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Breaking in the DR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by dean.f, May 16, 2020.

  1. dean.f

    dean.f Limited User

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    I spent a good part of the day touring around the east side of Lake simcoe, although not a ton of dirt track to be had, still a beauty day for riding. I ended up checking out some roads east of Dalrymple also (Carden Alvar PP) where I did see one other bike. Put about 250km on the new 650 getting used to how it handles.

    Found a nice little lunch spot then looped back home.
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    Anybody else get some miles in today?
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    neilcouture ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Went to Orangeville / Creemore. Deconfinement time has arrived. There was tons of people, cars, pedestrian, atv, dirt bike. The trail were flooded
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    I noticed the same, there were a ton of photographers on the road through the provincial park bird watching. I also saw a few ATVs and tons of people opening up cottages and putting out docks. Hopefully no adverse effects from this new freedom so maybe we can all get back to normal.
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    Hmmm, I was out in the same area yesterday and had a blast.... admittedly maybe too much fun but couldn't resist riding a bit too fast through the frequent puddles.

    I started my day out running over Hogsback Rd via Hillsview Rd north from Bethany to Mt Horeb Road. It was generally easy riding, though the clay/mud made some of the downhills a bit interesting. I did contemplate trying to head south on the un-assumed road over the ski hill where Hillsview Rd starts but a bit too steep and covered with loose rock and bowling ball boulders and given my inexperience on the new bike I opted to pass... at least this time. Though I would be curious if any others have taken that direction and where it leads?

    I then headed to Kirkfield and ran the same trails you describe dean.f in fact I think we waved at the intersection of Wylie and Alvar, I was on a 1090r and probably having a bit more fun than I should have been. I then explored the length of Alvar Rd in both directions and noted a number of ATV trails heading off Alvar road north but wasn't sure if they were public access or not so despite my urge to explore them I figured I'd try to learn more about access in the area. Anyone know if those trails are public access?

    Was absolutely awesome to be back on the trails.... and even the road :)
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    None of the maps I have really show the park boundary most other land is private, so far I've been sticking to road allowances in that area.

    I was riding pretty slow trying to keep my feet dry and I just about jumped out of my skin when I saw you behind me o_O

    I'll be exploring a few more roads up that way this season, I have quite a few marked on a map I'd like to ride as a route. I think I need something a little more aggressive for tires they are like slicks in that greasy mud.
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    figur8t ODSC-OFTR Member

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    My sincere apologies dean.f, I was behind you for a bit and thought you'd seen me in your mirror and when you moved right I thought it was an invite to pass. I'll have to be honest the same has happened to me on several occasions while on trails, especially while riding solo... I guess none of us are in the habit of looking in the rearview mirrors when on trails :)
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    I had already seen you by the time you passed that was certainly an invite so no worries, I'm in my own world when offroad. Maybe I'll stop for a chat next time I see you.

    I was more distracted by the mixed reactions from the bird watchers seeing us hooligans on motorcycles. I wasn't expecting that place to be so busy.

    Just before I turned on to Wylie from the main road I had a turkey jump out of the ditch and almost fly into me while I was doing 90k that was a surprise for sure.
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    figur8t ODSC-OFTR Member

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    That makes me feel tons better, I never want to be a "jerk" when out riding but I'm never sure what's the most polite way to alert another rider to my presence. I've used the horn but to be honest that normally scares the bejeezus out of me, just don't expect to hear a horn when you're out by yourself in the middle of nowhere. I was definitely surprised by the busyness as well, not too mention how some of those cars made the drive in.... but good on them.

    Definitely stop and chat next time we cross paths, it's always great to catch up with other riders. I'm relatively new to the area and really looking to explore it more.. both big and smaller bike dual sport and single track routes as I also have a trail bike for the tighter stuff.

    Glad you didn't hit the turkey though I guess if there weren't any damage or injuries (besides the bird) you might have brought home a nice meal ;-)