Moto Adventures

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Around Bowron in Seven Days

A full moon over Indianpoint Lake, 4:30 a.m.

A calm moment on Isaac Lake before the winds

Portaging the gear

Perfect days to reflect on a good days paddle

On one day it has to rain or "Why bring raingear?"

The Bowron Lake canoe route is a chain of 10 lakes and ajoining rivers and creeks, nestled in amongst the Caribou Mts. Don't try to predict the weather because it creates its' own weather system and it changes by the hour. We had good weather for our trip, only one day of rain which is nothing acording to storys we hurd, and just enough cloud to make it enjoyable for paddling. This is a wilderness experience. Ken and myself along with Walter and Brenda and 116 k.m. water, be it lake or river, if you don't paddle you don't get out so you paddle in sun, rain, against or with the wind, up or down rivers. Even if you think you can't make it you will find out that you can, and what a great feeling. Talking about feeling great, there is nothing like getting off the water and having a glass of wine and a gourmet meal. Don't laugh we did this thanks to Brendas fantastic meal planning and the willingness to portage 9 litres of red wine. There is a total of 10.5 k.m. or portages so this was little trying at times. There is something about being outdoors exerting yourself, sleeping in a tent, and eatingwell that makes you feel happy to a live and able. And really happy Advil was invented!

4 People + 3 Nights + 2 Bikes = 1 Good time

View down Fraser Canon near the Gang Ranch

Loading the bikes on the Big Bar Ferry crossing the Fraser River

Trail to the spot for the best views around

Riding into Chilko Lake with the Coastal Mts in the background

Shaun and Iris, friends from Summerland, joined us for a whirlwind trip, via KTM 950's, around the Chilcotin Caribou. 1700 km in just over 3 days has got to be classified as a whirlwind!

Starting in Williams Lake we headed out to Dog Creek, over to the Gang Ranch, across the Fraser on the Big Bar Ferry, down the West Pavillion FSR to Lillooet and the end of day one. Thirsty and spitting dust.

Day two sees us leaving Lillooet and heading out thru Seton Portage and D'Arcy on the Seton and Anderson Lakes, down to Pemberton (which is our southern most spot) before heading back northward up Hurly River FSR to Bralorne and the end of day two at Gold Bridge. Although a motel room would have been nice at this point Ken and I opted for a camping spot along Carpenter Lake, seeing as we had carried our camping gear that far, we had to use it!

Day three finds us navigating the most challenging leg of the ride, up Quartz Mt and around Mud Lake on FSRs that haven't seen traffic except for quads in quite a while. A quick ride up to Hancevill along more gravel and we are on Hwy 20 to Bella Coola headed for our last night stay at Tatla Lake.

After a good night sleep we are off to Chilko Lake the Nemaiah Valley, up the Taseko Lake FSR and back to Hwy 20 and headed to Williams Lake.

Lots of kms-yes, plenty of dust-you bet, blue and sunny skys-thank goodness! The Chilcotin Caribou- grassland, ranchland, the most beautiful towering mountains, lakes to numerous to count and roads into everynook and crany. This trip was way too short and way too fast, we will have to return again. Ken most favorite lake in the world...Chilko Lake, I tend to agree.