I left Vernon July 9, 2016 for my first GPS ride and was pumped with excitement, even with the rain pouring down in buckets.
Arrived at 3 Valley Gaps event site at 8am, looked like a well-organized setup, including a pancake breakfast. Stuffed my face and chatted with the many participants. Bought 3 sets of tickets, 12 in total, and roared off into the great unknown, hoping I could find them all, or at least find my way back if I couldn’t, before my food or gas ran out.
Still pouring buckets, but no dust, found the first GPS coordinate, and realized what I was looking for, entered the next one, and off again. Stunning scenery along the way, and with the rain, I felt like a pirate looking for buried treasure as I searched out the next spot.
Found all but one GPS plaque (it was missing – honest) and returned to the camp site around 4:30pm, Entered my results, changed into dry clothing, loaded up and headed back to Vernon.
Great event, great people, great fun – I highly recommend it! Even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of adventure and satisfaction of finding all the hidden GPS locations.
Every year the club has a BBQ and ride on or around the longest day of the year, this year we’ve got an entire weekend of fun planned for the Father’s Day weekend. You’re invited to come for the entire weekend or just for a ride or the BBQ or breakfast.
Come set up camp at the sort yard on King Eddy Road, take in the rides, enjoy the BBQ and breakfast on the grille and bring your best stories for around the campfire.
Friday 5:00pm – Sort yard opens
Saturday 5:00pm – BBQ
Saturday 7:00pm – Evening ride
Sunday 9:30am – Father’s Day Breakfast
Sunday – rides and/or special events
If you’re wondering what the photo is, it’s a special event where the driver has some giant underwear over their head and the passenger gives directions to navigate a course. Depending on space we’ll have this event or another special skills/riding event.
Weekend Recap Some days it rains, some days it pours, this weekend it did both. Lots of fun though, hanging out around the camp telling stories, enjoyed the BBQ and Sue’s Super Salads. Got a ride in Sunday after the rain stopped, lots of mud and puddles made for perfect riding conditions. Thanks Kent for taking us on a tour, a little different than where we normally go!
We need everyone ready to ride at 9:30am sharp this Sunday at the bottom of King Eddy Road. We’re heading up to Damer Lake to meet with members of the Kelowna ATV Club then will head off for a ride, stop for lunch and more riding. Bring a lunch, not sure if we’ll have a fire so pack a cold lunch this time unless you want to be the fire starter.
There’s a bit of rain today and more in the forecast Thursday, perfect for knocking down the dust after these few scorcher days.
Look forward to seeing everyone out this weekend and to meet our friends from Kelowna! Aiming to be back down at the bottom of King Eddy by 4:00pm.
What a day, 23 machines from the two clubs met at Damer Lake for a day on the trails. We look forward to heading south to try out Kelowna trails for our next meetup!
8 units showed up for the ride for a total of 10 people and a dog.
The ride started off with Mark taking the lead because he knew of a great trail to reach the power lines. It was great and twisty, steep, and rocky, we loved it!
Mark continued to lead on the power line trails, then we took a side trip and looked down on Falkland from the mountain tops. After enjoying the view we headed off to Spanish Lake, met some campers and shared their camp fire for lunch.
After everyone enjoyed their lunch break Steve took the lead up the road to Spa Lake which had lots of switchbacks to drift around leaving everyone pumped up at the top.
From Spa we went back to Arthur Lake, and I followed the GPS and hoped it was going to take us out somewhere close to the Staging Area. Great trail and made it back eventually, the best kind of ride – exploring the unknown trails!
Will do again to find a different route to Spa and back now that we’ve mapped some of the trails.
10:00am Sunday, May 29th – Ride to Spa Lake, meet Steve at the parking area at McTavish Road off Salmon River Road – Google Directions from Vernon
We’ll have a campfire so bring something to cook over the fire.
From Vernon take Highway 97 towards Falkland, turn right onto Salmon River Road and go 2km, turn left onto Yankee Flats Road and go 400m to intersection with McTavish Road, go straight onto McTavish Road and continue 750m and take the right fork when you see the gravel pit, parking is an open field on your right.
Twelve members of the Vernon ATV Club rounded up 1260kg of garbage that took 3 trucks and 2 trailers to transport to the dump. We also retrieved a burnt up trailer that had been dumped over the side of one of the switchbacks, the trailer went separately to metal recycling.
The morning started off with light rain but the day cleared up as we worked and turned out to be a pretty nice afternoon. Garbage was collected from the bottom of King Eddy Road up to 7km then we jumped to the Bear Lake and Aberdeen Lake Rec sites where we picked up a number of TVs, mattresses and random junk.
The final tally amongst the 1260kg taken to the landfill included:
Join us at the sort yard on King Eddy Road for the May long weekend. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members – so if you enjoy ATV, UTVing come out to meet some like-minded folks and have fun.
The sort yard is the gate to the left of the cattleguard, watch for the yellow ATV sign pointing the way. The gate opens at 3:00pm on Friday afternoon for campers to arrive and start setting up then hang out around the campfire in the evening.
Saturday morning is when the fun starts with a cleanup along King Eddy Road. Bring your ATV, UTV or truck as we head up the road gathering all the stuff people have discarded. We’ll need a couple of trucks for transporting the garbage to the landfill. If we get done before evening we may squeak a ride in.
Saturday afternoon there is a BBQ, it’s free for cleanup volunteers and $5 per person for everyone else. You’ll find burgers, chips & dip, salad, veggies and drinks. The BBQ will be followed by a meeting to catch everyone up on club activities.
Sunday morning is ride time, join us as we head up onto the Aberdeen plateau for some riding.
Friday, May 20
3:00pm – sort yard opens for anyone wanting to camp
7:00pm – evening campfire
10:00pm – gate closed for the night
Saturday, May 21
10:00am – cleanup starts along King Eddy FSR (details below)
What a day for a ride with Vernon socked in its mid-winter grey coat. We quickly climbed above the clouds and were treated to bright blue skies and a seascape of clouds covering the city below.
Both wheeled and tracked machines along for the ride. Some people took the opportunity to try a tracked quad for the first time and bad luck for Verne he got sucked off the side of the road and down into the deep snow in the ditch. When tracked quads get stuck they’re really stuck and no amount of pushing, pulling, winching or advice was breaking it free until the shovels came out to dig the Grizzly free.
Great ride crew, stay tuned for details of our next ride on the February 6/7 weekend!
Ride heads out at 11:00am, Sunday, January 24 from the bottom of Noble Canyon Road in Lavington. With the warmer temperature recently we may have some crispy crunchy snow to ride on… but that’s over a week away so who knows.
Bring the usual winter riding gear, your lunch at the campfire and a small shovel and tow strap is advised. More details next week.