Was up in Campbell River for a few days this week visiting my dad in the hospital... managed to sneak a couple of hours while he was under heavy sedation to go for a blast.
The road from Campbell River to Gold River is a fairly highly-rated Destination Highway, if memory serves, so I headed out that way first.
The road was very nice until about 10km past Strathcona Dam, about 50k outside of town. After that, it got very frosty, as it's nestled up beside the mountain and stays in shade all day. I ended up pulling over and turning around about then. When I stopped to take a picture, a nice guy from Adventure Riders stopped on his F800GS to say hi - so I got him in the picture too.
Since Gold River was a bust, I headed out towards Sayward instead. It's about 160km round-trip, so easy enough to do in a short afternoon.
Heading north was a much better ride - the highway wasn't frosty at all, just a few damp bits in the shade. Lots of sweepers kept things exciting, and beautiful clear, cool weather made it lovely to be out.
Stopped at Roberts Lake for a photo op...
... then continued on towards Sayward.
Kelsey Bay (at the end of Sayward Road, about 10km after you turn off the highway) was deserted and picturesque.