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Old 05-24-2009, 07:57 PM   #241
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Props to the guy from Maine that rode in on a 690.

Buns of steel, I tell ya.
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Old 05-25-2009, 04:09 AM   #242
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Bravo

Well just wanted to post a Thank-you to all involved who volunteered the time and effort into making a large group , that is all I saw as the bikes rolled in.
And they kept on rolling, not a shinny bike in the crowd.
I talked Les into going up to get a much need day of RR and he got it ADV style. He needed that!!

The staff at the Elmhirt Resort are Fantastic, I would highly recomend a family vacation or any event there. They have everything and then some that the web page displays. It is truly a "Family friendly ADV friendly" destination.
I just wished I could ride , but soon and I met lots of ADV lady's and was very happy about that.
Here are a few pics that I got in the short time I was there.
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Old 05-25-2009, 04:47 AM   #243
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Great weekend

Thanks go out to Uber and Motorhead for spending the time and energy to put this together.
I really enjoyed the ride Ron, fun terrain (perfect 950 stuff). The pace was perfect, not to fast not to slow, in fact I was flat out there for a while. Complete dust storm going on, hammering the throttle with no visibility, getting glimpses of helmets now and again for something to use as a reference point, sound of exhaust in front and behind......well those moments made the weekend for me.

Thanks also go out for the kegs

It was great to put some faces to your guys online names. Look forward to riding with you folks again.












And a few from our drive home, took us 8 hours to get to Ottawa. Played a game where we each took turns leading with an objective of finding gravel. Did a few circles I assume as for a while I had no idea where we were. Found a fun atv/old train track that took us a few hundred km's out of the way (I think it ended in Bellville), got muddy on some old farm trail threw the bush for a while and enjoyed some fun gravel tracks out in the mniddle of nowhere. The Desert Lake road is some seriously fun twisty stuff. Anyways great way to finsih the weekend.





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Old 05-25-2009, 06:02 AM   #244
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Thanks for all of the kudos from the weekend! Yes Id have to say that it was a great success and we are already looking forward to the next one! I had received a few requests for another event in the fall however .....as much as Id like to do a fall event up there, I think that keeping it to a once a year will be plenty. Afterall, it was the fall colors ride at the wolf den that was the starting point for this whole thing....and I think that makes an awesome annual tradition!
Anyways.....I just got off the phone with Jason who had to make a trip to the hospital yesterday after a run off into the rhubarb inspired highside! He is fine now....however he did suffer a fairly solid concussion...! He did retain his sense of humor throughout though....moments after the crash when peter commented that he looked somewhat confused.....his reply was that he was confused about how he was going to get his wife's boot out of his ass as it was her v-strom he was riding!

All in all ....(insert borat accent here) "Great Success!!" Glad everyone enjoyed themselves! I even discovered a couple of new to me routes not even on any of my topo maps!
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Old 05-25-2009, 06:43 AM   #245
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What a fantastic turnout, must have been almost 50 bikes. In fact, I had a little laugh when first heading East; a quick look back, all I could see were motorcycles adorning each peak and valley for 2km's - what a sight that was! The following 40km's of twisting roads was a nice touch... especially given the fact that Grimmboy and I found that section the night before. Which is to say, the heart and soul of this weekend’s Rally embraced the 'adventure' in all of us - including myself.

As small groups formed, we all had a chance to match ourselves with similar skilled riders. Alas, I reckon the weekend was an absolute success, and the riding was epic. The group of nine that I had the pleasure of riding with in the afternoon included three female riders who really impressed me with their off-road skills. The hydro line trail was an excellent match for our group, not to mention the 'endless' Skootamatta Lake road! If you wanted rallycross training... we had it in spades! I would also like to say that I personally witnessed a huge improvement in skill and confidence in certain riders as the day progressed – priceless!!!

"Adventure finds you" or Dave from Parker Brothers in this case; as we had a bolt in a 990's clutch assembly come loose. After pulling a fairing bolt off the 690 'wheelie monster' Dave was riding, the 990 was back and running about 45min later. In the meantime, the mosquitoes made lunch of us.

Speaking of lunch, we didn't roll into Bancroft until 4pm!!!!!

On with the story, soon after the 990 was fixed, we found out the "shortcut" we were trying to navigate turned into a mud bog. We turned around and rode back through the rocks and mud that found us there. This resulted in breakdown #2, a BMW GS1200A had it's shifter linkage come apart (Dave to the courtesy phone please). Some tire levers and zip ties had her back on the rode 20mins later.

My "adventure" shortcut resulted in us being two hours behind, and we were already about an hour behind. Note to self, when riding in large groups, count on waiting for everyone at every major change in direction. Thankfully, this kept us together for the good stuff in the morning but small groups started forming and it eventually made it much easier to wrangle everyone together. Nevertheless, it did eat up some time and hopes of riding the 'endurance' route were redirected towards trying to finish the 'main route'.

So, the BMW was put back together and we rode a seemingly endless stretch of dirt road called Skootamatta Lake road and into the Limrick forest. A perfect training ground for future Dakar superstars!!!!

Lunch.... errrrrrr dinner. Whatever we called it, it was well deserved. The dust crusted smiles were hungry for more (.... well, after some food!).

We booted outta Bancroft in no time and began the trek South to Elmhirst's resort. A combination of Old Hastings road and Lasswade road were enough to remind me that the 950/990 adventure is the king of powerslides. The 690 Enduro was surprisingly quick though, or maybe it was the title ranked rider atop it?!?!?

We pulled into the resort just before 8pm: tired, hungry, smiling and full of great memories. But we had two missing riders. I back tracked a few km's and found Bev on her DR350 with a chain guide all jammed up in the cog. Her hubby Bob on his 950 had things under control in no time.

Houston, the eagle has landed....

........well,.... almost..... a sightseeing flight on Sunday morning and brunch at the resort were the cherry on top!!

Before I end my little story, I'd like to thank Ron (MotoAxe) and Peter Elmhirst for all their help with the rally, it takes a lot of work putting something like this together. It goes without saying, the dinner on Saturday night was brilliant and the company fire-side was to be remembered. BIG thank you to DRcool (Dave) for the keg's of beer.

I'd also like to thank my girlfriend Nina and friend's Seb and Mandy for coming, we all had a weekend to remember.


NOW... on with the show!!!!!!!! (pictures are in chronological order - as per the above story)




























































































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Old 05-25-2009, 07:03 AM   #246
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I Could Have Been Golfing.

Whenever I get sucked into playing golf I get to about the 11th hole and think "shyte, I coulda been doing something worthwhile like ridin my bike."

This ride was incredible. Great riding, met a bunch more wacked out adrenalin junkies, I got to try out a KTM 690, Bev got to try out the KTM 250, thanks to Dave & Jill from Parker Bros, had way too much fun, found another use for cable ties, 3 of our 8 riders were hot babes, got to see Dave wheelie past me on the KTM 690 at 100 on gravel pinging rocks off my head, did I mention how much fun it was.

Thanks to Ube, Motaxe, Peter and all the others that made this possible.

Anybody wanna trade my slightly used set of clubs on anything that I might use ridin?
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:42 AM   #247
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What a great weekend!! What a great bunch of people!! What a great venue for a motorcycle rally!!

Thanks guys, for all of the planning that went into EOAR. Thanks to all the new folks we met and to all we have met in the past. It's the wide variety of people that make these gatherings so much fun. Ron, if you could please pass on our thanks to Peter and his staff for opening their resort to this unconventional group of people and accomodating our needs so well. If we manage to make it a tradition it is one that I will follow for many years. Maggie and I have already made plans with the kids to bring them next year we had such a nice time.

The weekend was even filled with unexpected meetings throughout. From a Drify surprise on Friday night to a chance meeting with RobbieO at a gas stop in the middle of nowhere. How about the fireside meeting with Drify, Diablo, Rummy and MrFrank? What a way to annialate a keg of beer. Y'all still never touched the second, I think it had something to do with exhaustion.

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I had planned on having my coffee on Sunday in this chair but found my butt wasn't fond of hard seats. With that in mind we set off home on the comfy beemer seat. 8 hours later and a total of 650miles(weekend total) we arrived in Burlington where my mother and children had prepared a full turkey dinner with the fixin's. Nice end to the perfect weekend.

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p.s. any chance someone could get Gadget to send this thread back to Canada where it belongs.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:04 AM   #248
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well i just wanted to say thank you to all for this week end i just had to join the forum after meeting such a great bunch of ppl. i will say that my butt was sore on the way home but thankfully it was only a 2hr ride i will fix my exhaust and be back out on the trail soon. lol i hope to see more of you in the near future and share mud dirt and maybe some asphalt. to my friend johny007 it was great to see you on the sand learning and not giving up. good work sandman! and to the Brock and Maryanne thank you for helping me out of the ditch mud haha what a way to meet someone for the first time. and Gary Les Jody it was fun riding with you will have to do it again. Elmhirst is a wonderful place and myself with my family will be back

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Old 05-25-2009, 09:11 AM   #249
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well i just wanted to say thank you to all for this week end i just had to join the forum after meeting such a great bunch of ppl. i will say that my butt was sore on the way home but thankfully it was only a 2hr ride i will fix my exhaust and be back out on the trail soon. lol i hope to see more of you in the near future and share mud dirt and maybe some asphalt. to my friend johny007 it was great to see you on the sand learning and not giving up. good work sandman! and to the Brock and Maryanne thank you for helping me out of the ditch mud haha what a way to meet someone for the first time. and Gary Les Jody it was fun riding with you will have to do it again. Elmhirst is a wonderful place and myself with my family will be back

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XLTthumper.... dood, you get the award for being the most enthusiastic rider I've ever met!!!!!

You had a smile on your face all weekend long man. Living proof you don't need to spend $$$$$$$$ to have fun dual-sporting.


Nina and I really enjoyed meeting you and Johny. Hope to see more of you guys around.


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Old 05-25-2009, 09:48 AM   #250
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Yes: thanks MotoAxe and Oobah for organizing an awesome event, and Peter Elmhirst for the beauty acreage.. very lovely indeed.. and 'M-Axe I can't thank you enough for the tire pressure tip!! What breakthrough in dealing with gravel from this dirt/gravel/sand noob... cheers to that.

earning the ADV sticker.. nice style there Jo-Dawg, Dr. Cool and Les.


XLThumper was really jones'n for some dirt.. He took the trusty XL willingly into a ditch.. as Maryanne watches on.


the Roosting continued...


help!!


got'er done.


Thanks to Dr. Cool for bringing a couple of small cans of beer ;)


It was great riding with you guys.. especially Les from Dualsports Plus, Jody, Brock , Maryanne and "Sandman" Johnny (who is in need for a Strom turnsignal BTW) and XLThumper... oh ya. And Mike on the KLR for some tips on dealing with the soft stuff...


awesome bonfire!


Now I sit here back at "work".. thinking about the weekend. As a souvenir I have a nice mosquito bite that puffed up my face for the Sunday afternoon ride home.. I would not have it any other way..

Until next time,
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Old 05-25-2009, 10:40 AM   #251
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Hey Gary, you had the strom out for this one? Looks like it was a good time, shame I couldn't make it. Last time I saw you was at the bike show. So how was the Vegas ride with Alex in the spring?
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Old 05-25-2009, 10:59 AM   #252
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Ron, Micheal and Peter (plus all his staff),
Thanks for a great weekend. Unfortunately I have a broken big toe. Spend Monday morning at Peterborough emerg. My foot is in an air cast and will be off work for 2 weeks. Still had a blast though. Next time I'm wearing my MX boots. I should know better.
A kid at work is much worse off. Crashed bad in a quad race. He has a broken ankle, shoulder and arm plus other small injury's.
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Old 05-25-2009, 11:36 AM   #253
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What a fantastic weekend!! Thanks for Mike and Ron for organizing everything, really could not have asked for anything more. The riding was amazing and resort was perfect. Thanks to Peter and Family for being such great hosts!

On a side note, we have someones moto boots that were left at cottage 4 that went back with our car and are now in Waterloo. If they are yours shoot me a pm and we can meet up sometime so I can get them back to you.

Pictures to be posted soon!
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Ron, Micheal and Peter (plus all his staff),
Thanks for a great weekend. Unfortunately I have a broken big toe. Spend Monday morning at Peterborough emerg. My foot is in an air cast and will be off work for 2 weeks. Still had a blast though. Next time I'm wearing my MX boots. I should know better.
A kid at work is much worse off. Crashed bad in a quad race. He has a broken ankle, shoulder and arm plus other small injury's.
Sorry to hear that Art. However, with ~50 riders out and about on Saturday, I have to say, I'm impressed that this was the only incident that day.

As for Sunday, as you heard from MotoAxe, a friend of Ron's was hurt but will recover soon.

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What a fantastic weekend!! Thanks for Mike and Ron for organizing everything, really could not have asked for anything more. The riding was amazing and resort was perfect. Thanks to Peter and Family for being such great hosts!

On a side note, we have someones moto boots that were left at cottage 4 that went back with our car and are now in Waterloo. If they are yours shoot me a pm and we can meet up sometime so I can get them back to you.

Pictures to be posted soon!
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