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Ride from Vancouver Island to Nelson, BC for 2015 Ducati Rally

Discussion in 'Victoria' started by Nomorefours, May 24, 2015.

  1. I am planning a ride from Vancouver Island to the Ducati Rally in Nelson BC at the end of June.

    Here are details for the Ducati rally in Nelson:

    Here is my basic itinerary:

    Thursday June 25th:

    Take the ferry from Nanaimo on the morning, ride up through Whistler / Pemberton / Duffy Lake Road (AWESOME!), and spend the night in Lillooet.

    Friday June 26th:

    Ride to Penticton, spend the night there.

    Sat June 27th:

    Ride to Nelson, stay there nights of 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th.

    Wed July 1st:

    Ride to Winthrop, WA. Spend the night there.

    Thurs July 2nd:

    Ride Hwy 20 to Anacortes, catch the ferry to Sidney, and return home.

    Highway 20 in Washington is literally the #1 motorcycling road anywhere near the west coast...phenomenal!!

    Here is a google map of my proposed route:

    Here is some more info about Hwy 20:

    If anyone wants to ride all or part of it with me, we can sort out details, but FWIW, I am not a huge fan of covering large distances in a single day. More than around 400 km in a day starts to feel like a marathon to me, and I enjoy the experience a lot less. I like being able to stop for a swim, to check out some interesting things on the route, etc. A couple of hours riding in the morning, leisurely lunch, then a couple more hours riding in the afternoon is a pace that I enjoy. Having said that, life does not always allow a leisurely pace and I will work with you to define an itinerary we both can live with if you are interested in going.

    I am open to camping to keep costs down, and happy to bring along tent and sleeping bag...BUT I am a fair weather (i.e. perfect weather) camper only. Anything less than perfect weather, and I would definitely prefer to stay in a hotel or motel.

    I will be riding my 2013 Ducati Multistrada. I am a very experienced (30+ years) rider, and I enjoy a quick pace. I have no problem stopping to wait periodically for anyone slower; every one needs to ride at their own pace to be safe and have fun.

    So, there it is!

    Let me know if you are interested. I can be reached by email at:

    dougmgreen (at) gmail dot com