Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rideau Ferry, Ontario, Canada
Thanks to all the input re: BC
Just got back Saturday from the three week trip to BC. Wanted to say thanks to all who responded to my earlier posts about what to watch out for, thngs to do/see. As usual, wasn't long enough to sample all BC had to offer but what I saw and rode was terrific - the Island, Sointula, Alert Bay, Lilloet, Okanagan valley etc, etc.. Tons of pictures and movies to go through once I get time.
Special thanks to Okanagan and his wife Muggs and all their friends for their welcome and hospitality during our three days in Kelowna area - especially the side tour and commentary. Much appreciated and hope I can reciprocate should you ever find yourselves in my neck of the woods.
Saw lots of wildlife - fortunately not up close and personal. Apparently missed a pod of Orcas by 5 minutes (great excuse for a return trip all by itself).
Lessons learned -not too many really.....learned the Wee is a great, reliable and uncomplaining companion, even with a full camp gear and me aboard but can't complain about 58 mpg average. A couple of times I missed the higher torque of my old GS1100 but overall a completely tractable and fine handling machine as I suspected. A couple of things I'll economize on next time but overall pretty good.
Best investment - the FAMSA tank set which really helped me distribute weight properly and efficiently as well as taking some wind off the upper legs and knees. Weather was above average, except for the 3.5 days coming home where it got a little chilly and had to hotel it. I treated myself to packing along my Outback oven for the single burner stove and enjoyed fresh biscuits and brownies and baked meals (as opposed to fried), whenever I felt like it.
Biggest disappointment? - loading all the custom routes into my Garmin GPS wiped out all the detailed maps I had loaded in previously (I should have double checked this before actually starting to use the GPS for real). I did realize something was wrong howeverr when the route took me "through" Okanagan Lake to Kelowna. I guess that's why they still sell paper maps.! Know better next time.
Provincial parks were terrific and well appointed, even better when you get the seniors discount because you have a full head of grey hair - even though you're barely in your fifties.! I got a good sleep every night, even in Golden BC, sandwiched between the downhill portion of the Trans Canada and the accompanying engine brakes of transports and the shunting freight trains in the valley below me.
Pattman- pleasure to see you in Craigallatchie and hope rest of trip for you wasn't too cold or rainy.
BC will definitely have a repeat customer.
Thanks and safe riding,
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but desperation is it's father........... (Bell)