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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-27-2013, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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West Coast Canada trip 2013

Just a little thread to document my west coast trip for this year.

What a day. Had lunch with my kids before I left. Picked up my riding buddy Jack and his daughter Brianna and started out for Vancouver Island.



Jack's daughter and mine go to the same school, this was supposed to be a father daughter trip for all of us but unfortunately things came up for my daughter that she could not be away and miss.

First Casualty of the day, Jack's spare helmet fell off the back of his bike about 40 miles west of Calgary after a particularly rough bridge deck. I think I may even have video of this with my drift camera. Needless to say it happened very fast at 65mph and was a really pucker moment for me when his full face was bouncing and skidding toward me, albeit at a reducing rate of speed, the damn thing was just so unpredictable in what it was going to do. Locked up the brake for a fraction of a second to let it pass by, then pulled over, gathered my nerves, made sure my shorts were dry and then walked back down the hill to find the helmet.

It took about 10 minutes but I did find it, scarred up a bit. I shoved my left hand through and rode on to meet up with Jack and Brianna at the next rest stop about 4 miles up the road. It was the first place they could stop out of traffic. Ol' Jack was worried that his full face had wiped me out. He was calling my phone to see if I was OK (bluetooth in the helmet) but I had turned it off early and forgot to turn it back on.

The helmet was left behind in the trash receptacle at the rest area. It bounced so much that Jack nor I would trust it again.



Second casualty of the day, my rain pants left an ugly black melted smear on my Dragula rear pipe when I was trying to put the bike on the centerstand to fuel up in Golden. Live and learn I guess.



The destruction in Canmore was really unbelievable. There is washout rock form Cougar creek everywhere. The east bound lanes of the Trans Canada have washed leaving an overpass stranded like a statue. Many creeks between Canmore and Banff have washed out either the eastbound or westbound 4 lane sections. Traffic on these just opened yesterday, or our detour trip would have been 9 hours from Calgary to Revelstoke instead of th 5 that it took us.

Wildlife report; 1 moose, several elk, a few deer, and a rarity a mountain goat along the side of the highway in a rock cut close to Revelstoke. It has been many years since I have seen one in the wild. Spectacular. No bears, plenty of tourists in their rental motorhomes that don't know how to use the passing lane.

Real thrill to go through the snow sheds again between Golden BC and Rogers Pass, love the sound of the exhaust in those tunnels. The recent rains had many waterfalls showing up along the way, some were very spectacular high up on the mountainsides

A photo of Jack, Brianna and I at the top of the Roger's Pass.



And here we are arriving at tonight's accommodation, Super 8 in Revelstoke.



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Easy off oven cleaner on a rag away from the bike and a warm pipe will take care of the rain pants. Wiped own with polish or something afterwards. Looks like a fun trip.
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Thanks for taking us along Troy. Remember to look us Coasties up when you get near. What route are you taking West. I may be in Oosoyos on Saturday

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I hope the rest of your trip is on the up and up. Ride safe we'll do a short ride when you get back.
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Day 2.

Brent, going thru Lower Mainland July 3rd, Victoria to Osooyoos that day, have 1 stop to make on 0 Ave in Surrey and was going to go to Barnes HD before heading east.

Drew, met your buddy Austin today at Kamloops Harley. He and a buddy on a 2000 Screamin Eagle RG were headed to Squamish today. They are hardcore compared to my geriatric speed.

Today's ride.

Revelstoke to Kamloops in the morning, uneventful, no wildlife or even any roadkill for that matter. Bought some cool shirts for the SW tshirt exchange with some cool Canadian themes. Also bought a new seat nut and clip.

Nice store, really wanted to see an 07 Black Cherry RG that they had in stock but it was off the floor because someone put a deposit on it. Black Cherry in 07 is a little harder find.

Kamloops to Cache Creek, nice ride, good curves and made good time.

The 99 highway from just north of Cache Creek to Pemberton is wild. Tons of curves, hairpin switchbacks posted at 20km/h (12mph), narrow road with elevation changes in the curves, several runaway lanes for logging truck, 13% grades and tons of RV's and trucks with very smelly brakes. Road goes through some awesome terrain changes, deep valleys (Canada's Grand Canyon) roads and railways where you think it would be impossible to put them.

Did see a bald eagle at Pavillion and a deer on the inside of a swithback just outside of Lillooet. In Lillooet when getting gas we struck a conversation with 3 guys on BMW 800's. They were in a road rally of sort and would be going off pavnment for over 1200km over the next 2 days. They pack very light with clothes but carry fuel and 1 set of spare tires between 3 guys.

Had a little scare when it just started to rain and had a hairpin left handed on to a narrow bridge, drifted a little wide right and had to remind myself to "keep turning, keep turning, look where you want to go".

Rain for the last 50k (30miles) into Whistler. We stick out here like a couple of sore thumbs. I don't think they get many folks on Harleys dressed in road leathers and rain gear here. Lots of mountain bikes, granola crunchers here for the Canada day long weekend.

Music today was provided by Blue Rodeo, Meatloaf, Aerosmith, Jason Plumb, Chris Trapper, Mumford and Sons, Lumineres, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Supertramp, Phil Collins (that drum solo is wild in the twisties), Tragically Hip, Bare Naked Ladies, Guster and ELVIS. Hoping to have a little Johnny Cash, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider and more surprises tomorrow. The ipod set up by my wife has been a trip down memory lane, thanks Lori for that.

Dinner tonight at a real restaraunt, The Keg in Whistler.

"Miss Louise is a little flithy tonight but rain expected tomorrow am on way into Vancouver so will give her a bath tomorrow night in Campbell River. Should be a great day for pictures tomorrow, sunny with some really cools tourist stops planned.

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Good reading your trip through the Canmore area turned out to get better as you motored west. That road through the Coast mtns is a nice loop for us , we are spoiled over here on the Left coast . Will watch your travels and may be hook up for a Starbucks when you pass back thru. Keep us posted, its great reading what others think of our Left coast

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As your leaving Whistler there are a couple good stops along the way. First one is Brandywine falls and its on your left .Its a 5 minute walk to the falls. Then as you motor alom]ng the river it pretty good , when you start heading up in Elavation there will be a pullover at the summiton your right looking over at the Tantalus Range . Then its downhill to Sqaumish about 10 miles. Just after you leave there on your left is a famous rock call the Cheif you will see the guys climbing up the face of it . About a mile along from there is another set of falls on your right at the traffic light .After that it is nice a ride to Capilino exit

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Met up with Troy ,Jack and his daughter today over on the North Shore Mtns. They are making some good miles around the province and seeing some good sites. Headed over to the island and some good seafood ah ah jealouse . Be safe and take in some good sites and food . Great meeting ya all and see ya in the Heat

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Have an excellent trip Troy. I'm enjoying the picture and following along. I definitely have to make a trip up to the Canadian Rockies, and Alaska. See ya @ SWIII..


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