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  • #809823

    FastTimes
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    That would be great @micah356 I would say 2.5 – 3hrs. I need to be back for 12:30. I’m just mapping the ride now.

    #809825

    micah356
    Participant

    Not sure yet if I can make it, but PM me the map and your address so I can figure it out.

    #809827

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    This is what I’m hoping for. Pretty much up to Brampton but this app won’t allow me to connect some trails I know are there. So it will be about finding way to link some section to stay on dirt, which I know is possible. That make take up some of our time exploring ( the best part) but my aim is to go as far as we can and be back for 12:30-1:00.

    #809829

    micah356
    Participant

    Lately I’ve been using ridewithgps.com

    Takes a bit of getting sued to, but it lets you switch between snap routing, and manual drawing. Helps a lot for rides like this.

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    #809830

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Intersted @cyclesolutions and @somers ?

    #809859

    micah356
    Participant

    I’m out . Just can’t make it that early.

    #809860

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Bummer @micah356. Next time.

    #809884

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    First leg of the recon complete. We rode to Caledon today, 90% off-road. The main section I wanted to link was a flooded mess but we still made it. Should be great when its dry later this year. We crossed under just about every 400 series highway along the way At one point we even found ourselves in the middle of the 407 between lanes. Was a real urban adventure.

    @fietser and @somers were on cross bikes, I was on my Pivot with 29+ and @cyclesolutions was on his Giant Tough Road. Wicked group of guys, was all-time. I’m feeling this one big time.















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    #809885

    dexter01
    Participant

    Looks like a great ride, sorry i missed it.

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    #809886

    aerius
    Participant

    I remember those jeep tracks and mud bogs from last fall when I tried to do the same ride. I didn’t make all the way up to the lake since it started pouring rain, definitely got to give it another go once the weather’s nicer and the trails firm up.

    #809888

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    I plan to do this ride often @aerius Happy to hook up next time I go. Be a while before that section dries up though. Which is too bad because the first part of it is so great, just falls apart where the vehicles can get in though. Was epic but I wouldn’t want to do it again. I suspect when it’s dry that I could find an alternative route, maybe on the other side of the creek.

    #809895

    fietser
    Participant

    Easily the most fun I have had on a bike in many years. Thanks for the awesome ride guys. Still feeling it today but perhaps that is more a result of my 2am bed time last night – oops.

    FYI – Cambozola wrapped in salami was a fantastic mid-ride snack. Much appreciated Mr. Morrish

    Can’t wait for the next edition of this ride. Just proves you can have some hella’ adventures in your own backyard right from your front door.

    #809896

    Dirty C4
    Participant

    I plan to do this ride often @aerius Happy to hook up next time I go. Be a while before that section dries up though. Which is too bad because the first part of it is so great, just falls apart where the vehicles can get in though. Was epic but I wouldn’t want to do it again. I suspect when it’s dry that I could find an alternative route, maybe on the other side of the creek.

    Thanks for sharing. Rode Etobicoke Creek last August and got up to the Convair but turned back. Combination time and not knowing what might be on the other side so turned back to ride the rest of the trails. Will go up and explore next August or maybe may long weekend . Hopefully not a giant pile of Wild Parsnip.

    Heard a few years ago that there was a old rail line route that I believe goes from Pickering/Uxbridge to Belleville. No confirmation.

    #809897

    Marley
    Participant

    Looks like an awesome ride! Some amazing shots there, too. Nice. Love the one between the highways, and of course the one under the bridge!

    #809900

    CycleSolutions
    Participant

    Great ride on the weekend and had a ton of fun exploring the trails north. Legs felt great after 66km of gravel grinding. Spent some time thinking about this and this is def. a HUGE opportunity to make this an epic ride.

    I have picked up the trail and from where we left off at {SANDALWOOD PARK} and added what would be considered Day 1 of the trip which would run from Etobicoke to Mono Cliffs/Orangeville. The idea being that we warm up with 80km-90km on Day 1 and go flat out for Day 2. Ultimately, we could camp two nights and span the trip over three days but I am not sure it is necessary as tackling 100 km per day should not be a problem if the group runs slow and steady.

    Day 1: Etobicoke to Orangeville/Mono Cliffs – Total Distance 85km +/-

    Highlights Day 1:
    – Depart same route previously mapped
    – Badlands Stop for Lunch (approx 50 km mark from Etobicoke)
    – Ride by Caledon Ski Club
    – Finish on Rail Trail for Camping or crash with friends in Mono Cliffs (add 7km-10km for camping in Mono)
    – Tried to keep on the trail as much as possible however, after extensive research it looks like we would have to grind it out on the road for a few km

    https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/11949933

    Day 2: Mono Cliffs/Laurel to Sauble Beach – Total Distance 140km

    Highlights Day 2:

    – 85% of the day will be on the Grey County CP Rail Trail
    – 15% Gravel from End of Rail Trail to SAuble Beach
    – By end of Trip will have started in Lake Ontario, dabbled in G-Bay and Finished on Lake Huron!
    – Finish on the beach with cold bears, warms waves and maybe a cottage rental for last night?

    https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/11949978

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