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  1. HappyEater

    HappyEater ODSC-OFTR Member

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    IMG_1592.JPG The Plan was to head off on Friday and spend Saturday and Sunday riding. However a late invite to dinner on Friday led to a plan change. I eventually headed off at 8.00 am on Saturday Morning. Traveling up the 400 towards Coopers Falls was not a highlight of the trip, neither was stopping at the En-Route service station.

    Once up to Coopers Falls I followed a mix of back-roads and ATV type trails to Dorset. This is the section that I took an aerial Video using the Drone. At Dorset, I stopped for Lunch. From there I began to worry about fuel and picking up a Park to Park pass for the next day. After lunch I set the Sat-Nav to back-roads route and headed to Huntsville. I picked up a Park to Park pass for the next day at the Marine shop in Huntsville. I then headed to the Arrowhead Motel. Here I showered, changed and headed in Huntsville for Dinner. The town was really busy, but I managed to find a good table at the Bar by the river and enjoyed Dry Ribs and a Shaved Beef Sandwich.

    On Sunday morning I ate the greasiest breakfast I have ever had at the motel and departed at about 8.30am to find the Park to Park trail head near Highway 11. Once found I deflated the tires and headed off. It wasn’t long before the first deep water crossing. To say I was concerned about the water crossings was an understatement! As they got deeper and deeper the thought of stripping the bike down 400kms form home on my own meant my concerns got he better of me and for one short 2km section near the Nipissing Rd W I traveled the black top.

    Once back on the trail the water crossing became less and the sand sections became more of the norm. If you lapsed and starting looking for Moose etc these became a little sketchy as the ATVs create two rutted dips that try to hold the wheels of a dirt- bike. Don’t get me wrong apart from the deep water and few rocky sections nothing is extreme on the trail, but there is enough to provide a challenge to a weary novice.

    I stopped for lunch at Orville Bakery which is a delightful gem of a place! After lunch my pace increased and the terrain changed slightly, more wooded sections with mud and a few ruts. As I began to near the 400 the water began to make a return to the trail. This time it was not so much the lakes, swamps and beavers that created the deep sections, but the ATV riders and their machines. As I pressed on the noise of ATVs became more common and before I knew it I popped out at the 400.

    I fueled up and as I couldn’t quite face a 2-3hr ride on the 400,401, 403 I weaved my way home using backroads as much as possible. I stopped at Belfontain for coffee and a cake finally getting home at around 7.30pm.

    In conclusion, the only real difficulty encountered was the deep water in places. I met 4 walkers, 2 Cyclists, and 1 CRF 250 with an ATV, before I got close to the 400 where the ATV numbers increased dramatically.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and it is with sadness I realise I might not be able to do it again. I head back to England at the end of the year. If anyone is thinking should I give the Park to Park a try do it! We are very lucky to have some great places to ride so close to the GTA.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2017
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  2. HappyEater

    HappyEater ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Not sure if this will work but here is a little Vid to go with the above report...
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