pretty decent snow fall in Deadwood SD yesterday fyi
i would love to see some kind of collaboration with input for great places to stay / camp and eat and such.Just got back home, may start a ride report to help those out west, I did alot of those routes and stayed at places nearby, all places I stayed at were really great and welcoming.
Also, near superior a lot of the trees have already started changing colour, so when your back shane, you'll be greeted to some nice views.
Also it feels alot colder here at night than out west, I rode the mountains a few times at night and 12-14c with a heated jacket I was comfortable, here, not so, I was freezing, it was 8c at night in Wawa 2 days back, and prairies are also fairly chilly now
was thinking this would be a good idea for a stickied threadi would love to see some kind of collaboration with input for great places to stay / camp and eat and such.
i find others ride reports so helpful.
After being on the island for the past few days now, I think tomorrow morning I will come back and ride the Pacific Circle Loop from Victoria through Port Renfrew instead of the Sunshine Coast. I don’t need to be back at my sisters til 4pm and this loop has a bunch of other roads that are great too.So according to my BC touring connection, the route looks great with one exception: the road to Rossland and then Trail is amazing, near Castlegar. Unfortunately, it's bang in the middle of your longest day, so not sure if it would work.
Same guy offering that advice was up riding the Sunshine Coast today on his 999S, and said the road is still in great shape...
Thanks - I just checked a bunch of locations I will be passing through and all of them look great over the next 10 days. Fingers crossed there are no more surprise cold fronts that pop up later next week.You may need to keep that heated gear handy if you are doing the Rockies toward the east. Looks like we have a lobe of Arctic air reaching down and drifting east slowly. Colorado went from 101F to 33F overnight and of course gradients like that = sturm und drang. Still part of the adventure....I actually prefer chillier weather ( within reason ) to non-stop heat.
Makes total sense. I've done it in a car, and the stretch along the coast is stunning. If it lines up, the Point No Point Resort is totally worth a stop for grub, assuming it's open.After being on the island for the past few days now, I think tomorrow morning I will come back and ride the Pacific Circle Loop from Victoria through Port Renfrew instead of the Sunshine Coast. I don’t need to be back at my sisters til 4pm and this loop has a bunch of other roads that are great too.
You may be tracking behind that cold air lobe. I try to do that when coming back from the west - have seen some wicked lightshows ahead of me. Enjoy the west....it sucks here just now.Thanks - I just checked a bunch of locations I will be passing through and all of them look great over the next 10 days
One thing you'll realise in BC is folks out there get very tinfoil hat about ICBC. They compare rates to Alberta, not understanding that until recently Alberta rates were capped, so were artificially low. (If I had a beef with ICBC, it would be about driver training and the shockingly low bar for licensing.)Several days later I meet a local rider and we start talking about speeding tickets in BC. He explains to me that there is some sort of traffic enforcement division that is managed or paid for by the ICBC, who then hire cops to hand out tickets only within speed traps. Those cops have to follow a policy that they must give you a ticket if they stop you at a dedicated speed trap, however if a regular cop stops you on the road they can just send you off with a warning.
You bet. When I parked my bike on the boat, I looked back and it looked pretty awesome being the only vehicle in there. I jumped of the bike to take a pic and then a few cars had just started to board the vessel. That boat ended up being fully packed as well - just no bikes for some reason.Awesome report, and glad you had fun on the island.
I have to ask: that last photo only has that few cars because it's still loading, right? A 7 pm Saturday ferry in the pre-Covid days would've been packed to the gills and have three hour waits...
Nice. I've also been to Vandusen and really liked it. I've never heard of the Bloedel one though. Thanks - it looks awesome and I'll try to see it next year if we can go back.Awesome report, pics and stories! I'm going to have to go back someday and do these places
Smoke doesn't look too bad, my parents are there now and from the pictures, I couldn't see anything
Buchart Gardens have always been on my list, we did all the ones in Vancouver from Vandusen to the Blodel one, those were lovely, especially during Christmas when all lit up
Blodel is smaller, though it has an aviary with all sorts of tropical birds which is really nice.Nice. I've also been to Vandusen and really liked it. I've never heard of the Bloedel one though. Thanks - it looks awesome and I'll try to see it next year if we can go back.
As for the smoke - it all depends on where you are. It was brutal for me when riding in the south. I think I took a year off my lungs from the exposure to it while riding for so long. I'll post up some pics later.