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jefe 4x4

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Back in the day, any old destination was fine in the TC. Just get me out of town and away from urbia.. or suburbia, or work. Increasingly, Jeanie and I focus more on (Moron?) TC trips to the wilder, more primitive side of vehicle camping. During an Alaskan trip in '03, we drove up the pacific coast, crossing over to Vancouver Island, up the island to Port Hardy, the end of the paved road, and took the 16 hour ferry ride to Prince Rupert and on up the Cassiar.
While looking at the sketchy map of Vancouver Is., we wondered what was up in the northwest corner. A few dirt roads showed on the map. How was that windward side, in that extreme NW edge? It reminded me of those ancient maps where the cartographers had no information about what the lay of the land was in certain areas called "Terra Incognita", unknown lands. What ever was there, it would have to wait. 6 years.
As our customary fall trip approached, we decided to explore further that unknown area. We set out Sept. 28th from Nevada City and drove a medium day north to a small campground north of Eugene OR. It had plug-ins, so we had all the umbilicals attached, including our TV. Next day we hit the bricks early to try to catch the ferry from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, BC. Here's the lineup and lunch stop at the ferry terminal:
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and me driving the ferry, and Victoria under a cloud;
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After a night in a Dutch/German campground in Duncan, we pressed on north to Campbell River and west into Strathcona Park to the cleanest campground I've ever seen:
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The fall colors were just getting under way:
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Next day moseyed over to Gold River and took the road less travelled north to a jct. with the east coast highway. It was our first taste of dirt. Sixty miles of dirt/gravel. A 'main' logging road.
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Yes, logging is still big here.
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Very big, as these are what we had to get way out of the way for:
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Lunch spot near Port Hardy;
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We drove west on another 'main' logging road as far to the north and west as we could, finally camping within a couple miles of the west coast in a rainforest with logging company provided free campground. Bears included.
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We found out the hard way that there are no motor roads going all the way to the north west coast. Much of this confusion is due to the lack of info and lack of good maps of the area. We could have taken a two hour hike to the coast, but elected to back out and try another area altogether. Spent the day driving south to Qualicum Beach (on the east coast) and motating west through Port Alberni to Long Beach on the west coast. This is part of the Pacific Rim National Park, so big restrictions on getting close to the beach with a vehicle. Some pics:
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A pair of gulls trying to get in a pairing way:
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Sunset; @6:50pm, and 6:51pm:
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A rest stop at Kennedy Lake, one of the many huge lakes in the region:
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Mt. Baker from one of the coastal islands;
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Yet another ferry ride from Naniamo to south of Vancouver:
On the rocks:
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another way of moving logs: lassoo them and haul them around by tugboat.
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This is a pic of my rig with the Tork Lift Stable Loads and one ton secondaries installed.
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Almost no squat with the loaded TC on. Also, the bolted on steps folded in at the back for a better departure angle.
We took a couple days to get home, stopping along the way to hear the Compline Choir in Seattle.
Everything worked. Nothing broke. Didn't use the Honda genset. 2700 miles.
A very different kind of trip for us. How can I tell? Every day was a week long.
regards, as always, jefe


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Enjoyed the trip report. Thanks

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Wow. Beautiful pics, beautiful country. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 10/07/09 04:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice!!!! [emoticon] Thank you!!!


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Thanks for this interesting report and nice pics.


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Posted: 10/07/09 04:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cool trip, jefe. Watch out for those logging trucks![emoticon]


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Lookin' good, jefe.

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Tork Lift Stable Loads and one ton secondaries installed.

I like your way of thinking [emoticon]


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Sweet RIG!!! And of course its even sweeter when everything works out good. Excellent road trip. Beautiful pics. Someday I'd like to do something like that... But for now just around NY is fine as I've just got the wife into boondocking, and really don't want to give her a bad shock of something breaking down miles from home, well not yet any how.... And with 147K (+) on the odometer guess its only a question of when not if.



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Thanx for sharing jefe...

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Posted: 10/07/09 06:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jefe 4x4 wrote:


A very different kind of trip for us. How can I tell? Every day was a week long.


Looked like you had a very interesting trip. Was it boring or strenuous??

Thanks for posting your pictures.
We have only been as far as Tofino on Vancouver Island. We want to go all the way to Port Hardy someday.


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