Ahem ... as things should go, I yakked for a few minutes with a guy who hailed from the Island doing a couple day ride here on the mianland, at the Chevron in Princeton. He had just done the Duffey/Merrit/5A loop and told me that they were just this morning laying another 15 kms of fresh, smooth new surface from where the last re-paving job stops at the end of the (Duffey) lake to the east.
That's pretty much half the route from the hair-pin climb to Lillyette now donw. By next mid-summer ... maybe the whole thing ... ?!
Oh ... and the new pavement that three weeks ago stopped at Sunday Summit on the Hope/Princeton ... now goes all the way further east to the top of the huge hill near the mine!!