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Old 02-02-2014, 02:45 PM   #46
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Hey thats a great spot, I've spent a similar night there with 3 other wannabe hard drinkers. The only thing I caught were weeds though. Nice fish.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:46 PM   #47
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Hey thats a great spot, I've spent a similar night there with 3 other wannabe hard drinkers. The only thing I caught were weeds though. Nice fish.
a great spot - and cheers, it was a nice fish. Caught and released - directly to my digestive system.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:54 PM   #48
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day........uh, day whatever, 4 i think, continued

Harry was especially ragged that morning (even after that fine breakfast) having finished off most of his bottle of Wisers the night before. However, he dealt with the issue by fixing a fork seal on the Dakar. Apparently taking things apart and putting them back together is a hangover cure in Germany.


Harry replaces a BMW fork seal using a hunk of wood, a saw, and a hatchet. So that's what "german engineering" means.


Wisers Finest Fork Oil. Good thing that bottle was empty......
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:24 PM   #49
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After fork reassembly and headache subsidence we loaded up and hit the trail at about 130, headed for gang ranch and on towards an intended fuel stop in Lees Corner.


one last picture - great spot, Jesmond Lookout in the background

The route through to gang ranch saw us descend through Canoe Creek, parallel the Fraser for a bit along the Meadow Lake Road, then cross the river on the new bridge (i remember an old wooden one here about 20 years ago) and up to the ranch.


dropping down Canoe Creek




Meadow Lake Road along the Fraser


nice - smooth, dry and fast
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:41 PM   #50
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:33 AM   #51
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Bikes:3, crappy old truck:0 - Apparently the meadow lake road can be greasy when wet


Churn Creek valley from Meadow Lake Road


Looking upstream to Fraser River crossing at Gang Ranch


the "new" bridge over Fraser
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:56 AM   #52
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its actually day 5. definitely day 5. continued.

A quick stop for junk food at the small post office/ranch store, then off along the 2700 road. The ride out of Gang Ranch north along the 2700 is heaven.

gang ranch cookhouse


open grassland plateau north of Gang Ranch on the 2700

The late start and numerous stops to look around meant we were ready for a place to camp about now, and noted "Cow Lake" just off the Churn Ceek FSR.

We followed this cow trail to cow lake. Thanks, cows.



This will work. Nice spot in the cottonwoods in a big meadow by the lake, about 1500m from the road.




not sure what harry is up to...


...or Jav for that matter....


But a nice fire, dinner, nothing stronger than weak tea for us tonight, then turn in.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:52 AM   #53
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another pic of the Meadow Lake Road in the Canoe Creek drainage from day 5...

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Old 02-07-2014, 12:50 PM   #54
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another pic of the Meadow Lake Road in the Canoe Creek drainage from day 5...

Just Awesome!!!

I have to look up that camp... although there are numerous places to camp out there in an ad-hoc fashion... Truly an exceptional experience. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:10 PM   #55
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Day 6

Good day, and welcome to day six, eh?

I had a great sleep - i wake up lots in the tent, just for a few seconds, then fall back to sleep almost immediately, which doesn't sound super restful, but it is. My recollections of that night are the full moon - i could read by its light - and being serenaded by cows and owls at various times throughout the night.


hmm - glad i brought my own tent.



The day brought more of the high cloud and diffuse sun we had been experiencing throughout the trip so far. A quick breakfast, load the bikes, then an early start.



The XR decides do be a bit difficult - Harry works his magic , no worries. The bike seems to like whatever he's doing, anyway.

We rode the cow trail back out through the meadows to the FSR, then north to the South Chilcotin FSR, through Big Creek, then up the Fletcher Lake Road to Hanceville on Highway 20 for fuel.


Chilcotin River valley near Hanceville


"i knows there's gas there - cause i done seen it, with these two f'n eyes"...(to quote the Big Bar Ferry crewman)

After a huge lunch (3 eggs, hash browns, sausage, sourdough, and 3 pancakes for me) at the Lees Corner cafe, it was down the Taseko Lake Road towards Chilco Lake for the night.

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Day 6 continued


Cool


Horses - the original dual-sport.

trouble with the locals after a little tom-foolery:




Harry was tired of my BS, and is happy that i am dead...


Unbeknownst to us, we passed MikeRyder and his pal Linzm at their camp near the Paterson Bridge. Bastiges didn't wave us down for a beer!

There are great views of the Chilcotin Range from the BC Parks interpretive site along the Nemiah Road.


View of Mt. Tatlow from Nemiah Valley Road. Turns out you are not supposed to point at Tatlow (Ts'yl-os), or you will have bad weather courtesy of Ts'yl-os and his estranged wife ?Eniyud.

Read more about their dysfunctional relationship here:


hmm, that must be a typo. I think that they meant to say "because they had...." instead of "even though they had..." (second paragraph, third line).


Nemiah Valley, overlooking Konni Lake. With a motorcycle in the foreground.

The area surrounding the Nemiah Valley and Chilco Lake is one of my favorite places in BC. Incredible scenery and history.

Turns out there was gas at the store in Nemiah, so we all topped up, bought some junk food, and sponsored these kids for their upcoming Terry Fox run.


A few happy reserve dogs. I Can Haz Food?
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Day 6 continued....

the last few K's out to the camp on Chilco Lake.....to quote my British pal, are absolutely gob-smakingly stonking.

















....and we arrive at Chilco Lake.








We set up camp, and had the entire incredible place to ourselves...except for this guy (..0r girl, didn't check):
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:37 AM   #58
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This is the best pic of Chilco lake I've seen.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:54 AM   #59
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This is the best pic of Chilco lake I've seen.
Yep, very nice...
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The area surrounding the Nemiah Valley and Chilco Lake is one of my favorite places in BC. Incredible scenery and history.
You'll get no argument from me
I might add that the entire plateau is one of my favorite places on the planet. Just really, really cool place to see and explore by bike, foot, horse, or kayak.

Question for you. How was the road over to the north end of Chilko from Konni Lake? I got conflicting reports about the ruggedness of the road and wether my large dually could handle it (given the issues I had on the North Harrison, I was in no mood to repeat). I am assuming you came out by the airport at Tsuniah Lake (yes/no?). If not, what was your route? I'm planning on going back next year and that was the area I was running out of time to do. It is on my to do list.

Changing fork oil in the field... WOW!

Loving this report!!!
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