3 rd ride of the year or how to get lost in your own back yard.
masonjs at nrtco.net
Thu Apr 15 07:57:30 PDT 2010
About a week ago my wife and I were returning home from spending Easter at
my daughter's place in Penetanguishene. We crossed the Madawaska River in
the Hamlet of Madawaska and I noticed the normally 150 yard wide river was
down to a trickle.
I decided Monday I wanted a close look at this so I jumped on the bike and
using back roads I managed to turn the 120 km trip to Madawaska into 200 km.
The river is extremely low. I stopped and took several pictures of both it
and the Opeongo river which was at a similar level. I walked out on what
was a dock that was about 20 feet long and there was a 10 foot drop to the
sand dune below. There were dirt bike and ATV tracks all over the sand that
is normally the river bed. The water was 75 yards away. The river was
about 10 feet wide. The Opeongo was no better. What had been 2 islands
were treed hills on a sandy waste land with the odd tree stump sticking up
from the river bed. The Madawaska is about 200 miles long, has a dozen or
so control dams and 2 hydro electric power dams about 150 miles from where I
I headed south to Maynooth to get fuel. I was going to take the Peterson
Road and return home through Bancroft but it was getting late so I headed
north on HWy 62 to Maple Leaf. I decided to take a short cut through New
Carlow, and Craigmont to come out at Combermere. I have always come out
from New Carlow on this road and missed taking the turn onto the Boulter
Road. I kept twisting and turning staying on paved roads trying to figure
out WTF I was other than being on the Greenview-Musclow road. I wasn't too
worried as I had 400 km of fuel and a paved road that had to meet something
I finally came out at Hwy 62 at Birds Creek about 20 km he other side of
Maynooth and 3 km north of Bancroft. I rode into Bancroft left on Hwy 28 at
a very brisk pace through Hardwood Lake, then the back roads through Schutt,
Jewelville, Latchford Bridge, Quadeville, Wolfe, Cormac Eganville and home
in an hour and 20 minutes 122 km.
It sure beats riding that Stihl 280 brush wacker or my Stihl 290 chain saw.
Sorry I can't give you a status report on the Peterson/Elephant Lake road
Art maybe next time.
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