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Well I'm all packed, cleaned, lubed gassed up and ready to hit the road early tomorrow. First stop is to get a new tourance on the front to match the one on the back then its off to the wilds of BC. I will be spending a couple of days or so around Valemount to visit a mountain where I scatterd my dads ashes 30 years ago.
The plan is to spending some quality time with him as I also celebrate my 60th with a single malt toast over looking a heli-ski run called Morning Glory.
After that it is off to Vancouver via the Pemberton route. If all goes as planned I will be in Vancouver for a few days and then on to Victoria to ride with my brother and his 25 yr old Beemer. (He will probably still kick my ass on the twisties)
After that we plan on heading out together to visit our sister in Salmon Arm and then I would like to head south and come home through the Crowsnest Pass.
If you spot a loaded down Red Wee with an old fart looking lost that might just be me.

First star on the right and straight on 'til morning.
Onward...
 

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Me, too!

I start my trek tomorrow morning. I'll be going to Calgary via the #3 all the way in. There will be 2 overnights where ever I feel like stopping and many pitstops along the way for photo ops.

The return trip will be through Banff and Jasper down the Thompson Valley with a hop over to Pemberton and down home through Whistler.

I can't wait to get going!!

Thanks to everyone for their sage advise. It was greatly appreciated and I have adjusted my emergency kit accordingly!

Talk to ya when I get back!

Sharon

ps. - Bruce: My e-mail server is presently down so I haven't been able to get back to you. I'll continue to try throughout the evening.
 

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Made it to Vancouver.
I did manage to get to the top of my mountain thanks to the very tremendous hospitality of the Canadian Mountain Holidays crew at the Caribou lodge. They went way beyond nice to make my trip to my dads final resting place a complete sucess..
The Wee was lots of fun while travelling up and down the logging road to the lodge. I did manage however to spend an hour or so, in 30 degree celsius heat, getting a fully loaded Wee back on its feet. F***ng sand! And it happened only about 1/2 Km from pavement as I was leaving.:mad: (picture to follow)

There is a really nice quiet little road from Little Fort to just near 100 mile house I would recomend. The camping at Bridge Lake, about halfway, is very nice.

The road from Lillouete(spelling?) to Pemberton has been worth the trip by itself. Definitely a road built for bikes. After getting past a parade of slow moving motorhomes I had the road almost to myself.
The road is a a bit rough in spots but even so I managed to get going as fast as I was comfortable with. (and a little bit faster on occasion.) Eee Haww:D

The Strom has been a dream to be travelling on. I have done a couple of 700Km days and have been quite comfortable. Well except for a bit of rush hour in downtown Van. But that is another story.

Right now I am in Vancouver having a very nice visit with my very pregnant eldest daughter and chilling out..

I have a bunch of pictures but the editing software on my daughters computer will not let me resize and 3024X2016 is just too big.
 

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Hah, I just got back from Bridge Lake! I guess you camped at the provincial park, just off the highway?

I hope you went for a hike through the trails behind the camping area. I grew up in those trails. They don't get used much these days and they're a bit overgrown.

15 years ago, or so, I spread my grandfather's ashes in the lake, just off the point in the park. I landed two 3 lb rainbows there, in front of the island, a few days ago. I like to think he had something to do with it.

That's my favourite spot in the whole world.

You should have said that's where you were headed. You could have camped with me! (we were on the north side of the lake, at the other end - lots of parking for Stroms :D .)
 

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Yes, it is a beautiful lake. I just picked the little Provincial park green tree symbol from the map because the name sounded interesting and was the right distance for the days ride. I am very glad I did.
I really liked being serenaded to sleep by the sound of loons calling and fish jumping. It felt like a far more remote lake than it is. Definitely worth another early morning swim some time.
A very nice place for a final rest.
 

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My brother called last night and he changed our plans a bit. He is coming over on the first ferry tomorrow!!
The plan now is to head inland to Salmon Arm and our sisters ranch. Although I will miss Victoria this trip, on the plus side I will get more riding time with my brother. He had not originally planned on bringing his bike to the ranch.
 
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