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Day 4

Cranbrook, BC to Colville, WA

sunny 70 °F

250 miles today. Short day today, Marv's tire was running out faster than he thought so we took the short route back in order for him to make it to the local Yamaha dealer for a tire. What a RIP OFF! $250 for one tire, they didn't have a tire machine or a spin balancer! and Marv had to remove the tire himself or they would have charged him another hour of labor. Talk about train robbers - geez. Anyway, the tire is changed and we're in for the night.

The ride down from Cranbrook was pretty nice, going through Creston was awful stop and go, but the ride up 3A to Crawford Bay was really nice, the only thing is that road had a lot of driveways, but overall the road was really fun.

Beautiful 1973 Norton Commando at a brief stop in Gray Creek

another brief stop in Crawford Bay

Crawford Bay to Balfour ferry

Once we got back into the states we took 31 to 20 to Colville. 31 was really nice, I was surprised by a series of 20 mph downhill hairpin 180's in a row. the road is in superb condition. the ride to Colville east on 20 was also very very nice.

Marv's bike sans rear wheel getting an unacceptably expensive tire mounted and balanced

Today was pleasantly sunny, even though is was cold enough to use the heated gear most of the day. It warmed up later in the day the further south we got.

Not much else for today.

Evening Update: Met up with Jim and Cary from HSTA at Benny's in Colville, the rest of the group was unable to make the ride this weekend so it will be just the five of us tomorrow. Unfortunately Cary forgot his passport so the rest of this ride will be in the states. We'll stay at Benny's again tomorrow night and figure out Sunday plans later. It supposed to rain Sunday, so that will be a factor, plus I'm planning to break off from the group Sunday to go meet an old friend in Osoyoos and spend Sunday night there. It will be good to catch up with old friends.

Posted by martys 17:18 Archived in Canada Tagged motorcycle

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Looks like you guys are at Benny's tonight?
Sorry to hear about the tyre price.
I thought I was overcharged to mount the tyre in Vegas, but at least I paid a decent price for the tyre.
And to be fair they fit us in with little notice.
Watch for deer tomorrow.

by Mark

yup, Benny's tonight and tomorrow night. Marv found a different tire in the rack for $179, but it's still about a 75% markup over MSRP. The Yamaha store was primarily a snow machine and watercraft store, they only had 2 sport bikes in the entire store. we'd have been lucky to get them to mount a nobby on the bike.

by martys

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