Monday, August 22, 2011

Riding the historic Columbia & Western Railroad

Trails BC says on their website that if you're a cyclist and want to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the British Columbia Province while biking down hill for two hours, the easiest thing to do is to get a friend to drive you and your bike to Eholt about 25 km west of Grand Forks.

We rode roundtrip.

The Sectionman Shed which has now been restored as a shelter which would be absolutely fantastic if crosscountry skiing in the wintertime... The Trails Society says the CPR put a man on this spot to warn trains of avalanches.

In the days of the railroads there were lots of conflicts between the railroad companies and they placed tracks on top of each other to "stake" their propriety rights.

Today what is going on is that various interest groups, the mtn bikers, horse riders, ATV vehicles, walkers etc are arguing how this section of the Trans-Canada trail is to be used, thus ALL the barriers were either pulled out or made to go around.

The only motors we met were two cute grandpas giving little kids rides on their ATV, but Mark said it tore up the trail and grumbled as we slogged through the gravel and sandy surface.

Passed one guy on a bike with a trailer bicycle touring up the path - we want to be like him.

Hope he stopped at Fisherman Creek Fall. I know I did, when it's close to 32C


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