Thursday, October 1, 2009

Beutiful Beulah Dirtbike Weekend - 9/09

B.C. kicks off this years Beulah dirtbike ride with some plasma cutting on Aaron's ramp.

Cisneros trailhead roundup! What's with the "Green Bike" Harry?

On top of Cisneros (11K feet elevation) and sideways blowing snow. "What are we doing here?"

You can see the snow blowing in this Pic.

Tom puts on gear!

Break on Pole Creek Trl.

Lunch break!

Bryan, just getting up after sliding into a tree!

B.C. and Aaron!

Nice camp!

Old engines!

Second day ride! The hard stuff is behind!

Silver Circle and Oak Ridge trails!

High above Beulah lunch stop!

"Hero Boy" - Roman!

Ed ("Jr.") voted to keep going past the gate based on how the tough the trail was that we'd just come down, but we turned around here.

B.C. and his new 7MM. It kicks!

We laid out some firepower!

Steve and Harry!

Mel, Steve V. and Aaron tackle St. Charles Trail!

Pikes Peak from on top of St. Chas. peak!

Aaron on snack break!

Mel almost to the Cisneros! Steve V. photo

Aaron starts on a flat repair! A beautiful lunch spot!

Lake San Isabel with Aspens turning!

After riding St. Charles, Aaron still has energy for firewood cutting!

Steve L. Terri, and Mel hike to the St. Charles river below Joi's cabin!

This part of trail has a "nice" drop-off on the left!

A beautiful day at the river!

The Greenhorn Mountains from Bryan's cabin!

Bryan's composting outhouse! Very comfortable inside!

Tom's well drilling crew, ready for work!

Within about 30 minutes, these guys were set-up and drilling! It's loud and dusty!

After the first 40 feet, they attach this "blow-out" pipe to get the dust away from them!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the good times and we can't wait for next years ride.

While not part of the Beulah ride, the day after I got home, Tom and I rode to Mexico for lunch. At least it was authentic enough to be in Mexico.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Discovery Coast Passage - Circle Route

First camp on the way to Anacortes. Walmart, of course!

A couple of years ago, our friend Helen proposed a trip to Bella Coola on motorcycles. Soon after she read some British Columbia tourist brochures that talked about a 18% "hill" leaving Bella Coola on dirt and climbing to almost 5,000 feet. She dropped out but I was "hooked". We just finished the trip with my brother Doyle, from Texas and my wife Sandie. Doyle trailered his bike to our house, we loaded our V-Strom and we were off. We left our RV in Anacortes and loaded the bikes on a ferry for Sidney on Vancouver Island. Here's a Pic of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

After the ferry trip from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, Vancouver Island, we rode about an hour to
Chemainus where they are noted for their large murals on many buildings around town. We stayed in this quaint hotel. Lot's of suffering - no WiFi!

This mural of the first sawmill (1862) was in the city park.

We took a sidetrip to the west side of Vancouver Island and had Fish and Chips in Ucluelet.

Sandie and I rode across the island to Gold River while Doyle took a break.

Here's Telegraph Cove, a fishing village with houses on stilts around the harbor.

The whale museum was very good.

Doyle and Sandie, ready for our whale watching cruise. The boat had twin 625 HP Volvo's and we went 55 miles to find the Orcas. Lunch on the boat was great. Mackay Whale Watching is the way to go in Port McNeil.

We saw Sea Lions, Humpbacks, and Orcas but we all thought the 100's of Pacific White Sided dolphins pacing us, was the highlight of the day.

One of the Orcas we saw.

We left Port Hardy for Bella Coola on the Queen of Chilliwack and it was "Sold Out". Most of the passengers were "First Nation" people who had been on vacation. The aisles were full of air mattresses and blankets. I set my tent up on the deck and camped for two nights as we visited Bella Bella, Shearwater, Ocean Falls, and Klemtu on our way to Bella Coola.

Bella Bella!

The passages/ straits were beautiful.

The Chilliwack at Klemtu where we spent three hours on shore.

We arrived at Bella Coola at 6 AM and enjoyed this sunrise on our way in.

Bella Coola!

While we were eating breakfast we garnered some local Info that led us to some cool rock carvings. They could be 1,000 or more years old?

Waterfalls along the Bella Coola valley.

This is the top of the famous "Hill" out of Bella Coola. The brochures advertise 18% grades but I only saw signs for 14%. It was forty miles of well graded dirt and was quite easy on the motorcycles.

From Bella Coola, we rode to Williams Lake and then on to Whistler. We saw some awesome glacier views along the way.

We found a really nice hotel in Whistler Village and decided to ride the lifts to check out the World Record setting Peak2Peak gondola they put in last year. It spans 1.8 miles and runs 1,400 feet above the valley floor.

It's up there!

More glaciers on the way to Vancouver.

I read about Harrison Hot Springs in the BC tourist brochure and it wasn't too far from Vancouver. We had great views from our room and five pools heated by the hot springs. Great!

We re-grouped at our MoHo (in a boat storage lot in Anacortes), then took the ferry to Lopez Island to spend a couple of nights with our friends John and Tina. We enjoyed the super hospitality and the riding around the island.

Here's the view from John's deck.

Twelve days and 1,800 miles on the motorcycles. The ferry mileage must have been around 300. A great trip!