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Old 08-21-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Our trip into Washinton and BC

I'll try and keep this as condensed as possible, but word of advice: make sure you take your passports when you plan on crossing a border (long story, but make for one very long second day on our trip). What was to be a very easy 300 mile scenic ride down the Icefiled Parkway in the Cdn Rockies turned into a 16 hour 850 mile marathon as I had to return home and get our passports. Luckily we had friends along the way so I left my wife visiting there and did the 6 hour trip home and back before we re-routed and struck out again at 4:00 pm Monday for the Columbia Valley in South central BC. To make matters worse, the weather pretty much sucked and we rode all day in our rain gear, Then due to the late hour, we did thelast 150 miles in the mountains in the dark. Very un-nerving what with critters and heavy oncoming long weekend's end traffic returning to Calgary. Tuesday saw the sun again and we headed for Spokane under great riding conditions and by the time we were in Bonners Ferry is was in the mid 80's. Of course they were paving from Bonners Ferry to Sandpoint so that put a damper on the speed and time, but we rolled into Spokane just in time for rush hour.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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The next day we hooked up with a couple of forum buds (from another site) and we ventured out to see the local sights. First off we stopped at the Old Mission outside Cour d'Alene and took in some history of the settling in the 1800s and the influence the church had on the local (Cour d"alene) Indians. Very interesting and enjoyable. We then decided some curves were in order so we took the scenic ride around the lake to the small town of St Maries. Lots of peg scraping and giggles during that part. After a refreshing shake at a local cafe we headed back to Cour d'Alene for a fabulous dinner at Wolf Lodge Steakhouse. Great eats, but it's busy and reservations are a must. We took a day off from riding Thursday and went out to see the Cat Tales rescue zoo facility and marvelled at the Bengal, white and Siberian tigers as well as the lions and bobcats and pumas. Makes one sad to know that there are some very stupid people out there that think they can care for a large exotic pet and what happens when they findout they were so very wrong.
Anyway, the gal is my significant other, and the three amigos, Doug, Kerry, and myself
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #3
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Jeeps, didn't realize they weren't thumbnails and won't expand. I'll try and enlarge them tonight with bigger files. I'll fill in the routing and such then.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:28 PM   #4
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Friday morning we headed north for BC, destination Vernon on Kalamalka Lake. Plan was to maybe hit a winery tour (wife says she gets to pick an attraction or two, not just my choices) along the way, but that got changed as we decided to forgo weekend traffic on Hwy 97 through Osoyoos and Pentiction and head up to Kelowna the back way on #33. Backroads are always better than super-slabs anyway.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:38 PM   #5
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Saturday morning we headed east out of Vernon throuh Lumby on Hwy 6, a great winding road into the heart of the Purcell Mtns and I got to grind some more of the pads down on the Wing's floorboards. I think the missus is actually starting to enjoy the twisties as she giggles when we touch down the boards now too. There re two ferry crossings across Arrow Lake to get to the Trans Canada at Revelstoke and the weather was beautifull so we were looking forward to the views from the boat.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:43 PM   #6
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The lake was calm, and the scenery was great, however, we weren't able to just ride up and onto the second boat, had a two sail wait. Not all that comfortable in the high temps and full gear, but with the jacket off it was bearable. The guy in the motorhome behind us actually offered us a cold beer during th ewait, but I politely refused. 20 years ago I'd have been all over it!
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:47 PM   #7
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We over-nighted in Revelstoke and had a relaxing stroll around downtown. Sunday morning we lucked out and hooked a white-water raft trip in the morning. Water temp was a chilly 43 degrees, just a tad bracing when you get a faceful of that stuff! After the raft, we fueled up and headed for Banff. Actually hit a couple showers on the way and it felt good after the high temps we'd experienced for the last 6 days, hit 99f in Vernon and the other days were all 90+ so the light rain was kinda nice.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:02 PM   #8
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Monday we headed up the Icefields Parkway for Jasper/Hinton. Started out foggy and misty but by noon it had burned off and the sun shone. Teh Parkway is usually busy with cagers and rubberneckers photographing everything everywhere, but aside from a group taking pics of a bear (people standing 10' form a wild animal just don't get it do they?) we sailed along just fine. Couldn't coax the wife into taking apic of Yogi as we idled past... wtf over? These oics were taken at the Columbia Icefields, the largest glacial formation in North America south of the Arctic Circle. There's much talk about them shrinking, but I was there almost 50 years ago and while I notice the receeding glacier's foot, it's a long way from melted. Doesn't mean we shouldn't be concerned especially about the way we use water in this world, but it's largely something that we can't control for the most part.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:16 PM   #9
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Our day anded at a favorite stop of ours, the Overlander Lodge just outside the Jasper Park gates near Hinton. HInton is where we realised we had no passports the previous Monday morning, 300 miles from where we live The lodge is a rustic but fully equipped hotel (if you don't want a phone or tv in your room) complete with fine dining and a view of the mountains off to the west at Jasper. The rooms are lovely and spacious, and the beds are supremely comfortable. There is no a/c either, but the windows provide more than adequate ventilation on all but the hottest nights, as the nearby mountains usually bring a cooling breeze throughout the night. Downside is it's a priced right up there with any Marriott you will ever stay in, but we love it. All in all we covered 3700 miles on our trip and had a wonderful time. We used to travel by Goldwing (after I sold teh 750 Custom we had when we were first married) every summer for nearly 20 years, it was how we travelled nearly everywhere. The I got the HD bug and had a couple other cruisers (Lou and GAJ might remember the custom Vulcan I had from another sitewher we met) and some other non two up friendly scoots prior to me coming to the dealership. Herself is already asking where we're going next year so I guess we're back into two up touring once more. Hope you enjoyed the pics and info, and if anyone's ever in the flatlands of Alberta, lemme know. I'm always eager to ride. Ride safe, but above all RIDE!
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:36 PM   #10
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Thanks for the report.

Is this the line for the ferry, or is this normal weekend traffic in the area?

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Old 08-21-2013, 02:38 PM   #11
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:09 AM   #12
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That's the lineup going north at the Galena Bay crossing. The one earlier at Farquier is never more than a one boat wait that I know of. Lots of campers and motoromes etc use the highway up from Nelson and Kootenay Lake to get to Revelstoke, so that gets to be a bit of a bottleneck. Trust me, the conjestion between Vernon and Kelowna (construction) on 97 was waaaaay worse. Jasper is busy on weekends too, but not as bad as Banff as Miguel found out. Update on Banff: my favorite Japanese eatery is very hard to get into anymore. No walk-ins allowed (even if you're not a Gaijin!), but we did find the fare at Suginoya on Banff Ave downtown a pleasant surprise. The Bumper's Inn (motel) has gone downhill rather badly so we'll likely find an new place to stay when in town. Bumpers Beef House (another of my favorites) has moved into the Rundle Lodge a few doors down but remains a good dependable restaurant; Mellisa's on the second street off Banff Ave downtown is always a good alternative too, but parking can be a PITA.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:55 PM   #13
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Awesome and great pics. Touring in Canada is so much fun. Miss being on the highway.

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Old 09-20-2013, 03:08 PM   #14
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Cool stuff Daryl

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Columbia Icefields seem pretty desolate and I did not know they were that significant so thanks for the education too!
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