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post #1 of 31 Old 12-12-2015, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Late December Ride

If anyone is interested, and if the weather stays above zero(ish), I was hoping to get out for a ride up to Algonquin park either shortly before or after x-mas.
I've never been up for a ride to Algonquin so late in the year and figured this might be as good a year as any to snap a few pics.

As long as the roads are dry - I'll go. Heated gear, and or a good cold tolerance would be a must if anyone wants to join, because we can't be stopping every 30 minutes to warm up

I'm coming from Mississauga, so I think it would be an 8 hour day for me: 8am-4pm. No idea on the route yet, but the less hwy the better.

I'm not firm on the dates, but so far I think I'm free:
Dec 23, 28, 29, 30
Jan 2, 3

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post #2 of 31 Old 12-12-2015, 12:55 PM
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It certainly has been wonderful riding this December!

Be careful.. a driver got killed last night near Haliburton when he hit a moose. I think they are out and about right now.

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Twas the week or so before Christmas.....

I wouldn't mind going. I've been out a dozen times in the past week.
To be honest, the weather is unpredictable this time of year and I'd be a little leary about a ride to Algonquin. With wet roads, all you need is a temperature drop and a bit of wind. I got caught in a blizzard last year with a 40 km ride to do. It was no fun.
Just a warning to be extra cautious about picking the right day. If I go, I would be a 'last minute add-on'...weather permitting. I'm in Midland, On.
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Thanks for the heads up Tom.

I won't go if I don't think it is safe to ride or if there is high possibility of back ice, wet leaves around the freezing mark, etc...
Probably would have meeting spots around Innisfil and/or Port Perry - one spot to start the ride and one spot to finish the ride.

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Very little chance we'd be able to go.. Renos at home and Christmas taking lots of time.

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I'd be interested but I am in kingston so I'd likely be doing it in the opposite direction so not likely to work. I may go on my own though. I was thinking about this ride

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If I get my CalSci screen I might be interested in taking the CBF on a longer jaunt than to the forks.
Was okay today at 5c and wettish this aft.

Looks good from the long range...I'm definitely doing a Solstice ride



Would you do slab to Algonquin then back roads back or??

Need to do something about keeping feet warm but seems less of an issue on the CFB than the Wee.

heated gloves and some layers under the Scott Jacket seems fine....might even try out the liner for the new Airglides.

Looks to be either

sunny and dry and chillier
or
warm and wetter.

Had both today ....gorgeous in the morning ...sun and warm ....but then wet and chillier in the after ...go figure.


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Would you do slab to Algonquin then back roads back or??
The only slab I was hoping for would be south of Gravenhurst along the 400 and south/west of Port Perry. I was thinking about backroads everywhere else - it will take a bit more time, but I'd much rather skip the slab.

Something like: https://goo.gl/maps/2MuXZxqJARB2 - might be a bit long, but I'll see how the weather shapes up and then plan accordingly.

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I'm not complaining about no slab...just last time I did Algonquin on a solo ride I slabbed up, had coffee at the Coffee Cabin in Huntsville and then went about half way into Algonquin and headed home - part slab and then slid West to Belfountain and is was a lot longer day in October and still got in in the dark.

Thinking at winter solstice there is not much of riding day. Sunrise is 7.30 and sunset 4.30


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lets wait and see what the the weather gurus have to say. If it is 14 on the 25th..... Then I am in along with the mrs.....

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