1. Yawny

    Yawny Limited User

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    Yesterday Martin and I loaded the bikes in the trailer and drove past River Valley to ride. I was really itching to explore east of the "other" Emerald Lake and with any luck ride to Lake Temagami. Once again we were able to connect a loop. We initially headed towards Obabika Lodge but veered east towards Longbow Lake. We did find a road to inlet on the Lake Temagami. We were stoked! There a lot of roads back there, we hit many "y's" along the way.Lots of puddles after all the rain and quite a few rock sections. We backtracked a bit and then headed towards beautiful Gull Lake hoping to come back to Hwy 805 just north of Manitou Lake. The trail was deteriorating and I didn't have high hopes. Earlier we had a won't start issue with Martin's XR 650 so he was paranoid to shut his bike off till we were out of there. We rode like demons and didn't even stop to drink. It was hard going as the trail got really rocky but we both had enjoyed the ride all the same. We finally hit an innocent looking water crossing and guessed it might be about a foot deep. The water was so clear it deceived us and it was a tricky crossing! My boots were full of nice cold northern water. Once again we left with much yet to explore. I'm sure some of the northbound options will also lead to Lake Temagami. We were really pumped after that ride, I really enjoyed that one. It had a good adventure element to it. It would be a nice complement to the Loop Du Jour ride. I'm still hoping to do a multi day ride ride stitching in as much as I can but its going to be a busy month of two so we'll see what happens.

    Yawny

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRFFB5SSCPI The water crossing

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  2. ARP

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    Awesome job Yawny. Thanks for posting.
    Any chance you could email me the GPS file for the area around Gull Lake? I camped there last year and would like to have more info of the area. We got there by truck which was a long, slow haul. Bike would have been awesome.
    Did you get right to Gull where the beach is at the point on the West side of the lake?



    Also, about that multi-day ride...are you looking for company? :wink: Would you camp out along the way?

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    Yes, we went to the beach at Gull. There were a few trucks there, several tents, and a few boats and trailers! What a brutal journey that would be towing a trailer in.
    We had the GoPro but the battery pooped right away and dummy never brought the spare. It must have been left on at some point.
    I would do the MDR any way possible and sure join in if we can sync times. If you reserve at a camp or lodge you can travel lighter which is nice for the nasty sections on the trails.
    I'm equally happy camping out though or in combinations. Today I took hun out on the little XR 100 behind Trout Creek but it started acting funny after a bit. I put padding on my rack plate of the WR250R so we could double up.
    Went to the Hogg's trough on the South River and followed a trail way south and kinda got lost back there. Ended up heading too far south on the gravel but we had a ball. I could start a MDR in Trout Creek and go from there.
    PM for email me for the file Alex, I'll send you the Gull track.



    Yawny
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    Awesome work Jan!
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    Thanks so much for the guided tour Yawny! :D :redbike:
    Had a great ride in some beautiful areas.
    Make sure to give your in-laws a huge thank you from us too. =D>






    Known as "The shock at the end of the dock"
    The water was... refreshing.

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    Yeah I really enjoyed the ride and company. Put a some more wood in the sauna stove after you left and did 3 rounds of sweating, nice way to top of the weekend.
    You guys did pretty good for showing up at 1:30 in the morning and sleeping in 2 degree chill. ( I had to start slamming doors louder and louder in the morning to get the guys motivated though! )
    Going to work today felt surreal.
    I'll have to sort through all that video and post something.

    Cheers, Yawny

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    Thanks for the great weekend Yawny! It's always great to ride in the north. Having a personal tour guide makes it that much better!

    Brian
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    Wow, that's nice country!

    I'm assuming that's an inactive logging road. I love riding those kinds of roads up north, but don't like that mud and water stuff too much.

    Good ride and great video guys!! :D
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    cool video ,seemed like i was riding with you guys,cheers al.ps i broke 2 ribs dirtbiking on long weekend so this is as close to the real thing as it gets for me right now.
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    awesome ,thanks,maybe i will make it up there some day .
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    During the ride with Brian and Alex we talked about getting up to Red Squirrel Road from HWY 805 . I have looked into this previously as this would be a handy connection. Two options that I could think of are from Twinkle Lake or more to the East from Obabika inlet. Martin and I decided to go for a spin towards the Obabika option last Saturday and had a good ride. We looped around Lower Bass Lake and headed back north again to the "Y" at Allan Lake. We went east and the trail went all the way to the Northwest arm of Lake Temagami. Going west from the Y would have lead to the northern pass if it exists. We ran out of day however so it will have to wait for another day. I don't think a day would be quite enough to explore all the trails to the east of Emerald Lake. I noticed one road into the area which is on the east side just before the first cottage when you arrive at Emerald Lake. I plan on doing a camping trip that way this fall .

    The blue line is our previous ride in the area and the red the recent one. One trail looping towards Lake Obabika was gated with a sign stating NO motorized Vehicle in the summer $10,000 fine. So it may be a sensitive area.


    We did manage to get a bit of video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msN9T28mGrU

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    Well it's such a nice time of year with fall colors starting I might attempt a run on this route this Labour Day weekend. I plan to venture south of North Bay first before heading across to Mattawa and then west towards Sudbury.
    I did do some exploring southeast of the Bay through South Bay Provincial Park. A local said you can make it through to Sand Lake road near Restoule but I think it may be a long shot. The time we explored the trail was an after work ride so we ran out of daylight and had to bail. It is getting a little off track from the original quest so I might have to leave that area for another day.

    This year has been another wet season so a stretch of sunny weather would do wonders for the trails. If I decide to go it will be a busy week deciding what to pack and final route prep.
    I did do a ride attempt to Bull Lake earlier in the season and came across new logging zones north of River Valley past the Sturgeon River at Lower Goose Falls. Even though tis opens the roads
    it usually makes for sheitty riding. I'll keep ya posted if I'm able to tackle this ride, hopefully depart work at noon on Friday and hit the road.
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    I really have enjoyed reading the Adventure. I love exploring but am now sticking yo the better logging roads. My KLR is getting too heavy to lift back up after a long day of riding. Thinking of picking up a 250 for my son and my mid week adventures.

    RR
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    Well I don't have to worry about picking up my bike, weather forecast is not favourable for the trip.

    I did get out in the sunshine yesterday though, enjoying the start of fall colours. I continued exploring the trail through South Bay Park and it went to a hunt camp by Sand Lake. It was a rough ATV trail 1st gear most of the way.
    There was a Y I followed for a 100 meters but it looked like one big puddle after another that only Brian would enjoy so I turned around.
    At the start of that trail I went back to the spring to top up my water supplies and took the ski-doo trail towards Restoule. Now that was a fantastic ride. A rare smooth run at the beginning.
    I came out on Hwy 534 past Barton Lake but there was a high cable across the trail. There was an option to head towards Restoule or possibly other points just west to get to 534.
    I turned down 524 to Commanda and skipped the Old Nip swamp bog option and took Rye Road to Bray Lake. That was excellent dual-sporting, I was quite surprised.
    I'll post some pics later today.

    I might book another long weekend in September to try again or I'll trailer and base camp ride up Hwy 805 to explore that area some more.

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    These 2 pics are at the end of the trail going to the hunt camp past South Shore park.
    The sign says " Caution, Organized hunt -Cherry Hill hunt camp"
    I walked across below the dam, thank you Sidi Gore-Tex adv. The GPS showed a road on the other side but it didn't look well used.
    There was 2 big logs floating in over 2 feet of water that an ATV managed to cross.

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    Nice work Yawny. Looks like a nice area to ride in.
    That video above near Obabika, is your buddy riding an XR250?
    I'm starting to think the small displacement bikes are the way to go for these treks.