More magic from the Crowsnest. And another captivating
motorcycle road conjured up from B.C.ís major southern route. With broad
and sweeping elegance, this manicured highway bows east out of Grand Forks,
winding through the Sunshine Valley, assisted by the lovely and talented
Kettle River. After the river vanishes into Christina Lake, the road embarks
upon its greatest feat: a twisty but mesmerically engineered climb into the
mountains toward the spellbinding heights of Bonanza Pass. With numerous
passing lanes, youíll probably be oblivious to the audience of pylons in
attendance. But you wonít be deceived by the pavement. Itís as if the
roadís been sawed in half, like some cheap trick. Until Paulson Bridge,
the highway is as smooth as a silk handkerchief. Beyond the bridge, the tar
strips make it as unpleasant as a bed of nails. Obviously, itís time the
Ministry of Highways pulled a rabbitóor at least a little cash-- out of
its hat. Nevertheless, this DH is still well worth the price of admission.
"This is a great ride to end the day on. Easy sweeping curves, high elevation to cool you off and pretty well no traffic. As for the change in road conditions at the Paulson
Bridge. The pavement has been fixed and the patching is gone!! This is a laid-back cruise now and the perfect ending to a long day...especially with a couple of cool ones waiting for you in Castlegar."