We were surprised to read in The B.C. Pedaler that this scenic and twisty route through the lower Slocan Valley has been discovered by bicyclists as an "excellent route for a challenging but quiet pedal." Obviously, the author has yet to encounter a red-lining Honda CBR XX Blackbird blowing by. Complete with after-market pipe, of course. Don’t be fooled by the slow, rather straight start through farm country. When the valley narrows, and the long run along Slocan Lake begins, this road rocks. It offers curves of every description as it sweeps high above the lake, corkscrews along a creek bed, then descends gracefully along the lake into Silverton and New Denver. And as for our spandex-clad brethren, we’re more than happy to share the road with those who stick to the shoulder. That is, unless we need it.