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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-18-2016, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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fall color ride in BC's Okanagan Valley...

Just before leaving BC for AZ I decided to go riding, taking pics of some of the brilliant colors that show up that far W. I'll start w/ the road out of my home:



and here are the same trees, but looking BACK uphill:



The rest will be in the order of my ride, starting going N









now along Lake Okanagan.



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NOT quite as much color here where a new winery is planting grapes



and this dirt road goes behind it.



Back onto pavement, entering Vernon



and here's the view towards the airport, and the N end of the lake (which is about 65 miles long).



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returning S

Turned around, now heading back S, here on 'Commonage Rd'





while these of Kalamalka Lake, just E of Lake Okanagan, Woods Lake in the distance.





Now back onto Commonage Rd











In a few miles I transitioned back onto that stretch of dirt road



back towards Lake Okanagan, Kelowna way-y-y up there.




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Got back onto pavement



then back onto the road to my place



w/ UBC Okanagan at the upper right-hand of this last pic.



It was a GREAT way to end my Canadian part of the year (rode 19,456 kms since early April)...!

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Awesome. I left Kelowna when the university was breaking ground, and that whole area was orchards and small farms. Magnificent country. Supposed to be near 100 this weekend here, you should bring beer.

My burning question: is 12v disconnected???

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Awesome. I left Kelowna when the university was breaking ground, and that whole area was orchards and small farms. Magnificent country. Supposed to be near 100 this weekend here, you should bring beer.

My burning question: is 12v disconnected???

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Burp-p-p..., as I put down the frosty-looking Tecate....

THAT sign is to remind me to disconnect my heated jacket liner before I get OFF - it works..., SOMETIMES...!

Joe - we gotta get together for a ride sometime.

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Fun would ensue.....

I've been researching some rides around PHX, some longer trips like a back way to Jerome etc. I saw you did the BDR or parts of it, do you have a couple 'don't miss' rides??? There's a ton of info on ADVRider, so much great riding in AZ.

Last - have you done BACK way to Crown King on your V?

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Fun would ensue.....

I've been researching some rides around PHX, some longer trips like a back way to Jerome etc. I saw you did the BDR or parts of it, do you have a couple 'don't miss' rides??? There's a ton of info on ADVRider, so much great riding in AZ.

Last - have you done BACK way to Crown King on your V?

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Isn't the ride I did last year to Crown King, the BACK WAY...?

LOTS of "don't miss" rides in AZ...!

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Reminds me of why I miss riding around BC, besides the folks I know there that is. Thanks for the pics..............now enjoy Arizona. I need to get back down that way myself and ride some more of Route 66.
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[QUOTE=fasteddiecopeman;1242298]Isn't the ride I did last year to Crown King, the BACK WAY...?

If you drove through Cleator both there and back, nope - the 'back way' is up through Lake Pleasant. I read your ride report some time ago, so not sure. The back way has several tougher stretches, which I've not yet done, none as hard as BDR I'm sure. You may have, just not sure. Front way is all graded gravel - beautiful in spots though, and still lots of fun.

Pondering a 'Versys rally' in AZ some time early 2017 for any and all of you that may be in the area. I'm discovering, as FastEddie has asserted - there's lots of must-see rides here, some best in summer (north rim, Grand Canyon) and others best in winter (south) - but great rides all year, ideally suited to a Versys rider with a bit of skill and prep!

And FastEddie will be here with his 100 year old bottle of..... scotch? Bourbon? Labatts Blue?

Welcome all. Cheers!!
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Caveat: I don't know for a fact FastEddie is willing to share his 'old grandad', or ancient bottles of 'Blue' (Canickistan brew), or whatever else he may have brewed up in his spare time..... but come for the ride anyway. The only rule is 'Epic'.
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Joe - just looking at my maps: we went THRU Cleator on the way IN, then W of Crown King we transitioned to the "Senator Hwy" and NW up to Prescott. The name - Senator Hwy - belies the fact that it was a VERY GNARLY, NASTY 'trail' (at least - in SEVERAL LONG sections!).

Would I "do" it again...?

NOPE.

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Yes, that's definitely the round trip and the back way is apparently much more dirt bike oriented in a few spots. I'll take that as good advice, and stick to the less killer routes for now. Heading up through 7 springs (N of Carefree) and up FR41, perhaps all the way to New River. I believe the Great Western Trail runs up that way too. Thanks for the feedback. Cheers!
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