April 25, 2018 at 2:13 pm #819640
@fasttimes I only plan on bringing a hammock and a tarp, just in case that affects campsite reservations.April 25, 2018 at 2:15 pm #819641
We don’t go back to Albion on the way back. We come from the west and down Etobicoke Creek from the rail trail. You could easily head back east on that same rail trail though. Wouldn’t add much.
Check route on previous page.April 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm #819642
I won’t be able to book sites for everyone as numbers will likely fluctuate right up till the day we leave. I’ll book a few sites at each location but beyond that folks will have to look after themselves. I’ll pony up for pops and other goodies along the way.
Once I book, I’ll post up which sites I have so that we can get as close to each other as possible. Not sure how many tents we can pack into a site. Usually 2-3 fits well.
Hammock and tarp is all good @nyby. Hopefully suitable trees can be found. I’m likely pitching a tent but may bivy it. Guess it depends on the weather. Could be wet that time of year.April 25, 2018 at 4:23 pm #819643
@fasttimes Now that we’ve settled on dates and a route, maybe another social media blast could help?April 26, 2018 at 6:53 pm #819647
Headed out with a buddy on another exploratory ride and linked together some pretty epic sections of trail. We did 90kn with under 10km of road. The first day will be pretty special. Im doing my best to pre-ride as much as I can to make sure its the sweetest route and to not have too many wrong turns. It’s still bound to happen but I’m trying. Lots of water and mud still but its drying up well. Some really choice sections along the way.
Bring your sense of adventure cause this is gonna be one!April 26, 2018 at 10:32 pm #819649
great pic! this trip just keeps looking more and more amazing. I will know within next few days if i’m working out of town on 17-19th, which will dictate my involvement in the weekend…..even if i cant do day 1 I plan to find a way to join up, looks to good to miss
@fasttimes, how singletrack/mtb is this route appearing to be? are you riding the fargo in that pic and on this trip?
I have done a fair bit of 1-3 day bikepacks in ON, but its been largely rail trail and side roads….tbh its kind of boring and singletrack sounds a million times better, but my specialized AWOL, triple chainring drops painfully easy when you get into the rocky rooty singletrack, it does many things well but bumpy trails isnt one of them…..also not sure about using low rider front panniers in singletrack….might be a reason to upgrade the packs…..gear geeking out is half the fun!
really hoping stars align to make this oneApril 27, 2018 at 9:00 am #819651
Hey @jhop It’s going to be so much fun. Should be a solid group of guys.
There is as much singeltrack as I could link up but that’s still not a ton overall. There just isn’t that much of it to put together for a long distance ride like this. There are lots of cool connections and pieces of trail but at no point are we doing an hour long section of rowdy trail.
I am on my Fargo in that pic above and it was perfect on all surfaces I rode, which was just about everything yesterday. I think a 26″,27.5″, 29″ MTB or fat/plus-bike is the best choice for this ride. I don’t think a full-squish will hurt you but has limited gear space. You could get by with a newer all-road/monstercross bike with 38-45c tires but I rode stuff yesterday that would have been challenging with that setup. If you’re an experienced rider and know your gear inside and out, this could be an option. But likely not the best as a try-sees ride with gear hanging off all over the place. Things can rattle loose pretty easily, even on the most boring sections of rail trail. It will be a trade off as there are some path, rail and road sections that would roll better on a cross bike. Personally, I’d rather be able to ride the fun stuff and suffer a bit on the road. Road sucks so it’s only varying degrees of suckiness. I would rather ride as much of the off-road stuff as possible. Like with any of my rides, I only ride the road/gravel parts to get to the good stuff.
The new frame bags really are best but as you can see from my trip with @dean-campbell, it’s possible to get by with a touring style setup. We’ll ride more singletrack and rough trail that on that ride though. My buddy was on a 27.5″+ bike yesterday and we we’re well matched. There are lots of little singletrack off-shoots that we were able to explore, some would have been a challenge on the CX bike. Beyond tires and gear carrying options, you’ll want an appropriate low gear. Loaded up, with a double road crankest will have you walking more than riding the fun stuff. We’ll still be hiking sections, but not many. It should all be rideable with some fitness and a low enough gear. As an example, I used my 30-42t on more than one occasion yesterday and still had to hike a section.
1 user thanked author for this post.April 29, 2018 at 3:05 pm #819677
Pre rode and explored another big segment of the route this week. Day one will be epic and may get renamed the Soul Crusher. It may only be 70km but it’s a doozy. I made all the climbs but they may not be possible loaded up. If this whole route is used it would be tough to complete on a standard CX bike. There are some really nice sections along the way but what is really interesting is how it all links up. Not an easy thing to link up long off-road section in Ontario. Think many will be surprised.
I unfortunately didn’t get shots of the really cool sections (some are sensitive areas) but here are some from our recon ride.
I’ll be testing some of the other sections this week if anyone wants to join.
There is lots of interest but still a lot of folks sitting on the fence. I’ll give another week then make the call on this.May 5, 2018 at 6:25 am #819722
How tough are some of the climbs relative to local stuff in the Don? Just trying to figure out the best chainring option. My current setup I can get up pretty much all the grades in the Don with little fuss, but if there’s some extended climbing I might want to gear down a bit more. Really looking forward to this trip!May 14, 2018 at 9:32 pm #819803
Just a few days to go, status check on campsites if any are booked and attendance (roll call)?
I’m firmly on team @nyby for the light weight minimalist approach of tarp and bag even with the forecast calling for some rain.
Big question I have as I run through my setup is are we self supporting the whole way or will we be aiming to hit up the old fashion good morning greasy spoon restaurant breakfasts etc along the way?.May 14, 2018 at 9:36 pm #819804
Oh man I’d totally be up for greasy spoon breakfasts.May 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm #819805
i just got word that i will be back in town from work on 18th so looks like i can make this work! havent done anything bigger than 50-60km days so far this year but have pushed to 100km in past on less milage so feel up to the challenge…..
Also doing mental checklist as @blurredlines wrote above and trying to figure out requirements. food is big question mark. greasy
spoons is ideal for weight saving but can pack for camping meals if neccesary…..
also curious for tires suggestions. I have 2” semi slicks on my drop bar AWOL (continental road contacts) but could mount some more knobby specialized ground controls if it better suits the terrain .
havent booked a site and not even fully clear on the route so any further details would be great!May 15, 2018 at 9:48 am #819807
Unfortunately I have a corporate client, I’m on retainer with, book me for a shoot this weekend. It’s not something I can get out of sadly. I can sometimes farm these out to a junior shooter but this one is quite technical and not something I could trust anyone else with. I had blacked out these dates but part of our agreement is that I have to drop everything if I am requested. I’m still trying to find someone who could handle this but don’t want to leave everyone hanging.
We’ll have to look at another weekend this summer and i’ll make sure I have another shooter on standby to fill in for me.
Sorry guys, had a lot of fun planning and testing this route and think we would have had a blast.
We were fully going the greasy spoon route. Was looking at hiding a few treasure chests later this week for us as well.May 15, 2018 at 11:20 am #819810May 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm #819811
Feel terrible about it. I’ll know more tomorrow as I have a few leads out for shooters. Just didn’t want to give less notice than I already am.
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