Hike for Saturday – October 29

As requested, we are going to hike Pin Cushion Mountain (Peachland) on Saturday (Oct 29)!

It’s a short hike of about 2km to the top but it is steep so bring good shoes and/or poles.

  • Elevation at the gate (start): 570 m (1875 ft)
  • Elevation at the summit: 815 m (2682 ft)

The parking lot is off Ponderosa Drive (turn right at the next light AFTER the IGA/Petrocan shopping area on the right). Hike starts at 10am, rain or shine.

Please carpool from Starbucks on Louie Drive (the “new” Starbucks in West Kelowna) due to limited parking and for the Earth – meet there at 9:30am. If you can arrange to pick up a fellow hiker somewhere in Kelowna, even better. 

We will most definitely gather at Bliss Bakery after the hike 🙂 Also, there is an option to walk around the new Goats Peak Regional Park (which is off the highway when coming back from Peachland) on the way back, if anybody wants to walk more. It has very nice views as well.

Hike for Saturday (and Rail Trail Tour tomorrow!)

Remember: Rail Trail Tour tomorrow, Wednesday – Enjoy the last sunshine before it turns ugly! Details in the previous post …

Hike for Saturday, October 22:

The weather forecast looks questionable so the plan is to meet at the Bean Scene (Dickson) for a coffee at 9am, then decide whether it’s nice enough to hike Scenic Canyon (starting in the Greenway parking lot) or maybe just do a walk on the Rail Trail starting at the Bean Scene if it’s wet. 

We will decide, caffeinated, at 9:45am where we will go! Bring a jacket!

 

Annual Rail Trail Excursion – October 19

With a forecast for 21C and sunshine for Wednesday, we are looking at ideal weather for our annual rail trail trip to Coldstream! Please join us!

We will be starting on the south end of Wood Lake in Lake Country by the tennis courts. See picture. Meet at 1 pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, in the parking lot at the east end of Woodsdale Road (arrow in the pictures), just before the uphill towards Oyama that we have ridden many times.

It’s always a favourite so cancel any non-essential plans and join us 🙂 It is 26km (one way) to the pub in Coldstream for refreshments. Pace will be very leisurely. Most of us use a mountain bike or e-bike with sturdy tires but it has been done on a road bike with wider tires as well.

 

The Killer Beez 2022 Tour of the Kootenays is in the books!

Many thanks to Angus and Bunny for organizing a wonderful repeat of last year’s 3 day Kootenay Group Ride (but in reverse). 

It was simply epic ! 

Lots of smiles, lots of hills, lots of kilometers and lots of BEARS (ask Rory and Nick for details).

Congratulations to everyone who participated.  More than 300 km of riding and 3500 m of climbing over 3 days is a major accomplishment!

Kudos to all the Kootenay businesses (hotels, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops) that took such good care of us during a major labour shortage.  This tour wouldn’t have been as much fun without their full contribution and support!

Do it again next year?  Stay tuned 🙂

Please check out the picture gallery here.  More pictures will be added as they come in.

Armstrong Ride on Sunday, August 14th

Since it’s so nice riding around the Armstrong area we’ve decided to head up there again on Sunday, August 14th.  This time we will do the regular Okanagan Shuswap Century route (100 km).  70 km & 50 km routes are also available.  This group ride will start at 9 AM from the Memorial Park in Armstrong.

Those wishing to carpool can meet at the Eco Centre parking lot in Mission Creek Regional Park between 7:30 and 7:45 AM.

Hope to see you there.

Memorial Ride for Bob Perra

Despite some initial concern about rain, we were blessed with good weather on our Memorial Ride for Bob Perra.  19 riders in total participated, indicating how well Bob was liked by our cycling community.  The ride, a 70 km out and back route from Lumby to Mabel Lake, was one of Bob’s favourites and was thoroughly enjoyed by all riders.

After the ride we had lunch at Alexander’s Pub in Coldstream and reminisced  about fun times spent hiking and biking with Bob.

We will miss Bob’s company and think about him often on future cycling and hiking adventures.  Rest in peace.

Click for the Relive of the ride

 

 

Bob Perra Memorial Ride

According to his good friend and frequent riding partner, Michael Malkowski, the Mable Lake Ride was one of Bob’s favourites.   Therefore it is fitting that the Killer Beez do this ride to remember Bob and all the good times we spent in his company. 

The ride will start in Lumby at 10 AM on Saturday, June 11th and will be led by Michael.  The starting point is the Lumby SuperSave located at 2056 Vernon Street.  There is ample parking available in the SuperSave lot.

The Mable Lake ride is a very scenic, rolling, out and back route of approximately 70 km with no major hills.

Those wishing to carpool can meet in the parking lot near the Eco Centre in Mission Creek Park (Springfield and Benvolin) at 8:45 AM.

In case of wet weather this ride may be postponed and participants will be advised through WhatsApp and this website.

In Memoriam

It is the most upsetting of all posts when we have to announce the loss of one of our beloved Beez. Having just chatted with Bob over coffee, smiling and happy after a 90km ride, his very sudden passing just days later shocked us all. There are lots of shared kilometres on our bikes around the Okanagan to remember, and Bob will be missed. We offer condolences and supportive thoughts to Betty and the rest of the family.

Link to Obituary

Snowshoe Saturday

Last snowshoe outing! We will meet Saturday, April 2, at 9am in the Summit parking lot at Nordic (right turn off Highway 33 at the high point, 2km after the Big White turnoff).

The plan is to go to Thunder Mountain and enjoy the views. Estimated duration: 2.5hrs.

A thermos with coffee for afterwards is always a nice treat!

snowshoe map