Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 5

From what I hear, everyone slept like rocks last night!  With or without alcohol assistance!  We promptly set out at 0830 from the lovely city of Fernie and encountered our first construction zone just ouside of town.  We carried on to Cranbrook, our first potty break at the Seven Eleven.  Weather is bright and sunny, but typical early morning cool.  The time changed from MDT to PDT and we gained an hour, so it is only 0844! 
 This trip is to cover the Top Ten Destination highways in BC and today we are covering numbers One and Five.  The criteria range from great pavement & scenery to the number of twists and challenging corners.  Creston to the Ferry was number One. We are travelling these roads at our own pace, not in typical groups.  This way the daredevils can really scrape their pegs and the novices are free to enjoy the scenery, which btw, is spectacular!
 So, after gassing up and picking up sandwiches for lunch in Creston, we set out on the first leg of this Number One Highway as far as the . . . .
 Kuskanook Harbour rest stop. Another superb lunch spot.

 Riders then set out at various paces to run the rest of the road to the Ferry. I must say, this road was all it was stacked up to be! We got behind a few slow vehicles from time to time, but overall the ride was thrilling. The first to finish, waited at the Ferry for the rest to arrive. We boarded the Osprey and enjoyed the 35 minute ferry ride over Kootenay Lake. The clouds seem to be gathering over the mountains, but we are hoping for the best.
 From the Ferry to Kaslo is a road in rather poor condition and doesn’t rate on any list. The rain & moisture have done a number on this highway and render it single file most of the way. The scenery however, is second to none!
Kaslo was a coffee stop in late afternoon and for those who had never seen this quaint little town, it was a pleasant stopover. Ted & I had spent a good part of a day there during the 2006 Rally in Ainsworth, so we joined Big Ted and Phil for the Number Five highway from Kaslo to New Denver, our destination for today.

 Considering we were riding 2-up and dragging a trailer and mountain bike along, we kept up with the guys quite nicely. The road was in much better condition, except for the last few kilometers, where Ted & I had a dicey corner, but managed to stay upright inspite of it!

Chinese Supper is reserved for 7pm, so in the meantime the gang is taking in a Japanese internment camp in New Denver.