3 rd ride of the year or how to get lost in your own back yard.

Arthur Robinson art.robinson at rogers.com
Fri Apr 16 06:07:18 PDT 2010

Hi Jim:

Thanks for the up-date. My GPZ has been in the hands of my Friend/Kawi
mechanic (who lives in Apsley) for a couple of weeks. Parts on back
order etc. I hope to pick it up on Sunday and finally come out of

I have friends who teach kayaking on the Madawaska River... It doesn't
sound too good for business.

Talking about business... my ex-company Honeywell had announced the
closing of the manufacturing plant (after 80 years) with the jobs going
to US, Mexico and Hungary. The place had full order books, was turning
good profits and recently won an award for performance. Now they reap
their rewards!

I trust you and Marilyn are both well,


-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com]
On Behalf Of Marilyn Mason
Sent: 15 April 2010 10:58
To: GPZ List
Subject: 3 rd ride of the year or how to get lost in your own back yard.

About a week ago my wife and I were returning home from spending Easter
my daughter's place in Penetanguishene.  We crossed the Madawaska River
the Hamlet of Madawaska and I noticed the normally 150 yard wide river
down to a trickle.
I decided Monday I wanted a close look at this so I jumped on the bike
using back roads I managed to turn the 120 km trip to Madawaska into 200
The river is extremely low.  I stopped and took several pictures of both
and the Opeongo river which was at a similar level.  I walked out on
was a dock that was about 20 feet long and there was a 10 foot drop to
sand dune below.  There were dirt bike and ATV tracks all over the sand
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
from the river bed.  The Madawaska is about 200 miles long, has a dozen
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
Road and return home through Bancroft but it was getting late so I
north on HWy 62 to Maple Leaf.  I decided to take a short cut through
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
out WTF I was other than being on the Greenview-Musclow road.  I wasn't
worried as I had 400 km of fuel and a paved road that had to meet
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
Jewelville, Latchford Bridge, Quadeville, Wolfe, Cormac Eganville and
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
Art maybe next time.


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