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Discussion in 'Canada' started by DYNOBOB, Jan 10, 2013.
Hope to do Big Dog's route to Prudhoe in 2014 including KVR
Forgot about the bike. I followed the thread over a few days and that detail was forgotten.
It's a great piece of perverted twisted pavement. Be careful because there are many blind hilltops and some local traffic. I rode it fully loaded 2-up on my DL1000 Vvstrom last summer.
Glad to hear you guys are riding up here this summer. Here's my tip if you want to see grizzly bears on Highway 40 west of Longview - leave early! If you come through the Highwood Pass (which is approx. 45 minutes west of Longview on Hwy 40) earlier in the morning say by about 8 or 9 a.m. (or earlier if you can) you should pretty much see them at that time of year. I think the Highwood Pass is the highest paved pass in Canada at about 7200 feet and it is very beautiful so you'll enjoy it anyway!
Westside road is awesome, I believe it's around 60kms, great twisties, some traffic depending on time of year( vacation homes) kootnay lake rides are spectacular, as is the icefields parkway....... Really is a beautiful area to ride in......you won't be disappointed....
I don't know if this has been posted here but this is an invaluable, albeit expensive, resource for riding in BC. (The book, I mean)
It includes videos of all the roads we've been suggesting.
And here's the link to the Westside Road video
As you can see sometimes there is absolutely NO margin for error. :eek1
It looks like you have your trip planed well DYNOBOB.
BC Mountains could be cool in the morning, and and hot in the after noon, or vis-ver, so keep your your day change cloths handy, so you can regulate your comfort level, and I'm sure this in not your first rodeo. I don't like any cities, so I do them early early in the morning, or later in the evenings, that way I miss out on all the cars and trucks. I will pick towns more then cities, but that just me.
Many of the secondary's in BC are ok to run on, and some might be narrow, but I haven't had to much trouble getting around, less road constrution. I got hung up a few times waiting for ferries and road work, but that's a normal thing out in BC. "The never ending road work." I had a little trap to pull over me while I waited in the beaming sun of +44 c, or -2 c with sheats of heavy rain. Ha Ha. I'm sure that you have had your hand at this two.
Tap it cool, and fit in with the cars, pass only when it is safe, and watch for furry critters. Some ditches do not cut, and this adds to the danger. Deer, Coyots, and Moose, Bears and Elk are the norm, so watch your speed. Sun going down is tough to spot things, and night time is slow down time, or even better, don't travel at night.
The highway patrols are crafty dudes, and when you think things are good to wind it up, "Bingo." They will give you a bit of lee-way, but this is up to the man in blue. The parks are pretty fussy, so tap it cool well going through.
Have fun on your quest DYNOBOB.
From Jeathrow Bowdean in Western Canada
We try to do our riding from 8:30 to 5:00 everyday and avoid evening critters. We would like to see some bears, etc...just not too close.
In OH we are use to pretty strict speed enforcement.
Well...got our reservations at Glacier Park lodge, Rising Sun motor lodge, Prince of Wales, Ainsworth HS, and Blue Sky motel. Still looking for LL, Jasper, Kamloops, and a few more.
Thanks again everyone!
Watching the video of the Westside road reminds me of how important it is to stay very well on your side of the center lines in corners.
We've all seen large pickup trucks with enormous side mirrors hanging way out to enable seeing around their trailers. When some of these trucks don't have the trailer in tow, they will travel much faster than they should and often hug the yellow line. When you are riding a motorcycle, and cornering on a tight left hander, if you get surprised an oncoming pickup near the center of the road his mirror can take off your head. No injuries, just death.
My beef is that way too often I see truck mirrors on my side of the road.
My brother used to live in Invermere, and regularly rode Westside Road. He said it took a long time to learn it, and, as you say, it can really bite a rider in the ass.
Valhalla Inn in New Denver is dated but clean. Stayed there 3 or 4 times. Tell em your on a bike you will get a discount.
that piece of blacktop tween New Denver and Kaslo is A+ don't miss it
The Glory Road.
Fish Lake, at the "summit":
Is this "Glory Road" something like Deals Gap in Tennessee (if anybody knows of it)?
The twisties aren't quite as tight for the most part. A few switchbacks. BETTER scenery.
That's just what I call it, Bob; everyone else just calls it the "31A". Don't know about Deal's Gap, but 31A's corners have long enough radii that they can be run at a brisk pace, even on a big bike.