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a couple of days of dirt in the BC interior, 18 and 19 July

This thread will start w/ the 17th - the weather had been quite hot, but a "dry-lightning" storm started just before sunset, so my wife and I sat on our balcony watching the lightning. I know that 'conventional-wisdom' says that lightning NEVER strikes the same place twice, but from our vantage point it SURE looked like multi-strikes hit the same place (AND appeared to follow exactly the same path thru the sky!).... When it began pouring rain we headed back inside, and to bed.

The planned ride w/ my neighbor John who rides a BMW Dakar 650 single, was from Kelowna thru some nice mixed dirt-roads and pavement, to Princeton, then 'exploring' thru "Gold Country", so an early start was planned - leave at 0600.

I pushed the GREEN HORNET TOO out of the garage just as the sun 'peeked' over the eastern horizon



then back inside to 'gear-up'. My wife joined me, then offered to take my pic, the sun just above the horizon now....



I waved "Good-bye!" then rode up the street to John's place where his BMW was in the driveway.

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The initial part of our ride to Summerland is pretty "bland", but John knows some good roads to there, so he led, and I experienced a BETTER way to get to Peachland. It soon was evident that the lightning had done some damage, a fire evident across Lake Okanagan from Peachland



and as we continued, now on BC 97, MORE were showing up on our left - the E side of the lake - as well as what appeared to be an inconsequential bit of smoke on the W side, just above the highway, [but which as of yesterday had become over 1,000 hectares causing MANY evacuations!].

Additionally - these fires are almost exactly 15 years (to the day!) from the MONSTER fire of '03 that destroyed over 200 homes, and one of the FIVE I was seeing at one time was in the same place that the MONSTER fire had begun.

A few minutes later we turned W thru Summerland, back onto the dirt road towards Princeton, and saw the LARGEST fire so far, enveloping a mountain to the S of us.



The roads were laced w/ calcium chloride keeping dust to a minimum, so we kept up a pretty good pace, after Princeton joining the Otter Valley Road thru Gold Country, our first stop in Coalmont in front of the historic hotel





then over to Otter Lake for a quick pee.



The gold-rush town of Granite Creek is about three or four miles SE of Coalmont, so that was our next stop.





There's a self-guided walking tour, so we walked in the footsteps of pioneers. This was a VERY wealthy place 110 years ago!

Some of the old buildings are still there





There wasn't enough left of the 'Sport Shop' - a brothel - behind the cabin, but here's a shot of the cabin.

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day 1 - 18th July continued....

On my way out from Granite Creek, I took pics of some historic sites that I believe are original, but renewed.

First - a 'strange' weather-vane



then some neat buildings, and HUMOR!









From Coalmont we passed thru Tulameen and N on the "Coalmont Road" to where it 'forks' and took the left fork, which goes thru some NICE scenery,







and I even saw a "Loonie" that was NOT on a coin...



then continued NW



towards the Coquihalla Highway (BC 5)



where I stopped for a pic of John riding thru the tunnel.

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18th July continued AGAIN!

We turned N after passing under the Coquihalla, headed towards Merritt, planning a 'loop' to the N and W thru Spences Bridge, then back for camping, but John's thermometer was reading 34C (93F) and he wanted to 'rest-up' during the heat of the day, so we just headed W on BC 8 to a campground about 40 kms W of Merritt, where we looked for a shady spot. We found one, got off our bikes, and relaxed, deciding NOT to keep riding as planned due the high temps,





so I said I would put up my tent while he rested, which I proceeded to do....



We had planned to eat at a restaurant, so at 1600 we saddled-up, rode E to a road-house we'd seen earlier, then, when we learned what the "special" was (steak w/ mushrooms, fries or salad, AND a glass of beer = $17.00!), we BOTH ordered it. The motto of the place: "A real man does what's right, even when nobody's watching!"

After supper we picked up a six-pack of [something chilled] then rode back to camp. Gear OFF, then down by the river to enjoy our beer as well as some peanuts-in-the-shell that'd found their way into my saddle-bag, a 'sliver' moon watching us!



The beer gone - time for bed - so I climbed into my tent, then took this pic as it started cooling off.



Today had put 352.1 kms (219 miles) on our odometers BEFORE we rode off for dinner, during six hours of riding, and a LOT of it dirt!

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Granite Creek on the 18th July.

I took a bunch of pics of the various INFO SIGNS on that 'self-guided-tour', and MAYBE some of you might appreciate learning a bit more about the place. When you read #5 (I know it's kind of hard to read...), you'll see that people were picking up gold nuggets that sold for $90 to $100 apiece.

Bare in mind that gold was about $17/ounce, so THOSE nuggets were BIG-G-G! Also - a 'filler' of another log cabin returning to nature.
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Day 2 - 19th July... ALSO "Day last" for this ride!

Woke up early, as usual, about "oh-dark-thirty" (0500 hrs for those NOT familiar w/ 'military time').

The plan was to get breakfast at a restaurant in Merritt, on the ride home which was planned to be via the Douglas Lake Road, and by the "Douglas Lake Cattle Company", one of Canada's largest ranches, then to Westwold, E on BC 97 to Vernon, then S to home along Lake Okanagan.

NO coffee, or anything in camp, so I brushed my teeth, then got busy 'breaking camp'. As I was doing that a llama walked over thru another part of the campground, and John said that he saw several more,



but I didn't bother searching or looking. Just loading up the GREEN HORNET TOO.... Soon we were both ready, and despite a gnawing little NAGGING thought about doing a "walk-around" check of the bike, I suited-up, threw a leg over, started the engine, 'snicked' the transmission into first, turned the bars a bit left and released the clutch.

WHAM!!! I immediately fell left, my head bouncing off the rocky ground along w/ my camera (around my neck!) [thank God for helmets!!!], the bike on top of me, sharp PAIN in my left hip or groin, but I was NOT 'pinned', so reached up turning the ignition OFF, a torrent of NOT "gee-whizzes" issuing from my lips as I pulled myself out from under, knowing that my Mom would have handed me a bar of soap and told me to "wash my mouth out".

My first thoughts were "How did I not see that HUGE rock that knocked me down!?" as John came to help me right the bike. We BOTH saw my disc-lock on the right-front disc (the night before, AFTER having several beers I'd put the disc-lock ON, but I failed to do my usual 'protocol' - I carry the disc-lock in a denim bag, so NORMALLY when I remove it I put the bike keys back into the bag - that way, as soon as I find the keys [in the bag] I remove the disc-lock, but had NOT done so, and NOW I was "reaping the rewards" of my dereliction of duty....), so I removed the disc-lock and we got the bike UP and on its sidestand.

I checked the bike for damage, noticing that my saddle-bag was cracked, but did NOT open it for fear of not being able to close it again - just hoping it would make it home to where I can check it out.

After checking my helmet for any APPARENT damage (none...), putting my camera around my neck AGAIN, I 'limped' back to it, did the "walk-around" check, got ON and hit the starter - all OK. Now to ride to Merritt for brekkie.

I followed John, but stopped to take a pic of a small ranch a few miles from camp



and soon we were in Merritt, helmets off, then into a restaurant.
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in Merritt...

We each ordered an omelet, toast and coffee, then when we finished, walking to our bikes I saw that country-music singer murals were painted on the sides of buildings, as well as there being "Country Music Stars" like the ones in Hollywood, here-and-there in the sidewalks.





Then it 'dawned' on me that Merritt holds country music festivals fairly often, and because I'd just ridden thru town w/out leaving the highway the numerous times I'd been thru, I'd never seen that 'side' of the town.

Onto our bikes, stopping to gas them up, headed E onto BC 5A, then N on it till the turn-off for the Douglas Lake Road, soon onto dirt w/ a beautiful day beckoning to us.



We stopped at a look-out named "Prince Philip Lookout", named (I'm sure) for a visit by the Queen and Philip to the Ranch, where I finally took a GOOD look at the damage to my bike. The SW-Motech crash-bars that look rather unsubstantial had done a VG job, getting only SLIGHTLY marked while protecting the turn-signal and plastic fairings (if NOT the saddle-bag!). [I'll include interior and exterior pics of the bag taken when we got home.]











Here's the Douglas Lake Ranch 'home-buildings'



plus an 'old' barn



then more of the surroundings,



and I believe I mentioned a 'bit' of dirt in the area?







The dirt road continues to BC 97 at Westwold where we stopped at a "50s Diner" for an ice cream treat, seeing there a '75 Honda 750 Four (had 22,000 miles) from E Ontario, a fellow and his wife touring Canada, then we headed E via Vernon, arriving home at noon.

We had ridden 610 kms (380 miles) in a day-and-a-half in pretty typical BC weather!
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the forest fires...

On the first day I showed evidence of fires near Peachland and Summerland started by the lightning from the 17th. There was quite a bit of smoke in the area when we got home on the 19th, w/ the sunset being particularly colorful, so I got out my camera, these first four from the 19th evening.





the NEXT taken pointing SW, the Peachland fire to the mountain at the right



then back to the band of smoke above the horizen as the sun slipped below the horizon.



Yesterday (20th July) I kept an eye on that fire, my camera nearby, and got these - the last at sunset.









After dark I took another look thru binoculars, and was able to see the 'red' of fires, but today it APPEARS that the fire's been 'knocked-down'.



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We each ordered an omelet, toast and coffee, then when we finished, walking to our bikes I saw that country-music singer murals were painted on the sides of buildings, as well as there being "Country Music Stars" like the ones in Hollywood, here-and-there in the sidewalks.


Then it 'dawned' on me that Merritt holds country music festivals fairly often, and because I'd just ridden thru town w/out leaving the highway the numerous times I'd been thru, I'd never seen that 'side' of the town.

Onto our bikes, stopping to gas them up, headed E onto BC 5A, then N on it till the turn-off for the Douglas Lake Road, soon onto dirt w/ a beautiful day beckoning to us.



We stopped at a look-out named "Prince Philip Lookout", named (I'm sure) for a visit by the Queen and Philip to the Ranch, where I finally took a GOOD look at the damage to my bike. The SW-Motech crash-bars that look rather unsubstantial had done a VG job, getting only SLIGHTLY marked while protecting the turn-signal and plastic fairings (if NOT the saddle-bag!). [I'll include interior and exterior pics of the bag taken when we got home.]




The dirt road continues to BC 97 at Westwold where we stopped at a "50s Diner" for an ice cream treat, seeing there a '75 Honda 750 Four (had 22,000 miles) from E Ontario, a fellow and his wife touring Canada, then we headed E via Vernon, arriving home at noon.

We had ridden 610 kms (380 miles) in a day-and-a-half in pretty typical BC weather!
Hard to tell but off in the distance it looks like a gate, is this view of the dirt road or is this a view from the dirt road?
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I would give an attempt at repairing the bag (unless you want to use insurance). I have a plastic welder but some good old JB Weld on the inside and some plastic bumper repair compound on the outside would fix it right up. A bit of flat or matte black paint and done.
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Hard to tell but off in the distance it looks like a gate, is this view of the dirt road or is this a view from the dirt road?
That's FROM the road we were riding.

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I would give an attempt at repairing the bag (unless you want to use insurance). I have a plastic welder but some good old JB Weld on the inside and some plastic bumper repair compound on the outside would fix it right up. A bit of flat or matte black paint and done.
John came over w/ some "super-duty" epoxy (mixed w/ BLACK ink so it matches the plastic) yesterday, and we "did it up" ROYALLY, so later today we'll do 'coat #2' IF it needs it.

I WILL take some pics....

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Great pics and write up Eddie. Would not expect any less from a "Super Moderator"...Lol.

Man what a shame you tipped over and broke your pannier. Thinking O'l Murphy was just waiting to catch you on this one. I'll bet this was the first time in a long time you neglected doing a proper "pre-flight."

Love that Bank, Saloon, Barber store. Kinda like an old time Walmart Super Center.

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Great pics and write up Eddie. Would not expect any less from a "Super Moderator"...Lol! Love that Bank, Saloon, Barber store. Kinda like an old time Walmart Super Center.

Thanks for sharing.
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...Thinking O'l Murphy was just waiting to catch you on this one. I'll bet this was the first time in a long time you neglected doing a proper "pre-flight."....
I'm HOPING that this little 'episode' will stay in my mind, so that I do NOT do it (or something similar!) again, any time soon!



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the saddle-bag is "FIXED"!

Took this pic of the GREEN HORNET TOO's 'damaged' bag a few hours ago.



Here's what it looked like when it occurred.



John did a MASTERFUL job working w/ the epoxy, which happened over two days (giving it LOADS of time to 'cure'), and here's the inside AFTER curing.



Today, just for additional "insurance" I bought some "GORILLA TAPE", then added some over the top of the internal bag-repairs.





When I got back from the ride I had removed the left saddle-bag which was a BUGGAR to get off the bike...! SOMEHOW the mechanism that you 'pull UP' was NOT moving fully, feeling VERY rough as if filled w/ sand! While John was letting the epoxy 'set-up' I got busy figuring out HOW to take the locking mechanism (as well as the 'lovely' green cover at the top of the bag) OFF to access the "internals".

Going by memory - there are FOUR small JIS screws holding the green cover ON, and FOUR 'Torx' screws (from the interior of the bag) holding the lock-mechanism, PLUS THREE very small JIS screws needing a JIS bit to remove them AFTER removing a small layer of silicone over the tops of them (sealing them?), THIS on the REAR of the bag, at the top. You'd probably call them 'Philips', but EASILY damaged IF you don't use the JIS bit - just looked, and there's NO number on the bit, but I BELIEVE it's a size 0.

LUCKILY, as I removed the locking mechanism, I saw a VERY small piece of plastic fall out, and saved it. The piece was from the "slider" that is turned by the key moving a locking piece laterally, the small piece shown by a RED arrow (after I had epoxied it back into place w/ John)....





Here's a view of the whole mechanism w/ the "slider" arrayed on TOP, but NOT attached in any way, the little piece epoxied in and marked w/ the RED arrow.. You can see the "tit" from the key that fits into the LARGE end of the slider (as seen ABOVE), at the lower right, BELOW.



NOW it all seems to be "tickety-boo" again...!

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I apologize if any of you were trying to read this as I kept having to 'go back' to clarify things, so it was "up and down" several times....


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