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Published: July 18th 2021
The plan after pancakes was to ride a loop toward Kamloops I had loaded in the GPS last night. I set out as planned with an added stop at Canadian Tire in Salmon Arm to look at a new BBQ I’ve been thinking about. There is nothing wrong with my BBQ, it’s just that I used to have a better one so for some reason I think I need a better one again. Better being more expensive but not necessarily any more functional. Stupid, I know. Despite the website showing two in stock at that store I didn’t see any on the shelf and since I wasn’t prepared to buy it then and there I didn’t ask.
Back on the road headed to Monte Creek I saw a sign for the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum in Balmoral. I had seen an ad or perhaps a story about this museum in one of the Magazines I read and saved a screen shot of it back in December. Once last week I thought about it while riding and meant to check where it was. I sort of thought it was closer to where I am now but wouldn’t have bet
much money on it. Of course by the time I got back to camp that day I had completely forgotten about it again and if I hadn’t see the sign today I very likely would have left BC without ever going.
$15 gets you through the doors from the gift shop to the displays where you are greeted by a beautiful Honda CBX. Sadly a friends brother just sold his without me ever seeing it other than in pictures. There are four double high rows of bikes on display plus a dozen or so packed in a corner as future projects as well as a bunch in the shop area that are currently being restored. Very old, fairly old, race, hill climbers, restored, unrestored, one even said it had around three original miles.
When I was heading up the last row back toward the gift shop the owner shouts out “who wants to hear some stories?”. Only one other man and myself volunteered so he walked us past a few bikes and explained their history, either that model or that particular bike. Every bike has a story I suppose, just some are more interesting than others. There is
This the first four cylinder American motorcycle. It cost about the same as a Ford model T so not a lot were sold.
also a cafe on site which I did not sample having just ate breakfast before I left.
When paying my entrance fee the owner asked me what I rode and where I was from which prompted him to bring out a map of the area with a bunch of paved back roads. Turns out it’s a map for bicycle road riders which is perfect because obviously they don’t want gravel roads either. He showed me several nice routes and specific things to observe in a few spots that I may or may not remember. I took advantage of one small loop that started from the road that the museum is located on before heading back to camp.
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