Destination: Nakusp loop in the Kootenay region.
The first step was trip planning. I had attempted this trip earlier in the season, but only got to Vernon when I decided the rain was not going to stop. Last year after SBW I ventured up into this region, so the area was familiar to me. The whole idea was to compress a great trip into a weekend ride. I had high aspirations of going to Revelstoke via the Galena ferry over to Shelter bay. Also, to head south into the Cascades. Once on the road it was apparent that our time line would not allow this.
We left friday 3 pm from Fort Langely and arrived back 7:30pm in Vancouver on sunday.
I planned the quickest route up to Vernon on some of the best twisty roads. Road up and back to the Kootenay area via the same route.
Day 1 friday
Vancouver, Hwy 7 Hope, Hwy 3 Princeton, Keromeos, Hwy 3A on to Green mnt. rd (Apex Alpine) popping out in Penticton, Hwy 97 to just before Kelowna, West Side rd (Fintry) running along Okanagon lake, Old Kamloops rd on to Vernon. This takes around 8 hrs at 550 km. The plan was to have two sleeps in Vernon as our stop over going both ways.
Day 2 saturday
Vernon Hwy 6 to Needles, 15 min. ferry ride over to Faquier, Nakusp, Hwy 31A New Denver, Hwy 3A Nelson, Slocan, New Denver, Nakusp and back the way we came to Vernon
Day 3 sunday
Same route as Day 1 but in reverse.
A couple of days before the trip I went through my SV1000S and checked things over. I'm glad I did because the oil filter was not tightened properly from my first service. The SV places its tools underneath the seat in a box in the frame. Heading out for the trip the bike started smoking. WTF, I pull over and realize I had not put the cover to the tool box on properly. The cover fell between the exhaust. Once I fished it out the cover was melted beyond use. I put the tools in my tank bag and hooked up with Yahn and we headed off to the Albion ferry. We burned up past Keromeos. Searched for Green Mnt. rd which is easy to miss. This road passes Apex Alpine and popps out in Penticton. This is a must ride road with lots of blind hills and verying types of corners. The S's are very fun with great vision. Load the inner peg counter steer forcefully one way then the other and you have just got a great rush. Continueing on to Kelowna along the Okanagon lake is the main Hwy but very scenic. Westside rd. is also easy to miss, if go go over the bridge into Kelowna you have gone to far. by the time we arrived here it was dark. after passing a couple of crs drifting into the other lane in the tight corners we were free. I used my high beems to navigate the un light road. The easyist was following the reflective post, the hardest was when there was no lines on the road for reference. You do not want to run off the road here because of the drop offs to the lake. Bats were swooping in the bikes lights. arrivede in Nelson at 10 pm and had trouble finding a room.
Next morning we headed to nelson for lunch. Cherryville to Needles is an excellent road and very scenic. Arrived just in time to catch the cable run ferry over to Faquier. Time really starts to slow down in this area so enjoy it. Stopped in at the Mushroom Addition restaurant and gas station and sparked up a conversation with Roger the owner. I met this dude last year and he has lots of stories to tell. He's very well known in the biking community. He will clean your visor and send you on your way with a smile on your face. From Faquier to Nakusp is fairly straight, but is beautiful with the upper arrow lake boardering the road. Headed to New Denver and stopped off at Sandon a heritage mining town. New Denver to Kaslo's road is a bit choopy, but a great road to ride with lots of twisties. the Kaslo river runs adjasent to the road. You can't beat the scenery. Kaslo to Nelson runs along the mnt. side at times with the massive kootenay lake boardering the other side. Took a well deserved brake at Rickaby's the place where Roxanne was filmed. On the road again we completed the loop and headed back to New Denver at a fair clip of a 140km. From here we just followed our same route we entered on back to Vernon. That leg is around 600km. Arrived in Vernon around 8:30 pm and there were no hotel rooms available. Road up to Silver Star in the dark and stayed at Putnum Station. Next morning we took the same awesome roads we came on back to the lower mainland. Around 1900 km round trip.
Yahn and my riding styles were very similar and we had a great time. I have taken many trips this year, but this was one of the best.
BCSB members definitly adventure up into this area you will be impressed !!!