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  1. Chef

    Chef ODSC Executive

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    The wife wants to go riding next week. Short notice for a relaxed 3 day, 2 night. Secondary roads/ gravel. Planning on motels. Leaving from orangeville. We were thinking , Manitoulin island, or parry sound/ north bay or out to the east, kinmount, dacre, calboogie. Does anyone have any great route suggestions ... I really don't have the time to do the research prior to Monday. Thanks in advance.
    K
  2. ARP

    ARP ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Ride like heck for a day and half and turn around and come back. :shock:
    Not sure where you should go Chef, but if you head to North Bay area, Camp Conewango on Lake Talon is east of NB down Songis Rd and a great place to stay IMO. Bike friendly and on the west end of the VMUTS. Beautiful country.
    Enjoy the journey. Ride safe.
  3. Randy_K

    Randy_K Limited User

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    Kevin

    Send me your email and I will send you my tracks for the three day Bancroft ride we did last year.

    Randy
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    Randy_K Limited User

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    Tracks sent as well as a few extra loops I had made up. Tracks are for this ride.

    viewtopic.php?f=12&t=19399

    This is at the end of the hydro cut. Straight can be water and left is the by pass. < have not ridden the bypass >
    [​IMG]

    Randy
  5. taylorericjohn

    taylorericjohn ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I am not sure what the tracks that Randy is sending you are but Bancroft is a great place to ride, lots of options. From my experience the snowmobile trails around Dickey Lake and Steenburg Lake are fun to ride. Fairly wide trails with some fun but relatively easy rocky areas to climb up. The nice part is that up there is you can just keep riding without knowing where you are going , one trail just leads to another and as long as you have a gps with you, you won't get lost. Have fun!
    stay cool
    JOhn
  6. michel mondou

    michel mondou ODSC President

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    Calabogie is a good choice: scenic, lots of accommodation & eating choices & an abundant choice of gravel routes. The East Ontario Trail (EOR) is a good way to get there. There are also nice routing options through the Kawarthas.

    3 of us rode our KLRs there during the May long weekend. No planned route, just picking our way on the GPS. Once in Calabogie there are rail trails, fire routes and what seems like an infinity of gravel roads to ride...

    Worth the trip: we'll likely go again next year! :moped:

    Michel
  7. DualSport

    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    Kevin - I'd go along with the Bancroft area recommendations as there really is a great selection of paved and gravel roads. I've had many 3 day trips to the area - some using KOA Kabins (Marmora), others using motels (Bancroft and Calabogie). I've also had many great 3-day trips to Pennsylvania, riding either a KLR, a V-Strom, a DR350 or a F650 Dakar, and it's equally as good on the backroads and gravel roads, but not as good with trails (at least, I didn't find any "real" trails like Bancroft/Calabogie hydro lines. One major difference is the cost - it's way cheaper in PA for motels.

    If you go to E. Ontario, the easiest way to find the good roads is ride any with 3 digits starting with a 5 e.g. 511, 508, etc.

    I've got several 3-day tracklogs, but most of the Ontario ones include rougher trails which you probably don't want. If you decide to go to E. Ontario let me know and I'll sort out some tracks that are just backroads and gravel - no trails.

    Bob