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Old 10-26-2005, 08:18 AM   #1
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The "summer's almost gone" ride

Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night, we swim the laughin' sea
When summer's gone
Where will we be



Summer's almost gone
Summer's almost gone
We had some good times
But they're gone
The winter's comin' on
Summer's almost gone


...The Doors





I always like to look back at the past when fall comes along,
and go to places I haven't been to in a long time.

Have they changed, do they still exist?

This a compilation of a couple of end of summer rides,
that took me to some of those places.

Of course, to be able to do it on a motorcycle
magnifies the experience.

The KLR is ready to go...







I have the MP3 player set for “random”

The first song that comes on is “Destination Anywhere”

Works for me.


The first destination is JackfishLake, not far away, but a nice place to take a break...













This is an Inukshuk...in the old days, it would have pointed to the next cache of
supplies, for the natives who lived here. I don't know who builds them now, but
they're everywhere.They don't seem to point to much of anything though.







Hey, that timer thingy on my camera does work!!







I continued my ride , east on Highway 17. The ice on this pond is
a reminder that summer is, indeed, almost gone.

The Doors are telling me about “Indian Summer”
Somehow, this seems suitable.







As I was taking the picture of the frozen pond, a GS1150 came up and parked behind me.
Turns out this is Paul, a fellow Adventure rider from Victoria, B.C.
"Off to ride the Cabot Trail" he says.

I'm jealous, of course.

He's pretty excited to see me. "You're the first bike I've seen in two days!"
Hey Paul, PM me if you see this, I'll get you a beer and a steak on your ride back.









We rode together for a while, then he continued on his journey east,
while I stopped to have a look at Raleigh Falls.



It’s hard to believe this trickle of water is a full blown waterfall in the spring
and summer!







I decided to take Highway 622 up toward Atikokan. It’s kind

of hard topped road, with many miles of logging roads surrounding it.

Here in Northern Ontario,if you see a logging road, you can ride it.

It’s all “crown land” which means that the loggers use it, but there’s

no restrictions on sharing.



Here’s the KLR, and some fall colours:













Here’s one of those logging roads … someone told me the bridge was

gone , but I had to check it out for myself.







Nope, it’s still there:





Some pictures taken riding the whole road/trail earlier this year:
I didn’t want to do the whole thing alone, parts of it are
pretty rough going, and no cell service.
Believe it or not my friend Leon came up from Virginia
came up, and rode this with me ON A VSTROM1000!!
Those IBR dudes are all crazy.











Back to the main road, and some more waterfalls and stuff.

Here’s some pics of Finlayson falls:











…and the obligatory bridge picture, this one is for snowmobiles.





Nearly thirty years ago, we used to go camping around here,

And I’m glad to see it hasn’t changed much….



More later.
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Old 10-26-2005, 04:35 PM   #2
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Great pictures Ron!

Weather has been great this week but I've been stuck in the office.

I'll be down to Sioux Narrows on the 10th on business, so I won't be able to ride as my colleague doesn't want to ride on the back of the bike. But if the weather stays like this I'll have her bring her car and maybe I'll be able to catch you in the afternoon on the way back to the 'peg.

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Old 10-27-2005, 01:53 PM   #3
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nice report...for a late late fall day up there....time is runnign out here too...I can feel it in the air....but a slumber is welcome for a bit.......cheers Ron...I will meet you in person next spring/ summer....
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Old 10-27-2005, 04:19 PM   #4
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Nice report Ron. The chill is indeed in the air.
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Old 10-27-2005, 04:25 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! I get frustrated posting pictures, and
forget what I was going to write.

Freeflow, maybe I can give you a proper guided tour of the north shore next spring!
Anyway, gotta work (sucks) nights, so I'll get around to finishing this tomorrow...


Edit: Hey Bimble, just noticed you aren't that far away either,
maybe we can arrange a group ride in the spring!
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Thanks guys! I get frustrated posting pictures, and
forget what I was going to write.

Freeflow, maybe I can give you a proper guided tour of the north shore next spring!
Anyway, gotta work (sucks) nights, so I'll get around to finishing this tomorrow...


Edit: Hey Bimble, just noticed you aren't that far away either,
maybe we can arrange a group ride in the spring!
Not far at all. You're along 17 in western Ontario IIRC. Lets keep the ride in mind!
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:45 PM   #7
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Part 2

I just had to throw in one more pic at the bottom of Finlayson Falls...

It's a very cool spot to stop in the summer, because there's a sand beach

at the bottom, so you can go for a swim, and hear the roar of the rapids

above you!







Here's another place that holds alot of history, for me, and the area.

This looks like a regular lake, but in the 1940's it was drained, and

the iron ore at the bottom was mined for the war effort. At the time,

it was considered a huge engineering acheivement.



Anyway, on a more personal level, it was also where I had my first

"real" job.



I guess the hematite ore that was being mined there fell out of favour,

big industry wanted magnetite,(at least that's what we were told)so it shut

down in 1980, along with most of the town.







See the island out in the middle? We used to stand at the bottom of

the pit, and it would tower 1000 feet over our head!







Considering that everything used to be blood red from the iron that was once

mined there,I was surprised at the crystal clear waters. It's simply amazing what

25 years can do!







Anyway, the lake's currently well over 800 feet deep, and still rising,

and I find it hard to believe now, that all those years ago, I stood on it's

bottom, and looked up.







.................more later…
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I just found this "before" picture on the net, it shows just how
dramatic the difference really is.

Recognize the island???



more to follow later....
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Part Three....

Have you ever had that one favourite swimming hole, that you wish you could go back to?

Ours is still there, but it's definitely too cold for a swim. I don't think I'd wanna jump of of this

anyway, probably hurt myself now!! It's much further down than I remember..

This is at the Rawn Reservoir, but local people just call it Hardy Dam.

















Y'know I don't mind hunting, but do people have to leave a mess like this?

It's right at the top of where you dive off to go swimming too!







From there it was off to lunch with my friend Steve, and the Graham Road.

The Graham road is a really nice ride, I should have taken more pictures...

It follows the Seine river for about 80 kilometers.



Here's the map, unfortunately the GPS doesn't know there's a

road there for about half of it. Guess I should have saved the track.

If you continue the route back up to Highway 17, that's about the

right track.





Here's Steve and his venerable DR600. This man has more left boots

than any one I know, he keeps wearing out his right boot kicking this pig...





Steve and the SeineRiver in the back ground.





more later…

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And some more shots of the Seine...













We met these people on the way; they were partridge hunting.

This nice lady showed us the proper method to clean them.



First, step on the wings...









Pull on the legs....







And you end up with the breast in hand...(remind me NOT to piss this girl off!)





more to follow....
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who's that holding back his throw in the car?
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Old 11-08-2005, 07:29 AM   #13
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A ride report is supposed to have a barn, but I couldn't find one i really like.

How about an old house??





A very long time ago, this was Bill Harju's General Store in Kashabowie.

When we were kids, we would go there to get a Coke, back when it was still

in tall, thick, glass bottles, and it tasted like the nectar of the gods.





Here's Kakabeca Falls, near Steve's place.

Once again, it's just a trickle in the fall, in the spring they call it the "Niagara of the North"







and looking down the Kaministiqua River...

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nice stuff Ron.....I like the old pics of the lake/mine....wow.....I will come up there to see that area next summer....with KLRs, cheers...keep it up...
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C'mon up, we'll do some of these logging roads...I'll buy the beer!

Anyway, the next ride will be the quest to White Otter Castle by bike.

I'm thinking about saving that ride for when a bunch of you FF's show up here.

Here's a link or two

http://www.holry.org/castle.html

http://www.berglundoutposts.com/whiteotterarticle.htm


Could be a helluva ride!
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