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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Riding dirt in the BC interior....

Monday, the 11th of June, had a GREAT weather forecast (+29C and CAFB - about 80F, and 'Clear As a Frigging Bell' as we used to say in the Airforce...), so what could I do..., but "saddle-up" and go riding.

I left my home in the northern part of Kelowna about 8:30, then rode along Lake Okanagan on some nice, twisty paved roads past the Grey Monks Winery, then a few kms of dirt, to Vernon, to continue towards Kamloops for awhile on 97. FORTUNATELY I stopped at the cycle shop at the north end of Vernon (NEVER pass an opportunity to see what's new and exciting...!) to find they were having a 50% OFF sale on AGV helmets. I checked them out and arranged to ride back yesterday (12th) and bought TWO.

Westwold, 55 kms up 97 from Vernon, is the start point for the Douglas Lake Road, and my planned start point into the interior. This road follows the Salmon River to Douglas Lake, turning to dirt shortly after it starts, climbing up to the interior plateau which is home to Canada's LARGEST ranch, the "Douglas Lake Cattle Company" with over HALF A MILLION acres! Very neat to come around a curve and see the red roofs reflected in a pond. Place even has its own chapel.

My large scale set of maps indicated that I could proceed southeasterly from there, on more dirt via Pennask Lake, then join the "Connector", Hwy 97C, back to home, so, off I went. (BTW, the Green Hornet is shod with ContiMotion tires, NOT DS ones!)

My GPS indicated I was travelling along the Douglas Lake Road till a crossroads where I turned at the Pennask Lake sign, then said I was following the Pennask Lake Road, so all was good. Followed this for probably an hour, then my GPS changed to just indicating my direction - NO road name. Looked at the large scale maps again, figured I was still "good-to-go", so I programmed the GPS to take me home, figuring it would hook me up to the "Connector". I continued for 30 minutes till I saw a mud-hole across the whole road, then, as the GPS was still NOT "locked-on", figured, as I was riding alone, that maybe discretion 'suggested' I turn back and retrace till I got to someplace recognizable. On the way back on that un-named road I viewed a bull moose in velvet and a medium sized black bear, but was not able to take any pictures.

Finally my GPS showed a road name, then started giving me directions "home", as I continued west. Finally pavement arrived and I could see Nicola Lake and Hwy 5A ahead, with a sign saying Kelowna was about 150 kms.


An hour and a half later (5:30PM) I pulled into my driveway, after riding 460 kms (368 miles) of which pretty close to 200 kms (120 miles) was dirt road. When I gassed up I had used 19.3L for 23.8 kms/L, 67.2 mpgImperial or 53.8 mpgUS.

GREAT ride, although going "solo" was NOT the brightest thing I've ever done....


Hope you enjoy my pictures of the ride.

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Great pics, thanks. Other than all the green, the trees, the lake and 30 degrees less temperature, kinda reminds me of Florence. Not.
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Very cool. Love your pics
I got a little taste of your area last summer when I had a quick 3 day blast around the Kamloops area. Loved it so much I immediately bought Destination Highways BC when I got home but sadly have not had a chance to get back there yet.
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Great pics, thanks for posting! (what's that buzzing outside my window?)
Pretty sure that route isn't in the DH-BC book, you were doing a Max Burns.
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...Pretty sure that route isn't in the DH-BC book, you were doing a Max Burns.
MAX BURNS???

Now HERE is a well-read man! Good on ya Baron650!

Used to enjoy his writing MORE than the others, and I BELIEVE he has an article in the latest "Cycle Canada"... (it's in the 'pile', but I've been too busy riding to get to it!).

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Thanks for the pictures, looks like a great place to ride.
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Question.... my manual says 19 litre fuel capacity (though made in Thailand)????
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Question.... my manual says 19 litre fuel capacity (though made in Thailand)????
The "Green Hornet" is a 2009, California model. I removed the charcoal canister so that I could fill HIGHER than the bottom of the filler-neck. I fill while sitting on my V, and fill to the TOP of the neck (but NEVER unless I'll be riding at least 10 to 15 miles), and, near as I can tell, that lets me add another .3 to .5L, but unless I drain the tank, then refill, I won't know for sure WHAT its capacity is.

IF I'm getting another full litre into it - that's an added 20 to 25 kms.

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Great Idea! More than once I wished I had another few cc's!!!! Ran out just outside of Hope.... coasted down the hill to the gas station! Ran out just outside of Hinton..... pushed it up a hill, shook the **** out of it, started and got to 60 kmph before it quit..... coasted to the gas station! Every time I say never again! I'm all for a little extra fuel!!!!!! ;-)
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Question.... my manual says 19 litre fuel capacity (though made in Thailand)????
Guess I should have mentioned that I stopped for 4L of gas just after I left the dirt, and before the "Connector", as there's NO gas for 127 kms - about 75 miles (which was going to be covered at a "NON" fuel-conserving speed...), then filled up near home, the TWO totaling the 19.3L.

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maybe for next time.
I did a ride arcoss Nevada and held off getting gas in this nice little town and instead was going to wait a fill up at this little station in the middle of highway 50. Unfortunally the station was out of gas and was hitting fumes when I pulled into Austin Nevada

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Hey FastEddie, go for another ride...we need mo' pics!

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Hey FastEddie, go for another ride...we need mo' pics!
Just got back from Seattle area - 957 miles/ 4.5 days.

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Nice pics man, looked like a helluva ride. I could be heading down to Seattle later this season, so I'll be looking out for that report too. Thanks!

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Nice pics man, looked like a helluva ride. I could be heading down to Seattle later this season, so I'll be looking out for that report too. Thanks!

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