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a fairly "gnarly" two-up dirt ride...

I have a friend who allows his wife to ride pillion w/ me, while MY wife golfs w/ HIM.
(My wife will NOT get on a bike since her sidecar accident w/ my riding buddy, in AZ, back in Nov of 2008; and I can think of LOTS of things I'd rather do than golf, so a GREAT solution...!)



Yesterday we got underway at about 0920, headed N to Vernon via the road by Lake Okanagan which I've posted-up about before, then E to Lumby where the turn N to Mabel Lake is. We stopped in Lumby for some lunch supplies,

then got going N, the road paved, twisty - NICE - till near the S end of Mabel Lake, where it becomes dirt, more-or-less pot-holed depending on weather (QUITE pot-holed from the rain of the last couple of days before yesterday!), continuing for 59 kms up the east side of Mabel to the top, where it turns W to connect w/ another 37 km dirt road that takes you S to pavement near Kingfisher, then out to BC 97 at Enderby, this all shown on my last pic (of my backroads map, the route shown by red ">" marks.


There's a picnic area/ campground w/in about 5 kms of the bottom of the lake, but my passenger was "game" to ride the dirt, asking me to continue, so after a quick look there we continued N, stopping for pics where the lake was visible from the road.

A few more 'clicks' N, and we checked-out another campground, this one w/ a nice white-sand beach, so that was our lunch stop.




Then we continued up the dirt....




The road got progressively more pot-holed, the lake usually barely visible thru a wall of trees,

but we reached the N end, the road coming around toward 'westerly' and the FINAL "59 km - UP" marker (where logging trucks make radio calls, giving that - 59 UP - to identify their position).

Soon we arrived at a "Y",

and stopped to consult our maps for which road was the RIGHT one...! We'd come from the left-most road, and our new one was the rearward right one, so we had some water to drink, then headed S on that one....



Shortly we passed a "37" marker, indication (I hoped) that the paved road by Kingfisher was 37 kms ahead, and when we passed the NEXT marker, this a "36", I knew we were on the right track.

I had kept our speed down for safety for my passenger and me, avoiding as many of the potholes as possible, but now, going S, the road slowly widened, improving bit-by-bit, and our speed 'crept' up. We came up to a pick-up traveling FAST south, too, and shortly after, he pulled over waving us by....

I'm PRETTY SURE he didn't expect to see TWO people on the GREEN HORNET, and was surprised by how he could NOT stay close to us (we weren't going THAT fast - just FASTER than a pick-up could go on those roads!), as the markers 'counted-down' till we arrived at the paved road that took us W to the town of Enderby, then onto BC 97 and home via Vernon.

The trip consisted of at least 100 kms (62 miles) of dirt roads out of the total traveled of 318 kms w/ an average moving speed of 61.1 kms/hr, not TOO bad considering how slowly we covered those 100 kms of dirt...!

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The Top of the World Highway never looked that good in the 3 years I've been on it to Dawson City


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Looks like a fun ride
The Top of the World Highway never looked that good in the 3 years I've been on it to Dawson City
Jeff - I've ridden the TOW three or four times, the first on a Suzuki Bandit 1200S (regular street rubber) from W to E in '04, and the last in '13 after D2D, a "Banzai" run in the mud....


Besides being WIDER than the Mabel Lake FSR, it was MUCH smoother, at least back in '04, tho' besides the mud last year, I don't remember any potholes...!


MAYBE again, next D2D in '15....

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