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  1. Brian Helliwell

    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    Yawny, I wouldn't mind doing some exploring in the Restoule, Commanda area and further south. I might have time for a little trip up that way later in Sept or Oct. Keep me in mind if you decide to plan something!

    Brian
  2. Yawny

    Yawny Limited User

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    Alex, my buddy rides a XR 650L, he wants to try the 250.
    I booked this Monday and Tuesday off and weather is looking really good at this point from Saturday on. Even a full moon on Monday.
    If I can get organized I'll head out early Saturday morning for a trip.
    That would use up most of my holidays for this year Brian, but let me know when you get the itch and I'll see if I could pull it off.
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    OK all loaded up ready to go. Was still threatening showers early this morning but looking good now. Forecast couldn't be better for the next few days.
    Four days of riding, bummer!
  4. Yawny

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    Had an epic first day . My buddy Wes came with me but unfortunately he hit a big rock with his front wheel so I had to come home to get my truck and trailer to rescue him.

    More to come...
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    Careful Yawny. If Alex is gonna try your WR on the trails you ride after riding them on the XR650L, he probably won't want to give it back! :wink:
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    Uhoh ... Xt down!
  7. Yawny

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    I ripped home on the bike to get my truck and trailer and loaded my bike inside. My rescue buddy Chris came along to drive Wes home so that I was able to continue. Mattawa is just over 60km from my place.
    Almost 3 hours later I was off to Mattawa on my bike to look for premium. I made it through VMUTs but sprained my ankle coming off the mountain look-out trail. I rode to Eldee where Chris rode out to join me for dinner and coffee.
    I called the ride at that point and rode back to the Bay with him.

    Now to the beginning. We left Saturday morning and headed south to Hart Road and avoided the Trans-Can trail off Pine Creek as its a muddy ATV mess. The Old Nipissing trail south of Commanda has even lost its TC trail status on BackRoad mapbooks! We did a few backroads around Nipissing Village and climbed Simpson Hill Road. Its a nasty rocky, grassy climb. Then over to the ski-doo trail off South River Road heading towards Restoule. We ran into some bear hunters and the older gent said the trail past where I turned off last week got pretty swampy ugly. His ATV had blood all over the fender and he wore a really cheap helmet. We decided to ride to the first mess out of curiosity and it looks like this. We were loaded for camping so we bailed.


    From there we headed towards Trout Creek and McFadden Lane to see the Hogg's Trough chute on the South River and then the trail towards South River for lunch.
    We were looking for River Road and came to a detour sign so we had to backtrack into town and around Forest Lake the other way. Well SOB the bridge was being rebuilt on that end of the road so back we went to the original route!
    30 km later we're on River road which is a fantastic twisty tight forest access road. We cut off at the South River trail and headed east towards Kawawaymog Lake.

    By 4pm we were in Boulter filling our camelbacks at a fresh water spring. I was wondering if we were going to make it to the camp site at Fork Lake but we managed. It would be easy to make it to Mattawa on day 1.
    Camping at the lake was fantastic and made the ride.



    Wes had some bad luck heading towards Mattawa with a hidden rock in the grass and front wheel damage ends his ride.
    As I'm well past the Mica mine in Vmuts I realize they got a whack of heavy rain and there are no tracks of any kind. I thought that odd for such a nice sunny day on a weekend.
    The first reason was the beaver dam on the hydro line. The water seemed a foot deeper on a already deep crossing! Made it.
    Next was a nasty wash-out just near the beginning of the hydro line trail heading east off Songis Road. I rode a bermed bank down but I don't think I would have made it coming up the hill.



    I ran into another nasty washout which was a deep V-notch on the way to the mountain. Once I got to the other side of Hwy 63 all the mud holes were bone dry. I was going to head to the Ottawa River for the nights camp out
    but it'll have to wait. I rode almost 600km on the 2 days. I now have a decent route for the southern part. There are a few options of course and it could be longer with a bit of touring in Boulter.

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    Here are some images of the route, the 2 days in separate colors. The total distance was actually very close to 600km not including my run home to get the trailer.
    Funny story time, Wes is having a snooze beside his bike waiting for the trailer and gets stung by a hornet .
    Riding home with Chris after day 2 his expensive phone falls out of his pocket on the hiway. A young Quebecer in a Lancer was following him and saw it fall out so he pulled "U-ie" and picked it up.
    Chris had stopped, sensing he had lost it and just as we start heading back the guy honks and pulls over handing the phone back, what luck!





    OK and in case someone is bored at work here is a video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgtAolL ... MZaZZZlpew

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  9. hardman

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    Hey Yawny, really enjoying your latest report and the video is amazing!
    Thanks for sharing it with us, looking forward to further reports.
    Cheers! :) :eat
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    ARP ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Nice ride Yawny.
    Seems you can get around the west side of Algonquin better than we can. =D>
  11. Yawny

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    Ha ha, I read your RR. My mom says I'm not allowed to ride with you anymore. I'll send you my GPS file.
  12. Yawny

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    I rode down the west side of hiway 11 last Friday exploring the backroads to meet up with the RAP boys in Huntsville. We made it up to Trout Creek after 6pm. The trails to Mattawa were out of the question at that point as we were all pretty bagged and it would be well past dark upon arrival. I went for a sauna, sausage and beer at my moms in TC while Brian and Alex continued on after I showed them the crossover trail to Powasson. We did find a "bush" route and I was stoked! It was rough but it would be neat to try it without the detours and dead ends. I had my hammock with me and thought I was going to be setting up for the night at one point. While the other 2 fought over my bug jacket.

    Here is the ruff stuff, lots of nice fast gravel in between

    Went camping with my buddy a few weeks ago on the Ottawa, I'll probably use it as a camp spot on my tour this year.


    I have Aug 10-13 and Sept 3-7 in mind to try the whole run.
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    I joined John near Emsdale to continue on a tour that took us over the north side of Lake Wanapitei to Capreol. I have now rode all the trails in my quest and what a great sense of satisfaction!
    I left Monday afternoon heading south to rendevouz with John. It didn't seem like he was making good progress according to the texting interchange. Turns out hitting a nasty pothole created electrical havoc on his KLR and left him troubleshooting in Barrie. I arrived at the tourist info center just in time to evade a brief rain shower. I was dealing with arrangements for my CNC shipping so time went fast and along came John. I had also called Granite Ridge campground past Kearney so off we went into more rain to set up camp for the night, getting there 30 minutes before dark.
    After morning packing we took as many back roads as possible to Sundridge for some breakfast and gas. There were fantastic twisty gravel roads that were among the best I've ridden. The South River trail that crosses to Deahorse tyrail was being logged to halfway through so that really sucked.We only had 2 days before John headed to the Tobermory ferry so we decided to skip VMUTS and rode through Boulter into North Bay. A transit across hwy 17 west for a bit and then gravcl and trail again all the way up to Emerald Lake Camp . It was a solid day of riding. The evening was clear and we enjoyed a campfire right by the docks with a good breeze taking care of the mosquito's. A bit of whiskey brought on sleep quickly, and having to get up in the middle of the night out of my cozy hammock. Then the calling loons and owls kept me up for a bit but made it memorable.
    After just camp coffee we headed to Capreol for brunch. The trails were very dry even though there had been heavy rain in the area .We continued up 805 but the trail was graded with boulders sticking out. Made for a few terrible kilometers! The trail to Halleck Lake was getting a little overgrown complete with bear tracks in the mud. I had faith in Grey Jey's word that the trail opened up not long after the "Y", and it sure did. Then it was some nice going to the Wanapitei River bridge. It's a long run of dusty logging road gravel to Capreol, especially when you get stuck behind a portaroom in transit!
    We filled our bellies with grub and off we went on our own routes.
    I decided to head up Ashigami Road and take the fun way home. I rode all the way to the east side of hwy 11 North and down Notman Road to make sure it was epic. Halfway though I had my share of adventure taking a run down trail along the Sturgeon River. Turning back wasn't an option, I wanted to do the whole run without detouring for gas .Anyways, big thanks to John for an awesome 950 km of riding.
  14. Yawny

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    A pic of the Wanapitei crossing

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    Yawny

    Love your videos and thanks for posting them!

    That last one is a bit hair raising with you trying to cross the rotted bridge, what-away to go!

    Cheers!
  16. taylorericjohn

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    Like Yawny said we had another great ride. Far less "action" then the last ride we went on. Great back roads and cottage roads in the south leg and always great logging roads, trails and fast twisty gravel sections up north! The KLR had a bit of a hiccup but it was just a bit of a delay. I ended up haveing to jump straight from the battery to the starter to get the bike going and off the trail. Once I made it to Barrie a swapped out the fuses but still had nothing. I tore everything right down trying to figure out what the heck was going on, including the ignition. Nothing. Finally while I was starting to make plans to get it home, I decided to try changing the fuses again and bam, we have take off. I must have had a short somewhere that caused the fuse s to blow the first time.
    Lots of logging action going on made for a couple of ugly spots, but everything was great. I think a couple of the trails might have been a little ugly had there have been more rain, but the trails were in good shape and all of the water crossings were easy and not to deep this year. When I split from Yawny I headed south toward Espanola. I did a bunch of slabing before hitting some great back roads and trails. Fortunately I got to scare up a little bear on one trail which was pretty cool, Unfortunately most of the trails I hit dead ended at private property. From Espanola I rode the rail trail to Little Current. Proabably the best rail trail I have ridden. Very smooth for a rail trail, great views and I am happy to say my bridge crossings were in better shape then Yawny's. At the end of the day it is a rail trail so pretty straight, but a good mix of wide open raised sections and covered sections in the woods.

    Thanks again to Yawny for another great ride, I can't wait to do it again

    https://goo.gl/photos/JKcpFWzFUZUBogBJ7

    https://goo.gl/photos/adgGT9ZhwmaaUUYL7

    https://goo.gl/photos/kf3eoLMMLn7tiyhG7
  17. ravinerat

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    Hey John do you have a Gen II KLR? If so there is a wiring harness modification. Some extra electrical tape and a bit of a re route. You can youtube it.

    RR
  18. taylorericjohn

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    nope gen 1.

    thanks though