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Discussion in 'Adventure Dual Sporting' started by Chef, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Chef

    Chef ODSC Executive

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    The wife and I were planning to do the Ride Manitoulin. With the break in the weather we ended up doing ALL our hay so the ride was out. We are planning on heading up to ride on our own. We are planning Friday morning ferry out of Toby, then ride on the island and stay somewhere noth west Friday night. Ride Saturday and make our way down to Magnetawan to visit relatives sat night. Any suggestions on routes, points of interest, great gravel roads, accomodations or gps stuff on the island are appreciated.
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    My Wife and I road around the Island a couple of years ago. I wish I had route advice for you but we stuck to paved roads that trip. I will recommend that you book ahead of time for the big canoe. I know a few guys who have thought because they were on bikes it would be no problem to get on and were told they had to wait for the next one.
  3. Chef

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    Yeah. Thanks. Spent a summer working on the big canoe. Kind of know the drill. Damn, that was 24 years ago.
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    We had a trip there a few years back and they put us at the front of the line up at the ferry. We were taken on and put into spaces the cars couldn't use - seemed to work quite good.

    Found Manitoulin disappointing - mainly straight, flat, paved roads. The gravel ones seemed to deadend at the lakes. We found the trails around Sudbury much more interesting. One of the guys we used to ride with when he was in London - Smitty - moved to Manitoulin a few years back and I think he is involved with the big Ride. I think there's probably good stuff if you have the time to find it but a casual visitor may not be so lucky.

    There's pictures of our ride at https://picasaweb.google.com/106152489552600956419/Sudbury2006# and I can send you the GPS track if it's any help. I've heard that the abandoned rail trail to Espanola is very good but we didn't know about it then, however the paved road it follows was the highlight of the visit for us.

    Bob
  5. Chef

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    That would be great Bob. Anything is appreciated. I pm'ed smitty. Waiting to hear back.
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    The Adventure Ride of the Ride Manitoulin Motorcycle rally was a good one! I'll post pics later.

    Finding good backroads/ trails can be challenging, you have to know the area. There is no crown land.

    But as far as straight. flat roads, Bob, surely you must be kidding! The island is full of twisty roads, but you have to get off the main 540 roads. Yes, many gravel roads to end at lakes (which isn't always that bad).

    I'll try and put something together for Chef.

    PS: Bikes are first on/first off on the Cheech, but this time of year (summer), you need to book ahead.
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    Our plan had been to spend the full day on Manitoulin but after studying the maps we had, there didn't seem to be many twisty roads (or gravel, but maps of these are often wrong), so we aborted and decided just to stay in a Sudbury motel for the whole trip (and dump luggage, etc). Our main objective had been to check out trails north of Sudbury so it wasn't a major change.

    I'll take another look at my newer maps, Smitty, and see if I find anything new to encourage me to revisit. I love being on boats in general so a bike ride with ferries is a big attraction.

    Bob
  8. Chef

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    Thanks for the input. We are back 1300 km and 3 days. It was nice riding. We had to do our route backwards as there were no weekend ferries available that worked for us....it was Pow Wow weekend. We rode up and around to get to the island. Stayed at the Meldrum Bay Inn...great place, great food but very little in the way of a town. Mostly rode gravel to South Baymouth. We will be making another trip to the island!!!!
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    Hey Kevin

    I've always been interested in riding Manitoulin and now that you've done it what's your overall impression?

    Is it a scenic area to ride? Are there plenty of motels to stay overnight in?

    Hardy
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    There doesn't seem to be a lot of motels. Most towns are very small, some have very few services. Manitoulin is scenic and well worth the ride but, but we didn't find many roads that followed the water. Many roads seem to go to the water but they seem to be an in and out trip.These are only my very limited observations as we were only on the island a day. We plan to go back and spend more time. We were planning on doing the ride manitoulin event but hay took priority.
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    The Ride Manitoulin Bike Rally is a good way to get a tour of the island. There is a scenic tour (all paved) and the Adventour Tour, which is a mix of pavement and gravel.

    Looks like I'll have to work on some tracks and put together a route too.

    For accommodations, there is a listing on the ride mantioulin web site: www.ridemanitoulin.ca. Most of these are near Providence Bay (except the Meldrum Bay Inn) where the rally is held.