Monday, September 17, 2018

West Side of Algonquin

I had big plans today to run a lot of the trails on the West side of Algonquin Park.
Unfortunately, I didn't realize how large that area is, and I was only able to complete 1/2 of it.

A big part of the reason for that is that the trail 101, which is the most Southern part of my track, was extremely difficult. I managed to get stuck twice, and broke my skid plate on a rock on the downside of a very steep hill.

Nice views though. Very hilly, very rocky. Excellent riding. But four hours later and I was beat.






Friday, August 31, 2018

Salmon Lake Road ATVing

I went for a 36km ride leaving from Salmon Lake Road, up near Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

GPX File: https://www.wikiloc.com/atv-trails/salmon-lake-road-28159111







Friday, August 24, 2018

Riding near Honey Harbour

Introduced the wife to ATVing today and took her to a hydro cut trail I know:







Thursday, August 16, 2018

North of Capreol

I still have some time off, so Jacob and I decided to head North to run some logging roads and ATV trails.

Due to massive forest fires in Ontario's mid-north, there remains open fire bans along vast stretches of land. Due to this ban, we decided not to camp and just get a hotel room.

I discovered a great option up in Sudbury. One of the colleges rents out their residences as hotel rooms during the summer season when student occupancy is low. Since these are residences, each unit has two separate bed rooms with block walls between as well as a large fridge and kitchenette. It is definitely the ideal way of sharing a room with someone; you don't hear them at all so you can have a peaceful sleep.

So we arrived on Tuesday afternoon, checked into the residence and went for a ride. We rode about 30km along the Trans-Canada rail trail that starts in Capreol until this rotting bridge:


On our way back to Capreol we started exploring some side trails along side this river. That's when Jacob's very worn and loose chain managed to wind itself up the back side of the front sprocket and get jammed between the sprocket and the swing arm.

We tried everything to beat that chain out, but it was stuck. Broke my truck's tire iron trying to pry it out.

We spent all Wednesday morning trying to find a shop that could help us. Only one guy looked at it, said he'd have to cut the chain, but they were too busy so we'd have to leave it for a couple days.

The Yamaha dealership redirected us to a Husky shop... not sure why unjamming a chain and installing a new one requires a brand specific shop, but okay, we'll try there... except they are a Husky chainsaw shop. Not bikes.

So after driving all around Sudbury visiting about six different shops we finally met Wes at Northstar Recreation who right away had the chain cut off and a new one installed, only charged 1/2 hour labour plus the cost of a chain which was needed anyway, and our riding trip was saved.

Cheers Wes , if you visit this forum, and for those adventurers out there who need help in Sudbury, make Northstar your stop.

Finally on early Wednesday afternoon we got to the riding we had planned on.
We left Capreol and found our way to Portelance Road, which is a somewhat rough, but very scenic gravel road that meanders it's way around hills and follows the Wanapitei river for some time. Eventually we turned off and made our way to the border of Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park, where there is a trail leading towards Ishpatina Ridge -- Ontario's highest peak. The bridge is out at the Sturgeon River though, and not wanting to get wet boots we turned back.

I managed to find a very narrow ATV trail that lead us back to Portelance Road, and then explored a couple more logging roads heading West. Finally, with fuel running low we made our way South on a hydro cut ATV trail that brought us nearly all the way back to Capreol. I had a black bear cub run across the path in front of me to climb a pine tree beside the trail. I also saw a lot of moose tracks in the mud. This route was around 166km, so if you try to follow it make sure you have the range as there is no fuel and very few people to help you in that area North of Capreol.

Route:  https://www.wikiloc.com/trail-bike-trails/wanapitei-river-to-lady-evelyn-smoothwater-pp-27658934







On day three we planned on checking out Camp Bison, an abandoned prison facility near Burwash, Ontario, but it appears the new owner of this property really doesn't want anyone trespassing there.

The path that lead to the facility has been torn up, the new path is well gated and there are no trespassing signs everywhere. We quickly decided to abandon that plan and came home. I suggest if anyone is going to try to visit Camp Bison, don't bother, it would be a tough and illegal venture at this point.





Thursday, August 9, 2018

ATVing near Baysville

Since I have a HATVA yearly pass I need to make use of I brought the ATV up to Baysville to do some riding.

It started as a great day, but later heavy rain came which soaked me and I ended up breaking a floor board on a stump. It is not too badly broken though, and I still had fun.

Link to route GPX file for download: https://www.wikiloc.com/atv-trails/baysville-area-atv-ride-27466592







Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bruce County Rail Trail

Went for a ride today (I'm on holidays).

Checked out the Bruce County Rail Trail which is now open for bikes with OFTR membership.

Here is the gpx route to follow the trail: https://www.wikiloc.com/trail-bike-trails/bruce-county-rail-trail-27468180

Did about 170km from Clifford, On, up to Saugeen Shores, and over to the Bruce Nuclear plant and then back to Clifford.

It's a good trail. Some sections have small whoops; loose gravel near the lake, otherwise it is almost too smooth and flat.




Thursday, May 31, 2018

Klim Warranty Complete

My jacket is back. UPS dropped it off. The jacket is very clean with a brand new zipper that runs smooth. I'm happy the jacket has many more years of use left in it.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Klim says they have fixed my zipper, no charge, and my jacket is on the way back. Hopefully all is well, we'll see.

In the meantime, I went ATVing on the HATVA trails up North of Bobcaygeon... Truly God's country up there, as long as you keep moving so the bugs can't catch you.








Thursday, May 17, 2018

Klim Warranty

So those of you that read this blog have never seen the gear I ride with as I usually ride along and don't do selfies.

My favourite jacket for the past few years has been my Klim Traverse jacket with D30 armour. This jacket with a sweater under allows me to ride in as cold as 10 degrees Celsius comfortably, remove the sweater, wear a sweat absorbing T-shirt and open the side arm vents on the Traverse and I can ride comfortably in 35 degree Celsius weather, all the while being waterproof so I don't need to stop for long if I get caught in the rain.

The one downside I never liked about this jacket was the zipper. Since day one it was never very smooth to operate in particular down at the catch where you put the two sides together. It has often frustrated me and has confounded me as to how a $500+ (Canadian) jacket can come with a cheap plastic zipper.

My last ride out, exploring between Coldwater up to Big Chute, and down to Swift, the zipper finally jumped the shark and five plastic teeth broke off while I was trying to open the jacket and it jammed.

See the five missing teeth on the zipper?

So considering the jacket is not that old, and Klim supposedly has a product lifetime warranty, I decided to try and see if they will fix this up for me before I bring it to a local tailor. My online searches at www.advrider.com about the Klim warranty didn't sound very promising though. Many many reports about denied warranty claims, etc.. But I figured, may as well try... all they can say is no.

So I opened up a ticket with the warranty department at Klim.com and submitted the pictures as requested. Before long I got emailed a UPS shipping label with instructions to remove the armour, wash the jacket, and send it in to them. So I did.

This is where I am at now. They have received my jacket but said there will be a four day delay in processing as they need to wash the jacket first -- and as a courtesy they will waive the $25USD washing fee. I did wash this jacket though. Washed for 59 minutes in my LG washer on the Heavy cycle, rinsed twice, and dried in the drier. The pictures below show the jacket before it was washed -- already not very dirty, just stained as this light grey seems to do easily.



So the first take-away from a Klim warranty: make sure you wash it very very well or you will likely be charged for them to clean it again. I thought my one wash with a dusty jacket was sufficient; apparently it was not.

To be continued...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Queen Elizabeth II Provincial Park

I decided to go for a ride instead of ATVing, as the forests still have snow in them as well as a lot of water.

I parked up at Washago and toured around a bit on the back roads heading to Queen Elizabeth II Provincial Park... a non-operational park that has a small cottage road leading in and crosses a few rivers/waterfalls.

When I got to Black River Road from Chisholm Trail, it was hard to miss that the Black River was very flooded. Cottages beside the road had four feet of water surrounding them. I followed Black River Road as far as I could into the park, but at one point the river had breached the road and connected with a lake on the other side. Not knowing how deep it might be or if it washed out or not, I didn't attempt to cross it. Some parts of the road still had snow on the edge, and many roads and trails are flooded out up here.

This is Black River Road... where the river breached the road.

Rapids on a river that is much higher than normal and flooding the trees on the bank.

Had to cross many flooded parts of the road.

Crossed this old bridge leading to a not maintained road/trail... but the trail was flooded out and I had to turn back.

Another very high and fast moving river somewhere along my 100km ride from Washago. Nice day for a ride.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Great riding up by Honey Harbour

Took the ATV out again...

It's actually perfect conditions for riding right now. There is not enough snow for snowmobiles, tonnes of bare patches and rock outcrops, yet the ground is still frozen so the ATV makes minimal environmental damage and doesn't sink in. Zero bugs, of course, and warm enough to spend the afternoon outside.

Now I might need to take a break until May 1st... once the ground thaws and is saturated the ATV can make too much damage.