Day 1 Vancouver – Princeton – Osoyoos – Penticton 650km 9hrs
I had the possibility of taking Monday off and the forecast was shaky for the coast, so I decided to go roam thru the drier Okanagan and Shuswap back roads. It was warming nicely by the time I reached Manning Park (DH44), so I cruised up the lookout road as a pleasant little half-hour sidetrip.
From Princeton, I rode Old Hedley Road (DH78-A) on the north side of the Similkameen to avoid 30km of highway (nice riding, decent pavement, lotsa flowers, glistening river).
I took Upper Bench and Barcelo Roads east of Keremeos (not very interesting). After a fuel stop in Osoyoos, I found my way onto Black Sage Road, an open, quick, superbly paved side route thru gorgeous wine country south of Oliver.
At the Petrocan, I turned right for another sidetrip up Wolfcub Creek Rd (aka Camp McKinney Rd) towards the Mount Baldy ski area. This gives exciting riding on moderate pavement until it turns to gravel at about 15km.
Back in Oliver, I headed southwest on Fairview Rd to hit White Lake Rd (DH17) north to the astrophysical observatory and left out past Twin Lakes to Hwy 3A.
A jog of about 6km west on Hwy 3A leads to Green Mountain Rd (DH6), a superb twisty ride up thru a varied valley:
then the bottom half of the Apex Mtn Rd led down to Penticton. With a bit of time to spare, I rode north to Naramata and beyond (DH32-B), to the end of the pavement. A loop thru Naramata itself concluded with a short, beautiful section on Old Man Rd:
Then I rejoined the traffic thru the ‘orchard suburbs’ back to Penticton. There I spent the nite with friends and enjoyed swapping riding stories with a motorcycling friend of theirs.
Map of day 1 (missing final leg to Naramata):
More photos can be viewed at:
day2, next post...