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Old 10-04-2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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SF -> Whistler, BC -> SF

Last year at about this time, I rode from SF to various places in Wyoming and Colorado. This year, I decided to visit our friendly neighbors to the north. I left on 09/26 and returned yesterday with 2,466 miles added to the odometer. Never having been to the region, my brother and his wife flew to Seattle, rented an FJR, and joined me for 3 nights in Vancouver. A good deal of sushi and beer was consumed there. Fun times.

I didn't take very many photos outside of California, which is a darn shame because route 99 in BC is incredible. The water in the region north of Vancouver is very clear, often appearing to have an intense azure color usually seen only in tropical travel brochures.

Overall, I would not list this ride among my favorites, except for the BC stuff and a couple roads in California and Oregon. Basically, your choices for north-south travel through Oregon and Washington from the Bay Area come down to route 101 and I-5. 101 is very slow and frustrating, although very purty. I-5 is, well, fast and extremely boring. I had to stick to I-5 for significant portions of the trip in order to make decent time, whereas my trip to Wyoming/Colorado last year involved less than 200 total miles of interstate with similar daily mileage. If I were to do this trip again, I think I would budget an extra day to get to and from the eastern portions of Oregon and Washington.

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Route 1, Sonoma county:


Route 128, Mendocino county:
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Old 10-04-2006, 10:21 AM   #2
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Big redwoods, route 128:


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Old 10-04-2006, 10:22 AM   #3
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Route 253 to Ukiah:
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Old 10-04-2006, 10:23 AM   #4
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More route 253:


The lady at the front desk in this motel was funny as hell. When demonstrating how to get to my room, she took out all these little toys to indicate where cars, trucks, etc. were supposed to park. The circled toy represents me on my motorcycle:
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Sweet 'mog in Whistler. Brother and wife look on, slowly freezing:


Route 99 between Whistler and Pemberton, BC:


That is all. Thanks for looking.
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:08 AM   #7
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One my favorite places on this planet.

More pics, please. You have any shots of both mountains? Whistler and Blackcomb?
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Old 10-05-2006, 12:30 PM   #8
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No shots of the mountains - it was pretty socked in that day and I could only get glimpses of them through the fog and low clouds. How cold does it get during ski season? Wind must be pretty bad.
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:47 PM   #9
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gets cold, colder than Tahoe, but not cold as Wyoming, Montana, or the interior BC.
Considering the base is below 2500ft, and both mountains are about a mile tall from base to summit, there are micro-climates, it could be overcast or raining at the base or mid-mountain, go up to the summit and you are above the clouds, in the sunshine, actually breathaking scenery that way.

The winds aren't bad after December, kinda like Tahoe. Same wet Sierra Cement snow, unless the days are really butt-cold after a fresh dump.

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Old 10-07-2006, 06:50 AM   #10
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Well it's to bad you only rode to Pemberton ? That's where the riding START'S ! Duffy lake Rd is one BALL BANGER of a road , but if you got suspension , and you're able to pick a smooth line , this is one incredible road ! I just had a buddy from Peteluma up here , I took him up the "Sunshine Coast" (just west of Whistler) and onto the Island where you will also find some great road's . Anyone looking to ride in BC ? I urge you to contact me for road's to ride . Here are some Duffy lake pics 35 miles north of where you turned around in Pemberton

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Sorry that was the ferry ride back from the island....here's Duffy lake

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And about 3 hours east of that is Anarchrist Mtn 10 full minutes of as fast as you dare to go ? this road is used for local's for testing track bikes as well as road bikes .....lol the pace up this hill average speed is about 100mph and it's not uncommon to top out your tach at full if ya got the "nad's"

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