We finally made it home and are getting relatively rested up from our vacation!We had a wonderful time both on the motorbike portion as well as the car trip to Vancouver Island.
We had a great visit to Vancouver city. We were impressed with the transit system and especially the bus drivers that were more than helpful in directing us to the proper buses to get where we were going. We rented bicycles at English Bay and spent one day cycling in Stanley Park, False Creek, Granville Island and Canada Place. We would highly recommend this if the weather is good as you get to see much at a leisurely pace, stopping for a great Salmon Burger at Granville Island for lunch, followed by great Oatmeal Stout at the Stream Works Brew Pub in Gastown! We also visited Gastown and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.
We dropped in the morning we were to pick up the bike and met Mike, then later that day came back to get the bike. It was a pleasure dealing with Mike. He had the paper work all ready, upgraded the RT to a newer model and recommended a great local restaurant, "The Whip", which we visited several times before and after our motor bike trip. Great food and drink with an eclectic crowd of patrons and great staff, who treated us great, even with our lack of tattoos!We sure can't complain about the weather, although 36-37C was a little hotter than we had anticipated! We had a little damp rain leaving Banff and on our way to Takkakaw Falls. We stopped at the top of Rogers Pass to take in the movie at the Visitors Center and when we came out it was pouring, with small hail. We waited for a bit, until there was no more hail, then donned our rain gear and headed out. Once we went to the other side of the Pass all was clear and had a nice ride into Revelstoke.
Your route and instructions were top notch and very easy to follow. We got out of Vancouver with no problems, even though my communication headset had dead batteries, (need to check these things the night before!), which were charged up during our first coffee break, all was good. Your route sure gave us a comprehensive tour of all the different geography of BC. I don't recall any roads that were boring.
Although all the roads were great, both in surface and scenery my favourite roads for twisty factor were:
- Lake Louise to Revelstoke
- Revelstoke to Ainsworth, especially New Denver to Kaslo!
- Merritt to Spences Bridge
- Lytton to Lillooet
- Lillooet to Whistler Village
- and Whistler back to Vancouver
A great big thank you for providing us with an excellent trip, great maps and directions, as well as great accommodations. The BMW 1200RT worked as expected and was a pleasure to drive.
All in All an excellent vacation with many thanks to you Cycle BC. We will recommend you to anyone who is interested in seeing BC.