RAILS TO TRAILS, TAKE ONE | MOUNTOWN JOURNAL
ENTRY BY JEREMY/HI54LOFI | JULY 2016
Ever since the idea of moving to Kimberley was first planted in our heads, at the very top of our 'THINGS WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING THE MOST' list was Rails To Trails.
I mean, how great is it that a former railway line has been turned into a paved 26km bike path that connects Kimberley to Cranbrook, with great views every direction and no cars breathing down your neck? I haven't felt so blissfully zen riding around on a bicycle since pedalling around in Copenhagen (a city where the cars are ghosts).
One of the greatest thing about Rails To Trails is that the grades are mostly under 2%. Which is another way of saying that there isn't any really steep hills to get halfway up and then realize you're way too out of shape to make it to the top so you have to get off your bike and walk like a failure. Not that getting off your bike and pushing makes you a failure, it's just that it can really feel that way when you are in the act of doing it. And nobody wants to feel like a failure, even if it's just temporary, so yay 2% and under grades.
To be totally honest, we only got us far as the 17km marker on our first run* (another nice thing: there's km markers the whole way!), but I can say with great certainty that Rails To Trails is a totally doable bike ride no matter what your skillz/healthz levels are. And if you're wondering, "if it is so doable, why didn't you make it the full way?" well, look, we had to get back to Marysville to feed some dogs we were babysitting. Real life don't wait for joy riders.
Here's a few pics From our maiden voyage…
And here's some more pics from other people over on Instagram
A couple extra notes:
Put on sunscreen! Even if it is a little bit overcast, don't think that you won't end up with a tank top sun burn so bad you won't be able to take your shirt off at your nieces pool party the next day. I know, that's a very specific example, but consider yourself very specifically warned.
The ride from Kimberley to Cranbrook has a lot more 'take your feet of the pedals and shout "WHEEEE!" as the wind blows through your hair' moments than the return journey. But, again, 2% or less grades people. So it's never too bad, just a lot less "WHEEEE!" when you're coming from Cranbrook.
For any extra / detailed information about anything R2T™, swing by the North Star Rails To Trails website and follow them on Facebook.
*JULY 14 2016 UPDATE: we have now gone the full 26km to Cranbrook (and the full 26km back to Kimberley)… so I can officially confirm that it's totally doable even if you're in bad shape like me. Although, keep in mind that it is 52km round trip, so you'll definitely be feeling feelings on your way back. For example, I totally would have signed away my first born for a cold beer and hammock around the 40km mark, if that opportunity had presented itself #freenewbusinessidea