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RFG bikepacking ride from Toronto to Collingwood

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  • #809625

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Hey guys,

    I know we have some amazing road and touring style riders on the site and would love your input on a story we’ll be doing this summer.

    The plan is to ride from the GTA to Collingwood with a group of riders and document the story along the way. This story is about the journey and making adventure where you have it. Its about leaving from our door and seeing what we can find and where we can go. It’s not about the most direct route but rather the most epic one. We’d like to stick to dirt, gravel, rail trail and farmer’s fields for the entire route. Ideally we’d love to split the ride up and make camp along the way. Wether that is in a legit lot or in a friend’s yard doesn’t matter. Maybe even find a spot to toss a line in and catch some dinner. Could also be close enough to a town and get rowdy a local pub.

    This was originally planned for 3-4 riders but I am not wondering if we just open this up and begin to make it an annual thing. It could be one way with a fun night at Blue and a shuttle back or a ride back after a two night stay. This will NOT be a hammer fest. This is a shoot the breeze, take some pictures cruz north of the city. I proposed Blue but that’s not set in stone. The route is more important than the destination so I’m open to any suggestions.

    Bikes are what you have. Some will be CX, some MTB and some fat. Let’s forget about segments and categories and make it about fun!! Anyone have a tandem 🙂

    Looking forward to your suggestions.

    #809653

    micah356
    Participant

    Oh you’re going to stop on the way – that makes more sense now! I’m not sure what the trails are that you plan to ride on the way, but with a few indirect route choices I would guess it’ll be just about 200km.

    #809655

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Got any dates in mind Marc? I’d be super interested in a ride like and making an impression on some unexpecting local pub.

    Adventure is the point after all and it sounds like a great way to do it!

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    #809657

    Somers
    Participant

    This sounds like a really good time.

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    #809658

    fietser
    Participant

    This sounds like a really good time.

    And what better way to put your new CX bike through the paces!

    #809659

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Here is a potential route. It doesn’t take us to Blue, more towards Owen Sound, but it looks like a wicked, mostly off-road ride. There are section in there through Albion, Palgrave and Glen Hafy For example that I know can be linked off-road. I propose we do a few scouting rides to get that section sorted.

    #809660

    jcitizen
    Participant

    This sounds awesome guys. Make a tradition and I’ll try to make it up next year!

    #809661

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I know that @singlesprocket , @veggie-cyclist and @jeremy-lavigne have good knowledge of that middle section
    (Claireville, Nashville, Humber, Albion, Palgrave, Glen Hafy and Mono). Be great to go for a ride to map that section to link it all up. Also be great to have you guys on this ride.

    The route has to consider the least capable off-road bike. So while we can ride the Bruce and other rad trails, the goal is to ride and not have too much hike a bike. We’ll be loaded with gear so a route that favours a CX bike is the best compromise. A gravel grind, rail trail style route is likely the best option.

    We could build up to the big ride with a few intro rides. First up to Brampton and back then drive up and do Caledon to Orangeville as that is the section of the route that would have the most actual off-road I think.

    #809663

    fietser
    Participant

    This route looks awesome @fasttimes. The nice part about the build up rides is that even if you can’t make the big show people could come out to be apart of the lead up.

    Agreed that looking at it from the point of view of the least capable bike is a good way to look at it.

    As an aside, there are quite a few good camping destination on Lake Huron depending on where the ‘end’ is deemed.

    #809676

    Whynot
    Participant

    This sounds epic, all the best in planning and doing the trip. Unfortunately I am still nursing a back injury and have scaled back my riding ambitions for the upcoming season until I start to see some recovery.

    If this becomes an annual event next year look to the north east. I know some of you guys have a route from the Don out to Pickering area, not sure how to get from there up to Durham on dirt, but from Durham you can take TransCanada Trail either into Uxbridge to connect to rail trail to Lindsay then on to Bobcaygeon and into the 5pts trail system where there is copious amounts of trail to get deep into the highlands, with camp sites available to boot. or the TransCanada our of Durham leads east mostly on gravel townlines (a good chunk unmaintained) east to the Ganny and I assume further. Lots of potential for an epic and I know a couple of guys who have most of the potential routes mapped out.

    #809685

    Nick Boers
    Participant

    …. I know some of you guys have a route from the Don out to Pickering area, not sure how to get from there up to Durham on dirt, but from Durham you can take TransCanada Trail either into Uxbridge to connect to rail trail to Lindsay then on to Bobcaygeon and into the 5pts trail system where there is copious amounts of trail to get deep into the highlands, with camp sites available to boot. or the TransCanada our of Durham leads east mostly on gravel townlines (a good chunk unmaintained) east to the Ganny and I assume further. Lots of potential for an epic and I know a couple of guys who have most of the potential routes mapped out.

    A route can be put together using some trail, some paved, but mostly dirt roads up to Durham Forest.

    I’ve been thinking about getting dropped off in Belleville with a few people and take a couple days to ride back into the city on the rail trails via Peterborough, Lindsay, Uxbridge.

    I like it Marc!

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    #809697

    singlesprocket
    Participant

    I would go up the Humber river to kleinburg. Way more singletrack, old forgotten gravel roads and camping opportunities. From Kleinburg you can you would go to Bolton. From Bolton to Albion Hills. Albion Hills to Mono. Mono to Mono Center. Mono Center to Duff, then to Creemore. Creemore to 3 stages. Some of this route was also old portage pathways. From 3 stages, Kolapore is close by, then Beaver Valley.

    The best time to do this ride would be early fall when the bugs are tapering off and it is cooler. In some areas stealth camping would apply, but as long as we are not in drought conditions you can have a small campfire. If you are in a group you can divvy up the load and take something something like this along. http://www.mec.ca/product/5027-761/ecoque-stainless-steel-12-portable-grill/

    If you do your research there are many organic farms along the way where you can stop by and pick up supplies.

    There is also pedal to plate tours going on in some of the areas http://reasonstodream.otesha.ca/ontario-cycling-tour-2015/

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    #809699

    Whynot
    Participant

    …. I know some of you guys have a route from the Don out to Pickering area, not sure how to get from there up to Durham on dirt, but from Durham you can take TransCanada Trail either into Uxbridge to connect to rail trail to Lindsay then on to Bobcaygeon and into the 5pts trail system where there is copious amounts of trail to get deep into the highlands, with camp sites available to boot. or the TransCanada our of Durham leads east mostly on gravel townlines (a good chunk unmaintained) east to the Ganny and I assume further. Lots of potential for an epic and I know a couple of guys who have most of the potential routes mapped out.

    A route can be put together using some trail, some paved, but mostly dirt roads up to Durham Forest.

    I’ve been thinking about getting dropped off in Belleville with a few people and take a couple days to ride back into the city on the rail trails via Peterborough, Lindsay, Uxbridge.

    I like it Marc!

    The rail trail along the Uxbridge-Lindsay corridor is awesome for CX-style riding. Over the past couple of years the Snowmobile associations have resurfaced most of that stretch with graded limestone screenings. The surface is almost like concrete when dry, no ruts, not big crushed stone to deal with and the barricades used in the off season allow bikes to pass easily. The only downside I could see is that once you’re north of Hwy 7 ATVs have access to the rail trail.

    Some maps can be found on this page: http://www3.sympatico.ca/bwride/cycling/

    #809820

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    @fietser and I will be doing a little recon on Sat morning to sort out the first leg of the loop if anyone else would like to join us. We’ll be on CX bikes (I may take my Pivot) but any bike is cool, chill ride with a few stops. Leaving my place at 9 and heading up the creek to Brampton and beyond. All gravel and off road with a few paved connections.

    We’ll work on the next leg the following week.

    #809822

    micah356
    Participant

    I might try to join you. Any rough idea on distance / time?

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