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    Chilcotin Ride - More... part 4

    Farwell Canyon is a place where the Chilcotin River tears its way through the earth forming a very deep canyon. The roads down into and up out of the canyon are steep, twisty, and have lots of switchbacks. Combine this with commercial log trucks and it makes for a memorable ride. We stopped at the base of the canyon and enjoyed the view. It was as many other places - simply incredible.
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    As we left Farwell Canyon another ominous afternoon thunderstorm appeared on the horizon. We made it into Williams Lake just as it started raining. Instead of camping in the rain we all decided to stay in a motel that night. Taking a shower and sleeping in a bed was just wonderful. Not too mention that we didn't have to set up camp or tear it down.

    It rained all through the night and the next morning the weather was wet. We decided to go on with our plans - 120 miles of gravel/dirt/mud roads. We left the comfort of paved roads and headed back into the wild and remote Chilcotin. The roads started out muddy but as we progressed they got better and better. We traveled through very remote country dotted with occasional native communities - Alkali Lake, Dog Creek, Canoe Creek. We traveled for hours not seeing another vehicle. We did see a lot of wild horses roaming about. As always the roads were twisty, steep and filled with switchbacks. Traveling along the upper reaches of the Fraser River gave a feeling of vast remote and wild country.
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    We finally completed our 120 mile dirt/gravel/mud ride coming out onto Hwy 97 at the tiny native community of Pavilion. Our off road riding was complete. We rode to Lilooet for our next camp and celebrated with a dinner at a Greek Restaurant.

    The next day we rode the Duffy Lake Road which in itself is a bucket list ride. It winds through deep canyons, forests, and lakes offering sweeping views of snow capped peaks and glaciers. We had an early lunch in Whistler and then proceeded down the Sea-To-Sky Highway to Vancouver. We didn't time it right arriving in Vancouver near or right at rush hour. The traffic was stifling as we were used to not seeing another vehicle for hours only now to be in with thousands of other vehicles all in a rush to get home. This was as challenging as any road we traveled on. We finally made it across the US-Canada border to our last campsite at Birch Bay State Park.
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    The next day we rode our last ferry from Coupevdlle to Port Townsend to avoid the Interstate and driving through Seattle. We drove down through Bremerton and state highways back to Olympia. In all the trip was over 1,600 miles and had about 500 miles of dirt/gravel/mud roads. We very much enjoyed the remote and wilderness riding and appreciated that places like this still exist. It was a great bucket list ride.
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    Chilcotin Ride - More... part 5

    Riders were myself on a 2013 F800GS, my wife Kim on a 2016 R1200GSA, Milton "Butch" Farrand on a 2014 F800GSA and Bob Whitlock on a 2014 F800GSA.
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    -don
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    Glad you enjoyed it Don. It is amazing country.
    Your wife rides a R1200GSA. Wow!
    I am humbled.
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