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August 11th 2011
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We left our little retreat Loon Bay Resort and our cute little cabin that we spent three nights in unwinding. Before we left our cabin neighbours had to take our picture and off we went at about 0900. We knew right down the street from the cabin we would head off the pavement right away and take the Bonaparte Road to 70 Mile house. Great way to start the over 500 KM trek home. No cars, no people just Cheryl and me and cows!
So common to be riding on this stuff after this trip I can even one hand it while taking pictures. Still being safe but our riding and confidence has gotten better and we are not talking about being cocky riders now. We are just much better off the pavement.
There are many lakes in this Interlake Region of the South Cariboo. The more we explore our own Province the more we know we are lucky and privileged to live here. There are thousands of roads like this and more challenging ones too. We could spend the rest of our riding careers just playing in our own backyard.
Got to 70 Mile House just in time. I had to pee and of course by now after being up for hours I was starving and even Cheryl was hungry. I think I average about 5 hours of sleep per night. Cheryl did better than me but I lost count how many times she had to poke me to stop snoring. Maybe I need to be check for sleep Apnea?
This is Joan. The server, the cook, bus person and hostess. Joan had us sign her guest book and wants us to put a shout out the the Show and Shine folks. Joan wants to host a Show & Shine at her motel/restaurant in 70 Mile House. Good food and once Joan warms up to you she is very funny and friendly. Stop by her restaurant and say hi if any of you are in her neck of the woods.
Back to the road with our guts full and now we were heading to the best road ever the Kelly Lake road right near Clinton, BC. We took this rode home last year after we got back from riding cross country but then headed down Highway 1 to home. This year we stayed on 99.
We used the Vibrant setting on the big camera….what a difference!
Heading down the beautiful Kelly Lake Road, full of hair pin turns and great views descending down to the valley.
Back to highway 99 and pavement for the res of the way home. What a way to ride home though. We never did the Bonaparte Road but have done the Kelly Lake last year. To get off the main road is EXACTLY why we ride DS bikes. It is an awesome feeling to not only beat the traffic but to get views only a few bikes will be able to see.
A bunch of travelers from Calgary, Alberta on their way to Tofino which is on Vancouver Island. Nice to see a woman part of their “gang”. Nice folks and we both hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip of our great Province of BC.
After you pass Lillooet there is a little bridge that crosses over a Salmon spawning stream.
Other than the traffic the part of Highway 99 from Lillooet to Pemberton, BC was probably the road with the most curves in it that we have seen the entire trip. Leave it up to BC to have all the fun roads.
Unfortunately the camera battery went dead without me knowing it and the ride into Vancouver through Whistler and North Vancouver was not captured. Might just have to go back someday and take the pics we missed and add them. Sorry about that!
We left June 29th 2011 in this
Returned in sun and 26 degree C.
As we pulled up an got off the bikes our neighbour Adrienne was out with glass of wine in hand to help us out with the end of the trip home picture. We were both like, well…..we did it! Let’s have a beer!
Starting mileage was
TOTAL MILEAGE for this 44 day trip was 13673 KM or 8496 Miles. Doesn’t seem that much to me but I guess if you consider the type of roads we rode maybe it is a lot? Seemed like more. We will have to make the next trip longer I suppose.
The Heidenau K60 Scout rear still alive after all that sharp rock roads and really no signs of out of the ordinary wear. They did far better than I even expected and as I have said before, this will be the only tire we use.
So, 44 days later we are home. To us this was a truly an adventure will will never forget. The scenery, the people, the opportunity to ride Triumph Tigers compliments of Triumph Canada, the fun factor, the weather, the live report from the road, the trials and tribulations, the accomplishments all mean the world to Cheryl and myself. Many have done grander trips than this one but for us this was HUGE. We set out with certain goals and the only one that we did not reach was Inuvik. We do not regret not going on that day because of our concerns about the weather, but it would have been nice to achieve all the goals for this trip.
We can now say we have seen almost all there is in Alaska and we even got to see the summit of Mount McKinley. One of the 30%. We tested the new Triumph tiger 800XC in an endurance way and in a way that we ride. On and off pavement. We did not cross river beds or single track the bikes but for the adventure rider in us these bikes are a true ADV bike. Comfortable and competent. Those are two words that stick in our minds. Over the next day or so I will try to put together our final review of the Tigers and talk a bit about our gear and expenses.
As for the gear, remember we talked a lot of about the rain and cold but never once did we even mention that we even got wet or cold on the bikes. A little hint as to how we feel about KLIM and our Gerbing.
Thanks to Triumph Canada, Western Powersports and also ACT-Autism Community Training. Not too late to donate to our charity ACT. We rode this entire trip raising awareness for Autism and we met so many touched by the spectrum. Even $5 would help. Please consider donating to such a worthy cause.
Thanks to the thousands of viewers and subscribers from around the world. This was awesome to have so many people follow our ride from around the world!
Finally we want to thank Taylor and Dave for not only running our house for the entire trip but taking such great care of our dogs and cat. We came home and it was clear that they missed us but were not not lacking LOVE. Thanks guys! We truly appreciate you helping us out!
Until next time…..Cheers!
“The James W. Dalton Highway, usually Dalton Highway (Alaska Route 11) is a 414-mile (667 km) road in Alaska. It begins at the Elliott Highway, north of Fairbanks, and ends at Deadhorse near the Arctic Ocean and the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. Once called the North Slope Haul Road (a name by which it is still sometimes known), it was built as a supply road to support the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System in 1974. It is named for James Dalton, a lifelong Alaskan and an engineer who supervised construction of the Distant Early Warning Line in Alaska and, as an expert in Arctic engineering, served as consultant in early oil exploration in northern Alaska.“
On the way in we stayed at Wiseman and on the way out we made it from Deadhorse to Fairbanks in one day. 800 KM we rode and it was worth!
Today we go home for real but not before we ride some of BC’s finest back roads. Will take us about 8 hours to get home but we don’t mind. The threat of rain seems to have past and now I see the good white fluffy clouds and blue sky. Hopefully we arrive home in the sun rather the way we left, in the pouring rain.
Hope to get some good pictures along the way so many of you can get a feel for our Province, British Columbia which is a very beautiful place to live and explore.
August 10th 2011
From July 24th 2011 we watched an eagle steal a fish from a seagull the beach at Homer Spit
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Sunrise over Loon Bay, not that great the sky was too clear.
Nice morning but got a little rain in the afternoon. I took a walk up the street to get my morning coffee while Cheryl slept in. We really had no plans today except to ride and explore a bit, and we did.
The bikes felt so LIGHT with the panniers off. Completely different feel to them. We only got to ride a little over 500 KM without luggage so the weight is all we know until today. These Tigers are really fun to ride with just the rider. Although they are still heavy bikes, we both felt they were as nibble as can be on all these rocks, sand, clay and hard pack roads.
Got our chain cleaning stuff, after getting gas we did the deed. The chains are back to being clean and shiny with lube once again. Maybe Triumph should make this bike with a shaft?
Our little canoe trip out on the lake we took before dinner.
Loons make a lot of noise at night for some reason but they are sure good looking birds.
Yesterday and today I thought I could hear juvie Bald Eagles calling out. Sure enough on the canoe we found the nest, saw two juvies branching, calling out and we spotted both adults not far away from the nest.
So, leisurely day we had, took the bikes out for a fun ride for over 200 KM today. Got out on the lake, saw some wild life, Cheryl found a Geocache nearby, ate dinner, having smores and hanging out by the fire.
Tomorrow we are leaving our little sanctuary and most likely will spend one more night out and then home.