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Nov 27, 2012 - On the Road - Day 1

Packed up and ready to go on our 2012/13 Road Trip. Because it always takes longer than planned on departure day (turning the water off, loading critical electronics, etc.) we left West Kelowna around 2 pm. Drove all the way to Oliver, BC and stayed at Desert Gems RV Park. Great park and a perfect spot to organize the motorhome. For those of you unfamiliar with B.C, that was about a one hour pull.

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Sep 30, 2012 - Wine Country

We are in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia - the wine capital of Canada. The hills around here look a lot like Wyoming, but the valley is filled with grape vines and fruit trees. Really beautiful scenery and very very good wines! We visited 3 wineries yesterday evening and another 4 this morning. Plus, our timing was impeccable because this afternoon, in the town of Oliver where we are camped, they held their annual "Festival of the Grape." So we tasted a lot more wine and listened to live music and watched a grape stomping...

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Alaskan Adventure

Jul 23, 2012 - Oliver, BC

Bel Aire Cedar Resort. Nice, small campground. Got the last site. A little interesting to get into, but we're here. John's getting pretty good at backing in - most of the time. Rained most of the night and into mid afternoon. Had to close up in pouring rain. We were a bit soggy when done. First thing I need to mention is that it gets dark at night now - it's dark by 9. I don't need my eye mask anymore. Feels sort of funny without it. Roads were mostly good with some stretches of 4 lane. A lot more traffic. I miss the long stretches with no...

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Jun 19, 2012 - Penticton to Oliver

Penticton to Oliver We were staying in Caledon while in the Okanagan. It is about six kilometers south of Penticton on the west side of Skaha Lake. My rides would go around the lake in a clockwise manner. The water would always be on my right hand side in case I had to hit the ditch. I jest. Two of my rides were only around the lake. That was more to rainy weather. The major ride of scaling Anarchist Pass was a sunny day that got cloudy later in the PM. I had one other day for a good ride and that day donned sunny. I decided to ride around...

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Checking the ditches

Jun 17, 2012 - The Anarchist Pass

Anarchist Pass This was to be a challenge. To conquer Anarchist Pass, to go up and down and be able to talk about it. Well, I’m here. Anarchist Pass is east of Osooyos in the southern Okanagan of BC. It is the only pass along the southern route through British Columbia that I have not ridden bicycle over. To do this pass would be one of the final tests of my training before hooking up with the Tour du Canada. We left Calgary on Friday heading for Penticton. We would stay in the area for a few days before continuing to Vancouver. While in...

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Checking the ditches

Sep 21, 2011 - New friends

Home is Oliver - at least for a couple days. Desert Gem is its name - Happy Hour is the game. We were met by several 55+ folks and have already been invited to tomorrow's happy hour. Mid 30's through the weekend. What a beautiful evening. Our neighbours obviously can't wait! Their cactus is up and glowing and they're playing Freebird and Rocky Mtn. high on their outdoor stereo! too much fun already!

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Sep 18, 2011 - Oliver, BC, Canada

From Oliver we were intending to go west to Victoria, BC but Vancouver Island and Victoria were getting hit with a nasty weather system with lots of rain and very high winds. Not a good place to take a large travel trailer. We decided to continue north along the western slope of the Canadian Rockies and then cut across to Jasper, Alberta. From there we would follow the highway south towards Banff via the Icefield Parkway.

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May 30, 2011 - Oliver, BC

We have been in Canada Wine Country for the last 4 days. We stayed in the town of Oliver a small but nice RV Park. Spend 3 days driving up and down the valley. Tasted more wines and bought 3 cases of great wine. A bottle here and there. My favorite was the Gray Monk and for character Rustic with the Bruce the old cowboy. The view from most of the wineries were so beautiful you could have sat there for hours. Had one day of sunshine which we are beginning to really appreciate. Now we’re on our way back to the states. Hope the weather warms...

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May 29, 2011 - Oliver, BC

Saturday May 28--we drove from Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs, 90 miles and 2 hours. I have been wanting to stop at Harrison Hot Springs every time we travel through BC, but this was the first real opportunity. We found a nice small RV park with full hookup and 50 AMP service. It was a little tight getting in and out, but nice. This afternoon we went into town to the public pool for a soak and shower. Sunday May 29--We watched the beginning of the Indy 500 this morning and then left Harrison for Oliver, BC, the heart of wine country. It...

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Sep 6, 2010 - Oliver, BC

Campground: Bel Air Cedar Resort It’s getting closer to the end of the trip which doesn’t seem possible. Today we headed to Oliver and our last night in Canada. Oliver is the wine capital of Canada. So while the terrain still looks like desert, with water that is abundant from the Okanagan River, Oliver is an ideal setting for growing Okanagan wine grapes and producing among the best rated wines in the world! While Oliver may be the wine capital of Canada, it closes up tighter than a drum after 6 PM. We had wanted to go out to eat but the...

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North to Alaska 2010

Aug 29, 2010 - End of the Line

Like the salmon our journey is winding down - fortunately not as dramatically as theirs Sunday Our destination today was somewhere ‘south’ - we just hadn’t figured out where yet. Our journey through Canada is almost over. It seemed fitting to end it with a last look at the salmon completing their journey. We headed out and stopped at Scotch Creek. We immediately saw what had drawn the crowd yesterday. The creek was alive with bright red fish. We grabbed our cameras and the results of the next hour and a half are included in the photos...

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2010 Race 2 Finish

Jun 9, 2010 - Oliver, BC

The bus is in Toppenish, WA ========================================================================= Drivers Log Miles this leg--578 Miles total—2851 How we got here—See Google Map 4 Eugene to Oliver, BC. A to B 274 mi., and B to C 275 mi. June 8—Left Eugene, OR at 1:30 and drove to Toppenish, WA just south of Yakima on Hwy. 97. June 9—Drove to Oliver, BC—border crossing today ========================================================================= The bus is in Toppenish, but I am showing us in BC on the Google Map. Reason is when we...

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The Alaskan Frontier

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