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Old 01-15-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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chilcotin chillout - 9 days, grasslands, mountains, and valleys in BC's Big Interior

September 2013 saw three of us mount up and spend 8 days riding a loop from Victoria through BC's Chilcotin backcountry. Beasts of choice included My XR650l, Javiers KLR (well, lets call him "Javier" for now....more on this later), and Harry's (ADV Inertial Explorer) 650 GS Dakar.
Along the way, fish were caught, rum was drunk, steaks were grilled, bugs were splatted, and stuff happened. Much more to come, but here's a taste of the adventures:








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Old 01-15-2014, 04:38 PM   #2
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Looks good, hope you have lots of pictures..
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:03 PM   #3
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Looks good, hope you have lots of pictures..
oh, i have pictures. just you wait.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:43 PM   #4
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:14 PM   #5
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That's a nice looking fish. well done!

Looks like you guys had a great ride.
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:35 PM   #6
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:55 PM   #7
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Looking forward to this one. I'm in.
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:08 AM   #8
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Hey dcparks, My buddy Linzmr and I saw you on you on the Patterson bridge on your way into Chilco lk. We were bangin around the area and went out to Chilco the next day. You can see the smoke from the fire across the lake in this pic. Did you see the crazy eyed dog

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This is the best time of year to share and re-live the rides of summer. So I will finish writing my own up.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:29 AM   #11
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Hey dcparks, My buddy Linzmr and I saw you on you on the Patterson bridge on your way into Chilco lk. We were bangin around the area and went out to Chilco the next day. You can see the smoke from the fire across the lake in this pic. Did you see the crazy eyed dog

haha! awesome! you should have given us the "salute"! we did see the crazy-eyed dog.





we called him "chilko" and he hung with us the entire time we camped at chilco lake. He was a good hound. Javier would have taken him home if he could have squeezed him into one of his panniers.

Got the day off today, chore list a mile long, but will try and get day 1 written up and posted tonight.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:38 AM   #14
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This almost didn't happen for me. My Grandmother passed away in late august, and not to belabor the point, I was pretty low. She was the matriarch of our family, and an amazing lady. She and my mom raised my sister and me from the time I was 2 on, so she was my "dad" too, in a way. Tough, resourceful, and kind, a true Newfoundlander. she taught me how to fish, how to swing a hammer, to love the outdoors, and how to give more than get. She could make me laugh just by looking at me, and once ran off a black bear that was coming for me when i was a little boy by stomping her foot and shouting "GIT!". She made the world a much better place everyday. She had a great run, 96 years, died at home on Pender Island, with all of us around her, not too much pain.


But everything that had to be done was done by mid September, and seeing how low I was, my family all encouraged me to pack up the bike and go (kind of more like "you are not helping please go away for a while" i suspect..), so, i went.

I had been pouring over maps and google earth of the area for a couple of years, off and on - check out the pics in the RR Mike Ryder just put up to see why:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=922685


The plan was to ride from Victoria, ferry over to horseshoe bay, up the 99 to the Pemberton valley, over the Hurley Pass into into the south chilcotin the back way, then do a loop up the Fraser, through to Chilco Lake, then back, riding poison mountain, dash plateau, china head,and a bunch of other enticing roads visible on google earth and the Cariboo/Chilcotin BackRoad Mapbook (aptly named the"Book Of Lies" by MikeRyder), then home, 8 days, saturday to the following sunday. Companions included Harry:



And "Javier".



Excellent fellows both. Harry is a keen mountaineer and backcountry skier, and spends his winter weekends leading trips and teaching courses for the

federation of Mountain Clubs of BC. He can also fix anything, anytime, anywhere. Really. ADV motorcycling is in his blood, and I think he puts the "German" in the phrase "german engineering".

Then we have Javier. I won't say too much about him. He is a "mental health professional", and coincidentally, or perhaps because of this, he suffers from a healthy dose of paranoia. This includes a debilitating reluctance to have his name or image appear in this ride report, presumably because one of you will then steal his identity or figure out how to broadcast his own thoughts back to him over fm radio. Seriously. It's also possible that he is in the witness protection program.

Finally, me, mostly harmless:




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Old 01-19-2014, 11:05 AM   #15
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I was a bit of a grumpy, gloomy bastard as I rolled up to Javier's on Saturday morning. It had rained hard all week, and the day was grey and gloomy, pretty much matching my mood, feeling like i was a dick for going on a motorbike trip and should be staying home and spending time with my mom and sister.

The plan for the day was to take the Brentwood Bay ferry to mill bay, head up island to nanaimo and another ferry to horseshoe bay, then up the 99 through Squamish, Whistler, and pemberton. Then pick up the Upper Lillooet Forest Service Road up to Meager Creek Hotsprings for the night. Yes, that's right, Meager creek hotsprings. a nice soak in the hotsprings. Cause I looked at the route on Google Earth, all good, and google earth can't be wrong, right?

Caught the brentwood bay ferry, and on up to the departure bay terminal in nanaimo. we missed the 9 by about 5 minutes, so had to wait until the 11 (Bugger!). day still grey, but dry.



there were bunch bikes on the ferry, including one with some tank art i am considering for the XR. Classy. i wonder if it would make my bike more of a chick magnet? I actually have a closeup of the tank, but it would...uh, violate the "porn rules"...



Off the ferry, and in the chaos of unloading Harry is almost taken out by a Harley, and Jav by a weird trycycle-scooter thing. Wow. just...wow . On up the 99, through squamish and the cloud and fog begins to lift, as does my mood. Big mountains and blue sky. Gas and beer in pemberton, then off the pavement and on up the FSR towards meager creek valley.



The white thing on top of my bag is a 6-pack, secured in a plastic bag tied to my load. guess what happened to that once we hit the FSR?
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