September 25, 2018 at 10:52 pm #820461
Yeah we were fortunate enough that we only had a brief downpour on Friday evening and it was pretty dry the rest of the time. Even so, we had to hike through some of those “rivers”. Marmora to Bancroft was definitely difficult, and the ATVs ripping it apart didn’t help. We also cheated a bit as we were trying to reach Bancroft before the campground closed and took the road for a section leading into the town.
Good luck with the remainder of the trip! Not sure if I could have done it alone.September 25, 2018 at 10:58 pm #820462
I like to call it bike portaging. In good news, the worst is behind me and tomorrow is just back to ganaraska with this amazing Victoria rail trail. I had a lot of cheating and a few missed turns, so I will call it a 75% colt, but I am ok with it! Bedtime!September 26, 2018 at 12:13 pm #820465
Sounds like you boys have had yourselves some great adventures on the COLT. Hard to believe it was that wet. I know we’ve got a lot of rain recently but it was a dry summer for the most part. Also interesting to hear about what setup worked best.
I’m looking at a few trips this fall. Anyone else got anything planned?
Cheers,September 26, 2018 at 12:21 pm #820466
And girls 😉
Would also love some ideas for some last fall tours. Share!September 26, 2018 at 12:27 pm #820467
And girls! Sorry about that.October 22, 2018 at 2:40 pm #820532
Still time for an epic this fall if anyone is game. I am buying a warmer bag to make this possible and looking for other adventure seekers. I have spent a few rides putting together a pretty epic overnighter in Muskoka. It’s 99% off-road, like way off-road, and has what I think is the best terrain and scenery we have to offer here. It’s a roughly 90km loop but it’s full on. I wouldn’t let that distance discourage you or intimidate you if you’re interested. 40km on my barebones trail bike was a pretty legit ride, loaded will be a nomadic journey. It’s beaucoup tech but anyone with some grit can tackle it. Has to be on an MTB, hardtail and fatbikes would be well suited but a packable dually is ideal. Could be snow, will be epic. I am already working on a 400km version of this but this 90km intro is a pretty fun night out on bikes with fellow riders.
Loam and slabs for days. Pitch anywhere.
Who’s in? Should be sooner than later. to accommodate most peoples gear offering. I am up for mid-week or weekend.October 22, 2018 at 4:15 pm #820534
Interest already from my buddy @dean-campbell
Proposed dates are Nov 2-3rd
Looking to pool gear and rides. Most of all, have fun!October 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm #820535
Yeah, excited for this. It will be a good ride for sure.
As far as gear goes, MEC does rentals of stuff like winter bags and four season tents if anyone needs them. I’m happy to advise should anyone have questions, and probably can cover off any needs for communal gear for 4 people or less.
Looking forward to checking out some new terrain on a different sort of adventure.October 23, 2018 at 8:45 am #820536
Good call on gear rental as cold weather camping equipment may not be in everyones arsenal.October 24, 2018 at 7:21 pm #820543
Warmer bag purchased. Getting stoked.October 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm #820552
Bikepacking bags have arrived…
Who else is in on this?October 29, 2018 at 8:26 am #820553
Timing is no good for me on this one, but I’ll wish you the best of luck. Spring trip was excellent, would recommend for anyone on the fence about it.October 30, 2018 at 8:46 am #820557
The spring trip was amazing @blurredlines Hopefully it becomes a yearly event. You may be able to get in on this one yet…
Sadly mother nature is not cooperating for the 2-3rd. I don’t mind some weather but they are calling for 10mm of rain the night we’d be camping out. I can handle (even enjoy) the suffering on the bike but knowing we get to have a nice spot on the rocks, siting by a fire, having a cold one is the payoff and its not looking like that will be possible.
Looking at alternate days next week. We’d be camping at Torrence Barrens so midweek is the best. You can’t reserve sites and they are limited so this just increases the odds of getting one. Sure we can pitch anywhere but that’s the destination and a pretty nice spot to pitch.
The route is all plotted and it’s actually 75km each way over some chunky terrain.December 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm #820661
Check this out:
Tour Divide style ride/race in Southern Ontario.
“The BT 700 is a 700ish kilometre bikepacking route traversing some of the most interesting and less trodden terrain in southwestern Ontario. Yes, Ontario has some terrific terrain begging for a fatter tire adventure.
Each July, a common “grand depart” will occur from the historic village of St. Jacobs, Ontario which will bring together the cycle touring community. Can’t make the event or fancy more alone time? Not a problem. The BT 700 is an open sourced route and can be tackled at anytime of the year. ”December 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm #820664
This looks wicked. Must have a few beverages and discuss/plot breweries and greasy spoons.
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