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    Sleepless in seattle ,honeymoon ride report

    I've been meaning to put this HRR together since we got back in July but with one thing and another just never got around to it .Well here goes please try and bare with me as I'm a bit of a technophobe but I'll try and give as much info as I can ,and With a bit of luck it might inspire someone else to go and experience something similar for themselves .
    We flew into a sunny seattle on the 20th of June late in the day we checked into our hotel near the airport and after a very poor meal at a nearby diner we hit the sack .
    It took me forever to go to sleep i was both a nervous wreck and as excited as a blind puff in hot dog factory And snoozed for maybe 3 hrs max ,Anita slept like a bloody log as usual .
    On the morning of the 21st June we jumped into a taxi heading for eagleriders seattle HQ in burrien only 15 min drive from all the airport hotels.
    While I sorted the paperwork inside I left Anita to try and shoehorn our luggage into the bike's panniers ,after that was done the nice guy sorted some storage for the suitcases and we where ready for the off .
    At this stage I must confess to bluffing the salesman at wolverhampton harley into giving me a test ride on one of these bikes a few weeks previous so I had a little bit of a head start on using all the controls ,but shit the first 10 minutes were a bit sketchy to say the least .
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    So we were on our way a nice steady day today just getting use to the bike
    Just 3or4hrs over the border up to vancouver .mainly highway but still fab views and just soaking up being on a bike on a different continent happy bunny's we were.
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    Vancouver is somewhere I'd wanted to show Anita as a few years ago I was lucky enough to have briefly visited and really liked the place and with Anita Being more of a city lover than me she was bound to love it .
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    Tonight we where stopping at this place http://victorianhotel.ca/
    Smack bang in the middle of downtown and with secure bike parking at the rear .
    We were All checked in by 4pm and straight out again to spend a lovely evening taking in the sights all around downtown .https://www.tourismvancouver.com/van...hoods/gastown/

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    We had a great meal at the spaghetti factory in gastown and then back to the hotel
    To do what honeymooners do in the evening .

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    Good man, thanx for taking the time to put the report together.
    Looking forward to the rest of it.

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    Day 2
    Vancouver to cache creek via sea to sky highway and whistler .

    Flung open the curtains to be greeted by beautiful sunshine again after breakfast we went for a nice walk around the city.
    we were feeling very smug at this point seeing all the office bods scurrying to work with briefcases and coffee's in hand while we meanwhile were on our jollies.
    By the time we were heading out of the city the morning rush had died down a bit and before we knew it the scenery had improved somewhat .
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    We called into whistler looking for a spot of lunch and found pickings to be slim to say the least very upmarket type of place but perseverance was the key and we eventually found a great little deli .
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    All fed and refuelled we were back on the road and what a fab road it was
    All the way to cache creek ,also amazing was seeing the landscape change as it did .
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    Eventually arriving at the http://sunsethotel.ca/
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    About 5ish ,there's not a lot in cache creek just a handful of motels and small eating places . This place was hot though a real dry heat ,the lady from the digs said it was one of the hottest driest places in all of Canada .
    We had a nice meal at a mom&pops type place on the outskirts of town
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    And then we were all pooped out so hit the sack early doors .

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    Cheers timaloy ,I'm very slow at this it could take me a while

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    Looking really good so far, and looking forward to the rest of it.

    If I may ask - how much to rent the bike?

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    Cheers dave , it hurts me to talk about the hire cost still but all in it was £2700 that was 18 days hire fully insured to the eyeballs and unlimited mileage and we did 3800 miles in total .
    It's a lot of money I know and we're not wealthy people at all but we saved for along time for this as neither of us had ever been on a honeymoon before we wanted this to be something special and a once in a lifetime trip .
    I do believe I could of shipped my own bike in for quite a lot less sgt Bilco would be you're go to guy for any questions on that

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    A trip of a life time, well done!

    Nearly 10 years ago (blimey) we took a month long Honeymoon bike trip to Greece.
    It was brill, hope you enjoy this one as much.



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    Cheers Phil , great pic of you both 10 yrs you say amazing how time flys by it's 15 yrs since we first got together seems like just a couple of years ago

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    Day 3
    Cache creek to valemount via kamloops

    We woke to Another beautiful morning and decided as there wasn't much choice in town we would head in to kamloops to find some brekkie .This was a very brave of me to do this as Anita turns into a real grouch if she hasn't had breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up.
    We headed out of town on the trans Canada highway of which was a very pleasant ride but with a couple of pic stops and chatting with a local turned into a 2.5 hr ride into kamloops .
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    After a short one sided discussion ihop was chosen for brunch and jeesus i really struggled to move after eating this lot ,a days worth of calories in one meal .
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    Back on the bike and heading north on the yellow head highway you soon start climbing a little and getting away from the dry arid terrain and move into the more cooler mountainous region .
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    A couple of hours later we pulled off the highway into a sleepy little place called Gosnell just to have a nose around really and quickly found ourselves in a rail yard as you do
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    An hour later on we were at our digs for the night http://www.dreamcatcherinn.ca/
    A place I know has been used by Bilco and others and it didn't disappoint ,the gaffer was a lovely lady and gave us an upgrade to a dogging in the woods cabin for very little $ more.
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    A nice little walk into town brings you to this place http://www.threeranges.com/
    Some lovely beers were tasted and I think by closing time I'd consumed tomorrow's calories as well
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    Couldn't help ourselves had visit this place before bedtime https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restau..._Columbia.html
    The Goat burgers were the bees knees.

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    183 in total ,I let Anita count them as she's better at maths than me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    Cheers dave , it hurts me to talk about the hire cost still but all in it was £2700 that was 18 days hire fully insured to the eyeballs and unlimited mileage and we did 3800 miles in total .
    It's a lot of money I know and we're not wealthy people at all but we saved for along time for this as neither of us had ever been on a honeymoon before we wanted this to be something special and a once in a lifetime trip .
    I do believe I could of shipped my own bike in for quite a lot less sgt Bilco would be you're go to guy for any questions on that
    Gavin

    I agree, £2,700 is a lot of money, but if it's what you wanted then I say "Good for you". Ignore all the people who say "You should have done such and such" or "For that money you could have done so and so"

    If it makes you feel any better, you got hire for 18 days, fully insured, unlimited mileage for only slightly more than I paid to have to have my final drive repaired after it failed and cut short my holiday.... link here

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    You're right Dave you only live once mate , shit luck that was with you're final drive
    I have an 08 gs and if I remember correctly mine give way at about 35k ,I was lucky though and it went at home and not half way through a tour like you .
    I take it you'll be keeping it for a couple more years

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    Day 4

    Valemount to Banff via jasper and ice fields parkway

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    And before long we were approaching mount robson
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    Not long after we called into the town of jasper to fuel up as I'd read there was a good distance between gas stations on the ice fields parkway ,a nice little town a little upmarket but not to bad. Got on the road again and stopping loads for pics
    Temp about 25c just nice .

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    Long spells of silence over the comms as I think we were both struggling to take in the beauty of the place .

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    Walked up onto the Columbia ice field ,well as far as we we're allowed to very cold up
    there brr.
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    The next one is bow lake of which was a really lovely place a few tourists about but you could still get away from the crowds to try and soak it all up in peace .
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    On the way into Banff we called into lake Louise gorgeous as it was I couldn't wait to get back on the bike and away as I think the entire Beijing population all armed with the very finest selfie sticks we're there I think if I'd of stayed any longer I may of pushed a few into the turquoise waters .
    Tonight was Saturday and the prices for lodging in town were just damn right daft so we opted for the backpackers hostel close to the centre of town https://samesun.com/backpackers-hostels/banff/ it was around the £60 mark and that included a light brekkie and underground parking .
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    We didn't take long with dinner and soon hit the bunks
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    all in all not a bad days biking .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    all armed with the very finest selfie sticks we're there I think if I'd of stayed any longer I may of pushed a few into the turquoise waters .
    Selfie sticks should be used to ram the phone up the owner's arse...

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