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Old 01-28-2012, 08:07 AM   #46
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Yes, I had the very great pleasure to meet Ted at Toad Rock Motorcycle Campground. He was speaking to a group of motorcycle travelers at their annual camp-out and it coincided with my return journey through the area. Timing is everything!






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Old 02-01-2012, 09:45 PM   #47
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Leaving Apex Mountain for Vancouver I took the paved and relatively smooth Apex Mountain road and Green Mountain Road instead of the Nickle Plate Road in an effort to reduce the damage the Pelican case was inflicting upon the subframe.

Today's ride would follow Hwy 3 to Princeton, 5A to Merrit, 8 to Spences Bridge, 1 to Lytton, 12 to Lillooet and 99 south to Vancouver. It was great. (can you tell I want to get this over with? )

The view from my sister-in-law's balcony in Vancouver. It's pretty swell.















Took the very cool elevated train to the Vancouver airport to meet my wife and son. It was awfully fine to see them again.




The next morning the sisters had a "girl day" planned so I hopped on the unladen bike and headed east to find Harrison Mills and the Morris Valley Road up to Harrison Lake. Followed a jeep trail up the west side of Harrison Lake and enjoyed a very pleasant ride.






































At the north end of Harrison Lake a bridge takes you across to the east side of the Lillooet River. The road continues north passing through several First Nations communities before intersecting Hwy 99 just north east of Pemberton. 99 brings you back south to Vancouver via Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish and Lion's Bay. It's a nice ride below Squamish as you follow the water towards the city.

Sorry this evening's instalment's a little rushed. It's late and I'm tired. Hope you enjoy the views.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:05 AM   #48
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Beautiful pictures and great write up. Worth waiting for indeed.
Thanks for posting it up.
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:26 PM   #49
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Great report.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:15 PM   #50
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Warning - Family Content! Vancouver was family time. I'll get back to moto-tramping in the next post.



The next few days were spent walking to and around some of Vancouver's many beaches and parks. Vancouver's a great city for walking with miles of shorefront parkland and the beautiful and historic Stanley Park right in the middle of it all. We had a ball.


On the water taxi from Granville Island to Sunset Beach Park.






Some of the statuary on exhibit in the park.






Gerry learns that you can pick your nose... but you can't pick your family.






Our son loved Vancouver.






Even if it was a little exhausting...






Water Taxi back to Granville Island






Another view of the city's skyline. Condo buildings appear dainty compared to what I'm used to seeing in Toronto. I wonder if they're built smaller in compliance with earthquake regulations?







Sunny Sunday at Kitsilano Beach







More great views.










I've never seen more exotic cars anywhere than I saw in Vancouver. Lambos, Ferraris, Aston Martins and more Porsches than you could shake a stick at. And more Ducatis in evidence than Harleys. This 1198 was being ridden by a young woman accompannying a guy with an MV Agusta.






You need to work hard to stand out in Vancouver.
















But posers appear to be about the same wherever you go.






Fish tacos for dinner on Kitsilano's Cornwall St. Delicious!





Our little guy loved them.











Beautiful sisters mugging for the camera at the end of the day.





The next day was another water taxi across False Creek to Sunset Beach park






And a stroll to Stanley Park


























We really enjoyed Vancouver.






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Old 02-18-2012, 09:00 PM   #51
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Next day after escorting Heather and Gerry to the airport, once again on that cool elevated train, I hopped on the bike around 2 in the afternoon and headed out of Dodge into miles of congested and construction choked traffic. It wasn't a lot of fun, but the views got progressively nicer as I headed east up the Fraser Valley toward the mountains and Hope. Cool temps and rain on and off and didn't look back until sundown when once again I climbed up and out of the Similkameen Valley on the Nickle plate Road above Hedley. I love this vantage point at this time of day.





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Old 02-18-2012, 10:31 PM   #52
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Geez, it's a small world sometimes. I went to high school with Laurenna and my sister is good friends with her.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:35 PM   #53
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But I wouldn't want to paint it.

Laurenna's a remarkable gal. Send a PM, my wife's curious to know who you are.

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Old 03-09-2012, 12:29 PM   #54
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After another night on Apex Mountain it was back to Revelstoke via the Kettle Valley Rail Trail,Chute Lake Road and Kelowna.





A little bike maintenance was in order back at Pete's place in Revelstoke. The rear Metz Sahara was nearly gone after 4k kms so I mounted the Heidenau K60 picked up from a Honda dealer near Granville Island in Vancouver.




The front Mitas E-09 Dakar was holding up great. For a knobbie tire it worked really well on paved roads as well as gravel roads and trails.





A short ride east of Revelstoke to try out the new tire found me on a nice little track that followed the Tangier River Valley.











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Old 03-25-2012, 07:22 PM   #55
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Next day heading back south from Revelstoke across the Arrow Lake ferry and a fun and scenic ride through Nakusp, New Denver and across the 31A to Kaslo where I met an interesting German fellow traveling on his 1957 R60 BMW.




Toni's bike featured his own hand-made leather bags complete with relief carvings he'd picked up in Morocco.




My destination for the evening was back to Toad Rock Motorcycle Campground where I planned to enjoy a relaxing final weekend in the West Kootenays and do a bit of riding with an old friend who now lives in the East Kootenays.

An early morning view across Kootenay Lake from Kaslo.

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Mike was riding from the East Kootenays near Cranbrook over the Grey Creek Pass Forest Service Road to meet me at Toad Rock Motorcycle Campground. I was pretty restless hanging around Toad Rock so I hopped the ferry across Kootenay Lake and headed up the Grey Creek Pass FSR to meet Mike enroute`. Mike didn't know I was coming, but I figured it was a safe bet as there's really only one route over the pass and we'd be bound to run into each other.

There'd been much talk about repair work that blocked the road during work hours, but I figured the work would be shut down for the holiday weekend. I was wrong.



Funny thing though, Mike and I arrived at this road block from opposite sides within about 30 seconds of each other. Not long after another group of riders also heading for Toad Rock joined Mike on the opposite side of the road block. But they knew of an alternate route involving an old power line trail. Good timing all around, because without them Mike would never have learned about the powerline trail and even if he did he wouldn't have been able to negotiate it without their help.

I headed back down the road to what I assumed was the powerline trail intersection and took the opportunity to adjust the bike's valves.



This was the fourth time I'd needed to do this in 5k kms, and is when I positively identified a rapidly receding exhaust valve in the right cylinder head. Yes, intrepid and observant readers, I know this is a picture of the left cylinder head.



After more than an hour I began to worry I'd chosen the wrong place to wait for the gang, so I retraced my steps back down the Grey Creek FSR and waited at the Grey Creek general store for the group to pass by. It wasn't long before they all pulled in full of stories of their adventure on the powerline trail. Apparently there were a few missing bridges that required some concerted team-work to bypass.



I was a little surprised when I noticed one of the riders was much older than the others. Especially considering the ride this crowd had just taken.



Turns out this gent, a long-time Edmonton Honda dealer and past Canadian moto-cross champion, was one of the weekend's three featured guests at Toad Rock. Along with Ted Simon (of "Jupiter's Travels" fame) and Phil Funnel, they were all enjoying their 80th year on the planet.

Another pleasant late afternoon ferry across Kootenay Lake and we made our way back to camp.








Speaking of Ted Simon, when we arrived back at Toad Rock we found him strolling in the campground near the VW bus campsite I was occupying. I wasn't sure at first if it was Ted, not having seen a picture of him since "Jupiter's Travels", but upon cautious enquiry he assured me he was himself. A pleasant time ensued as we three sat and chatted for over an hour about the state of the world and the people in it.

Ted and Mike














I was 19 when I read "Jupiter's Travels" and it left an impression. I don't mind saying it was a highlight of the trip to meet someone as thoughtfully informed as Ted Simon.


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Old 03-29-2012, 06:49 PM   #57
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:13 AM   #59
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:47 AM   #60
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Hanging with beautiful women and a cute baby and a motorcycle ride through some of the most beautiful spots on earth - it's clear that you know how fortunate you are.
So much of this thread brings me back to my own travels in BC. Thanks for posting.
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