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Old 08-25-2010, 03:08 PM   #31
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:53 PM   #32
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We took the highway through crazy busy Westbank, so much traffic. Our first stop was Cafe Artigiano, for some great coffee and breakfast. We were JUST taking off our helmets in front of the cafe, and this dude walks past the bikes, he's wearing a wife beater and zebra striped cowboy hat, and says "what did ya get those bikes from a couple of little girls?" . Moron.



After breakfast we gassed up, checked tires, got groceries....and tried our best to get the hell out of there as fast as possible.



We were headed for Hedley, and looking forward to seeing the Nickel Plate Road that so many ADV Riders have talked about. We got off the highway at Peachland and looped through some really nice roads.

Some of this days riding was straightforward, some of it was damn confusing!



"ummm...that route will get us killed"




Lets ask a friendly local...damn, nearly couldn't see him on his camo atv....


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Old 08-25-2010, 04:09 PM   #33
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Yes please!







Twisties make us hungry ... lunch at the creatively named, 'Fish Creek'.




Floppy pannini sandwiches, which in fact were really good, despite floppyness, complete with tasty little morsels of pasta salad....thanks hot girl at Cafe Artigiano!




As we neared Summerland, things seemed to go somewhat pear-shaped, as my English friend would say. Maps and signage seemed either to be temporarily beyond our pay grade, or that in fact it was another case of actual poor signage. Not even teen age girls on horses could help.


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Old 08-25-2010, 04:41 PM   #34
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We had gone a fair ways up what we thought was the right logging road, but it really seemed to be heading the wrong direction. Craigs GPS was sometimes helpful, and sometimes not so much. On this road I believe it was telling us our location was 'vegetation'. It was also a really busy active haul road, with logging trucks creating huge clouds of dust as they barreled past us. We turned around and headed back down towards Summerland, and on a particularly dusty corner, on a pretty steep downhill grade, Craig's front wheel plowed into a thick windrow of floury dust, pushed into a long heap by countless logging truck wheels. You couldn't really tell it was there, and luckily we were going pretty slow. Craig had to do a slow motion step off the bike kinda thing, the bike briefly taking a little dirt nap. Not a big deal, and he sort of superman-like, picked the bike up before any more logging trucks careened around the corner. Some minor scrapes on the body work and pannier, broken clutch lever tip...no worries.



We ended up on Green Mountain road, eventually, and rode up to Apex Ski Resort.

I forget where exactly this was, but there was some sort of cow jam happening.








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Old 08-26-2010, 01:25 PM   #35
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Beautiful country!



They all do that.

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Old 08-26-2010, 02:39 PM   #36
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WarLlama "They all do that"

All Vstroms?! Yeh, what Craig really needs is an F800GS. Come to think of it, that's exactly what I need too.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:15 PM   #37
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We rode past the Apex ski resort, and headed for a FS Campsite just a few Km's past the resort. The weather was really weird, and the temperature had dropped severely because of the elevation we were at. After a bit of humming and hawing, we decided to press on. Nice alpine flowers though....




The sky had been turning stormy, and now a huge black cloud seemd to be taking over most of the sky to the North. That was fine, cause we were heading south....

The Nickel Plate Mine....



First glimpse of the valley below, which we hoped would make for warmer camping.


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Old 08-26-2010, 03:32 PM   #38
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The green fields and orchards line the banks of the Similkameen River, still far below us. The big black cloud of the north was spitting rain at us by this time....



First look at the crazy twisted piece of road that will take us to the valley floor.



Wow!!!

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Old 08-26-2010, 04:10 PM   #39
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This is what the Nickel Plate descent looks like on the GPS.....





We camped beside the Similkameen River, the weather had cleared, and we had come to the end of our trip. From here, I'd head east back to Nelson, Craig would brave the traffic of the lower mainland and catch a ferry back to Vancouver island. What a great trip we had.









Its amazing how dried noodles, some bread and a cold beer taste like something Mario Batali just whipped up, when its August and you are sitting beside some dirty motorcycles on the banks of a river in the sunshine.

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Old 08-26-2010, 07:37 PM   #40
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Loving this report

Great pics. Will you be posting a gpx file or map of the route you took, with highlights? Would love to get some firsthand knowledge like this for a future trip. Thanks for bringing us along. More....
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:03 PM   #41
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Glad you enjoyed the RR!
I'll ask Craig if he will post the GPS tracks.....
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:16 PM   #42
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Glad you enjoyed the RR!
I'll ask Craig if he will post the GPS tracks.....

Nice trip and story.

It would be nice to see the gps route.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:26 AM   #43
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Hey Lucky:), and Oh2Ridemore!

I have tried a couple of times to post the gpx files, but the uploads fail each time I try to attach them. I see from the Making Tracks section that there has been trouble in the past with this - not sure if it is related.

PM me if you have suggestions...
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:49 AM   #44
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Hmmm. Must be a way to post GPX files. Maybe I could host them at smugmug first, then post here?
Anyone know?
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