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  • #820461

    Scycotic
    Participant

    Yeah we were fortunate enough that we only had a brief downpour on Friday evening and it was pretty dry the rest of the time. Even so, we had to hike through some of those “rivers”. Marmora to Bancroft was definitely difficult, and the ATVs ripping it apart didn’t help. We also cheated a bit as we were trying to reach Bancroft before the campground closed and took the road for a section leading into the town.

    Good luck with the remainder of the trip! Not sure if I could have done it alone.

    Santa Cruz

    #820462

    Jodi
    Participant

    I like to call it bike portaging. In good news, the worst is behind me and tomorrow is just back to ganaraska with this amazing Victoria rail trail. I had a lot of cheating and a few missed turns, so I will call it a 75% colt, but I am ok with it! Bedtime!

    #820465

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Sounds like you boys have had yourselves some great adventures on the COLT. Hard to believe it was that wet. I know we’ve got a lot of rain recently but it was a dry summer for the most part. Also interesting to hear about what setup worked best.

    I’m looking at a few trips this fall. Anyone else got anything planned?

    Cheers,

    #820466

    Jodi
    Participant

    And girls 😉

    Would also love some ideas for some last fall tours. Share!

    #820467

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    And girls! Sorry about that.

    #820532

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Still time for an epic this fall if anyone is game. I am buying a warmer bag to make this possible and looking for other adventure seekers. I have spent a few rides putting together a pretty epic overnighter in Muskoka. It’s 99% off-road, like way off-road, and has what I think is the best terrain and scenery we have to offer here. It’s a roughly 90km loop but it’s full on. I wouldn’t let that distance discourage you or intimidate you if you’re interested. 40km on my barebones trail bike was a pretty legit ride, loaded will be a nomadic journey. It’s beaucoup tech but anyone with some grit can tackle it. Has to be on an MTB, hardtail and fatbikes would be well suited but a packable dually is ideal. Could be snow, will be epic. I am already working on a 400km version of this but this 90km intro is a pretty fun night out on bikes with fellow riders.

    Loam and slabs for days. Pitch anywhere.

    Who’s in? Should be sooner than later. to accommodate most peoples gear offering. I am up for mid-week or weekend.

    #820534

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Interest already from my buddy @dean-campbell

    Proposed dates are Nov 2-3rd

    Looking to pool gear and rides. Most of all, have fun!

    #820535

    Dean.Campbell
    Participant

    Yeah, excited for this. It will be a good ride for sure.

    As far as gear goes, MEC does rentals of stuff like winter bags and four season tents if anyone needs them. I’m happy to advise should anyone have questions, and probably can cover off any needs for communal gear for 4 people or less.

    Looking forward to checking out some new terrain on a different sort of adventure.

    #820536

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Good call on gear rental as cold weather camping equipment may not be in everyones arsenal.

    #820543

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Warmer bag purchased. Getting stoked.

    #820552

    Dean.Campbell
    Participant

    Bikepacking bags have arrived…

    Who else is in on this?

    #820553

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Timing is no good for me on this one, but I’ll wish you the best of luck. Spring trip was excellent, would recommend for anyone on the fence about it.

    #820557

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    The spring trip was amazing @blurredlines Hopefully it becomes a yearly event. You may be able to get in on this one yet…

    Sadly mother nature is not cooperating for the 2-3rd. I don’t mind some weather but they are calling for 10mm of rain the night we’d be camping out. I can handle (even enjoy) the suffering on the bike but knowing we get to have a nice spot on the rocks, siting by a fire, having a cold one is the payoff and its not looking like that will be possible.

    Looking at alternate days next week. We’d be camping at Torrence Barrens so midweek is the best. You can’t reserve sites and they are limited so this just increases the odds of getting one. Sure we can pitch anywhere but that’s the destination and a pretty nice spot to pitch.

    The route is all plotted and it’s actually 75km each way over some chunky terrain.

    #820661

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Check this out:

    Tour Divide style ride/race in Southern Ontario.

    “The BT 700 is a 700ish kilometre bikepacking route traversing some of the most interesting and less trodden terrain in southwestern Ontario. Yes, Ontario has some terrific terrain begging for a fatter tire adventure.

    Each July, a common “grand depart” will occur from the historic village of St. Jacobs, Ontario which will bring together the cycle touring community. Can’t make the event or fancy more alone time? Not a problem. The BT 700 is an open sourced route and can be tackled at anytime of the year. ”

    http://www.bt700.ca

    #820664

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    This looks wicked. Must have a few beverages and discuss/plot breweries and greasy spoons.

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