D2D 2017 - an epic motorcycle adventure

Discussion in 'Americas' started by soberjoe, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Hey soberjoe. ...I'm not sure you know that camping at agawa bay is 42.00 for a tent site not including tax. Ontario pp are the biggest ripoffs for tent campers...
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  2. Old_Lion

    Old_Lion Crotchety Biker

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    Hopefully we shall cross paths when you return.


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  3. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    Yes, Ontario is horribly expensive for camping. I will play it by ear. I would prefer to rough camp, but I'll also be tired by the time I get through SSM, so we'll see what which option wins me over.
    I'll likely see you on the road somewhere along the way


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  4. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Me too. The weather has been crap this spring and I have not done much riding at all. I will be exhausted by the time I hit parry sound!
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  5. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    You mentioned in an earlier post that you were not on the 'Busa this time around.
    What are you riding this year?


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  6. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    On the road- day 1 got me to Sault St. Marie, an 11 hour day, the last 3 in pouring rain. I'll have ample opportunity to set up camp in the rain - not on Day 1 though. Super 8 was home for the night. Heading for Upsala today, and heavy rain in the forecast.
    My buddy Nicholas joined me from Ottawa to Deep River.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  7. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    I am in wawa. Rained for 5 hours of the ride as I watched the temp dropped by over 6 degrees. I caved and got a motel, 12 hours on the road was enough for me. It's now 5 c at 7 am and everything is wet with no respite in sight weather wise.

    I can recommend the White Fang motel in wawa though. Big clean rooms and the lady offered me towels to wipe down my bike in the am, I didn't even ask her. 84.00 tax included. About the rate for this area. It kills me to pay that but it was worth it to be warm,dry and comfortable, at least on my first day.

    The last 80 k were tough, I haven't ridden very much at all this year since the weather has been so crap, I am all seized up this am, time to pop some Advil. Yoga this am helped. Yikes....
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  8. agplant

    agplant Ride Fast Travel Slo

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    See you up there, I leave Wednesday afternoon. Haven't been riding much this year either yet but will jump right in again. See how I am by day 3.
  9. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    Day 2 brought a lot more rain - 8 out of 11 hours of riding was cold and wet- but it also brought some sunshine in the form of theshnizzle. Always great to meet and ride with another innate.
    A few pics, before the rain
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  10. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Is this event held the same time each yr.. Mid June.
  11. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    Yes it is Maggot12, it coincides with the summer solstice.


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  12. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Thank you...

    Just getting interested in this now, and will put it on my bucket list along with Alaska. Lived in BC a few yrs ago and recently got posted to NS from Ont. Never knew of it then, and would have been a heck of a lot less distance than the 9000kms now.

  13. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    Ya, but then you'd miss the 3 days it takes to get through Ontario
    8 degrees and raining now in Dryden with a heavy thunderstorm coming between here and Winnipeg.
    Glorious.


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  14. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Maybe I should ask for a 2yr posting out west to get these rides in.

    Good luck with the weather, that's what the adventure is all about. Ride safe.

  15. theshnizzle

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    This type of adventure riding I can only take so much of! It has been raining and 6 for the past 2.5 days. All day...Non stop rain and cold. Wind is picking up briskly now.

    Have called it a day.

    To tired,wet and cold to continue today.
  16. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    And being the chivalrous rider that I am I could allow theshnizzle to put herself at risk in such a potentially dangerous spot as the Super 8 all by herself, hahaha
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    . Actually I am guilty of suggesting we call it a day.
    Cold and wet sucks after 3 days. Adventure me that.


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  17. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    As noted above, today was a short, albeit draining day. We only made it as far as Kenora, as it was pouring rain and cold the entire ride.
    This picture, snapped at 0700 this morning in Upsala, pretty much sums the day up.[​IMG]

    Apparently we will have better weather tomorrow. It will be nice to ride without being all layered-up!


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  18. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    What bikes are you guys riding... wind protection? Any heated gear.

    Take it easy and bunker down when needed. Hopefully double digit weather and some sun soon.
  19. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    I'm on a 2014 V-Strom, theshnizzle an F650gs.
    I finally mounted bar muffs this morning - my hands were warm and dry all day. I had the stupid things in my saddlebags all along!
    [​IMG]


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  20. Smokin Sam

    Smokin Sam Old Guys Rule

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    The big day is getting closer! I hope to see lots of people stop in Smithers on their way through. Gimme a call if you need a place to camp, WE'LL BBQ! If you can take a day off from travel THIS is the place to do it. Relax, restock and get cleaned up. Call ahead (gimme 3 biz days min) if you want me to have special tires or ANYTHING else in stock for you. If we call ahead my buddy can pick you up for a jet boat ride from my back yard. Call 250-847-4044 if you have ANY troubles on Highway 16.
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