Hi from England - looking for advice on the Kettle trail.
I'm planning on cycling the Kettle Trail and have a few questions.
I'd fly into and out of Vancouver, what's the best way of getting me and my bike to Midway to start the trail and then the best way from Hope back to Vancouver? My first thought was Greyhound and although their website says that they take bikes in boxes, etc I've read a journal from someone who did the trail and had problems as Greyhound at the local depot said they only ship bikes as freight. Plus their website says you're only allowed one bit of luggage - so if they do take the bike then is that your luggage and you can't take anything else?
Other option I've been trying to find some more info about is the train from Hope back to Vancouver - Via Rail says its a flag stop, 3x a week and you have to give 48 hours notice - is it a reliable service? I'd be scared if I missed it there wouldn't be another train for 2 or 3 days and then I might miss the flight home.
Are there any other options I'm missing? Is there a train station anywhere near Midway as I can't find details.
How much of a problem are bears on the trail? I'd like to do the trail on my own, camping, carrying all my gear and food. If I take safety precautions such as putting food off the ground well away from the tent and carry bear spray is that likely to be OK? I don't know a thing about bears but I'm hoping that they keep away from people/campsites!
Any other advice/tips about the trail would be great.