Northern Ontario Trip Aug. Sat. 8th- Tues.11 / 2015 update

Discussion in 'Canada' started by 1bigrn, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. clintonroy

    clintonroy Adventurer

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    Funny as it sounds, there isn't much organized camp grounds in the area. There's Big Water http://bigwatercampground.ca/ , but they don't have showers. It will take you about 10 miles out of your way. The Esso Truck Stop (you'll pass by on your way to Kamiskotia road, which leads to the trail to Smooth Rock Falls) offers free showers with a fuel purchase or $5.00.

    I have my bike apart right now, but if I get it back up tomorrow, I'll check out a spot just off the road to S.R.F. that I remember seeing last year. It isn't too hard to find and is right beside a river. I'll let you know If somebody has claimed it. If it isn't claimed I'll give you directions with a pm.
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  2. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    No worries. We're going to detour off Pine S to Gibson Lake Road and camp at Kettles. Breakfast at Mike's and then off to SRF [​IMG]

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  3. 1bigrn

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    May I suggest we all meet in Capreol 10 am Saturday morning. I was advised that the M+R Grill on Coulson (downtown) is quite a popular establishment.
    Andrew
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  4. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Meeting for breakfast or departing at 10am?

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  5. 1bigrn

    1bigrn Been here awhile

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  6. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a plan. I'm going to be staying in Sudbury Friday night


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  7. 1bigrn

    1bigrn Been here awhile

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    JUST Correction!
    I have been told the M&R Grill is on Younge St. Just down from the 4-way stop.

    Not Coulson St!

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  8. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Check in!

    Well, that was fun! 1,000 miles of dirt along working and non-working lumber roads of Northern Ontario. Unfortunately, the last 200 were through a nasty, cold downpour but it is all part of the adventure.

    Great time guys! :freaky

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  9. 1bigrn

    1bigrn Been here awhile

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    In case anybody wants to know the trips itinerary here it is:

    Day One. Leaving Capreol via Portelance Road to Sandy Lake Road to HWY 560 and Shining Tree (fuel stop) and then straight to Kettle Lakes Park via Grassy Lake Road and Gibson Lake Road:
    https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/46.70...5d541c!1m0!3e0


    Day Two we'll do a morning highway burn to Timmins and head to Mike's Restaurant for breakfast. Then we're off to the Abitibi Road for our first leg to Smooth Rock Falls. This is mostly an unmaintained road and is a little rough in sections. Once in Smooth Rock, lunch and refuel and off to HWY 634 to Abitibi Canyon and New Post Falls:
    https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/48.55...091958!1m0!3e0


    Day Three . From there we would take Spruce Falls' road to Foleyet. continue on to Foleyet Timber Road to Sultan Industrial Road to Ramsey Lake:
    https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/49.99...8b743a!1m0!3e0


    On Day Four at Ramsey Lake Road we will be parting company. I will continue on the Sultan Industrial Road and back to Shining Tree and you guys will follow the Ramsey Lake Road to Webbwood:
    https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/47.53...m3!1m0!1m0!3e0

    An awesome trip with four great guys, some high speed fun! Hopefully we can get some pics up soon.
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  10. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Did anyone's GPS grab the entire tracks? It will be interesting to see how close we were to the GE paths.
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  11. revitup

    revitup Been here awhile

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    Woweeeeee, just a truely fantastic 4 day ride in the dirt. It has it all, rocks, sand, bush, mud, swamp, hills, water crossings, fast and slow areas and dam those technical sections. You almost just gotta have full knobbies....on a GSA......and at least one big human crane as in 1bigrn! and thanks for lifting me out/saving my ass......2-3 times.

    Many thanks to Dale (PS-RagE) for leading us on such a great adventure and also thanks to James at www.GPSadventuretouring.com for some great burgers and pancakes at 7am.

    And..ah..I hope I didn't hold any of you guys up for too long?

    As that well known girl from Timmins says; Were having a party, "Let's do it again".
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  12. Hevy Kevy

    Hevy Kevy ADDRider

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    I'm originally from Kap. That lads, must have been a dandy! Can you list the types of bikes and maybe comment about the kit you took?
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  13. ravinerat

    ravinerat Been here awhile

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    Sounds like it was a great adventure. It sure did rain and hasn't stopped.

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  14. 1bigrn

    1bigrn Been here awhile

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    The bikes:
    BMW GS1200 with full aluminum bags, fully loaded ready for an adventure.
    KTM 1190 Adventure, Soft bags ( 150hp of rocket ship)
    KLR650 with ammo cans mounted on each side and dry bag on top. Bone stock!
    XR650R with Giant loop bags and oversize Acerbis Tank, Packed light

    Most packed their own sleeping bag, small tent and a small amount of food.
    If someone from the trip can email me pics I will post them!
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  15. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    I left work early Friday afternoon to ride to Capreol to meet up with the crew.

    Friday is a warm, sunny day with highs around 25C. I took the same route we would be riding the next day: following Stringers' Road to Lower Forks Road to Grassy Lake Road and out to Shining Tree. After a quick break to gulp down a pair of Red Bulls, I continued on along Sandy Lake Road eventually exiting on Portelance Road into Capreol. Much of this second leg is loose rock and gravel.

    Finally, I made my way into Sudbury to stay at the TraveLodge (not sure why I always stay there, it is rather costly):

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    Google Maps says this was 321km



    Met up with the guys the next morning at the "M&M Grill" in Capreol which lived up to its reputation very well!

    Saturday is a gorgeous day with the high around 29C. The path is reversed from Portelance Road to Sandy Lake Road out to Shining Tree and then Grassy Lake Road to Lower Forks Road and Gibson Lake Road to Kettle Lakes Provincial Park:

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    Google Maps says this was 316km
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  16. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Sunday:

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    Actual GPS tracks. Mapsource says 436km



    Here are where my photos begin.

    The cast of characters:
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    Sunday is another beautiful, sunny day with the high around 29C

    Our path begins at Kettle Lakes Provincial Park. We travel to Timmins and stop at Mike's Resteraunt for breakfast and then off to the end of Kamiscotia Highway and the beginning of the Abitibi Road.

    Abitibi Road is a double track corduroy road with plenty of exposed logs and sandy spots. Towards the end, however, is a bit of a mud bog.

    Rod shows us how it is done:
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    Yes, that expression is terror! :lol3

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    (Andrew looks a little too amused with Rod's dilemma, I think)

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    Of course, I should point out that with the exception of the KLR, we each managed to dump our bikes on the slimy logs.


    Not far past this bog, Rod finds himself into the rhubarb:

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    Finally, we reach Smooth Rock Falls to discover there is a scheduled Hydro outage and all the businesses are closed until 4pm (i.e. gas station, LCBO and restaurant).

    When the power finally comes on, we grab a quick lunch at "Smoothy's" (where "everything is good") and hit Highway 634 to Abitibi Canyon:

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    Unfortunately, it turns out the Canyon is under construction and crossing is not permitted Monday to Saturday so we cannot camp on the far side. We made an attempt to find New Post Falls but it was getting dark so back we go. The decision was made to head north on Freddy Flats Road and look for water and a camp site. But, when we reached Otter Rapids there is a security gate!?

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    They will allow us to cross but only with an escort. The young fellow brings us to the other side where we are told that Kapuskasing is only 80km away so we figure we may as well just head there and get a hotel room. Of course, that means riding in the dark and it was a slow-going trip with a bug-splattered face shield.

    Finally in Kap we discover there is a fishing tournament and told we will have to go to Val Rita for a room (10 min on highway - no big deal).

    So FINALLY, we reach Desjardins Motel in Val Rita which turned out to be clean with quite reasonable rates and the owner even cooked us a pizza!

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  17. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Since we ended up completing three legs yesterday, Monday starts a little on the late side. Our mission today is to reach the Mooseland Campground in Foleyet:

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    MapSource says this was a 200km day

    Monday is yet another fine, sunny day with a high of 27C.

    After a late breakfast we get onto Spruce Falls' road. This is an active logging road and while it has plenty of long, flat stretches, there are many sections of deep, soft sand. Not a problem at 100+ kph :evil but can a little scary at low speeds.

    Also, we now have these fellows to deal with:

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    These guys appear in the distance as a brown cloud. The road is theirs and it is best to just pull over until they pass and the dust settles.

    Couple pics at the second regroup/rest stop:

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    (hint: it should be on the rear tire)

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    While awaiting the others, I speak with a grader operator. He is surprised to hear our final destination is Foleyet and says "Is the bridge gate open?" Gate? This could be a problem....

    Back on the doubletrack and we find the gated bridge. Hoorah! It is open!

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    None shall pass!
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    Some more miles of this:

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    ... before we reach a sand pit with a shot-to-shit school bus:

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    From here, it is a narrow doubletrack with lots of blow-downs.

    Finally, we reach the inevitable washout (I tried my best to plot this trip with no water crossings). Rod does not feel comfortable making the crossing with his beast so Andrew takes the reins:

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    And we exit Nova Road outside of Foleyet:

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    While we're waiting for the others, Andrew tries the big KaTooM on for size - not a bad fit!

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    Regrouped and ready to roll:

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    Jamie tries his hand at power wheelies. Can't imagine what would have given him that idea! :augie

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    Unfortunately, it turned out to be a bad idea as the raw power of that KLR spun the tire and tore the valve stem from the tube! :rofl

    From here we rode to my buddy James Brown's camp at Mooseland Campground. Jim drove the guys into town to fetch some wobble pops for the evening then cooked us a mess of burgers and chili! Good stuff! Thanks again Jim! :freaky

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  18. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Tuesday is our last day. The plan today is to take Foleyet Timber Road to Sultan Industrial and then to the Ramsey Lake Road turnoff where I'll split from the others back to Grassy Lake Road and they will continue on homewards popping out either in Massey or Webwood.

    That decision changes though because Andrew's rear sprocket is finished. So the new plan is once on Sultan Industrial to just head straight to HWY 144 where the guys will jump on the slab and make straight for Sudbury.

    Last night, the wind really picked up and the temperatures dropped dramatically. Weatherman now says:

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    ... and he meant it! We rode into Foleyet for fuel (regular only) and it started to sprinkle. By the time we were on Foleyet Timber Road it was raining and when we finally reached the Watershed Restaurant it was pouring! (it still hasn't stopped, BTW)

    Only one pic today. This was at the Suntan Industrial Road while we waited for the others:

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    We all met up at the Watershed Restaurant for a much needed hot coffee, shook hands, parted ways and I headed back to Sandy Lake Road (I didn't fancy knobbies on wet pavement for 100 miles).

    By the time I got home, I was soaked clean through every layer. My back tire is completely bald and the last 20km or so I was sure it was flat (it wasn't) as my traction was so poor (I didn't want to stop in case it came off the rim).

    Here are the tracks for Tuesday:

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    MapSource says 360km

    Final Tripometer reading:

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    1,000 mile dirt road adventure! :clap

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  19. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    I know Jamie took a pile of pics with his cell phone so hopefully he'll post them up.

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  20. ravinerat

    ravinerat Been here awhile

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    Great read Dale. What tire were you running to wear it out?
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