As The Crow Flies
On Saturday August 18 a group of us went on a week long adventure, avoiding pavement as much as we could, but this time rather than a big loop the plan was to do less packing and more riding and use a base camp for part of the trip, it was an adventure with exciting riding, exploring and having fun.
The route from Spot
On Saturday Gary (Intotheabis), his son Collin (n0rad), Sean (CDN RC'ER) and myself Eric, met in Burlington to start the journey. The plan was to meet Paul (PaulT) in Caledon later in the morning and ride north east towards the bottom of Algonquin Park, Gary's brother Scott was to meet us in Deep River Tuesday morning due to work conflicts. Well that was the plan a few days before the departure date....
The bunch of us,
Like most trips lots of planning can go into them from where to go to where to stay, part of the fun of going on trips is the research and learning the areas and I like doing it. So naturally when the trip is approaching the last thing we want is for someone to miss out and not go. Well almost happened to me. Due to a number of strained muscles from a few weeks of activity (that really weren't too sore), while at work the Monday before departure, I sneezed. Well holy hell I just about hit the floor :eek1, the sneeze wrenched my back enough to pinch my sciatic nerve, almost instantly my right foot started to tingle and leg hurt like a bugger and could hardly stand or keep a straight face. A first in lifetime trip to chiropractor showed my back looking like this. And red isn't good. I have never experienced pain like this before:waysad:becca
I told the other guys that day that I may have to opt out and not go, but wasn't giving up hope yet. I saw the chiropractor three more times that week to adjust my spine and stretch muscles:eek1, on top of that advil and ice. Walking for more that 50 feet put me in a world of hurt. I've never packed my bags while lying on the floor next to them, luckily the bike didn't need too much work.
Come Friday afternoon I managed to get the bike loaded and figured if I could swing my leg over I would go, wasn't really a 'swing' but I got on. Luckily sitting on the bike was good, it was the standing that was the problem for now. Saturday morning after a hit of advil (the first of many), off I went, I could always bail later I thought.
Thats my story of almost missing out.
And then there's Paul's story.
He had a busy week and was late getting things together as of Wednesday night when we spoke but was under control. Until I got a message to call him Friday night, turns out his KTM Superenduro had an issue with the fuel pump, first time ever. He spent all day Friday running around gathering parts to retrofit it to a new electronic fuel pump, which he managed to get installed and seemed to be working but then the bike wouldn't start anymore. It is now 10pm the night before leaving.
I wasn't of much help to him but we decided he starts fresh in the morning and he will catch up to us. With a fresh start the next day he detirmined it was an issue with the starter, it was hung up somehow and basically jammed. He got it freed up and started up fine. His plan was to blast up the highway from Toronto and meet us at the first campsite in the evening.
:lurk Subscribed! Looking forward to this.....
Pics of the bikes, a real mixture, all of which did well with no issues considering the pounding they took
Collin, riding Dad's KLR, and his first adventure ride
Gary's Triumph, don't seem to have a good shot of Gary by his bike:scratch Gary had quite a workout on some of the logging roads/trails
Paul with his SuperEnduro
Sean and his XR
Scott on his DL1000, who was new to the motorcycle camping experience, packed a little more than was necessary, but managed well on the roads we encountered. As the days went on he was lightening the load and giving things away to anybody who wanted the stuff:rofl
And me on my 640
Not alot of pics of day one, was a mostly pavement ride heading north east towards the bottom tip of Algonquin, but did manage to find a few nice roads along the way
At the start
Here's one of Gary by his Tiger
Sean feeling hungry
Being advised we can't go down the gravel road going to the left as it's private, we thought after they were probably just trying to keep us out of the area, but went a different route anyway
Arriving at camp for the night, the private campgrounds are the way to go, we slept for an average of $15 a night, much better than the provincial parks, and better locations for the campgrounds than the big parks too
Paul arrived shortly after and we got set up, made dinner, and slept
:D bbq chicken
Day two the plan was to ride into the Satellite Observatory in Algonquin park, then on to Deep River for our next three nights.
Stocking up on supplies in Barry's Bay (and always checking phones when we had signal)
After Barry's Bay we got into the more interesting riding, starting with nice sandy roads, weather was great again
What I thought was a higher speed gravel route turned into this, much more fun than gravel but also slower going and we had a lot of ground to cover. By this time we were a couple hours behind where we thought we would be
Eventually making it to our lunch stop in Pembroke around 2pm:dg
By the time we finished lunch we were much later in the day than planned so decided to head straight for Deep River as it was still a long ride away and come back to the Satellite Observatory the following day rather than rush through the route. The way I laid out the trip the route was easily adjusted to what we want to do.
We travelled along Barron Canyon Road along the eastern edge of Algonquin which is a great road
Only to come to this
Working off older gps software I didn't even realize Canadian Forces Base Petawawa was on the other side of the trench:doh:bluduh
Gary had that look a few times over the trip:dunno
So that involved some backtracking and zipped up the highway to Deep River to camp
Had a little more fun towards the Deep River end
Rather than camp cooking we ate out for dinner as the grocery and beer stores were closed for the day.
Deep River waterfront (Ottawa River)
And arrived shortly after at the campground, this was our base for the next three nights
This was a great place to stay complete with our own pavilion:D
Rather than backtracking way south to go to the observatory, the next day we stuck with the original plan of going to Temiscaming and back
To travel the backroads of Quebec you have to check in and pay a fee at one of the various ZEC's, which seem to control and manage everything from camping to hunting to road travel.
When we told the lady in the booth what we were planning for the day all she said is 'Ohhhhh' with a :huh look on her face. Hmmmm is all we thought...the map shows a road there.....we can do it
After topping up with fuel off we went.
Everybody's favorite, freshly graded sand road
After passing the grader turned to harder packed sand
The Dumoine River
Father and Son
Chatting with the locals,
This road went on for many km's like this, great high speed riding
Sean trying to catch Paul, never did :lol3
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As usual our mid day point in Temiscaming was a few hours later than expected, the original plan of riding gravel back to Deep River was abandoned and we decided to take the highway back, but first we had some food and picked up some supplies for a late dinner.
Collin, like his dad was always hungry
We then zipped down a great twisty highway to Mattawa
After that it was Hwy 17 back to Camp. Sean and I got stuck in road construction
Sausages were cooked over the fire that night:dg along with :freaky
Good stuff guys
Very nice guys, one day I want to do a ride like that.
Hmmm. Never stopped you before.........:lol3
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