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Sep 29, 2016 2:45 PM # 
Thanks for an interesting write-up. Do you think I could join you in future on the Kodiak with my regular MTB tires, or will I need to mount 3" tires to barely cope?

I don't have a front chubby solution yet but am looking into some options in the near future for muck season.
Sep 29, 2016 4:34 PM # 
Really interesting to hear about this trail!

It is possible that parts of the trail are only open officially during snowmobile season so the "No Trespassing" warnings could be real. But the fact that you met anyone suggests that people may not be too worried about it.
Sep 29, 2016 4:47 PM # 
I think the Kodak would be ok on most of the trail. The parts that would like fatter tires are generally fairly short - 10-20m or so and with the trail so flat you can see them coming. The trickiest part was crossing the center line which was grown up quite high in places with either plants or accumulated sand/stone. You have to cross over quite deliberately. 3" rubber would make it through everything nicely.

I considered the no trespassing being seasonal, but in Dufferin Country I suspect that effectively means snow mobiles only in the winter.
Sep 29, 2016 5:26 PM # 
We should try it some time.
Sep 29, 2016 5:27 PM # 
A bit more about rubber on this section of the trail. My 2.1 X 26 would struggle a fair bit in many spots. Enough so that it would be tiring and a tense. My 2.3 x29 would roll through most of it pretty well with stretches requiring extra attention every couple of kilometres. The 4.8 X 26 fattie was in heaven and just laughed it off.

The center line was often curb height but soft and mushy. The one time I tried to slide over at an extremely acute angle (like drifting out of your lane), it offered a strong reminder that it needed to be crossed at the kind of angle you would jump a curb with - there was room to take 45 degrees so I did. With so little traffic, I frequently switched over to the side with the best surface.

Next time I go out there I'll head south to Orangeville. I have a feeling that is where most of the snow mobiles get on the trail and then race up to Owen Sound to play on the lake.
Sep 29, 2016 5:30 PM # 
Yes 'Bent. I'll try the south end the week after Thanksgiving. I'm game to go either way any time.
Oct 1, 2016 5:38 AM # 
One other thought crossed my mind today. For the rest of 2016, you'll need to be aware of hunting seasons and take appropriate precautions. Even on the Bruce Trail, there are times when it's wise not to hike, especially through private property but even through conservation areas. In Caledon, deer hunting season (bow only) runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 so I'll have to get my bright clothing out today. And there is a fall wild turkey season in the middle of October too.
Oct 1, 2016 2:11 PM # 
Good point. I do have a bright orange jacket for fall and lots of yellow shirts for warmer days. I might get more selective about remote trails. It could have been days before I was found on the trail I ride Wednesday if anything happened. Maybe I'll get an app that sends position periodically.
Oct 1, 2016 2:37 PM # 
You could borrow my DeLorme GPS tracker if you were passing by here. Although it's only moderately helpful to you to be able to provide the Mrs. with the coordinates of your body. ;(
Oct 1, 2016 8:22 PM # 
She has been interested in being able to check moving dots for a while. Currently she settles for getting a message when I stop with projected finish time. So she gets a message 90-150 minutes into a ride.

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