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#1 Unread post by mogster » Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:13 am

I have been reading the news posts about the Dakar rally & have felt a pull towards an extreme motorcycle adventure.

Of course I have lot's of excuses for not doing anything - if only I was brave enough; skilled enough; rich enough & foolish enough! :lol:

My fella fancies riding the whole of the Rift Valley in Africa but there are various "war zones"
as well as the above reasons for not doing it - yet! :D

For myself I would love to ride through India but would have to add crazy traffic to the excuse list.

So what about you guys? :?

Tell us about the adventure you have always dreamed about doing................
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#2 Unread post by High_Side » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:05 am

Tierra Del Fuego - in about 10 years.....

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#3 Unread post by ceemes » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:16 am

across Canada, ocean to ocean to ocean.....if only I could find some way to make the Prairie section interesting.....oh look, there is a tree on the horizon, lets see, we are doing about 160 KPH (100 MPH), going in a straight line....should reach it in about 10 hours......
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#4 Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:12 pm

ceemes wrote:.if only I could find some way to make the Prairie section interesting...
You just have to make sure you take in the Alberta badlands and the Qu'Appelle Valley...
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#5 Unread post by Johnj » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:07 am

Click your heel together three times and say "There's no place like home".
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#6 Unread post by madjak30 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:50 am

ceemes wrote:across Canada, ocean to ocean to ocean.....if only I could find some way to make the Prairie section interesting.....oh look, there is a tree on the horizon, lets see, we are doing about 160 KPH (100 MPH), going in a straight line....should reach it in about 10 hours......
You just have to pick your route more carefully...you are spoiled living in BC...but we vacation there!!

I think there are a few trips I would like to make...damn near all the roads in BC would be one of them, including some gravel light adventure type of riding...Alaska and Yukon...New Foundland...Tail of the Dragon...basically tour all of the US & Canada (might zone out for the "Flat Land" areas in both countries...), hopefully wifey learns to enjoy riding so that she can come too :mrgreen:

Once I'm done all that, I'll think about getting more "Adventurous" and going to different continents...just don't hold your breath!! I think we have it pretty good here...

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#7 Unread post by mogster » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:59 am

madjak30 wrote:
ceemes wrote:Once I'm done all that, I'll think about getting more "Adventurous" and going to different continents...just don't hold your breath!! I think we have it pretty good here...Later.
I was wondering if any one would risk leaving the American continent :lol:
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#8 Unread post by madjak30 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:22 pm

mogster wrote:I was wondering if any one would risk leaving the American continent :lol:
I can understand why you would want to leave your island of 88,745 sq.mi. ... you would run out of stuff to see...

In Alberta alone we have 255,286sqmi, and when that is done the rest of Canada is another 3,598,799sqmi to explore...if we get that done and get bored...we can check out the neighbours to the south...the USA has another 3,794,101sqmi of their own to explore...and we have everything here from deserts to old growth forest to mountain ranges...not to mention tundra...I really have no reason to want to go anywhere else...

Yup, PROUD TO BE CANADIAN!! :canada: :evil3: :canada:

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#9 Unread post by dr_bar » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:04 pm

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mogster wrote:I was wondering if any one would risk leaving the American continent :lol:
I can understand why you would want to leave your island of 88,745 sq.mi. ... you would run out of stuff to see...

In Alberta alone we have 255,286sqmi, and when that is done the rest of Canada is another 3,598,799sqmi to explore...if we get that done and get bored...we can check out the neighbours to the south...the USA has another 3,794,101sqmi of their own to explore...and we have everything here from deserts to old growth forest to mountain ranges...not to mention tundra...I really have no reason to want to go anywhere else...

Yup, PROUD TO BE CANADIAN!! :canada: :evil3: :canada:

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Yup... +1 on the proud bit.

British Columbia has a mere 364,800 sq mi and an amazing 434,959+ miles of roads to show it all off.

If you ever get out this way, there is a guide book that is an absolute must get, it's called, "Destination Highways BC". It lets you "See" the road before you get there by giving you a detailed review of every km that you'll ride. http://www.destinationhighways.com/default.htm They also have books for Washington State and Northern California with a Southern California book on it's way. The BC book concentrates on 85 hwys in southern BC and I've been on almost all of them...
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#10 Unread post by mogster » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:53 pm

I did wonder who would bite on the parochial bait first :lol:

The thread was intended as an ultimate "not likely" challenge, hence I named different continents.

Since the glove has been thrown down may I retort with -
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#11 Unread post by mogster » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:59 pm

I did wonder who would bite on the parochial bait first :lol:

The thread was intended as an ultimate "not likely" challenge, hence I named different continents.

Since the glove has been thrown down may I retort with - our island is indeed tiny compared to your vast glorious landscapes, but by the time we have read the histories, visited the Cathedrals; castles; standing stones & Roman ruins, + some quite pretty scenery, you guys will probably have done that coast to coast run & back again! :lol:
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#12 Unread post by madjak30 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:39 am

You definitely win in the historic destination category...I'll be happy to just tour in British Columbia, there's a reason their license plate says "Beautiful British Columbia"...my dad calls it "God's Country"...but the rest of the country calls it B.C. ~ Bring Cash ~ higher taxes and cost of living keep it a vacation destination for me...ask the guys what they pay for insurance alone...never mind what they pay for fuel prices (I know, still cheap compared to over there...but we have the oil here in our country...)

If I was asked where and cost wasn't a concern...I'd still pick a Canadian destination...you have to remember it is farther to ride to St. John's, Newfoundland than it is to ride to Miami, Florida...6209kms vs 4918kms...even riding to Cancun, Mexico is only an extra 42kms at 6251kms...there is just so much to see here, and the scenery is just as spectacular as anywhere in the world ~ ANYWHERE ~ and the States is the same...but we are the "New World", so ours is recent history compared to yours and the rest of Europe...it would be cool to say that I've been there...but if I'm gonna travel like that, sorry but I would go to Australia...the other side of the world from me would be interesting, or South America...but I'm a bit of a chicken (and did I mention that I am cheap?)...and the expense of travel would be a detracting factor as well...

I'm not trying to be contrary, just saying that I am quite happy that I was born here :canada: ...that's all... :beer:

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#13 Unread post by mogster » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:21 pm

To be honest the vastness of your continent & distances is probably quite intimidating to us Europeans but I love looking at all the photos you guys post of your beautiful country. I wonder if the equal hugeness of Australia is part of the appeal? :?

If we are now allowed to be a little partisan :lol: my dream is to ride the coastline of Scotland including the many islands (total 7,332m/11,800km). Of course it wouldn't be entirely possible as many areas have no road access but it would be fun to do as much as possible. Also I do want to finish the Irish coast having done about 2/3 so far.

I am much more drawn to to seascapes + mountains (typical of western Scotland) than to traversing a huge area..............but of course you guys have lakes that probably look like the sea.

As far as North America goes the only area I have on my wishlist to date is the Rockies. I have always thought the trip should be done by train but maybe I should reconsider & plan a bike trip? :?

When I win the lottery :lol: I will give you guys a call & pop over :D
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#14 Unread post by madjak30 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:42 pm

What? these old things...

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Then there is the other extreme...and these pictures are only 270kms apart...

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The first four pics are from the Icefield Parkway, which is a road between Banff Alberta & Jasper Alberta which are in the Rockies...the last four were from between Sylvan Lake & Gull Lake, about 15 mins from my house...I'll have to get some nice summer pics of the lakes this riding season...but here is my favourite Sylvan Lake Shot from last year...

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#15 Unread post by dr_bar » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:44 pm

Just south of BC in Washington state...
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#16 Unread post by mogster » Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:19 pm

Fab! :clapping:

Got to go to work now (nightshift), see you later :D
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#17 Unread post by dr_bar » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:24 pm

One thing in common is very obvious, these are all pictures of Vancouver...

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#18 Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:12 pm

dr_bar wrote:One thing in common is very obvious, these are all pictures of Vancouver...
Obvious? That y'all built the city on the only piece of flat ground around for miles??? :confused:
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#19 Unread post by madjak30 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:12 pm

Yup...mountains start at the edge of town (actually within the city...Maple Ridge, Capilano, North Van, Langley, Burnaby) and continue until you hit the prairies...that's why it is such great motorcycle territory...Greater Vancouver area must be getting close to 4 million people now?? you can keep the city, but I'll still ride the interior!! Kootenays and Okanagan, heaven for motorcycles!!

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#20 Unread post by High_Side » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:07 pm

I live next to, and play in the Rockies all of the time. But as much as there is to see in Canada, I love to ride in other countries. I've been to England but never managed to escape the gatsos and dense traffic of the south (and I was in a terrible French rental car). But I can't wait to ride the UK - all of it, particularly Scotland at my first opportunity.

So many roads, so little time....

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