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Because BC has government insurance (VERY pricey!), I don't run it longer than necessary. Additionally they ONLY sell it for full months, so when I renewed last spring on my return from AZ on 04 April, I had the choice to keep it till the 05th October, OR, at the co$t of about $130, run it till the 05th November thus co$ting me $13.00 PER DAY, to cover the TEN days till we leave here on the 16th Oct....

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So-o-o - my LAST day to ride was gonna be 05 Oct, so I planned a GOOD ride to finish the season. Temps here have been near 0C (32F) at night, and only 8C (46F) for the high (HIGH - ?), so I figured that the 04th would work, giving me time to get it ready for storage (and RIDE, IF necessary, on the 05th:wink2::yeahsmile:), so that's what I did.

My plan was to ride S on BC 33 to Rock Creek, W on BC 3 to near Hedley, then up a road known locally as "the Corkscrew", twisting and turning as it raises from about 1,200' ASL to 6,281' ASL [1918 m ASL] above that area of the Crowsnest Hwy, to the Nickle-Plate Mine, then to the Apex Mountain (site of a GREAT ski hill!!!) and back down the 'Hill' to BC 97.

I figured to take five to six hours, so I put on my heated jacket and pants liners (over shorts and a tee-shirt), filled w/ gas, then started towards BC 33. Just as it leaves Kelowna and starts rising (near Black Mountain), my heated gear turned into NON-heated gear. "Damn", I thought, "probably will have to turn back when I get chilled a few miles down the road...!" The whole area was under cloud, getting colder as the GREEN HORNET TOO climbed towards the clouds, but as I went past the turn-off for Big White Ski Hill, the clouds began breaking-up, the sun warming me. YIPPEE! Maybe I COULD do the ride I'd planned.

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A few miles down the road a good photo opportunity "reared-its-head", and I pulled over, for these.



This the Kettle River



and thus it begins.... (MORE coming soon!)
 

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I had "hit the road" via a gas-stop in Kelowna, around 0930, and the pics in the first post were taken around 1022, so I climbed back on the 'saddle', continued S [in 'fair-to-middling' comfort, the sun pouring down!], stopping for a few pic opportunities w/ the glorious fall colors, STILL along BC 33,





the next two along the Kettle River again



altho' the NEXT one was taken aiming BACK to the N, from the transition to the Crowsnest Hwy (BC 3).



From there it's an enjoyable half to three-quarters of an hour of 'bends' and 'curves', then down the VERY twisty hill to Osoyoos,



then continuing W towards Hedley,





and I stopped for a 'lunch-break' (an apple and bagel...) near Cawston.



the "Corkscrew" starting about six kms E of it....
 

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I love the country around there as only a coastal rain forest dweller can!I always end up stopping in Hedley for some reason and looking up,now I know why.That riding west from Osoyoos up the hill and BC33 is majestic riding also for sure. Might try those Shinkos next tires,what are they like on pavement?
 

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...Might try those Shinkos next tires,what are they like on pavement?...
IMHO - EXCELLENT!

(AND when you read the NEXT post, you'll find that they "lived-up" to that "MUD AND SNOW" rating on their sidewalls...!)

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Up, up, and AROUND...

There's only a very small sign indicating the start of the "Nickle-Plate Mine Road" along BC 3, so IF you didn't know where it is, you'd likely miss it, but ONCE headed N by the sign, EVEN THO' THE GPS says -"DON'T GO THERE..." :wink2:...



it IS giving an idea of what lies ahead IF you continue. BTW - during my ride UP over the next 5,000' vertical, and MANY 'Corkscrew' turns, I passed TWO cars coming down, neither of which was covered w/ mud, which will become "good" information in a bit....:surprise:

I'm not sure that these pics give a REALLY good idea of how STEEP this road is, but I'll try...









but the NEXT pic will definitely give you a good idea of how "BENDY" that road is...!



 

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up to (and ABOVE!) the "snow" line...

The road keeps climbing after those last pics, getting steeper







w/ a STEEP drop-off (over a CLIFF!) to the W, but w/ GREAT views of the Corkscrew





and here's where the GREEN HORNET TOO waited, dutifully, for me as I took those pics.

 

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up REALLY HIGH....

I kept going up, the road NOW less 'curvy' and going thru heavily-forested areas, so not great places for pics, but then I got to where there was some "WHITE-STUFF" along the edges



and I selected my GPS to give me the altitude we were at, so as to see just HOW high this mountain would get.... Here we are near the mine-tailings, STILL well below the summit!



W/ my GPS showing altitude AND the road getting MORE and MORE snowy, I stopped to register the altitude, 1,918 m ASL (6,281' ASL!!!) and show the mud, snow, overcast conditions, NOT realizing that THIS pic would be the LAST till I started descending some 15 minutes later.



Right after this pic the road became covered w/ ice and snow, so I was UP on the footpegs, VERY careful on the throttle and brakes (REAR only! - the ABS coming ON at each small dab at it), hoping and praying that I would NOT go 'down'.

NOW I put it together that those two cars I'd seen coming down the Corkscrew had obviously NOT gone this far into the snow and mud!

The clouds at the top now began snowing on me as I FINALLY arrived at the pavement above Apex Mountain Ski-hill



this the ONLY evidence I could get, then I continued down the hill, stopping for a few NEAT sites along the road,

... an old barn,



an old log-home,



and a Model A Ford



then across the road, a "gas-station" w/ a '59 Merc (my Lord but they were BUTT-UGLY!).



I continued down, thru the Penticton Band Reservation where I got all 'balled-up', and 'lost' for a bit, but finally got thru to BC 97 and N to home, arriving TWO hours later, the bike rather "soiled" from the riding thru snow and mud.





This (GREAT!!!) ride took 6 hours and 50 minutes - 0930 to 1620 - to cover 411.6 kms (256 miles), and I got about 24 kms/L, 68 mpgImp [54 mpgUS].

Now all I gotta do is change the oil and filter, then set it up for long-term storage!

GREAT ride...>:)...!
 

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the "NON-heated" gear...

On the 05th October I filled the bike w/ gas (and Stabil, of course), then rode home to wash the bike, change the oil and filter, THEN trouble-shoot the "NON-heated" gear. It was just a blown fuse (which I replaced) but I didn't try it again, so - we'll see in April.

NOW to finish getting it ready for winter....

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Hiya Ed.

BC is just a crazy awesome place to ride a bike, no doubt.

Hope/plan on being back in 2020.

You get to winterize two bikes, one to store, one to ride.

See ya in AZ.

And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
 

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That road looks well maintained,maybe cause of Apex.I only use M&S,using Avon Trailriders for pavement mostly and FSR type roads. They dance with traction on twisties that are sometimes unexpectantly flawed,a good stout road tire.But 90/10 not filling me with confidence on steeper stuff with exposure,unlike the tires I run on my mountain bicycles though they are noisy and power sucking on pavement. Those Shinkos are very underrated for the price and you have dispelled the myth that they dont last.That looks like a great trip,love that countryside. Way to go!
 

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Beautiful pics as usual Eddie.

Man what a beautiful green machine. Gee it sure looks familiar...Lol.

You snow birds really know how to do it right. If I had it to do over I would have better planned my retirement to be a snow bird just like you.

Enjoy the beautiful warm, blue sky Zona weather this winter...I'm sure you will.

Cheers.
 

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Right after this pic the road became covered w/ ice and snow, so I was UP on the footpegs, VERY careful on the throttle and brakes (REAR only! - the ABS coming ON at each small dab at it), hoping and praying that I would NOT go 'down'....
I forgot to mention that my BEST estimate of the extent of the ice I rode on - around 5 kms (3 miles) - so I was REALLY glad when it ended!

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Hiya Ed.

BC is just a crazy awesome place to ride a bike, no doubt.

Hope/plan on being back in 2020.

You get to winterize two bikes, one to store, one to ride.

See ya in AZ.

And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Thanks Steve, but I "sort of" 'winterize' the AZ V in April for its sojourn in the garage there at 140F, so the battery comes INTO the house, while I just removed the battery from the BC V, and it stays in the garage w/ a float-charger set for "timed" charging, till next April ['cause it will NOT be bothered by high-temps between now, and then].

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That road looks well maintained,maybe cause of Apex....
Seems I remember riding it when it was a BIT rougher....

...Those Shinkos are very underrated for the price and you have dispelled the myth that they don't last. That looks like a great trip,love that countryside. Way to go!
The rear 150/70 E705 I rode to Alaska ('16) was worn-out by Anchorage, so I replaced it (around 5,000 kms, IF I remember). but I got 16,465 kms from the NEXT 150/70 rear, and 30,169 kms from the front 120/70 Shinko - go figure...! The rear on my V has just UNDER 10,000 kms on it, w/ a few 1,000 more in it....

...If I had it to do over I would have better planned my retirement to be a snow bird just like you.

Enjoy the beautiful warm, blue sky Zona weather this winter...I'm sure you will....
Being a "snow-bird" wasn't planned - till I retired I would "ski my brains out" all winter (used to work on 'doing' 35,000' vertical each time I went out, mostly at the "Goats Eye" at Sunshine Village in Banff)..., and then we went to AZ for 'winter holidays' my LAST year flying....

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Nice pics Eddie.......I miss riding with my friend in BC..........he's now getting a "bit to old" for the long distance rides (so he says), and I guess I might not be far behind. I sure do miss the day long rides though. I just have to make do with solo riding the Black Hills I guess.
 

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