Introducing a Californian to the Kootenays
For years, we've
been encouraging our friend Eric to come up from San Francisco for a
visit. This August (2011), the stars finally managed to align!
We met up in the evening of Friday the 19th in Radium Hot
Springs and enjoyed a few drinks together.
Saturday, we headed through Cranbrook and Creston and then up the 3A
to the Kootenay Lake ferry. Despite some excitement with a rock
in his rear brake, Eric started to get a taste of the roads we've been
encouraging him to come ride.
After a wait of about half an hour, we crossed Kootenay Lake on the
ferry, and then enjoyed our advantage of being the first off the boat!
Lunch in Kaslo was followed by the there-and-back trip to the end of
the pavement at Meadow Creek.
As happens to us all too often, we rode the 31A at the end of our day
when bodies and brains were getting tired.
The road never fails to impress, though!
What a pretty row of bikes!
We spent an enjoyable evening talking/relaxing under the tree in the
outside dining area of the Valhalla Inn in New Denver. We also
spent some time chatting with the new owner. They seem to be
making an effort with the place. Hopfully they keep it up!
For now, the rooms are still all nice and clean, the food is
yummy, and motorcyclists get a discount!
Eric's ZX14 looks a little lonely under that tree...
...but its Ducati friends were parked just across the way.
Sunday's ride carried us north on the 6 & the 23, across the
Galena Bay ferry and on to lunch in Revelstoke.
A quick stop at the top of Roger's Pass.
I think Eric enjoyed the ride!
We couldn't find any UniMoGs to snap Eric's picture beside, but we
*did* see this Syncro at our fuel stop in Field before we parted ways.
At this point, it was Sunday afternoon and we had to hightail it home
(darned work expecting to be done on Monday mornings....) so we
suggested that Eric ride the Icefields Parkway to Jasper - the
breathtaking views are not to be missed!
Showing the BC Rockies to someone who has never seen them before was a
lot of fun. It made us both realize that we've been taking the
scenery and roads that we have *almost* in our backyard (not quite
close enough...) for granted, we need to remember not to do that!!!