Tips for multi day cycling:
Although there are some great cafes along the way, there are also some long stretches of trail where you need to be prepared with food and especially lots of water. It’s a good idea to always have some high energy snacks such as trail mix and dried fruit with you and if high temperatures are a possibility you may also want to carry a liquid gel or energy drink powder. These products help keep you hydrated and replace electrolytes lost through perspiration. If you experience cramping, especially in your legs, you may need to boost your hydration/electrolytes.
Different styles of accommodation will provide different options for meals – for instance most B&B’s will include breakfast (often a full cooked meal). Motels usually offer tea/coffee making facilities and may or may not have cooking facilities – always best to check ahead if you want to prepare your own meals. Camping requires you to think ahead the most and consider your meal plans as you don’t want to be carrying too much extra weight!
Supplies can be replenished in Rock Creek, Beaverdell and limited supplies are available at The Old Cowboy Ranch just past Westbridge and Chute Lake Lodge. Supplies can be purchased at either end of the trail or at any major centers enroute to the trail, such as Osoyoos, Penticton, Kelowna, Grand Forks and Midway.
Some places to stock up before/during your ride:
McMynn’s AG Foods
630 Florence, Midway, BC V0H 1M0
Rock Creek General Store
4105 Hwy 3, Rock Creek, BC V0H 1Y0
Beaverdell General Store
5833 Highway 33, Beaverdell, BC V0H 1A0
Naramata General Store
Robinson at Second Street, Naramata
1160 Government Street, Penticton, BC V2A 8L9
36058 97th St, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
9141 Main St RR 2, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V2
Many points along the trail are simply sites of previous stations and will have no supplies at all – just an information sign or point of interest so avoid disappointment and be sure to stock up at towns along the way.
Once you arrive into the orchards and vineyards of Penticton you will be overwhelmed by choice!