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Kettle Valley Bike Ride

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Monday - Wednesday, August 19-21, I went on a bike ride with my hiking friends. It was well organized, so nice to have friends that do this well.

We left the Fraser Valley on Monday morning

arrived in Oliver about noon

and set out on the road, Oliver to Okanagan Falls.

At Okanagan Falls, we picked up the Kettle Valley Railroad trail along Skaha Lake with the final destination being Penticton.

We stopped at a lakeside park for lunch and then continued.

The next leg was along a canal that connects Skaha Lake with Okanagan Lake and there were lots of people on floaties going down the canal. Ducks swam beside the ones who gave them food.

End of day 1 - arrival at the home of one of the bikers and our rendezvous point
Our total mileage for the day was 40 km or about 25 miles.

Morning of Day 2 - we got transported to the Kettle Valley Railway bike trail at Myra Canyon to start our 82 km ride back to Penticton. The Kettle Valley Railway used to be a rail line, then when it wasn't used for trains anymore, it became a popular bike route from the mountainside down to the lake with more then a dozen trestle bridges along the way. There was a devastating forest fire in 2003 that burned down the original trestles, but the ride was so popular that the trestles were rebuilt.

I didn't get very good photos of the trestle bridges, and they were a main feature of this ride. Here are two photos, one of the bridge as we went on, and another of a bridge across the valley.

I am at file capacity, to be continued on the next blog

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