From the Sea to the Sky
Close
    
    
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15
  1. #1
    Senior Member wrench-puller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ladysmith, B.C.
    Posts
    549
    Just thought I would share the great trail rides that my daughter and I had this past weekend. Katrina called Friday morning to say she was coming home for the holiday and to get the bikes ready.... we were going riding. So being a dad, how do you say NO to your kid!

    I got both bikes out and fueled up, chain tension checked, tire pressure adjusted, and first aid kit strapped to the bike. She got off night shift and at 1 AM she headed north for the 4 hour trip home. She crashed for a few hours nap and by 11 am Saturday we were loading her TTTR125LE into her truck and off to the edge of town. We live a few blocks up from the ocean and about two minutes from the nearest logging road so you can get to some serious riding in about 15 minutes....its so great. Literally from the sea to the sky and all points in between. We off loaded her bike, one last check for gear and we were off. Headed for the top of the first hill we came too and up we went.



    These are old logging roads and there is a whole web of them on the north island, most are in fair shape, but some are "reclaimed" and starting to get over grown with alders and brush but you can still ride for days and never see the same road twice.



    This was our first stop and we took a break to fill up on wild Huckle berries and Blue berries (and from the evidence on the trails...so were the bears).



    Now we headed up one last spur to the very top and a dead end. I will try to download the vid of one of the hills, but the clip hardly shows how steep it really is. Katrina stop just before the top and if you look at the top right you will see why!

    [media]http://s1023.photobucket.com/albums/af353/chrisold/Rides%202011/?action=view&current=DSCF6294.mp4[/media]

    From here we headed back to the main line in search of new ground to explore. I tried to video our decent, but with no camera mount it meant riding with one hand, but here is a clip of what I did tape. If you look at the angle of the trees compared to the road, it will give you some idea of the grade. There were a few areas that you couldn't use any brakes or it would just lock up and you would free slide down with no control, so you pick a path and landing area and just rode it out. Its always amazed me that loaded logging truck also traveled down these roads in the past.



    http://s1023.photobucket.com/albums/...t=DSCF6300.mp4



    Once on the flat ground we headed for the lake and a change of scenery, plus our butts were sore from bouncing around on the wash outs and cross ditches.



    Nice cool breeze was coming off the lake, very refreshing.



    This is the best trails for riding!



    Rode along the shore for a mile or so, but the rocks got bigger and the ride got rougher, so it was back we went.





    Too deep to cross, so she says....more speed I say.



    Heading back we thought we would swap bikes, and having never rode the TW before she started off slow... but then it was all I could do to keep up to her on the 125!

    http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af353/chrisold/Rides%202011/DSCF6328.jpg[/img]





    Just before we hit the crossroad to the mainline, I got a FLAT! Rear tire just went down and still a few miles back to the truck. I was to sore to walk it, and didnt want to leave it there, so it was a slow ride back to her truck. We were still home in time for supper, but had to cut desert short to fix the flat for tomorrows ride. We didnt get many pictures on day two, but had another great day of riding. We covered just shy of 200 km all toll and saw many black bear, eagles, squirel, and one set of cougar prints in the mud. As they say, all good things must come to an end and she has now headed back to work. She did however leave me with a list of repairs to do before our next ride, and being a dad... how do you say NO to your kid. The reward far out weights the cost! So till next time, I wish you all a safe and happy ride, Chris.
    2009 TW200, Jimbo shield, 47&55T rear with DID chain, Maxxis Ceros Rear, Kendra 270 front, extended swing arm, 1"Risers, Rear rack, Raised front fender, XOG GPS.

  2. #2
    Senior Member biglefti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    SCW, AZ
    Posts
    527
    Very nice! Beautiful country. One thing, I never did see in the picture why she stopped before reaching the top.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Grant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa.
    Posts
    118
    Dear Mr. Wrench-Puller,



    Thank you for sharing this wonderful little story with us.

    The pictures are all very beautiful.

    I hope that one day I too will be able to have a day like that with my daughter.



    Enjoy....

  4. Remove Advertisements
    TW200Forum.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Senior Member wrench-puller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ladysmith, B.C.
    Posts
    549
    Its in the video Biglefti....shiny black bear runs across in front of her!
    2009 TW200, Jimbo shield, 47&55T rear with DID chain, Maxxis Ceros Rear, Kendra 270 front, extended swing arm, 1"Risers, Rear rack, Raised front fender, XOG GPS.

  6. #5
    Senior Member admiral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Frosty Hollow
    Posts
    12,983
    Awesome scenery! That was cool as heck to see that bear run out in front of your daughter in the video. Not sure she thought it was that cool at the time, but she's got a pretty neat story to tell!



    Riding by yourself or with friends is so fun, riding with family is great isn't it!



    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

  7. #6
    Senior Member Sly Fox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Wiltshire, UK
    Posts
    203
    Makes me want to go out for a ride!!!!
    We're in 'Bat Country' now....

  8. #7
    Senior Member lakesideboo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Lakeside, CA
    Posts
    110
    Beautiful area and that was an awesome video you can see the black bear running across in front of your daughter.

  9. #8
    Member 6Z37RLC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    vancouver island bc
    Posts
    94
    To be riding in the back country with the daughter and see wild critters on a nice day doesn't get much better.I recognize the shot of the islands been up fishing in that area a couple of times. Great pictures and videos.Thanks for sharing.
    Island-Tduber

  10. #9
    Senior Member B-dub's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Southwest Utah
    Posts
    2,132
    Beautiful country, and even better when you can enjoy it with your daughter! Pretty cool that she wanted to go riding motorcycles with you. Thanks for sharing your pictures and videos.
    My handle is B-dub, I ride a T-dub, and drive a V-dub.

  11. #10
    Senior Member rmartin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Quartzsite, AZ/ Hoopeston, IL
    Posts
    392
    Looked at all the shops & videos. Thanks for sharing. Makes we want to go to UP of Michigan where we have been before. Always enjoyed riding forest roads on atv. Got the TW and have not tried that yet.



    How is it manuvering around all those rocks?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Sponosred Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •