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post #41 of 257 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 08:47 AM
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"Where I live in SW Ontario, the ground is flat and the roads are straight. If you hunt around some you can find a few good roads, but most of the area was laid out in a flat, straight grid."

There are flat stretches in between, but all the river valleys that lead to Lake Erie have some entertaining roads that are neither flat nor straight, and I know most of them. PM me, l will show you some!
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The North shore of Lake Erie, as you'd expect, is dotted with small port towns. These towns boast scenic waterfronts, beaches, boating, fishing and tourism.

This is the draw bridge in action in Port Stanely, ON. It gets a lot of use as it crosses the mouth of the harbour, seperating the harbour from numerous pleasure craft docks.


A little further East is Port Burwell. This is a small town with not much of an economy left. In the hopes of turning things around, a huge new project was undertaken by the Elgin Military Museum, and Port Burwell is the new home of HMCS Ojibwa.



This Cold War era submarine served in the Canadian Navy from 1965 and was decommissioned in 1998. Saved from its scrapyard fate, the Ojibwa will soon be a working museum display and, hopefully, a big draw to this tiny town.



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...This Cold War era submarine served in the Canadian Navy from 1965 and was decommissioned in 1998. Saved from its scrapyard fate, the Ojibwa will soon be a working museum display and, hopefully, a big draw to this tiny town.

Nice to see that our government didn't scrap it like they usually do!


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Spring came on a little slowly this year in rural Ontario. In fact, the wind chill is sub zero this morning with June just a week away! Farmers are scrambling and busy now trying to get fields planted in a hurry. Gotta really keep your head up for these:



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What a surprise this cold snap, I will need to get my heated gear out for a ride tomorrow. Looks like normal to above normal temps starting Tuesday. Don't worry, the outside furnace will get fired up soon enough. People here were already whining about the heat earlier this week.

Thanks for the photos, I really should stop and take some too. I guess that I take the nice scenery here for granted.

You are right about the size of the farm equipment on roads, although most of the drivers are very careful and I respect their right to make a living.
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...You are right about the size of the farm equipment on roads, although most of the drivers are very careful and I respect their right to make a living.
My concern regarding farm equipment (particularly going same-direction) is a sudden left-turn across your bow.... That would REALLY HURT!


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My concern regarding farm equipment (particularly going same-direction) is a sudden left-turn across your bow.... That would REALLY HURT!

Eddie, I find that a farm vehicle turning left in front of me is far less likely to happen than some cell phone wielding moron in an SUV. Farmers around here are very careful with tractors and equipment on the road. If the road is busy they will pull over onto the shoulder and wait for all traffic to clear before turning left. Also, the tractors today have many flashing lights, turn signals on extended light bars, oversize mirrors etc. some even have rear facing cameras projecting image onto monitor. It aint your grandfathers Ferguson no more!
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Agreed. Always really courteous, and they wave at MCs, too. The size and noise of some of these machines sure gets your attention on a bike, though!

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Eddie, I find that a farm vehicle turning left in front of me is far less likely to happen than some cell phone wielding moron in an SUV. Farmers around here are very careful with tractors and equipment on the road. If the road is busy they will pull over onto the shoulder and wait for all traffic to clear before turning left. Also, the tractors today have many flashing lights, turn signals on extended light bars, oversize mirrors etc. some even have rear facing cameras projecting image onto monitor. It aint your grandfathers Ferguson no more!
Smiley - I AGREE! What I posted was limited to my CONCERN that a sudden left-turn just in front of you would be pretty sh!tty, so I ALWAYS watch for it!

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Today was a great day to just get lost.
I did a rural tour of mid-Western Ontario, covering about 200kms. Never really knew where I was most of the time. It was awesome.







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This is Canada.

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Every time I see pictures of your bike I'm liking the grey/silver more and more. And your side cases and trunk are the perfect size for the Versys, in my opinion. The bigger cases just don't suit the V, your's really look good. When I have some extra $$$ for cases, I'm getting the same.

Lovin every minute of it!
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Hey ATYC

I'm just up in the Sault. Here's a link to the riding in my area, the Algoma district. I did the Deer Trail last year, planning the Island tour and a little Lake Superior this summer.

http://www.algomacountry.com/395/motorcycle

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How your highway pegs working out for you?
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Every time I see pictures of your bike I'm liking the grey/silver more and more. And your side cases and trunk are the perfect size for the Versys, in my opinion. The bigger cases just don't suit the V, your's really look good. When I have some extra $$$ for cases, I'm getting the same.
Thanks. Metallic Moondust Grey was the official name from Ma Kaw. I like the smaller cases too as they suit my needs and budget. The E21s are by far the cheapest hard bags available. I have to pack really smart for touring, but I make it work.

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Hey ATYC

I'm just up in the Sault. Here's a link to the riding in my area, the Algoma district. I did the Deer Trail last year, planning the Island tour and a little Lake Superior this summer.

http://www.algomacountry.com/395/motorcycle

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How your highway pegs working out for you?
Cool, thanks for the link. My in-laws have camps on Manitoulin, I hope to ride there next Summer, and Lake Superior circle tour is on this list too!

The highway pegs are working out very well. They are well made and easily installed. I tend to use them for short stretches, but the change helps alot over long rides.

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Highway Pegs

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks as well. Along with Happy Memorial Day here in Newfoundland.
BTW. What highway pegs are you using ATYC?

I figured it out!! A good day is when you can't see through your visor or windshield b/c of the bug splatter!!!!
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BTW. What highway pegs are you using ATYC?
Those are Speedy's Highway Peg Mounts. http://www.shop.motowerk.com/Highway...WPMT-REVB2.htm They are very well made and a good value, though - as with most MC stuff - shipping to Canada is a little dear.

The pegs themselves just are cheapies out of the parts catalogue you'll find at any Canadian MC dealer. Under 15 bucks, but they are solid and work well.

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Today was a great day to just get lost.
I did a rural tour of mid-Western Ontario, covering about 200kms. Never really knew where I was most of the time. It was awesome.







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This is Canada.

That day seems great for riding !!!


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The North shore of Lake Erie, as you'd expect, is dotted with small port towns. These towns boast scenic waterfronts, beaches, boating, fishing and tourism.

A little further East is Port Burwell. This is a small town with not much of an economy left. In the hopes of turning things around, a huge new project was undertaken by the Elgin Military Museum, and Port Burwell is the new home of HMCS Ojibwa.

This Cold War era submarine served in the Canadian Navy from 1965 and was decommissioned in 1998. Saved from its scrapyard fate, the Ojibwa will soon be a working museum display and, hopefully, a big draw to this tiny town.



This is Canada.
When I lived in Halifax the navy had a couple of these subs, including I think this one, tied up to a dock under the McDonald bridge, on the Dartmouth side, for years, just rusting away since 1998. Glad to see they saved at least one. This one looks like it has since been painted as they were covered with rust when I last saw them a few years back. When I was in Halifax this last March I spotted one of the Canadian navies newer British inherited subs motoring around Bedford Basin. According to the local media they were doing early sea trials on it since recently refitting it.

Navy yard in Halifax. Think the small aircraft carrier is either British or American and the ship to the right is a Canadian navy supply ship.
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Today was a great day to just get lost.
I did a rural tour of mid-Western Ontario, covering about 200kms. Never really knew where I was most of the time. It was awesome.







Big sky:




This is Canada.
Damn! That's an awfully straight road. Are you sure you weren't in Kansas?

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