Every day dozens of bikes filter through the Bulkley Valley on their way through to Highway 37 and parts yonder. Little do they know how close they are coming to (and missing) an incredible ride just out of their way. Part of me wants to put up signs, stand on the side of the road jumping up and down, setting up cones and forcing them into the area I am about to describe. Of course, part of me wants to keep it secret and all to myself.
Just on the Prince Rupert end of Terrace an innocuous road turns right up towards the college, a well groomed cemetery, and cute little subdivisions leading up into the bush outskirts of populace thrusting up the Nisga'a valley. It is called the 'Nisga'a Highway' (113). For the first 25 miles, the road is nice and twisty but well populated and in rather rough shape - a B road by every definition with frost heaves, patchiness, and general disrepair waiting around every corner. The bush grows right up to the road, and you will find yourself getting more and more out of the areas in which people live so keep an eye out for deer along here.
25 miles up sits Rosswood, a community of a handful of people at most. Right before entering the metropolis of this little hamlet there is a tiny turnout on the right, with a local piece of history called the 'pissing tree'. This is an excellent place to stop and gather your wits because things are about to get interesting. Right out of town the road suddenly takes a magical turn for the better. This entire section from here to the end of the lava beds was repaved 3 years ago, and it is still in absolutely perfect shape.
The road heats up with a few quick corners, a few nice straights, and soon you are along a lake and swerving nicely with little bunches of twisty bits that slowly get twistier as you progress. A brief respite and then you come to another run along a lake, it is in this several kilometres that you will find some of the nicest corners in a 1000 miles. The visibility is always good, there is rarely so much as a speck of sand on the road, and the surface is impeccable. Concrete barriers line the road most of the way, you don't want to crash here so the key is smooth execution and blistering corner exits. The most extreme corners are usually through a dip, but banked so nicely that traction is never a concern no matter how deep you dig on the fun handle.
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