Solo riding again

21 Jul

I’ll miss my best friend, wife and riding partner, Sammy. What a trooper she is to endure some long days. Riding 2-up for 500km is a challenge in the twisties; often at slow speeds in only 2nd and 3rd gears and sometimes making up time to catch a ferry, cruising at 130kph.  We had a fantastic week together riding some awesome scenic mountain roads and finding quirky places to visit or eat. Being off the beaten path is the best way to travel to meet nice people.  We left Vancouver last Sunday and enjoyed rain to Whistler where we had lunch with our niece Ruth. The rain finished and we had clean and dry asphalt to enjoy the Duffy Lake Rd from Pemberton to Lillooet. Woo Hoo. Yesterday, Friday, we rode from Osoyoos to Manny Park in changing conditions, sun to overcast to black shies and lightening. With rain gear as an extra warm layer for Sam we endured some torrential rain, hail and winds riding at only about 40kph; as fast as I could possibly see to ride. Visibility was nearly zilch with deep water collecting on the roadway. It changed to a moderate but continual rain all the way to Vancouver. We met Tom (on a BMW 1200 LT), enjoyed his company for lunch at Home Restaurant in Hope and he decided to follow us along hwy # 7, avoiding TransCanada #1, to Vancouver. The last I saw of him was his a wave as split as we turned off to Ruth & Chris’s and he continued on to his destination. He was meeting up with some others to ride the same route that I’ve selected for my next 3 or 4 days. I’ll give him credit for enduring the weather and sticking with us. Some who have ridden with me know that my gps and I do take some interesting alternate routes.

hwy #3 Manning Park – beautiful even in rain, mist and cloud.

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