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Old 10-01-2013, 11:31 AM   #496
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Day 7: Catfish Lake to Cedar Lake to Fredonia, NY

We woke as usual but the sun did not rise to greet us. It was somewhat overcast today but no rain yet. The two loons from last night swam around camp as we packed the gear up for the last time.


We set off into the cool water and the sun poked in and out of the thick low hanging clouds.


A short paddle led us to the old log flume


Matt could barely stand the fury of the mighty flume




The colors along the river began to brighten significantly as if someone turned the switch on fall




We had a couple large portages this morning including a doozey up Unicorn Hill of 2345m. The bugs were terrible and I have a funny video I hope to add shortly.


Back on the Petawawa we had some protein bars then nearly paddled off a waterfall.




I found this little guy trying to get a sip


Beard wanted to test the waterproofness of his camera and boots.


The waterfall we almost went over.




I just liked this mossy log.


A few more portages brought us back down to Cedar Lake with a big tailwind. A family of 5 was fishing at the portage but having little luck. We wished them the best then went banging and beating our canoe into the lake to surely scare away any potential catches. Sorry folks - chose the wrong spot to fish. We dug in hard and paddled against the lake with a big tailwind carrying us back to Brent!


With the 5 day loop completed, we stowed the canoe, turned in the gear, checked out and began to load up the GS's for the big ride to "wherever we make it" tonight.


Back on the Brent Rd, the traction was much better with dry terrain save for the few sandy spots that'd eat your front tire and nearly send you into the ditch.


Stopped by the impact crater again.


I was riding so close to the right side of the road I caught a flower for a few hundred meters.


Beard moving - really getting it on that new-to-him 1150. He dun good


Back on the pavement and we were flying!


Traffic sorta picked up just outside Matawa where the OPP had Hwy17 closed in the EB direction Apparently there had been a tragic accident beyond Brent resulting in a fatality. Canadian law states the accident scene not be disturbed and no vehicles moved until proper authorities and inspectors can arrive. The backup was miles long and expected to take 8-10 hours we heard.


After a wifi overexposure and food from Tim Hortons, we set out down the road onward to the states.


Lots of gray sky and temps in the low 50s with crosswinds.


Inookshooks guide the way


I may or may not have violated this rule intentionally


Some of the many small rivers we passed with nice vacation homes and docks on their shores.


These agricultural fields reminded me of central California in scale and smell


Just past Barrie, traffic picked up considerably and slowed to a crawl. We could see a helicpoter hovering a few miles up so creatively ran the median up until we saw a police car helping a motorist (not the accident) which we passed shortly thereafter.


Approaching Toronto, one begins to see the massive suburban sprawl and theme park.


Old man Jake at the Brent Store said to take the toll lanes and we wouldn't likely get a bill from the Canadian authorities.


So we did in STYLE!


Off the hip shot of sunset while the flag came in to view.


99% Chance Beard does this when you pull alongside;


Crossing a huge bridge outside Hamilton


Quite a bit of damage here to take in.


He really wanted me to take his picture so I obliged:


Beard suggested the Duty Free before crossing over. I had some Tim's and picked up two of my favorite bottles of Canadian Whisky for cheap!


My first night crossing...not the best for pictures.


Here we are waiting for our spot in line. I have a video from here I will post as well.




As we raced south of Buffalo heading for Fredonia, the winds off the lake picked up and blew us all over the place. A huge system was working its way across the water right toward us and would hit overnight. I, for once in a while, was happy to have a garage to pull into and a roof to hang my head under for a night.


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Old 10-01-2013, 11:40 AM   #497
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Day 8: Fredonia, NY to Brookville, PA

It rained and rained and rained making up for a week without rain. I worked on my GS fixing an electrical issue before heading off into the soggy day with a smile on my face around 1:30. It was great spending times with Beard's folks overnight and into the morning.

I took few shots riding around in pouring rain and stayed mostly dry and warm.




I bought a $1 burger from a fast food chain and found this in the parking lot. Breakfast is also paid for now too!


I rode west into the storm and away from home until I reached the dry end of it. Phew! I found myself in Brookville, PA with about an hour of daylight left. I cruised around looking fora single beer but the distributor only sold huge packs so I settled for some whiskey down by the train tracks.


Then found this old impromptu camp on a flowing creek. The rain had mostly ended but was still dripping heavily in the dense woods.




I went for a walk and smoked my pipe as I surveyed the tracks my GS left in the soft sand.


Attagirl


The rain picked up again so I strung up my hammock, sipped some whisky then went to bed around 7:30.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:53 AM   #498
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Day 9: Brookville, PA to Alexandria, VA

Needless to say, I was up before the sun, packed and rolling as soon as light would allow. Saw plenty of deer!

The morning sun had much cloud and fog to burn off so it made for great pics through the morning hours.




Hey look where Hwy 36 took me!




SO MANY GROUNDHOGS here.


Had some coffee then went exploring further.


I love windmills.


Nearly as much as I love brick laid streets still in use


Classic.


Approaching Altoona, PA


This one is for SillyGoose


What I believe to be America's Oldest Operational Roller Coaster.


Just outside Roaring Springs, PA


And now inside! Claim to fame is their bottled water.


Loved the drunk paint job on this road.




They don't build em like they used to.


The fall colors were starting to transition nicely.


I've been to this covered bridge before...but from the other direction. Who knew!?




Cattle munching corn stalks.


Saw a NF road turnoff and could not resist.


I was shocked to see a paved road off to my right in the woods. Strange. I parked and hiked downhill here to what looks like an old highway!


Sure enough it was the old PA 70 - you could see the abandoned roadway on my google map.



I explored a bit...


Until my road led me to the bank of a hwy (I-70) in it's current location. The soft freshly laid and seeded mud was not easy to make a U-Turn in.


Could you write this any better?



Answer...NO!


This cow was chained up to a pole and stared me down!


My route took me over the remains of an old christian camp on a hillside but I promptly ran into "No Trespassing" signs and didn't want to offend the lord.


I did find some beautiful steer and cattle LD could describe.


Roads weren't straight.


Leaves began to fall more and more near the Potomac River but the temps rose and I removed my wool layer.




OldSkool


Wound up along the C&O Canal behind a geezer on a Concours or something. He was going the speedlimit and realllly cramping my style through the twisties but I kept my cool.


I rode familiar back roads through MD and across into Arlington and the parkway headed south. The monument photographed on day 1 still stands.


Many many miles and memories have followed me back home safely.


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THANKS FOR READING ALONG!
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:58 PM   #499
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Great pic Mike...
Thanks for sharing
I still like that turn ear on the far left...
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:27 AM   #500
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My wife and I did this same trip (minus the motorbike) before we got married. Now we have to wait another couple years before the little monsters get big enough to go with us.

I remember the portages fondly. Actually they weren't too bad once I figured out that I could still wear my backpack and just rest the canoe on the harness. Took the pressure off my shoulders and help transfer the extra weight with the pack.

Awesome as always!
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:37 AM   #501
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Unlike many places in the developed world, this one hasn't changed much. The backpack as a shoulder support really helps avoid the agony of wooden yoke on shoulderblades.

Thanks and hope you enjoy your next trip!
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:03 PM   #502
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Great Mike!! Thanks for the slice o life.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:11 AM   #503
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:21 PM   #506
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I just went through my ride reports and exported each then converted them from BBCode to HTML and uploaded them into Blogger.

My goal is to build up a website with all my reports in a location broken down by region and type of trip (Hiking/Motorcycle/Bicycle/Boat). Perhaps folks can use it as a way to search for local rides and ideas of places to visit. More to come

http://lostwithmike.weebly.com/

Now that they are converted I can bring them over to a number of sites
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:28 AM   #507
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Site looks nice Mike. read the BRP RR. The 'best things in life are free' pic was . I stared at it for about 5 minutes
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Cool2 HBN is off on his Ruckus Ride!!!!

So before dawn yesterday a couple of us got up and saw HBN out of town.

He was leaving from his dad's house at 6:00am on his epic Ruckus ride. We laid in wait in a school parking lot nearby.



At about 6:30, the text came. HBN was off. We barely had time to get our helmets on and bikes started before the Rhapsody In Pink puttered by. He got by before we were quite ready, but fortunately, catching up to an adventure laden Ruckus is not that hard even on a CB175 and a TU250x (this is probably the only opportunity that I will ever have where I can show up on the TUx and have more displacement than all of the other bikes on the ride put together).



To be honest, HBN flies on that thing. He was actually getting close to 50mph in some (not uphill) spots. He also hangs off like Rossi in the corners. Sadly, I don't have the under-way photo skills to capture this, but it was hilarious. In an auspicious beginning, we came across a turtle crossing the road. HBN whipped around and gave our terrapin friend safe passage to the woods he was headed to.

After 10 or 15 miles, we stopped at McDonalds to grab some coffee and chat about the trip.


^(photo borrowed from DoctorRoboto)



HBN was ready to rock!



After coffee, we split off and let the man get on his way. Ruck-on HBN!

I think this picture (also taken by DoctorRoboto) pretty much sums up his mood:


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Old 05-11-2014, 12:11 PM   #509
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R.U.C.K. in the USA

R.U.C.K. in the USA

R.U.C.K. in the USA

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RUCKin the USA!






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Where is he going?? I missed that part




So, is there something off about the chain on the TU??
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