Gord Cook found this poem by Jimmy Valance who used to run brevets out of Fernie. Jimmy wrote this poem many years ago about the Castlegar - Salmo climb on Highway 3. Here's what he had to say in a preamble to the poem: "The Bombi is the summit on the road from Castlegar to Salmo and featured in last year's West Kootenay 300. It is not the steepest climb in the province, nor is it the longest; however, for 18 kms of unrelieved bloodymindedness, the Bombi is hard to beat." Note: Jimmy speaks with a Scottish accent...
Address to the
Amang B.C.'s summits may ye be curst,
A blinding, unrelenting slog
An so . . . may men wi' draglines find
So let your shoulders sluff and slide
Alas! Alack! This won't transpire
On arriving in Nelson on May 22, I discovered that Bob Boonstra had, to his everlasting credit reverted to the original Nakusp 300 route, therby excising the dreaded Bombi. The above verses will serve as an epitaph - the following as a eulogy for a man of vision and compassion. (JV)
Man, Bob, in Heav'n ye'll get your Thanks
Let your name be carried far and wide
Poems first published in
BCR newsletter June/July Issue, 1993.