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Old 04-11-2007, 01:43 PM   #181
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Anticipation BABY!!!

A little test pack of the KLR.
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:43 AM   #183
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...and here's one of our rural shopping malls...
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Old 04-12-2007, 02:20 PM   #184
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Some pics from the route

This is from the wpt "Bad Spot" There is a section that is a little tough to get through, after it the rest is easy going. This photo shows one of the ditches in the quad trail.There are a few,some deep and a rail crossing.We will get all the bikes through it.
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Old 04-12-2007, 02:25 PM   #185
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Bush roads

Once through the riding will be much easier....
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Old 04-12-2007, 02:37 PM   #186
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Nice trails eh?
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Old 04-12-2007, 02:41 PM   #187
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The first Trans-Canada Route
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:18 PM   #188
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That looks ok Hekto... The way you describing it, I thought I'd have to be
some kinda motocrosser to get through. (Of course it's always worse when
you're alone!)
I'm really looking forward to the ride through Burchell Lake. My Dad
was with the MNR (then Lands and Forests), and I remember him taking me in the truck, to go check out lake conditions. That was in about 1962.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:40 AM   #189
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Some pictures at the old Steep Rock Iron Mine site...

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Old 04-17-2007, 06:42 AM   #190
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Some pictures at the old Steep Rock Iron Mine site...

Probably the shaft ventilation building.



Abandoned mine shaft.





Overlooking the pit.



Almost pure iron..these mines shut down because the Hematite ore fell out of favour, because of a "new" Taconite process. There's still 65 years worth
of ore in them.


The pit walls have collapsed in some places...


What was once the pit, now a lake , still frozen over...


My trusty steed, a break at the Turtle River...

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Old 04-17-2007, 07:00 AM   #191
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A few more.

Steve and I are going to do a bit more exploring around there, later this year.
It's about a 420 km round trip just to get there, so we only explored for about an hour this time.

When these mines were built, in the 1940's, it was considered one of the greatest engineering acheivements of all time. To get at the ore, they moved twice as much material as the Panama Canal, in half the time. Two lakes were drained, and the Seine River was diverted.




Enough ore came out of these mines to build every car EVER sold in Canada.



I worked at Caland, the sister mine to this one, up until about 1980, which may explain my fascination with the ruins...



I have a picture of Steve, but he has forbidden me from posting it!!!
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:34 PM   #192
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The previous *.gpx file had some errors in it. This one is the correct file.
If you ever get a chance to ride this area, the old mines are definitely
worth seeing...thanks to Kari, (Hektoglider) for fixing the file up for me!!
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The sister mine

Then, about 1979....





And now....


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Old 04-17-2007, 09:22 PM   #194
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Diverting water

Excellent history on the minesite Ron, nature is slowly taking it back.I forget when it shut down,early 80's I beleive.This shot is from the area up north where the water had to be diverted.An enormous amount of rock was removed to make this channel. It must be 80 feet high and several hundred yards long,all done years ago.There is another cut like this upstream as well.A local restaruant has a dining area with the mining history theme with many photos and historic descriptions on the walls.It truly is remarkable what was done back then.Now its a great area to explore on a dirt bike.
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:41 PM   #195
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I think the last iron ore from the mines was in 1980.

The history is truly amazing, if you look up Tom
Rawn, and the original story behind the scenes.
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