Grand Forks, BC to Revelstoke, BC
9.2.09 - 9.2.09 85 °F
Today was a great riding day, 365 miles but it felt like less, a very comfortable ride length.
We left the very forgettable Luna B&B after a traditional Romanian breakfast of eggs and boiled chicken.
We headed west on Rt 3 to Rock Creek, then turned north on 33 towards Kelowna.
Rt 33 near Beaverdell
Kelowna is just gorgeous! I was stunned, stunned I say, to learn that Marv, fountain of information and walking riding historian and maven had never heard of Tim Horton's! Never. A mandatory stop at T.H. for a coffee and a donut for me was in order as I was suffering from a good caffeine headache and I talked Marv into a bite the crueler. The people at Tim Horton's were very friendly as were their customers. One who was going though the drive through stopped the line of cars to take of picture of the three of us standing in the parking lot.
From downtown Kelowna we circle clockwise under the lake to Westside Rd up the west side of Lake Okanogan, (huh, now there's a naming coincidence). Westside Rd was fantastic. the views spectacular. Traffic was mixed, road conditions mostly excellent.
Up and around the top of the lake and into Vernon wrapped up the morning ride and we pulled into Tim Horton's for lunch. Yes, twice in one day, I had to ensure ye riders of little Canadian lore experienced the full Tim Horton tradition. Rt 6 south east from Vernon to Needles was terrific. Lots of high speed sweepers, a fair number of tighter turns but nothing hair raising and still good fun. Traffic was mostly light with an occasional RV or logging truck, nothing we couldn't pass within a few minutes. The one drag that happened along this route is for some reason my Zumo crapped out and kept crashing. It would come on for a minute then as it loaded the route info and found where we were it would just go dark. (I deleted the route this evening so it seems like its working again, must ave. been a corrupted route) The Needles / Fauquier ferry was interesting in that it pulls itself across the lake via underwater cables. Marv was very intrigued by this.
Continuing north to the Galena Bay / Shelter Bay ferry for a nice crossing. At this point I'm getting nervous because I'm low on gas, the light hasn't come on yet but it's getting close. The bike computer says I have 50 miles to go until empty, Revelstoke is 35 miles away. After the crossing I'm really babying the throttle to make it Revelstoke. About 5 miles from the ferry the gas light comes on. Hoping for a little luck we press on. There's no signs, no gas, no info with the Zumo dead. We press on. 20 minutes later we pass a sign that says Big Eddy's Gas so I pull in running on fumes and fill up. The bike took 4.65 gallons in the 5 gal tank! I got 181 miles out of that tank. Good to know, but I'll stick to filling sooner rather than later. I probably had another 5 miles before I was done, fortunately it all worked out.
Leaving Big Eddy's we hit a strip of gas stations and other signs of life less than a mile up the road as we enter Revelstoke proper.
What a cool little town, I wish we had got here around 3 so we could have walked around more. I circle look for the Power Springs Inn which was recommend by a friend of mine I worked with years ago who's huge ski enthusiasts and has been here often. +1 on that recommendation, we scored a suite with 3 queen beds for $132 / night including breakfast. Second he recommended the Regent Hotel for the best food in town, +2. We had delicious burgers and salad at the Regent, very nice, modern place, friendly staff, reasonable prices and -D-elicious food. The only FAIL is the "free high speed internet connection" advertised on the Inn's sign is down and not working at all. Maybe at the next hotel I'll finally get online.
Now for a good nights rest, on to Lake Louise tomorrow.