Planning yet another

We have another incredible bike trip planned for August … this time through the spectacular Myra Canyon in Kelowna, BC to Penticton, BC.  CK, myself and possibly a third are traveling on August 12th to Vancouver Island and will be biking the Myra Canyon on August 13th.  The hotel is booked, transport is booked and now working on getting the butt ready for 80km.  I am looking forward to crossing this one off my bucket list.

KM 2.2 – Trestle 18, this is the first railway bridge you will cross on the route. Myra Canyon, the first 11km of the event features 18 bridges and trestles and two tunnels. Original construction took place between 1912-1914.

KM 2.9 – Trestle 11, this bridge is the high point of the ride, the ride is pancake flat from the start to Chute Lake (36.2 km) the noticeable 2.2% descent begins all the way to Penticton.

KM 6.2 – West Fork Canyon Bridge The timber trestle came dangerously close to being blown up in 1923. Several boxcars derailed on the old trestle in July of that year plunging down onto the canyon floor, smashing into pieces. After the crash, work crews discovered that one of the cars contained eight cases of dynamite.

KM 36 Chute Lake Lodge  – Chute Lake Resort features rustic cabins and rustic lodge rooms. Behind the lodge there is the “autique museum”, collection of farm, railway and assorted memorabilia.

KM 48 – Adra Tunnel bypass

KM 60 – Glenfir Loop According to 1927 railway regulations, trains had to stop at Glenfor for 10 minutes to cool their brakes before proceeding to Penticton.

KM 64 – Little Tunnel Here is one of the most stunning views of the day. Actually, two views here, one from the north side of the tunnel and the other from the south side.

KM 67 – Arawana Station

KM 70 – Penticton City Limits

KM 73.2 – Poplar Grove Station – Use caution when crossing Naramata Road.

KM 74.4 – McCulloch Trestle This bridge was completed in March 2002 and named for the Kettle Valley Railway’s chief engineer, the man whose vision, professional aptitude and hard work built this incredible railroad. Andrew McCulloch.

KM 80 – Penticton, BC

Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Myra Canyon map


Coming up

The rides are over and back home … service was iffy at best so it was hard to post anything – there were a lot of areas that were dead zones.  We are back home and getting ready to post something tomorrow with pics … stay tuned!

The drive home!

What a relaxing morning … we go up when we wanted, took our time, slowly getting ready.  I am usually the one racing around but today, I took it easy – from the time we got up to the time we left, it was about two hours.

It was pretty uneventful … it rained for most of it.  We stopped in Creston and checked out the museum then stopped to see the two most westerly grain elevators in Canada still  remaining.

Then we stopped at our favourite rest stop, had lunch and met an old friend.

Basically after that it was a quiet ride.  I did want to stop and see the Lundbreck Falls, which I have not seen.

After that, it was a quick drive back to Calgary, where (after unpacking the car), we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine.

Here are all the pics …

It was an amazing trip, can’t wait to do the KVR from Kelowna to Penticton, BC, which is a short 80km – downhill!

Until later …