Cycle Canada Review
BC BIBLE FOR ROAD CONNOISSEURS
185 reasons to move to British Columbia
Authors Brian Bosworth and Michael Sanders set out to rate
British Columbia's best motorcycling roads and came up with 85 Destination
Highways ("a road you'd travel to, to journey on") and another 100
"Twisted Edges" (not quite as good, but still "worth checking
Each Destination Highway is rated according to twistiness,
pavement quality, scenery and other attributes important to anyone who rides for
enjoyment. Points are tallied to assign its position on the DH master list. And
it would be hard to argue against some of the author's choices: DH1, for
instance, the cover road, runs from Creston to Kootenay Bay and is simply
fantastic. DH2, along the Monashee highway, is certainly a road "worth
travelling to." No matter how familiar one is with B.C., it's likely you'll
find new roads here - but do we really need this much material? Even in a
province dedicated to curves, there must be better things to do than ride a road
at the bottom of a list 185 roads long.
Never mind. For the money you get nearly 500 pages, and
for anyone who hankers after a dose of armchair touring in the long sleep of
winter, this book may just be the ticket. If you happen to find one in your
stocking this Christmas, consider yourself fortunate. At $45, it's an expensive
stocking stuffer. But Bosworth and Sanders have clearly done their roadwork.
This is a gorgeous colourful book: expensively printed in colour on heavy stock,
spiral bound, with clear and useful colour maps, some delightful appendices
(which road scores best on twistiness, which 10th best? Which gets high marks
for scenery? For engineering?), and descriptions that leave out only an
occasional road apple (see the glossary). The authors even have a sense of
If you ever plan on riding in B.C., you'll benefit from
this book. If you don't, try reading it, and then just try staying away.
--Steve Thornton, Cycle Canada, September 2000
CMG Online Review
You may think that 45 bucks is a hefty price to pay for what amounts to a
bunch of maps and a travel guide, but this book is actually pretty good value if you’re planning a riding holiday in southern BC, or live in the area
and haven’t a clue where to ride. Or eat. Or sleep. Or do any of the other things that you generally do when riding for fun.
The authors describe and rate 185 of what they consider the best riding roads in the south half of the province, basically south of
Quesnel. The roads are all rated on Twistiness, Pavement, Engineering, Remoteness,
Scenery, and Character. Plus, the length of each good part of the road is
noted, as is the general level of traffic to expect.
Hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, and other useful facilities are also identified and usually rated. The detail is amazing, the amount of work put
into the book impressive.
SECOND OPINION- By Editor 'arris
I'm blown away by the amount of information and detail in this book. The authors have obviously put
their hearts and souls into it, illustrated by the high production quality, excellent maps of each ride
and detailed notes to accompany each one. There's also a "TIRES" grading chart (Total Integrated
Road Evaluation System - a piss take on the motorcycle manufacturer's penchant to use their own
acronyms?), which gives a number grading for each suggested road, with a breakdown
for each of
it's characteristics (Twistiness, Pavement, etc).
Want more good ideas? The book is spiral bound and digest sized so that it can be placed in most
tank bag map reading pouches without breaking the spine!
A must buy for any motorcyclist living in or planning to tour British Colombia. Can't wait for an
Ontario edition, although I'd be surprised if it came anywhere near the 475 pages in their B.C.
The Biker's Bible
Granby Loop is "a sweet little romp." The
road between Kaslo-Balfour is "a nice road - the kind of road you'd
feel comfortable taking home to your parents." Beware the stretch
between Sicamous and Grinrod, though, you may find yourself making excuses
to the myriad of "speed tax collectors" patrolling the blacktop.
Welcome to the world of Brian Bosworth and Michael
Sanders, author's of Destination Highways B.C. - An Enthusiasts' Guide to
the Best 185 Motorcycle Roads in Southern B.C., described as a
"virtual biker's Bible" for motorcycle maniacs who prefer to
admire our super natural province from the back of a bike.
Aside from being entertaining in a quirky biker sort
of way, the book is crammed with useful information, including a detailed
rating system of the roads, comprehensive road descriptions and more than
100 full colour maps that pinpoint locations of nearby bike shops, gas
stations, pubs, hostelries, campgrounds, eateries and wineries.
Bosworth and Sanders each road and videotaped more
than 20,000 kilometres of B.C.'s best roads during their research. Says
Sanders: "As riders we know what information we need on the road, so
we incorporated all that information in what we believe to be the most
comprehensive motorcycle tour book ever published."
So complete in fact that the authors even made sure
to include a glossary of the biker lingo that's sprinkled liberally
throughout the book's 486 pages, educating readers on the ways of road
warriors. "Maxburns," for instance, is a verb meaning to ride on
gravel. "Speed tax collectors"? Why, they're people "who
collect speed taxes on behalf of a government," of course, otherwise
known as police officers.
The book is now available through Twisted Edge
Publishing via its website - www.destinationhighways.com - as well as from
select motorcycle and sports car dealers.
-Jamie Hall, Vancouver Sun, August 4 2000
General Public Applauds BC’s
motorcycle travel guide Destination Highways British Columbia was rolled
out last year, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) was
probably the first – and last – "motorcycle" book most
people had ever read. By most accounts, the readers became mired in the
philosophical morass and dark recesses of the author, Robert Pirsig’s,
tortured mind before giving the novel an indefinite rest on cinder block
and lumber bookshelves next to the macrame wall hangings.
concludes that "The motorcycle is primarily a mental
phenomenon." Oh, I knew that? Anyhow, Bosworth and Sanders aren’t
so inclined towards metaphysical posturing, and instead rode their own
"mental phenomenons"– a Triumph and Kawasaki actually –
where the rubber meets the road to gather their information for their
book. They each travelled and researched some 20,000 km to create Destination
Highways British Columbia: A Motorcycle Enthusiast’s Guide to the Best
185 Roads in Southern B.C. The fruit of their homework, and roadwork,
is a spiral bound volume of maps and text, all expensively colour printed
on heavy stock pages.
what are the odds for copious sales of self-published volume of some 476
pages, esoterically written and targeted to 5-10% of the public, and
retailing for $44.95? Apparently not as bad as any sceptical and jaded
publisher would expect – the appeal and utility of the guide is winning
over other motorists, and even bicyclists. Though Sanders laughs,
"We’re not about to market the book to RVers too aggressively
because our concept is they’re one of our foils!" Reportedly,
non-motorcyclists find the contents just as useful for finding interesting
and out-of-the-way lodging, pubs, and restaurants. After a guest spot on
CBC Radio One Almanac with Mark Forsythe, overwhelming listener response
prompted the CBC to call Bosworth and Sanders for an encore several months
later. Then Rafe Mair, recognizing articulate speakers, and a sleeper
topic, invited them
onto his program over CKNW’s airwaves.
Highways British Columbia is dedicated to the late John Loudon Mcadam, the
inventor of modern asphalt who paved his last road in 1836. For subsequent
printings, I would like the authors give special thanks to W.A.C. Bennet
and his colourful minister of highways, and unrepentant speeder,
"Flying" Phil Gagalardi. After all, it was Bennet’s
"blacktop government" which put Mcadam’s invention to work in
the building and paving of most of the Destination Highways(DH). Bennet
declared his government’s accomplishments as "The greatest highway
building program per capita in the entire Western world!" Gaglardi
echoed these sentiments thusly, "Jumping Jehoshaphat, we made the
province of British Columbia!"
was Bennet’s ambition to convey the wheels of industry to remote corners
of the province by building highways across the vast and empty wilderness
of British Columbia. As Sanders observes from his extensive riding:
"Some of the things that make biking in British Columbia so special
and unique, as compared to other parts of the world, is that we do not
have a large population – what we have is concentrated in particular
areas so you get that ‘wide-open biking in Canada’ feeling quite
marvel at how intimately and accurately the authors describe 185 highways
and their environs. How did they do that anyhow? Well, modern technology
helps. For each jurisdiction they’ve gathered about 140 hours of
videotape and running commentary via helmet mounted video cameras and
microphones. "We could tell you how many curves are on every single
DH and what kind of curve it is" says Sanders matter-of-factly.
of a DH is arrived at by gathering impressions from the videos, and hard
facts from more conventional gumshoeing. They use a system of their
creation called TIRES, an acronym for Total Integrated Road
Evaluation System, to formulate this data and arrive at a description
and ranking for each DH. TIRES is weighted according to these components:
Twistiness; Pavement; Remoteness; Scenery; and Character. According to the
TIRES ranking, the best motorcycle road on Vancouver Island, and fourth
overall, is DH4 Campbell River – Gold River, which scores 81.1 points
out of a possible 100.
maps for each DH give a thorough layout of the land, conveniently on one
page, along with service icons depicting gas stations, campgrounds,
motels, motorcycle shops, police stations– practically anything worth
knowing while travelling through unfamiliar territory. The text describes
each DH from three angles: At a Glance, a short impression; Access, how to
get there; and On the Road, which is sort of a turn-by-turn description of
the road and scenery. The writing in At a Glance is of the "I calls
them as I sees them"variety. Eschewing the gushing style of typical
travelogue puff, Bosworth and Sanders might as well be writing standup
material for Don Rickles. For instance, this is D62 Colwood-Sooke,
as seen through their motorcycle visors: "The pylons (vehicles with
more than two wheels: see glossary) – mostly retired couples wearing
rakish Tilley hats in their white LeBaron convertibles – crawl even
slower than the ridiculously low speed limit
of 60 kph allows. Presumably retirees don’t like the centrifugal forces
generated by the twisties." DH30 Fulford Harbour – Ganges,
from the handlebars: "Salt Spring Island is seen as a bucolic last
retreat for aging hippies who grow organic garlic and weave 100%
vegetable-dyed hemp clothing. In reality, its proximity to Vancouver means
the population is increasingly made up of high fliers who can better
afford the hallucinogenic real estate prices. Still, if the laid-back
traffic is any indication, other varieties of hemp are widely
doesn’t have to read between the lines too carefully to infer that the
authors prefer riding rather lickety-split along sinuous highways. In the
DH glossary R.C.M.P. stands for Revenue Collecting Motorized Patrol, and
police officers are otherwise called Speed Tax Collectors. In any event,
motorcycling is a sporting endeavour for Bosworth and Sanders – not a
"lifestyle"or "attitude". When not heeling their
machines over into a switchback turn one would find them to be clean-cut
and well-mannered fellows.
apparently Bosworth and Sanders can hold day jobs while producing and
marketing Destination Highways. Bosworth is a purveyor of Canadian and
foreign films and documentaries in VHS and DVD formats, and Sanders
practices criminal law in Vancouver. Where do the time and energy come
from? "We’re both in our 40s" offers Bosworth. "It has to
come from what else we might be doing with our lives."
Sanders adds, "Believe it or not, I’m a single parent –
I’m on the road while my daughter goes to summer camp."
motorcycled over at least 90% of these DHs I can appreciate the honest and
unembellished "straight-from-the-shoulder"style of reporting and
road descriptions. From the armchair, DHBC appears to be a trustworthy and
laudable guidebook. And for all that, I’m looking forward to it
lightening my saddlebag reference library of ferry schedules, BCAA guides,
Tourism British Columbia publications, torn-out Yellow Pages, and road
maps that require an origamist to refold. This Fall (many motorcyclists
favourite season) I look forward to road testing my copy of Destination
Highways British Columbia from the handlebars of a motorcycle, or even
from behind the wheel of the
family Oldsmobile on a Sunday afternoon.
vision for future Destination Highways series knows no bounds, or borders,
as Destination Highways Washington is slated to come off the presses by
December 2001. So today British Columbia and Washington: Tomorrow, the
world? "That’s our goal," says Bosworth. "We want to
become the Fodor’s or the Lonely Planet equivalent for
Highways is available from Twisted Edge Publishing Inc. or better
motorcycle shops and bookstores.
Ohs, Victoria Times-Colonist, Nov 2001
Tour & Cruiser-Coming soon
Shore News Review
Guide to Routes Less Traveled
The subtitle of this book is “A Motorcycle
Enthusiast’s Guide to the Best 185 Roads in Southern B.C.” and it is
with those riders in mind that this comprehensive guide book has been
written but it has much to offer drivers with four wheels as well.
the yellow sign on the highway warning of twisting road ahead brings a
smile to your face, if your first choice is always the secondary highway,
if driving to you means exhilaration, then this book is a must have.
authors have done an amazing job at exploring this province and rating its
roads. In an easy to understand rating system they will point you to
the route less traveled. In
addition to the highways they rate, there are also many side roads which
are covered, their note-worthiness due to scenery, driving pleasure or
access to unique locations. All
through the listings are additional information on such things as
campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, bike shops and more.
casual writing style reads like a set of directions that good friend might
have supplied to you, with its warnings of radar locations, and where the
nearest liquor store might be found.
This is a book that will
encourage you to get out of the house and experience our beautiful
province. With its detailed
descriptions, it is easy to plan a route that will link a series of roads
that will provide a great driving experience and breathtaking scenery.
Shore News, March 2001