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dirt to the Douglas Ranch (and back...)

Wednesday I started out at 0820 w/ my neighbor (who rides a Duc, as well as a BMW Dakar 650) for a day of "fun" in the dirt, riding to the largest cattle ranch in Canada, about 40 miles W as the 'crow flies', but a "tad" further via dirt roads, which transition near the town of Peachland on Lake Okanagan. I had removed the LT saddlebags for weight and width issues, and attached my old 'manuals-bag' from when I was flying, to hold water and tools. It was "cool" enough that I wore my heated jacket liner under my Kilimanjaro jacket, ON at LOW.... We stopped so John could get a coffee here, in Peachland.



Soon we headed W again,



then onto a heavily rutted dirt road, foreshadowing pretty much the NEXT 180 kms (112 miles...), but it WAS clear....











As we approached the Coquihalla Hwy "Connector", BC 97C, OUR route took a 90 degree left turn





to parallel it a 'ways' before riding under it.
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On the other side of 97C we stopped for a quick "rest" stop



then our route followed along and beneath the power lines, LOTS of standing on the 'pegs







then we transitioned onto "Douglas Ranch" land, private but road access allowed.







Looks like a good place for a lunch break...







but soon it was time to 'mount-up' again, continuing in a NW direction.





This is NOT the ranch "home quarter" yet - it's a bit further N.








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Soon the historical marker for the ranch appeared beside the road,



we crossed the Nicola River



then onto the "home quarter" which includes a place of worship.



John had noticed a 'wiggly-line' on his forestry map that appeared to join the Ranch to Lake Okanagan's Westside Road on a local Indian band's reservation, so finding it was our plan, and soon we were on it, heading E, and DOWN...!





(By that time I had been able to turn my jacket from LOW to OFF......)



Where this pic was taken the side of the road disappears down a 'scree' slope a few hundred feet, probably ONE good rain-storm away from heading down TOO...!



Below, along the road, BOTH sides of the mountains are just a jumble of boulders. Scary looking, but eventually the descent leveled off



and 15 minutes later we arrived onto West Side Road, and PAVEMENT...!



Another hour of 'not-dusty-riding' (remember I was riding in dust the whole day as only John had the route in HIS GPS!), and we arrived at home.



When I gassed-up, my fuel mileage worked out to 78 mpgImperial (62.4 mpgUS), but quite a bit was 'slogging' along at lower speeds....

Took me several hours Thursday to wash that dust off the GREEN HORNET TOO....

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I just took some time to come up w/ maps for this ride. I took pics of a 'topo' map, then added colored 'shading' to show our route.

Grey is the paved parts, both start and finish; blue is the first half of the dirt from Peachland to the Douglas Ranch; then red shows the trails thru Indian land down to the Westside Road. Hope they're easy to follow....






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Looks like a great ride. Thanks for sharing.

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I am jealous.............that kind of ride is why I bought the Versys. I tried some gravel roads today with the OEM street tires and not bad at all.
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I rode all THREE of my Vs on dirt on the OEM Dunlops, till they wore down enough to get changed-out, and I figure that probably comes to 3 to 5,000 miles. NEVER on mud, and ALWAYS carefully...!

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Thanks for sharing the story and photos.

This my favorite time of year!

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Making me homesick... traveled those routes in a mis-spent youth, 4x4 full of beer... mmmmmm. Well done, Sir.
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i had to go back and look at my route to see how close i was to Douglas Ranch when i went through there NW to SE...fairly close, camped at Adams Lake, not far to the NE.

plenty of gravel roads around there.
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jdrocks - "... i had to go back and look at my route to see how close i was to Douglas Ranch when i went through there NW to SE...fairly close, camped at Adams Lake, not far to the NE.

plenty of gravel roads around there...."

Pretty area, and just a FEW miles N of the world-famous "Adams River salmon run" which comes up SOON...!

Adams River Salmon Society, Shuswap, BC, Salmon Run, Salute to the Sockeye | The salmon of the North Shuswap

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