These are the photos I took on my ride from Bandon, OR to Homer, Alaska in July 2006. I rode solo on my new Kawasaki Ninja 650R, camping along the way or grabbing a motel if the weather turned nasty. During the 4 week journey I covered over 7000 miles and had a great time, met new friends and got to see a part of the world I hadn't been to before. I hope you enjoy the pics!
Hi! Since retiring I've left the big city and now live near Bandon, OR on the Southern Oregon coast. I'm finally getting the chance to travel around, usually with Linda, my other half & best friend in the whole world. We both love to travel but since she doesn't like to ride on the back of bikes I do that part alone whenever the mood strikes me. (With her permission of course...) ... full info
Pic #8July 9 - Parksville, BC - Vancouver Island north of Nanaimo - Riverbend Campground - I met a great couple from Calgary on the ferry who invited me to share their site.
Pic #9Occasionally it became difficult to locate my bike under all the cargo..
Pic #10July 10 - Ferry from Departure Bay to Lion's Bay BC - quiet crossing, cost around $20
Pic #11Harley guy made so much racquet when he started his bike I was grateful for my earplugs
Pic #12July 10 - Rode Highway 99 through the twisties past Whistler, stopped at The Gold Panner Hotel in Lillooet, BC. After that ride I was ready for a lie-down so $$$ for a hotel was no concern.
Pic #13July 11 - GPS dead, took the wrong road out of Lillooet, went West instead of North.. Rustic....
Pic #14Eventually got to visit Terzaghi Dam, around 50 miles down a dead-end freaking gravel road...
Pic #15The fun part was getting to do it all over again going back to Lillooet. Gravel Road Riding 101...
Pic #16At least I got to see a few critters, this guy's antlers were still in the velvet.
Pic #17July 11 - 12 After finding my way back to Lillooet I rode on to Cache Creek turning north onto 97.
At Clinton I stopped to fix the GPS. just a fuse, probably rated a bit undersized so it was an easy
fix. I continued on to Williams Lake for the night - Sandman's Hotel - dinner at Denny's..yum. Then rode to Prince George where the local Kawasaki dealer performed the first oil change & routine check on the bike. All was fine & I turned onto 16 heading west. Early that evening I stopped at
Vanderhoof where I stayed at the North Country Inn. It had been raining like heck all afternoon so camping had lost it's appeal. Great dinner & beers at the Inn's Bavarian restaurant. Comfort food.
July 13 - Riding along the Yellowhead Highway, aka 16. Sure glad they had lots of rest stops..
Pic #18July 13 - Rode past Burns Lake, stopped at Smithers to buy chain oil, then on to Kitwanga and
turned north on to highway 37.
Pic #19Beautiful scenery along the way, road sometimes challenging
Pic #20July 13 - Turned the wrong way and rode to Stewart by mistake....why bother to watch the GPS? Highway 37A is the way.
Pic #21The ride to Stewart was an interesting diversion, rain, bears, glaciers, rain, King Edward hotel, rain...