Myself and three other riders I work withleft on April 29 for a four day trip around Southern British Columbia. The bikes we rode were two DR650, KLR650, and my first trip on my XR650R.
We caught the first ferry from Departure Bay at 6:30am We hit highway #1 a little after 8:00 under sunny skies then on to the #7. We filled up our tanks at Lake Errock then turned off to go up the west side of Harrison Lake. The road was good but being a Sunday and good weather there was other vehicles to look out for. There is alot of great scenery to take in. Anyone know the name of this Mountain?
We had a lone KLR650 rider join up with us for a short time towards the north end of the lake (didn't get his name but told him about this site). Just past the log sort we met FROG950S and another rider returning from the Hot Springs run and had a brief chat (thanks for letting us know that the bridge was repaired).
Picture is taken from bridge across Little Lillooet Lake.
We eventually came out on Highway #99 after about three and a half hours of riding so we went into Pemberton for some lunch and some fuel. After a nutritious meal at McDonalds we took the great twisty Duffey lake road to Lillooet. I never get tired of the scenery this road has to offer.
A couple pics of Duffey Lake.
Once in Lillooet we stocked up on some supplies for the night (booze and snacks) and top up the fuel tanks. We left Lillooet and headed south down the #12 and turned off on the Laluwissin FSR and followd it up to where it joins Murray Cr FSR. We ran into some snow at the Higher elevations but not enough to stop us.
After riding through this area I sure am pumped for the Dead Zone. We stayed on the Murray cr. road and came out at Spences bridge. It was getting late by this time so we needed to find a place to camp. We asked a local first nations person how to access the N K & S Railbed, he pointed through a gate littered with car parts and other assorted junk and said it was OK to go through. So we followed the old rail line down the Nicola River and went through a tunnel that came to a dead end due to a rock slide. It made for a great place to camp.
It was a long day at about 500 km so after a couple of drinks it was easy to fall asleep.
Woke up to antoher great day so we packed up our tents and gear and took off down the #8. We turned of on the Skuhun Pimainus FSR. This is a great twisty high speed type road and we didn't see another person on it.
We followed it all the way through to Craigmont mine where we saw some hill climbs that we had to try out.
We continued on Aberdeen rd to #8 and on to Merrit for breakfast and fuel. We left Merrit on the 5a for Nicola Lake.
We turned of on Douglas Lake Rd and the scenery is outstanding.
When we got past Salmon Lake there is a great old house we had to check out.
Just past here we had hoped to go on the Salmon River FSR to get to Whiteman FSR and on to Okanogan lake. But we were stopped by snow by Little Bouleau Lake. We had fought through snow for quite some distance but by the time we got to the lake it was too deep to continue.
So we turned around and went back to Douglas Lake rd and followed it out but when it turned to pavement the bike was not handling as it should so i stopped t find my front tire was flat. This should have been a simple procedure but it turned in to a real pain in the a** for me. I changed the tube and inflated the tire and I must have pinched the tube because it would not hold air. So I patched the tube and put it back in, got the tire on to find that the valve stem was sticking out of the hole at a horrible angle. So by this time I was plenty pissed, and you can always tell who your real friends are at times like these because as I changed the tire I was surrounded by three guys that thought they were comedians telling me how stupid I really was.
Once the tire was repaired we got on to the #97 and headed for Vernon and got fuel andate at a Pub on Kalamalka Lake. After eating and getting our gear back on Blair says "You might not want to look at your front tire" I looked down and it was flat again. I was mad enough I just about smashed my helmet on the parking lot. Calmer heads prevailed and it turned out that the valvewas not tightened all the way. So off we went on the #6 and the turned off on Creighton Valley rd. This is a great rd. We followed it to it's end and back tracked on the #6 to turn off on Sugar Lake rd. Once we hit the lake we went up the east side and the race was on to get to camp, this is also a fun fast road. It was a great evening and the view from our camp was awsome.
Another great day with about 400 km of riding