Old guy from Canada goes to church

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by canadasax, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. canadasax

    canadasax Been here awhile

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    A while back I heard about this church that was converted into a "bed and breakfast".
    At the time I put it into the back of my mind as a place that would be interesting to have a look at.

    Well, a couple of weeks ago it came back to the front of my mind, so, lets go!

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    I phoned and made my reservation, and loaded up the 950, and we are off on another mini adventure.


    I headed down hyway 33 from Kelowna BC and one of the first interesting sights was a burned out area from where a forest fire swept through in 2015 between Westbridge and Rock Creek.
    30 houses got burned down and hundreds of people had to evacuate.
    Four years later, it still has a surreal feel to it.

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    One of the next little towns (Actually it is Canada's smallest city) I came to was Greenwood.
    It used to be one of the main smelting and mining locations in the Boundary Country.
    I think that this will be one of the next areas that I spend time exploring around in.

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    If you turn right, right in the middle of Greenwood, you can climb the mountain and go through the old ghost town of Pheonix. It was a booming copper mining town from the late 1890's until 1919.
    I didn't spend anytime looking around, but I will also put that on the "to do "list.

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    I headed down the other side of the mountain and came back onto hyway 3. On the map it looks like it might have been a short cut, but in reality, it was not.
    A few miles down the road you can see what remains of a Doukhobor village. From what I can find out, these buildings are from about 1912.

    The Doukhobors are a religious group that left Russia in the late 1890's and many of them settled in the Grandforks area.

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    Through Grandforks and Christina Lake and I started to head up Bonanza Pass or "the blueberry-paulson"

    The elevation of this pass is just over 5000 feet and it has been known to give truck drivers a head ache in the wintertime.

    I noticed a sign about 1/2 way up the pass!

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    "I wonder"

    A detour!! What can go wrong?

    Well, my curiosity got the better of me, and off we went down the detour.

    If I had continued on the hyway, I would have crossed the Paulson bridge. I guess this detour is for if there is ever a problem on the Paulson bridge?

    The road was great. It dropped down into the bottom of the canyon and crossed the river/creek/stream and then climbed up the other side and came out on hyway 3 above the bridge.

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    The road was paved, not great pavement, but it was paved.

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  2. canadasax

    canadasax Been here awhile

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    Castlegar, Salmo, and then we came upon the town of Ymir.
    The townsite was laid out in 1897 and apparently it was booming for a while.
    There are still a couple of old Hotels from the late 1800's that you can still rent a room in. I have done that on a previous trip.


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    And then I found my church

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    Very Cool!

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    This was all mine for two days.

    I don't if it was the karma of being in a church or what it was, but I
    felt very relaxed and I slept like a baby in a very comfortable bed. (I had the choice of 5 beds to pick from).

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    I can't say enough good things about my time at the church, so I am just going to let you experience it for yourself or a least check it out on google.

    After a great nights sleep I decided I would ride down the old rail bed to Salmo for groceries the following day.
    This is a mixed use rail bed so I was legal doing this. (I checked)


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    I had a great time "at church" and I am planning on going back.
    There is so much to explore and experience right in my own back yard.

    Thank you for coming to church with me.
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  3. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Interesting. Thanks for taking us along.
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  4. eaglescan

    eaglescan Borrego rocks

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    Thanks for the report and good info. Have you done the road out of Grand Forks, north along the Granby River? It's on my list, but not going solo!
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  5. suzukinut

    suzukinut Adventurer

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    Really enjoyed the write up. Have been through a few of these places on pavement but looking forward to the dirt areas. Thanks for posting
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  6. thadf

    thadf Adventurer

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    Love the Greenwood saloon pic. Is that a nomad sitting out front?

    Being catholic I especially enjoyed your accommodations as well.

    Thanks for sharing!!
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  7. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Thanks for posting this!
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  8. Booghotfoot

    Booghotfoot Been here awhile

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    That looks a lot like the "Bunkhouse" in Dawson.
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