One Day Expedition: Indian Arm

Outdoor enthusiasts rebel and circumvent a government “wall” blocking access to crown land in a failed attempt to protect transplanted Roosevelt Elk. The result is the opening of the Indian River Forest Service Road, an excellent and challenging One Day Expedition out of Squamish, BC.

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Travel in Juxtaposition: Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa and Sloquet Hot Springs

The overnighter to Harrison Hot Springs offers it all; farm fresh locavore dining at Limbert Mountain Farms, quality time bobbing around in the manmade pools of the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, dinner at the Copper Room. At the opposite extreme is the hardly-developed Sloquet Hot Springs, a site where campers have built semi-natural pools mixing river water with the outflow of geo-thermal heated water flowing from the rock walls. What will it be? All the creature comforts, or the stark quiet of nature? Really, that’s the rider’s choice, or none at all, because you can have it all and do both.

Blowdown Pass: Expedition in an Afternoon

“I don’t think we’re making it through that,” is Mark Binstead’s first response surveying the tricky re-mix of terrain slopped across the Forest Service Road (FSR) to Blowdown Pass, one of the most accessible alpine back entrances to BC’s famous Stein Valley, ahead of us. Composed of rock, trees, branches, mud, top soil and other debris set atop a base layer of compacted snow and ice, at first glance the slide looks impassible. The statement gives me pause, a rider whose selection of routes and honed dirt skills have constantly pushed Kevin’s and my off-road bounds, Mark is not a man who turns back easily.

KTM 990 Adventure R versus Google Navigation

It’s snowing, except looking at the dash display the temperature is +10C. A hard rain, or hail, or a hallucination? An effect of the “Eyes of God” Twisted Throttle Denali D2s white light, hitting the downpour’s drops? Fatigued, my mind scrambles for why Highway 1 heading into Hope, BC has turned white. I’m on the final leg of a 1225km ride from Eureka, CA to Sunshine Valley, just outside Vancouver, BC pitting KTM’s 990 Adventure R against a Google Navigation estimate. It’s a total of 1225 kms, or 760 miles, in one go. The hail covered road, well, that’s not to plan.

Road to Barkerville – Episode 3 of 4

The Curbsyde team follows the roads, history and the culture of the incredibly beautiful British Columbia backroads to discover the Road to Barkerville. The area surrounding Barkerville is rich in gold panning history. While en-route they encounter natural wonders, wildlife, colorful characters, tourism hot spots and destinations well off the beaten track.

Road to Barkerville – Episode 2 of 4

The Curbsyde team follows the roads, history and the culture of the incredibly beautiful British Columbia backroads to discover the Road to Barkerville. The area surrounding Barkerville is rich in gold panning history. While en-route they encounter natural wonders, wildlife, colorful characters, tourism hot spots and destinations well off the beaten track.

Road to Barkerville – Episode 1 of 4

The Curbsyde team follows the roads, history and the culture of the incredibly beautiful British Columbia backroads to discover the Road to Barkerville. The area surrounding Barkerville is rich in gold panning history. While en-route they encounter natural wonders, wildlife, colorful characters, tourism hot spots and destinations well off the beaten track.

RWC: The North – Episode 4 Excerpts

This northern alberta episode is a mix of cold temperatures, winter conditions, and northern Canadian culture. Featuring ice fishing on Alberta’s largest lake, the team tries their luck at catching pike at minus 30 below. It’s then on to Canada’s oil producing capital Fort McMurray, with a much needed rest before tackling one of Canada’s least traveled ice roads. The first of two major winter roads (ice roads) begins 60km’s north of Fort McMurray. The riders prepare themselves for their greatest challenge yet. Between rough snow patches, empty roads, and slow speed crashes, this is the start of the serious winter hardships.

Reconnecting With Canada: The North – Episode 1

The RWC: North team leave from Victoria BC, on their arctic journey. On the very first day they encounter more than they bargained for with a major snow storm. Then it’s the transition from mild temperatures and urban centres to hard packed snow and small communities.

Reconnecting With Canada: The North – Prologue

The Reconnecting With Canada: North crew are heading, as you would expect, North. Unlike most motorcyclists they aren’t waiting for clear skies and warm days, they are doing the ride in winter. Join the team of riders Joe Lloyd and Paul Mondor and support drivers Jesse Clark and Flora Lloyd as they prepare the bikes for the trip.

Light Adventure on BC’s Sunshine Coast

B.C.’s Sunshine coast is no stranger to riders… as a ribbon of slow moving brake lights. Great food, great accommodations, a good measure of adventure of course. And bikes… Used bikes as the guys from OneWheelDrive.Net take some used KTM 640 Adventures out for a spin. Read the Full Story Here

Reconnecting With Canada : Webisode 14 – Newfoundland 2

Curbsyde’s second Newfoundland episode showcases some more amazing scenery and marine life. Joe & Flora experience some great Newfoundland hospitality, and interesting characters before making it to the furthest eastern point of the Reconnecting With Canada series; Signal Hill.