Okanagan Valley - KVR Day Trip - First RR!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Brimstone, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. Brimstone

    Brimstone Super Duper n00b!

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    Hey Cozen,

    Thanks for the kind words! BC is an unbelievable place to ride! I just started dirt riding this year, been lurking on ADV for many years now. There are plenty of people on here who have inspired me to get out there and do it.

    The plan is to do more rides next year with my Dad. I am on him constantly to get a bike and after reading this report and telling him about my Kootenay plan, I think he is ready to jump in! Hopefully I'll have a helmet cam setup for next year as well. There are not a lot of ADV style videos out there for this neck of the world and I'm hoping to change that!
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  2. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Just found this report, thanks for posting. It's now on my must ride list for this year as it's in my backyard. :clap
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  3. amk

    amk Been here awhile

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    Does the google earth link work? I could not open the .kml file, is it corrupted? Or mine google earth is?
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  4. Brimstone

    Brimstone Super Duper n00b!

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    Hi AMK,

    The link is active, but you need to right click and "Save As". If you simply click the link it won't download properly, because the .kml extension is usually not setup in the mime types on Windows machines. I did verify the file is still there though. Since it is hosted on my personal web server, it will be there as long as forever.
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  5. Brimstone

    Brimstone Super Duper n00b!

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    Hey Bross!

    Shoot me a PM when you wanna ride it. I'll gladly join you if I'm available! The plan is to do a lot more riding this year than I did last year...
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  6. kaipara

    kaipara Adventurer

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    Wow!
    That's some beautiful looking countryside.
    Cheers
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  7. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Brimstone - Excellent! Great memories as I know the area well. I have long time friends in both Summerland and Penticton and have ridden the valley many times. I love camping in the fruit orchards that allow it. I'll be through this summer so we must tip a glass.
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  8. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Enjoyed the RR.........
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  9. Brimstone

    Brimstone Super Duper n00b!

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    Thanks RedDogAlberta!

    Shoot me a PM when your in town and we'll see if we can enjoy a ride and a drink!
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  10. Machog

    Machog Adventurer

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    Brimstone, excellent report with even more excellent photos. I'm coming up your way later this year and going to add Naramata to my list.

    Last year I was all around Lake Gallagher. BTW great pub "Ye Olde Welcome Inn".

    Machog
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  11. Brimstone

    Brimstone Super Duper n00b!

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    Machog,

    Thanks for the kind words... as I've posted above, shoot me a PM when your heading up and I'll make some time to hit the trails. Plenty of good food and drink establishments here as well for a post ride refreshment!
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  12. RiderJones

    RiderJones sketchy

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    Loved the info and pics in your RR...My inlaws just moved to Kelowna so we are over there quite a bit....this route looks like the perfect excuse to slip away for a day or two! I'm over in Nelson in the Kootenays....PM me for a tour or a beer anytime you are over here!

    :1drink
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  13. Brimstone

    Brimstone Super Duper n00b!

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    Hi Nasookin!

    Thanks for the nice comments! Anytime you want to come riding over here drop me a line! I don't mind being a tour guide at all!

    As far as your offer, I'm actually planning an epic weekend journey your way this summer. The plan is an all dirt route from Kelowna to Nelson, then ferry across to ride the Grey Creek FSR, back across the ferry and north to the Lavina Fire Lookout. After that head home... Long trip, but lot's of amazing country to see! Definitely plan on travelling through Nelson. I have friends here who recommended a couple great places to eat there...
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  14. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice report! I saw a story about the KVR years ago and have always wanted to do at least a section of it.
    Thanks
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  15. DUC54

    DUC54 Giddy Up!!!

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    Great report, this is on my list for this summer, if you are ever in my back yard give me a shout for a ride.

    GIDDY UP!!
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  16. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Great report and pictures. Hope one day to get up in that area. Thanks for all the work of sharing your ride with us.
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  17. Plane Dr

    Plane Dr Been here awhile

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    Dude you're killing me! I'm stuck down here (Tx) ...... maybe flightcraft is hiring :wink:

    My inlaws just picked up a place in Twin Lakes. I think I need to park a DRZ there..... I miss BC.
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  18. Wout67

    Wout67 Long timer

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    Great photos..

    My father grew up in that area & my 93 yo grandmother still lives in Kelowna.
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  19. Brimstone

    Brimstone Super Duper n00b!

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    Hey DUC54!

    I'm actually coming through your way next weekend! A group from Kelowna are coming down to ride the Juniper Dunes at Pasco. We will be riding March 5,6 and 7.
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  20. g-haad

    g-haad Adventurer

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    I did a trip with the uncle from Salmon Arm on his spare DL650 (didn't have my bike up there) very early spring 2012. Coldest, wettest ride in a long time. Seeing your photos makes me think we should go back in summer. Just off the KVR is the new Kelowna Mtn Resort, we spun around and checked out some of the suspension bridges and the lift. Routed back through Lumby and then up to the Shuswap. Lived up on the North Shore of Shuswap for a few years and would recommend riding anywhere up there if you get the chance. Good routes through top Adams Lk, Craigallachie etc.

    Last KVR ride was cycling in high school from Beaverdell to Naramata, it seemed like a long slog back then but in hindsight was fortunate to ride the original trestles before the fires!
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