The Making of a Cross Canada Route

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

  1. hgwilliam

    hgwilliam Been here awhile

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    You’ll beat me to it, so let me know how it goes!
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  2. hgwilliam

    hgwilliam Been here awhile

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    Any ride reports of anyone going through the Ontario section this year?

    Heading from Minden to Sudbury in two weeks, couple of new riders with me, hoping to get an understanding of the condition and any photos taken.

    Thanks!
  3. GP640

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    I'll be really close to Minden in two weeks. Sadly, no bike this trip.
  4. KTM Mike

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    I will be getting on the trail on 8/4 or 8/5, starting at Parent Quebec, and riding to Wawa. I'll be two up on a 990, taking it slow and easy ( we have two weeks). I'll try to post anything noteworthy if I can. Similarly, I'd appreciate any updates on conditions. Has it been a wet mucky muddy summer?

    If anyone sees a 990 two up on the Ontario TCAT in that time frame, safe bet it's us. Feel free to stop and chat if opportunity presents! IMG_20190706_093737224_HDR.jpg
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  5. hgwilliam

    hgwilliam Been here awhile

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    We’re riding up from Minden to Sudbury August 3rd and riding back August 4th. Odds are we will miss you.

    But I’ll post some pictures for people
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  6. smashley

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    If you don't mind taking requests ... I heard that the ferry on the Bazin (N47° 47.410' W74° 43.034') has been replaced with a permanent bridge. I am really interested in seeing what they built.
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  7. KTM Mike

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    I will see what I can do! Is that the hand drawn ferry just south of Parent you are referring to?
  8. Wheelhorse1

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    I've been across that bridge on a sled. It's worse than it looks in the pic but it's still passable. Part of the old railway north of Sudbury..
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  9. smashley

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    Yes that's the one.
  10. hgwilliam

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    Update on the bridge, we walked our bikes across. It was somewhat nerve wracking but okay. No way I was driving it. I tried to take updated photos.

    There’s 1-3 spots that are pretty dodgy, with momentum and a 21” wheel they weren’t too much of a hurdle. But I’d say around 6-10” gap between logs. Other than that, it’s pretty feasible.

    Kudos to anyone who rides it!

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  11. Villy

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    Yesterday tried to ride from 118 to Baysville, ON. on Black river road. Few kilometers after 118 there is the sign with "no enter" and flashing lights. I turned around and ride to Baysville thryHwy11.

    After Huntsville, where track crossed Hwy 11 and goes on it's west side, there is right turn from North Waseosa Lake road to Jessup Lane. After few kilometers there is some commercial yard and then road become very narrow and it looks like it used by ATV only. Local guy told me it will become even worce after few kilometers. I was along with a loaded bike. Decided not to go, and went around thry Hwy 11.

    Continue north-west. After Walls starts Seguin Trail toward Sprucedale. Some sandy and some very stony parts. Had full pants of adrenaline.
    May be I am not very experienced rider, but I wouldn't recommend goes two up there.
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  12. ststrider

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    been up the west side of hwy 11 north of huntsville and yeah its rough in spots easier heading south as there are two uphill sections that can be tricky if things are wet.
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  13. hgwilliam

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    We did this route this weekend, here’s some more food for thought. 3 of us, KTM 790, Husky 701, and DRZ 650. Two experienced and one amateur.

    Topic one (road closed). We kept going, you’re only on it for 10-15kms before you turn off. It was fine, no issues and we were able to stay on track.

    Topic two (atv trail). We took the trail (3 of us). Two up and wet it wouldn’t be a fun trail, but we had 1 day of luggage, and three of us, so we did it. It’s a bit rough in areas but it’s passable. We met a R1200GSA and a (I think) Africa Twin coming the other way.

    Topic three (seguin trail). Definitely there’s sections when it turns to really loose sand or worse, really lose rock. Had more than a few moments going through. Alone I would be more cautious. Our slowest rider averaged 40kmh through here.

    Prepare to double your time through the trails. We planned 6-7hrs to Sudbury (from Kawartha Lakes). We ended up driving straight from Magnetown to Sudbury on the highway, and totalled a 10hr day.
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  14. KTM Mike

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    Thanks for the trail updates! Much appreciated. We made it to Parent QC. Damn that road is a pain between the truck traffic and the loose silt sand on it. Particularly bad north of where the TCAT breaks west for the last leg before Parent. Camped outside of Parent, then headed south to check out the hand ferry. I'm sorry to say the ferry is gone. One long Rocky uphill was a challenge as I lost momentum after a bad line. Thought I was going to get stuck. Now in Mont St. Michel for gas. Then back on the trail.
  15. UP Matt

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    I am starting the TCAT in Winnipeg and dropping off in Thunder Bay. Does anyone have advice for a newer rider for this route? Type of riding this section will be, trail conditions, where to camp, anything else?
    Also, is it worth heading west of Winnipeg for a couple of days to see any views? I am from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and already see Lake Superior daily, so that is why I am skipping the TCAT section that goes around the lake.
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  16. KTM Mike

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    Anybody know how the route is between Timmins and Wawa currently? I know it's known for wash outs, any now that are impassable?

    We leave Timmins in the morning.
  17. BuiltnotBought

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    Sounds like your about to tell us! :D
  18. KTM Mike

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    I think you are right!

    We made it from Timmins to Wawa in two days. Not bad on a big bike two up. Though the first 150 kilometers being pavement helped.

    Absolutely no issues with washouts from Island Lake Road through Wawa. Several "old" ones that were super easy to cross. We did see many partial washouts extending partway across the trail as well. I'm sure that one big heavy thunderstorm could easily make them become an issue.

    I'll be doing a ride report later and will post a link here. We had a hell of a good time. Three days with thunderstorms messed up our plans from Ottawa to Calabogie and Huntsville, forcing us to bypass some trail. After that perfect weather. But now we've reached the end of our TCAT ride, and have to head home and face work....damn.

    My hat is off to Ted and the many others that put this route together. Fantastic job !
  19. BuiltnotBought

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    Ottawa to Huntsville is some of the best riding! You'll have to go back, just a word though if your doing 2 up on a big bike you could be in for some challanges. On that stretch.
  20. KTM Mike

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    Yeah I heard it was tough for a big bike, let alone two up, with buckets of rain coming down at times. We did do some (not tons) south of Pakenham to Calabogie....until the rain started again.