October 3 - October 4, 2009.
Weather forecast ? Good.
Road conditions ? Good.
Visibility (forest fire season over) ? Good.
Tourist Season over ? Yes
Fall colors ? Yes
Snow on high elevation ? Yes
Tire pressure ? Checked.
Gassed up ?
Let’s go riding some back country on dual sport then.
We left the church on taylor way around 08:15 and headed for a warm coffee in Whistler. Strangely we saw no less than 3 cops on that early morning leg. Strange, but since the weather forecast was excellent, maybe our tax collectors were expecting to cash in on this pas Saturday morning.
Anyway, the road is pretty simple. vancouver, Pemberton, D’arcy, highline road, seton portage, over and along Carpenter lake, Gold Bridge, Barlone, Hurley Pass, Pemberton and back to Vancouver.
The weather is indeed with us by the time we reach the Tantalus Range overlook above Squamish.
Sadly by the time we get to our first off-road section the clouds are now fully in control, and the temperature is dropping as low as 4 deg C. Not to worry, the road is good, it is not raining, and the views over Anderson lake are brilliant.
A view of what is ahead for the ride. The highline power line is clearly visible and it is impossible to get lost as all you have to do is follow the ever present power line.
A ‘Bailey’ bridge called the Telford bridge can be found along the highline road. If you suffer from vertigo, this is not an easy one to cross.
The other side can be a bit unnerving as a steep incline is awaiting the rider right after the crossing. Better be in the right gear before getting to that spot.
More road ahead in our sight line as we get closer to Seton Portage. And in this picture we can get a glimpse at Seton Lake.
As we get closer to Seton Portage, a few cabins are visible again on the opposite shore. Boat access only there.
Any community no matter how remote it is needs a church. This seems to be the official one in Seton Portage, but I am not sure.
Seton Portage post office, slash, video rental store.
We reached the power house in Ponderosa, where surprisingly the road go through what I call an electrical tunnel. Pretty cool.