I was out for a ride this morning with the thought of the Duffy loop in my head. At about 8:00am I hit Taylor Way and rain so it was a U turn and downtown to "The Swan" for a bit of breakfast. By 9:00 the clouds looked like they were thinning so off I go again. Made it to Squamish and had a coffee to warm up and then off to Whistler, some light snow fell but wasn't sticking so I carried on to Pemberton for some gas and a stretch. Heading up the Duffy was as I expected, really gravely and really cold. The western chunk of that highway is going to be so chewed up when everything is finally thawed out this year that the provence is going to have to do something about it or let it go back to gravel.
Once up the hill the snow is to the edge of what is left of the pavement and there are three nice rows of gravel to ride between, one in the center of each lane and one on the centerline. It works out ok as long as oncoming traffic stays on there side of the road, the couple of times that a car was in my lane was of course when I was in a right hander and the oncoming car was in a left hander. Getting over that fucking furrow onto clean pavement again before becoming a hood ornament was pretty exciting!
The lake itself is still frozen solid and probably will be for a while yet and the eastern portion of the highway to Lillooet is for the most part smooth and fast as you like but anyplace that has been in shadow over the winter is heavily sanded and graveled to cover unthawing frost so beware, you'll be tripping along with good grip and then go to next to nothing half way around a couple of corners. The wooden bridge decks are really sanded well too!
Lillooet and Lytton were both warm which was a bonus and although Lytton looked like it was on fire today, it was only some guy setting a grass fire along side the highway.
From Hope back to New West still sucks and always will but the turkey with wild rice soup and Tim's in Chilliwack was good.
So there you have it, did the loop and didn't even get wet, thought I was going to loose a couple of toes up on the Duffy to frost-bite but arrived home unscathed.
Oh ya one more thing, my racebike is a shitty tourer but it was a good workout for my legs!