After running into snow in a couple places with Daya yesterday, it seemed fairly clear that the only longish straight line ride in the Muir area would be west along the power-lines toward Fishboat Bay. Rob H and some of his friends (Trevor, Roger, Shawn (sp?)) had setup a ride for today, and invited me.
Weather forecast was great, bike was together, got up early and got breakfast out of the way … but none of the usual culprits were making noises about riding. Looked after some odds and ends, and when she finally appeared, I asked the youngest if she wanted to go for a ride…
Rode up to Chemainus to pick up some “soft bag racks”… for a DR650, hoping they would make a good starting point for DRZ racks. I’m not sure that idea is going to work, the plastics on the DRZ seem to swell out more… but the length is darn close… all mind games until I actually get a reasonable welder.
Honestly, we had no business taking Gerry’s F800GS up to Tugwell. I knew it would be hard, but I have a hard time figuring out what Gerry can and can not do on that bike. (I’m not sure he can either. :) Exited Tugwell Lake to Butler (hard), up Butler to East Main, down that to the Alligator Lake turn off where we split with Gerry (due to accumulated injuries). Luke, Scott and I up to the Lake… where we stopped to wait out some of the rain in the cabin. Then basically bee-lined it to the start of Muir Main. Muir gate bypass seems to be functioning normally.