The Long and Winding Road

Discovering the pleasures and treasures of Highway 97

By (author): Jim Couper
ISBN 9781894974127
Softcover | Publication Date: July 25, 2006
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
208 Pages
$18.95 CAD

About the Book

Highway 97 winds its way from the high desert plains of northern California to the Yukon-British Columbia border, making it North America’s longest north-south road. Author Jim Couper takes you on a spectacular guided tour from one end of this unsung highway to the other, mixing historical anecdotes with information on colourful local events and must-see points of interest.

From hot springs to volcanoes, dynamic cities to ghost towns, Highway 97 holds surprises and charms at every turn. Take in the lava beds and deserts, arid uplands and giant cedars, and orchards and vineyards of Oregon and Washington. Above the border, cruise through BC’s sunny Okanagan, famous for its roadside fruit and vegetable stands and 60 outstanding wineries. Marvel at pristine lakes, mighty rivers and marble canyons in Cariboo ranch country, where gold-rush lore and friendly people make it a land for all seasons. End your tour in the northern wilderness, where untamed nature still holds sway. This entertaining, practical guide is invaluable to anyone interested in travelling all or part of this fascinating road.

About the Author(s)

Jim Couper is the founder of Pedal, Canada's national cycling magazine. He writes for a variety of publications, including Cottage, Pacific Yachting, Trailer Life, RV Gazette, and several newspapers. He enjoys cycling, tennis, skiing, Scrabble, linguistics, and exploring back roads. Jim has edited weekly newspapers in southern Ontario and has owned health-food, video and book stores. He lives in Kelowna, BC.