I know we've got more than a few riders from Ontario on here. Give a shout out. Maybe I'll try to organize a 'gathering' next season.
Appreciate the offer and the idea Mike. That's a really long way to go for some of these guys. You and I both have been known to ride some long distance, but I think the vast majority of these guys probably have never done mileage over 300km in a day. I know the ride over Superior is spectacular and is a 'must do' ride for nearly anybody. But I'll probably personally take you up on your offer next summerThunder Bay, Ontario. Why don't we meet up here. You could group ride around Lake Superior - it would make for an incredibly scenic and unforgetable trip. We could reserve some remote sites at Sleeping Giant Park, or you could all stay in tents in my backyard. What do you think?
Hey Bungie - point well taken. Manitoulin is a great idea. Relatively empty. Lots of fun 80km/hr roads. Nice scenery and cool places to explore. Good lodging/camping. A more central location in the province. The Chi-Cheemaun ferry is tons of fun and would be a blast for the S. Ontario riders.Appreciate the offer and the idea Mike. That's a really long way to go for some of these guys. You and I both have been known to ride some long distance, but I think the vast majority of these guys probably have never done mileage over 300km in a day. I know the ride over Superior is spectacular and is a 'must do' ride for nearly anybody. But I'll probably personally take you up on your offer next summer
I was thinking around Parry Sound/Muskoka's (lots of campsites/lodging/food, good roads) or Calabogie just west of Ottawa, maybe Manitoulin Island? The southern peeps could ride up to Tobermory and then hop on the Chee-chee-mon making it a really pleasant day trip for travel times.
I just don't want people to take a pass on a meetup because the ride to/from being an ordeal.
We've got all winter (ugh!) to blue-sky locations, accommodations, times..
Anybody else have suggestions for locales?
I looked up those ideas based on what Steve had said before me, "Anyway, I was looking for a campground that offered up both camping and cabin rentals. The idea being not to exclude anybody who wants to attend because of the lack of camping gear/packing. Ya, you have to abide by campground rules which is the downside."Draekaar - I don't think we would need several big cabins. I suspect that most would be camping in tents. I think we would need a park or campground that offers campsites to put some tents on, as well as a few small cabins for some riders who prefer to camp in comfort.
Their's no riding in Algonquin Park. Just Hwy 60 through it. In fact, even the ride through the Park is pretty boring unless it's at the peak of the fall colours. Though the East side of the park puts you in the vicinity of Barry's Bay and day rides out to the Calabogie area which is REALLY good riding.Alas, the only camping site I know straight offhand that has like 10 beds a cabin is in Algonquin park!... and they're a kids campsite that's full all year long o.o
Bingo Draekarr. Some of us bike camp regularly, but I'd bet the vast majority don't. Having some cabins available at a reasonable price is the along with tent space is the best option.I had a tent a long time ago, but I don't know if I'd be able to fit one on the bike at all, so I agree with his idea to have the option of a cabin with beds for people who don't have a tent or can't bring one.
Also, I must sound pretty stupid, but what do people do at a rally then? I'm pretty new to the biking thing 8D
Majority are in cabins?!? Where's the adventure in that?! Please tell me they are not from Northern Ontario....Ha..ha...Every year the FJR guys do a 'campout' somewhere in TN/NC. It's a blast! But the vast majority end up going the cabin route.
The great thing about the Nemo Andi single-walled tent is that there is no fly. The tent is completely waterproof (even in heavy extended rains that I've experienced). So setup (using only 2 poles) is super simple and easy, just insert the two poles and there you go. It takes only a couple of minutes. And it packs down to a size that is about the same as a football - so it easily fits in one of my saddlebags. And the cot is 15" above the floor - so all of my gear can be place conveniently underneath. A nice and efficient use of space for motorcycle camping. And super comfortable. I sleep just like at home!Jeebus that's a bit exorbitant of a tent o.o