This last week i went camping with a bunch of friends out in the mountains of hope. We were camped out at the top of a mountain about 13 km's north / north west of hope, which is set aside as a private camping/riding area for the FVDRA (Fraser Valley Dirt Riders Association). A great group of guys and girls by the way.
I loaded up my bike and rode on out. Now my first new experience on my bike came from the fact that the only way to get to the camp site was to ride about 20-25 minutes up steep, twisty, loose logging / mining roads. Went slow and easy and had no real problems - kinda wished i could quickly and easily mount a knobby on the wheels tho.
We got up there sunday and planned to go on wednesday for a good highway ride to hone my cornering skills, and just for fun of course. Gavin (98 smokinjoe) woke me up at 6am on wednesday and we headed out down the mountain. Going DOWN those logging roads was a beotch! We did however learn that one can tree a black bear with engine revs from our bikes ( he just jumped out on the road in front of us!)
From hope we took the hope princeton highway all the way through princeton, on to osoyoos ( now that was a wild / fun stetch of road ). In osoyoos it was 30 degrees in the shade !!! I had never ridden in that kinda heat. From there we went up the west side of okanagan lake up to west bank, and then west over the connector to merritt. From merritt we went west still to spences bridge and then to lytton. Back on the #1, and then back on home to the camp site in hope.
The hope/princeton on to osoyoos was by far the best road, and i really got to lean the bike over in my turns, and got very comfortable with how my bike handles. It's nice because there are so many turns you can ride hard or soft, without exceeding your limits. I will be doing that run much more in the future. The drive to get there is worth the ride. From merritt to lytton the roads were very twisty, but rough with an over abundance of tar snakes, and gav and i both got pretty squirrly, not to mention the loose gravel in alot of the turns - Be careful on that road !!!
Got back to the campsite at 6 pm ( 12 hours of riding !!! ), and all i could see when i plopped down by the camp fire with my beers and blunts were the corners man !!!
Had a wild time, and i recommend the hope/princeton highway to all new riders to get their groove on !
Have fun, ride safe !