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Old 08-03-2012, 06:02 PM   #16
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Hey! That's my bike. One of them anyhow. And no, I didn't pull that toy hauler with my buddy's Harley in it...
but I could have if I wanted to

Great report Hektoglider. Looking forward to the rest of your photos and story.

I wonder where this goes..
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:53 AM   #17
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north shore superior

The KLR's run around the top of Lake Superior....the sat image showed clear sky until Nipigon.
We hit some fog near Terrace Bay.

the ride is a great one around the top of superior

the area near RedRock /Nipigon we can see the rain coming.

I signal to Thorne that we should suit up with rain gear. I wonder why she chose to pull over at such a poor location for stopping. She had no choice, as the float in the carb stuck and the engine flooded out. I dug out the tool kit while she put her rain suit on. I drained the bowl, and got the bike running, but it soon began overflowing gas again.

The KLR carb acted up a bit more before returning to normal once again. We made it back to our base camp near Thunder Bay.

We are taking a break from travel, and will work on the motorcycles, as well as get some R&R to prepare for the next leg of our journey.

A few servings of Finn Pancakes

We took a short canoe trip through our backyard to recharge our mental batteries

It has been nice to relax at home, and enjoy the backyard, but now its time to resume the FreeRide. The Hayseed segment of our ride should begin in the next few days.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:45 PM   #18
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:16 PM   #19
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Hayseed Freeriders

After a nice break at Basecamp it was time to roll west.

Noden Causeway outside of Fort Frances

Rainy Lake

Lunch break at the marina waterfront in Fort Frances.

Bikes are clean, lotsa fresh supplies on board, stove fuel food, etc....things are good

Near Emo we hit the backroads. Working our way to hwy 71 and up to Nestor Falls.

and Souix narrows, really nice country

As soon as we hit the Trans Canada hwy off 71 we immediatly got off of it onto a side road into Kenora(Longbow Lake Road) and went through town,
eventually hitting Hwy 1 just until we could do the 44 through Whiteshell

We got into Winnipeg and bunkered down in our tent in the backyard at Justins. Later that evening we rode
across town to visit Backroader and Jimtoe for a bit

The next morning we took off north to the big lakes region going across the narrow part. It was a less than spectacular route

We took the turnoff for Duck Mountain and found our 2nd free campsite in 2 days

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:33 PM   #20
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gd, $30 to tent camp? Is that common?
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #21
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Ya $30 to set up a tent. $12 camping with hot showers is pretty rare nowadays

As soon as we got the tent up, it started raining. In the morning it was kinda spitting, and everything was wet.
We managed to get some hot stuff on the campstove, fold up the wet gear and beat it down the dirty gravel road.
By the time we hit pavement we were pretty muddy.

looking back at the dirt road.....

the sky cleared a bit, and the road was straight now.

We stopped after crossing into Saskatchewan. Time for a hot lunch and dry our tent out.
Thorne finds a faucet, a pail, and washes some of the muck off the bikes.

nice pole building to do lunch

we conitue onwards across Saskatchewan on Hwy 15. Hardly any traffic at all....KLR country for sure.

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Old 09-12-2012, 10:04 AM   #22
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Excellent report and picage
Pretty soon I knew the tune,
And we sat and sang under the Moon
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:49 AM   #23
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We got our gear dried out and had a nice lunch. It was time to cross the great prairies.
we were in Togo where we dried our stuff out, and took hwy 357 to 8, then #10 through Yorkton and eventually out to 52 and then 15 to Outlook.

we got to Outlook at 6 pm and were wondering where to set the tent up. Not many trees to go hide out behind.
This old truck pulled up. Thorne says, get a photo of it. The guy pulled up to chat.

I casually asked him if he knew of a spot we could set the tent up and rest for the night. I never used the word"camping".
He said he had a youth camp, nearby with hot water, but we should go to his home for tea 1st. So we followed him, met his wife, and had some tea.
After getiing to know them a bit we accepted invitiation to stay in the basement for the night. It was OK.

Bikes under the carport for the night.

The next morning was a bit cooler but dry. We were heading for Alberta. Not many pics of Saskatchewan, but a small dirt detour I did grab a few shots.
the bridge near Outlook.

A big lawnmower (actually they come much bigger than this one)

the field before harvest

close up of your next loaf of bread

into Alberta-Drumheller area

We come into Drumheller on the scenic backroad.

entering the badlands of Drumheller, side trip to Wayne......

Our general routine is to camp for free somewhere off the main highways, and have lunch in the larger urban/metro areas.
We will get some supplies for the backcountry, and fill up our waterjugs. Thorne used her Ipod to find the nice free campsite, while we ate at mcdonalds. She just did a search on free camping and a nice spot by the reservoir showed up.we headed down the backroads, through Rosebud, and pulled up to this excellent site.

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:29 AM   #24
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Riding the backroads into Calgary..the locals use oilpatch stuff to decorate the entrance to the ranch

We stopped in Calgary for lunch then continued on to Cochrane to visit friends there.

It was time for some service on the bikes...oil change,air filters, tire etc.

The next day it was time to relax and pedal-bike along the Bow River.....

Nice bike trail leading into town. Our friends knew just where to go......

$6 ice cream cones with a line-up to get one...must be good....

we casually rode back to the house.....

It was good to see my friend again. A lot has changed since we rode around Lake Superior a few years ago.

With the bikes serviced up, and a nice rest day...we rolled out the following day.

54km/h in a 30.......speed trap just before we got to the Trunk Road

This is the local playground for people out of Calgary...lots of forest roads and nice backcountry. We wanted to ride the Forest Trunk Road as its called.

It was pretty dusty on a Sunday with all the RV traffic coming out of the boonies

after we went in a ways, the traffic thinned out. The scenery got better too.

I thought it was a cool road to go down...for sure.

We were pretty beat from the gravel and needed to shut'er down for the day. We opted to get a pay campsite at Fish Lake near Nordegg,just south of hwy 11 rather than keep going towards Jasper Park, and find the campgrounds full, or the free ones non-existent. Stop a bit early and be on the sure side.

The next morning we would be going into the mountains...
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We got a good start, and headed west on Hwy 11.

The scenery was great, so was the weather. I talked to a local guy and he said there is all kinds of free camping up near the lake that we could have went to last night. I could see the places on the way by.

pretty spectacular as we enter the mountains after the long prairie section......

looking back, my buddy is riding along......

Northbound on the Icefield parkway
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:51 AM   #26
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Thanks for those inspiring pictures! I will be over there myself summer next year (2013) and hopefully ride a ¨KLR650 all the way from the Yukon to Nova Scotia! Which reminds me that I wanted to call that Kawasaki Dealer in Whitehorse! Will do that right now!
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:55 AM   #27
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Heading North to Jasper

The tent was wet from a heavy dew. It needed to get dried out. The sky was beginning to turn.

we pulled the stove out and made tea right in the parking lot. Thorne found a bag laying nearby, it had a phone in it, and some personal items. She walked down to the tourist info place and turned it in. A good deed done, maybe the road gods will be on our side....karma.....

Thorne suited up for the ride to Robson

Looking back at the rainclouds we rode through

Mount Robson BC

We head south towards Kamloops.

Too much pavement for the KLR's, we check the mapbook for some routes. looks like a dirt road from Vavenby to Barriere

Stop for fuel and ask about the road. Its getting later in the day, I hope we dont get into a jackpot.

we will come down to Barriere from the north on this map

my gps mapping didnt have the detail for these roads....

Trying to decide which road to take. The most beaten path isnt always the right way.

Thorne was a bit nervous on the loose stones, and took it slow. She caught up to me at the top of the hill as I tried to decipher the route.

I decend down a long steep hill with loose rocks. By then I know its the right way, but I also know that it will be a bit much for her on the heavy KLR. I wait for a bit, then go back up. I catch her part way down, taking it easy and slow. She made it down ok without dumping the bike, but told me she probably wont ride it back up if we have to turn around.No pics of the bad hill. The road got a bit worse, like nobody was using it much.

eventually the road got better and better the further we went.

we passed by some nice free campsites

Eventually we made it out to Barriere and the main highway again.There was a cop with a radar gun, but we didnt get busted on the KLR's

Rolling south towards Kamloops. Our little bush detour took a bit longer than I thought.

Our free campsite in Kamloops. We enjoyed our stop at reletives place.

We rolled towards Vernon and Hwy 6 going to Nakusp.The rain was gonna get us.

the clouds ahead, we put on our rainsuits.

We get to the ferry crossing, Thorne waits for it to get across.

We talk to a guy on a KLR going to the GS Challenge

Soon as the ferry docks on the other side, Thornes bike won't start. I help her push it off the boat.We try bump starting it, and monkey around for 20 minutes before taking the side cover off and wiggling the connection on the battery. It fires up.We head out, it starts raining, and the sun goes down.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:32 PM   #29
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We headed north from the ferry dock towards Nakusp. It was a wet ride, and we pulled into the gas station, under the canopy. We met a guy on a Valkrie who was waiting for the rain to stop. We waited a bit, then it rained harder, so we made our way to the HU Rally site. On longer bike trips, there are epic high points, as well as really low points. This was one of those low points. It was nice to be off the highway, but it was dark, we were starved, wet and tired and miserable. After some arguing we went into the baaseball dugout nearby for shelter. We used the shelter to unroll the tent and set it up partially, and I set a tarp up to cook some rations on the stove. We carried the tent out to our site with the fly on, and it was dry.The rain just wouldnt let up. Eventually we were able to go to sleep.

The next day the sun came out and we began to dry our stuff out. Lots of riders began to show up for the rally.

We went for a ride up north....2 up on the 07 KLR

Turned east onto the Halfway bush road

We got to the steep hill, rode down and parked. Then walked down to the river

The hippie culture was quite evident down here

The blue tarps cover the hippie tent camp.They got soaked last night too.

The hot springs were pretty good, lotsa people coming and going that day.

Waterfall on the highway on the way back to Nakusp.

Some big league riders were showing up

Checking the schedule for tonights presentations. I watched some great slideshows.....

The next few days we spent at the HU Rally, and we were within walking distance of downtown. It was good to relax for a few days.

While walking uptown we met our Valkrie buddy. He said he was leaving today.

He said his bike really goes......

My bro showed up on his $100 bike. We helped him set up his tent

He really enjoyed the rally, winning the slow race, the Half and Half draw and meeting all the riders

With the rally over we headed out to Kaslo-New Denver hwy 31A and 6.....some great riding.We had to boost Thornes KLR.
When it was running lights were dim. Not Good.

Good thing about KLR's= you can buy a battery on a Sunday in any town. The battery is common on garden tractors ,snowblowers,ATV's etc

Problem solved in Nelson BC

Onwards to Castlegar for some visiting there.

Supper at the Casino

Free camping

We made a 2 night stop here.I went for a morning walk and a bear came up behind me on its hind legs. I managed to get back into the yard safely

Exploring afternoon ride north of Castlegar

Nice supper back at the hideout. Steak is for the rich, KLR riders settle for pork

The next morning it was time to roll further west. We met a man at the lookout who was running away from home. His family had posters out "looking" for him, as they wanted to lock him up in an Alzhiemers home. He was grabbing for his freedom....sad kinda...

We rolled south, then west Trail Rossland Fruitvale Christina lake Oosoyos.

looks like rain....we were able to ride out of the system

getting late in the afternoon, trying to score a free site. I look on the mapbook and see "Old Hedley Road" cuts off and runs parallell to the highway.

It yeilds a fine site by the river.

Breakfast of champion KLR riders

With facilities

nice view

Morning shower with river water was a bit chilly

Back onto Hedley road

Coffee stop on the way to Hope
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We rolled onwards with a stop at Hope Slide. Looked like it was gonna rain.

At Hope we got onto #7 to go into Vancouver. We should have stayed on the Trans-Can as it was slow going through Mission etc....

It was a nice route til the traffic got thick, closer to the city

We had a place to stay in North Van, up on the hill.

The next several days were spent doing the tourist tour. We left the KLR's in the garage and used transit.

View from the home up on the hill

Water taxi into the city

Stanley Park

It was good to tour the park, next we went to Granville Island.

we stopped at the Honda shop nearby, saw the new bike there

Using the bus was a good way to get around


Hiking from the bus stop back up to the house.....

We were in Vancouver for 3 or 4 nights. The last day was spent going to REI and this museum

It was a nice exihibit. Free admission on donation ( pay what you can)

We said goodbye to our hosts, and headed up towards Whistler. The KLR's had done it. From Coast to Coast ! Thorne had always wanted to ride across Canada, and she accomplished it...A true C2C may have included Van isle and Nfnld, but none the less, Cape Breton to Vancouver.I finally got to see the east coast this summer, and its a place I want to go back to again for sure.

Its a pretty nice ride up to Whistler, but some nicer stuff is up ahead.

Nice older GL at the pumps in Pemberton....

The ride report is pretty ho-hum, but the actual ride itself was good. I'll try and let some more drivel flow, and keep it going. I want to remember it so this RR will be good for that anyways.Some more off-highway stuff is coming up,and some tools get used also.
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