KLR on the KVR june 2010

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Lycan1, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Looks awesome. May have to start planning.
  2. 0theories

    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Fantastic. I'm going to try and hit this up this summer. Looks beautiful!
  3. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    It is, and mostly Big Bike friendly

    It is amazing around Arrow lake and all the tunnels, and around Myra Canyon and above Kelowna. West of Summerland was also a big favorite, right up to Coalmont.

    Do it while you still can.:deal
  4. MountainTopper

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    It took me a while to get here, but I'm happy to finally find this info. I've thought about riding the KVR for years, but haven't got there yet. Your photos are the inspiration I need!
  5. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Glad to hear that. You won't be disappointed. The scenery is fantastic and you will meet very few people along it's length. It's like having your own private back road route.

    Do it sooner rather than later as the selfish special interest groups want it to themselves. Just remember that it is still crown land and open to all.
  6. Ian Robinson

    Ian Robinson SlowRobo

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    Great RR with stunning photos / countryside. what a ride... We don't see too much country like that over here..

    Good to hear the KLR performed well...
  7. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Thanks Ian,

    It's funny how we take for granted the scenery that surrounds us, and lust for what someone else has. I would love to get across to Australia one year, and it may happen sooner than I was originally planning.
  8. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    This looks almost as fun as your moab trip and it is nearby. If you want to revisit it and want company let me know.
  9. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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  10. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    This I very much doubt. In all reality, the KVR will very soon be off limits for motorized vehicles due to pressure from special interest groups. Then local dirt bikers and "gnarly adventurers" will either stay off it or become outlaws. It is a shame really, since it will be seen by precious few without them. I am glad I saw it when I did, truly a testament to engineering and determination.

    http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/okanagan/history/2railway.pdf
  11. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Lycan,
    I have been riding different sections of the KVR since 1978 and have watched it gain popularity by all sorts of folks: walkers, bicyclists, horse folks, quadders, drunks in pick-ups ,and good folks like you and me. I rode the Myra Canyon trestles before AND after the fires (respectfully when encountering others) and have watched ranchers/farmers/ aboriginals lay claim to "right of way".

    Each group has its own sense of entitlement to the railbed.....just have to say I will ride it when I want, and will find a way around the human obstacles best I can with a wave, a smile, and perhaps a polite conversation....

    It sure opens up a lot of nice terrain... :clap
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  12. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Here is a GPX file for the KVR.

    If you have thought about doing this ride best do it soon. With all the pressure from selfish special interest groups you may have very little time to.

    Attached Files:

  13. Bullspit

    Bullspit Adventurer

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    Loved the report. Thanks!

    This ride is on a list of rides I would like to do now thanks to this report. Someday I'll retire and have the time to do it!
  14. jfman

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    Is the KVR easier to ride east to west or west to east or no difference?
  15. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    There is nothing that would make it more difficult in either direction in my opinion. I have done some sections in both direction now without problems. The biggest thing now is the continued push by special interest groups to close it to motorized traffic. Just be prepared to make detours where needed.
  16. jfman

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    Thanks

    So the narrow section where it was washed out going uphill eastbound and downhill westbound?
  17. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    There is a Quad bridge over that washout now. Wide enough for most bikes with bags on.
  18. jfman

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    Sweet!

    Looks like its fully fauxdventure bike accessible then :D
  19. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Update via Way-do here on the forum;

    Problems between Princeton and Coalmont;

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    Culvert at sand slide almost un-usable. Photo courtesy of Way-do.

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    Rock slide just south of trestle near Coalmont. Photo courtesy of Way-do.
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