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    Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    Went out for a ride today and the roads were pretty good for early April.
    So here we go for another season!

    507 - pretty clean, just a light film of dust
    Glamorgan Rd - Pretty clean, but tons of new frost heaves heading northbound
    Hwy 118 - Very clean for the section we were on it
    Essonville Line: Sandy in some spots where the tighter turns are - for the most part clean in the tire tracks
    Loop Rd: Nice and clean
    South Baptiste Lake Rd: Very sandy
    Lower Faraday: Pretty sandy, but tire tracks are ok
    Northey's Bay Road: Still sandy
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    I'm not even gonna ask about southwood lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanekingsley View Post
    Went out for a ride today and the roads were pretty good for early April.
    So here we go for another season!

    507 - pretty clean, just a light film of dust
    Glamorgan Rd - Pretty clean, but tons of new frost heaves heading northbound
    Hwy 118 - Very clean for the section we were on it
    Essonville Line: Sandy in some spots where the tighter turns are - for the most part clean in the tire tracks
    Loop Rd: Nice and clean
    South Baptiste Lake Rd: Very sandy
    Lower Faraday: Pretty sandy, but tire tracks are ok
    Northey's Bay Road: Still sandy
    Thanks for this...probably not heading up that way until closer to the end of the month, but was wondering what they were like now.

    Aside from the above, wondering if anyone knows the conditions of the following:

    - Dyno Rd
    - Mount Horeb
    - Ski Hill Road
    - Lakeshore Rd (Newcastle -> Port Hope)

    Also is 57 still a crapshoot due to construction, or did they actually finish that up last November? (last ride I remember they had torn the asphalt up both around Viewlake and also near where the 407 will pass through).
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    57 and Horeb were in great shape.
    I was thinking about checking out south wood just for curiosity sake.
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    Re: Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by shanekingsley View Post
    57 and Horeb were in great shape.
    I was thinking about checking out south wood just for curiosity sake.
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    Re: Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by conundrum View Post
    Thanks for this...probably not heading up that way until closer to the end of the month, but was wondering what they were like now.

    Aside from the above, wondering if anyone knows the conditions of the following:

    - Dyno Rd
    - Mount Horeb
    - Ski Hill Road
    - Lakeshore Rd (Newcastle -> Port Hope)

    Also is 57 still a crapshoot due to construction, or did they actually finish that up last November? (last ride I remember they had torn the asphalt up both around Viewlake and also near where the 407 will pass through).
    Dyno road was real ducky last months... mainly sand covered ice with (usually) a small stop of pavement showing. We don't go on it yesterday but I can't imagine it being anything other than very Sandy.

    After lower Faraday Rd and before North-s Bay Rd we were on 504 which carried on the theme of some Sandy spots.

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    Dunno about you GTA guys but we have heavy rain forecast Kingston way. Hopefully it's the end of winter road wash.

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    Any ideas on 35 and 13?

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    Keep in mind with the crap that hit us on Friday April 7th, they were out dumping fresh salt and sand everywhere, especially up north. So any reports of roads that had been washed clean, may no longer be in the same state.
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    Re: Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    45, 35, 118, 169 are all good. Muskoka Beach rd and Southwood Rd are both very sandy. Southwood Rd is a very technical run with the sand etc, I had a blast.
    @Conundrum is right though, everything has a white dust covering again.

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    Re: Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    Easter weekend:
    Highway #518 East from Parry Sound to Orrville is great.
    Highway #518 East from Orrville to Sprucedale has "LOTS OF SAND" on the twistiest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danp View Post
    I'm not even gonna ask about southwood lol
    Southwood is **** but you knew that,lol

    maybe Jim Jones (reincarnate)of the people's temple can organize a ride for southwood and we can all go for a dip in the swamp lol
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    Re: Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    Was riding Friday. 507 was good, Glamorgan Rd is a bit bumpy, Elephant Lk rd / Peterson Rd has some sand but not too bad. We had to behave

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    Did a long tour/mini adventure a few days ago, near the Muskoka/Rosseau region

    26 is full of sand, in the middle of the road, on the corners...I stayed in 2nd gear, lots of twisties and a nice view though.

    On the plus side 7/Peninsula rd/632 is INCREDIBLE! The locals told me the pavement was recently done, so no gravel/sand, very smooth, full of beautiful twisties and a gorgeous view....

    141 is good too, cant believe the number of awesome roads up there...will return with more time on my hands next time.

    Makes the forks look like a joke

    Could probably spend a whole week up there and still barely scratch the surface

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpoppa View Post
    Could probably spend a whole week up there and still barely scratch the surface
    One day is really all it takes... two at the very most.
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    Re: Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by shanekingsley View Post
    One day is really all it takes... two at the very most.
    Agreed. One long day to hit all nine good roads in the area.
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    Re: Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    Mid summer update as of today:

    Southwood Rd - as mentioned in another thread, sandy in some corners and quite bumpy, but fun if you're careful. A construction crew was out filling potholes
    Mortimers Pt Rd/Foreman Rd - Great shape, Foreman Rd had fresh tarmac put down, lotsa grip!
    Peninsula Rd/632 - perfect
    Tally Ho Swords - perfect
    518 - perfect (freshly paved??)

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    Re: Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmsteR View Post
    Mid summer update as of today:

    Southwood Rd - as mentioned in another thread, sandy in some corners and quite bumpy, but fun if you're careful. A construction crew was out filling potholes
    Mortimers Pt Rd/Foreman Rd - Great shape, Foreman Rd had fresh tarmac put down, lotsa grip!
    Peninsula Rd/632 - perfect
    Tally Ho Swords - perfect
    518 - perfect (freshly paved??)
    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Northern Roads Conditions v. 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmsteR View Post
    Mid summer update as of today:
    Mortimers Pt Rd/Foreman Rd - Great shape, Foreman Rd had fresh tarmac put down, lotsa grip!
    518 - perfect (freshly paved??)
    freshly paved? does not compute.
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    Not sure if other's have noticed the same thing, but Dyno Rd seems worse this year compared to last...lots of uneven pavement and potholes. Was far from perfect before, and seems worse now.
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