Friday, August 14, 2015

Day 58 - Salmon Arm, BC

After a couple cups of coffee at Toad Rock, I was on the road by a bit after 9. I took Hwy 31A, the winding road towards the Upper Arrow Lake ferry, the same one that I took on the way down at the end of June. After reaching the other shore, I pulled over and let all of the other traffic go by as most seemed to be in a big hurry. The queue for the ferry was long enough that I had to wait for the next loading. Another Harley rider from a couple of vehicles back came by to chat. He had some good suggestions for other routes but had no good way north to Prince George without going on Canada Hwy 1.

The ride across the lake was only about 15 minutes but there was a nice breeze and the huge 5th wheel RV provided some welcome shade. The first part of todays ride was wonderfully relaxing with mostly 2-lane shaded winding roads following rivers and lakes. The Kootaney Lake region claims to be the best motorcycle roads in Canada. I'm not going to complain. Temperatures at the beginning of the day were around 70°F and stayed around there until I dropped elevation and it rose to a high of 95°F.

This is just the view from the front of the ferry. BC freshwater ferries are all free and none of them have prioritized boarding for motorcycles anymore. I'm told that they used to, it was abused and is now no more. After getting off the ferry, I spotted a Ural Gear-Up waiting to get on. After turning west at Revelstoke, I was now on Hwy 1 with all of the "features" of an Interstate without the benefit of multiple lanes. Lot of vehicles, all in a tremendous hurry to get somewhere.

I am camped at the Hidden Valley Campground & RV Park just east of Salmon Arm, B.C. Not a bad campground, nice showers but kind of noisy. For a lot of other campers, this place seems to be their destination as it looks like they have moved in.

I'm not sure when this will be posted as even though their wi-fi works, their Internet doesn't. Kind of frustrating as that's one of the few reasons for staying at a private campground.



redlegsrides said...

I've found, most campground wifi/internet to be "lacking" but sometimes, they're the only choice in that part of the world. What does it say on your bike cover?

RichardM said...

I believe it is the brand of the bike cover. "Küryakyn"

Trobairitz said...

I am glad you missed all the fires in Southern BC, they have really whipped up over the last few days.

RichardM said...

I've only heard of the ones in WA near the border with Idaho and BC.