This was the first multi-day ride for myself and my riding partner and I think we planned it well, as I would gladly go back to any of the roads we rode on. The goal was 3 days of riding with plenty of time for enjoying the scenery. Our only issues were that we both like to sleep in and got late starts on all the days.
Day 1: home to Castlegar http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&sourc...5,9.887695&z=7
Hwy 3 was a good ride as usual. We left on a Thursday and traffic was pretty much non-existent. I made us take a few too many extreme tag picture stops and we ended up riding in the dark from about Christina Lake to Castlegar. No matter how nice and warm it is during the day, we discovered that it still gets quite cold at night when in the mountains.
Day 2: Castlegar to Vernon http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&sourc...8,4.943848&z=8
Our first time ever being East of Osoyoos so everything was new to us. This whole trip was full of great scenery which led to more and more stops. Our first stop of the day was looking back at Castlegar.
Next is a shot at the base of the big pass before Creston. Sadly, we didn't get any pictures at the top where there was still lots of snow at the sides of the road.
After a stop for food in Creston, it was time to attack the East side of Kootenay Lake. The road from Creston to Crawford Bay had been talked up so much that I was afraid it was over hyped. I definitely wasn't disappointed with the scenery, the corners, or the overall road condition.
Here's a rare shot of myself as I sit on the bike beside Kootenay Lake.
You're met with corner after corner of this beautiful road all the way up to Crawford Bay with the exception of about 20km that they're currently repaving as you get closer to the end.
The sign at the ferry dock says that motorcycles don't get priority loading, but we were put at the front of the ferry even though we were no where near the first ones in line. At the other end, you're greeted with a ramp and an open road.
Another nice look coming into Kaslo. The ride from Balfour to New Denver is good, but simply can't compare with Creston-Crawford Bay or the section that is coming next.
New Denver to Nakusp was excellent even though the tail end still had some gravel patches on the road. If we rode through another hour or so later, it would have been perfect because they were just cleaning our side of the road while we were on it. The only pictures I have of this section are of the road cleaning equipment, because we were enjoying it so much. So far I've been overly impressed with the roads on day 2.
Nakusp to Fauquier was pretty boring. The road was in perfect condition, but it was very straight with only small elevation changes. This is about as twisty as it got.