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  • #819612

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Be great to have you along @nate_lessnick. Make it happen buddy!

    Let me know if I can do anything to help.

    #819613

    AlexRose
    Participant

    What is the C.O.L.T. route?

    I should be able to make it for this depending on the loop. Would probably pass if we were doing Toronto to Collingwood and back since I live up here haha.

    #819614

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Hey @alexrose

    Search it in the front page search box or in bikepacking thread in forum. All detailed. Let me know if you can’t find it.

    Be cool to have you on this.

    #819615

    braindamaged
    Participant

    Should be a fun ride to start off the season. I think I can make it.

    Also let me know if you want company on any scouting rides.

    #819616

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Awesome @braindamaged Glad you can make it. Your new bike should be perfect for this.

    You’re always welcome on the recon rides buddy. I’ll message you about this weekend.

    I might try the section at the top of the Humber tomorrow. Lot going on in that area and up to Kleinburg so I want to make sure my road bypasses connect. Other areas that need to get scouted are Nashville, Bolton, and Guelph.

    If anyone wants to join and do a ride and gear shakedown let me know.

    #819621

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Likely in regardless of route/pace. Definitely down to extend days if there’s single track to ride at any given destination.

    #819627

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Right on! REALLY happy to hear you are coming @blurredlines

    #819628

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Here are a couple of camping options.

    Option one
    – Day one: Toronto to Albion Hills (65km)
    – Day two: Albion Hills to Elora (80km)
    – Day three: Elora to Toronto (123km)

    Option two
    – Day one: Toronto to Albion Hills (65km)
    – Day two: Albion Hills to Rockwood (115km)
    – Day three: Rockwood to Toronto (88km)

    Option three
    – Day one: Toronto to Albion Hills (65km)
    – Day two: Albion Hills to Guelph Lake (100km)
    – Day three: Guelph Lake to Toronto (103km)

    I’d love to space out the first day a bit further but there is simply nothing decent (legal anyway) around the 100km mark. We could always do the route clockwise if people would rather have the biggest days first. There is more singletrack at the beginning, going counter-clockwise, so I think that is the better option. Humping a bit of road on the way back wont be a bad thing.

    If this isn’t doing it for folks, I can look at other routes but need to have some numbers before I spend anymore time on this. I think this is the best option as we can leave right from the city with little road. Most of the route is path and trail. I think a MTB suits this ride best.

    Other routes could be out and back to either Collingwood/Simcoe or east towards Peterborough. Collingwood and back is about 160km each way. Not much legal camping along that route. Peterborough back has some nice spots but is mostly rail trail.

    I still need to scout some of these sections, between Elora and Guelph, if anyone would like to join or help confirm route and quality/safety of roads.

    So out of these options, I think three makes the most sense and it might be a good idea to consider booking spots.

    Let me know what you guys think and I can get more details. Be cool to get a bunch of sites together.

    #819630

    BlurredLines
    Participant

    Any particular “start” point in mind? I’m basing that completely on Toronto being a big place, made even bigger when suburbs are considered. Thinking about the folks coming in from outside Toronto and eliminating the hurdle of where to park for the weekend it may be a good plan to chose a start location with/near a secure parking facility?

    #819631

    nyby
    Participant

    @blurredlines – good question. Maybe a GO station somewhere? Is there decent parking at Downsview GO or Etobicoke North GO?

    #819633

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Start of the route will be in West end of the city. James Gardens (Scarlet and Eglington) is near the start and could be a good meeting place.

    Here is a zoomed in image of the start (we’re going counter-clockwise).

    Larger image here: https://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/wp-content/uploads/rtMedia/users/27/2018/04/Screen-Shot-2018-04-25-at-11.49.50-AM.png?

    Islington Station might be good option: http://www.ttc.ca/Subway/Stations/Islington/parking.jsp There is overnight parking on my street (Kipling and Rathburn) but not sure about 2 nights.

    #819635

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Everyone is also welcome to do a gear/bike drop at my place anytime leading up to the event. Then it’s just an Uber/TTC ride in the morning of. Maybe one last meal/BBQ together before everyone parts ways?

    I think overnight parking is tough anywhere. If guys can carpool I can get 2 cars in my driveway for sure.

    #819636

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Spots are filling quick at campsites so lets get our ducks in a row. Be nice to get a bunch of sites side by each.

    #819638

    DanLevin
    Participant

    If you guys do option 3, does the route home pass by Albion Hills again? If not, what is the suggested route back to Toronto?

    I won’t be able to do 3 days/2 nights but 2 days/1 night is certainly possible. I live 35 km east of Albion Hills so I’d just ride over in the morning and meet you all.

    #819639

    DanLevin
    Participant

    Nevermind – I checked on a map and answered my own question. Sorry to clutter the thread.

    Feel free to delete my message, I don’t see an option to do so.

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