Thursday, June 4, 2009

Trespassing on Mine Property!

Well not quite, but it sounds good.
As part of our trip prep., we've planned several overnight rides for this summer to test out our bikes, equipment, camping gear and hone our dirt riding skills. The first trip for the summer was around the Logan Lake area. We had Terry one of our good friends join us. Terry on his BMW X-Country, Angela on her DR650 and I on my BMW F650GS.

Day 1 took us to one of the most amazing campsites we have ever camped at. It was about a 30min ride on a dirt road up into the Highland Valley, a bit challenging at times with rocks and large boulders to contend with. The second recreation site that we came to was full except for 1 site that had a walking path leading to a point, and had enough space to pitch 2 tents and park 3 bikes. There was a guy fishing off the point when we arrived and while we were pitching our tents snagged about 4 good size trout, damn I wished I brought my rod. So on another note, I’ve been out fishing a few times, with no luck as yet, so this would have been perfect. I was kicking myself.

Day 2 – we visited The Highland Valley Copper Mine, stopped just before the security gates and were taking a few pics, when a security truck pulled up next to us. So obviously we were thinking the worst and were expecting to be told off for trespassing. To the contrary, the guy in the truck was super friendly and pretty much gave us a running commentary of the mine operation, the process and described each of the different stages of the copper extraction process. He also directed us to another area, where we were later politely told that we were actually trespassing and had to leave.
Later that day, we rode through the Ashcroft valley, a spectacular road into the little town of Ashcroft, being a Sunday, not much was open and the only option for lunch was a Chinese restaurant, less said the better about the quality of the lunch. We spent one more night camping and headed home on Day 3, spending the day riding in the rain, well we got to test out our rain gear and it works.
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