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So that everyone can knows where to go I have edited this first message.

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Just to clarify the time of the meet:

We are meeting at the ESSO station at Bryne Drive and Essa Road, in Barrie (same as last year) at 9am and leaving at 9:30 am.

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Heavy posted this:

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The route starts and ends at the ESSO station at Bryne Drive and Essa Road, in Barrie, same as last year.



Just so everyone knows, there is a Timmies right across the parking lot from the ESSO station where we are meeting.

Remember though, we have a departure time so don't be showing up late and then wandering over to get breakfast.



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Originally Posted by JGL351
For those who want to meet in Scarborough,

We will meet at the Tim's in Kennedy Commons (Progress and Wm Kitchen Rd) at 7:30 (plan to be there earlier if you need a wake up coffee) and roll out at 7:45. I plan to take 401 to 404 N, to Greenlane and meet up with the Newmarket group at Leslie about 8:10. We can then continue across Greenlane to #11, north to Bradford, west across #88 and either take 400 north or continue west to #27 ( 5 min longer) Either way we should be at the Essa Rd Esso before 9:00. (#27N becomes Essa Rd as you enter Barrie)

I will be the leader if you want, just remember that I often lead from behind.

Jim

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For those meeting in Newmarket at the Esso Station at Greenlane and Leslie (just west of the end of hwy 404) I'll be there a bit before 8am and suggest we leave there no later than 8:15. That will give us time to get to Barrie avoiding hwy 400.

..Tom

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Last year's ride was a great success! I think a re-run is called for!

Since "The Sheppard" has decided to change his days off to miss Sunday, "Heavy" and I will be setting up the Annual Southern Ontario Spring Strom Ride. I hope you can come!

Heavy is setting up a route which should cover a lot of the great roads we did last year. I suspect we will start in Barrie and end the day in the late afternoon so plan on a full day.

This will be an easy-going ride that will welcome riders of all abilities.

More details to follow in the next week or so.

..Tom
 

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Thanks Tom.

I'll get working on the route soon.

Easy going ride?....pffffttt...not unless we can keep you mired back in the pack. ;)
 

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OOohhh!

A Strom ride here in beautiful southern Ontario. Sounds good.

I'm in.

:rolleyes:
 

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I'm in V-Tom.

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If I get my ride back by then, I'm in. It's up North right now, where I had to leave it last fall after severing my Achilles tendon and ending up in a cast for 6 weeks. My leg's almost back to normal now (a bit shrivelled still, like the rest of me LOL), but I have to wait for the snow to melt up there so I can go fetch it home.
 

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I recall you mentioning that in the past but where is the bike?

..Tom

If I get my ride back by then, I'm in. It's up North right now, where I had to leave it last fall after severing my Achilles tendon and ending up in a cast for 6 weeks. My leg's almost back to normal now (a bit shrivelled still, like the rest of me LOL), but I have to wait for the snow to melt up there so I can go fetch it home.
 

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800 km away, in the Sault at my brother-in-law's. My nephew probably spent the nicest part of the fall riding the crap out of it :rolleyes: while I was sittin' at home moping.
 

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I'm good to go. Last years ride was great.
Thanks for organizing it again.

Here's a reminder of that awesome day we had last year on April 29.
 

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I have marked it on my calendar, I am sure Deb will not want to this one we will be 2up.
 

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Peter, rubber side down!!! ;{)
 

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Tom,

Maybe you should specify now whether this ride will be a V-Strom only ride as it was last year.

If it's not, I will put it on my calendar.
 

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Okay guys, I've come up with a route that covers many of our favorite roads in this area. I'm sorry but I can't remember how to share routes from MapSource so you'll have to email me and I'll send out individual copies. Just let me know what format you want it in.

I don't know if I went a little too far for a "first" ride of the season. The route starts and ends at the ESSO station at Bryne Drive and Essa Road, in Barrie, same as last year.

The AM section of the route covers 160 miles, includes Southwood Road and ends in Huntsville. If we set an 8:00 start time, it should put us there around lunch time.

The PM section of the route is 170 miles and takes us up as far as the 518, near Parry Sound and back down into Barrie.

Both routes cross HWY11 and HWY 400 a couple of times so there are jumping off points for those that have to leave early.

AM run (well, very close to actual):

http://tinyurl.com/yuk66c

PM run (close as well):

http://tinyurl.com/3a5pjd
 

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I was thinking about it more last night. There is always the option of just getting on the 400 and blasting up to Bala Road 38, or taking #11 North to Southwood, and spending our time up there instead of taking the circuitous route out of Barrie.

Any thoughts?
 

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I'm hoping to make it this year and meet some of you in person!:)
Steve
 

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Hi Steve,

In following the spirit of last year's ride, this ride will be a Strom-only ride.

..Tom

Tom,

Maybe you should specify now whether this ride will be a V-Strom only ride as it was last year.

If it's not, I will put it on my calendar.
 
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