August 8th 2011–Loon Lake, BC


Mileage not even worth counting today.  We literally road from 100 Mile House to Loon Bay which was only about 50 KM?  We changed our plans once again after we got on the road.  Decided to hang out in this area for 2 nights for a little vacation from our vacation.  Transitioning back in to sort of reality and just getting used to the idea we are ending our trip of a lifetime. 

In a way I am ready to head home and see our dogs and relax in our house.  This trip has been so much more than we ever expected but as in all things it must come to end.  We will have the thousands of pictures and tons of videos to look back upon as well as the whole experience of doing a live report from the road in some of the most remote parts of the world.  Perhaps I will make a DVD.

Having people as well following along all around the globe has been such a treat to for us.  Having the opportunity of riding 2 brand new Triumph Tigers, thanks to Triumph Canada for the longest demo ride ever has been an incredible opportunity.  Sorry BMW, but we have fallen for another brand and bike.  The Tiger 800XC.  Final review on the bikes after we get home.

Thanks to Western Powersports in Langley, BC for getting the bikes into shape for the trip!  We are just grateful in so many ways words seem trivial

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The chains are holding up.  We are trying to keep some lube on them but every time we think we are staying on pavement we go off onto a dusty side road.

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Heidenau’s have almost 14000 KM on them and some hard core mileage.  We think they still look good.  So, one set of tires each have almost made it back home.  I know they will but still have to preference this with an almost.Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (32)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (31)

100 Mile House is pretty much a strip of stores, etc.  Still nice in it’s own way.Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (2)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (3)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (4)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (5)

We love passing through all these little BC towns.  Makes us feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful Province and that on this trip we have covered many kilometers of our own Province too.Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (6)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (7)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (8)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (9)

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Lot’s of cattle grates in this neck of the woods.Aug 8 11 Cheryl (15)

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One of hundreds of fuel stops along the way.  Gas mileage if iffy on these bikes but more about how we got better mileage and what happens when the mileage goes south.  We have kept track of our gas costs and lodging but not really food.  Will post that later as well.Aug 8 11 Cheryl (6)Aug 8 11 Cheryl (7)Aug 8 11 Cheryl (9)Aug 8 11 Cheryl (10)Aug 8 11 Cheryl (11)

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Our vacation retreat for 2 nights.  We love our tiny cabin.Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (13)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (14)

Almost 30 degrees C today!  Summer has arrived!  Makes us ALMOST forget of all the freezing cold wet weather we travelled in for so many weeks.  I say ALMOST!Winking smileAlaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (15)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (16)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (17)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (18)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (19)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (20)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (21)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (22)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (23)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (24)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (25)

What else does one take pictures of when you are on a lake?Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (26)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (27)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (28)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (29)Alaska Aug 8 11 100 Mile to Loon Lake (30)

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I as in Leslie actually do not like lakes.  grew up on the east coast of the USA and the Atlantic Ocean and my parents pool.  But I did put my feet in this green lake.  I am proud of myself!Nyah-NyahAug 8 11 (3)Aug 8 11 (4)Aug 8 11 (5)

Since my point and shoot camera is almost dead because of the lens damage, I brought out the big Cannon and got this cute little guy on digital zoom getting ready for his kayak trip.Aug 8 11 (6)

Our tiny cabin that we LOVE right now!Aug 8 11 (7)Aug 8 11 (8)Aug 8 11 (9)Aug 8 11 (10)Aug 8 11 (11)

The Jesse brackets that have been hidden under our panniers for so long.  I wanted to show off the details and attention Al Jesse has given these brackets and how you can not mistaken them for any other bike.  Notice the T 800 and the 800 on the other side.  Very cool, we do not have this for our Beemers.  Nice touch we say Mr. Al Jesse.Aug 8 11 (12)Aug 8 11 (13)Aug 8 11 (14)Aug 8 11 (15)

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Roasted hot dogs for dinner over the fire and all is good!Aug 8 11 part 2 (6)Aug 8 11 part 2 (7)Aug 8 11 part 2 (8)

We are glad we decided to not really ride today.  Good news is that tomorrow we are going to take the panniers off and go find some fun roads.  We are not that far from civilization and if anything happens with the chains or bikes people are not far away.  So, we shall lighten the load and check out the back roads tomorrow, canoe on the lake and relax for one more day.  August 8th 2011 was another beautiful day out and made for a good pit stop at Loon Bay.

6 thoughts on “August 8th 2011–Loon Lake, BC

  1. Love your ride reports and the pictures are excellent. With all the pictures and film you have taken- perhaps you could do a film along the lines of “Mondo Enduro”. Have you seen it? If not you should. best- t

  2. Nice report. Glad you two caught some nice weather. Your cabin is on the same lake J’s parents cabin was on and we went to that lake for years!! Lone Butte too–blink and you’ll miss it. Reminds me of many years of travelling up to that cabin that they don’t own anymore.
    I love love that close up pic of you Leslie!!! Nice to see you are having some relaxation in that adorable little cabin. Miss you guys!!!

    • Sure is nice here and the cabin is a joy. Going to miss doing updates for sure. Been real interesting doing them and keeping up on the road. Still have some work to do when we get home but at leastbi will have good Net access. Glad you love love that pic lol

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