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  1. redrider736

    redrider736 Limited User

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    Looking for any suggestions and advice for a old fella getting back into Dualsport riding.
    I have seen a few YouTube clips of a couple of trails near St.Thomas ( Rail Trail & Blind Trail) but have no idea of were to access them??

    Figured this was the best place to join and ask.

    Cheers
    Ryan
  2. gorick

    gorick Ride Organizer

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    Hey there redrider. Welcome back. Blind line and Lyle road south west of London is where most people start. I have to say though that the trail has become grown in and quite bad with lots of deep puddles that will swallow you. I know there is one place where the trail is washed out and you have to do go down through a steep ditch to go around. It's still doable but I recommend you don't go alone and ride very carefully.
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    brucedwilson ODSC Executive

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  4. JG-London

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    Hi guys,

    I'm also from London and have ridden Blind Line several times. It looks like most (if not all) of the abandoned rail corridors are signed as 'No Trespassing' and are now owned by Entegrus so I have stayed off them. However it's obvious that ATVs and possibly dirt bikes are using them. Are there any rail trails that actually legal to use?

    Thanks,
    John
  5. redrider736

    redrider736 Limited User

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    Went out the other day trying my best to get lost and into trouble :)..... Found a set of abandoned tracks along side of High Power Lines off of John Wise Line.
    Followed it for a while, the Rock wash was deep and not the easiest to ride through.

    Been a long time since I rode offroad, don't remember being that slow:)
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  6. maynaj

    maynaj ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I rode last week Chatham to Rodney on that rail line with zero problems.. average speed was about 80 - 90km .. there's one spot around Ridgetown you have to get off because the municipality made it into a hiking trail but that' only about 2 - 3 km's so I took the side roads around it.

    Yes it's posted no trespassing by Entegrus but I never stop to ask them if it's ok.. big corps can suck it ..
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  7. dean.f

    dean.f Limited User

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    Not exactly the best way to promote our sport, I'm reasonably sure the parts of your motorcycle weren't whittled by an artisan. Corporations have the same property rights as you or I, whether you like it or not. At least if you are going to trespass don't promote it on a public forum.
  8. gorick

    gorick Ride Organizer

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    So in all the times I have rode the rail trail there is no way anyone could ride that fast on the trail. Either your an expert rider or the company has graded the trail for their own use.
    If its posted it's probably best to stay off.
  9. JG-London

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    Thanks for the info. I had a feeling that my off-road riding opportunities would be limited around here. No problem...I will try Gopher Dunes even though there is a cost. Trespassing is not worth it...at least for me.
  10. maynaj

    maynaj ODSC-OFTR Member

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    It’s pretty much like a gravel road down this way. There are some spots where it turns to 4 wheeler trails but for the most part it’s wide open. As far as me promoting trespassing I’m sure anyone else that has posted about the st Thomas rail ride is doing the exact same thing so I’m not too concerned. Plus our farm borders part of that trail and I’ve been riding it for 40 years. I am typically in 4th - 6th gear through it. Maybe my “big corps can suck it” was a bit harsh but there are zero places to ride trails in SW Ontario and I hurt nothing and always stop when I see horses or walkers and wait for them to pass. There are also plenty of 4wheelers and side by sides busting down the trail too.