Who we got for ADV riders in Atlantic Canada?

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  1. 2whlrider

    2whlrider Fulltime laker

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    Rum Runners Trail from Halifax to Lunenburg

    My wife and I are in the Halifax area on holidays. We brought our 250 D/S bikes with us and heard about the Rum Runners trail (old rail line) that runner from Halifax to Lunenburg. Does anyone know if it's legal to ride our bikes on this trail?
    We've ridden the paved roads in the area on other trips here but we are looking for some off road (gravel) for a change.
    Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    In NS you can pretty much ride your plated bike wherever you want.
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    2whlrider Fulltime laker

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    Sounds good. We will give it a try. Thanks
  4. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Not legal for blue plate (road) to ride the railbed. There isn't much policing of the trail though.
  5. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    3 riders are going to be looking for a place to stay off the roads Wednesday night and Thursday some where in the south part of Nova Scotia....send PM if you have room.....only need floor space

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  6. Wargasm

    Wargasm Been here awhile

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    technically it's illegal for any vehicle to ride on train tracks unless it's an authorized vehicle. But if this is the rum runners trail I've heard of then it's no longer in service and is therefore an open trail and free for any vehicle that can easily fit on it. I run the old railbeds here in NB all the time, it's awesome cause you can get going really fast, it's like the speeder bike scene in Star Wars. Watch out for deer and moose though, almost hit a moose last week doing about 70 on a railbed.
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Nova Scotia isn't NB, you can ride red plates on railbeds unless marked otherwise. Blue plates are not allowed. Riding 70 on railbeds is great, until you meet another person coming 70 the other way! Do us all a favour and slow down! It's the reason the rail beds are being taken away from us. Do a quick google search and this info is posted!
  8. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I was at a meeting in Bedford a few years ago with folks from the off highway vehicles, RCMP, ATV groups and some from the NS dual Sport club.

    The meeting was mostly concerned about ATV rights, But I brought the question about riding my DRZ 400 blue plated bike. Both the OHV, and RCMP said I can ride my blue plated bike anywhere, both street and any trail, as long I wasn't infringing on private property.

    A comment was made that I could ride from here to Elmsdale in the ditch and that would be allowed.
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    I was stopped on the railbed between Kingston and Middleton and given the printed wording of the law. No blue plates on the trail! It is because the red plate fee has a 45$ trail maint fee added. I tried to find a way to pay the fee, too much gov't bullshit beauracracy! I think the Nsorra was trying to find someone who had been ticketed ( I had not), so they could fight this in court. That being said, I have never been stopped since, so I still use the railbed once in a while unhindered. I'm only bringing this up so someone doesn't get the wrong impression about riding on the railbed. Is it legal? No. Will you get in shit? plead ignorance! The rail bed is a pretty boring place to ride anyway, flat and straight. Good to access other trails, that's about it.
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    My wife and I rode about 20k of the rum runners trail yesterday and except for one person everyone waved at us in a friendly manner. We rode at the post 20kph which is very slow, but makes it easy to look around. I didn't feel comfortable enough to stay on it so we exited back onto the paved roads.
    Seeing all the fishtail marks from the quads all over parts of the trail makes me wonder how they are able to use it when a licences bike cannot.
    Oh well, we checked it out and won't ride it again in this area.
    Thanks for the input.
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    You have to get onto the old logging/pioneer roads to have a good backwoods experience in Nova Scotia, pristine lakes and beaches abound....Happy Riding 2whlrider
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    Thanks fredgreen, if the weather cooperates we will try some back roads on Cape Breton. We have a back roads map book for NS.
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    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Some pipeline and power line roads/ trails are good too.
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Cape Clear is the go to spot in CB, there are some google-able links to the road in. Great views to be had!
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    waiting out the rain in Truro for tonight and tomorrow, will reevaluate Friday and see which way to go......
    Left Marion Bridge this morning and took the Salmon River Rd down to Lock Lomond area. Back across the causeway and spent the afternoon riding dirt roads in the farmland south of the 104....
    it is clear that Nova Scotia takes more than a week for a decent dirt tour
    Sunday was Maine to Elm River Campground near Truro. Monday was a little of the Ceidilh Rail trail then up to Meat Coave...
    Tues was Meat Cove to Cape Clear and over to Marion Bridge.
    South end of NS will have to wait for another week....
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    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    Thursday morning we saw the radar showing no rain in Moncton and beyond so we decided to make dash for Maine so we did.
    The wind was quite severe until we got going in a southerly direction around Moncton.
    Had a great time with rarepartsbuilder on his first multi day ride.
    When we got to my home Thursday evening, VTbeemer reminded me my trip was supposed to go until Friday and returning home on Sat.......Fri. morning Mrs BK asked if I was going to Vermont...after she said she wanted to go to a quilt show on Friday and would not be around I packed some overnight stuff on the BMW and proceeded to ride to White River Jct., Vt for additional 500 mile bonus ride....came back home yesterday in beautiful riding weather via Kangamagus Highway, Bear Mtn Rd, Hurricane Mt Rd and Evans Notch before doing the blast back arcross Rt2.

    Special thanks to Kerry, Craig and Rod for the shared tracks, may of which are still waiting for part2 of the Nova Scotia dirt tour
    ( yes, Riverman there is a whole other preplanned trip waiting...)
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Hope you enjoyed the trip up, we'll see you again I hope!
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    Yes, it has been discussed that I take the ferry and others ride to Digby from Moncton area

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  20. rarepartbuilder

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    doh.. looks like the Maritime end is drying up here.... On Wed i rode into the back country between Apple River and Bennett hill in Cumberland County NS after putting some GPS links together on google earth from home in Sackville NB. The pay off is sometimes getting pooped out onto fabulous views of the Minus Basin or some mountain range... At some point a rider wonders if they have done enough to mitigate.. damage control in the case of an off. AS of late i have been giving the little woman the gps site i store my tracks on and the track name.. . but that doesn't account for things that look interesting ... and the goofing off that goes with new ride area's...
    For you folks in a similar boat...{ i am thinking many have already crossed this bridge} .. have you already bought something like a spot locator?? or do you just opt not to ride those larger zones solo.... or say... $%^& it and go any way... I've been going with option 3... but as my GPS skills improve.. its constantly changing the riding circumstances I've been most accustomed to....