Mountains and Lakes
Canada became a “someday” destination in 2013, my first summer of riding. After five summers of prowling the Western United States, I decided that “someday” had better become “now” because I’m not getting younger. As it happened, Canada made this particular ride perhaps the most well-balanced, in terms of scenery, of my summer tours thus far. After riding through miles of Oregon’s lonely high mountain desert, meandering through lush Willamette Valley farmland, enjoying the Oregon and Washington coastal terrain, and skirting rain forests on Washington’s peninsula, I crossed our northern border ready for a few days of imposing mountains and lakes that stretch on…and on…and on! Canada and Idaho, here I come. Please join me.
Yak Peak, on BC's Coquihalla Hwy
I was excited about traveling in Canada for the first time, knowing it would be beautiful. Since I knew nothing about the area, I planned my route around highways and soon learned that most had very narrow shoulders and few pull-outs...and therefore almost no photo ops. This shot was the only one I got my first day in BC, and I suspect the only one that many travelers get because there is one much like it on Google Maps.