When we stopped our ride last week it was about 10:00 a.m. and we were at the A&W meeting friends for our weekly Tuesday coffee group. Once we had discussed and solved all the world’s problems we headed out to meet my sister and brother-in-law for lunch … and can you believe I didn’t take a single picture along the way … I sure can’t believe it! We pretty much took some of the same route back, but at the Parkinson Rec Center we cut across the sports fields, rode across the old Dr. Knox parking lot, made a quick jaunt down Burtch Road and into the back of a complex that houses Dakoda’s Bar & Grill. After a great lunch we headed across the parking lot and found an entrance to the Rec Center fields which allowed us to avoid riding on the road.
I only took the one pictured as we crossed the fields because, as you can see in the picture above, I was dodging sprinklers 😀 And I managed to get across the field without getting wet.
Once across the field we joined up with another bike path that took us out to the Rec Center parking lot.
We rode out of the Rec Center parking lot and up onto the bike path along Highway 97 and then up the ramp to the overpass that crosses the highway.
At the top of the ramp we turned left and crossed over the highway …
And then a right down the ramp on the other side and then a left through the Landmark Square parking lot …
And then a left onto Dicksen Avenue, I bet those of you who know us and Kelowna know where we are headed 😀
At the end of Dicksen Avenue we made a right onto Kirschner Avenue and then a quick left crossing into the parking lot of Copper Brewing … did you all guess right? We parked our bikes in the bike stand on the sidewalk and went in to see if they had any new beers.
They didn’t have anything new so we headed out back the way we came. Across the Landmark Square parking lot to the bike lane leading to the crossing across the highway.
And then we made the right up the ramp to the overpass and … oh oh do you see that sky!
That wasn’t looking good but once we made the left onto the overpass the sky looked better.
But then we made the right down toward the Rec Center and I started to wonder if we should be heading home.
As we rode through the Rec Center it didn’t look to bad out and no matter what we had to continue riding this way to get home.
It didn’t long before we came to the end of the Rec Center bike paths. At this point we made a left to head towards downtown Kelowna but earlier in the day it would have been a right toward the A&W and our coffee group.
As we followed the bike path toward downtown the weather was looking better so we discussed, over our headsets, whether we should go home or should we check out some of the craft breweries in the downtown area.
We came up to Railside Brewing but it wasn’t open yet. Remember we past by here earlier this morning but of course if was to early for beer 🙂 Now it is time for beer and it’s still not open 😦
So just past Railside we made a right across the street and joined up with another bike path down to the brewery district.
We followed that path behind the SunRype plant and made a left off the path just before the homeless camp … yes Kelowna is a big city with big city problems.
We then rode a quiet street before we arrived at Unleashed Brewing, a brewery we had somehow never managed to visit before.
We really enjoyed our shared flight at Unleashed and will definitely be back again. Oh and just an FYI this is a dog friendly brewery who jumped through all the health department hoops so that they could actually have dogs inside the brewery and not run into trouble if they received a visit from the health department.
We decided to make one more stop at Rustic Reel Brewery because it had been a while since we had been there. As we enjoyed a few more tasters the sky started to turn again and we decided it was time to head home.
Honestly this is the bike ride blog that seems to never end but I have many more pictures that I want to share so I will end here and share the last of our ride with you next week … and I promise it will be the last blog about this bike ride.
Until next time …