1. Brian Helliwell

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    This is a ride I've wanted to organize for a quite a while. It's a great end of the season ride on a trail very few people know about. It's a trail I call the longest in South Western Ontario.

    The trail starts just west of St Thomas and I've ridden it as far as Ridgetown which makes it 65 km of trail 1 way. And it goes further than that. It is or was rail trail, but now it's fairly grown-in in spots so it's a little tighter and little slower. You'll probably spend more time in second and third gear than fourth and fifth. It passes through a few small towns along the way. It's quite interesting and scenic.

    It's a great dual sport route, ideal for any size bike including KLR's, DR650's, bigger adventure bikes, etc. It could probably be ridden with stock DS tires but more aggressive tires will be an advantage in the late season.

    Start Day/Time Sunday October 20 10:30 am

    Start Location My house, 26 Greenfield Drive, London ON. I'm right at the 401 and Wellington Rd and about 20 min from the trail.

    Need more info? Reply to this post, PM or cell/text 519 317 8881

    Note: Date revised to Oct 20.

    Brian
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    hmm sounds interesting. I may be up for this. always nice to have some rides in the SW corner!
    John
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Keep us posted on the details.
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Sounds fun. I think ill try to make this. I'll be watching for details.
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    I've been wanting to ride this rail bed for a few years now and never get out. Will try to join in.

    There is a forest with trails in it at the Ridgetown exit on the north side of 401. Saw some trucks and dirtbikes parked along the sideroad beside the 401 there before.

    Darryl
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    I rode some of this a few years ago. Nice ride.

    Randy
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Interested for sure, no too often people get down this way....got a track I may now some of it but its not coming to mind now. Keep us posted, other that the Algonquin ride at the end of the month Im free.


    Todd
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    I went to mark this ride down. I think it is on Thanksgiving. Might be hard for people to get away.

    Randy
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    It looks like it gets interesting down this way: http://goo.gl/M3GUu6

    I'd be up for a tour!
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Used by some racers I know as a practice area. Haven't been there but supposed to be tight/fast single track.
  11. Brian Helliwell

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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    So it looks like we could almost ride to Blenheim. Thats probably another 15 km of trail past Ridgetown.
  12. Brian Helliwell

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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20


    Haha I didn't realize that was Thanksgiving weekend. I think a date revision is in order. Probably October 20th would be best for me.

    Brian
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Would love to join you guys. I'm iffy though depending on how I'm recovering from my eye surgery.
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Interested, but I'd have to trailer down. Are you planning on a "trailer friendly" staging area?
  15. Brian Helliwell

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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Hi John

    I was going to start from my house. Lots of parking here. I'm in south London, near Wellington and Exeter Rds. And about 20 min ride to the trail.

    I'll post the address and start time near the end of the week.

    Brian
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Brian,
    I am interested in this ride. I rode a bit of the trail in May. I would be coming from the south though, so would meet at trail head (near Mill rd) or Lyle and Blind line.

    Exeter and Wellington now? near the Manchurian?

    Cole
  17. Brian Helliwell

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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Looks like the weather is going to be cool and refreshing on Sunday with a high of 11. And at this point there is little or no rain in the forecast for Sunday. Sounds like a good day for a ride!

    The plan is follow the rail trail as far as Blenheim which is about 80 km of trail one way. The ride back will likely be a reverse of the ride up with a detour to check out the trails at the 401 near Ridgetown. Or a mix of rail trail and gravel roads.

    As mentioned initially this ride is ideal for any size DS bike. Perfect for KLR's DR650,s maybe even bigger bikes as well. Knobbies tires would be a good idea this time of year but most of the route should be manageable with stock tires.

    Start details have been added to the first post.

    Brian
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Octoberfest Saturday night but I'm going to try to make it. I will be with Steve and Rudy so I can't see anything going wrong.
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Gonna try to make this one!
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    Re: Longest Trail SW Ontario DS Ride, Sun Oct 20

    Sounds neat. I may ride up for this as well.