Thursday morning broke SUNNY and CLEAR, at least I wished it had.... Guess what REALLY happened might make it a BETTER story:
I'd "hit the rack" around 8PM then woke up at 6 Thursday morning. My tent showed water drops on the outside, and when I emptied my stew can (from Wednesday's dinner) of its 'overnight load' out the entrance, I saw that it was raining. Ain't the first time I been to this rodeo, (
) so I began packing up my sleeping bag, mat, pillow - all the in-the-tent stuff you kinda want to stay dry IN CASE there's another night in the tent - then shrugged my way into jeans, riding pants, RAIN-pants, boots, Tilley hat and water-resistant jacket I carry for times like this, then snuck out into the rain with my stove and breakfast fixin's. Soon the water was on the boil, and my steaming cup of coffee was burning my lips as I waited for the 'cup-a-noodles' to steep. Maybe 30 minutes and two MORE cups of joe to wash down the noodles, then time to finish breaking camp, but first I put my Tourmaster heated jacket-liner (don't leave home WITHOUT it!), Kilimanjaro coat and rain-jacket (still dry, in the tent) on, then got to it.
By 8 the Green Hornet was loaded, probably a few pounds heavier from all the water that my tent held from wrapping around the totally drenched fly, and I mounted up, just in time for the fellow from Golden (rides an ST-1100, but not TODAY!) to come by and wish me luck. We shook hands, I put the V into gear and started for home.
The pavement starts right where the Mica Dam is (at least - where I BELIEVE it is - visibility was less than 1/4 mile, but I took some pics anyway) several kms of mud from my camp, then opened the throttle going south on BC 23. Weather was pretty crappy, low clouds obscuring the 'hills', but got some nice reflection shots with the camera.
Saw where the 'old' highway went down into the river, then continued, the weather now starting to break - YIPPEE!
Stopped for shots of the Revelstoke Dam, then kept going south on BC 23 for two ferries and some SERIOUSLY twisty pavement. Might add 100 kms to the trip, but WHAT a 100 kms!
I made the first ferry, checked that I had 15 minutes till sailing, time to remove all the rain-gear, then ON the ferry and OVER the lake. No idea what time the second ferry operated, but I WAS first off, so scooted up through the gears, through Nakusp and arriving at the ferry 10 minutes before ITS departure.
I noticed a few H-Ds in the line, and once on, saw that I was pretty much fourth in line to three H-Ds... and an Acura NSX!!! Always loved those, and I gave the driver a
which he returned.
Once the unloading began I watched the NSX blister away. Me...? I 'gently' rolled through the gears passing all three rollin'-road-blocks by the time I hit 5th, then got the NSX back into my sights. That highway, BC 6 to Vernon, is incredibly nice with MANY 50 or 60 km (recommended speed, NOT speed LIMITED!) turns, closely linked. I was on the tail of the NSX (guess the driver took pity on me, 'cause he kept the speed down to where we stayed in a 'convoy'
) just having a ball, and that's WHY I took no pictures till we were just east of Vernon (you can see the black NSX ahead, behind the logging truck) where I felt safe to take a few pics while we drove. HELLUVA ride on BC 6!
From there it's about 40 minutes to my home where cold beer was waiting, and now I was riding at the speed limit - NOT that I wasn't BEFORE...
GOOD ride, even IF a trifle damp and 'dirty'.
Arriving home at 10 minutes before 4, this trip put 884 kms on the clock (548 miles), and gas mileage was around 22 kms/L, or just under 50 mpg US. The difference in distance between my GPS and the odometer, are partly because the GPS was ON during the ferry rides.
I hope you all don't think I added TOO many pictures....