The Making of a Cross Canada Route

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

  1. Emway

    Emway Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2016
    Oddometer:
    34
    Couldn't find a darn thing in Ontario, other than cruisers at ridiculous prices. You can't leave the province with one, 300km limit per day then along come the up-charges.

    The place where i booked the AT is unlimited mileage. You can go clean across the country if you wish. They must have more lenient insurance regs in QC than here.
    Phil.Ottawa likes this.
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    11,951
    Location:
    New Melbourne, Newfoundland
    The subframe on my 640 has cracked 3 or 4 times:lol3
  3. jackalsour

    jackalsour Xennial

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,105
    Location:
    Transient
    Maybe get an app like Google Translate and download French for offline use. Most people especially younger generation will switch to English nowadays but off the beaten path like this they don't get much practice speaking English

    There is an outfitters (maybe the only place you see on the gravel road between Senneterre and Parent) where I met the owner who winters in Texas IIRC and speaks perfect English. They had a hotel that burnt down from a forest fire from the train crews but now cater mostly to hunting/fishing types. I think they had gas and basic supplies but that's about it

    Besides Parent I rarely meet anyone out there besides the odd pick up truck or bike
  4. Emway

    Emway Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2016
    Oddometer:
    34
    Well, I do have a bit of a fishing problem (according to the Missus) so maybe we'll come across a place that has a boat to rent for a day. I never go into the boonies without a telescopic rod packed. I'll keep my eyes peeled for that outfitter.

    I figure I can get by with my meager french. I was bilingual when I moved from Montreal in 1980, but when you don't use the language for 35 years, its amazing how you stumble to recall even some basic vocabulary.

    Thanks again, you folks have been a great resource. Much appreciated.
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    11,951
    Location:
    New Melbourne, Newfoundland
    3 years of French Immersion in school 35 years ago it’s amazing how much I rememberto carry on a conversation.
  6. sion

    sion sigh-own

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,162
    Location:
    Hocking Hills
    3 years of high school French and 4 semesters in college in the late 80s...I was never fluent, but I could get by a bit. Now I dont remember much of it at all.
  7. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,625
    Location:
    Nelson area, Kootenai, BC, Canada
    "je ne parle pas francais"
    That's all my French!
  8. JDakota

    JDakota Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2017
    Oddometer:
    58
    Location:
    Kimberley BC
    Just rode it the other day on my WR. I personally wouldn't want to be on anything bigger than my little 250 for this section but I would only rate myself as a slightly below average rider. Its definitely more of a quad trail. Two creek crossings with steep banks and loose boulders and one 50meter mud bog.
    jackalsour and cal08 like this.
  9. Phil.Ottawa

    Phil.Ottawa Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    92
    You have a website or email or phone number? I told him about it and my dad is interested in a rental with them.
  10. rarepartbuilder

    rarepartbuilder redemption gypsy

    Joined:
    May 23, 2014
    Oddometer:
    2,452
    Location:
    New Brunswick Canada
    Hi Folks... al though i may of of not been posting here ..there has been mucho solo work going on in the background as i try and mix TCAT scouting in with crazy local day rides i host locally... no well preserved body going beneath the sod on this end ...:lol3

    [​IMG]Wentworth mountain range by Freewillie KLR, on Flickr


    anyways.. info /picture/ posts HERE if you would like to get the latest update for the NS mainland "eastern" leg of my endeavours....

    cheers

    Bill
  11. ststrider

    ststrider some guy on a bike

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Oddometer:
    592
    Location:
    kingston ont canada
    Just did this section couple days ago, cannot believe you did it on the guzzi without ripping the exhaust off. Well done sir.
    chief 06 likes this.
  12. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,052
    Location:
    Inverary, Ontario, Canada
    I was more concerned about the low hanging sump extender. But video notwithstanding, I probably rode it a little more slowly than you and danced around the rocks.
    wahnapitaeriver.jpg
    V0R2G0 and skibum69 like this.
  13. jacob_ns

    jacob_ns fundymoto.ca Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2011
    Oddometer:
    428
    Location:
    Petawawa, On.
    Am I crazy that the route isn't published or available anywhere? I've emailed asking for at least Ontario if not the entire route and have heard nothing back. I can't find anything regarding the actual route that I can either look at or import into my Montana.
  14. ststrider

    ststrider some guy on a bike

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Oddometer:
    592
    Location:
    kingston ont canada
    Try them again at graveltravel.ca
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    11,951
    Location:
    New Melbourne, Newfoundland
    All of the routes are available for free at Graveltravel.ca. Say thanks to Ted for putting it together.
    cal08 likes this.
  16. jacob_ns

    jacob_ns fundymoto.ca Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2011
    Oddometer:
    428
    Location:
    Petawawa, On.
    The website says "To order GPS files please email advcanada@gmail.com and indicate which route you would like. We will try our best to reply promptly."

    Don't get me wrong, it's a huge undertaking to put together and to offer for free but at the same time, it's like going through a maze to try and find anything. I've emailed with no response so have taken to using the ArcGIS map and manually making the route with the line tool in Google Maps so I can export it to my gps which is a mind numbing experience.
  17. rarepartbuilder

    rarepartbuilder redemption gypsy

    Joined:
    May 23, 2014
    Oddometer:
    2,452
    Location:
    New Brunswick Canada
    use gpsies site for free, it will snap a line down a road any length in seconds especially if it is a google earth labelled road.
  18. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Oddometer:
    12,514
    Location:
    Merrickville, Canada
    Pretty sure I just got caught up with all the emails for gps files, questions, etc. Sorry, took a small break from the web to enjoy a couple of weeks to enjoy some piece and quiet. If you feel you want your money back just ask :rofl
  19. GR0NK

    GR0NK Got some screws loose!

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    10,058
    Location:
    Stuck in 80s
    Slacker! :lol3





    Sean :D
    Deadly99 likes this.
  20. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    11,951
    Location:
    New Melbourne, Newfoundland
    Told ya!:lol3
    Deadly99 likes this.