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Re: Bike rides

Post by funwithmonkeys » 14 Mar 2019 19:56

Byron you should let me know when you come to Byng. I live 6 min away. We go for walks in the trails there all the time with the kids. There are some great trails in Cliff Gilker park really close to Byng also.
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Re: Bike rides

Post by gooned » 14 Mar 2019 20:52

Been to Byng twice with kids, great spot!

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Post by Byron510 » 14 Mar 2019 23:06

Thanks for the heads up guys - I’ve been told it’s a pretty nice place. It must be, wasn’t it once the location for the Pacific Jamboree?
My daughter has been there twice with scouts, I look forward to going this year.

Norm - certainly, sounds like a plan. I’ll hike out to meet you at some point, I’ll know what our schedules is like soon, it is suspect it’ll be in the evening. I’ll bring my woods essence of musk and campfire with me 👍

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Re: Bike rides

Post by gooned » 06 Jun 2019 21:45

If you haven’t watched Frank before....it’s amazing some of the places he crawls into.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCtFNKt_IKBpalOWXuIreW7Q

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Post by bertvorgon » 09 Jul 2019 07:21

Our latest adventure.........

HARRISON LAKE To BOSTON BAR

Matt and I decided to get out of dodge for a day and finish a trip that we tried to do 2 years ago…cross from Harrison Lake to Boston Bar, stopping at the Nahatlatch Forest Fire Lookout for a late lunch.

The term “gravel road” was not suitable on the section from Harrison to the start of the climb, there was NO gravel!!! So much traffic has gone through this part that all the loose gravel bed was gone, just leaving ROCKS sticking up. This was one of the roughest roads I have ever been on…...and I have been on a lot of gravel in my life time. We had to go quite slow.

Then, to start to top off our day, at almost the start of our climb, they were heli-logging, so we had to stop for 45 minutes till the heli ran out of fuel. We did get to talk to two really nice guys from the Czech Republic who were on off-road tour motorcycles, going to do a big loop for the day also. They and two other guys coming the other way were the only people we saw all day.

The lower part of the climb went by fairly quickly. We stopped at the really scenic waterfall up there, when the two Czech fellows came up behind us and the other two guys heading to the lake came by.

Right after the waterfall the climb starts to get quite steep and the bloody cross ditches began. We started to get concerned that they were getting worse in how deep they were and the approaches were quite sharp. Our Tracker has a short wheel base and to hit them, at an angle, again pointed out that as the vehicle went on the diagonal, it started to cross jack and we lose traction. We at least have lots of experience on how to get through these things but, at the same time we did not want to get stuck. Other than the fresh motorcycle tracks, there had been NO vehicle traffic through here.

The clock had been ticking by this point, our travel time had really slowed down due to picking our way through so many cross ditches, at least 30+ before we got to the top of the pass. Our concern became what would the down side of the pass be like; we sure did not want to go BACK the way we came! As we crossed over the top of the pass, some 5,000 feet in elevation, the road surface changed markedly, and, the cross ditching became less severe.

It was now 2 PM so we stopped for our obligatory fire, beer and a steak, catching a break in the light rain for a clear spot of sun.

Another 20 km rolled by and we were down where the road crosses the Nahatlatch River, electing to popup to see the start of the lake chain and visit the old trappers cabin, sadly covered in graffiti. I can remember back in the 70’s when this area first opened up, not easy to get to as there was an aerial car ferry that only took 4 cars I think to cross the Fraser River to Boston Bar. The bridge really let the masses head up here.

As the day had just blown by with being so slow on all the cross ditches, we elected to not head up to the Nahatlatch Fire Lookout. That would have taken another two hours and it was now almost 4 pm.

Next time we will just go up the Canyon and head up from Boston Bar. Personally, I would never do that route again from Harrison, it is just too rough and those cross ditches will not get any better. It was a good day and a long one, saw lots of deer and just enjoyed the tense fun of some 4 x 4’in.
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Post by bertvorgon » 09 Jul 2019 07:25

A few more.

as we headed into Hope, the 2 motorcyclist's that were heading to Harrison, had finished their loop, they waved to us as we crossed paths again.
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Post by bertvorgon » 09 Jul 2019 07:34

this note will get lost in time but, thought I would mention it. We have a GARMIN ETREX 20 for our backwoods navigation at times. I bought the B.C. Backroads GPS Micro SD card for it.

Turns out, it also will slip into my GARMIN NUVI 40 that I use in my 510 as a speedo and road map.

This will be very handy as the screen is much larger than the handheld one so in the Tracker when we are in the back country roads, will have a much better screen to read.

I never noticed the very small slot on the side of my Nuvi, for the SD card.
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Post by bertvorgon » 09 Jul 2019 15:41

Just thought I would throw this up for history sake, not many will remember this thing.

Boston Bar car tram
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Re: Bike rides

Post by RONSLYCHUK » 09 Jul 2019 17:00

Once again Keith,you have posted some great pics.Thanks!

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Post by gooned » 09 Jul 2019 19:39

I’ve done the reverse loop twice, coming down from starting with the fire lookout, once in 2wd in the big yellow dodge...THAT was a slow trip with lots of help in those big washouts.

I remember being a kid on the tram, totally terrified 😳

Great to see you guys out and sharing pics.

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Post by Byron510 » 15 Jul 2019 23:19

I also remember that tram as a kid! I agree with you 100% Jason.

I did the same road two years ago, starting from Boston Bar. No GPS, no maps. And there were a number of time when we wondered if we were in the correct road. It we ended up on the East Harrison main, and had a well deserved ice cream in Harrison to wash down the dust :-)

The worn out shocks on the pretty soft ride in the Xterra did fine, my buddies brand new Taco beat the crap out of him - for the life of me I can’t remember the third vehicle. I put it in 4wd once, only because I wanted low range to travers a long single lane section that was loose and pretty sketchy if it were to go wrong (you wouldn’t have survived going over that one!). And for that section alone I don’t think I would have enjoyed going the other way!

Great road though, would do it again to find the look out you speak of....

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