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Training Log Archive: OutdoorsMama

In the 7 days ending May 5:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Adventure Bike3 13:20:00 144.8(10.9/h) 233.03(17.5/h)
  Trekking1 1:30:00
  Total4 14:50:00 144.8 233.03

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Saturday May 5 #

8 AM

Trekking 1:30:00 [3]
shoes: Speed Cross

Milton wanted to go see Archie's Rock, west of Timmins. We'd tried to go see it in the winter, but although the road was ploughed, it was just one car wide with no parking spots, so I didn't want to block it with my car and decided to come back in warmer weather.
This time, I thought we'd park his Outback near the highway 101 and then drive my CrossTrek in. After gunning through three sets of tire-sucking/bottom of the car scraping soft sand, in 200 m, I decided to park as far off the road as possible (and not get stuck in the snow/sand). Good call....the road got worse from there. The road was completely flooded in places. There were moose prints!
Archie's Rock was pretty neat. There were rings set in it near the top for rock climbing. Even Milton thought it was worthwhile checking out.
On the walk back to the cars, there were moose prints that weren't there as we walked in.
And I got the CrossTrek back to the highway. Barely. Little Star Lake Road is a sand road that would likely be better travelled in dry summer conditions.
A pair of moose were waiting to cross the road on highway 144 south of Headwaters. I'd seen 7 individuals on the way up (it was just after sunset, which is the worst time to be travelling for moose hazards).
2 PM

Adventure Bike hills 1:45:00 [3] 22.3 mi (12.7 mph)

I stopped at the Mt St Louis Moonstone exit off Highway 400. And rode up and down the HILLY roads around there. In the glorious sunshine.

Friday May 4 #

Adventure Bike (Gravel, snow, pavement) 4:00:00 [3] 35.0 mi (8.8 mph)

Timmins

With the rain on Wednesday night/Thursday, I thought this might be my best chance to head north and deliver my son's warm-weather sports equipment to him.
I brought my bike, intending to explore some roads and trails in and around Timmins. There was supposed to be a two hour window in the morning before the rain started, but lucky for me, it turned into 3.5 hours. I wanted to explore some back roads south of town, but they were flooded (not unexpectedly) (might be better in August).
I rode the "old road" from Timmins to Porcupine, past the Dome Goldcorp Mine. Then I jumped on the bike trail that goes back to Timmins, ready to bail back out to the road if it was sloppy like our Greenway is early in the spring. Nope, it was quite firm. And then I got into the snow. Wherever there were coniferous trees, the snow was skiable. And not rideable with my 40 mm tires. I did a lot of walking. Then the vegetation would change, and with the poplars, came bare, fully rideable trail.
The trail ran through the Porcupine XC Ski Club area, and in there, with the groomed trails and heavy coniferous cover, I walked and walked and walked. I hadn't worn my waterproof socks, and my feet were soaked from post-holing through the snow into the meltwater below. I caught up with two men walking on the trails with ski poles. I walked with them for a while, discussing skiing and bikes. They mentioned that their Porcupine club had applied for the Ontario Masters XC Ski race for 2019.
My feet were completely soaked and cold by then, but I got on trails into and then north out of town that were more rideable, so they warmed up. Then into Hersey Lake Conservation Area, where skiing or snowshoeing would have been more viable than biking. There was a lot of walking again. Ditto for the trail that starts near the hospital and heads west across town. Off and on. Push the bike. Post hole. Ride the bike gingerly over icy sections. Repeat.
The rain started about the time I got onto paved trails and suburban streets. What a tour of Timmins! At least there were no black flies.

Sunday Apr 29 #

Adventure Bike long (Gravel, rail trail) 7:35:00 [3] 87.5 mi (11.5 mph)

Long ride day......lots of wind, which actually changed to be in our favour at one point (bonus!) We looped around to Essex, back south to the 6th, up the Greenway and to Mt Malden (a couple trips up and down), then back south to McGregor where a piece of pizza sounded like a good idea. Naples doesn't have pizzas ready to go, so time elapsed includes waiting for them to make a baby cheese and pepperoni pizza, and the time required to eat it. Full disclosure: Paul and I each had 2 slices and shared a can of ginger ale, then put the other 2 slices in a zip lock bag and inhaled them as soon as we got home. We were hustling pretty hard after the pizza (which was followed by a Tums chaser, just to be safe).
I see in my future a crazy week at work, with long, long hours.

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