Hawkesbury Ont to Scotch Road Tomorrow?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Mtl_Biker, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Mtl_Biker

    Mtl_Biker Long timer

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    I'm looking for someone to join in a ride I'm planning on doing tomorrow... Hawkesbury Ontario, across the river and up the Scotch Road and around that area. It's not hard-core but there are a few challenging spots (I don't yet have a lot of off-road experience) including a shallow water crossing. I did it all by myself last Monday and then thought that I was a real idiot for doing it alone. If something had happened to me, I couldn't even have called for help as there's no cell service up there.

    (I've now pre-ordered a Delorme InReach SE to be able to call for help from remote areas.)

    There's safety in numbers. Anyone interested?
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  2. dddd

    dddd Been here awhile

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    i wont suggest to ride with me and my sport touring bike, but I do want to know about that stretch of scotch road. It would make a neat little ride for those short half rainy days...

    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...-w&mra=dme&mrsp=10&sz=13&via=1,2,3,5&t=m&z=10

    since you know the area:

    question 1: from D to E, it looks like it would pass. does it?

    question 2: is any of the above too "destroy" for a street bike? I mean I do toss and beat by ninja and I am due for a strom but on a dry day, can ordinary tires and low clearance bike make it through without more that a good sweat?
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  3. nick949eldo

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    I think the best trips are when something goes wrong in some out of the way place. Otherwise you may as well just ride to Tim's. Relish the risk - it's never that dire!

    For instance: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=890869

    There may be safety in numbers (I'm dubious about that) - but its more interesting solo, although I recognize its not for everyone.

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  4. Mtl_Biker

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    Well, I'm fairly adventurous but lack off-road riding experience. I did that route (Scotch Road) a week ago and it was challenging to say the least. Especially with my lack of experience. After I'd done it, I realized how foolish I'd been in doing it alone, in an area without cell phone coverage and almost no weekday traffic. I had visions of laying injured at the side of the trail for days until getting eaten by bears. :)

    This past weekend, I couldn't find anyone to ride with (because of Father's Day) so in the end I didn't do it.


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  5. Mtl_Biker

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    Sport touring bike with road tires? No way!

    I don't know about D to E... Never done that.

    But I would say that there's no way you could do the stretch from Grenville up the Scotch Road to the Harrington Road that you have marked. If you're really good and careful, you MIGHT be able to do it up until Scotch Road meets Concession Road 10 (and then turn off to Concession Road 10) but there's no way you'd manage from there up to Harrington Road.

    The 327 though is a terrific road that on a touring bike you'd have a blast on.

    What I'd suggest is to go up on the Chemin de la Rivière Rouge to Harrington Road, right until the Chemin de la Rivière Rouge splits off to the left, and on to Arundel, then over to the 327 and back down that way all the way to Lachute. Great ride that would be doable on your bike just fine. There is a lot of sand and gravel though (except on the 327) but no particularly challenging parts. Unless of course we get heavy rain.

    You've got a Ninja? Which one? 250? I wouldn't do Scotch Road with a Ninja 250 (used to have one).

    Cheers!



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  6. pelvis_98

    pelvis_98 Havin A Time

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    I will be on holidays starting in July.

    If you want to do this trip again in July I could meet you up in Hawkesbury and do the run up with you.
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  7. Mtl_Biker

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    Sure! That would be great.

    Hawkesbury is only about 45 minutes from my home and I get out there fairly often (usually visit the LCBO when I can to pick up some stuff that's not available in Quebec). And now that I've got a dual-sport bike I plan on doing Scotch Road etc. much more often.

    Keep in touch!

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  8. dddd

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    Thanks for the info, now I know I have to try!... hehehe! I'll take picture where I turn around; I'll start from the top from Chemin Harrington, it will be shorter if I back out...if!

    I rode a dried spring torrent bed in Massachusetts once. 35 C outside, nice afternoon interlude on a 900km 1 day ride. I should probably try this stuff on saturdays, not sundays though...lol.


    ninja 650r. I would think that 250r is even better since lighter. Got my z-drag, spot tracker and bug repellent... Probably gonna ask a friend with a adv bike to come along, who told me already did it.

    I'm fed up with 327, boring, full of cops, trailers, campers, boats, lost grandpas, driveways, not to mention douchebags. I'm only going on 327 to vent and bring me to the other side.

    if looking for pavement fun, try this instead:
    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=State+Route+113&daddr=44.084897,-71.030108+to:44.0412591,-71.3176901+to:NH-112+W%2FKancamagus+Hwy+to:NH-112+W%2FLost+River+Rd+to:VT-232+N%2FState+Forest+Rd&hl=en&ll=44.310092,-71.496277&spn=1.534927,2.485657&sll=44.306161,-71.916504&sspn=1.53503,2.485657&geocode=FT8dpQId5cfE-w%3BFfexoAIdKTDE-ykljOXJJKSzTDFC23Y5m5DVXQ%3BFbgAoAIdOMG_-yn_UI5jD3azTDGI44SMEu8RjQ%3BFeW5nwIdiUS9-w%3BFeayoAIdzya4-w%3BFfwTpAIdvL2w-w&doflg=ptk&mra=luc&t=m&z=9

    it makes a neat 1 day ride from montreal (~800km), bonus for mt washington climbing.
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    So, I did it today, in both directions actually because of an uncrossable deep pond midway in B:

    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...XosugIdFryN-w;FQeaugIdfNCN-w&mra=mrv&t=m&z=12

    The C-D section is not that bad. I didn`t even rub the bottom of the fairing and only put a foot down once. Just need to look ahead enough and there is a smooth path to roll on.

    There is a mud trap we can ride around, but the big pond was too much. I estimated 2 feets deep with a long branch. And it was blurry so I cannot anticipate a rock that would throw me off balance.

    [​IMG]
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  10. Dan Alexander

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    Did you go past the Buddhist temples and big statues out in the fields?
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