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20-05 / 06 / 07 VF
Cross Country Option
31 / February 1,2, 2020
MACDOWALL to CHOICELAND 20-05
Friday, Macdowall to
a bit of time tweaking
(scrapping and reconfiguring)
another camera mount, tossed the aluminum cooker
in favor of a stainless one, a drive
belt, and if you are looking at the picture
right, and are wondering what on earth all the
duct tape is about...well...jest look at last
- 30 Ride Out!!
On our way to our first fuel stop.
We had stopped 1/2 way to
check cameras, good thing, we had 2 cameras that
just get started. Then it turns out the 3rd
camera doesn't get going until after our fuel
stop!! This is one of those days that only come
around a few times in a life time. You have been
planning this ride like other years, but this
year we get unbelievable warm temperatures,
perfect sunny days for spot on definition....and
the snow. The snow is better than we even
imagined and it is getting deeper every mile we
ride into the NE country side.
I see my odometer was reading
miles at our first fuel stop.
OK we fueled up
and are headed for the North Branch and the icy
river crossing. conditions are so fantastic and
knowing we plan to meet the truck somewhere in
the wide yonder, we have the pedal to the
metal....then after a series of back road
corridors we hit the river for some aggressive
sliding and fun, as much fun for the next 15
miles that I have ever had.
My odometer read 88 miles (141 KM) as we short
stop for fuel, and have a BBQ, meeting our
support truck. Some time later odometer reads
113 miles (182 KM) as we rolled in to Choiceland.
At the Choiceland Curling rink, we go curling
just like just about like every other year.
Check out our page it is a one of the best days
of riding I have ever had.
MACDOWALL to CHOICELAND 20-06
Choiceland to the Trail system.
line in the snow.... We choose a route east to
the groomed trail.
It is GO DOG GO TIME!
The trail system is calling our names. A
slightly cloudy day at time we head out. Yup we
all made it to the groomed trail but
heard a big crunch when I rolled to a stop along
a scenic lake. The majority who had not seen the
Eskers up north on the Esker Trail went on to
return later in the day. Our plan was to tow
back to civilization off the snowmobile trail in
MACDOWALL to CHOICELAND 20-07
Sunday, Choiceland to Macdowall.
a community breakfast 10:30 AM ish. We pack up and head out, with
a plan, of new country exploration.....oh boy....deciding
on the fly, inputs being snow conditions we
crossings, fuel stops and overall riding area country
side, landscape and scenery conducive to some of the
nicest riding conditions you could ask for. Man back
into a semi cloudy day similar to Saturday! We end up off course a couple times,
always corrected, but running very low on fuel we just
barely made it out of the Fort a la Corne forest. Man,
first planned experimentation caught us with
A Bridge to Far?
could of used more than a bridge. Back tracking, then
heading off in a "out of the forest" mode we get caught
looked right, ... for a while.
Then the game was over.
pirated 6 L of fuel from our
KiD, who was
next lowest and took on the last 4 L of the gas. We
reassessed our position with maps and and reassessed
where we could of gone wrong. Would of never guessed the
intersection and how it has changed in a couple years.
(OK looking back now I see it has been 4 years!)
Definitely reduced to an ATV trail rather than the main
route it used to be. We rode the next 15 miles with out
any sign of it being familiar from our
ride. (A ride we rode in on at
least 10 miles.....) I really
questioned whether we were on the right track or
not....what a relief when portions of the trail suddenly
were familiar from 20-01F !!!
back 20-30 miles or so in the forest that we split up
remaining fuel after dipping tanks with sticks, so
at this point, really low again on fuel as soon as we
break out of the forest in a very strong wind and
cooling temperatures we found the first really deep
ditch surrounded by highlands and trees and we pulled
down in there and just laid up against the snowbanks and
waited for our rescue truck to bring out another 50L of
fuel. A relief when the truck came along around on the
speed curve next to the forest entrance! With the sun
dropping fast we quickly fueled up spreading the fuel
around and put the wood to 'ER !! With the sun seriously
setting we rode the next 25 miles crossing the North
Branch and finally reaching the black top in good time,
and for good reason. With out distant landmarks it was
going to be especially slow going in the dark. We have
to make time. Getting to our last fuel stop was tricky,
a couple of us took the most direct route up on the
shoulder of the road to save fuel. It was another
quick official fuel stop, the latest in the day
ever, even including the last fuel stop of the day in
*2012, cameras rolling, let 'ER rip my
friend! We pound drifts and buck a heck of a wind while
landmarks permitted...once it was dark it was a whole
new ballgame of being careful and following more
ditches than usual. It was late, like 7:30 or 8 PM when
we rood up to our trucks in the dark in our staging
*MACDOWALL to CHOICELAND
The Forks to Birch Hills.
NISBET FOREST CROSS COUNTRY
Overnight cross country package -4 person minimum. Lots and
lots of Km's through Nisbet Forest around outlaying country side and
Transportation for 4 persons and all
included. Each individuals fuel and oil extra as required.