this dates back a ways, but the riding is interesting and perhaps unfamiliar to many on this site, so in the interest of sharing info, here goes.
5 days, 5 posts.
There is a lot of wonderful countryside and interesting roads in the Cariboo, but this is a bit too far from the lower mainland to be easily weekend-accessible. I had some time available in early July, so I set off to see what I could discover.
Day 1: Vancouver to 100 Mile House via Duffey Lake Road, Clinton, and Green Lake; 615km, 10hrs.
My buddy Jason, who rides a huge Yamaha cruiser, wanted to join me for the first leg of the trip, and we set off towards Pemberton on a bright, fresh summer morning. It was hot by the time we got to Pemberton, and while the altitude on the Duffey kept things tolerable, once we dropped into Lillooet it was baking, and we ended up ‘riding squid’ in T-shirts for most of the afternoon.
We turned north at the 97/99 junction north of Cache Creek, and set about the first session of exploration 10km therafter. Loon Lake Road runs about 18km northeast up a lovely agricultural valley, a short canyon, and a sprawling ranchland upper valley. The road is open, lightly travelled, and full of superb undulations and curves, mostly on excellent pavement – wonderful riding, and very highly recommended! The pavement continues another 15km (in poorer quality), to the north end of the lake, but the section along the lake (while still winding) is nearly continuously cottage-lined, so is not the place for exuberance!
The next excursion began in Clinton, another 18km up 97. Here we set off southwest, riding a pleasant valley 16km to Kelly Lake. The scenery is good and there are a few interesting sections, but the road is mostly straightish and the pavement is middling. There’s good swimming at the lake, if your suit is handy.
Our next sortie branched right at 70 Mile House, towards Green Lake. This is the essence of the Cariboo: gently undulating grasslands, scattered lakes, swathes of forest, glades of aspens, cows, horses, the occasional ancient hewn-log barn, road-side flowers, scattered cumulus in a hot breezy sky, a hawk or two – delightful! We rode the dead-end south shore road to its end (pretty boring), then took the much more interesting north side road, which becomes Watch Lake Rd, leading into Lone Butte.
The western half of Horse Lake Rd got us into 100 Mile House, and we put up for the night at the 100 Mile Motel ($84 incl taxes). We joined CaribooBC for dinner at a local car-show event, but the scene wasn’t really ‘us’, so the day ended with beer and shooting pool in Jake’s Pub – a fine evening!
more photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/donserl...7624895178176/