July 13, 2020
I hung around Penticton in the morning continuing to try to locate my lost iPhone X with FIND MY PHONE. Still no luck.
The weather had cleared.
Finally I started up the long, sandy rail trail towards the most famous section of the Trans Canada Great Trail.
Instead of temperate rain forest, I was clearly now in desert.
This is the Kettle Valley Rail trail, famed for tunnels and trestles.
To feed the men building this incredible line, cooks built rock ovens between 1911 and 1915.
The entire day was beautiful. But SLOW with my narrow gravel bike tires.
I wished I had a more robust mountain bike trying to pedal through dozens of these pools.
Finally Kelowna came into sight — far below.
It was early evening before I reached the trestles.
Hot in Kelowna, it was cool and windy up above.
I cycled like mad to catch the last of the sun while making dinner.
I phoned and waved at friends way down in Kelowna.
And finally set up my tent next to the only thru HIKER I’d seen on the KVR. It’s a far better cycling than hiking route.
I saw a lot of electric bikes this year too, though you couldn’t rent them in 2020.
Last year I made a video of the tunnels and trestles above Kelowna …
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.