A close look at a map raises the existential question:
why is this road here? A sweeping, beautifully engineered route, with three
lanes of sleek, newer pavement for almost half its length, the well-spaced
curves of this DH cut haphazardly through patches of struggling forest and
grassland on some of the most remote reaches of the vast Thompson Plateau.
There are no towns, no services, and quicker alternative routes. So what
gives? The answer: copper. This highway provides the access to some of B.C.ís
largest mining operations. But thereís good news -- at the time of this
riding, unemployment in B.C.ís resource economy is at an all-time high! No
jobs means no traffic. Hey, for every cloud....
"Enjoyable in either
direction but this road is
best ridden west to east from Ashcroft. The pavement is very good and the corners fast. The temperature
can change rapidly as you ascend, so be prepared for a chill after the dry heat
of the valley. Stop at Highland Valley Copper for a tour and see one of the largest open pit mines in North America."-Jason Elliott