Seeing as I'm fairly new to the riding scence her in Vancouver my freind decided he should show me some of the finer roads here in BC. I'm sure most of you have tried these hwy's before but I thought I'd put up some info and pics for the "new to BC" crowd like myself. We packed up the bikes and headed out close to 9:00AM on Sat. We decided we'd keep it simple up to Hope and just stay on the main highway. Once we got to Hope we hopped on the #1 and took it trough the canyon all the way up to Lytton. The highway was pretty good to that point.
In Lytton we heard about this guy named Ken Glasgow that has a bunch of crazy sculptures in his yard. We managed to find the place and find that above his gate as you enter the yard is a 30' long Winchester Rifle. The gate itself is a huge bow knife. Looked really cool but I forgot to get a picture. Once you enter the yard the first thing you notice are three motorcycles along the driveway. As you get closer you realize that they are bloody huge! : The detail in these bikes was unbelievable! right down to the starter placement and plug wires!
The guy had sculptures of all types but the coolest thing was reading all the signs around the property. Every sculpture had a saying. Here is his Tax Rack Sculture and sign.
He had a sculpture for everything including two old satalite dishes that had been converted to....well you know. I'll keep the post SFW
He had a little church with a grave yard beside it. All the headstones had funny sayings on them. You can see them in the pic I took of the scenery.
After we left Lytton we stopped in at a pub near Spences Bridge. Had a great lunch and a chance to cool off. Excited a few of the local girls as Terry and I stripped out of our riding gear down to shorts and t-shirts.
Once we left Spences Bridge we headed down Hwy #8 to Merritt. What a phenominal section of road that is. WOW is all I can say. (coming from Manitoba I was in heaven)
After we gassed up in Merritt we headed to Hwy 5A. Again a very nice hwy but not as good as the #8. We pretty much drove right through Princeton and headed to Manning Park. Very nice highway with some excellent turns. Thanks to some good riders on cruisers going the other way we were able to avoid a nicely hidden laser radar trap as well.
After passing through Manning Park we headed back to Hope where we gassed up and contemplated taking the twisty back roads home to Vancouver. After 600+ Kms (375 miles) my ass was starting to feel like the prettiest boy in prison so we decided on a leisurely cruise home on the highway.
At the end of the day we got home at 6:30PM and covered a total of 761km's (472 miles) and saw some incredible scenery. The roads we amazing and twisty. As someone that was born and raised on the Prairies I must say riding here is a whole new experience. In Manitoba it was more for transportation and a bit fun. Here it's a whole lot of FUN!!!! I find I don't ride my bike that often here just to run around as I'd rather wait till the next RIDE is posted.
Map of the area