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Old 02-11-2014, 04:23 PM   #61
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The Chilcotin has been on my to do list for a long while now! I've been on a few of those roads, ie Big Bar and Pavilion, but I realize that's just the very edge. It's a huge area, looks easy to get lost in.

Great photos!

Good to know there's no gas in Goldbridge!
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:51 PM   #62
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This is the best pic of Chilco lake I've seen.
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Yep, very nice...
Credit where credit is due - Jav took that one. Hard to take a bad picture up there. he also took this one, which is from the same spot facing north:

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Old 02-11-2014, 11:16 PM   #63
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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!!!
Hi Grizz - Thats the Chilco Lake FSR, and does connect to the airstrip at the south end of Tsuniah Lake. If memory serves I would say no worries - 100% GS worthy. If there were any rough sections i would have taken hero shots to prove my manliness. There are a few short sections of loose cobble, and one short descent into a creek draw and climb out that is a bit loose and "rooty", but nothing like the West Harrison...as far as i can remember. insert disclaimer regarding the fallibility of my memory here .

Mostly my fallible memory remembers very nice pine needle covered twisty swoopy 3rd gear doubletrack through open fir and pine forest . This is about half way to Tsuniah Lake, and is pretty representative:



I will check with harry regarding his recollection also. He typically does a diary every night, including his own 1-10 trail rating scheme that integrates a bunch of factors, including ruggedness (i know, German, right?).

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Old 02-11-2014, 11:23 PM   #64
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The Chilcotin has been on my to do list for a long while now! I've been on a few of those roads, ie Big Bar and Pavilion, but I realize that's just the very edge. It's a huge area, looks easy to get lost in.

Great photos!

Good to know there's no gas in Goldbridge!
Hey Tropic - i have been following your excellent VI and Inuvik reports, and have seen your bike around town a few times. Are you still on the blue DRZ?

And no gas in Bralorne on Tuesdays, or if they run out which they tend to. Deliveries are on Wednesdays, declining probability through Monday.

It is a vast area, with lots of access and some amazing terrain. I hope to head back in September and ride dome of the more remote bits that we didn't have time to do last year.

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Old 02-12-2014, 10:42 AM   #65
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Hi Grizz - Thats the Chilco Lake FSR, and does connect to the airstrip at the south end of Tsuniah Lake. If memory serves I would say no worries - 100% GS worthy. If there were any rough sections i would have taken hero shots to prove my manliness. There are a few short sections of loose cobble, and one short descent into a creek draw and climb out that is a bit loose and "rooty", but nothing like the West Harrison...as far as i can remember. insert disclaimer regarding the fallibility of my memory here .

Mostly my fallible memory remembers very nice pine needle covered twisty swoopy 3rd gear doubletrack through open fir and pine forest .

I will check with harry regarding his recollection also. He typically does a diary every night, including his own 1-10 trail rating scheme that integrates a bunch of factors, including ruggedness (i know, German, right?).
Awesome, that route is going back into my planning for this September then. Thanks!!!

German? Hey I resemble that remark. But don't hold it against me.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:15 PM   #66
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Great rr guys..... And some stonkingly fabulous pics..
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:08 PM   #67
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Road at north side of chilco lake

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Awesome, that route is going back into my planning for this September then. Thanks!!!

German? Hey I resemble that remark. But don't hold it against me.
Hi Grizz,

the road is really fun to ride even with a loaded Bike. I bet you can ride it with a 1200GS. See if I can post a small video tonight ...

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Old 02-13-2014, 10:51 PM   #68
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Adjectives don't work for Chilco Lake. I will just say that if you have the chance, go there. Its worth changing plans and not going somewhere else. And if you ever hear some (expletive deleted)ing mine promoter say something like "hey, that's a great place for a copper-gold mine", help him pick his teeth up off the floor.

The wind howled off the lake all evening as we heated up our boil-in-the-bag and tea, and continued through the night. Chilco the crazy-eyed wonder dog hung with us for the duration, and ended up sharing our meals. I think his pals from Konni Lake called ahead and let him know we were easy marks. Javier wanted to take him home.


perfect tent spot


Harry contemplates reinventing the wheel. Or at least improving the wheel.


load 'em up.

At this point in the ride the days ahead were fewer than the days behind, and i could feel the loom of having to return to "real life" on the horizon.Earlier in the trip we would have been tempted to stay another day, but there was so much more we wanted to see, so after a quick breakfast we loaded the bikes to head north along the Chilco Lake FSR towards Tsuniah Lake:


Javier poses incognito, Nemiah Valley stretching away behind


typical conditions, Chilco FSR


Chilco FSR


Harry dies happy


A few gates along the way


Route along Tsuniah Lake


nice....


lunch along Tsuniah
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:40 PM   #69
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Adjectives don't work for Chilco Lake. I will just say that if you have the chance, go there. Its worth changing plans and not going somewhere else. And if you ever hear some (expletive deleted)ing mine promoter say something like "hey, that's a great place for a copper-gold mine", help him pick his teeth up off the floor.

Amen brother! Long live Fish Lake!
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:58 PM   #70
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Great RR.... Really enjoying the pics. That whole area is one of my favorite parts of the world.
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:32 PM   #71
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I can't wait to get back up there this fall!
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:06 PM   #72
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amazing photos, blown away by how magestic it is there. Someday ill get there but for now ill have to live vicariously thru your RR
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:56 PM   #73
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:10 PM   #74
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More , more, more...

We want more,
we want more
We want more (Chant it with me brothers....)
We want more
...
...


Or is that it?

I didn't want it to end.

Great RR men.

Epilog "... and everyone lived happily ever after, spiritually richer and wiser from the experience".
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:03 PM   #75
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We want more,
we want more
We want more (Chant it with me brothers....)
We want more
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Or is that it?

I didn't want it to end.

Great RR men.

Epilog "... and everyone lived happily ever after, spiritually richer and wiser from the experience".
never fear - 2.5 days to go.....coming at you soon, and some video once i get that figgerd out...

hey, sorry about that semifinal today, boys WOOOHOO Go Canada. oh, and the womens final yesterday. that one musta hurt......
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