As The Crow Flies

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by KTMER, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    On Saturday August 18 a group of us went on a week long adventure, avoiding pavement as much as we could, but this time rather than a big loop the plan was to do less packing and more riding and use a base camp for part of the trip, it was an adventure with exciting riding, exploring and having fun.

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    On Saturday Gary (Intotheabis), his son Collin (n0rad), Sean (CDN RC'ER) and myself Eric, met in Burlington to start the journey. The plan was to meet Paul (PaulT) in Caledon later in the morning and ride north east towards the bottom of Algonquin Park, Gary's brother Scott was to meet us in Deep River Tuesday morning due to work conflicts. Well that was the plan a few days before the departure date....

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  2. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Like most trips lots of planning can go into them from where to go to where to stay, part of the fun of going on trips is the research and learning the areas and I like doing it. So naturally when the trip is approaching the last thing we want is for someone to miss out and not go. Well almost happened to me. Due to a number of strained muscles from a few weeks of activity (that really weren't too sore), while at work the Monday before departure, I sneezed. Well holy hell I just about hit the floor :eek1, the sneeze wrenched my back enough to pinch my sciatic nerve, almost instantly my right foot started to tingle and leg hurt like a bugger and could hardly stand or keep a straight face. A first in lifetime trip to chiropractor showed my back looking like this. And red isn't good. I have never experienced pain like this before:waysad:becca
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    I told the other guys that day that I may have to opt out and not go, but wasn't giving up hope yet. I saw the chiropractor three more times that week to adjust my spine and stretch muscles:eek1, on top of that advil and ice. Walking for more that 50 feet put me in a world of hurt. I've never packed my bags while lying on the floor next to them, luckily the bike didn't need too much work.
    Come Friday afternoon I managed to get the bike loaded and figured if I could swing my leg over I would go, wasn't really a 'swing' but I got on. Luckily sitting on the bike was good, it was the standing that was the problem for now. Saturday morning after a hit of advil (the first of many), off I went, I could always bail later I thought.
    Thats my story of almost missing out.
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  3. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    And then there's Paul's story.

    He had a busy week and was late getting things together as of Wednesday night when we spoke but was under control. Until I got a message to call him Friday night, turns out his KTM Superenduro had an issue with the fuel pump, first time ever. He spent all day Friday running around gathering parts to retrofit it to a new electronic fuel pump, which he managed to get installed and seemed to be working but then the bike wouldn't start anymore. It is now 10pm the night before leaving.

    I wasn't of much help to him but we decided he starts fresh in the morning and he will catch up to us. With a fresh start the next day he detirmined it was an issue with the starter, it was hung up somehow and basically jammed. He got it freed up and started up fine. His plan was to blast up the highway from Toronto and meet us at the first campsite in the evening.
    Whew.
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  4. mdlak

    mdlak Been here awhile

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    :lurk Subscribed! Looking forward to this.....
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  5. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Pics of the bikes, a real mixture, all of which did well with no issues considering the pounding they took

    Collin, riding Dad's KLR, and his first adventure ride
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    Gary's Triumph, don't seem to have a good shot of Gary by his bike:scratch Gary had quite a workout on some of the logging roads/trails
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    Paul with his SuperEnduro
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    Sean and his XR
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    Scott on his DL1000, who was new to the motorcycle camping experience, packed a little more than was necessary, but managed well on the roads we encountered. As the days went on he was lightening the load and giving things away to anybody who wanted the stuff:rofl
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    And me on my 640
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  6. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Not alot of pics of day one, was a mostly pavement ride heading north east towards the bottom tip of Algonquin, but did manage to find a few nice roads along the way

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    At the start
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    Here's one of Gary by his Tiger
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    Sean feeling hungry
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    Being advised we can't go down the gravel road going to the left as it's private, we thought after they were probably just trying to keep us out of the area, but went a different route anyway
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    Arriving at camp for the night, the private campgrounds are the way to go, we slept for an average of $15 a night, much better than the provincial parks, and better locations for the campgrounds than the big parks too
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    Paul arrived shortly after and we got set up, made dinner, and slept
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    :D bbq chicken
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    and pasta
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  7. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Day two the plan was to ride into the Satellite Observatory in Algonquin park, then on to Deep River for our next three nights.
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    Stocking up on supplies in Barry's Bay (and always checking phones when we had signal)
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    After Barry's Bay we got into the more interesting riding, starting with nice sandy roads, weather was great again
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    What I thought was a higher speed gravel route turned into this, much more fun than gravel but also slower going and we had a lot of ground to cover. By this time we were a couple hours behind where we thought we would be
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    Eventually making it to our lunch stop in Pembroke around 2pm:dg
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    By the time we finished lunch we were much later in the day than planned so decided to head straight for Deep River as it was still a long ride away and come back to the Satellite Observatory the following day rather than rush through the route. The way I laid out the trip the route was easily adjusted to what we want to do.

    We travelled along Barron Canyon Road along the eastern edge of Algonquin which is a great road
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    Only to come to this
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    Working off older gps software I didn't even realize Canadian Forces Base Petawawa was on the other side of the trench:doh:bluduh
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    Gary had that look a few times over the trip:dunno
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    So that involved some backtracking and zipped up the highway to Deep River to camp

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    Had a little more fun towards the Deep River end
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  8. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Rather than camp cooking we ate out for dinner as the grocery and beer stores were closed for the day.
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    Deep River waterfront (Ottawa River)
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    And arrived shortly after at the campground, this was our base for the next three nights
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    This was a great place to stay complete with our own pavilion:D
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  9. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Rather than backtracking way south to go to the observatory, the next day we stuck with the original plan of going to Temiscaming and back
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    To travel the backroads of Quebec you have to check in and pay a fee at one of the various ZEC's, which seem to control and manage everything from camping to hunting to road travel.
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    When we told the lady in the booth what we were planning for the day all she said is 'Ohhhhh' with a :huh look on her face. Hmmmm is all we thought...the map shows a road there.....we can do it

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    After topping up with fuel off we went.
    Everybody's favorite, freshly graded sand road
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    After passing the grader turned to harder packed sand
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    The Dumoine River
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    Father and Son
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    Chatting with the locals,
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  10. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Assorted pics,

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    This road went on for many km's like this, great high speed riding
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  11. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Sean trying to catch Paul, never did :lol3

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  12. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    As usual our mid day point in Temiscaming was a few hours later than expected, the original plan of riding gravel back to Deep River was abandoned and we decided to take the highway back, but first we had some food and picked up some supplies for a late dinner.

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    Collin, like his dad was always hungry
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    We then zipped down a great twisty highway to Mattawa
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    After that it was Hwy 17 back to Camp. Sean and I got stuck in road construction
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    Sausages were cooked over the fire that night:dg along with :freaky

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  13. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    Good stuff guys
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  14. ereneT

    ereneT Been here awhile

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    Very nice guys, one day I want to do a ride like that.
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  15. Dyno

    Dyno Conquistador

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    Hmmm. Never stopped you before.........:lol3
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  16. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Didn't want to get chased by :devildog:devildog:devildog:devildogAlthough we could have sacrificed the KLR and made a run for it


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  17. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Early the following morning Scott arrived and set up camp.

    Walking around was still an issue for me and I needed a down day to rest my back, Sean wanted to do a bit of maintenance on his bike, so the rest of the group went out to ride this route.
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    Early morning planning
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    So Sean and I picked up supplies and did this :slurp
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    The pavillion even had running water which helped keep the beer cool
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    We prepared dinner
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    Later in the day
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    While the guys did stuff like this:clap
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    The other guys can fill in what happened during the day, looked like a nice route to me when I planned it :dunno
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  18. intotheabis

    intotheabis High on life!

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    While Eric and Sean were looking after the home base, Paul, Collin, Scott and I headed out on an "easy" loop into the Swisha forest.


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    We stripped the bikes down of all unnecessary baggage to lighten the load to make it a fun, fast loop.
    The plan was to head into the forest and take the high road to lunch in Fort William and then head back into the forest for a ride back to the starting point of the Zec.

    The signage was easy to follow............................:deal

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    The roads started out with the usual 10k of fresh graded sand and then turned into some nice hard packed twisty stuff.
    It was getting hot so we stopped to strip off some clothing so we could fly down the roads.


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    Then we came to to this

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    I was having a tough time keeping up to Paul and Collin on their lighter faster bikes.
    When I came to the breast of this hill I saw Paul down in the distance near the top of the hill on the other side of this huge valley. I thought, oh oh :eek1

    I left my Tiger behind.

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    I passed Collin's bike cautiously parked at the bottom.

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    I still could not see Scott's V-Strom but I saw him with Paul and Collin.
    Paul got into some knarley stuff near the top and when he stopped to put his foot down there was nothing there and he went over. He was ok but I know he was motoring up that hill, ( Paul let me drive that beast for a while, what a machine :nod

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    We helped him to get it up right, I wanted to help but they all insisted I take the photo :evil

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    I finally found Scott's V-Strom, he was following Paul and when he saw him in trouble on the hill he found a bail out route to the left

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    Collin and Scott walked up the trail further to see what we had waiting for us.

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    Paul and Collin went on ahead, you saw Collin's technique on hill climbing earlier.
    Scott stuck around to help me up, didn't go as planned.

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    After that the roads got real nice and fast. Beautiful scenery and lots of elevation changes. Some of the hills were paved over to stop washouts.

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    We ran into another Zec and stopped to ask for a restaurant as it was around 3 pm on our first stage of the loop.
    Turns out it was another Zec we had stumbled on and we all had to pay another $7.00 for the roads we just drove on. :huh

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    After the check point we went down some steep mountain roads into a lush farming valley. The rocky cliffs were amazing.

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    We finally got to our scheduled lunch stop in Fort Williams but it was closed.
    Real nice spot though.

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    We saw some really mean looking rain clouds over the horizon towards the direction of our camp which was about an hour away. We thought, holy crap, those guys must be getting dumped on.

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    We high tailed it to a little restaurant on and island on the Ottawa river called Ile Morrison.
    Found a nice little spot to eat lunch around 4 pm

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    We let Eric and Sean know we had stopped and would be along soon.
    They had a great meal prepared for us along with some cool ones.
    Great day of riding :clap
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  19. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    The guys returning at the end of the day

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    Discussing the route for the following day

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  20. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Day 5 was a 350km loop through Quebec heading north east, then south again (part of the 'Swisha Loop' from the Gravel Travel site). I arranged fuel approx one third into the route from a wilderness lodge, otherwise we were on our own, we planned to wilderness camp so packed extra food etc. From my research it sounded like it could be ridden in a day but on our loaded bikes was another story.
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    We packed all our gear and went up the highway for breakfast and fuel then over the ZEC in Rapides-des-Joachims again for our day pass.

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    With the language barrier we were having some trouble getting the facts straight on whether or not the roads where we planned to go were in fact open, as some roads were closed due to many trees down etc. Sean overhead her other half mumble something about needing a helicopter to go where we wanted...sounded like an adventure to us:clap
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    So off we went
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