The Canadian wine region and random conversations
28.05.2016 - 29.05.2016
"I moved here In 1996 from Grimsby". Then, as the rain started to fall again. " This is really unusual, it only rains here ten days a year". We had already experienced two of those days and the Okanagan Valleys nickname of the Sunshine Valley was starting to seem misleading, to say the least. As so often happens, travelling on a motorbike prompts conversations with strangers. We were in Vernon at the northern end of the valley , having spent the last two days travelling the length of it from Osoyoos. Graham fron Grimsby had originally come across to talk about motorbikes, but instead talked old Doncaster Rovers stars. He did give us some tips on places to see though.
Earlier, we had stayed in Penticton with a lady of an indeterminate age, but probably in her seventies,from Saskatchewan. Although she had run a B&B for 15years in Okanagan Valley we could tell she wanted to be back home. " They don`t know how to plough snow here. I never had to clear snow from my drive until I came here. Two years ago we had lots of snow. The ploughs pushed it right on my drive so I had to dig the guests cars out". The conversation went on, describing how it should have been ploughed. Getting a word in, we asked if there was somewhere we should visit before we left. " I don`t know, the garbage goes out more than I do" was the reply.
The valley itself has wall to wall vineyards and a European feel. I haven`t tasted the wine yet, but there`s still time.