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Kettle Valley Bike Ride Part 2

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The ride down the mountain

We stopped at Chute Lake and resort for lunch, this lake was a high on the mountain .

We had a real live rattlesnake incident. This area is hot and dry, not like the wet Fraser Valley we come from. The lake edges are green, but the rest is toasted brown and there are rattlesnakes in the hills. Coming down, there was one across the road sunning itself, the first rider to see it screamed startling the snake into coiling, it struck, it could have hit her, or it could have gotten wrapped in the spokes, instead it missed and the next rider saw a snake appear behind the first rider's back wheel scaring her as well. In the end, luckily, nothing bad happened, the next rider heard the rattles, but the snake scuttled down the hill and none of the rest of us saw it.

The road came out above and eventually down to Okanagan lake and through the vineyards. This valley used to be a fruit orchard valley and is increasingly seeing more and more wine production.

That was the end of day 2, a sometimes rough rattley mountain ride down with great views. That evening, the husband of one of the riders made us dinner, grilled chicken, romaine-sliced yellow beet -pecan-goat cheese salad, chickpea, tomato and greens salad and roasted asparagus, mushrooms, peppers, peach pie for dessert, acommpanied by local and other wines. So good and such a treat !!

We had no flats on the ride down, but the next morning two of the bikes had flat tires. Before we left the husband of one of the ladies had shown those of us who didn't know, how to change a flat. We changed the flat tires and went back the way we had come the first day, from Penticton, down Okanagan Lake, along the canal, along Skaha lake, and along the highway back to Oliver.

Our total mileage, 40 + 80 + 40 = 160km or 100 miles.

I had to take a photo of this to believe it, these grapes all grew at the bottom of the vine. So handy for harvesting, don't you think?

On the drive home we stopped for fresh fruit.

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