I've just been re-reading some of my earlier ride reports, and realized that I have not yet posted my ride report from LAST year, 2011. Hey, I'm only a year behind....so what! Anyway, last year I decided to ride FOUR awesome roads: (1) south from Lewiston, Washington,on Hwy 129 through the Rattlesnake Canyon, to Wallowa Lake; (2) the Beartooth Highway from Cooke City to Red Lodge; (3) Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, and last but not least, (4) the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper Alberta, Canada. This would make a great "round trip" on my 2004 DL650 V-Strom, which now has 75,000 kms on her, but it still going strong. So here we go.... Day 1July 3<SUP>rd</SUP>, 2011<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> <o></o> It was raining in Quesnel when I got up .still raining as I left. In <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1lace w:st="on"><st1laceName w:st="on">Williams</st1laceName> <st1laceName w:st="on">Lake</st1laceName></st1lace>, still raining. In 100 Mile House, still raining. I figured that after I crossed the MacDonald summit on the road to Littlefort it would quit raining. BUT, in Littlefort at the Husky station it absolutely POURED for about 15 minutes, and then stopped. YES! Pulled in to Pinegrove campground. The woman at the desk remembered me from last year and she said "and you're on the SAME bike". Set up the tent. It was sunny and beautiful as I made supper, but by 8.15 pm it started to RAIN. Went to sleep listening to the rain drops on the tent! <o></o> Not raining this morning.....made coffee (I can handle ANYTHING with good coffee in hand!) and made oatmeal porridge for breakfast.... Day 2 July 4, 2011<o></o> <o></o> The tent, however, was very wet, as I packed up. I rode through <st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Kamloops</st1lace></st1:City>, bought a new tank bag as the zipper broke on my old one, and took the <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Barnhartvale Road</st1:address></st1:Street>. Because weve had so much rain this area looked particularly beautiful this year, with farmers out haying. I love the wonderful smells of freshly cut hay, and the smells of the wildflowers. The lupins were in full bloom. There was quite a flock of goats and some sheep at the farm where the road goes right through the farm yard. "Hey, nice bike lady".... well maybe that's what she was thinking?