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By youbetya (10 McR Points) on May 27, 2020

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Black Bandit
32 McR Points
August 1, 2020
Great day ride from Vernon or any of the other…
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Written Directions

Starting in Sicamous on Hwy 1 and Hwy 97A. Head south on 97a to Grindrod. (Cool biker Pub on the water) Continue through Enderby and Armstrong. You can take any of the back roads on either side of hwy 97A. All are paved and all circle back to hwy 97A. 15 min south of Armstrong take hwy 97 to Falkland (another great biker pub). From Pub, take Chase Falkland Rd to Chase. Great windy twisty road, pass by Hoodoos and several lakes. About 7km in not paved but the best hard packed road I've every been on. Turn right on Hwy 1. Follow the Shuswap Lake through Sorrento, Salmon Arm back to Sicamous.

Scenery

Most of this circle route follows the many arms of the Shuswap Lake and Mara Lake. You'll be riding the valleys between the mountains with spectacular views. Many an animal to be seen from bears, mtn goats and sheep, deer, elk, moose and bald eagles. All small towns have food and fuel. For more scenery, take any of the paved roads that follow the many arms of the lakes. More windy, twisties, water falls, camp grounds, lake & mountain views and mountain views.

Drive Enjoyment

Hwy 97 & 97A can get busy in summer months, so take any of the back roads. All paved, all scenic, windy and twisty and all narrow one lane each way around lakes and through mountains. Too many different options of side roads to mention. Good pavement no matter which one you take.

Tourism Opportunities

On Hwy 97A, visit Grindrod Pub (sunday brunch or lunch every day) 30 min south of Sicamous, get ice cream in Enderby. Armstrong is know for it's cheese at the Armstrong Cheese Factory. Falkland Pub is worth a visit. See where a 10 ft long tire skid mark was left on the hardwood floor. On Chase- Falkland Rd, stop to see the Hoodoos at Pillar Lake and the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge (15 min on good hard pack gravel rd) Hwy 1 btw Sorrento and Salmon Arm be sure to check out the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum. They serve an awesome breakfast and lunch. This is my "backyard" so contact me to join a day ride when your in the area. srbookkeeping@outlook.com

Motorcycle Road Additional info

The Shuswap Lake has 4 arms. Each arm has a paved in/out road which follows alongside the lake. Beautiful lake front homes. Provincial parks. Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park & Salmon Fishery. Herald Creek Park/Margaret Falls (with a cave behind the falls) Bike right too each. Short walk through spectacular treed valleys on well built walking trails.

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Black Bandit
August 1, 2020
32 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Great day ride from Vernon or any of the other towns on the route. D Dutchman dairy on the East side of Sicamous has the best Ice cream you will find anywhere. Dreamcycle motorcycle museum at Sorento is a must see at least once. Not far from there to the SE is Margaret Falls at Herald Provincial Park which is a lovely place to stop for a short hike to the falls. Near Enderby is a great, quirky, tool museum, Deep Creek Tool Museum. Get there off Hwy 97B on Deep Creek Road.
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