So last long weekend was my first long trip with my new VStrom and first long trip since Mexico thanks to weather and puppies.
I started out a 11:30am and took Hwy 3 out to Princeton. Then it was on 5A to Merrit and 5A to Kamloops. I was heading to Barriere to spend the night with friends so day 1 was short and sweet. 5A is pretty and pretty remote since everyone is usually on the Coq. Nice scenery with some decent sweepers tossed about.
This was gonna be a long haul only to avoid the price tourist lodgings in Jasper and Banff parks. I started at 7am from Barriere and ripped it up to Jasper along the Yellowhead 5. Another nice scenic ride with just enuff turns to keep me awake. It was a bit chilly, but not bad with a heated vest. I arrived in Jasper at about 11am just in time with the other tourists, apparently a long weekend for Albertans too. The top of Mount Robson was covered in cloud, but it was still inspiring.
Now from Jasper I could take my time along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. Lots to see and do along this stretch, but of course I had not enuff time. Gorgeous trip passing the same people everywhere you go.
After passing thru Lake Louise, I headed to Golden where I had a room waiting for me after this 12 hour, 750 km day. My first time in Golden and I have to say it's a really nice town situated in such a beautiful area.
Leaving Golden on Hwy 95 was a treat. I have always looked at this road on a map and now I am glad I rode it. Again, a very scenic country ride surrounded by the omnipotent Rockies. Nice sweepers through out the distance to Kimberley. Virtually no traffic nor cops (didn't see many cops on the whole trip). I scooted off 95 to Invermere and was treated to a nice surprise as the town sits on one end of Windermere Lake... gorgeous area.
Kimberley is a very pleasant Bavarian town too.
I continued to Hwy 3, this time westbound to Creston. Yup, DH1 with some fresh asphalt to boot. Funny 78kms don't seem like 78kms when it's nuttin but twists and turns. The weather was the hottest of the 4 days, but that didn't keep my wrists from unleashing the torque of the mighty Strom thru the curves to Kootenay Bay. The stock Trailwings are surprisingly grippy, now if I only had more clearance.
Just made the ferry.
The day ended in Winlaw on hwy 6 just west of Nelson where I stayed with firends. Hwy 6 north of 3A must be a DH for twisties. A sweet road with sweepers, tight turns, and elevation changes... very nice indeed.
The ride home along the Crowsnest with all the long weekenders and RVs. I have to admit, the Crowsnest is a very nice highway very much like Hwy 20 in Washington, only not as remote. Unfortunately, traffic started getting heavy from Grand Forks, but it was still a very enjoyable ride home.
36 hours on the road. 2500kms total on the saddle of the Strom.