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  1. Shawn Hall

    Shawn Hall Ride Organizer

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    The 500 EXC is nice. I can't wait to try it out in the rock! :)

    Great ride report Yawny. Looks like fun.
  2. Yawny

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    Did some trail clearing Monday after work.

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  3. Yawny

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    I was able to hook up with Charley today to get some details on the trail from Redbridge ( west end of VMUTS) to Sand Dam. We ended up riding it part way . I am planning going back Saturday with a gang to follow it through.

    This trail would make the run green plate to Field, where one could ride the rail trail to River Valley to hit the connections further west towards Sudbury. There is still Hwy 64 transit if the run up by Pike Lake is done but this is optional.
    Gas stations becomes an issue however.

    Yawny
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    ecarnell ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Are you guys doing this as part of the tcat? Or just on your own/0r anther trail association?
    Either way awesome work - and lots of hours put in.
    I'm hoping with work next year will have more free time!
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    No this is just my own excuse to get out and ride :moped:
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    We made it through to Sand Dam Road today and continued the run to River Valley. Leaves are starting to change early this year.

    This section was a rough ATV trail for a few kms with a few muddy sections. Dan joined us on his KLR 650 after we made it through.

    The middle green route is what we were trying to connect. Yellow is Thursday's ride coming from Hwy 63.

    Yawny

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    Looks awesome!
    Bruce Wilson and I were discussing previosly heading to lower michigan for a couple day ride in sept (using cannontrek s routes From advrider) but this looks very interesting also.....
  8. Yawny

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    A good option for doing this ride would be to park at a big lot just north or North Bay on the road that goes to our dump.Its at the end of the cyan line that comes down towards the "start location" marker on the Google pic in the above post. Then one could ride to Mattawa on one tank of fuel and refuel there.

    Return to your vehicle from Mattawa using a different route ( a few options ) and hopefully you were smart enough to bring gas cans. Or go back to a hotel and ride the next leg the following day, the first leg would be enough riding for most.

    Then second day head over to River Valley and beyond or do this as the first day ride.( Use the same parking place ) Premium fuel a little harder to come by on this leg. Again if you did Loop Du Jour you better only stop to pee and drink because you need to ride your butt off to do it in one day.

    We did see ATV's coming into Field on Hwy 64 yesterday. There was an ATV Poker run going on there.

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  9. Yawny

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    Well the rabbit has been pulled out of the hat and there is a green plate option now available from what I discovered riding today. I headed north on Hwy 11 this morning and ventured down towards Pike Lake. I knew that the ATV guys must have done a big loop during their Poker run so I went out to find it. I had already found one section and was heading home when I decided to follow a road/trail off the railbed. Turns out it was another ATV event trail . If I knew what I was about to slug through I wouldn't have attempted it, as I was solo today.But I made it and what a trail it is. I think it will really add to the "challenge" factor to the ride.

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    Found a nice addition to the route on Friday. Today wasn't raining for a change so 4 of us went back to explore the area some more.

    It heads from North River Road to Koko Lake coming out on Hwy 63 almost at the Hwy 533 junction.It is easily accessed from the VMUTS trails.

    A few weeks ago Martin and I went back to Pike Lake area to eat mud and found the trail to the rocky hill where we gave up earlier in the summer. It was a fun discovery and great trail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGo00W4k ... ature=plcp

    I should note I just quickly drew the south route to Mattawa ( yellow line ) Its not an actual ride.

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  11. Yawny

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    It wasn't ideal riding weather this weekend but Wes and I headed out to do some exploring Sunday. It was -4 when we left but we were well dressed. We also got to try out our Sidi Adventure boots which kept our feet warm and dry.
    I was looking for options going from Powassan to Mattawa. We tried to cross over to Chisolm and see if the old railbed was rideable towards Kiosk in Alqonquin park. The trail we chose to cross over on was ice with a dusting of snow or water.
    It was downright treacherous! We had to trun around and resort to following back roads looking for trail heads and other key points. We made it to Kiosk and found the old rail bed but the access was riddled with Private/ No Tresspassing signs.
    I'll still ride it from the other end some day as the maps do show a trail heading up to Boulter part way across.I found the snowmobile bridge across the Amabule Du Fond River but it had a gate on it. There is a work around for that. Fantastic ride of 230 km, we left at 10am and got back about 6pm. Its going to be over a month up here before the trails thaw and dry up around here.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXzyxlMbUz8
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    A few pics. There was a red squirrel at the campground and he was inside our helmets as we left them on a picnic table. I happened to have some mixed nuts which I shared with the hungry little fellow.
    I was asking the young fellow filling up our bikes in Mattawa and he said the trails were really good in summer so that's good news.
    Also Dan whose KLR650 was stolen in the fall was recovered. A co-worker spotted it parked in front of a house and Dan tromped over there with police to follow!

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    Hey I'm a brand new member on this site and joined because of this thread.Myself and three buddys did a trip up the old Nippising Road trail and around north bay to Pine Falls Lodge, last year.Our route took us north of Sturgean Falls,found some back roads, and ended up on the snowmobile trail just southeast of the lodge.We are hoping to get back to the area again this year, but would like to spend more time on the trails.By the look of your tracks on google earth I would love to follow some of these trails.Is there some way I could get a copy for my gps. :)
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    Yeah Pine Falls Lodge is a nice pit stop. Many of the lodges can recommend trails to ride on as they usually know them quite well .I guess the snowmobile trail you're talking about is Rochon Road.
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    Yes I believe your right.The lodge was a welcome sight as we neglected to gas up in Sturgean Falls and we had no idea where our next gas stop was going to be.Oh ya, the cold beer at the lodge was ok as well !
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    I did the Magnetawan/Powassan/Mattawa trip a few years ago. It's great riding, if you're ready for the odd, ATV bog and a beaver dam or two. Lots of Sandy soil which is always fun. It was not quite a full day to cover the whole thing. I did end up watering out the old KLR at one point, so we lost a little time.

    From Mattawa, you can go up to Kap, then across to PQ and back down a logging road to Deep River or thereabouts. That's an exciting and long day. You need to carry fuel, unless you're on a KLR or similar.

    Bruce
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    Today I rode almost to Mattawa to search for a route south of Hwy 17 to Boulter township. I'm quite delighted to say I made it! Temps were in the low 30's with storms threatening.
    Trail conditions were quite dry but overgrown with tall grass in the mid section. One part in a logged area had brutal ruts and bumps that was very tiring on the hands!
    I was thinking that I really didn't want to backtrack over those sections. The bridge over the Amabule du fond River still had the gate closed so I had to do a detour north. It really made the ride to have connected that section.
    I was heading towards Boulter when very dark clouds were threatening rain as the wind was starting to blow. I just stayed on the throttle and 20 minutes later it was blue sky again and stinking hot.
    I did ride through some sections that had just received heavy rain. Not less than 1/2 an hour after returning home the storm hit so my timing was perfect.

    On other rides I have been exploring towards Temiscaming QC heading towards the Ottawa River on occasion. I report on those before too long.

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    Any updates?

    Awesome thread!
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    Alright, squeaky wheel gets the grease! Wet weather sure isn't letting off this year and of course it's often on weekends :evil:
    I've been checking out many fishing lakes and doing little motorcycle camping trips. Also exploring locally in detail, new ones keep popping up!

    Heading east of North Bay just past VMUTS territory is an area called McConnel Lakes Recreation Area or locally known as Diver. There is a well kept wide boring logging road that goes all the way to the Ottawa River with a little
    cottage community there. Branching off this road are a few routes and many crystal clear lakes. We found some nice loop rides in there on old logging roads some of them overgrown somewhat. Opimika Wilderness Camp is back there on
    Troutbait Lake. I still not done exploring back there and look forward to returning.

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    Opposite side of McConnel Lake Road is another area with access to the Ottawa River ( SE ) . I wandered back there one day and made it to the Ottawa again. I found another loop in there which I really enjoyed.
    Probably because I made it out alive. It was getting a little jungle like in places and I was sure I would have to turn back. There was a nice sandbar to camp at on the Ottawa spot, would like to try that in the fall.
    This ride is the orange lines on the google image.

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