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Old 04-21-2008, 09:19 AM   #1
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*****Nipissing Trail: Ontario, CANADA ******

(GPS file attached at the very end of this report – please feel free to download it).


7:40pm, I pick up the 450lb bike for the second time, shake my head and ask “when does this end?”...

We’re beginning to loose light, Dean (BMW HP2) and Dave (Aprilia 5.5) are contemplating whether or not we should sleep in the woods for the night. My friend Seb (BMW F650GS) is just about ready to kill me and there I am, on my heavyweight KTM 950Adventure looking at my GPS trying to figure out how much more of this insanity we’re faced with ahead of us…




Welcome to the Nipissing Trail (from start to finish).



April 19th, having left Toronto at 10am we rode up hwy 400 and 11 to save time. Thereafter the fun starts, Southwood road, Ontario’s answer to Tail of the Dragon, was laced with beach-like sand but we rode it a little faster than a turtle’s pace!










The tail end of the Southwood "dragon" was immersed….







Balla was a beautiful little gem


Old Presbyterian Church being restored






Arriving two hours late at our mid-day stop, RobbieO'-my god I love that garage' treated us to hot coffee and fresh doughnuts.




Seb (Santa)










The original group of two (myself and Santa) grew to four riders before we reached Rob’s place (it was great to meet you BMWluvr and MTRhead73).

Thereafter, an entourage of ADVriders were ready to conquer the first half the Nipissing Trail with us. However, not before we hit some twisties to reach the trail-head. It wasn’t long before RobbieO unleashed some MotoGP skillz on our ass’ – and I soon found the outer limits of my knobby tires (take notice of the rubber on the road!)




Our trip from Rosseau to Magnetawan:




A quick detour onto the Seguin Trail













Our own personal paparazzi – more to come from him later! (stay tuned)






RobbieO – Just for you buddy!!!!




The Honda XR400 and Aprilia 5.5 tried to make love – A Ho-bichslap-rila 475 was almost conceived, until mom and dad broke up the partay!!




In the middle of butt-F*** nowhere!!!










The NEW hwy 11



Now, this is where things got a little weird. Rumor has it that the Nipissing Trail is also called the Ghost trail…. You think this might have anything to do with it????......nah!!!!




Take notice of the tub on top of the house!!!

















Our 5pm “lunch”



…..following our feast, Seb finds that his license plate is missing and that I’m leaking fuel. Weak zip ties are the explanation for the missing plate and a pinched vent hose on my fuel tank resolves the leaking fuel problem.


Magnetawan – the general store has a wall dedicated to pictures of the “Downtown Magnetawan” t-shirt and the places it’s travelled







As we forged on after dinner – past Magnetawan, RobbieO and a few others broke away. For the remainder of the day/trip we had four riders: Sebastian (Santa – BMW F650GS), Dean (V-Crash – BMW HP2), Dave (Aprilia 5.5) and myself (Uber – KTM 950Adventure).









(take note – the further North we go… the more snow there is on the sides of the road!)



The story picks up here.

…I pick up my bike for the second time and ask myself “when does this end?”

It’s about 7:40pm and we’re running out of light faster than the Leafs chances are of winning the Stanley Cup! Short of a hockey stick, I’m skating along the ice with my feet out like training wheels, trying to hold my bike up. If that’s not enough, after 2km’s of this hell we come upon frost heaves that render the road/trail useless!! As our wheels were eaten up with collapsing gravel road, mud and water quickly encompass the bikes.









It was at this point that Dean looks over at Dave and wonders if we’ll have to spend the night in the woods. As we’re roughly 10km’s away from the nearest “road” - things are only getting worse and it’s too far to turn around. The look on Steve’s face quickly put’s that idea to bed. We saddle up and keep pushing….



9:20pm..... we finally pull into Restoule


The look on Dean’s face explains it all


The Crow’s Nest – was it ever a home away from home! They re-opened the kitchen for us and kept the bar open until 2am. The rooms are clean and well kept, a great place to stay when you complete the Nipissing Trail. Contact Mike and Laura Witt at (705) 729-1549, they're outstanding hosts!!!!!










Good morning babycakes!!!!








The rapids from across from the street




The local beer store and auto shop




The ride home












THE END!!!

P.S. Thanks to Dean and Dave for sticking around – you guys made for great company. RobbieO, thanks for the stop over – the coffee and doughnuts were great.

Most of all, big thank you goes out to my friend Sebastian (Santa) for sharing this trip with me. We hit some rough spots but still had a great time. (You think there’s any chance we'll get our girlfriends out with us next time – in the fall!!?? )
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:36 AM   #2
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Good ride report! Looks like fun, but I think I'll try it later in the year when it's dry!
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:42 AM   #3
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Cool! I was in Powassan Saturday afternoon and came back to North Bay across Hazelglen Rd and up to the South Shore along 654 and stopped to check out the lake around Lighthouse Road.

It was a gorgeous day!
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:46 AM   #4
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Thanks Uber,
That went great with lunch. I hope to hook up on the next mission.
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:00 AM   #5
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Excellent adventure

Thanks for sharing and great pics. The turtle was my favorite. I can relate, I ride slooow.
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:02 AM   #6
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A good one, thanks
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:33 AM   #7
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Great stuff Uber! I gotta get up there in the fall!
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:43 AM   #8
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Hmmmn? Couple hours from home. Well established route. Making excuses for known good tires.

Let's see?

I'll give that a Poser Rating: 4 out of 5.

(For a better score do it in the rain and camp out when you reach the end).



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Old 04-21-2008, 10:52 AM   #9
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Hmmmn? Couple hours from home. Well established route. Making excuses for known good tires.

Let's see?

I'll give that a Poser Rating: 4 out of 5.

(For a better score do it in the rain and camp out when you reach the end).



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Old 04-21-2008, 11:12 AM   #10
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Where is the pickled egg pictures?

Ain't no Nipissing Trail report without pickled eggs and Molson X.

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Old 04-21-2008, 11:21 AM   #11
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Looks good!! Thanks for the report and pics... gotta check that area out soon
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:22 AM   #12
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Nice one gents!
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:35 AM   #13
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Great job Uber! I was going to say, I was sad to have missed the tail end but judging by the pics, don't think the Tourances would have made it!
Definately want to do Southwood a couple times this year

Do you figure I could give the upper end a go once it dries up a bit?

I'm in for the next trip if I'm healed up! Now to convince the wife I need a beater along with my daily driver!!
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:51 PM   #14
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Do you figure I could give the upper end a go once it dries up a bit?
I think you could get away with a touring tire... so long as the route is bone dry!
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:31 PM   #15
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I've done Rosseau to North Bay via the Nipissing Trail it in August on a KLR with stock tires (Deathwings?)

Other than the Commanda Creek section with the bridge out, I was fine.
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