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  1. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    Tony W had PM’d me about riding May first, but the weather was poor so the date was pushed back to Tuesday. Ian H also showed up and while at P6 I asked a new guy if he wanted to join in. Kevin A agreed so it was a group of four. I think it was everyone’s first ride of the year. Tony even said he’d stay til midnight. The weather was excellent and it was much like riding in the fall. There was enough clutter to make it easy to miss the trail.

    South from P6, into the single track, past Boundary Rd, and south on more single track. Over to the East forest, single track north to the rail trail and then down to the inner loop. After that back to the upper section of the East forest. I got ahead of the others and did a small loop to go back and find them. That mixed me up a bit so I just led us back down to the Tenth line. Last year’s logging in that section destroyed a number of trails and it’s difficult to connect things up. BJ, Chef and John B were there and we said hello.

    They were doing a similar route and while we took at break at the start of the outer loop, they disappeared down the trail. Trail conditions were good overall. Earlier we had done some bushwacking to go around one potentially sensitive muddy spot. Towards the end of the outer loop I always take the trail that runs along the fenceline. The start is about a kilometer south of the Tenth line. What a mess it was; many downed trees. After working hard to get past a couple, I could tell the others were not very happy. I got around the third large tree and parked. I walked back and waved everyone down to the wide trail that runs parallel. Ian said he needed to eat, so we went back to P6 using forest roads.

    After lunch, Kevin A said he had only intended to ride for a few hours and needed to get home. He did say he had a good time. The rest of us went south into the West forest. There was a dip in one of the roads filled with muddy water. I decided to coast through to reduce splashing, but it turned out to be the stickiest muck I’ve ever seen in the Ganny. Keep in mind this is just a little ten foot long spot. Slight wheelspin got me nowhere. I put my feet down and couldn’t pull them up again. It took a lot of struggling to get free. The others hugged the banks and went through OK. That glop will probably be dried up in another week.

    I took us into some nice tight trails. About an hour later Ian said he was tired and ready to leave, so we got back onto a forest road and I led him to the P6 road. After that it was back into the tight stuff for another hour. Tony was getting tired and falling behind. He wanted more open stuff and said we should head for the trails around P2. Up to P2 (which was empty) and west from there. Tony wanted to start heading back to P6. I was ready to do this by trail and turned toward one. Tony yelled and and I though he said “Go In” so away I went. About halfway along I stopped to wait. No Tony and no sound of his bike. I figured I must have not heard him right; maybe he said “Don’t Go In”. Back to the trail head and no Tony. I took the forest road around to the end of the trail; no Tony. Maybe he went back to P2; nope not there. OK he must have gone to P6. When I got there I asked him what he had said and it was “Go Home”.

    All in all it was a great day weather wise and the trails were good. I enjoyed the day and also enjoyed the bushwacking. The total was 75 km; not as much distance as I’d like.

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  2. Ontario GS

    Ontario GS Ride Organizer

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    Neil, the quagmire is still there, it must be an underground spring being churned up with all the vehicles going through. Pretty strange considering all the light sandy soil in the area.
  3. Fat Tire Flyer

    Fat Tire Flyer Ride Organizer

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    It was a great first ride of the year.. I was more so getting tired and falling behind because of loosing the trail, bushwacking and kickstarting my Husky WR250 than the riding itself.. The riding part was awesome "Love the Ganny".. I got tired of re-finding the trail and re-starting my bike.. After the Mini Pine today (300+ riders) more trails will be more easy to see.. Braaap.. Braaap.. :D
  4. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    I was out there yesterday the 19th with Bruno and the quagmire is almost gone. The light breeze made for a nice day. Fairly busy in the West forest. We didn't see any other riders in the East forest. The section on the outer loop (below the 10th line) is in poor shape. Not as many workarounds needed as going along the fenceline, but still tedious in places getting past the deadfall.