July 10, 2020
Waking up near the Coquahalla highway, I wasn’t all that psyched. The worst section would likely be today.
Cycling the other way last year I had many problems, including getting lost for a couple of hours.
On the up side, there’s one gorgeous 22km section on logging roads — closed to motor vehicles — with plenty of highlights. One of the best sections of the Kettle Valley Railway trail, in fact.
As the Othello Tunnels near Hope were still closed due to COVID-19, it was nice to reach a couple here not yet closed due to avalanche.
This is the Iago tunnel, for example.
There’s a highway rest stop near Coquahalla Summit which is a must for every cyclist. The wurst vendor instantly warned me to skip the Great Trail through to Brookmere as it’s simply a mess in 2020.
That was confirmed by 3 women riding the other way. They told me it was the worst section they’d had in BC.
That was excellent advice.
I stayed on the Coquahalla up to the Coldwater turnoff.
Finally off the highway, this area is little populated farm land.
At Brookmere I joined the Kettle Valley Railway proper and will mostly stay on it through to Midway.
Rail trails are low grade. Often gravel. Sometimes washed out.
I camped close to Thalia. AGAIN pestered by mosquitoes.