Why Pinball ?
Well I kept bouncing off rain showers for a few hours.
This overnight ride started by some frustration. I really wanted to go up to Merritt, via Spences bridge and Hwy8, but since it took me almost an hour to cross the Pitt river from Port Moody, it was 17:00 by the time I rolled into Hope. One hour of daylight left, I was not in the mood to dodge wildlife, livestock, and rocks in the dark.
So since the Mighty Coquihalla has been in good shape for the last couple of weeks, I decided to go for the boring but safer alternative.
Since the Popo was all set-up westbound right above Hope, I had a clear road ahead of me. Despite the night closing in, I could not resist going down the Coldwater road.
Boy is that road ever fun, especially with no cows, and no cars around. The first 2 miles were real bad, but after that woooo, what a riot.
No pictures so far, just trying to make it before darkness.
Saturday morning breakfast at the Super 8 diner.
Note: Since late autumn 2007, Merritt is an establish community as a Starbucks is now open. It is right beside the chevron and in the same building as a new liquor store too. So I bet this is going to become a new favorite for long distance poser this riding season. ;-)
And off we go Uo Hwy5A towards Kamloops.
First stop along Nicola lake. Glorious lake frozen but not covered in snow, like most of the many others I saw during the rest of the day.
Quick stop at the Quilchena hotel.
Hwy5A is a fast smooth road, with a really decent scenery around. Traffic was a none issue, and the weather so far was perfect. Sadly not for long. I got my first rain contact about 10 clicks out of Kamloops. Just enough to wet the helmet and the road. And just as fast I was dry again.
Right above Kamloops I stopped to assess my options. North to Little fort via the North Thompson river, was not an option as it was raining hard down there. To the left you can see a nasty dump. I ended up tasting its edges on my way to Cache Creek which is dead ahead. 10 Mins to top up the fuel, and hide the Camera in the Kayak bag, and I was on my way.
Next stop was above Kamloops lake and Savona, after waving at 2 harley guys. Again you can see a picture of the next shower. Right on Cache Creek. And once again I got lucky as it was barely enough to get me wet.
Also in Cache Creek I waved hello to a japanese cruiser rider. The third and last rider I saw for the entire day.
At the Hat Creek ranch turn off, I came accross those skids mark. I like to see those as it is a pretty good sign that I am now on a road less travel.
Not only was the traffic super light, the pavement is now in perfect condition since it was redone in the summer of 2006. Sadly the money must have run dry, as the surface deteriorate half way to Lillooet.
Quick classic shot at Marble canyon right before Pavillion.
All the little lakes along the way are still frozen solid. Snow is pretty scarce along the roadside.
I always stop at that viewpoint. This is one of my favorite spot in BC. The Fraser canyon is spectacular at that point. Then you can prep yourself for some exciting roads ahead, as you can scan it from there.
Then riding down into Lillooet, I suddenly felt warm. A quick check at the temperature gage revealed that it was 20 Deg C. What 20 Deg !!!!
It was awesome. The sky was perfect and still no traffic. Boy, how cool was that.
At the necessary pit stop at Lightfoot gas, the temperature dropped to 15 Deg C just like that. The staff, explained this by the cold hair running down the Duffey lake road valley to the South.
So one corn dog later and a good chat about the 2010 games with the locals, I came across a nice couple giving me the head up on the Duffey Road condition. as expected it was going to be interesting to say the least. (See other thread on this forum)