Strawberry-Rhubarb pie



More random shots of day 5.




Old timey gas station in Tatla Lake. The proprieter of this establishment was an old school cowboy. He looked about 80 and looked as if he could whoop all three of us without breaking a sweat. Great guy, though. He gassed us up and had his rag at the ready to ensure not a drop of gas would fall on our bikes. He suggested we check out the Chilcotin Lodge in Riske Creek. He told us how him and the misses stay there whenever they go into Williams Lake.


Oooh, SCENIC!



Before Riske Creek we saw a dirt road on the maps that shot off the highway. This photo makes it look pretty smooth, but it had a lot of patches of very slick mud. We pushed our way through the smaller patches, but then we came upon a stretch that was at least a few hundred yards of muck. Our street tires didn't fare very well and we begrudgingly turned back.


With the dropped bike count at Jeff - 2, Ben - 2, Tim - none, a slick patch of mud brought me closer to a three way tie. Down I went, the only actually moving drop of the trip. But before Ben or Jeff could get their cameras out or run over to help I muscled the little GS500 back onto its feet. The only evidence is a few pix I took later.


This mud was that thick, sticky goopy kind, so thick that it actually threw off the balance of my front tire.


After this little incident we found the Chilcotin Lodge. As we pulled up Ben accidently hit his horn and the owner came out to greet us. We were swarmed by mosquitoes!! DAMN!!! And for some reason they loved Jeff. I looked at him at one point and there were at least 5 or 6 on his forehead alone.

She informed us that rooms were $110/night and if we wanted to camp we could set up our tents out back. I needed a room! But, alas, they had no cell phone or WiFi coverage and we pushed on to Williams Lake.

Now, I know Ben really wanted to camp that night, and I feel bad for pressing the issue, but I think after he and Jeff settled in their rooms, took hot showers and enjoyed a frosty beverage or two on the patio, they were secretly happy we got the rooms.

As we parked at the hotel, I did realize my vision wasn't very good the past couple of hours. AHA! That's why.
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:32 PM   #21
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July 9th...Williams Lake to Vernon


We woke rested and ready to go on day 6 of our adventure. We found our way to a little coffee shop and enjoyed the sun and a "Big Yummy Muffin". Jeff opted for the Bagel.


We then geared up...


...gassed up...


...took another look at the view...


...and hit the road


Jeff and Ben consult the map


Around lunchtime we pulled into this great little lakeside lodge, pulled in by a big sign advertising Cappuccino. We had a nice chat with the owner, an Italian ex-pat from Milan and he said if we wanted to pull out our Jetboils and use his tables for lunch we were welcome to. The coffee was AMAZING, as was the lemon cake Jeff ordered. The owner suggested that, instead of the mapped highway, we take Old Rt 24. It was dirt, but quite scenic and rideable.



The owner's daughter and her friend were a curious pair.


Jeff had a little mishap with the Black Bean soup.


Not a bad place for lunch.


More...
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Continued....

We easily found the "Old Rt. 24" and it was gorgeous.




A quick stop to admire the view



Oops, Ben was trying to mount up and down he went.



And, of course, someone is always ready to take a photo.


And the scenery just got better.





Ooh, look, a creek...


Alright, let's press on...


...back onto the highway and head towards Vernon.


From Route 24 we joined route 5 and then, not wanting to go through Kamloops, we took Agate Bay road to where it joined the Adams Forest Service road past Adams and Shuswap Lakes.

Agate Bay road



Then right onto Adams Forest Service Road...


...for 20 miles of hard packed dirt and stunning vistas




...then we finally rejoined Hwy 1 and booked it towards Vernon.


Ben's big Bro was staying at the Silverstar Mountain resort, a stunning ski resort that also has summer rentals. Wow,


And Ben met the newest member of the family.


And then his niece Olivia took over my iPhone.


Ben's brother and wife fed us well and we relaxed and used their washer/dryer to clean our DISGUSTING clothes. The room we crashed in was the one 3 year old Olivia sleeps in. She didn't mind us taking over, but she was worried we'd play with all her toys.
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Ben's big Brother...Chris Rolling

If this get's one person to know, then I was successful.

Ben's brother Chris and Sister in Law Leslie were in Vernon BC for the birth of their son. They usually live in Haiti working on a project called Clean Water for Haiti (http://www.cleanwaterforhaiti.org/)

It's one of those rare charities that use just about all the money collected to actually help people. They not only manufacture, install and maintain the systems, but the teach locals how to do each step of the process. It kind of reminds me of the adage, "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for life"

So Clean Water for Haiti gets clean water to people, TEACHES them skills and empowers them to improve their country.

Too many charities just throw money at the problem and hand out free stuff and create atmospheres of dependency. Clean Water for Haiti lifts up the locals physically and mentally.

Take a second and check it out.
http://www.cleanwaterforhaiti.org

http://www.cleanwaterforhaiti.org/_howtogive.html
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Day 7, Vernon BC to Rock Creek Campground, Washington. 204 miles


Clothes: CLEAN
Riders: RESTED
Bellies: FULL

Day 7 dawned clear, cool and crisp. We all enjoyed a pancake breakfast and coffee with Chris and Leslie who soon bade us bon voyage and packed the youngsters off to church. We packed our mess and took a group portrait of the kids. They were a bit dusty, but holding up well.


And headed down the mountain and out of Vernon, BC.


We wanted to avoid major highways and/or towns so we mapped a route that gave us dirt and small country roads.

Along the logging roads we took time to explore any little side roads we found.

Ben and Jeff follow me down a random trail.






Jeff takes the left flank, I haul ass down the middle.


And a quick stop to enjoy the scenery.


And then stop again to take a photo.
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Day 7, cont.

I'll tell ya', dusty roads get a little old after a few hours. I was quite glad when we reached the end. Plus, we came across a nice little brook and gently waving flag and took our group Canada shot:



As we were making our way down Rt33 south, enjoying the tarmac, Ben suddenly pulled off. "Look at that neat old barn." he exclaimed, "We should go over and take a photo."


"I don't think don't think the road goes to it." I answered, "Wait, Ben, where ya' going?"

And off across the field he went.


"Oh well, guess we should go too."


"Jeff, you coming?" "Yep"


It was pretty darn photogenic:



Look at the dovetailing. That's some quality build.


And Ben even decided to venture inside. Cool lighting.
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Day 7 cont.



As we pushed on I went a little "hippie" and spruced the bike up with a few flowers.


Ah, what's that? Hunger? We saw a sign for a cafe' and took a left. After a few miles we found nothing and decided it was time to break out the Jetboil and hydrate some "Beefstew". And what better place for lunch than a pristine river?

Ben and Jeff settle in.


Mmm, tasty.


Outdoor Chef Jeff


And back on the road...


Hey, this gas station isn't open.


Luckily we had an extra gallon each and enough to make it to Rock Creek, not far from the US Border. AND, they had ICE CREAM!!


We pressed on down Canada Rt 3, a really fun road. As we descended into Osoyoos from the hills, the last town before the US border, the temperature crept up, warmer and warmer. Apparently this valley is technically a desert and thusly it's dry and warm. Osoyoos is a great little tourist town with hotels and restaurants and such, but it was getting late and we needed to find a campground.

Into the US.


And Ben get's randomly picked to stop inside and say hello.


And into the US we go. Oroville, WA is just over the border and WHAT A DIFFERENCE there is between it and Osoyoos. Where as Osoyoos is well kept and full of activity, Oroville is kind of tired and depressing.

We make our way for Rt 20 and the mountains, but first a quick stop in Okanogan for some gas. There we meet a friendly little gas station dog


We make it to one of the many places in the North West called Rock Creek. This one was a small, primitive campground of about 10 or so sites, BIG trees and total peace. We lucked out and, it being a week night, we had the place to ourselves. I was in no mood to be traipsing about the woods and dragging wood back, I put our girls to work.

First load:


Meanwhile, Ben and Jeff set up camp with Ben going minimalist:


And Jeff going "minimalist 2.0".


As they were doing this I was testing out an alternative method of collecting campfire wood...as well as creating dust.



And, as night fell, pictures were downloaded
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Day 8...our last full day

The camp slowly started to stir.



And I stoked the fire...
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