The Making of a Cross Canada Route

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

  1. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Next time up there I'll give ya a shout :thumb
  2. StepOnIt

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    So I was waiting to red Ted report of the trip I went on with him, is that lame?
    So some side notes to the story where Ted was not in it for the one night, yes the food.
    OK so after we left Timmins the first night and Ted stayed in motel 8 we rode to pole 398?? This wonderful cottage on a lake. Sean called the day before and made reservations for the four of us, this includes dinner and breakfast. We didn't want to not go because she had cooked for us and the food was waiting, so we left Ted in good hands and headed out to the cottage. The road there was amazing twisty and sandy double track that just kept you wanting to twist the throttle more and more.then it turned in to a little more rough trail for a bit.
    We arrived there and dinner was almost ready so Sean and I jumped in the lake to wash off the days dirt. Dinner was nothing short of amazing...wow... so much great food. Just when you think your done another course came out and the same for breakfast. Sean has some pics of the spread and highly recommend the place. They had just put in a road and we took that on the way out, it cuts off a bit of time.
    As we rode into Timmins we called Ted and hope he had his bike fixed..sadly it was not. So the decision was for the three of us to carry on with out him. I kinda felt bad about a stupid little shiftier ruined his trip but I still wanted to ride. So off we went down a mining road big wide and no traffic on the way in. Came to the way point and there seemed to be no way we were going to make to the other side. So we decided to turn around and try some of the other side roads. Just as we found one and turned around Scott looked at me and said I wave no clutch....the cable snapped. Fawk there is no fix for that out here and have to go back to Timmins and see if we can fix it there. We got to the end of the road and called around to see and anyone had a KLR cable...nope none...shit now what. He was just thinking of riding back to Sudbury but we would try CTC just up the road first. Then by some good luck Fawk that's Ted coming the other way, tell him what's going on and back we go. Everything went well found a cable and some crimps and we were back on the road as a 4 man group again.
    By the way Ted did we mention the food was so so good at pole 398?:deal
  3. deus216

    deus216 n00b

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    Hey guys!

    Wow! This is really amazing... I've just spent the last little while getting acquainted with the work/fun you've all done. Anyway... I'm moving from Saskatoon to Vancouver in a couple weeks and I'm taking my Yamaha WR250R out... I was wondering if anyone had google earth files or GPS maps that I could use so that when I have time during my 5 day ride I can hop off onto some fun stuff.

    Also, for those guys riding around Saskatoon, amazing videos! I was wondering if I could get some of your route information too. I'm fairly new to off-road adventure riding, but I spent the last year going to Ushuaia, Argentina... and I am totally hooked.

    Cheers,
    Billy
  4. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    I need to start checking out some of these routes. I have a hankering to do a section.
  5. GR0NK

    GR0NK Got some screws loose!

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    Post 392! Clicky.

    Marie makes the best food I swear. I'll let the pics speak for themselves. :deal

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    Step expresses his approval.
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    Breakfast was amazing,
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    Especially Madame Marie's sticky buns!
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    Like Step said, the hydroline leading up to the Post (save for the last few kilometers) is akin to a motocross track. Wide graded sandy road with superb traction had Step and I leaning into our KTM powerbands and playing a bit of cat and mouse. I could rip up and down that road all day long! :ricky

    Some nice views and lots of side trails to explore there too.

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    It was a few years since I had been to the Post and I'm sure glad I was able to convince you guys to come. I used to organize a few rides up there from Sudbury every year but racing started getting in the way. I think I'm going to plan one for next summer again. :freaky


    All in all it was a great three days of riding and it was awesome riding with you guys. Let me know if you're ever in town and I can show you some more "tech" sections. :wink:



    Sean :bmwrider
  6. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Thanks Sean :thumb

    Next time I'll hopefully get to spend a night there instead of the motel8 I got stuck in :cry
  7. lovemoto

    lovemoto Adventurer

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    Beautiful journey beautiful scenery powerful locomotive:freaky:freaky:clap:clap:clap
  8. Wesley J

    Wesley J Hoser

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    Hey Guys,

    I've followed this project on and off for the last couple of years and am finally going to make my way out to the Atlantic next summer. So, without digging through a metric shitload of posts, can I get a readers digest of what has been mapped out?

    I'm planning to book it through BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan (I lived in each for 10+ year) as well as Manimatoba and Western Ontario in 2 days. Then I'm planning to meander my way to Halifax. I'm looking for some off road sections along the way. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Cheers,

    Wes
  9. StepOnIt

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    Well if I was going from Ontario to Halifax....East would be my idea of the right direction. But one could go the other way also :rofl
    Ok try graveltravel.ca for some gps files that might help
  10. StepOnIt

    StepOnIt Assitoner

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    To add a rail trail from North Bay to Sudbury to the TCAT vs HWY 17.
    I could have not picked a hotter day to decide to ride the trail from Sudbury to North Bay. I left Panache area just after 2pm and rode up to Caperol to the start of the old rail bed, filled up on gas and water just in case. I started on Caperol lake rd till I saw the rail bed on the right, now it might go all the way into Caperol but I am not sure. At first there are a few whoops but I seemed to be able to manage them quite well. This part of the trail seems like it gets a lot of use, even though I only passed 3 ATV's and two trucks the whole way. It passes quite a few small lakes or ponds along the way and of course not may turns to make lol. The track seems to narrow at time and the trees are trying to take the trail back and at others quite wide. I am guessing that single track and double track parts of the old rail line. There are a few small washouts but nothing an car could not get over. It is hard packed for most of it but some sections are very loose. There are quite a few nice bridges to cross and one that is very high up but about 12' wide, think there are a few you tube vids of it. I was on a bit of a mission so I didn't stop that much had to be home before 8. Told the GF that I left work at 5 and it is a three hour drive home, but I left work at 2 instead to scout the trail. Near the end (North Bay) there is a bridge that is closed and no way around it, but lucky there is a road Riding Stable rd back a km that goes to 17 and back on to Little Sturgeon Rd to the other side of the bridge. Now Riding stable Rd might be the beginning of the trail for some because there is one ditch to drive through and a narrow trail off Main St to get on to the rail bed. As I came into town (North Bay) there is an over pass for Main St and a small trail to the right up to the road. I went past this and over another bridge with rocks blocking the way with no way around so end of the trail and on to the pavement. I went on Main St and it come back out on Hwy 11 where I am guessing will the start will be. Over all this way only added 40 min more to the normal drive on Hwy 17, mainly due some sections I hit 135 km. You can call the cops on me if you want but it's not a public road. So good times solo riding on a hot day with very little traffic. Ted said he will post the pictures I did stop and take.:deal
  11. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    In a nutshell the TCAT is finished :clap

    Within a month the eastern half will be posted and gps files available for download. Still working on the route descriptions, maps, etc

    Western half of the route will get posted during the winter months.

    Five years and the end is in sight.....

    Thanks Step. The second last puzzle piece solved :clap

    How did you not mention the rotting, 70 foot high, no guard rail, old train bridge. :huh

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    or the cool looking tunnel ?

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    Thanks again, that was one part of the Ontario section that was bugging me. Lots of spots where pavement is utilized on the route but that stretch of highway (between NorthBay and Sudbury) is long and boring. The old rail line looks perfect :thumb

    I'll upload and post your pics soon...
  12. sthamerica

    sthamerica Adventurer

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    I am sure, for riders who are a long way from Canada and hoping to ride the TCAT, with substantial planning and logistical challenges ahead, "In a nutshell the TCAT is finished" are the words we have been waiting to hear.

    Congratulation to all involved in this project!:clap

    We are 2 riders from New Zealand, who plan to complete the TCAT during July & August 2013.
    10 months to kick-off.

    We really would like to hear from others planning similiarly, either on this forum, private message, or private emails, to expand our knowledge base.:deal
  13. StepOnIt

    StepOnIt Assitoner

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    I did say there is a high bridge but it is 12' wide and it is not rotting just some holes etc in it. But don't worry the locals burn out the bad parts and replace it with birch trees :evil. As for the tunnel oops well kinda cool. Like I said I was kinda blasting through it to get home and if i knew it was going to be that quick then I would have taken more time and notes etc... Still better then 17 :deal

    And Ted thanks
  14. Gas_Man

    Gas_Man Like a New Man

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    Congratulations Deadly...Quite an accomplishment!!!



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  15. OldSilverFox

    OldSilverFox Let's Go!

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    Great work by all those involved.:clap
    Going to ride a portion of it starting tomorrow from Timmins to Merrickville. Leaving from Sarnia to start the ride from Timmins. We'll probably take the boring section from Sudbury to NorthBay on 17 but maybe catch the new portion the next time.
    Thanks again to all involved for their hard work.
  16. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Awesome. :freaky
  17. kidcallahan

    kidcallahan Dempter or Bust

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    Who isn't excited?!!!! Can't wait to download the GPS route to start the planning process. Looking forward to the book and maps. So freaking excited!!!!!!
  18. DualSPRTfan

    DualSPRTfan Been here awhile

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    I've been lurking around this thread for some time, and I too just wanted to congratulate all of you who worked on this.:freaky

    And one more thing for all of your hard work.....

    THANK YOU!

    :clap:clap:happay
  19. Wesley J

    Wesley J Hoser

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    Woot!

    Looking forward to it! Hope I can ride a significant portion of the eastern part of it next year!

    Wes
  20. Jack Rabbit

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    Ditto!