What a great weekend! :dr: Thanks to all who made this possible. I had a fab weekend and didn't think about work from the time I left home to the time I returned.
I rode up on my GS with Julius (poor Julius; there but for the grace of god...... Hope you heal quick bud) by the highline road through Seton Portage. Never been there before and what a cool road that is. Was planning to do the scenic route but on arrival was informed that I was doing the A route instead (aided and abetted by Ted) and had a Kawa 300 thrust between my legs :shock: (cheers Tom I owe you for the gas at least).
Turned out fine though, apart from tripping over a log and misjudging the depth of a puddle which turned out to be about 3 times as deep as it was long and completely swallowed the front end:gaah:
Cornwall hills and the high meadows were a highlight for me (missed that last year). By lunch I has swallowed enough dust that it was oozing out of my eyes and making my vision all blurry and was feeling pretty bagged so I decided to get an early shower (bliss). Excelent food (love the beans) and an endless supply of Corona rounded off the day nicely.
The ride home next day started with a good breakfast at the Packing House and a fabulous day with Peter, Pat and Jeff. The ride was marked by an unusual event when we came up behind a large convoy of cruiser riders in tight formation with little opportunity to pass. When we got to Whistler we lined up at some lights in the right lane while they were in the left. Hoping to out drag them at the lights we made a good get away but got snarled up in a small group of them waiting down the road, who mistaking us for they buddies, pulled out infront of us. So now were stuck in the midst of this amoeba like mass of riders bimbling along in and endless construction zone, onelane hell. Jeez! it was all I could do to stay awake. Finally, a few clicks from Squamish we break free and make a dash for the ferry at Horsehoe Bay.
Tired but happy we make the last stretch home in evening sun and comfortable temperatures at last. One by one we peel off the highway with a wave. I cruise the last few k home reflecting on the weekend.
This was one of the high points of biking. Gotta love it eh?
Another heartyTHANK YOUto the team for all you hard work and execution of another flawless event:clap:. Trails where perfect, weather was top notch, beer was coldand the bike didn't break. What else can a guy ask for.
Getting ready to leave in Surrey Friday a.m.
East side Harrison witha quick detour to Clear Creek
A little R&R in the hot springs
Friday night at Kumsheen, pool, bar, pool and a couplemore cocktails. Up at 6:00 and on to Spences Bridge.
I don't have any pix or vid to share, but I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who helped organize this event and made it run smoothly. I'd especially like to thank wjm and his son who did the gas for us, without you I would have had a MUCH heavier backpack full of fuel bottles. Thanks guys!
more dusty KUDO'S from here, well organized, heaps of fun all weekend, good job to all involved. Dirt on the way down, really dirty on the day, and more dirt backto home, I am a dirty dirty boy. When does it all happen again!!
On behalf of the Hoolsema clan thanks to all the organizers and volunteers who make Deadzone happen. You guys did a great job with all aspects of the event. Half our crew did the A loop and loved it. The other half did the B loop and only had good things to say about the route.
Had a great time, many thanks to the sponsors:clap:. The organisers have this down to a fine art, everything was great, the food, the route etc. :tup:. Haven't stayed up that late on a Saturday night since last years event.
And these guys didn't rant to bad about my stopping for frequent breaks.
:dr:Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2009 DualSportBC Dead Zone :dr:
Officially we had 178 signed-up participants. That's a few more than we had last year.
:tup:Many thanks to Mark for being our main organizer again this year. There's is a ton of behind-the-scenes work, negotiations, begging, borrowing, planning and scheming that goes on and he does it so well.
:clap:A big thanks to Tom. Without his knowledge of the area we wouldn't have those GREAT riding trails that you all enjoy so much. Not to mention his endless hours in front of the computerplanning routes and working on the roll-chart
We all need to thank this next group of guys for their endless hours of pre-riding all of the routes, clearing trails, cutting fallen trees, clearing rocks and making the routes assafe and as challenging as possible. These guys are: Neil, Mike, Mike O, Walt, Scott, Bren, Bob, Vince, Lev, Bogdan, Bill, Tom, Mark, Ian, Ted and Paul.
A HUGE Thanks to our Sponsors. Without them we wouldn't have big events like the Dead Zone. They also help us throughout the year with our smaller events. Please support our sponsors and when you make purchases from their businesses let them know you are from DualSportBC.
5th Gear (Bill)
Richmond Motorsports (Kerry Smith).
Big Top Powersports
Pacific Yamaha BMW (Brian Bently)
Motorcycle World - Surrey
Island BMW - Brian McDougall
Western Powersports - Langley
HoleShot Racing- Langley
Britannia Composites - Ian Banbury
Motorcycle Overland Development
MTR Sports - Robert Currie
MinuteMan Press - Surrey
I think you will all agree that the food at this year's Dead Zone was once again FANTASIC!! I'd like to thank the local Search and Rescue squad for putting on a wonderful BBQ on Friday night. They did more than we expected. Thanks for those wonderful cherries Arnie!!
The PackingHouse Pantry and the local townspeople provided a great dinner on Saturday night. If you are ever driving thru Spences Bridge make sure to stop by the PackingHouse for a great meal and an enlightening experience. If you go to the cafe you will know what I mean.
Thanks to the event organizers and all the great people who attended.
It was my first dead zone and I had a great time!
Very cool that the organizers let my buddy who drove up with me enter at the last minute. Too bad for him he got a flat tire 30 km into the ride.
- Pretty much everything was cool. The riding was excellent. The B had varied terrain that was a blast.
- Coming of the bike unpleasantly due to going to fast and not successfully negotiating a ditch that was in the middle of a perfectly good piece of old dirt road.
- Realizing that a stock KTM tank cannot reach the lunch stop even after strapping 2 litres of fuel to my fender. Was no fun coasting down the logging roads and praying I would make it to cache creek on fumes.