A good day ride is to take the back way to Salmon Arm via Salmon River Road. From our shop you head north towards Vernon on Hwy. 97. Take the Bailey Road exit off the highway (At the large Predator Ridge Sign). Watch for it because there's not much room to stop and make the turn left onto Bailey. You will come to a three way intersection turn right on Commonage Road, a smooth winding road that will take you into Vernon.

As you come down into Vernon go straight through the intersections until you see 30th Avenue. Turn left and go past the traffic circle, turn right shortly after on Alexis Park Drive. Alex Park will turn into Old Kamloops Road. This is a great section of road that travels along a ridge above the valley overlooking Swan Lake. You also miss most of the Vernon traffic.

When you reach Hwy 97 turn left, you will pass Historic O'keefe Ranch (not a bad food or coffee stop) and Sun Valley Speedway. Watch for Salmon River Road on your right. Follow Salmon River Road to Hwy. 1 and Salmon Arm. Salmon Arm is a full service community if you need a break there's a nice wharf on Shuswap Lake that's worth a look. From Salmon Arm take Hwy. 1 to Hwy. 97B south back to Kelowna.

An interesting alternative route is to take the Black Road exit as you head South on 97B. This will take you up past Larch Hills Winery (specializing in cool climate wines). Black Road leads to Grandview Bench Road after a couple of nice switchbacks it intersects with Hwy. 97A. Turn right and you can take the highway back, turn left and few kilometers up the road is the Grindrod Riverfront Pub a popular stop for motorcycle riders and hot rodders. If you continue over the river and and make the first right (onto Enderby-Grindrod Rd.) this will take you the back way into Enderby.

On you're way back you will pass through Enderby, Armstrong and Vernon. A popular food stop as you approach Vernon from the north is Squire's Pub watch for it on your left.

Jeff Kumagai
Freelance Motorcycle Rider