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Old 09-05-2012, 03:47 PM   #2371
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Originally Posted by Wesley J View Post
Hey Guys,

I've followed this project on and off for the last couple of years and am finally going to make my way out to the Atlantic next summer. So, without digging through a metric shitload of posts, can I get a readers digest of what has been mapped out?

I'm planning to book it through BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan (I lived in each for 10+ year) as well as Manimatoba and Western Ontario in 2 days. Then I'm planning to meander my way to Halifax. I'm looking for some off road sections along the way. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Cheers,

Wes

In a nutshell the TCAT is finished

Within a month the eastern half will be posted and gps files available for download. Still working on the route descriptions, maps, etc

Western half of the route will get posted during the winter months.

Five years and the end is in sight.....

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Originally Posted by StepOnIt View Post
To add a rail trail from North Bay to Sudbury to the TCAT vs HWY 17.
I could have not picked a hotter day to decide to ride the trail from Sudbury to North Bay. I left Panache area just after 2pm and rode up to Caperol to the start of the old rail bed, filled up on gas and water just in case. I started on Caperol lake rd till I saw the rail bed on the right, now it might go all the way into Caperol but I am not sure. At first there are a few whoops but I seemed to be able to manage them quite well. This part of the trail seems like it gets a lot of use, even though I only passed 3 ATV's and two trucks the whole way. It passes quite a few small lakes or ponds along the way and of course not may turns to make lol. The track seems to narrow at time and the trees are trying to take the trail back and at others quite wide. I am guessing that single track and double track parts of the old rail line. There are a few small washouts but nothing an car could not get over. It is hard packed for most of it but some sections are very loose. There are quite a few nice bridges to cross and one that is very high up but about 12' wide, think there are a few you tube vids of it. I was on a bit of a mission so I didn't stop that much had to be home before 8. Told the GF that I left work at 5 and it is a three hour drive home, but I left work at 2 instead to scout the trail. Near the end (North Bay) there is a bridge that is closed and no way around it, but lucky there is a road Riding Stable rd back a km that goes to 17 and back on to Little Sturgeon Rd to the other side of the bridge. Now Riding stable Rd might be the beginning of the trail for some because there is one ditch to drive through and a narrow trail off Main St to get on to the rail bed. As I came into town (North Bay) there is an over pass for Main St and a small trail to the right up to the road. I went past this and over another bridge with rocks blocking the way with no way around so end of the trail and on to the pavement. I went on Main St and it come back out on Hwy 11 where I am guessing will the start will be. Over all this way only added 40 min more to the normal drive on Hwy 17, mainly due some sections I hit 135 km. You can call the cops on me if you want but it's not a public road. So good times solo riding on a hot day with very little traffic. Ted said he will post the pictures I did stop and take.
Thanks Step. The second last puzzle piece solved

How did you not mention the rotting, 70 foot high, no guard rail, old train bridge.




or the cool looking tunnel ?





Thanks again, that was one part of the Ontario section that was bugging me. Lots of spots where pavement is utilized on the route but that stretch of highway (between NorthBay and Sudbury) is long and boring. The old rail line looks perfect

I'll upload and post your pics soon...
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