We left Vancouver hoping my overheating issue had been solved but after 96 miles pulling uphill at 65MPH in 36 Degree Celsius heat it was obvious it hadn't, the next 150 miles were terrible. What should have been a really nice ride through the mountains and forests of British Columbia was a nightmare, my bike constantly overheating, at one point we tried towing but it was a serious uphill slope and we were dicing with many huge trucks. We limped into Kelowna, me having to switch off my bike at all of the several stop lights, shades of Fi in Santiago, ridiculous on a bike which is only just over 2 years old and with 30, 000 miles on it has turned out to be so bad. BMW is the ultimate adventure bike, its a F&&&&&& adventure to see if you can make it to the next town! We made it to Nigels house and met Nigels wife Elma and two sons Luke & Robin, Elma' s Brother and family were also there over from Holland for a holiday, despite there being a very full house we were made very welcome.
Luke knew of an additive which some of the car racers used to lower the engine temp so he went off to get me more coolant and some additive (with a great discount....thanks Luke)
Drinking and watching Robin play football was the nights entertainment. After a long lie Nigel showed us around Kelowna (really nice town) and after lunch I changed the coolant again!!
More partying and great to see Mark again following the Wyoming Norton meeting, Mark offered to show us the road up to Sorrento the following day (about 110 miles away) so Saturday saw the three of us head after our goodbyes to Nigel and family up some great roads. A stop for coffee and we met up with Eddie, a 76 year old ex pat Lancastrian still riding his Triumph Thruxton to keep him young, these guys are an inspiration! Onto the excellent motorcycle Museum at Sorrento, great to see a good mix of bikes, also another farewell to Mark, last night camping in a very noisy campsite (5 feet from the road!) then today a much cooler ride to Williams Lake (thankfully the bike has behaved till now)
So far really enjoying Canada, great people and great roads but why is our trip being governed by how far our bikes go without issues? Today we had to take a different route just to stay on a busier road in case of issues, adventure biking? .......really?....
|Gas stop just outside Vancouver|
|Another Cool down stop.......boring now!!!!!|
|Chef Nigel cooking Brekkie|
|Saying Bye to Elma , her Brother and family!|
|Eddie (centre) not lost tthe accent (or bonnet) after 50 odd years, our guide Mark (Right)|
|RG500 in the Museum.mmmmm|
|Cool wine glass but with 30% Liquor tax its expensive to have a don't ask day!|
|Sunset, the best time of day|
|Camping next to the road!!! |
|Normal lunch pose|