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1Back to top Go down    Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:44 am

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The temperature is cooling off in western Canada, though we still have glorious weather. I wanted to get up to the Alpine Meadows at Manning Park in BC before the rains set in. This area is about 1 1/2 hours from my house. It is as great semi wilderness area with a ski resort, and awesome camping at Lightning Lakes, Loon Lake, and others. Tremendous hiking trails as well. A twisty Highway 3 (which is a 2 and 4 lane road) takes you up there and well beyond if you wish.



The elevation tops out at about 1350 meters on the main roadway, but other points off the main road get higher. The ski area summit is 1789 meters. A couple of pix of the road to the ski area:





Turn around and go back down and cross Highway 3 and you are on your way up to the Lookout and Alpine Meadows. On my way up this side I was briefly paced by a coyote on the shoulder of the road. No match for das bimmer. Lots of grouse on the side of the road, and a 3 year old doe scampered away as I approached. I kept a keen eye out for her friends! Maybe the deer whistle on the GS was of use??

Here is a sign only a motorcyclist can truly appreciate:



And here is part of what the sign was warning about:



The road to the Lookout is paved and twisty. To this point any cage will get you there.



From here you climb further into the stunted pines on a washboard/corduroy gravel road, that had my full bladder crying for mercy. Another 7 kms takes you to the top (1963 m?).







Can your see where the 21st Century has encroached on these areas?:



About 280 kms return. There is a nice restaraunt at the resort for a refreshing lunch. I wish I had more time to hike the trails today, but got off to a late start, so left with a promise to return and do some walking. The GS purred along without complaint, and with the gigantic Parabellum windshield, it was pretty quite back there too. The temperature dropped rapidly as I gained elevation, but I had thought ahead and was able to 'double glove'. This is a recommended ride for anyone in the area!

Next up: Mt. Baker (I hope!)


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2Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:59 am

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Wow would I like to be there! Looking forward to more seeing as how I'm missing out on a heap of riding right at the good time of year.
Thanks for posting Clubie


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3Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:10 am

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At over 6400 feet of altitude I'll bet those 40mm Bings were beginning to get puffed.

Great pics of a nice ride. The Aussie boys'd love the roads round these parts, Clubbie. We just don't have the relative youthful grandeur of the North American ranges in our mountains Down Under, in comparison. It's all ancient, eroded and faded in a time beyond memory. But the Cascades and the Rockies continue to climb.


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4Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:21 am

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This is what the sign really said


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5Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:24 am

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aww geez clubbie ...an amazing trek for sure ...i recon old gerty could head up there ...and am willing to try in similar conditions ....one day ..

thanks for the post ...it makes us all, with wunderlust appreciate your little bit of home turf ..

some great pics mate


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6Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:34 am

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Ok Rick, do you have some mad photoshop skillz we don't know about?
Very nice sign Smile


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7Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:46 am

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rossco wrote:Ok Rick, do you have some mad photoshop skillz we don't know about?
Very nice sign Smile

I am bored outa my mind.
I have so much to do and I can't get to it for at least another 4-5 weeks.


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8Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:07 am

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Great Pics ClubC. Must get cold up there, even the beaver in the first pic looks like he's wearing a sweater!

Those road signs are cool but Rick's is cooler Very Happy

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9Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:03 pm

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Cool

Brilliant ClubC,

I did enjoy those pictures and the GS looks a great bike thanks for sharing them.



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10Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:17 pm

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@Two Wheels Better wrote:At over 6400 feet of altitude I'll bet those 40mm Bings were beginning to get puffed.

TWB, the Bings didn't complain much but I didn't push them hard on the gravel roads. Some of that washboard was taxing even for the longer suspension travel of the GS. I thought my kidneys were gonna pop like a water balloon!

@charlie99 wrote:...i recon old gerty could head up there ...and am willing to try in similar conditions ....one day ..

Charlie, I suspect you could pilot Gerty along just fine through there. If TWB's RS can survive a lap around Oz, this should be easy for your RT. I have no skills when it comes to gravel road riding. Anyone know if there is a technique, or just the 'slow down on corners' approach?

@Rick G wrote:I am bored outa my mind. I have so much to do and I can't get to it for at least another 4-5 weeks.

Rick, you'll have to sketch out the K GS while you are idle. Is your wife still at your beckon call?


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11Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:08 pm

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dirt riding on a road bike ....a little clubbie ...just keep the bias of the weight more towards te rear ..so that the front tyre skims the road surface rather than ploughs it ...of corse more bias to the rear brakes is required and lightly touch the fronts ..body "english" (weight transfer off to one side ) is really handy to be using round corners and divots in the road

but i suspect lots of dirt riders knew this already ...our old mate "rickmeister" is an old hand at trail bashing i suspect.

my "toonunber ride" a few months ago got me a few killometers up dirt firetrails in solid bush ...wheel track washouts seemed to be the only restriction i really encountered ...where the depth and width of the track exceeded the depth of the engine casings either side of the motor .....old gerty stoped dead ...and charlie flew over the bars taking the windscreen with me ...tumbling down end over end through lantana and soft dirt of a steep hill ....laughing all the way .... (no bruising or cuts )

old gerty just happily idling away in 2nd gear till i got back ....engine wedged either side of the wheel rut... back wheel sliding in the mud ....

what a sight !!


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12Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:47 pm

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That ain't no way to treat a lady!


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13Back to top Go down    Re: Manning Park BC on Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:08 pm

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Charlie, didn't you get a picture?

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