1st Ride: Monday
Saturday was a trail maintenance day for the BMA. I joined in and went along to explore some fantastic trails in the Calabogie area. No idea where we went -- I was just following the leader. Saw some great trails and got a real workout. Managed to dump the bike in a big muck hole and got my leg trapped under the bike while lying in 10-12 inches of muddy water. Fortunately, Scott was there to lift the bike off me (you just know KLR riders are strong because their bikes are heavier than DR's).
We rode a total ~100 Kms of trails and gravel before the day was done. It's too bad it takes an hour of highway riding to get to the area. We also walked a couple of Kms with folding saws and cleared from branches from the trails. Kevin --the KTM man-- our guide and leader, knows these trails very well and showed us an awesome time.
taking a breather
first break of the day
The little KTM got drowned in the giant puddle
(deeper than it looks -- airbox full of water)
a serious tool for riding through the woods
The muck hole where I had my get-off
Airing up the tires before the ride home.
Ready to head for home
2nd ride: Monday
Then on Monday (Queen Elizabeth's birthday) a bunch of ADV riders were getting together for a ride on some trails the other side of Ompah. A great bunch of guys and we had a great time. Got up at 5am and met at Tim Horton's in Almonte by 7am. Trails weren't as 'hardcore' as the BMA trails but a lot of fun, and still challenging at times. I had to split a little early to head for home, while the others apparently suffered through a gruelling trail shortly after my departure.
Almonte Timmies - way too early in the morning
one of the half-dozen or so muck holes we passed through
Hydro line trails - easy going
The lone Beemer (the sleek 800GS)
One of a pair of big KTM's (these are monster bikes)
I sent my wife a text message to tell her that
I was on my way home, but she was on her way
to the beach with the kids. So I rode to the
beach and spent the rest of the afternoon there
Odometer: 16,625 Km
Odometer: 16,625 Km