Monkeys on a Railway

September 2023

125cc Mini Motos on a Rail Trail

That is a dumb idea! Want to join us?

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Join us for a fantastic 5 day adventure ride around the Great Canadian Railway Trail. This ride will include sections from the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Trans Canada Trail, Columbia and Western Rail Trail, The Great Northern Rail Trail and The Slocan Valley Rail Trail. This ride will be done all on small 125cc bikes. The ride package includes a support van to haul your daily gear and riders will be eating in restaurants along the way and spending each evening in a motel along the route.

All riders must ride equivalent 125cc bikes.

Four bikes will be allowed: Honda Monkey, Honda Grom, Super Cub, and Honda Trail 125 or equivalent.

Rules: Everyone on a similar performance bike. No modified bikes. Factory exhaust required.

If you want to bring a different bike you must be approved by gpsKevin

About Rail Trails:

Rail Trails are old railways from railroad companies that have gone out of business. The land has often sat for many years and the locals have decided to convert them into hiking trails or here in Canada, there are many multi use trails including for hikers, bicyclists, horses, ATVs and motorcycles. Different areas have different rules. Rail trails are kind of magical places; in some places they wind through the mountains in the most remote areas and use tunnels to cut through the mountains and have spectacular bridges or trestles cutting across gorges. They do all this without much of a grade. That is because trains cannot go up steep hills. The train tracks have all been removed and the locals have maintained the newly groomed trails. I wondered why the trails seem to have gotten the best paths through the mountains, but I have come to understand that the railways were built long before the highways and roads were built. So, between all this is some kind of magical experience that can only be discovered on the Rail Trails

Ride Signup:

This ride is currently being developed. The dates are chosen and we are working on the routes, lodging, pricing and ride support. We are not ready to take ride signups yet. You can add your name to our interest list and we will send you an email as soon as we have our plans in order.

Sign up: Rider Interest List

Ride Yodas

Yoda Roberto

Master Yoda gpsKevin

View the ride maps

OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!


Legend:

The Blue lines are MAIN routes

The Red lines are Rail Trails

The Green lines are Easy options

The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints



Photos from the last time we rode the Railway Trails

This video from the 2013 ride still captures the spirit of the ride.


More About:

I last rode these trails in 2013 and sadly they started closing sections shortly after that, but I recently returned to this area on my last adventure bike ride and have discovered that they have opened up lots of the rail trails again that I thought were closed. So after much study, I will be returning at the end of this summer to pre-ride the routes and discover what great trails Canada has to offer. One thing for sure, these are multi use trails, so that means we will share these trails with others including hikers and horses. That means we will need to ride with great consideration for others and respect their adventures too. Even though we will mostly be alone on these trails, this is not the place for a race attitude or loud bikes. gpsKevin

How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.

(see my ride Navigation Video)

Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.


How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)

Note from me, gpsKevin

My goal for this ride is simple, great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.

But in addition: the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.

Thanks

gpsKevin

FAQ's


Q:What if I would like to ride a different bike than the 4 allowed?

A: If you would like to choose another bike you must convince me that it has equivalent performance. The goal here is we are all on the same performance bikes.


Q:How do I contact the other riders?

A: After signup and a few months before the ride I will create and share a ride contact list with all the riders.


Q:Do I need a Garmin GPS for the ride?

A: Yes, all bikes will be required to have a Garmin GPS. While cell phones can work great, there will be several areas where they will not work. If you do not have a Garmin GPS, you will need to buy one.


Q:How long is the ride?

A: The 5 day ride is 700 miles. The longest day is 160 miles, the average day is 140 miles and the shortest day is 106 miles.





What other monkey rides have we done?

Check out our Monkey Cannonball Across America

Check out our Monkeys to Cabo




Who is going on the ride? TBD