Rained most of the night, as we broke camp and for about two hours of riding. Good lunch at Algonquin Outfitters. Really enjoyed the naturalized Old Railway Bike Trail that starts at Mew Lake Campground. Instead of taking the Hasty Highlander route on rough forest access road from Whitney towards Kennaway (as I'm getting a … Continue reading 20210906 ONXL day 4
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/74628279 Today we were on a route called "Hasty Highlander", which I have renamed "Hellishly Hilly Highlander" after today's 2120 metres of climbing in 142k. Started with a good breakfast at Greg and Joy Shikaze's and rode for a couple of hours in light rain. Mostly gravel roads and a few atv trails with water … Continue reading 20210905 ONXL day 3
Only 117 km today from Lindsay to Greg and Joy Shikaze's home just south of Haliburton, where my bike buddy Hal Judd joins me on this ride. Lots of hills to climb and really sandy rail trail to plow through. Then Greg and Joy served up an amazing 5 star gourmet meal outside around their … Continue reading 20210904 ONXL day 2
Lunch in Kinmount. Hard boiled egg from Linda Boyle my host last night. Fenlon Falls beer, spinach pie and chocolate chewy square from small food fair right on the rail trail. Only 55k to Greg Shikaze's home. Life is good on two wheels. Happy Trails!Greg Andre-Barrett Follow my blogs from this trip at:https://gregbikingwithoutborders.blog/https://www.facebook.com/GregBikingWithoutBordershttps://instagram.com/gregbikingwithoutborders http://www.bikeswithoutborders.org/ where … Continue reading 20210904 ONXL day 2 Lunch in Kinmount
Day 1 from Toronto to Lindsay was an extremely tough long 190k with lots of mountain bike trails with steep climbs and descents between Ajax and Uxbridge. So lucky to have a good rejuvenating sleep and food in Lindsay at the home of dear friend Linda Boyle. Ready to roll https://youtu.be/wEEO2ygfIfU video created from the … Continue reading 20210903 ONXL day 1
For this epic bikepacking route and ride I have to thank Matthew Kadey for laying down the following challenges on his BT 700 Bikepacking site... Those who are really ambitious will combine both the GNR and BT 700 in what I call the BT XL. Also complete the Cannonball 300 route at any time and … Continue reading My ONXL Bikepack Ontario Epic 4,100km ride starts September 3rd!
This cycling route is one of my local favourites and illustrates why Toronto is consistently rated one of the top cities to live in the world. About 67k (93%) of 72k of this route is on paved trails...primarily the Humber River Trail, Waterfront Trail, Don River Trail and the Finch Corridor Trail. Spinning along these … Continue reading Toronto loop ride on beautiful serene trails of 72kms
April 23rd I enjoyed a 127km ride on a Toronto north loop I created with RideWithGPS using off-road paths and trails where possible. To stay safe during Covid I took four bottles of water with me so that I wouldn't have to stop at any store along the way. Wish I had taken more water … Continue reading 2021-04-23 A Toronto north loop ride
Today I did a small part for Earth Day...as a volunteer bike mechanic for Bikes Without Borders's The Great Bike Recycle program I repaired three used bikes, that will be givin free (with helmets and locks) to a poor family, empowering them with mobility. Tomorrow I am going to enjoy Mother Earth with a 125km … Continue reading For Earth Day today I repaired bikes for refugees…tomorrow a 125k bike ride.
If you, like me, are looking for inspirational bikepacking journey stories to vicariously get you through these dark dangerous covid times, then I highly recommend Mark Watson's Highlux Photography Blogs, especially Alaska to Pantagonia, which follows Mark Watson and Hanna Black's transcontinental cycling journey, following the length of the Americas: from Deadhorse, Alaska to Ushuaia, … Continue reading Post Covid dreaming of Bikepacking from Alaska to Pantagonia and other adventures