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British Columbia Friends - Help with Possible Route?
I'm pondering my summer tour for next year. One of my favorite spots is the panhandle of Idaho. I also have a close friend in Omak, Washington whom I'd like to visit. I discovered a route called the Selkirk Loop that goes from Sandpoint, Idaho, up into B. C. around Kootenay Lake, then back down to Sandpoint.
I was thinking of adding to the loop by starting in Omak, heading north across the border to Osoyoos, then heading east to join up with the Selkirk Loop. Then down to Sandpoint and back to Omak to pick up my truck.
I know the roads in Washington and Idaho pretty well, but I have no idea about riding conditions and roads in B. C. On the map it looks like I would take Highway 3 east to Castlegar, then head northeast on 3A and 6.
Any comments? Alternatives? Are those highways okay for bicyclists?
Thanks in advance.