last run of the year

Bill Magitz corbie at
Wed Oct 29 11:11:45 PDT 2008

I think this is part of the reason we ride , to be able to tell great stories like this , nicely told Jim . but don't you think the memory of bloodied knuckles alone would be enough for you puncuate properly  harharharhar

> Marilyn flew to the east coast to visit her sister.
> So Friday I got the bike out.  It was 3C (38F) when I left home and 
> the weatherman promising me 12C (53F) by mid afternoon (he lied).  
> I took the highway down to the Calabogie road and went west to 
> Bogie.  I had planned to go south to Westport on the West end of 
> Big Rideau Lake but due to the temperature thought it best to stay 
> within an our of home.  There was very little traffic and the roads 
> were good.  I had to watch in some shaded corners as there was 
> still frost on the road.  I found this out after a couple of arse 
> end skids that brought dejavue of the TLH in August.  After passing 
> Bogie I turned onto the Centennial Lake Road a very nice twisty 30 
> km.  At the end of it I turned left and went through the village of 
> Matawatchan where I noticed the general store had been turned into 
> a private residence.  I noticed traces of snow in the ditches 
> between Matawatchan & Venachar  not good. The Matawatchan Road ends 
> at Venachar so I turned right and went out to Venachar Junction on 
> Hwy 41 and went north 5km to the Swiss Inn at Denbigh.  I stopped 
> here for lunch of home made sweet potato, chicken barley soup and a 
> Reuben Sandwich.   Its strange how some people react.  I hung up my 
> Kevlar jacket and my helmet.  When I sat down there were two 
> couples in their mid 40s at the table 2 over from me and by their 
> expressions you'd think I'd just farted.  A couple of old ladies 
> both in their 70s at the table beside me asked how the ride was, if 
> I was cold and that I should have been out 2 weeks before when the 
> leaves were at their peak.  I told them I had been out and how red 
> the trees in Algonquin park had been in the 3rd week of September.  
> They were pleased that I chatted with them. I took Hwy 28 out of 
> Denbigh heading for Hardwood Lake (dueling banjo country - like I'm 
> not already in it).  I ran though Ruby (we have 2 Rubys in Renfrew 
> County with a total of 10 dwellings plus a Ruby Road, Ruby Mine 
> Road, Ruby Lake, Rubyvlle and Rubyville Road --she must have been 
> one helluva ceiling inspector) just as I entered Renfrew county.  I 
> came over a rise just before Big Yirkie Lake and the visa was 
> pretty depressing,  the trees were all devoid of leaves with 
> nothing but bare grey branches and the conifers were dull green, 
> the only exception was the odd yellow "A" of the Tamarack.  I 
> turned at Hardwood Lake and went through Schutt, Jewelville, and 
> Palmer Rapids.  Just before I got to Combermere I turned in on 
> Riverside Drive.  I stopped the bike beside the Madawaska River got 
> off and walked down to the shore.  I looked down stream and saw my 
> brother in law  Graham's place about a kilometer away.  The place 
> is impressive (3000 sq feet of cedar with steeply peaked blue steel 
> roofs, the wealthy in laws) when you are at it but is looked 
> spectacular from where I was.  I was going to go in and see him and 
> I remembered he was away golfing.  At Combermere I took the Old 
> Barrys Bay Road stopped at the log chute for a few minutes the 
> water was flowing well.  I turned onto the Hopefield road and 
> noticed more snow on the ground and some still on roof tops (this 
> was left over from Tuesday when it snowed all day).  When I got to 
> the South Wilno Road there was at least 2" of snow on the roofs and 
> the piece de resistance was a 2 meter high snowman in a yard.  I 
> turned left at Brudenell and then right onto the Ruby Road at 
> Kilaloe, 5 minutes later I was in the other Ruby that consists of 2 
> "T" intersections and 6 buildings 2 of which I think are dwellings. 
>   From here I managed about 5 miles on a dirt road and found myself 
> at Cormac and Ste Ann's Shrine.  I rode into Eganville and took the 
> 4th Chute Road to Knightington (4th Chute on the Bonnechere River). 
>   I think these chutes are counted starting at the Ottawa River.  I 
> stopped on the bridge and watched the water for a bit and then went 
> into Douglas.  I rode down to the old mill got off the bike and 
> walked down to the damn and the derelict there at was indeed the 
> "L" 2, this is an old 16' fiberglas boat that my daighter and her 
> friends used to float down the Bonnechere from the 4th chute to the 
> 3rd chute on our Victoria Day weekend. It still had it's BBQ in 
> place of the engine, the bimini top (a stolen tarp garage by the 
> look of it) and the cushions from 1/2 a dozen couches. There were 
> probably a few long necked empties in the bilge, I didn't check.  I 
> then took the Dillabough Road and Barr Line back to Cobden.  $12.00 
> for lunch,329 Km, 5 hours and $16.00 for fuel A day well wasted.
> My front yard is covered with snow today.  I don't think it will 
> stay but its a serious hint to put the bikes away.
> Jim


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