Things we've done

Like actually done ourselves

A few things we've done, seen, and used. WE get out there as much as we can and tend to be picky and hard on stuff...

We Went here

Things and places we've seen with our own eyes.

We ate here

Places where we filled our bellies.

We stayed here

Places we've laid our heads.

We Drank here

Places we've quenched our thirst.

We used this

Gear and equipment we've put to good use.

We learnt this

Stuff that we've learnt along the way. Either about motorcycles or ourselves.

West Kootenays

So much amazingness in the West Kootenays to explore! Smooth, twisty roads and stellar backcounty. It’s all here to download in one PACK. Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files So, here’s how the maps works. Everything is based on the type of riding surface. Colour-coded for your convenience! Green is paved, Blue is

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Kootenay Rockies North

There sure is a heck of a lot to explore in the Kootenay Rockies North area!  Sooooo many jagged peaks and mountain streams…. Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files This area is the real deal! OI literally stopped taking pictures because every amazingly stunning view just melted together… So much riding and camping

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map of Moyie River FSR motorcycle route

Kid Creek / Moyie River FSR

A gravel shortcut from Kitchener to the North end of Moyie Lake! The Route follows the Kid Creek and Moyie River FSRs and cuts off a whole lot-0-slab! Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files See the full map via Gaia Bonus Linkage

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kootenay map of the works

The WORKS

You want the works? Well, here it is! All the tracks, routes, and waypoints in one place. No better way to see the big picture, everything in one view. Way easier to plan that next ride, so get at it! Oh, and this one will be updated as new things get added, so keep checking for the newest version….. Get

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a map Granby Whatshan Edgewood shelter bay

Granby / Whatshan / Shelter Bay Route

Want a way to get from Grand Forks to the Shelter Bay ferry avoiding all that pavement through Nakusp? Have we got the answer for you! Stellar gravel riding through the Granby, Edgewood, Whatshan Lake and along the West shore of Upper Arrow Lake. Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files So, here’s how

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Vera @missvelocity sitting on a rock at Eagle Bay

Ride Report – West Kootenays Bottom to Top

Miss Velocity joined in on this most recent scouting mission. Sooooo nice to have my partner to help stay warm at night instead of shivering all by my lonesome! Eight days living off the bikes and fine tuning our systems. Still ticking off all the low-down bits since the snow is really hanging on this Spring… It’s all mapped!! So,

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kootenay cider works logo

Kootenay Cider Works

Farm-crafted cider the traditional way. A small, mountainside cidery located in Nelson BC. It’s a boutique cider house, if you will, making cider crafted from apples grown in the Nelson area, as well as from a small orchard in Kelowna. The founder and cidermaker, Chris Schmidt, started Tod Creek Craft Cider in Victoria, then handed those reins over in 2020 to be

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Tailout Brewing

Founded by friends with a shared love of outdoor activities, especially fly-fishing, Tailout Brewing has a comfortable tasting room that features its stylish fish logo prominently. Indeed, the name “Tailout” refers to a shallow part of a river where fish tend to gather — in other words, a great place to cast a fly.  The idea for the brewery came

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Lions Head Pub

Not to be missed! A mandatory stop if you’re anywhere near Robson… The historical Lion’s Head focuses on quality food and beer. All the food is fresh and from scratch! The taps are reserved for BC Craft Beers. All of that in a warm and friendly traditional Tudor style pub. Situated right on the Columbia river; we have 2 outdoor

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Trail Beer Refinery

With a name that reflects Trail’s historic connection to mining, refining, and smelting, this brewery has a strong community focus. For the 13 local business partners who joined together to open Trail’s first craft brewery, it was an obvious choice to link its name to the city’s main industry. Trail is home to one of the world’s largest lead-zinc smelting

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Rossland Beer Company

An award-winning nano-brewery tucked away in the Southwest kootenays. While Ryan Arnaud and Petri Raito ran a local U-Brew company called Trail Brewing they realized there was great demand for craft beer in their area. So the two best friends purchased a small nanobrewery system from a brewery in North Vancouver that was expanding and opened Rossland Beer Company. Since

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Erie Creek Brewing

Kootenay crafted been in a small town Brewery. An old adage says that every town should have its own brewery, and that was certainly one of the incentives behind opening Erie Creek Brewing. When Colin and Lynn Hango moved their family from Nelson to an acreage in Salmo, they saw the need for a community hangout, a place for people

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West Kootenays

So much amazingness in the West Kootenays to explore! Smooth, twisty roads and stellar backcounty. It’s all here to download in one PACK. Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files So, here’s how the maps works. Everything is based on the type of riding surface. Colour-coded for your convenience! Green is paved, Blue is

Read More »

Kootenay Rockies North

There sure is a heck of a lot to explore in the Kootenay Rockies North area!  Sooooo many jagged peaks and mountain streams…. Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files This area is the real deal! OI literally stopped taking pictures because every amazingly stunning view just melted together… So much riding and camping

Read More »
kootenay map of the works

The WORKS

You want the works? Well, here it is! All the tracks, routes, and waypoints in one place. No better way to see the big picture, everything in one view. Way easier to plan that next ride, so get at it! Oh, and this one will be updated as new things get added, so keep checking for the newest version….. Get

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Vera @missvelocity sitting on a rock at Eagle Bay

Ride Report – West Kootenays Bottom to Top

Miss Velocity joined in on this most recent scouting mission. Sooooo nice to have my partner to help stay warm at night instead of shivering all by my lonesome! Eight days living off the bikes and fine tuning our systems. Still ticking off all the low-down bits since the snow is really hanging on this Spring… It’s all mapped!! So,

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View leaving Fernie

Ride Report – East Kootenay Exploration

Continuing in my mission to bring you’all the most current and detailed info about riding in the Kootenays, I again braved the cold and headed out. With 5 days this time, I went to see what was doable and what was still snowbound. It’s all mapped!! Click through on any map image if you want to see where all I

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a picture of a frozen summit lake with motorcycle

Ride Report – Trout Lake Loop

As part of my mission to bring you’all the most current and detailed info about riding in the Kootenays, I braved the cold and headed out. Found myself with a 3 day window, so headed out to basically do the Trout Lake Loop whilst doing a bunch of side exploring to bring you some new routes soon… Day One……. Actually,

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West Kootenays

So much amazingness in the West Kootenays to explore! Smooth, twisty roads and stellar backcounty. It’s all here to download in one PACK. Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files So, here’s how the maps works. Everything is based on the type of riding surface. Colour-coded for your convenience! Green is paved, Blue is

Read More »

Kootenay Rockies North

There sure is a heck of a lot to explore in the Kootenay Rockies North area!  Sooooo many jagged peaks and mountain streams…. Get the .gpx or .kml file via Gaia Gaia Tutorial on using files This area is the real deal! OI literally stopped taking pictures because every amazingly stunning view just melted together… So much riding and camping

Read More »
kootenay map of the works

The WORKS

You want the works? Well, here it is! All the tracks, routes, and waypoints in one place. No better way to see the big picture, everything in one view. Way easier to plan that next ride, so get at it! Oh, and this one will be updated as new things get added, so keep checking for the newest version….. Get

Read More »
Vera @missvelocity sitting on a rock at Eagle Bay

Ride Report – West Kootenays Bottom to Top

Miss Velocity joined in on this most recent scouting mission. Sooooo nice to have my partner to help stay warm at night instead of shivering all by my lonesome! Eight days living off the bikes and fine tuning our systems. Still ticking off all the low-down bits since the snow is really hanging on this Spring… It’s all mapped!! So,

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Ride Report – Adventurey Muppets’ Snowy Ride

Guest Ride Report Three muppets rolled out of Calgary in the middle of April headed west in search of adventure. This is their story!!! There’s some stellar pics to come, but they put together a fantastic little video as well. Great vibe and gives the feel of the expedition… Day One15 April – 385kmCalgary-Porcupine Hills – Fernie – Wardner, BC

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View leaving Fernie

Ride Report – East Kootenay Exploration

Continuing in my mission to bring you’all the most current and detailed info about riding in the Kootenays, I again braved the cold and headed out. With 5 days this time, I went to see what was doable and what was still snowbound. It’s all mapped!! Click through on any map image if you want to see where all I

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Gear Review – Naturehike Ultralight Sleeping Pad

Naturehike Ultralight Sleeping Pad. A comfortable night’s sleep is a big deal. It means the difference between being sore and cranky or being rested and ready to face the day! So, an adequate sleeping pad is a pretty important part of getting that proper rest. Sweet Dreams What’s with all the weird bumps?? The rhombus-shaped tracheal design provides good support

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Gear Review – Naturehike Vik 1 & 2

Naturehike Vik 1 & 2 Person Ultralight tent. Looking for a simple, single-wall tent? Ultra-lightweight Sil-nylon with a bit of storage? Well, do I have the tent for you!! All about the tent I’ve used ALOT of tents over the years, and sold even more. After 2 decades in the outdoor industry as a buyer and designer I’ve learnt a

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MSR Whisperlite Intentional cooking motorcycle camping

Gear Review – MSR Whisperlite International

Ode to the classic MSR Whisperlite International  What’s 40 years old and runs on gasoline? This stove! It’s one of those pieces of camping gear that just never dies… A blast from the past, literally. Ok, so I bought the MSR Whisperlite International as my first real camping stove in 1986 when I was 17. I thought it was the

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Gear Review – Solo Sleeping kit

Here’s my solo sleeping setup. So, let’s break it down. What do you really need to get a comfortable night’s sleep? A tent, a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag. That’s sorta the bare minimum. But those 3 things come in all shapes and sizes. I’ve sold and used all sorts of variations over the last 30+ years so I

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Helmet with UCLEAR Motion6 mounted on side

Gear Review – Uclear Motion 6 Part 2

Part 2 of 3 In this second part, we’re going to go through actually using the Motion6. Everything from setting it up to cranking up the music!  Installing the CLEARlink app and syncing the Motion6 with my phone was painless and went as expected. Cool thing is that it does over-the-air updating. A serious flaw with Sena is that you

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Helmet with UCLEAR Motion6 mounted on side

Gear Review – Uclear Motion 6

Part 1 of 3 There’s a lot to go over, so this review will be broken up into 3 parts. Part 1 will the Unboxing and initial thoughts on the Motion6. Part 2 will be what I think of it after using it for a little bit as a solo rider. So primarily for music and phone funtions. And finally,

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motorcycle repair on the side of the road

Fixing a flat on the road

Nothing puts a damper on an awesome day on two wheels quicker than a flat tire. So, what do you do? Call BCAA? A buddy with a truck? Or are you prepared to tackle it yourself. Depending where you are, you may not have a choice! And yes, I still live in the medieval times and have tubes. If you’re

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motorcycle rider with neck brace and Garmin inreach

Backcountry Safety

The Kootenays are a beautiful and amazing place to explore! But how prepared are you when you’re out there enjoying everything nature has to offer? The mountains are a fantastic place to explore but there are things to consider that you may not normally think of.  Poor or no cell service In this day and age, the ability to communicate

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Ride Report – The Invermere Excursion

With the last week of August upon us, the summer was quickly disappearing. After almost 4 months, MissVelocity’s broken leg was finally strong enough to get back on the bike. Waahooo! That was the longest summer ever for her, so a-road-trippin we shall go! We dragged all the kit out and stuffed it all into the Enduristan bags. We try

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Places to Stay

Places to go

Routes

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Trip reports

5/5
Wait, what? We did that and didn't die? I guess that's a win!
Craig Luke
5/5
You're damn right we didn't die! Takes a lot more than that!
Vera Horsman