Fall Off Road Ride Manitoulin

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Moto-Rad, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. Moto-Rad

    Moto-Rad Adventurer

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    September 28 - 29 are the dates.

    I have a couple of tentative routes. One would take us off Island, up the railbed, across Fox Lake Road to Sagamok, then up west branch north of Massey and loop back.

    The other would be on the Wikwemikong Reserve. They have 100km's of old logging roads in an area of the Island that is largely undeveloped. For most, including myself its undiscovered country.

    If you are interested let me know so I can see what I can do my logistics support. I am going to make this interesting so you can get a good taste of our fine Island.

    Below is a shot of a group of us during the summer rally ..Ride Manitoulin, that has an off road, adventure dual sport ride. This is taken on the rail bed, beautiful vistas! We had the complete range of capabilities from a Versys to a 690KTM and everything in between.

    I am going to scope the routes and give a more concise report if people are interested in what type of ordinance they should be riding. I am on a GS so, by and large (LARGE), it will be fairly sane....kind of. Yes the subject title is an entendre :D !

    Message me, post, whatever, let me know if you are interested.

    Vrrrrrrm....

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  2. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    This sounds like a great weekend.
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  3. revitup

    revitup Been here awhile

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    Ill try to make it, I just love Manitoulin, would prefer to camp, yellow 2011 GSA, met one of you guys, black GSA a couple months ago infront of the hotel in Little Curent.
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  4. Moto-Rad

    Moto-Rad Adventurer

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    There are several campgrounds, but you could probably throw a tent up in my yard or on the beach even. Keep you aprised of developments.

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  5. revitup

    revitup Been here awhile

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    That would be appreciated. I can through up a tent anywhere. The beach sounds just fine.
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  6. Moto-Rad

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    Hey Revitup.. where you coming back from or heading to Alaska at the time? That was likely me...dreads?
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  7. revitup

    revitup Been here awhile

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    Yeh, that was me, you had your rist/arm in a soft cast and were on a black GSA.
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  8. Schmittenhymer

    Schmittenhymer Adventure Tourer

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    Sounds like an adventure!
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  9. bwokentoof

    bwokentoof Pollyanna Man

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    Damn... if the missuz and I wern't doing the TET to Louisiana in a couple weeks I would soooo be there.
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  10. motomart

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    Is this ride still on? Any more info:ear
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  11. alongat

    alongat Long timer

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    Damn - I want in on this ride but I have to leave for California for business on the 30th. If the dates change, I will find a way to join.
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  12. Moto-Rad

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    The ride is still on, I scheduled a Friday, Saturday ride. I think the more "involved" ride will be Saturday as people have to arrive. I have plenty of space on my lawn, beach and couch surfing. I got some solid interest.

    One of the routes may change, I was looking at going up west branch, the logging roads north of webwood and massey but according to my intel, the logging trucks are running hard and they are grating it regularly so its loose and lots of apple size rocks strewn about. Its doable, but the traffic thing is another issue too. Dust. I don't want to sound like a whimp but if we got a string of riders it makes for a more onnerous afternoon. Ok, I am a whimp.

    Trying to keep this simple though, its about riding, getting together after and shooting the breeze about all things on two wheels...as we all like to do.

    I have a facebook thing going too, under the events of Ride Manitoulin that I am posting updates.

    Feel free to contact me regarding logistics etc. As I said, you have a place to stay, with apres ride activities...fireside refreshments by the lake!

    I am in Kagawong, if anybody has been. Quaint little town. I am responsible for the gentrification of my neighbourhood.
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  13. sturgeon

    sturgeon Been here awhile

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    Hmm. Maybe if I'm not off canoeing.
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  14. the_sandman_454

    the_sandman_454 Been here awhile

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    That looks like a neat place, I won't be able to make it though. I hope someone takes some pix and tosses a RR for this up so I can live vicariously through y'all.
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  15. motomart

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    Fox-Rad

    I will be coming up for the ride, traveling from Toronto on Thursday. Can I get some more detailed location info? I sent you a PM.

    Cheers,
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  16. georgedaman

    georgedaman Been here awhile

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    I am also planning to join from Toronto.
    What and where is the actual meeting point for this ride?
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  17. Moto-Rad

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    Hello,

    I am trying to get a sense of who is arriving when so I can work the ride logisitcs out. There are some takers and there are a couple of Plan A's and B's happening. I was hoping to go up west branch north of Massey but the logging trucks are running hard, 24/7 so not only is there traffic but the graters are wreaking havoc on the hard pack as well. So I will likely deviate from that leg. Nonetheless still have some good routes planned.

    PM me for details.
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  18. Moto-Rad

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    Just a quick note to let peeps know that this ride is still happening and got some riders coming in tonight. We will likely do a Friday afternoon local points of interest type of tour. Maybe even a morning hike as I live by a river mouth with a falls and the salmon are running. Get your nature fix.

    Saturday will be a full day that I am looking at touring about First Nations backroads and trails. They are largely untapped and Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, one of the largest in Canada has all kinds of back roads that are rarely traversed outside of community members themselves (my mom is from Wiky so its not a problem, but I have never been back there myself so its all new too me too..Garmin don't fail me now). From there we will head toward Whitefish River First Nation where at the trail head to the rail bed (twin track quad run) we will stop at my GF's for a quick bite of corn soup and bannock then hit the trail past Willisville and traverse to Fox Lake Road (gravel) that will take us towards Sagamok First Nation, chip and tar to Fort laCloche that has a nice beach that is quite shallow if anybody wants to get wet. There was another very doable water crossing on the railbed too, solid bottom, 6 inches deep, nothing to fret about. then meandre our way back with a bit of asphalt, chip and tar and gravel. I have a couple of other gems tucked away that we can hit on the way back too if people don't mind helping me pick up my orca of a GS up if we decide to go that way.

    As Pirsig said..try to make good time, with the emphasis on good.
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  19. bwokentoof

    bwokentoof Pollyanna Man

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    I will likely be up in a couple of weeks passing through on the way to a yearly moose hunt with my old dad. Maybe we can share a pint and a few lies.
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  20. norton

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    Steve,

    Thanks for hosting us and the great hospitality. I had a great time, really enjoyed exploring Wiki! It all left me wanting to explore more roads & views. We barely made the ferry on the way back, as it was busier than expected, however we made it with many cars & trucks left behind us. I'm sure they wished they were on bikes too.
    We had a nice ride back south, and got off Hwy 6 as quick as we could. I showed George and Martin a fun little detour :evil from the main highway. We stopped in at the Trials event that was held near Lion's Head this weekend, and we were treated to Jordan Szoke (top trials and superbike guy) doing some magic on his trials machine for us. I hope Martin shares his pics of that.
    I look forward to seeing some of the pictures, and I am going to play around with the GPX files to see our route. I'm not very good at that stuff, but will try and will PM you with what i come up with.
    Anytime you are heading this way, let me know and I can show you some great roads around here, and you and any fellow riders are more than welcome to stay at my lodge as well. The rocks at my place would love to have those big GS's bounce off them for a change.

    thanks again,

    Mark
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