20210911 ONXL day 9

Left Shawville 10am after sleeping in, having a huge breakfast and buying flip flops as I lost mine two days ago. My goal was Gracefield 128k and sleeping in a tepee at a private campground. Said goodbye to new bikepacking friends Angela and Ian. Last night they triggered their bear spray (as the safety pin … Continue reading 20210911 ONXL day 9

20210910 ONXL day 8

The ride today from Calabogie ON to Shawville QC, was only 112k, with 1,114m of climbing. This was because my severe shoulder pain necessitated stopping at a pharmacy in Renfrew for almost three hours to get some prescription strength Diclofenac 5% nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (double the strength of Voltaren extra strength that I had been using). … Continue reading 20210910 ONXL day 8

20210909 ONXL day 7

Sharbot Lake to Calabogie was a  beautiful but tough ride of 133k with 1,970m of climbing, climbing and more climbing!!! The toughness was more than compensated by the remote ride through forests and by many lakes. I saw almost no one except for a few ATVs. Luckily when I was almost out of water I … Continue reading 20210909 ONXL day 7

20210908 ONXL day 6

We were so lucky to have found near Ormsby a picnic shelter to sleep under last night as it saved us from being washed away in the torrential rain storm that lasted most of the night. Of course I didn't sleep much with the rain pounding on the tim roof! I made coffee in the … Continue reading 20210908 ONXL day 6

20210907 ONXL day 5

131k with 1,754m of climbing. Left Maynooth by 8am. For breakfast had a awesome veg omelet at Dave's Place in Bancroft. The Hasty Highlander "optional" loop had lots of very soft sand, with lots of climbs, so it took us a long time. This loop section absolutely needs fat mtb tires. The Old Hasting Road … Continue reading 20210907 ONXL day 5

20210906 ONXL day 4

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

20210905 ONXL day 3

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

20210904 ONXL day 2

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

20210904 ONXL day 2 Lunch in Kinmount

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

20210903 ONXL day 1

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