A couple of days back I decided to ride to a lake on top of the mountains east of my house, Postill Lake. That entailed about 30 kms of dirt road, there-and-back, so I had two choices - wash the GREEN HORNET, or find some MORE dirt to justify wasting water later (I guess there's a THIRD option - leave it dirty, but, it's NOT a KLR...
ANOTHER road heads up those 'hills', but further north a ways, going to Beaver Lake, then branches onto another dirt road heading north to just east of Vernon where it descends to the bottom of the valley, and pavement again.
Headed up the hill, mostly on the foot-pegs due the pot-holes and ruts, and took a panoramic pic of Beaver Lake before leaving, then turning north (Dees Lake Road???). That road gets rather crappy, ruts, holes, curves w/ 'pit-run' gravel covering them, and a BIT of mud.
The GPS gave me an idea of what was around the next bend for awhile, then the road disappeared from its database, with just "riding north" showing on the screen, so it made sense to be extra careful. I did see a couple of quads speeding towards me as I rounded one corner, wrong side of the road,
which underlined the importance of being vigilant!
There's logging up there, punctuated by the appearance of a logging truck barreling towards me in a cloud of dust - again - stay vigilante. -
I took a few shots of a logged area (NOT a clear-cut) for those who've not seen much of that. Soon the road started its descent, and a few thousand feet of elevation later I was on its floor, heading to Vernon to have a look at the KTM store (ALL of the new 1190 Adventure KTMs were already sold-out!), then reverse course and head south to home, arriving after an adventurous 140 kms - about 87 miles.
GOOD ride, and now I was 'justified' in washing the bike...!