New rider. I thought I'd post here for those other new riders thinking of a bigger road trip. I have about 3,000KM of seat time (before this weekend), fully licensed about a month ago, and PRS graduate. I ride a V-strom 650.
Just did Vancouver to Penticton round trip this weekend. The bike was fitted with 2 side panniers and a top case, all 3 were loaded up.
1st stage, the No. 1 Vancouver to Hope. Heavy traffic, and speed limitation for most was of no consequence. I had semi's pulling super B trailers rolling up +120Km/hr creating vortices that would tear your helmet off.
Hope to Princeton, 132KMs of some of the most challenging road conditions I could imagine. Between Hope and Manning Park, significant winds, and again, insane high speed drivers doing stupid shit, many of which with the "N" symbol in the back window.
Manning Park to Princeton: very rough road, lot's of bike eating sized pot holes, and several inches wide and deep grooves or separations in the road surface, primarily in the No. 1 riding position. Also, throw in warm weather and heavy proliferation of tar snakes, noob cagers rolling up +120KM in their beat up Tercels , Corrollas, and Civics (one blew a tire and nearly left the road violently in front of me...) it was a little intense. This was a good experience in picking your sight lines / targets with rolling hills and frequent corners, with tar snakes, grooves and pot holes in those corners, some of which were hard to see until you were almost on top of them.
Princeton into Penticton, really great road, smooth sweeping corners, great views, warm breezes - finally could relax a little.
Day 2 - Penticton to Princeton; not bad, again, nice roads, good views, a bit of a head wind.
Princeton to Hope: had to be the most challenging riding I have experienced. Pick ups pulling speed boats shredding the speed barriers, mini vans ripping it up, then massive back ups behind motorhomes, and busses...worst of all for me though was the severe head winds around Manning Park and then the decent down into Hope. WInd gusts so strong I was pushed on one corner from position 1 to about 3.75, nearly the white shoulder line before I could straighten out. Pretty crazy winds up in the area.
Otherwise uneventful the rest of the way, other than your usual traffic BS into Vancouver. Funny, and I was nearly home, I had a cager start to change lanes into me, that impact was avoided as I saw her drifting over (texting) and got out of the way.
All in good ride. Didn't like the Princeton to Hope section though. The road is not in great shape.
I learned a lot about me, my bike and some riding skills, so it was a worth while run. I plan on doing it again in a couple of weeks.