Due to a lack of interest, and an opportunity to spend some time with a buddy on a boat in the middle of this week, I have been forced to temporarily postpone this ride until next year. It sounds like most of the interest wouldn't manifest into any solid commitment anyways. I've learned that it is far easier to co-ordinate a one or maybe a two day ride here.
Thanks to all who expressed interest, and PM me if you want to something on the 22nd or 23rd, as I should still be in town.
The peak riding season is here and it’s time to explore some roadways in BC I haven’t seen yet. I’m tired of doing the same roads again and again, and even more tired of having to ride an hour and a half to get to anything fun.
I’m planning a ride based on the book “Destination Highways”. It’s a book written by a motorcycle fanatic who has ridden almost all the roads in BC on a bike, and rated them based on the following criteria: Twistiness, Quality of pavement, Engineering, Remoteness, Scenery, and Character.
I’ve taken his book, and labeled my detailed road map of BC with the ratings of all the highways I plan to hit on this trip, with the ultimate destination being Destination Highway (DH)1, a road that goes from Kootenay bay to Creston. According to the author, it’s the best road in BC. Along the way, I’ll be hitting as many of the top 30 roads as I can.
I have a couple other plans for the trip as well. First of all, I like lakes. A lot. If there’s an appealing lake somewhere along the way, it won’t take a lot of persuading for me to find a way to swim in it. Second, I’m an eating man. I eat three meals a day, and get downright grumpy if I don’t. This will be a vacation for me, so arriving at a specific destination by nightfall won’t be a priority. Good times, good turns and good food will.
I’m a frugal traveler, but I’m not cheap. If it’s time to hit the hay, I’ll usually be content with almost any hotel that’s reasonably quiet. If it has a pool and it’s smokin’ hot outside, all the better. I would like to share the room, but not the bed, unless you are exceedingly attractive in leather pants, and need to sit down when going to the washroom.
With regards to mileage per day, I’d imagine we’ll be riding between 6 and 9 hours per. I like to ride at a good pace, faster than traffic, but not stupid and without conscience. There will be a time and place to drop the hammer, but it won’t be in a straight line generally. I try to avoid scaring other motorists, and attracting undue attention to myself. Don’t forget, I’m planning this ride for maximum twistiness, so there will be speed, but it will be confined to the corners mostly.
The furthest point I plan on seeing is Creston. You could get there in a day if you tried. I’m going to take two or three. I won’t be taking the shortest route, but the most entertaining roadways. That’s what the book is all about. The destination IS the highway, not the next greasy spoon or roadside hotel.
I’d definitely need one partner for this ride as it makes it more fun, and safer. After that, the more the merrier. I’m sure we could sleep three in a room if necessary. In fact, I’m sure we could pretty much do whatever we want, as we’re all big people and have credit cards. So if you’re interested, fun, and love the feeling of the open road as much as I do, drop a line an chime in. If you want to discuss it with me, and possible routes, call me at 604-721-6468.