Blogs from Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke July 22nd 2021

Day 21. My time in BC has come to an end. I just finished loading up the bike which means just about everything else is stowed and ready to roll in the morning. That’s one nice advantage of a pull through site, I can drop the ramp and load the bike without pulling onto the road like most back-in spots although I may have mentioned my site in Cranbrook was deep enough to unload on the grass behind the trailer. I got up shortly after eight again and had a banana and a bacon sandwich. I cooked the whole pound this time so I have some I can microwave on a travel day. When I passed through Sicamous on my ride about noon the smoke was so heavy it was difficult to see exactly where on ... read more
Another great road
Armstrong Ice Cream shop

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke July 21st 2021

Day 20. The ash seems to have stoped falling but the smoke may be worse due to the fire in Sicamous. I caught my first whiff as I exited the trailer to make my pancakes, well actually it turned into one large pancake but that’s irrelevant. I buy the “just add water” pancake mix and use eggs for my liquid to get some protein. Let’s be honest, pancakes are just to hold the syrup. That’s what we really want. Being diabetic I’ve discovered all sorts of “no sugar added” or “sugar free” things including pancake syrup. Most of these things contain sugar alcohols which are derived from sugar but the human body doesn’t absorb them like processed sugar. When I passed by Sicamous this morning I saw three water bombers in the air fighting the local ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke July 20th 2021

Day 19. When I stepped outside this morning everything was covered in ash and it continues to fall this evening. I assume it’s from the big fire near Kamloops but Osoyoos is on fire as well. The government has declared a state of emergency for the area and as of this morning 1100 hectares (2700 acres) were burning out of control. Today I decided I would not ride but go to the gym in Sicamous and do some grocery shopping. I tried calling the gym yesterday afternoon but just got voicemail. I tried again this morning and got the same so I went on their website and it showed day passes were available so I gathered my gear and headed to town. When I got to the gym the door was locked with a key pad ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke July 19th 2021

Day 18. After yesterday’s 29Km of gravel road the bike was pretty dirty but I knew I was going to ride another six and a half today so I just left it that way. Again I plotted a route in the GPS last evening so I knew what to expect. What I didn’t expect was how much smoke from the wild fires there was an hour South of here. I took Hwy 1, The Trans Canada Highway, to Salmon Arm that then the fun began as I turned South toward silver Creek and Yankee Flats. Beautiful pavement and lots of twists and turns all the way to Hwy 97. I could see the smoke was getting heavier as the hilltops started to disappear. By the time I got to 97 it was like riding in a ... read more
Shuswap Lake
Salmon Arm

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke July 18th 2021

Day 17. I actually slept until nine this morning. Not straight through but I kept falling back to sleep. It’s been about eight a.m. most days that I didn’t intentionally get up early to move on to the next destination. Yoghurt with raspberries and nuts and then a bacon sandwich chaser got the day going. I finally remembered to put the one gallon gas can in my saddlebag just in case. I also carry a five gallon can of diesel in the Jeep for the same reason. I had a route that included some of the back roads highlighted on the map I got from the owner at the museum yesterday programmed into the GPS from the night before so off I went. The route South of Sicamous along Mara Lake is nice and I stayed ... read more
Entering Vernon

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke July 17th 2021

Day 16. 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 ... read more
Honda CBX six cylinder
Pierce Arrow
First row

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke July 16th 2021

Day 15. 4230Km. Moving day if you will. I’ve moved further into the mountains in Malakwa. The peaks at Rogers Pass are stunning. Photos just don’t do them justice, especially when they are covered in smoke from the wild fires. All the photos look hazy from the smoke. It’s too bad too, the scenery is amazing. I took the quickest route through Golden and Revelstoke but for a second considered a different path that would have involved not one but two ferry crossings. There are many free ferry’s in British Columbia that are free because they are considered part of the highway system. When I arrived at camp or actually before I arrived I noticed helicopters in the sky carrying whatever they call the large bags to water-bomb forest fires. One was filling from a river ... read more
Snow in July
One of many snow sheds

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke August 25th 2019

Thanks to Graeme we had a fine selection for breakfast today - porridge, yoghurt, begals and soft boiled eggs. The begal has become a staple of our meals when forced to fend for ourselves. It travels well, is dense and filling and tastes good to boot. We aimed to leave by 8am and left by 8:20am. Forecast was for some early morning showers after overnight rain. We certainly heard the rain overnight but as we set off from Sicamous there was no rain about. Today's ride was a short 71kms from Sicamous to Revelstoke along Highway 1 with about 500m of climbing. We travelled easily in the cool morning air and the rain seemed to be holding off. We were all waiting for a significant climb but nothing came. Instead there were a number of small ... read more
Three Valleys Lake
Thre Valleys Lake
Smokey the Bear

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke August 21st 2015

If you are going to stay in or near Revelstoke, I can not recommend the Three Valley Gap Chateau. Not only is the location amazing, the facilities, although some may say outdated but I say are characteristic, the restaurant has fairly good food and is affordable, a great view of the train line, lake and mountains and is very much a great spot to take the family. Right next door to it is a fabulous attraction, 'Ghost Town' which takes you back through the history of the late 1800's and early 1900's. They also have helicopter rides available and you can hire Kayaks or canoes to paddle on the lake. It is only 12km from Revelstoke as well and 14km from the Enchanted Forest and Suspension Bridge that overlooks a pretty awesome waterfall (which Doug showed ... read more
Summer Hill Winery, Kelowna BC Canada
Summer Hill Winery
Summer Hill Winery

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Revelstoke August 12th 2015

Canyon Hot Springs Oh, how I love hot springs! This privately owned oasis was a treat on a hot, (over 30 C) summer day. First, we had electricity, so we could use the air conditioning – the only time we did on the entire trip. Second, later in the evening, we had a soak in the pools looking up at the surrounding mountains. Third, ice cream. And finally, we watched the Perseids meteor shower. (We did get a few odd looks as we hauled our low-seated chairs out, extended them back, and set them beside the road -- it was the best view of the sky.) It wasn’t a great year as we saw only a about a dozen or so shooting stars, but sitting out on a warm summer evening looking at the universe is ... read more

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