Backroader, Humvee, SpeedRacer, Karl (i can't remember your handle! hahah) and myself headed out to test the dirt down SE of Winnipeg, Manitoba, around one of the oldest routes in Western Canada... Someone else is gonna have to post the route. I was just a follower on my first official Dirt Ride. Started off easy enough - we all seemed to make it to the meeting spot on time! 11:00am at Fermor and Lagimodiere, just north of the Mint. We eventually headed out on the hardtop towards Richer and veered off on the dirt to the south. The first round of offroad had rocks, ruts, mud, and a water crossing. Humvee bravely tore through the middle - and it was in the middle where he got thirsty all the sudden (more pictures from the others to come). After we all successfully made it through that obstacle, we continued onto the harder-packed gravel until Backroader saw a forking trail that looked recently unexplored and interesting. We veered into the unknown; mainly grass and sand ... sand that got increasingly moist, until we were at yet another water crossing. This one was particularly mucky. While we all traversed it successfully, I ended up taking a fall in the muddy rutted aftermath... Speedracer went further up the trail to see if we had similar hurdles ahead - and we did. Much bigger ones. Backroader and myself didn't really have the nubbies necessary for the mud, and those who did were also slipping and sliding. We decided to head back to the gravel. Once we got back on the hardpack, we took a hydration stop and Humvee attempted to dehydrate his boots/socks. The remainder of our trip was mainly dusty lose gravel and sand. As I was a n00b at this I found the sand to be pretty tricky. But - I used to have a CBR125R. Take one of those over a grated bridge, and its almost the same feeling, just amplified a little bit by the fact that the sand likes to add some resistance. Regardless, those grated bridges were great practice to resist the death grip and ride it out. Great pointers and tips from Karl and Backroader about sand riding, and it became much more enjoyable! Slippin and sliding and kicking up the dust, we eventually came to another crossroads. This one just happened to be old Dawson Road. Another 5 km or so and we were back at the TransCanada. Backroader led us to Zack's - a burger bus/chip wagon- parked at a rest stop between the east and west highways of the TransCan. I highly recommend the Bison Burger! We ate our grilled sustenance, even WITH the tomatoes. For those of you familiar with the 'salmonella tomato' scare, we joked about it and brushed it off as bullshit, or the result of a confused American Midwesterner amidst the many 'ternader' outbreaks this year After lunch Humvee and I decided to break from the group and boot it back to the 'Peg early, while the rest carried on through the dirt, and I leave it to one of them to continue the report! Thank you everyone for your tips and pointers, and to Backroader (Humvee ) for leading! Now post those pics!