Kelowna really surprised us with its amazing network of bike lanes, way to go Kelowna!
We decided to ride part of the famous Kettle Valley Railway Trail, a former railway turned bike path trail, form Kelowna to Penticton and partially to Osoyoos. The thing is, once you are up there, it is pretty flat as railways don’t do well with steep hills. But man, what a mission to get up there on fully loaded bikes. Of course we took the ‘short’ cut and ended up with 15% hills on rough gravel. It took us about 3 hours to get up the 10km and 900m elevation to the trail. But from then on it was really enjoyable. I do recommend suspension on your bike though, the trail is not exactly smooth. And definitely stop at Chute Lake Lodge, run by a sweet old couple the lodge is full of antiques and looks like it is itself a part of another time. Don’t miss out on the delicious homemade cinnamon buns!
The exchange rate of the dollar is not really in our favour these days. But luckily, a lot of small town that we have passed so far have little City Parks that also provide a few spots for camping, some even with full hook ups for RVs. These parks seem to be run by their Chamber of Commerce. And the best thing, tenting is a lot cheaper than in BC. It varies from free to $15. All parks have pretty decent and clean bathrooms. Some even have amazing free, hot showers, like the tiny town of Pateros where we are spending our day-off today, on the banks of the Columbia River. There have been a few too many snakes over the last few days, yikes. But the scenery has been spectacular, mainly desert mixed in with orchards and farms and rolling hills. Nights are cold, down to around 4 C, but days are still warm-ish once the sun is up. First day of fall tomorrow!
We are heading to Seattle to visit our friends Natalie and Alex and Ivy (their sweet, sweet dog) and to pick up our new Big Agnes tent which we recently ordered. Unfortunately, our current MSR Mutha Hubba NX tent has performed very poorly in rain storms, letting in water. Also, the condensation on the inner tent is extremely bad. Upon contacting MSR, the company who made our current tent, we just got informed that they apparently changed the design of the tent. Great, not helpful MSR! But hopefully we can return our current tent under MECs amazing return policy. With our giant rain tarp and a new, hopefully more waterproof tent we should be ready for the wet West Coast!
Nyle’s Family -
For coming out to see us in Kelowna
For meeting us in the Orchard and for amazing cookies, a great dinner with wine and veggie paddies made by her mom (thanks Annie!) and the much needed girl time.
Lou and Ray from Spearfish, South Dakota (met at Apple Valley Orchard, Kelowna) -
Who had us over for a great treat of wine and cheese and are just such heart warming people. Hopefully one day we can visit them on their farm.
Roy from Manitoba (met at the Camp Along Campground, Penticton) -
Who shared his Heineken beers and some great travel stories with us and showed us his amazing, tiny trailer.