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Old 07-28-2012, 11:19 AM   #31
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Eric and I just rode the route from start to finish. It's a freaking beauty

79.6 km in length
We rode it at what I would call mid speed, took us four hours.
Less than 5 km of pavement.
Less than 15 km of gravel roads.
60 km of trails.
4 km of single track.
Bushwhacking around fallen trees.
Tons of sand.
A couple of water crossings.
Very, very fun route

So now I just need to fix up the gps file and pick a random day. Plan is that you would leave home the same time you would for a work day and be home by 5 pm for dinner.

Tick tock
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:13 PM   #32
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Plan is that you would leave home the same time you would for a work day and be home by 5 pm for dinner.

Tick tock
I get to work at 6 am so you'd better add a few more km
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:23 PM   #33
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I get to work at 6 am so you'd better add a few more km
Then we'll have a breakfast meet for us early morning folk


There is a section of trail where one of the wind storms this year caused numerous obstacles. Bush whacking, up and over fallen trees and whatnots required and is sure to get your heart thumping. Freaking hot today, thinking the mystery date should be on a less humid day










Just when you think the trail might not be doable Eric grind his bike up onto a 2-3 foot high log and begins wrestling it over. Fun ride today Eric











Coming up next...the sand sections.

So the route is awesome without doubt, maybe a bit more technical than anticipated. Lots of first and second gear stuff.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:10 PM   #34
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Riding sand in a novelty for me. My technique is brutal but it's good fun nonetheless. Some of the trails are real sand, not hard packed sand but real, deep, loose sand.







Some single track....






A little bit of this.......


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Old 07-28-2012, 09:15 PM   #35
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A very nice day... can't wait to be sick !
I love single track !
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:02 PM   #36
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Looks very challenging

Looks very challenging! Maybe too much for me.

I was thinking, maybe I could bring my chainsaw when I saw all the fallen trees but then all those trees on both side of that sand trail. Too many trees to cut down there

Maybe it's the picture but those trees look awfully close to the trail - I would be going real slow along this part.

Don't get me wrong I think the route looks awesome, I just don't want to get in over my head and be a drag on you guys all day. I am up to trying it if you say it can be done and it is possible to take it in small doses.

If I am the only guy on the KLR that can't be lifted over trees I might pass. Very likely I will be dropping the beast in the sand so if you guys are not up to helping with that let me know.
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:30 AM   #37
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Looks very challenging! Maybe too much for me.

I was thinking, maybe I could bring my chainsaw when I saw all the fallen trees but then all those trees on both side of that sand trail. Too many trees to cut down there

Maybe it's the picture but those trees look awfully close to the trail - I would be going real slow along this part.

Don't get me wrong I think the route looks awesome, I just don't want to get in over my head and be a drag on you guys all day. I am up to trying it if you say it can be done and it is possible to take it in small doses.

If I am the only guy on the KLR that can't be lifted over trees I might pass. Very likely I will be dropping the beast in the sand so if you guys are not up to helping with that let me know.
I put about 4 waypoints for mandatory regroups. No one will get left behind

The regroups locations are in sand pits so the fast guys can play while they wait. A couple of other guys are possibly on the slow side so I wouldn't worry to much about it. Not a race and helping each other out is simply a part of the sport





Or taking photos of your buddies when they are down instead of helping out.....
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:28 AM   #38
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A couple of water crossings and a bit of mud here and there ....










Another section of this....


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Old 07-29-2012, 06:21 AM   #39
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:31 AM   #40
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Since it's getting harder and harder these days with everyone's busy schedules for us all to find a weekend to go riding...Shipwreck and I came up with this idea.

Call In Sick Rally

How it works

-shoot me a pm with your email address to sign up
-we'll pick a day (mid week)
-one day before the ride we'll email everyone the meeting point and gps file
-meet will be somewhere within 100 km's of Ottawa
-no crazy terrain, just flowing doubletrack stuff
-early morning start, back before dinner
-late August to mid September
-day will be picked based on weather...nice and cool and dry

No excuses, once you sign up you commit to a random sick day from work

Hope to see you there, wherever there is




Looks like fun though.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:44 AM   #41
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Looks like fun though.



Your gonna love it, there are a few sections with super fun bermed corners that give a good flow. It is a "bit" more technical than originally thought.....Google Earth didn't quite show the ruts, sand, fallen tree's, water, mud, etc
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:55 PM   #42
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After riding the sand in Utah, I find the sand here very easy to ride. How about you Eric?

This looks like a great day to be SICK hey Ted
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:17 PM   #43
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Just because Eric says it's doable on his 950 doesn't mean it's doable by me on the 530exc. But sounds like a fun time. If I'm back from my summer ride, I'll be happy to have you guys help me drag my bike over those trees.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:24 PM   #44
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Just because Eric says it's doable on his 950 doesn't mean it's doable by me on the 530exc. But sounds like a fun time. If I'm back from my summer ride, I'll be happy to have you guys help me drag my bike over those trees.
I'll be there for ya Frank :)
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #45
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After riding the sand in Utah, I find the sand here very easy to ride. How about you Eric?
Hey, that's exactly what I said to Ted when we did this ride... maybe because Moab's sand is more dust than sand...

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