Great Pacific Northwest
Dryside Gather
Beth on the Slut
The 22nd Annual GPNDG
August 22-25, 2013
Kettle Falls, WA

N 48° 35' 31" — W 118° 7' 6"
[ For Google use: 48.592051,-118.118407 ]

Interesting Day Rides

Boulder Creek Road Loop [~106m]

A nice short loop that goes NW over the Kettle River Range to Curlew, then down to Republic (which makes a nice lunch stop) and returns on Hwy 20 crossing Sherman Pass (5,574') to the campground.

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Inchelium Road Loop [~137m]

Great motorcycling, beginning with the faster, less travelled (and patrolled) road down the west side of Lake Roosevelt to the town of Inchelium on the Colville Indian Reservation. Or take WA-25 south along the east side of the lake and enjoy the free ferry ride across the lake (actually the Columbia river) to Inchelium. Continue west from Inchelium across the Kettle River Range to WA-21 then turn north along the Sanpoil River to Republic (a good lunch stop). Then return on Hwy 20 crossing Sherman Pass (5,574') to the campground.

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Grand Forks, BC [~168m]

Got your Passport? If so, then you can ride to Grand Forks, BC and have authentic Russian food for lunch. This area was settled by Russians fleeing their revolution about 100 years ago. Stop and get recommendations — there is a hotel downtown with a nice menu, and a restaurant on the east side of the river just east of town which has lots of parking. The return loop takes you on rural Washington back-roads to meet Hwy 20 some 20 miles east of Republic. Then a quick flight over Sherman Pass and you're back at the campground.

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Nelson, BC [~202m]

A beautiful ride-to-eat loop. Takes you to the small town of Nelson — where you might feel like you're back in the 60's with the hippy clothes, wild hairdos and fancy tattoos. Be sure to stop for a stroll down Baker St (the "downtown" center), you may feel like you're in England. For lunch try "The Outer Clove" (536 Stanley Street) just up the hill from Baker St., though there are several other fine places to eat.

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Osoyoos, BC [~241m]

A fun ride though extreme southern British Columbia, Canada, coming down the steep hill into Osoyoos, BC (bring your Passport, and your camera — you'll want to take photos). A good place to stop for lunch, as there are lots of choices. The Greek place west of downtown on Hwy-3 is quite good. The route shown takes the northern-most paved road across Washington (fairly high up there, so take warm riding gear) though you could just head south towards Omak on US-97 and turn east on Hwy-20 back to the campground.

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#1 Motorcycle Road in British Columbia [~304m]

Destination Highways says that Hwy-3A from Crawford Bay to Creston is the best motorcycle road in all of British Columbia. This is one way to do it, which takes you through the small and picturesque town of Nelson.

The free ferry ride from Balfour is claimed by some to be the longest free ferry ride in the world, and Kootenay lake is gorgeous. Take your camera! You might want to grab a cuppa Joe at the Black Salt Cafe about a mile from the ferry, on the left side as the road comes down the hill from Crawford Bay proper onto a long straight. The road south from Crawford Bay is indeed a motorcyclist's dream as it follows the eastern shore of Kootenay lake.

The ride from Creston to Salmo over Kootenay Pass (5,823') begs for higher speeds than the law allows — but watch out for Elk, Moose and Mountain Goats. A really enjoyable day ride.

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