October 18, 2017 at 5:12 pm #817942
It’s that time of year again, and the forecast is looking fantastic so we are on to go big and dirty this Sunday, Oct 22nd! 9:00am at the Cricket Tree.
The theme this year is North by Northeast, and expect significant off the beaten path adventure. @veteranyouth has been doing some serious scouting of primitive trails and seldom ridden branches of the Don. Lots of lost, neglected and hidden trail that looks like it would be next to impossible to navigate without his expert guidance. Everyone is going to see something that they have not before. Expect to get dirty. Very dirty.
The ride should be 60-70kms all in, so definitely pack a lunch and lots of water. And maybe a machete. Perhaps survival gear.
Rocket apres! Note you will be required to forage the land and hunt for your dinner. Or bring along some cash if you want in on food delivery.
1 user thanked author for this post.October 24, 2017 at 11:58 pm #818037
Quite the ride/hike/climb/drudge up/over/in/through the wilds of the East Don on Sunday! A beautifully crafted 66.6km odyssey by a master of urban Toronto greenspace @veteran_youth And clearly a disturbed mind. I think that I counted 46 or 47 riders to kick off at the cricket tree which quite frankly should have meant the ride was impossible and/or a disaster.
Though the swamp gauntlet of mud and weeds at the beginning worked in thinning the herd by about 12, considering the difficulty and complexity of the route, the significant challenges in managing a group that size, and the luck needed, it is pretty unbelievable that we were able to finish. But not only did we finish, I think it is safe to say everyone had an absolute blast! Those thirty or so that headed North for the heart of the ride really bought into the vision and spirit of the ride. Easily one of the best and most memorable days I have spent on a bike.
I uploaded about 60 pics to the photo section of this site, so if you think I took some of you take a look.October 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm #818039
Thanks for sharing the pics and story @marley It looks like a great group and epic loop. Couldn’t have asked for a better day for late October.October 25, 2017 at 1:38 pm #818052
Thanks Chris for all the photos. I was too tired / having too much fun to take many, but here’s a quick vid.
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