I'm told that it gets pretty 'warm' in Arizona around this time of year, so when one of my winter neighbors in AZ e-mailed that he was... "Getting-out-of-Dodge" - for a respite from the HOT, I invited him to come and ride in BC w/ me. He showed up on his BMW R1200 R in the middle of June, and because we were in the middle of a cold-spell, rainy and chilly some days, I suggested a couple of day-rides, attending a luncheon for retired airline pilots on the 'rain-day', and heading out to ride "the HILL" which goes down about 5,000 feet in 11 miles (THAT is an AVERAGE 9% grade, dirt to-boot!) and the ONLY road access to Bella Coola, over a week or so of riding and camping. Bill agreed, so the first two one day-rides introduced him to a lot of twisties up and around Yankee Flats/ Salmon River, PLUS a chance to see a susquatch while riding BC 33/ BC 3 on the second.
The forecast for the 15th onward was for improving weather, so we loaded our 'rides', heading out early on the 15th
N on BC 97 thru Kamloops, onto the T-Can Hwy 1 for a bit, then N on BC 5 thru the "Caribou" Region of Central BC.
Unfortunately the weather, cloudy and cool, kept me from taking as many pics as I normally do (BTW - there WILL be MORE pics in the "Drag and Drop File Upload" area at the bottom of each day's write-up than in the body of the story
), and we stopped at "70 Mile House" to put on rain-gear - the skies a solid mass of cloud - but that only lasted a few miles, and as we descended the clouds 'broke-up', so we stopped at the S end of Williams Lake to remove the gear, gas up, then turn W on BC 20 toward the blue skies we could see.... As I set my GPS destination to Bella Coola I saw that we'd traveled 453 kms from my home, and Mr GPS was telling me that we had another 455 kms to go (I had never realized that the "home-to-Williams Lake" distance equals the "Williams Lake-to-Bella Coola" distance....
The road soon turns S along the Fraser River, crosses it heading UP a long hill, clouds rolling in, getting SOLID and ominous looking, and as I was in the lead I turned up the throttle, hoping to get back to that 'blue-sky' we'd just seen, riding 'hard and fast'.
It got darker, the winds high and gusting. We pulled over to put rain-gear back on at a wider spot on Hwy 20 (near Risque Creek) just as the rain started again. Now headed in a more-westerly direction we seemed to be riding out of the bad weather, soon being greeted by BLUE so I looked at the map for the nearest campground, and found it near Alexis Creek, Bull Canyon Provincial Park.
We pulled in having ridden 571.5 kms over 8 hrs 35 mins,
found a site, set-up, then I poured us each a "B&B" (bourbon and branch) to celebrate!
As we were eating supper (the USUAL "Stagg Chili" for BOTH of us...
...), three motorcycles rode in, so after eating we walked over to their camp and chatted w/ two Brians and a Jud, riding a H-D, a Kawi Connie 1300 and a Yam I-4 (FZ1...?). Seems they were heading to the same place as us, and we hoped to see them again, but NOW to bed.