BC Interior Ride '09 June 30th - July 6th
My wife and I took off on a nice longer tour over the Canada day long weekend, and had a blast. We did essentially all the best roads of BC, great weather (actually a little too hot a couple of days), great food, lots of beer, and tons of fun. This time we planned our route before hand, made no day longer than ~500 kms, and pre-booked hotels. I used to always just want to jump on the bikes and go, figure it out on the road, stop whereever, etc. But I guess I'm getting old, it was nice to know where we staying, to have researched which motels/hotels are nice versus dumps, etc. I don't think we'll do a trip again without preplanning and booking.
We left Tuesday night after work and stayed in Hope, I can't remember which motel, and drank beer and ate fried junk food at the bar. I love motorcycle trips!
The first day we rode to Greenwood via Kelowna and the highlight was Green Mountain Road to Penticton. I can't remember its rating from the destination highway book, but I think it was top 10. And it was just one of those roads that has a great rhythm. Lots of nice tight, but not too tight, S curves and no traffic whatsover. Sushi in Penticton and up through Kelowna.
Kelowna down to Rock Creek was another highlight, we hadn't done this route before and it was all new to us. Nice, fast road, I'd ride it again. And except for Penticton to Kelowna, virtually no traffic issues all day. Stayed in Greenwood at the Greenwood Motel (cheap, clean, and fairly quiet, would recommend). We went to the Greenwood Saloon for the standard fried food and pitchers of beer that make up a healthy dinner while on a motorcycle trip. Nicely renovated pub, cute small town.
The next morning we left Greenwood to head to Nelson via Creston and the Kootenay Bay ferry road. Great riding, except we were a little disappointed with DH 1 to the ferry, we had done it in the past coming south after an early morning ferry (~7am) so we were the first off the boat and no one on the road. But we did the road this trip ~1-2pm in the afternoon and it was fun, but too many cages to pass and it really broke up the rhythm of the road. Missed a ferry by 5 minutes and stayed out of the sun waiting for the next one. We stayed at the New Grand Hotel (highly recommended, very motorcycle friendly) and again beer and fried food. The next day we got to sleep in as we were staying 2 nights in Nelson, no rush. We did the loop up to Kaslo, New Denver, then back down to Nelson. Our favorite road of the whole trip and one we were looking forward to (have done a few times in the past) is the Kaslo to New Denver stretch. I never get tired of the curves there, seem set up just right for me to go fast, feel like I'm pushing it a bit, but never have any "oh shit" moments.
The only complaint about staying in the Kootenays was they had some sort of cruiser or Harley rally going on. So occasionally you would have a parade of ~10-15 Harleys going 10 kms under the speed limit on these great roads. Not an issue, we passed them no problem but I'm sure they figured we were douche bag sport bike riders as we had to pass them at seriously illegal speeds due to their parade pattern and being long and stretched out.
The next day saw us head out from Nelson bright and early (~6am) to head to Sun Peaks resort. We left early to beat the traffic, and also the day before temps had reached ~32-32C in the afternoon so we wanted to get the bulk of the riding done before we cooked in the afternoon. We were pleasantly suprised how much we enjoyed Nakusp down to the Needles Bay ferry. It is a fairly straight road, not very nice scenery, but I guess after ~80-120Km/h twisty roads for a few days it felt good to tuck down and stretch the throttle cables out.
We caught the ferry and were looking forward to DH 2 to Vernon (as this was also new to both of us, never ridden). And the road and curves were great, we had a lot of fun, got rid of some of our chicken strips, but I found the road slightly boring. I don't know, maybe the scenery wasn't as nice as other roads, and it just felt something was missing. But its funny that way, sometimes I ride a road once and love it, come back to do it again and I think it sucks. So may try this one again and really like it.
From Vernon to Kamloops sucked ass. It was showing between ~34-36C on the VFR's thermometer, tons of traffic, and we drinking ~1L of water every 30-45minutes and still feeling dehydrated. By the time we made it to Sun Peaks we were bags of shit, the heat really kicked out butts. I think because it was so dry. Even at like 140-150km/h there was no respite from the heat.
Again, fried food and too much beer capped off the night.
The next day we had planned to go up and loop around 100 Mile house then down Cache Creek to Merritt, but after the heat of the previous day we had a late breakfast, went in the pool, and then took the short (but fun!) route down to Merritt. Called ahead and got an early check in at the best Western (~130pm) so we could catch MotoGP. Got Subway and watched a great race eating on the bed. Slept by the pool and again fried fatty food and beer for dinner!
The final leg home we were going to just blast down highway 5 but since the weather was iffy, didn't want to risk tons of rain, wind, and cold on the Coquholla, so we did highway 8 and down number 1 (which even doing it a number of times over the last 2 years we moved here, still lots of fun). Lunch at the Elvis Cafe (crappy food but its all crappy food along that route, at least they have hound dog playing on the CD player?) then the mind numbing stretch of highway 1 from Hope to Downtown.
~2,300 kms, no tickets (only saw ~3 cops the whole trip!), no accidents, and only a sore back from the ride! (for me anyway, my wife on the VFR liked to remind me how comfy she was while staying on my ass in all the twisty bits! )
Last edited by gripnrip; 07-11-2009 at 11:06 AM.
Last edited by gripnrip; 07-11-2009 at 10:40 AM.
nice trip. what would be a reasonable budget for a trip like this?
We just back on friday from our week long trip to the kootenays. We stayed in Nelson for 4 days.. Funny I think I remember seeing that white VFR turn left in front of me.. where was that now? damn.. can't remember now.
Our highlights for sure was Green Mountain Road.. I love that road.. on way up we did it late in the day and I never had a single car in front of us the whole way! so awesome.. the New Denver to Kaslo is also awesome too, such a great road.. both roads you can just get in the zone.. there's so much great riding in that area, it's hard to come back here.
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Did much of the same loop from Princeton in 4 days last week by myself and it looks as if you had a fantastic trip. Those are some great shots. My wife was kinda annoyed at me though because I came home with only 6 pictures and none of them were really any good. Too busy ridin!
I agree with you and Kaslo to New Denver is my personal DH1. I found the road from Kootenay Bay to Creston (although awesome) just too slow because of traffic and tough to find a good place to pass. Did it anyway.
You look like decent folks. If you and your wife want to ride in the Princeton area, may I invite you stay at our house on a Friday night and I'll plan a day trip for the 4 of us for Saturday. PM me if interested and maybe we can get something planned for August.
I've got a pile of receipts to go through this weekend to put in our budget, so I don't have an exact amount but a trip like this can be pretty affordable if you camped versus motels/hotels, cut out the booze, bring food/go to grocery stores, etc.
Originally Posted by bababoy
We booked our hotel in Sun Peaks via Airmiles, and used Aeroplan points for the one in Merritt, so that helped.
But for two bikes we probably spent ~$50-60 on gas per day, food and booze anywhere from ~$60-150 per day (depending how/where we ate and drank), and then hotels were ~$65-100 per night.
If you were doing it alone, food and gas of course would be a lot cheaper, but its fun to have someone on the trip.
Last edited by gripnrip; 07-11-2009 at 01:40 PM.
haha Ya, normally when I ride I rarely stop to take pictures, always regret it afterwards. But this trip since we knew where we staying every night, and only doing ~400-500 kms it gave us lots of time to stop for pictures, coffees, little stores, etc.
Originally Posted by Redhawk
And we'll see what plans we have for August, appreciate the offer. We were thinking WA or OR but I'll PM you if we're headed your way!
Nice ride, it inspires me to pre plan some trips...I work 4 days, and have 5 off, so I'm looking forward to several trips similar to this!
Thanks for the post...
Fried food and pitchers of beer...