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Discussion in 'Canada' started by ZZR_Ron, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider Supporter

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    Like downtown Kenora Greg?
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  2. Some_Dude

    Some_Dude Been here awhile

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    That was one of the first things I did when I got here. In the park there’s a lookout that lets you walk out on a platform and look at T-Bay from the Giant. It’s worth riding the trail just to get to the T-Bay lookout. Not super crazy, but interesting, plus it’ll probably be wet, which’ll make it even more interesting.
  3. MikeS

    MikeS Fur shur! Vamos! Supporter

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    What I continue to be so impressed with on that side of the bay is Silver Islet, at the end of the road to Sleeping Giant. Quite the challenge to mine silver on an island that was exposed to inundation by Lake Superiors fury. You Canucks have some hardy blood lines that we Yankees can only admire, but never emulate.
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  4. BackRoader

    BackRoader Life Is A Hiway, Ride It.

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    Maybe we will get to share some tall tales soon as I hear the border might be open this summer, for those who have been vaccinated (2).
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  5. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider Supporter

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    Some interesting residences out at Silver Islet. Nice ride out and back. Missed the rain and might have bought a boat on the way back.
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  6. MikeS

    MikeS Fur shur! Vamos! Supporter

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    That's good news; searching further, June 21, maybe July 21... I wonder if I can still speak Canadian (a-boat, zed, toque), or if anyone can understand my Minnesota dialect any more. (uff-da, pop, bet-ja so!) Wow, where to go? We are so much on a dead end road here in Grand Marais with a closed border. Even the Grand Portage Reservation was closed to non-indigenous during this time.

    To add, there was a surreal time earlier this spring during a spell of high precipitation. Thinking the flow would be high, I rode to Partridge Falls. I was rewarded with a rainbow that was visible in the mist due to the high water volume cascading over the falls. Yankees on my side, and Canucks on the northern side. Each enjoying the falls and the outdoors, each isolated to their own side of the border.
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  7. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    This is thrilling news. I'm vaccinated.
  8. DrydenRider

    DrydenRider Sun Seeker

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    Double dose here also on June 14, should have full immunity by Monday the 28th.

    Ontario and Canada seems to be proceeding with the greatest abundance of caution. Was it not 15 months ago they said, just give us 2 weeks to flatten the curve?

    That has become an almost impossible desire to irradiate the virus. It took almost 20 years to get rid of polio via vaccination.
  9. MikeS

    MikeS Fur shur! Vamos! Supporter

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    Can you imagine not going to Timmies for well over a year? "I can"
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  10. Smashy

    Smashy Been here awhile

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    Has anybody ever taken hwy 652 from cochrane? Looks like it goes on for 180 kms to some mine. Anything worth seeing up there?
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  11. BackRoader

    BackRoader Life Is A Hiway, Ride It.

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    Mike, there was a Tim’s in the Casino near Elie. However the coffee at McDs is better.
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  12. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider Supporter

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    Funny thing….I like Robins coffee the best.
    I try to avoid Tim’s and I need a 1200 for Starbucks.
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  13. BackRoader

    BackRoader Life Is A Hiway, Ride It.

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    I don’t much like 5bucks either.
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  14. Brenski

    Brenski Been here awhile Supporter

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    In August 2019, I was on 652 for about 15 kms north of where the TransLimit Rd. meets it, and the 30kms west into Cochrane. That 15 Km section was paved, narrow with next to no shoulders. You would cross the Abitibi River just east of Cochrane. It is a major river flowing north to the Moose River and on to James Bay. You might be surprised to find farming activity along the highway closer to Cochrane, mostly dairy and cattle/calves. It is situated on the Clay Belt. It was early evening when I was on the 652 and I didn't encounter any logging activity. I learned that all the mills in the Cochrane area were shut down. I don't know the current situation.

    I had just ridden 125 Kms of gravel on the TransLimit from the Quebec side, meeting 652 30kms east of Cochrane. It was an active haul road on the eastern half, with graded nasty loose stuff.

    You are right about the mine. It is a large open pit gold mine run by Kirkland Lake Gold. A KL mining friend told me that if you phoned ahead they might give you a
    'pick-up truck" tour. He also told me that they have a Covid outbreak at the site at the moment. It is in the area of Ontario not yet opened up.
    Ride safe!
    Update June 29/21 - Porcupine District is now in COVID Stage 1 (Ontario). You can check 'Porcupine Health Unit: for current status.
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  15. sturgeon

    sturgeon Long timer

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    525 is paved all the way to the Detour Lake mine, according to my nephew who worked up there as a contracted crane operator a year or so ago. Probably full of frost heaves by now :lol3

    EDIT: Not sure why I said 525; I blame it on the weather. It's 652, of course.
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  16. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Near as I can figure, it's a 185 click run, one way, from the last gas station. That's a stretch, do you know if there's a place to get some along the route?
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  17. sturgeon

    sturgeon Long timer

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    Not as far as I know. I haven't actually ridden it. But if I was going to, I'd be bringing extra gas, just as for any road that remote, probably at least one 1-gal Rotopax, maybe two. I assume civilians can't get into the actual mine site, and it's possible there's only diesel there in any case.
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  18. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Yeah, kinda expected up north. I miss my GSA some times, because 38.6 liters can be useful.
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  19. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    Vacation is finally here!
    We're heading up this morning to spend 4 days exploring the Thessalon/Elliot Lake/Chapleau/Wawa/Sault area.
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  20. JohnRcbr

    JohnRcbr underpowered

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    Welcome to the neighborhood.
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