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    Catimann Array Catimann's Avatar
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    Island ride

    I was wondering if anyone from the Island had taken the road around to Port Renfrew and back past the lake? Cowichan or Shawnigan? Don't know as I've never been there. Is it good for a ride now? What is the max. elevation?

    Bing maps shows me this: http://www.bing.com/maps/default.asp...0~0~&encType=1

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    the ride is sweeet. last year they had about 20 feet of unpaved surface there.
    The road at some places is pretty much 1 lane and twisty as fuck. I'd guess about 60% is pretty bumpy between Port Renfrew and Cowichan Lake, but sooooooo fun.

    Also, when you get off the ferry, take Prospect Lake Rd that ends somewhere close to either 6 or 8 mile pub. You'll thank me later
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    Did it a couple of weekends ago.....was fine, usual gravel.....elevation,changes every 20 feet ....seriously, the road is a rollar coaster. What bike are you taking on it? It's fully paved now....it's pretty faccking sweet, not to mention all the other little gems around the end's of those road's only a local like myself will know about.

    That's me in the Gold Lid passing old Ken(KLR) down my Loss Creek. On the coast headed East to Renfrew.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1aNj8vdhrA


    Im off Saturday's and Sunday's now if someone wants a guided tour. Be happy to do that.

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    Catimann Array Catimann's Avatar
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    Thanks for the info. Does anyone know the maximum elevation you get to on that route?
    I'd take my DRZ400SM because I need to try it out on a longer run to test for a trip this summer. It will be the "is the seat good enough or do I need a more comfy one" test ride.
    I'll try the road on the Bimota when we have a dry spell.
    How long does it take, with a 1/2 hour stop for lunch and a couple of rest stops?
    One last question, there is a pub everyone goes to somewhere over there, where is it?

    Thanks
    Andreas

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    Just post up on Islandriders when you are going to do it, and you'll likely get a couple of tour guides!

    guys do the loop on drz's, dorsoduro's, RR's ST's and hogs.... just pack enough fuel for abotu 140km and you're good to go!

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    As the others have said, awesome ride! If you want someone slow to ride with I'm always down for a ride

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    post up when you're going to do it. you never know when you'll get tag alongs....

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    there is a coffee shop in port renfrew that is nice and refreshing.
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    You don't need to pack any Fuel.....we did the loop pretty much wound out and I had to turn on my reserve about 3kms from town.....lot's of gas still in the tank.

    Coastal Kitchen Cafe is the ONLY place to eat in Renny now.....Hotel is closed most of the year.

    Nothing in Jordan River either...Shakies has been closed over a year now, and the Store is closed as well.

    LkCow gas station to the gas station in Sooke is about 150 ish kms...

    I'd book 3 horus for the loop.....2 and a bit riding or more....with the lunch stop. More like 5 if your going to come from Depature bay down to Lk Cow and head to Renny....then come out in Langford and back up the Malahat to Nanaimo again. Nice long day ride.

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    We are planning to do this Saturday morning/afternoon. Plan to catch a 9am ferry to Swartz Bay and ride down to Hwy 1, or some route and over to Lk Cow. Weather looks good so far.
    My friend has an SV 650 and I'll be on my DRZ. I have looked at Prospect Lake Rd. Munns and Fynlayson Arm rd both look good as well. Can meet people on the way. I'll check this thread each day now.

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    DRZ... you will LOVE it here http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&sourc...46,0.4422&z=12
    avoid Hwy1, it's boring as fuck... it's a highway!
    "Honda = Boring, Suzuki = Wannabes, Yamaha = Poser, Ducati = Overated, BMW = Compensating, Aprilia = Insecure, Buell = BCIT business... go faKOffee." - PUREVIL

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    It's 137kms from Sooke Chevron to the Esso in Lake Cowichan, including the detour to Coastal Kitchen .

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrostyFire View Post
    It's 137kms from Sooke Chevron to the Esso in Lake Cowichan, including the detour to Coastal Kitchen .
    Yeah right on the money and I just about didn't make it. The Z is a pig on gas and has a puny tank. Will need to work on the pig and put on the Clark I just got. Super ride, hundreds of bikers out there, thanks

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