WeSTOC2013 Day 9

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Well, almost home – this was to be our second to last day on the road. The destination for today was Cranbrook, but we also had to stop at one of Louise’s favourite places on the road – the Buffalo Trails Coffee House in Creston.

This was another prolific day for Louise taking pictures – she took well over 200 pictures and it was pretty hard to pick the best. I’ve only been able to post a few pictures here, but if you want to see more, check out my photostreams on Flickr –

So on with the day!

We had breakfast next door at the Heartland Cafe, which was a heck of a lot better than the dinner the night before. I guess bacon and eggs are a little harder to screw up. By 930am we had the bike ready to go and all we needed was to top off the gas tank and head east.

Not much risk of falling ice – it was already well over 25 deg C. at 930am!


Maybe we should have had breakfast here …

… way busier than the Heartland and a cooler name to boot!

Heavy traffic on the highway early Sunday morning …

And open road ahead …

We rode along the Similkameen River as the highway parallels it until the river runs south into the US and the highway curves near the border and heads back to the north just after passing through Keremeos, BC. Since it was relatively cool in the morning , we just kept riding until we got to Osoyoos at about 1030am. We stopped for water and a snack at the Osoyoos Visitor Centre.

Both Louise and I racked up some pictures while waiting for each other and while munching on trail mix and water.

Mmmmm, trail mix …

Wow, who knew that BC visitor centres offered “Free Hotel Accommodations”?

Hero shot …

Leaving the Visitor Centre, we dealt with the tourist traffic as we passed through the town of Osoyoos, with Louise taking pictures of the lake.

By this time, it was really getting hot and we were both looking forward to riding up the highway east out of the valley and back into the higher elevations where it’d hopefully be cooler. Highway 3 east from Osoyoos is a pretty steep road, and I love riding it going down and west – the view is spectacular and you’re on the inside lane on most of the hairpins. Going up and east doesn’t offer the same views and since you’re on the outside lane going up, the hairpins look like they just disappear over the edge which is a little freaky. Since the bike handles differently two-up, I didn’t push things too hard. I know that sounds a bit odd considering I had been pushing pretty hard yesterday on the Duffy Lake Road, but on that road I could see the whole curve going – even the hairpins. There are a couple of the hairpins going up the Osoyoos road where you can’t see the road because it just disappears off into the horizon.

Anyway, Louise took a video on the way up so there’s not so many pictures, but here’s a couple …


We did not stop at the Anaconda Cafe …

The Rock Creek Trading Post was a happening place! Not sure if it was the free Wifi that was causing these ladies to rush the place or if it was the market or the espresso … we did not stop here either …

Gas stop in Grand Forks …

We also had water and … trail mix! I love the dried cherries we put in the mix this time.

Middle of Christina Lake where the highway heads east up to Paulsen Summit and on to Castlegar …

Just outside of Castlegar on the east side, we pulled off for a rest and some water. Man was it hot, and I needed a bit of a break from riding.

Selfie for the win!

It wasn’t too much farther to Creston where we’d be stopping for a bite to eat, but first we had to go over the Salmo/Creston Pass just ahead. At least it would get cooler up at the summit!

There was still snow up at the elevation of the summit …

It’s not too often we get a picture of the wildlife while in motion, but Louise managed to capture these critters …

There is a mandatory stop in Creston – the Buffalo Trails Coffee House, Louise has to have a smoothie. Obviously, as can be seen by the signs behind me, they serve much more than smoothies, but I like the carrot cake …

There’s a place between Creston and Cranbrook whose name never fails to crack me up – Yahk. It’s such a ridiculous word – apologies to Yahkians, or Yahkans, or whatever people from Yahk call themselves. There’s not much at Yahk, a few gas stations, a motel, a couple of houses – but back when the railroad was a big deal, from the looks of the rail yard left over here, it was a much bigger place 50 or so years ago.



I’m not sure why, but somewhere between Yahk and Cranbrook, Louise took four pictures like this one …
… look we have matching boots!

After a long day of riding, by just after 6pm we rolled into Cranbrook …

… and headed across town for our usual spot – the Best Western on the east side.

Some might say it’s my favourite because there’s a Starbucks within walking distance!

After we unpacked the bike, Louise rode the FJR around the parking lot …

… and parked in the motorcycle parking only row.

Here’s some more “product placement” for tonight’s accommodations …

If recall, we went to Mike’s across the street for dinner, then made an early night of it. We’d be home in our own bed tomorrow night.

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