The Making of a Cross Canada Route

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Deadly99, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    I had no idea it was so rugged .... beautiful stuff!!
  2. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Here is another from last weekend:


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    Were still waiting for a bridge to the big Island...
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    The KTM conspiracy.... We picked up Paul and headed out to meet Lars, this part worked to plan...
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    Because darkness was closing in we rode about 100 km and decided to camp at Vernon Lake rather than pushing on.... Good thing Ted brought the fire fan to help get wet wood
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    Paul busy relaxing in his fancy lounger...
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    The next morning we had to pack up pronto and go as Eric was waiting for us and we had 150KM of mostly gravel to get to him before our 10:30 window...
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    We lucked out with the weather again...
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    The only daytime pix of Lars as he directs camp traffic... Thank you for tagging along...
    We blazed out of camp and it looked like we were running late so no time for pics along the way...
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    Eric had been waiting for us for over an hour and was just ready to leave when we showed up... He had another fellow with him who turned back at Cambell because of the steady rain...
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    After we worked our way up to elevation we had this weather for the day and not a drop of rain, fantastic...
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    We parked the bikes and got underway on foot at noon...
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    The hike up is stellar...
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    Close to an hour through clear open forest and then you pop out into the alpine..
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    Reaching the ridge...



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    We hiked up to the summit and then stopped for lunch...
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    Looking over the drop off into never never land..
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    On the second part of the hike we had to go over the summit and down the other side..
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    We dropped back down into the timber and when the GPS said the plane was there, it wasn't... After some time wasted zig zagging below the co-ordinates we decided to head out but do a zig zag on the way up to see if we could find the wreck
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    Eric found a propane bottle and the ground became familiar to me, then, there it was...
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    Because of the time wasted looking we had a shorter time than wanted to visit the wreck... While on a small rock bluff above the wreck I dislodged a rock and yelled for Paul to watch out... As he got out of the way and watched the rock bounce by something shiny caught his eye...
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    This...
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    After much deliberation we decided to try to return this to MR Lunns surviving family and if that wasn't possible we'll return it back to the crash site, Stay tuned...
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    One last shot as we headed out...
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    The drop down and the climb back up from the wreck is definitely the most demanding part of the hike...
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    A couple more vista shots before going over the top on the return leg...
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    After about 6 hours we made it back to the bikes and headed homeward... Eric south, us north..


    It was great having Eric along as he is a wealth of knowledge and was able to identify various bits and pieces of the plane for us... The wheels are now turning on visiting more POIs in the future... Thanks guys for tagging along and please post some of your pics...

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    More pictures from Eric: He could not get the DSBC photo gallery upload to work {I had the same problem last time I tried} so I'll try something different...
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    P2V-3 Neptune had a top speed of 545 KPH (338 MPH), 100' wingspan, 70' nose to tail

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    Ted standing on the tail where 2- 50 cals were mounted
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    Summit benchmark...
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  3. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Wow! You guys are so lucky to live where you live. I hope you you find the family. I'm certain they will be overwhelmed with the sentiment!! Good on you!!
  4. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    F'ing incredible, once in a lifetime find guys.

    Good luck on locating the family, they will be so thankfull.
  5. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    Jenna: I think I said "yall gonna like this, but I didn't say it was easy!

    (I even said ya'll)

    Or is that yaaaaaaaa'lllll?
  6. R_Lefebvre

    R_Lefebvre Been here awhile

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    Nice trip report. :clap

    But I have to say, that pole-winch idea... brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I've seen a lot of recovery operations and tricks, important with a truck because pushing never works, but I've never seen that one before. :deal I've got to file that one away in my brain. I could have used that a few years ago when my bike was stuck in the mud and I was all alone and didn't have the strength to pull it out myself. I found a rope in the bush, but it didn't help much simply pulling on it. I ended up getting a pole and just levering the bike sideways out of the mud. Took 2 hours.

    Maybe I'll let Ted try it next time he does this:

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  7. dmottv

    dmottv Take the Long Way Home

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    Ted, just finished catching up on your adventure scouting the TNE. Excellent report, I'm looking forward to doing the ride. The Gaspe section sounds like it's still a challenge. There's alot of atv'ing and snowmobiling in the Campbellton, NB and Matapedia, QC areas:

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    This pic taken August of 2010 at the Sugarloaf Campground in Campbellton. I've seen similar groups over in Matapedia along the 132. I've taken the Kempt Rd west from Cross Point, QC with the truck for aways before I turned around cause I had to get back for a reunion, so there's definite potential there. I just need to take a week in the North Shore, and get out on the KLR and do some exploring, unless someone else beats me to it. Sorry, I couldn't join you guys, the schedule just didn't work out. Again, thanks for all your excellent work, I'm looking forward to enjoying the routes you have mapped out.
  8. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Next time :thumb
  9. wheezyryder

    wheezyryder Punk in Drublic

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    Hello R Lefebvre this is Mike aka Wheezyrider. I'm the guy on the KLR that rode with Hardwaregrrl. Have to admit I'm proud of this idea. Inspiration born of desperation. It was cold and rainy and I just wanted a beer and some restaurant food. I channeled the spirit of Macgyver and Bear Grills and the pole-winch system (good name for it I think) is what I came up with. I had tried to push Hardwaregrrl's bike from behind while she worked the clutch and throttle, and had some good-size stones thrown hazardously close to my stones. The pole-winch system put me on the safer side of Jenna's rear wheel.
    We dug the hole just wide enough to fit the pole. The side of the hole facing the bike was dug straight up and down to catch the butt of the pole, and the back was sloped away from the bike to allow more range of motion. Cut down a Birch tree about 10 feet tall and 4 inches in diameter. Stuck the butt-end off the pole in the hole and tied a strap to it about 2 feet above ground level. Tied the other end of the strap to the front of the bike frame. Each pull of the lever got about 8-10 inches of forward progress. Twisted the pole to take up extra slack in between pulls. Worked like a charm.
  10. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    :thumb
  11. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Le Pin Rouge on the Gaspé is supposed to be great skiing with a view of the Chic Chocs from the top for more great backcountry skiing:clap
  12. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Rode part of the route today in eastern Ontario. Beautiful time of year to be on the trails


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  13. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    A couple more pics from the weekend ride

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  14. ArthDuro

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    Good solution indeed.
    I had friend I would go 4wheeling with quite often a while back.
    He carried 2 5ft long rock pry bars on his rack. Portable tie offs he called them.
    They came out often in the stuck-but-no-tree-in-strap-range situations.
  15. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Air UNDER a KLR's tires? Wow... nice job photoshopping out the crane & cables! :evil
  16. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    If you look carefully you can see where the cables attached to the back of his coat and also his boots are strapped to the bikes frame. The crane is just outside of the photo so all I had to do was erase the wire. Wasnt an easy task as the crane almost fell over from the weight :thumb
  17. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You haven't seen Rider23 ride, obviously. He can make pigs fly. Here's the evidence. :clap
  18. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Just a good-natured DR vs KLR cheap-shot than any kind of slight against another ADV'er :D
  19. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I never thought it was anything else, but Ted really is that good.
  20. Rider23

    Rider23 Evil Ted

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