My goal for the route was to travel the quiet backroads I would ride on a bicycle.
Starting from Vancouver, I headed east through to my destination of Nakusp, BC—a small town known for its hot springs, and the location of a yearly motorcycle travellers’ jamboree organized by Horizons Unlimited. From Nakusp, I aimed for BC’s warm Shuswap region, staying north, and then descended back into Vancouver via the famously famous Duffey Lake Road.
To locate routes, I used these two reference books:
- Destination Highways, British Columbia: An Enthusiast’s Guide to the Best 185 Motorcycle Roads in Southern B.C. (2000)
- British Columbia Road & Recreational Atlas (1989).
No, I didn’t use my smartphone to route-find. It doesn’t get service in the peaks and valleys of BC’s back lands, and I didn’t want to go chasing WiFi signals in my spare time. I spoke to humans instead.
The 2000-kilometre trip cost about CAD $56 in fuel. As one Symba blogger noted, “It cost me more to feed myself than to feed my bike.”