Yesterday here in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, with temps forecast to be at 24C (around 76F), followed by cooler, wetter weather beginning last night, seemed like a pretty good day for an 'exploring the twisties' ride.
As is usual for riding north, I headed down near Okanagan Lake after the town of Winfield, and transitioned to the Okanagan Centre Road that follows the lake-shore, then turned onto the Carrs Landing Road followed by Commanage Road into Vernon. This aprox. 40 km portion of the day's ride is just a delight w/ curve after curve, followed by MORE curves, and scenery "to die for"!
After sneaking into Vernon from the NON-major highway route, I transition onto Hwy 97 to the north end, then turn westward towards Kamloops, but turning north at the Salmon River Road.
Salmon River Rd is a series of great turns and curves over a distance of about 13 kms, then, continuing in a CCW direction going from north, then to south onto the Yankee Flats Rd, again for 13 kms of great turns and curves till it hits the Salmon River Rd again.
This 26 km is SO good that my plan was to turn around, reversing course UP the Yankee Flats Rd to the Salmon River Rd, then DOWN it, following the CCW tour w/ a CW tour totaling 52 kms of Nirvana!
On the ride south on the Salmon River Rd I stopped at two bridges over the river to look for the salmon it's named for. At the first I saw a large fish swimming, took a few pics but they aren't clear enough to really figure out it's type, so at the second bridge I stopped again and saw quite a large salmon (or Dolly Varden trout) on its side, dead, in the riffles. Pics follow, along w/ maps from Winfield to the Salmon River/ Yankee Flats Roads.