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5 days of Heaven

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by gorick, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. gorick

    gorick Ride Organizer

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    Six of us met up in Alliston. The plan was to take as many backroads and trails as possible to get to the north side of Algonquin park to Mattawa.
    From there we would travel to Espanola before heading south through Manitoulin Island, onto the Ferry, and back home.
    So we started out and it didn't take long to see there would be many moments to laugh at. With the first wipe out nicely done with no casualties or damage; except for the little chink of ego that fell off; away we went to our first stop which was Huntsville. The roads there were very scenic and just what we were looking for. A little more pavement in some places near the highways but otherwise they were perfect.
    It took a little time to learn to navigate using my maps and GPS combined but I soon got used to it and after a few hours it got much easier. It was nice to actually see the roads in real life compared to my maps and the google earth images.
    Day two took us down the Seguin trail which we turned onto at Walls. During the night before well we slept it rained hard and we came across numerous water holes. They became knee deep, and in some places with water flowing across the trails. It got to a point near the end where we had to bail onto the Hwy because it was getting even worse ahead with longer and deeper holes. I know because I checked since I already had wet boots from stalling in deeper water. So we then took the old Nippissing road north. It was as expected with a nice flowing back road which becomes paved before you get to Magnetawan. North from there was a lot of fun all the way to bummers roost. Pass that again we started to experience higher water levels and after making it almost through we were forced to turn back with about a Km to go to make it to where it gets better.
    No problem. We stopped at the old store in Commanda and the backroads to Bomnfield where we spent the night at the Dinner Bell motel. In my opinion it is a place you should put on your to do list. Home cooked meals with breakfast free with your room, and we're not talking bagels and toast.
    Day three we continued east to Mattawa and then turned back west coming through the heart of the Vmuts trails. We just wanted to pass through considering our necessary need to cover a certain amount of Kms each day. This fortunately was a little diverted with a somewhat lack of good road or trail signs and we ended up doing some pretty knarly trails. In the end we came out the other side absolutely thrilled with what we had just accomplished as a group. One of the things this bunch of riders excelled at.
    From there the planned route was back on track and using routes and roads, some suggested by fellow ODSC riders, worked out perfect. The resting place for this night was southern Sudbury.
    At this point we found our selves in need of some worn parts on some of the bikes that just we're not going to last and needed to be replaced no. So fortunately Royal Distributing has a store in Sudbury and an emergency run was done by two riders while the others started to dismantle the problem parts. Parking lot repairs can be a lot of fun when there is lots of help, and beer, and six tired riders. Supper will be at ten o'clock tonight.
    Day four was a route north out of Sudbury passing by the Big Nickel and going up the Hwy in a north west direction before turning back southerly to take another recommended road back to 17. From there to Espanola and the rail trail to Little Current.
    This turned out to be the only disappointment on this ride. We were told not to take the trail at all as it has washed away in many places to a point of impasse because of all of the rain this year. We were told of 50 foot drops in some places so we took an alternate route to get further south by using lee valley road and then onto cuttier and fox lake roads. Basically snowmobile trails which proved to be extremely enjoyable and a good replacement for the unusable rail trail. Then on down to Manitoulin and cruised north west to Bridal Veil falls where one of the group went swimming in the cool waters. We stayed on the island that night and be forwarned that the beer stores close at 6:00.
    Day five started with the Ferry ride on the Chi-Cheemaun. Nice smooth cruise across to Tobermory and then back roads home. Along the way travelling to Fergus for myself others would slowly split off when it was most convenient for them to get home. I rode backroads almost all the way from Wiarton to Fergus. Near the end I found myself cruising down a back road at 80 Kms an hour in the pouring rain. I don't think I have ever felt so relaxed in my life. Just me, the rain and my bike. Doesn't get much better than that and believe me I didn't want to stop!
    So all in all it was another epic ride that I will never forget. The comradery was fantastic, the weather near perfect with very little rain while riding and no one came home broken. Just the odd part than can easily be replaced.

    Once again we are all survivors!
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  2. Visser

    Visser ODSC-ADV Member

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    Sounds like a great trip, but that sucks to hear about the Espanola Rail Trail. The part most likely to be washed away is probably the best part of the trail too... where it hugs the side of a hill with a lake at the base. I wonder if anyone up there will or can fix this? Is there any organization that manages that trail?
  3. Cole McBain

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    From Tuesday at 5:30 pm when I left home until Sunday at 6:00 pm I accumulated 1920 kms on my bike. That was quite a ride!!

    Day 2 on Seguin.

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    IMG_20170713_105406.jpg Don reflecting on ride
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  8. gorick

    gorick Ride Organizer

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    I was told that it had washed away in numerous places. Some spots are where there was water on both sides.
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    Sounds like a great ride! Maybe it will become an annual event?
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    What a great ride! I wish I had time available to go for epic rides like this in the summer months...Thanks for the write up Rick.
  11. Don Jasper

    Don Jasper ODSC Executive

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    Have some videos to add now that i am back from Ottawa. Was indeed remarkable trip thanks to the usual suspects.
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    and where are these videos Don?
  13. Don Jasper

    Don Jasper ODSC Executive

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    hehehehhehehe. Having issues loading. Will appreciate any ideas. Should I send it directly to you all?
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    Works for me
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    Wow, looks like a great trip guys, thanks for posting this.

    Do you have any tracks you can post up?
  16. gorick

    gorick Ride Organizer

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    Hey Hardy
    I don't know how to record tracks. I get staples to copy and laminate the maps I need and then I put my route on there with a marker. I use my gps to make sure I am going the right way.
    If you tell me what areas you are interested in, then I can tell you the roads we used in that area and what was good.
    Sorry, best I can do.