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  1. MichaelSchorpp

    MichaelSchorpp Ride Organizer

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    I have the cottage free for the July 4-5 weekend. Will be doing a weekend ride according to the well tested format: ride up to the cottage Friday afterwork, Saturday is a loop out to Calabogie and back, Sunday ride home. Ride is suitable for WR250-DRZ400-XR650 style bikes. Route will be maximum dirt with abit of singletrack. Pace will be mild but the difficulty level will be high as I want to try out some more challenging routes. Anyone interested in joining PM or email. All you have to bring is a sleeping bag, pillowcase and towel.
  2. DualSport

    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    Mike - I just spent the last hour or two clicking the links above :)

    I'd been following your older albums several years back when we rode together, but those ADVrider reports are are unbelievable. Amazing photographs but more amazing is that you tackled it all on your own - you're crazy - no other way to describe riding in those places without support. Unless you have a satellite phone in your backpack, you might never get out of some of those places alive if you have bike trouble. No idea what would happen if you were injured.

    I was wondering if I could do another ride to your cottage like we did in '06, but your definition of "difficulty level will be high" has a whole new meaning after viewing your incredible reports.

    Have a safe ride.

    Bob
  3. ARP

    ARP ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Any RR coming?
    How are water levels?
    Cheers,
    Alex
  4. MichaelSchorpp

    MichaelSchorpp Ride Organizer

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    The water levels were higher than I've seen them all season, I guess due to all the rain last week. No real RR coming, we've done this ride including the loop out to Calabogie and back four times now. Didn't take many pictures. I can give you the highlights:

    On a multi-day ride pacing is important. The plan for an easy ride up on Friday went out the window about 5 minutes into the ride. I opted for a sadistic road allowance to test the participants and set the tone for the ride. Indeed, given all the rain that section was the worst I've ever seen it. The stretch from the Raglan Pits to Bewdley is alot of fun and we did detour off the direct route quite abit. We got into Bewdley late and made the mistake of sitting down at the packed Rhino Roadhouse. We got out late and it went completely dark as we went through the Northhumberland forest. By the time we got to Havelock the decision was made to take high speed pavement the rest of the way. The temperature had dropped sharply and without a jacket Dmitry suggested that I wrap a garbage bag around my torso (under my jersey) for insulation. It worked!

    The ride out to Calabogie and back was uneventful. Coming back on the Lingham lake powerlines was interesting. The new road is built directly over the old trail. I was quite familiar with the old trail and it felt really weird to zip along over all the old tough spots. There are no water crossings left (at least from the 101 trail in the east all the way to 62). This route will probably become popular with the big bike crowd.

    I didn't get in as much riding at Calabogie as I had hoped, so will try to trailer out there soon for a weekend (can't make the OFTR ride in Sept).

    Mike