2008 Paris to Dacre

Discussion in 'Canada' started by osteo, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Corbeau

    Corbeau Been here awhile

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    I did. Thinking about it...
    I'll get back to you.

    And thanks for helping me not make a huge typo in my story.
  2. Uwe W.

    Uwe W. n00b

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    I was never supposed to use the 530 (I have my own 690E), and I didn't back out... but at least you spelled my name right! :D
  3. Corbeau

    Corbeau Been here awhile

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    Like Osteo and his picture, here's a teaser. The story starts like this:

    By Jean-François Bertrand

    There’s this big rally, which used to start in the capital of France and end two weeks later in the capital of Senegal. And there’s this small rally, which starts near Brantford and ends the same day 30 kilometres west of Renfrew.

    Naturally, they named that other rally, now in its third edition, the “Paris-Dacre”. While the logo of the Dakar is a stylized Tuareg, a nomadic man of the Sahara, the logo of the Paris-Dacre is a stylized moose, an ubiquitous quadruped of the Valley. And while the Dakar is open to cars, SUVs, heavy trucks, ATVs and motorcycles, the Paris-Dacre is an event for dual sport bikes, street-legal off-road motorcycles.

    Unlike it’s namesake, the Paris-Dacre rally is not a race and not a competition. But as in the Paris-Dakar, the goal for riders is to survive, to show enough determination and drive to make it to the end, following a route made out of hundreds of waypoints on their GPS.
  4. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    My bad then, Uwe. :bow

    So you and Costa having matching bikes now? Sounds like me and JP a while back with 640A's. :lol3

    Funny thing: Both our old bikes were in this event. Small world.

    Bet I know how to pronounce your name properly, too...:deal

    Vlaams?
  5. SteverinoB

    SteverinoB EstebanarinoB

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    Thanks to everyone who made this edition of the P2D memorable. Kevin, Linda
    and the RC crew did a super job of tying everything together in what must surely be a monster undertaking...and it was DIRT cheap too!

    Congrats to Team Katheter for a Krushing Performance and Bad Boyz for just another BAD performance and everyone who managed to drag themselves out of the sack Saturday morning at 2:30 or thereabouts. What a blast.

    Thanks too to my team mates on Warren's Inside. Pleasure riding with this motley collection and I will not soon forget following Randy through the powerlines as he floated that great green barge from lip to lip, pure Moto Ballet.

    <a href="http://s216.photobucket.com/albums/cc178/Steverinoh/?action=view&current=Warrens-Inside.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider-photobucket-images/images/S/Steverinoh_Warrens-Inside.jpg" border="0" alt="Warren's Inside"></a>

    From the left...Rob Cormier, me, Warren Thaxter, Don the Fixer, Randy(I gotta get me a KLR) Griffiths and Brian Obrist...Cheers Mates
  6. daveyg

    daveyg n00b

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    What a climax to a crazy week we had. On the Monday leading to the PD our ringer Tod Davidson informed us he couldn't make the ride. That left us with 3 until Wednesday Myron stopped by the store but instead of gathering supplies he announced he was out. Down to 2, just my daughter Allison & I. It just so happened Rome Haloftis was in and mentioned he knew someone who might fit in and onto the team came Graham McGregor. Next day Myron called to say he was back in. Great we are back to 4. We all met Friday night, determined team tactics and settled in for the night or what was to be left of it.

    Tents were packed into the pit area like sardines. The guys next to our tent talked until someone yelled to shut-up, at which time the talking immediately turned to snoring. Despite the efforts of my earplugs and due to the pre-ride adreniline flowing flowing through my veins sleep was not going to happen. The horn sounded and in a flurry we were dressed packed and ready to rock.

    At the start line Myron's 525 refused to fire and we missed our start time. Once fired we were off except misted googles, poor eyesite and a small 60 CX screen had me blowing though the second turn. At this point Graham stepped in and led the majority of the rest of the day.

    Through the fog we found ourselves passing groups and being passed. Allison & I communicated through Scala Q2 Bluetooth communicators. It was great fun and invaluable for distinguishing who was who.

    Our team worked very well together and we ate up the kilometers as well as some Advils, Cliff Bars & E-Load Capsules. I had personally set my goals in small increments and mentally checked them off as we past. I didn't want to think of Dacre until I could taste it. Suprizingly I never really felt fatigued. It could have been how good my 450 EXC worked or it could have been that I was a little stunned by sleep deprivation. If I felt challenged by the terrain, I need only to think about the 950/990 guys or Lawrence on the Varadero (spanish for some kind of pig I think).

    As we cleared Check Point 3 I began a mental battle of just where the hell we were. Not quite understanding that we had made the time limit I failed to realize that we would complete the PD barring injury or breakdown. It was only at the last gas stop I was able to come to the realization that we were home free. A little stagger reminded me of how I might feel without the adrenaline. Time for one more Advil, Powergel & Cliff Bar combo.

    As daylight faded I assumed the trail would be open all the way home. But bastards will be bastards and Kevin didn't let us down. One wet, slimey, rocky and dark 10 k section just to piss me off. It seemed to never end with one water hole after another, Graham would lead, me next, then Myron and Allison sweeping up the rear. As soon as all headlights were accounted for we were off to the next. Finally clear of the crap we blasted back, stopped briefly to take our pictures in front of the Dacre road sign. Just over 17 hours 1 flat tire and countless advil completed our journey. We hoped we didn't have to submit urine samples...not quite sure what was in those power gels???

    Graham did an awesome job of pacing and naviagting and deserves the credit for getting us home the long way. Myron did a great job despite his limited off-road experience ( it was funny on the way home he said "you know I really hate gravel roads"...I could have expected hating water crossings, hydro lines or rocky ascents...but gravel roads???).

    My 20 year old daughter Allison became the only female to complete the entire journey and the youngest competitor too! At 5'4" the little fart conquered even the deepest water crossing on her lowered 400 EXC. I held her soft tiny hands at the end and wondered how the hell she hung onto her bike that long. She definitely gets her toughness from her mother. Speaking of which...thank god I didn't have to make the call that Alli got hurt at the event... the pain and suffering experienced in the PD would have paled in comparison to the wrath of Jill if I was responsible for her little girl getting hurt.

    For me I must admit I was pretty proud of myself to. 49 years old, not the svelt figure I once was. I must thank Jill for her support and a special thanks to Peter, our Bootcamp Trainer who kicked the crap out of us week after week and gave my aching back the strenght to finish what we started.

    Many thanks to the RC Crew. Awesome job! Make sure you charge us enough to make this worth your while (I'm sure I ate $100 worth of food) because this event should live on!

    Congrats to all the other teams and thanks for the friendships made.
  7. Ooobah-Moto

    Ooobah-Moto Banned

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    Hey, it's Dave Grummett's first post! :deal


    Welcome to the clubehouse and kudo's to Allison for making it all the way - OUTSTANDING!!
    :thumb





    Michael Lobodzinski :D
  8. Ooobah-Moto

    Ooobah-Moto Banned

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    ahhh... the good ol days - before broken bones!


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  9. Ooobah-Moto

    Ooobah-Moto Banned

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    ...yup, I first met Jason at the 2007 Fall ADAR. Fast rider.. and a bit nuts! :deal
  10. Corbeau

    Corbeau Been here awhile

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    Grummond? I have in my notes, when I spoke to Allison as she was tending her knee at lunch "Grummette"... But then it started to rain and my notepad got wet, so I'm not so sure anymore...
  11. Ooobah-Moto

    Ooobah-Moto Banned

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    Correction: it's Grummett
  12. GrahamM

    GrahamM Been here awhile

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    There are two throttle positions Mike and Paul know - off and full on... no rock spray full rock spray. I do not ride behind them!

    The PD was awesome....

    I didn't know that I was riding until Wednesday... joined in with Parker Brothers... what a team! We finished with hitting all but two waypoints just off the road in simcoe county... but we made up for these by adding extra into Paudash for gas (strategic error not stopping in Kinmount!) and a scenic overrun in the Mazinaw area(looked down and damn... no pink line on the GPS... arg back track!)... Only one technical difficulty... hit a sharp rock on Crystal Lake fire access and pinched the tube, broke out one spoke and loosened another; Our team had it changed and back on the trail in 20mins - thanks for the help!

    The 04 KLX400R was a great bike for this ride... I could not imagine having the trail drop away from me like I did in the morning and survive on a something as big as a 950 or 1150 [​IMG] ... I like to go fast in the woods. I geared to 15 / 47 and the combo was prefect for trail and road balance. Never ridden road in that part of Ont before... I gotta say wow, going north from Paris was scenic and fun.

    The organizers and setup were great, thanks to everyone involved.

    BTW there was 4 in our team, Congratulations to Myron(525exc) - second year of trail riding, first organized event! Alison on a lowered 400exc plowed through the water with determination never seen before - never water out [​IMG]. And of course our leader, Dave(450excr) thanks for having me aboard!

    I will do again!

    Also Hats off to Team DRZ, BrianH's team and one other that passed through the last grass / covered trail in the dark <IMG title=Applause alt="=D>" src="http://www.odsc.on.ca/phpBB3/images/smilies/eusa_clap.gif"> wow.. we did it at dust and kept saying we gotta get out here before dark. Dave and I stopped on that trail awaiting the rest of the team and were very worried until we saw the most delightful sign posted to a tree ahead "HEAVY TRUCKS AHEAD" we were soooo happy it was forest access from there on [​IMG]

    And a really big yeppeee to JohnB, RomeH and EdS.... WOW! BarryA, DarylI and JohnM had a challenge being up front with you guys. You all rock and am glad I get opportunities to riding with you all. I wonder what JohnB's next challenge will be? I know he will be helping out on the Mazinaw ride with BrianH and Al Buck, so we should be all prepared for another great adventure.

    will add pics in a bit

    Graham
  13. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    I would have timed my pass with a puddle to give your bike a good washdown :evil:D
  14. EduardoMas

    EduardoMas Spartan Overlander

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    Great event Kevin.
    Thanks for the tech inspection, I really needed new bearings, and thanks to Darryl and Paul for supplying all of them!
    We were well taken care off all the way, great route, superb GPS waypoints.

    Team Fear with Steve, Paul, Harry and supporter extraordinaire Andy had a few happenings along the way: Broken clutch covers, broken fuel injection hose, a head-on with a quad with air-time, a desintegrating luggage rack, a mini rider search with a very good ending and some very nice night ride on the powerline. All the bikes and riders rode out of trouble on their own steam.
    Andy, was allways there with the support truck and trailer... with plenty of fuel and goodies for the stage ahead.
    Paul, rode all the way back to TO leaving much appreciated room in the truck for the banged up riders and bikes.

    So Kevin, how about a YEARLY Rally Connex "premier event"
  15. daveyg

    daveyg n00b

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    Yes you were right that Paul P. was a member of our team at one point. However he was vacationing and was unable to get away.

    Allison has a great motorcycle history. She grew up at the roadrace track with her little brother and sister. She was on a bike before she was four. She has twice been Fast Riding School Top Rider and although I was one of the instructors had nothing to do with the voting. The knee was an old supermoto injury and required complete ACL reconstruction. Her custom CTI may be ok for a couple of hours but 17 is a little excessive. The chicane in her wrist was a result of a high speed high side at Shannonville (thank goodness for Rekluse Clutches because her strength will never be the same in the left arm). She has definitely got my number in the woods...thank god I can still spank her at roadracing or I might feel really old.
  16. kahoon

    kahoon who's yer daddy??

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    Don't you know you're not suppose to spank your children anymore :nono I'm gonna have to call children aid on you!







    :hide :lol3

    Kareem
  17. SQD8R

    SQD8R Eat squids and be merry

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    Great event Kevin and greating meeting new and old friends. I'm very glad no one was seriously hurt. :thumb

    As I said to Drif10 I went down more than a chinese hooker :nod

    But I kept getting back up with a smile and mud on my face. :thumb

    Lots of fun and by far the hardest riding I've done this year. I'm still a bit stiff today. :huh

    We started at 0413, lucky #13 and it proved to be so since we had none of the issues that hit other teams. Our team had no injuries, no mechanicals, and no regrets.

    In Dacre we had an excellent dinner, a few beer and saddled up for home. Kanata - a warm dry bed, a cold coalation of beers and a warm missus were a 1.5 hour ride away.

    Sunday I went out for breakfast with the CVMG guys/gals and met up with the boys later. We are already talking about doing it again with one buddy eyeing a 525 over his 640 ADV while I'm thinking BMW 450 or Husky 610, two bikes I've had on the brain all year. But in many ways I'd rather do it again on the HP2, skip the heavy technical stuff that's too much for me and still have a great ride. I love this bike and it's more of a challenge that way.
  18. MTRhead

    MTRhead HOLYSHIFT!!!

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    Nevermind

    Thanks Kahoon. Misread post :lol3
  19. klxmack

    klxmack king of the box

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    I did feel pretty bad for the amount of down time in the Knarly sections that you incountered. I tried to set a consistant pace all day.
    Maybe they should make some of the tough stuff as hero options for those who have dificulty in the technical stuff.
    I loved every kilometer of the run and would change a thing. Lunch a little earlier would be ideal. I can't wait until the next P2D. Thanks Kevin for some memories that will last the rest of my life.
    Anyway I want to give a plug to the calabogie boogie DS comming this september. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=345050&highlight=calabogie
    I will endevor to make it as much fun as the P2D but easier on bike and body with all the senery(P2D lite?)

    Cheers
    dave
  20. vcrash

    vcrash Been here awhile

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    But in many ways I'd rather do it again on the HP2, skip the heavy technical stuff that's too much for me and still have a great ride. I love this bike and it's more of a challenge that way.
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    :pot Theres just something about it isnt there.