The weekend of November 23-24, 2013, Cheryl and I headed out about an hour east of where we live to get away for the weekend and enjoy the Bald Eagle frenzy that happens every year around here. Thousands of salmon come to the Chehalis Flats where the Fraser and Harrison Rivers meet to spawn. It’s also this time of year when the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival goes on as well.
Around this time of year into January resident and transient eagles come by for their free buffet of food before their nesting season starts around March. Most are coming from Alaska after the salmon spawned up there and leave after the big freeze. Tons of food for all species so it is also a special time to see normally non-social raptors gets along with so many young and old. Continue reading →
I guess there is no need to really write a post when one gets married. In summary, we have been together for 16 years common law, Cheryl proposes one day out of the blue, a year later we are getting hitched for “real” up in Egmont, BC @ the Westcoast Wilderness Lodge with 60 of our closest family and friends. WE wished we could have invited more. Continue reading →
We would live in some of these easily…a little restoration…would equal paradise.SOURCE: PERFECT Nature on StumbleUponThese amazing cabins are so sad and beautiful at the same time. They are waiting for their owners and when they come, cabins will be very happy. These places are perfect for weekend trip, because few days in nature is something amazing, which will give energy to all us and we feel really happy. These 35 abandoned cabins will be happy very soon.
We just got back on Thursday, August 28th from a 4 night mini-moon bike ride…it was amazing. Rode some back country roads we have never been on and the best part got to see yet another part of our beautiful Province. Weather was OK for the most part until the last 2 days. It rained on us riding back to Pemberton via the Highline and then it POURED on us heading home. No biggie we always stay dry wearing our KLIM Traverse gear. We started out on the Sea to Sky Highway the 99. Can’t get much closer to the water when you ride this route.
It’s a scenic drive and for those who are not from here this road takes you to Whistler the home of the Winter 2010 Olympics. Continue reading →
I have not gotten around to even posting our highlights from our wedding. Perhaps a little overwhelmed with all the pics and the event itself. Wedding was great and a post will come soon. Right now we are on a mini-moon, not our honeymoon bike trip. We are out and about in our own “backyard” of BC exploring. Heading up the Hurley Forest road to check out the Tyax Wilderness Lodge in the middle of nowhere.
We rode up on our 2010 BMW 650′s and this year we will be riding up on our ’13 BMW F8′s. And, YES of course we will have our pictures taken with our bikes. The sunshine coast of BC is not that far from the lower mainland, but once you get there you feel like you are in another world!
This chapter of the True North East route could best be described as remote. The route begins in the town of Baie Comeau. This town has a population of approximately 26, 000 and has been around since 1889. A few years later the first saw mill arrived and the town has been functioning as a resource town ever since. Located on the shores of the ST Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Manicouagan River, the town is not without its charm. This is the last place to gear up for a few days of the route and the town offers typical modern amenities for a town of its size.
The route leaving Baie Comeau follows gravel roads for 380 kilometres before you’ll find the next location for fuel. Needless to say you must stock up on fuel prior to leaving this town. This chapter of the TNE is also used for the Trans Canada Adventure Trail (TCAT) and was created by Fabric Tremblay. Fab is local to the area and without his local knowledge it would have been very difficult to have created this chapter of the route, Thanks!
Rating: Primarily Class 2 roads with Class 1 roads making up 30% of the route. 2 short sections of class 4.
Creator: Ted Johnson and Fabrice Tremblay, a special thanks to Steve Vardy
Section One – USA Border to Matane
This chapter could best be called “Welcome to Canada” as the TNE route begins at the border between Canada and the USA. A mix of gravel and paved roads, this section of the TNE will take travellers across the province of New Brunswick and into Quebec.
I find there are three sides to the concept of camping while traveling on a bike.
Stealth Camping: Living temporarily in a location, usually for recreation, in a covert or secretive fashion. Stealth camping is also referred to as wild camping, ninja camping, or free camping. (source: stealthcamping.com)
Tent Camping: Enjoying the great outdoors living in a tent usually in some sort of park or campground
No way tent camping: Enjoy riding a bike from hotel/motel to hotel/motel
Cheryl and I are mostly #2 and #3. Our theory about riding and camping/tenting is this…..If it’s not raining when we stop for the day and we are not too tired, we camp. Our definition of camping can be setting up our tent or staying in a cabin. We usually don’t mind if it rains on us after we get camp set up but truly dislike breaking down wet gear and having to pack it. If it’s raining, we are tired we might still cabin it or hotel/motel.
We took the train from Ottawa to Montreal which was great the way there. Unexpectedly I bought economy business class seats which included a full course meal that was actually good. Plus, alcohol, snacks etc. All for about $10 more than the regular economy class. On the way back all those seats were sold out and we were out of luck but heading to Montreal was a treat…literally!
After arriving at the Montreal station we walked about 15 mins through town to get to our very contemporary yet warm and inviting hotel Continue reading →