3 rd ride of the year or how to get lost in your own back yard.
masonjs at nrtco.net
Thu Apr 15 08:00:03 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 was standing.
> 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 recognized.
> 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
> Sorry I can't give you a status report on the Peterson/Elephant Lake road
> Art maybe next time.
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