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  • #821451

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    Forecast for Saturday the 26th is looking glorious, so to confirm, we are on for the BDDR!

    Meetup is 9:00am and note that we are breaking from tradition and congregating at the bottom of Stan Wadlow Park, in Taylor Creek. If you are unsure where that is, check out the handy map:

    All welcome! But please keep in mind this will be a hard 60-70km ride covering some of the favorites, but also branching out to include a bunch of neglected and hidden trail. Maybe some mild trespassing. Definitely pack a lunch, lots of water, and some adventurous spirit.

    After the ride, the amazing Somun Superstar has agreed to stay open an extra hour for us so that we can feast on ćevapčići, and there will be an apres dinner apres elsewhere for anyone still standing.

    Looking forward to getting dirty!

    @fasttimes Looks like we’ll miss you again this year unfortunately!

    @blurredlines Yup, definitely possible! I would wager we will be in range of the Rainbow Tunnel around then. And expect to be going until dusk…

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    #821014

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    The tree down on Rehab has been cleared. Bypassed the Swamp yesterday, but made the mistake of riding SHT which was a disaster. The same is true for non river side Boo. I’d say skip them both for now. Also, the exit from Bunny closer to the archery range spits you out into a grassy lake. The other exit closer to the path is the much better option!
    The persistent wet spots are really bad – way worse than I have ever seen them.

    #820969

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    Sweet ride @fasttimes ! I don’t believe for a second that you enjoy climbing that beast and much as descending on it, but looking forward to seeing if you can duplicate your 10 earned laps insanity. Or better yet, stitching together that Collingwood epic!

    #820761

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    Phew! Finally recovered from this! Pictures have been uploaded to the photos section.

    What an amazing ride this was – there was snow, there was sun, and there was a very ill advised and poorly executed river crossing. True Grit. Thanks to everyone that braved the frigid temps and made the day so damn great!

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    #820708

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    Heads up, apparently there was some sort of chemical spill in Taylor Creek originating at St. Clair and Vic Park and heading downstream:

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/taylor-massey-creek-colour-1.4955156

    It may not be any more serious than the normal contaminants, but maybe keep those canine friends out of the waters for a few days.

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    #820583

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    Expect a chilly one tomorrow! This will be a record cold BDDR and if we are lucky, we may even get some snow – though the forecast is calling for mostly sunshine. Dress for the cold, and do what you gotta do to keep warm. Flasks encouraged.

    We have an amazing route planned, and it’s going to deviate from last years epic. As it turns out, we expect to be back near the elephant pants/molar bear sculptures twice, once around 11:30 and again around 2:00 so the possibility exists for late joiners. Feel free to text me for exact timing.

    For those worried about moisture and damaging the trails, please keep on mind that we will be off the main riding network for the most part. And quite frankly, some of what we have planned can barely even be considered trails.

    A few reminders/pointers:

      Ride is 9:00am @ Cricket Tree
      Though it seems strange for a morning ride, bring lights ‘cause we are going til sundown!
      Pack a lunch and snacks. We often stop at a convenience store at some point, but that is not guaranteed.
      Bring all the water you will need (the fountains are off this time of year).
      First apres it at Brunswick Bierworks at ~5:00. Look for the loud crowd with the mud splatters in the pit at the back. All welcome!
      Did I mention dress warm?

    See you tomorrow!

    #820564

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    Denial. A head space I can often very comfortably exist in. But with the start of this ride roughly 40 hours away and given the overnight forecast of rain, and tomorrow’s forecast of more rain (to say nothing of the weekend), I need to accept that this is not happening Saturday.

    However, next weekend is looking much more promising, so we’re pushing the BDDR date to Saturday November 10th @ 9:00am. Meet at the cricket tree. The 11th, or possibly the 17th are the new fallbacks.

    In other good news, looks like Beach Hill Smokehouse will be catering food for the apres on a pay as we go basis! Looks amazing. https://www.beachhillsmokehouse.com/

    I’ll post up next week for final confirmation, but expect we are a go next Saturday!

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    #820528

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    Crushed to be out of county for this one…

    Crushed you will be out of the country for this one @blurredlines! Though it is November so weather could force us to push it back.

    And great point about mechanical self-reliance. We try to avoid dropping people for the most part, but for this ride… well, the pack must survive!

    #820523

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    “Remember, remember the third of November. The funday dirt and trees…”

    So given how close the ride is this year to November 5th, we’re embracing the (mild) civic disobedience side of the BDDR this year in the spirit of Guy Fawkes day! Though there will be no riots or storming of parliament, some minor trespassing on golf courses and bi-law infringement seems likely. Bring your Guy Fawkes mask if you have one, and as always, an adventurous spirit!

    Saturday November 3 @9:00am, Cricket Tree (rain date Nov 10)

    All welcome! But please keep in mind this will be a hard 60-70km ride covering a ton of lost, neglected and hidden trail. Definitely pack a lunch and lots of water! Maybe survival gear. There are no formal rules to follow, but let’s remember to respect each other – sexism, racism, homophobia or any other kind of behavior that undermines dignity and self-esteem of others has no place.

    Route: Given the unanimous praise for @veteran_youth’s masterclass East opus last year, we’re doing it again! Yes, hydrocut gauntlet of vegetation and all. With the construction projects kicking off in the East Don, this may be one of the last chances to experience some of these trails in their wild, remote and primal states. And of course, expect to get dirty. Very, very dirty.

    Apres: Brunswick Beirhouse has agreed to host us! They have generously offered indoor bike parking for all, and use of “the pit”. I’ll post up on food details closer to the date.

    @jcitizen @soban @spreader

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    #820499

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    Little post assist, @lisa_fender ! Should be an amazing ride and party as always!

    #820331

    Marley
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    Quads has been reclaimed from nature? Awesome. And ambitions! Can’t wait to check it out @repack

    #820316

    Marley
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    Hey @tabonej , sorry we lost you in the Swamp! These days we typically ride right through there and regroup doing laps of Gundy.

    #820314

    Marley
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    Looks like the rain has been pushed back until later. Let’s bask in the glorious evening heat!

    #820291

    Marley
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    Strange. The Phase 1 map was changed to remove the The “Future Gatineau Trail” reference, and the link updated. It can now be found here: https://yoursay.ca/4278/documents/11567

    Thanks @repack The Phase 3 route does not bode well for Kitchen Sink. I assume considerations need to be made for the Eglington LRT, and I am not sure if that impacts timing when this part of the work is expected to start, but I did see the Phase 3 is expected to be completed by March 2020.

    #820286

    Marley
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    Heads up I saw that a construction notice was posted for the East Don trail project, which will build that long planned multi-use (paved) path connecting the forks (Taylor Creek off leash area) with the path near Moccasin Trail Park (Rainbow Tunnel). Phase 1 and Phase 2 which is North of Eglington will begin next month, and both are expected to conclude Dec 2019. Phase 3 will connect the two sections.

    Likely of interest, Phase 1 (with map) here: https://yoursay.ca/4278/documents/11529

    For reference, that river bend by Northline Rd is the lookout at the end of Motown. The “Future Gatineau Trail” is by the Bermondsy Transfer Station.

    Also, apparently construction will involve temporarily closing off the Taylor Creek lot.

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