Last October myself and a buddy went to the sunshine coast. Of course it was my idea. The weather was crappy and cold. My buddy almost turned into a popsicle. That was my last ride.
So, not surprisingly, he didn't go along with me today on my first ride this year.
Left home around 6:15, got to Stanley Park and took a lap around, looking at the cruise ships. Then up the Sea to Sky. Sucks, as expected, one freaking construction site after another. Finally reached Pemberton and went to D'Arcy next. The road to D'Arcy is pretty twisty, and in reasonable shape. Got there about 9:30.
Back to Pemberton for some chow.
Then the Duffy lake road to Lillooet. The road is as bad as I remember it, bumps everywhere, some broken pavement, ruts, pot holes. Hardly a smooth stretch anywhere. There were a couple of recently repaved sections (only a few meters in length) which gave me a tantalizing taste of what the road could be like. Oh well.
The shadows thrown across the road by rocks, trees, bushes make it even more difficult to see what you are going to hit. Lines through corners are often more determined by where the smoothes pavement is than by what's the best line for acceleration. Even while looking all the time I still ended up hitting some unseen dips and potholes in turns. Again, those shadows make it hard to see what is what. Good practice relaxing on the bars, though. Let the suspension eat it all up.
No rocks on the road, but a couple of sections turned to gravel with little or no warning.
Road gets a lot smoother but also a lot straighter after Lillooet. Hit Kamloops about 15:00. Then on to Merritt via 5A. This is actually a pretty nice highway. Fairly twisty and the pavement is in good shape. Merritt to Princeton was OK too, but then it started to rain a bit. Most of the Hope Princeton was wet.
Did see about a half dozen deer and a couple of bears, though.
Then the endless ride home on Hwy 1 from Hope. Sucks since I was sore, tired and the KLR just doesn't do well on the freeway.
So, got home about 21:30 about 1000 km later. Overall, a great ride! Next time I'll take the route through Logan Lake.