Took a ride with Moosehead and Carol from the rally site down into Prince Edward County. Dropped in to see Errol Weaver at Bench Mark Works (Canada) in Milford to get all new cables for the little Beemer that thought it could. Clutch, front brake a throttle cables were all in stock and I left a happy guy. Errol even gave me a complimentary Bench Mark Works coffee mug featuring a cool visual of a T-Rex riding a /2 BMW. Nice.
While at Bench Mark Works everyone had to try a WWII era side car rig that was in the shop for some repair work. Carol pilots while Bob hangs onto pillion and Errol holds down the chair.
Unfortunate historical baggage aside, that's a neat piece of gear. There was a lever on the tank that shifted a two speed axle into "Gelande" or low gear for "Overland" or off-road use. Or "Strasse" for high gear or "Street" use. How many of you knew BMW's heritage of G/S's (Gelande/Strasse) dated back to the Second World War? I didn't.
Heading back to Trenton the "scenic way" took us across the Bay of Quinte on a ferry from Glenora. It was to be the first of many ferry crossings on this auspicious trip.
Back at the rally I met this fascinating fellow who'd built himself an ultralite aircraft powered by an R100 mill. The reduction drive was of his own design, too. This was a really nice piece of engineering. Had two wings he used depending on his flying opps. High and low speed. Very nicely sorted from what I saw. He offered me a ride if I looked him up in the fall. If I can get in touch with him I'm going to take him up on it!
Anyone know who he is? I forgot to get his contact info!
Leaving Trenton I enjoyed a pleasant ride north and west on the smallest roads I could find, including a wildly rugged trail that crossed a creek bed before dumping me onto the next consession road north. Enjoying the "make it up as you go along" route I was reminded again of my preference for solitary travel or with a very few like minded fellows.
You ADV guys living in the area north of Trenton and Bellville have an awesome network of roads and trails to ride your dual sport bikes. I'm envious. The whole area was beautiful and quite unspoiled.
Here's a view from the Ravenscliffe Road near Huntsville, Ontario. Talk about comedy noir.
The wildlife can be varried and unpredictable.