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  1. dirtbill

    dirtbill Limited User

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    We are well into planning the ride and have taken a slightly different approach as the green and orange trails will intermingle a lot giving the riders the option of exactly how difficult they would like the ride to be as well as maximizing the interaction between those riding more difficult trails and those riding easy stuff. The ganny offers so many possibilities, hope to see you there.

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    Trails are pretty much laid out now and this is looking like a great ride, we've had tons of rain and some more on the way this week, that makes the ganny mint, there are some puddles but mostly just great traction.

    Here's what you can expect:

    about 38kms to lunch (lots of single track with lots of opportunities to green by pass making it about 20kms)
    after lunch there is a mixed green route of about 12kms back to the park for those who've had enough
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    a moderately difficult (with some additional tough options) 40km to a second stop (optional gas)
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    an optional 27km loop to the east forest
    THEN
    about 18kms of nice mixed ride home.

    This one has something for everyone, if you don't have a ganny pass or if you do and don't know the forest well, this ride can get you to almost every corner.

    Hope to see you Sunday for a great ride, a burger and alot of fun with your pals.
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    My kids are on XR70s with the small wheels. I see that it mentions they may have difficulty in the sand, but will they be able to make it through the afternoon section of the ride on the small bikes? They don't have lots of experience.

    Thanks.
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    It's difficult to judge the skill level of your kids, we've had small wheel riders do fine through rides in the past, wet sand is a whole lot easier to ride that dry sand so that's a bonus. The "green route" to lunch is fairly short but the run home is longer, though probably slightly easier. You'll be looking at at least 40 kms of riding not real tough stuff but thats a pretty long ride for little kids who don't have lots of experience. So its your judgement if they're pretty adventurous it could be a real thrill, if they're a little timid it might be not so enjoyable?

    hope this is helpful
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    I suggest doing the short loop with inexperienced kids, get them back before they hit the wall and you'll get them out to ride an other day, perhaps a little longer.
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    Thanks for the information guys. That does help.
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    I too was thinking about riding with my young lad.
    He is 10 and rides a CRF80.
    We have riden in the Ganny a few times, so I think I should know what to expect.

    I am curious to know approx. how long the easy loop would take....I know it depends on speed, but ballpark would be nice to know.

    Thanks
    O
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    It looks like it's about 32 km, probably a couple hours or so for kids.
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    I just finished arrowing the green (easy) sections for the morning and if you take all the green sections it is 24 kilometers to lunch. The trailride is a little more technical than in years past. There is only the main route which are pink arrows due to a horse event the day before using orange arrows and green "bale" arrows. This means that there is more single track than in the past on the main loop. PW50's and some 65cc bikes probably won't be able to climb some of the hills even on the green sections (eg. the south road between Lookout Hill and the triangle trail for those that know the forest).
    According to the route I have laid out in Basecamp (GPS software) if you take all the green "bales" it is about 18 kilometers back to the start. The main loop including the East Forest is about 110 -120 km give or take. The east Forest option is about 30 km on its own. There will be a second gas stop for those going over to the east side but we will start pulling arrows going over to the East Forest at 14:00.
    If you have had your son in the forest and have ridden the Rollercoaster Road (first lane to the east just south of the P2 parking lot) then he should not have any issues.

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    OPIPE Limited User

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    Hey Bill,
    Refresh my memory, where is P2?
    We normally park at the base of Porter Road, and ride in from there.

    My only fear is, we get in somewhee that is too technical, and he can't manage.

    I guss there is no better way than to try it.

    And correct me if I am wrong, but here is what I understand re: distances.

    24-30 Klics from Start to lunch.
    After lunch, if you continue to the East forest loop, you would add approx. another 90-100 klics or so?
    And if we excluded the East Loop, and doubled back to start, it would be approx. 18 klics back to start?

    As I sort of accurate?
    Sorry for all the questions, I am just trying to figure it out, so I can prep my son on the distances.

    Any feedback is appreciated.

    Cheers
    OPIPE
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    fitter ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Porter Rd Parking Lot is P6. P2 is off of Boundary Rd just south of Micro Rd.

    If you take all the Green "Bales" after lunch it is 18 km back to the start. The last green section will be have a sign telling you that there are no more "bale" sections. You can however forego the East Forest which will shorten the afternoon by 30 kilometers.
    The total main loop including the East Forest is about 80 kilometers roughly (50 if you bypass the East Forest). If you take the Green sections after lunch to the start of the last Green section that takes you back to the start it is about 10 kilometers to that point. It would be roughly 15 kilometers if you stayed on the Main trail and bypassed the east forest from that point (start of the last Green section).

    I'm sorry I can't post the map but we have in the past had people who will come out and ride the course on Saturday and not pay an entry fee. The club cannot afford to host this event if people will not support us with their entries. The monies raised by this event help pay for various projects we do to maintain the trails throughout the year.

    Bill
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    Thanks Bill.

    I think we will give it a try...worst case scenario, he gets bush early, we will take the short loop back to beginning.
    Appreciate the explanation, and see you on Sunday!
    OPIPE
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    last night after arrowing we discussed a couple of the more difficult sections for green riders, I think we can insert a short by pass that will take care of the issue, will be out tomorrow doing clean up with this issue in mind. I think we'll add some explanations at a couple of locations, like difficulty and by pass length.

    At any rate the boys had a pretty good time arrowing and everyone seemed to enjoy the course. I hope with the greens we have something to suit everyone's fancy.

    Hope to see everyone Sunday, we expect it to be pretty hot so we've got lots of water at lunch so you can top up your camel backs.
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    OK we're all set. we tidied up the by-passes, added some arrows and I think we have a ride suitable for every ability. If you want a very long ride that will tire you out you can have that, if you want a short ride that your kids can do well you got that too and a variety of things in between.
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    Wow, I don't know what to say.

    What an incredible day!
    Trails were perfect!
    The arrow job was incredible.
    And the fun level was bouncing off "max"

    This was the first time my son and I have done an event like this together, and we will definatley do it again!
    As he was quick to point out to me "dad, you know the green loops weren't easy, they were just easier than the Pink".
    He was right.
    We skipped the East forect ( by accident ), but my butt and back are glad we did. Man the kid could ride forever...

    Thanks to all who were involved ( including the Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue grill masters ) in the event, it was a jon WELL DONE!!!!
    ps, glad mother nature was on our size as well :)

    Cheers
    OPIPE!
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    Great ride, nice job guys. Certainly worth the 3 hour drive.
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    Thanks to everyone involved-great job. We had a blast.trails were great-no dust! Thanks to sign in crew, fire department for lunch and gas truck crew's.
    Bill Batten NTR.