Another run into the interior of BC. I was looking to join into a Washington Backroads Trail run but I couldn't manage the time off. After sitting with the guys and thinking how great it would be to get another motorcycle trip in before the rain started, I looked at planning some interesting routes through BC just to get my fix. I couldn't get all of the usual gang together due to prior commitments but Gamaman and I managed to get it together based on a conversation we had over subs one evening. This was tactfully presented in front of his wife so that the approval process could begin So - the plan. We have Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. We MUST be back for Monday morning bright and early - 7am. I'll have a class of new motorcyclists waiting for me to teach them how to ride in traffic. Gamaman will have a line up of customers beating down the door to get their cars fixed. The route - we have a route of about 1500kms planned. 900kms of that route is offroad BUT it is planned on google maps. Our day starts off at 5pm on Friday - we leave work after quickly purchasing the liquid gold that KTM calls oil and then heading out for the 6pm ferry. AND THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!! Off to Hope we go. I have a room booked at an RV resort that's fairly cheap. It's about 180km to Hope from the ferry terminal and we arrive after dark but we're slabbing it all the way. Nothin' really exciting other than just covering ground. Nice little car on the ferry: Saturday morning - we headed north after having breakfast in Hope. Our route was supposed to take us around the Old Coquihalla Road but the gate at the south end got in the way of that plan. We instead fiddled around on some logging roads in the area and found a little single track trail that paralleled the highway for a bit. We then headed north to the entrance of the Tulameen FSR and did some high speed logging road action. At around halfway, my bike started to do some strange things which I attributed to altitude. The bike didn't seem to want to rev over 7000rpm. Once we got to Tulameen, it got a little worse and wouldn't rev over 5000. We limped along (well, limped is a little bit of an exaggeration - we limped at 100km/hr) to Princeton and stopped for gas. At this point, the bike wouldn't rev over 4000rpm and it was looking dicey. We filled the bike and I said that I'd try the 15 minute reset to see if it would do anything. The bike ran for 14 minutes and then crapped out completely. No start, no nothing. We were stuck. I had this problem once before although it was far more gradual. A plugged fuel filter was the cause. We drained off the gas tank and took the bike apart. We took the fuel pump out and pulled the fuel sock off and stuck the bike back together - voila! Instant power! Actually, best power I have had in a LOOOOONG while. The filter on the bike had been changed about 10,000kms ago but obviously something had plugged it up. This little mechanical problem put us behind by about 3 hours which wasn't helpful for covering the mileage that we intended for the first day. Our route was supposed to bring us through the back roads up to Clinton so that we could get an early start on the Big Bar Ferry - which Gamaman missed doing last time we were out. We continued on our journey. Off to Hedley. There was a twisty dirt road that went up the hillside on the east side of Hedley and went over Apex Mountain. Once at the top of Apex Mountain, the road was paved and got very twisty with a large number of 20-30km/hr (marked, not necessarily executed at) hairpin turns. Coming down into Penticton, we stopped for a drink, called our third rider who was planning to meet us in Kamloops for the night and then we planned our route from there. We did Westside road - a fantastic paved road following the lake. We then cut across onto Barhartvale Road and did some more ranchland roads. It was dark by this time and we finally rolled into Kamloops about 8pm where we spent the night.