My husband and I met up at our favourite eatery in Castlegar (Black Rooster) for luch yesterday, me riding my cruiser and my hubby driving our big truck. I got there just before hubby, and there was a group of 4 sport bikes with AB plates, and the fellas sitting on the patio. Since we were going to sit on the patio, I said hello and asked how their ride was going. They were loving their tour from Fort Mac, through Kelowna, and were heading for the New Denver - Kaslo road.
After lunch, the group of bikers were getting ready, so I asked them if they wanted to ride a local secondary road, my favourite for getting from Castlegar to home, and they said sure. So, I told them that if they wanted to follow me, I would show them the Pass Creek Rd, then they could go on to New Denver when I split off to go home at the Slocan highway junction. I also told them that the road is not a highway, it has gravel in some corners and many driveways that come onto the road in blind corners, so if they were happy to take it easy then I was happy to play "tour guide". They agreed to take this little deviation from the main highway, and followed me.
It was a great little ride home, the roadway had little to no traffic (all going the other way), and I felt like "mother goose", as I rode my cruiser with the 4 sport bikes following, all being respectful of following distance and well-behaved. When it was time for them to turn left, and me to turn right to head home, they said thanks for the tour and off they went. It felt good to show some out-of-towners one of my favourite local rides, and they enjoyed the corners and pleasant scenery I'm sure.
Moral of story - share some local knowledge with our fellow riders from out-of-town, they will appreciate it.