Welcome to british Columbia!
I left home at 7:00 a.m. this morning with cool, overcast weather. By the time I got to Squamish, the temperature dropped to 9 degrees and a light rain followed me to Whistler. Stopped at the Visitor Center in Whistler for coffee, a snack and a warmup! The good new is, the gear I spent a month's wage on works - I was dry! Rain stopped about 10:30 and I headed for Lillooet.
The scenery all the way from Vancouver to Whistler was stunning - lush forest, soaring mountains and ocean views. But I have to say, the road from Whistler to Cache Creek is a piece of heaven. Being a new road to me, It demanded all of my attention and considerable respect. Full of all kinds of curves, from sweeping, leisurely ones to switchbacks and steep, curving hills. What fun! My "sightline" skills got plenty of practice!
I am always awed by the change in landscape in only a few hundred kilometers of road. Lush, verdant forests around Vancouver gave way to the fresh, crisp air of the mountains. Then on to the arid landscape of the Thompson-Nicola region. Temperatures fluctuated like a yoyo.
Stopped in Lillooet for lunch at the Cookhouse Restaurant in the Reynolds Hotel. Had a great taco salad and the service was great. A couple had seen me arrive on the bike and were keen to hear my story as he had been an avid rider in his youth. While eating lunch, I happened to look out the window and register the picture of the deer on the banner of a pole at the road junction. Have a look - apparently Lillooet is a very productive town.....
On one of my short breaks just outside of Lillooet I met a very nice young man who had got up this morning and, knowing he had a couple of weeks off, decided to go drive-about. He was hoping to get to Prince Rupert before heading back and with all the planning I have done, I was able to suggest that if he got that far, he might want to go as far as Stewart to see the glaciers and the bears. He was pretty excited about that.
Made a brief stop at Cache Creek for an ice cream and found my "flag" picture at Historic Hat Creek. It's a really well kept campground with a restaurant, historical site and gifts store.
Feeling tired, but pretty good. Changed my route slightly and am spending the night with my friend, Janice, in Kamloops. I'm in her son Everett's bad books for not playing baseball in the back yard with him. I am clearly bad company! Time to wind down and call it a day! Don't forget your British Columbia history lesson by going to the fly-out page called Trivia Bits under the British Columbia header above my picture with the flags at Hat Creek.
5/29/2018 09:22:39 pm
Safe travels Alyson! Looking forward to following your trip. Ps what brand of jacket/pants did you purchase?
5/29/2018 11:27:26 pm
Thanks, Dar. It was a good day! Jacket and pants are brand-spanking new Klim Artemis. This is their inaugural journey.
5/29/2018 09:57:26 pm
Safe travels my friend...many many adventures and great memories in the making ahead...we’ll follow your every corner along your Highway Motorcycle 🏍 “Journey” of a life time...enjoy enjoy enjoy 😉
5/29/2018 11:28:30 pm
Thanks Bert! Hope I can catch up to you guys in Flin Flon. Xo
dad and shirley
5/30/2018 06:51:44 am
waiting finaly over,the trip has begun.see what there is to see and back on the road.enjoy every moment.may you never be lost,just see country you have never seen before.ride like no one is paying attention.enjoy.we love you both.
5/30/2018 10:17:28 am
Hello there. I’m Jan. My boyfriend Doug and me saw you yesterday on your rest stop in Lilloet. Crazy weather yesterday! Always an adventure. Enjoy your travels! 🏍🏍🏍
5/30/2018 02:05:03 pm
Like to read tour story! Have à nice and exhiting trip! Looking forward to see you at my place un Québec!
5/30/2018 04:31:59 pm
Such beautiful scenery. My mom loved Prince Rupert. I’m glad to hear of the new road in Cache Creek! I drove through there on my way to Canmore in winter and did a few 360’s. You put on a lot of miles so far. Love the stories already. Be safe and enjoy 😊
5/30/2018 06:45:58 pm
This will be quite the journey for you and almost as exciting for me to follow your blog. Safe journey brave girl!!
5/30/2018 08:22:36 pm
So excited for you to get started on this adventure and I will be thinking about you throughout it ... xoxoxoxoxox
5/31/2018 08:32:25 am
That Duffy Lake road across to Lilooet is awesome!!!!
6/3/2018 10:58:13 pm
It was definintely a beautiful ride. I've seen some stunning country.
5/31/2018 11:53:12 am
Enjoy....aounds like a couple great days so far!!
6/3/2018 10:58:51 pm
It has been awesome. Cold, but beautiful! :)
6/1/2018 05:29:39 pm
I’m so jealous. In 2008, at the age of 47, I purchased my first (and only so far) motorcycle. I then told anyone who would listen that I would be celebrating my 50th birthday by riding solo across Canada. In the end 2 brothers joined me, and it was the trip of a lifetime! We got to every province but not the territories, as well as several states on the way home. I live in Prince Rupert so that made a good starting point. If you are coming to Rupert and need a place to stay or shower or do laundry you will be most welcome. Enjoy every moment. We live in a fantastic country😀👍🇨🇦
6/1/2018 09:25:06 pm
Thanks for checking out the blog Elaine! Even though you have done the trip already, hope that you find some of my adventures are different from yours and worth following. I am going to get into the territories, so at least that will be different! Thank you so much for the offer of a place to stay. I totallywould have taken you up on that! I have friends in Prince Rupert that I am staying with, so am taken care of this trip. If you are interested in having a chat or a coffee, I'll be wandering around Prince Rupert tomorrow (Saturday, June 2) You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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