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post #1 of 29 Old 05-17-2015, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, bike was packed last night and my lovely other half is preparing my last breakfast at home for several weeks.
I have no time restraints or schedule . Just intend to enjoy this ride and see some of this great country.
Riding a grey 650 with full set of moto hard bags . If you see me on the trans Canada give me a wave.
Here goes! Lol.
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post #2 of 29 Old 05-17-2015, 12:57 PM
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I'm from the Island, although I live in the far north now. I'm doing a trip down there myself in a couple of weeks.

Do yourself a big favour, either on the way there, or on the way back; rather than travelling through the Frazer valley out to the coast, take the 'back' road. The Duffy Lake road between Lilooett and Whistler. As a route through the mountains to the coast it cannot be beat, and you avoid all of the lower mainland traffic. Great views, very twisty, little traffic. The two times I've used it there wasn't a spec of sand or gravel on the ashphalt anywhere (probably rain washed) you can charge the corners without worry.

If you take that route, you'll use the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal and a bonus is the Sea to Sky highway, also beautiful.

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post #4 of 29 Old 05-18-2015, 04:34 AM
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There are no bad routes.

Contact Stromtroopers when you get there, and you may get some riding
companions on the island. Even if you ride alone, you will have a fine time.

As you ride the coast west of Sooke, reflect that everybody in the entire
vast country of Canada is northeast of you ... you are not the farthest west,
nor the farthest south person in the country, but not a darned one of them
is southwest of you.

If you cross the island eastward from Port Renfrew, imagine EVERY tree
bearing this sign: WINDING ROAD. So many copies of this sign are appropriate
that it would dominate the scenery, so there are none. But wind it does!

Do you gather that I enjoyed riding Vancouver Island? It is true.

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post #5 of 29 Old 05-18-2015, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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I'm from the Island, although I live in the far north now. I'm doing a trip down there myself in a couple of weeks.

Do yourself a big favour, either on the way there, or on the way back; rather than travelling through the Frazer valley out to the coast, take the 'back' road. The Duffy Lake road between Lilooett and Whistler. As a route through the mountains to the coast it cannot be beat, and you avoid all of the lower mainland traffic. Great views, very twisty, little traffic. The two times I've used it there wasn't a spec of sand or gravel on the ashphalt anywhere (probably rain washed) you can charge the corners without worry.

If you take that route, you'll use the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal and a bonus is the Sea to Sky highway, also beautiful.
Thanks for the advice, exactly my plan as my son is in Squamish.
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Broke down in Thunder Bay.

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Assistance in Winnipeg if you require it...ride safe!
Was having a great ride until the strom quit in Wawa. Stopped at a gas station and all my displays went crazy then nothing.
After checking all fuses etc I got a boost from the station manager,great guy and very helpful.
Bike fired up and off I went ,all was good till I came to a construction zone 8 km south of Marathon and she died again. Luckily a few guys were working and I got another boost but had to gas up in Marathon where again she died. Cannot say enough about how helpful northern Ontario folk are.Third boost ofthe day and a full tank got me to Thunder Bay where you guessed it she died right in front of th Prince Arthur Hotel.
And here I sit fed and watered waiting till tomorrow to call the local Suzuki dealer.
By the way it poured from Marathon to TG and looking out of the window it is starting to snow!

Any troopers iN Thunder Bay?
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Thanks Bob . To bad you do not live in Thunder Bay. Broke down here today . See other quotes.
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Eventually you will get there. Along the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, about half-way between Tofino and Ucluelet, is the best campground. WYA Point Resort wyapoint.com is native owned and is one of the greatest campgrounds that my wife and I have ever tented at. Best to call ahead to reserve on of the ocean front tent sites. 1 844-352-6188

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Strom down in Thunder Bay.

Thanks for the encouragement. At my age I do not get to stressed about things.
Suzuki dealer here in Thunder Bay was not any help, pretty disappointing.
Luckily my server at the hotel restaurant told me to try Excalibur Kawasaki in town.
They have been great, got me a new battery and checked my charging circuit and found the voltage regulator was fried. New one ordered but two days before it arrives.
Also offered me a loaner to do some local sightseeing. Can,t fault these guys.
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Nice. Sucks to hear you are having challenges so early on in your trip but I guess that's what makes it an adventure. I can't believe the Suzuki shop couldn't do anything for you. I guess they don't want to stand behind their brand. It's good that the Kawi dealer stepped up though. And a loaner? How can you go wrong? Just trying to get you into a Versys maybe? Lol.
Anyhow, hopefully the adventure continues soon.
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