KVR Cycle Trip

  • June 8, 2013 · 8:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

Kettle Valley Railway –

Princeton/Penticton/Myra Canyon/Midway/Osoyoos/Okanagan Falls


This trip is approx. 450km and we’ll do it over 7 days, including the travel to Princeton from Vancouver and back home again. The pace will be moderate. A mountain bike or hybrid with more aggressive tires is the best choice for this trip – not suitable for road bikes. Please ensure your bike is in good repair and that you have some spare tubes to repair flats. I can help with changing flats and have tools for minor repairs but nothing too complex - I am not a bike mechanic!

You’ll need to have some experience with cycle trips before and have the gear necessary for this kind of trip. Please have proper lights for your bike and a helmet is mandatory. We will camp along the way so please have everything you’ll need for this. The book mentioned below goes into everything you'll need for this trip in detail.


Parts of this trip are in the wilderness but we will also pass though towns so we will be able to replenish stores, but please come prepared with dehydrated meals, plenty of snacks and other food as we may go long periods with no shopping in sight! You’ll need to come prepared for all kinds of weather. June can be a lovely month with highs of 26 but the lows can dip to just above freezing at night, so layered clothing as well as rain gear will be needed.


Please mention when you sign up if you’re able to drive and how many bikes with gear you’re able to take. The carpool fee will be $60 return. Please pay your driver at the start of the trip. We will leave our vehicles in Princeton.


There is lots of information available online about the KVR. I encourage you to have a look before signing up. Although I’ve cycled the KVR before I would like us all to come to this with at least some familiarity and accurate expectations for the trip.


http://www.kettlevalleyrailtrail.com/about/
http://www.kettlevalleyrailway.ca/


There is also a book: Cycling the Kettle Valley Railway (3rd edition) by Dan and Sandra Langford.


What follows is a draft itinerary and nothing is set in stone. We may as a group decide to change things a bit as we go along. I do however expect that we will stay together as a group.


Day 1: Drive with bikes and gear from Vancouver to Princeton (approx. 280kms, 3.5 hrs). Start our bike trip, ride first day from Princeton to Osprey Lake and camp here.
Day 2: Osprey Lake to Chute Lake Campsite
Day 3: Chute Lake to Beaverdell
Day 4: Beaverdell to Osoyoos
Day 5: Osoyoos to Okanagan Falls
Day 6: Okanagan Falls to Summerland
Day 7: Ride from Summerland to Princeton, where our vehicles are, and drive back to Vancouver.

Disclaimer:

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  • Hana M.

    For all of u that were worried about me after my fall, I am happy to report that my face is back to normal, hand is almost healed and I am ready for more outings. ...:)

    3 · June 23, 2013

    • Dusan

      I was not worried about your pretty face Hana, those few scratches did not changed it that much, I was worried about your state of mind after the fall. Take it easy, love you.

      June 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad to hear it Hana! I'll try not to distract you next time...

      June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a nice trip, wish I was there. Some pretty snazzy outfit you guys got :)

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's kind of like fancy:)

      June 23, 2013

    • Dusan

      what would you wear, Ceasar's new clothes?, if you know what I mean

      June 23, 2013

  • Dusan

    Hi Larry and Doug, one of you left Blackberry phone at the back seat of my truck, (I discovered this morning when it was wedged there), please let me know and we can arrange the hand over[masked]

    June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes, it was me. I keep trying to lose that thing but the people who kindly drive me always find it. It usually falls out of my pocket when I fall asleep in their vehicle. It was so nice not having a phone over the weekend but I suppose I will need to pick it up from you when convenient for you. thanks so much ( again and again) , I will give you a call.

      June 17, 2013

    • Dusan

      I am working at w 12/McDonald until 2 pm (from 9 am), and I have your phone handy, if you want to pick it up, please give me a call and I'll give you the address (one bock east of McDonald[masked]

      June 17, 2013

  • Larry W

    Hi I do not have a blackberry phone so it is not mine. Thx.. Oh, by the way, I am excited to see more and more uploads of pics. Some on the trestles are very cool.

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have photos of the popcorn being cooked?

    June 15, 2013

    • Elspeth

      Just posted, and more to post and go through... I took over 500 photos!

      1 · June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A true Outward Bound type of trip with all that entails. Only my 2nd overnighter and first camping trip with meetup. Had a truly enjoyable time with a great group of people. With 1 road bike, 3 hybrids, and 6 mountain bikes I would use a mountain bike if doing this again. Appreciate the buy in of everyone that got us through the stealth section of the Myra canyon and helped make the loop possible. Thanks to Glen for all the campfires and other survival insights and Doug for being chief all around bike mechanic and downtime minimizer. Congrats to Hana who completed the trip a day after doing gymnastics over the handlebars. You're one tough broad! Whooda thunk it!

    June 16, 2013

  • Elspeth

    What an incredible experience! So many hilights but mostly Hana I am so glad you were ok after your wipeout!! I was very worried for a bit there, but your humour was in fine form throughout, which was reassuring :) and you finished the trip - so great! Special thanks to Doug for all your help with repairs and flats and to glen for all the research you did!! A Great group overall. Thank you all for making it so memorable.

    June 16, 2013

  • Larry W

    This trip was bumpy and challenging. Thank eLsqeTh.

    June 16, 2013

  • Larry W

    it was a great experience. i still have illusion of rocky and sandy roads even now. thx everyone.

    June 15, 2013

  • Hana M.

    OMG!!! What a trip!!!! Challenging on so many levels, yet very, very rewarding. Had a great time!!! Thank you all for helping me out after my "smooch with the road".....lol. Elspeth, you rock, girl !!! Thank you for organizing this trip......changed my life ( and my face too, temporarily...ha,ha)

    June 15, 2013

  • Gary 4.

    Oops my bad may have left one star..using phone. It was most definitely a 5 star event!!

    June 15, 2013

  • Gary 4.

    Wow what a trip. I have learnt a lot about cycling trips. I had a great adventure with good company of very fit outdoor enthusiasts. The weather was sooo perfect and to Elspeth and Glen thank you for organizing and the enjoyable comute .It was a challenge that everyone responded with great encouragement.

    June 15, 2013

  • Susan

    After all the years of wanting to do this trip it was all I had hoped it would be and couldn't have done it with a better group of people.

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Mark

    Amazing time. Great company amidst wonderful natural beauty, wildlife and engineering feats. Thank you to everyone for contributing in different ways to the success of this trip. A special thank you to Elspeth for organising a memorable holiday.

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip! Fantastic food in great little places. Fantastic group that never tired despite the sand, sun and dirt. Thank you elspeth for organizing!

    June 15, 2013

  • Dusan

    beyond amazing, I love it (I would do it again, no doubt), but had a shadow

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Absolutely fabulous trip with a wonderful group of adventurers. Trip had its challenges at times which added to the enjoyment. Thanks to all, especially Elspeth for sharing this outstanding trip and adventure.

    June 14, 2013

  • Gary 4.

    For People meeting ay Lougheed mall at 8 am is there a spot or location store?? And does anyone know if I can park there? Or should I park near by on street and cycle? Or if anyone lives near by? So I park there. Looking for an ideal situation coming from maple ridge. Hard to hop on a bus or sky train.
    My number..7785495185

    June 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, and we have talked about the sears outlet side.

      June 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      [masked] is my cell

      June 8, 2013

  • Gary 4.

    I am waiting on Glen to respond about where he plans to meet us. The 4 or 5 people with bikes. Not wanting to seem rude but this last minute detail is concerning. Are we meeting you in Hope? Or a location closer to Vancouver? Please let me or us know. Thank you.

    June 7, 2013

    • Gary 4.

      Thank you Glen I will see you at Lougheed mall at 8

      June 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And for those in my car, please feel free to bring an MP3 player or phone for music (and the USB cable). I guarantee you will not approve of my REM/Leonard Cohen mix tapes.

      June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving Elspeth and Hana and will meet the group at the Blue Moose in Hope at 10AM.

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dusan and Larry just to confirm that we will meet at 7:30 am tomorrow at the small parking lot on 10th Avenue just east of Cambie out the back exit of the Canada Line Station at Broadway/CityHall and Dusan will drive us to meet the others in Hope at the Blue Moose for 10 am.

    June 7, 2013

  • Larry W

    Just to let everyone know that I will be riding with Ducan tomorrow.

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any development on the drivers. I am happy to drive and can take others and can easily take 3 bikes in total ( perhaps more if pushed). But more than happy to take a ride with someone else.

    1 · June 6, 2013

    • Elspeth

      good idea!

      June 6, 2013

    • Larry W

      Doug, can I get a ride from you ? I am working all day tomorrow and won't have access to wifi.. Best to text or call at 6046145918. Any point alongside Canada line is great. But if you want, I can let my son to send me to your place too.

      June 7, 2013

  • Gary 4.

    I will be on my very old Norco Touring edition converted 700x42c cross cycle tires. Tires are good very wide with mud & snow tred. Tested on the Galloping Goose to Sooke.

    May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      why? Lighter is faster and easier to handle, especially when it comes to rotational size and weight. 28s are the most that will fit my frame. The KVR is mostly packed gravel. Where are you expecting that we'll dig in? I've watched a lot of KVR videos and none of them show the type of conditions you're describing unless they're many years old (ie circa 2008 immediately after the fire). It works well on packed gravel paths. There are a lot of misperceptions in the cycling world about the range of conditions that most bikes can accommodate. I used it on the Galloping Goose trail and was very satisfied with its performance.

      June 6, 2013

    • Gary 4.

      You may well be right there Bill and I haven't been informed or done extensive research. Going by what was sugested above and yes by comments made from a friend who might have gone before the fire. Still as above its not a race so speed not a big factor. The puncture resistant tires I wish I had. See you in a few days

      June 6, 2013

  • Larry W

    Ok, wait and see !

    June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drive 4 others with gear and bikes.

    June 1, 2013

    • Elspeth

      Hi Glena and Larry, it looks like we're going to have to have another vehicle anyway because Doug doesn't have a ride and Dusan, although not 100% sure he can come, can take 3 bikes, so if he comes, he can take Doug and you Larry, so you don't have to make your bike fit on Glen's rack... let's wait to see what he says.

      June 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good. I got the rack today. I wouldn't be surprised if I could get 6 bikes on this thing - it's huge!

      June 4, 2013

  • Gary 4.

    I have some basic bike tools a tube and patch kit. Is anyone bringing a chain repair tool? About a $25 item. Chains often break and in a group would be nice to have.

    June 3, 2013

    • Elspeth

      I have a chain tool and know how to fix a chain, although its been awhile. I will bring it, along with some other very basic tools. Everyone's bike needs to be in good repair for this trip!

      June 4, 2013

    • Gary 4.

      Great appreciate that Elspeth. Last group cycle trip there was one chain break and lucky that there was that tool. I've seen chains break on the newest bikes as well. I ended up towing a friend...great workout for the legs lol

      June 4, 2013

  • Elspeth

    Hi everyone,

    The weather is looking good for the trip.. should be great! Let's meet in Hope on Saturday (approx 2 hr drive from DT Vancouver) - 10am at the Blue Moose Cafe (322 Wallace St), then we'll continue on to Princeton (approx 1.5 hrs from Hope) and start our ride. Please have at least 2 days food with you and everything you'll need for camping. Although we'll be going through towns, there are parts of this trip that are quite isolated so we'll need to be prepared for that. I have an MSR water filter that I'll bring and people are welcome to use. See everyone on Saturday!

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have lost track of who is driving ( other than Glen) and who still needs a ride. While I can drive and take 3 other people , I am not sure how many bikes I can take. I have not actually put my old bike rack on my present vehicle ( and will be out of town until thursday so cannot test it before). I expect to be able to take at least 3 bikes but won't know for sure until I test the rack on the car. But if someone else has room for me and the rest us, that would be great too.

    June 3, 2013

  • Susan

    I would appreciate one of the spots in your car Glen

    June 2, 2013

  • Meghan H.

    i wish i could go! ive done this trip before and it was a blast! we went over the tressels the day before they all burned down in those huge fires years back

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested but still a long way off.
    Need equipment and make sure my bike is up to the task.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel, don't have the necessary equipment like bike rack, panniers, etc.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just an update on the damaged trestle:
    http://www.myratrestles.com/newsandevents.php

    Apparently there is a way around on the forestry roads - seems better than dropping into Kelowna and back up.

    May 27, 2013

  • Gary 4.

    I can drive but I prefer to car pool. If someone will give me a yay contact and I will sign on for the ride. Or is there some other protocols?

    May 7, 2013

  • Anthony M.

    I have a Nissan Xterra with room for up to 5 passengers and 5 bike racks. [masked]

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to do this. Have a Yaris with bike rack and could take 1 to 2 people. Will bring mountain bike with camping gear. Have done several long distance bike trips in the past.

    January 28, 2013

  • Gary 4.

    Got to get this one off my bucket list soooo hopefully.

    January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to put my name in, and hopefully be a part of it! I can drive up to 3 others with bikes and gear

    December 20, 2012

  • Susan

    Have long wanted to do this. Please let me know the expected date for return so I can ask for the time off.

    December 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested but still a long way off.
    Need equipment and make sure my bike is up to the task.

    December 19, 2012

  • Clayton A.

    I would love to do this (this is where I grew up) but it is way too far in the future to commit to. I have no idea where I will be in the world at that time (or even if I'll be in it or it will even exist!)

    December 19, 2012

    • Elspeth

      lol. Well Clayton, in my life, and the life of many others, I have to plan vacations from work well in advance, so I thought I'd put it out there now.... and i am pretty confident we will still be here on this planet in June... !! :)

      December 19, 2012

    • Elspeth

      It wasn't in my plan to have anyone bring guests and i wanted to limit the group to 8 but let's just see how it goes.... its a long ways off at this point

      December 19, 2012

  • Hana M.

    I cycled the Mara canyon last summer and I am excited to do more. .... yej! !!! I have a small car so I can only take one happy cyclist with me. ....:)

    December 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, I am loving your call outs. I will look into this and get back to you!

    December 19, 2012

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