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On Thursday night/Friday morning we had a snow/wind storm at the Marten River area dumping 30 cm. of snow. After consultation it was decided to continue with the ride on Saturday.
First of all that morning highway 64 was not plowed. Then going to the parking area, a 100 meters from the highway the first two vehicles got stuck and had to be towed back to the highway. Once tracks were made all 11 vehicles got to the parking area safely. The 13 riders were set to ride.
Next stage was a 5 km. trip to the Holdridge Creek bridge a 15 minute trip. Not this time. The snow laden trees with the wind had blown over numerous trees and out came the chainsaws. It took 1 hour to get to the bridge. The snow was wet and so were we.
A decision was made to cancel the planned ride and make up another sticking to those trails that were more open. Yes, there were some trees down but we managed to plow through the snow and get to the beach at Pike Lake, make a fire, have lunch and laugh and joke at the experience. We came back a shorter way following the pole line.
And again with the light drizzle and the snow on the trees there must have been at least 50 balsam fir trees bent over the last 5 km. of the trail that we had cleared in the morning. Out came the chainsaws.
Once at the parking area we all found the experience great but maybe not to be repeated in a long time. Lots of comradery, joking and sore backs. Those ATV riders are brave and resourceful people.
Barry Beauchamp…ride leader Marcel Lafreniere….tail
Darker earlier, lighter later, wet and slippery on the trails! Be careful. Look twice. Wear all your safety gear and warm layered clothing.
And enjoy the most beautiful time of the year outdoors!
Rabbit Lake Ride #2 Saturday October 5, 2019
When we got to the parking area the temperature was -1 C (ouch). However we were treated to sunny skies and no wind. 20 enthusiastic warmly dressed riders showed up to drive on 3 SxS and 14 ATV’s.
The day went by looking at the fall colours and the trails covered with leaves. We stopped at 3 lakes along the way to chat and enjoy the scenery.
At one water hole 2 courageous riders decided to take the dangerous route and to the entertainment of all, managed to get stuck. The rest of us were high and dry driving on a large beaver dam looking down at the action. All in fun.
Although the ride was a last minute change to replace the original one it turned out OK. The trail was beautiful for this time of the year.
Thank you riders for coming out to the ride. Great company made the day.
Barry Beauchamp: Ride leader
Art Constantineau Ride tail
The Boisvenue Ride was the eighth ride of the season for the West Nipissing ATV Club.
There were10 ATVs and 1 Side-by-Sides for a total of 11 riders in attendance for this ride.
The group left the parking area at the field church at 9am and the weather was a little cool for our start.
We headed down the abandoned railway track and followed the snowmobile trail that was MUDDY in several spots but they were fun.
At the pole line we stopped for a well deserve break.
Continuing down the pile line, we drove to Pike Lake road and then turned right back to the pole line where we had another break at Mayotte’s camp.
Next we followed the trail through the hardwoods, and stopped there for lunch.
After crossing the bridge at Holdridge Creek we took the trail North and then left, crossing Holdridge Creek again to the pole line trail back to Pike Lake Road.
For our last break, we stopped at Pike Lake.
Finally, we headed down Pike Lake Road to Hwy 64 and continued back to Field and the church parking area.
By then it had turned out to be a hot 26C for this late summer afternoon!
The group had a great time.
Art Constantineau, Ride Leader
The Capreol Pole Line Ride was the seventh ride of the season for the West Nipissing ATV Club.
There were 7 ATVs and 2 Side-by-Sides with a total of 11 riders in attendance for this 118 Km Club ride.
The group met at the Capreol Curling Club at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning and then drove our vehicles another 35 kms to the parking area at the North River.
From here the ATV ride started at 9:00 a.m.
We followed the Wanapitei North River for about 30 kms and stopped for a coffee break at the North River Bridge.
Next we continued down a trail to the Sturgeon River where we had our lunch break at the location that used to be a bridge but that has been removed.
We return back on are own tracks to the bridge crossing the North River and turned right to follow the pole line back to the parking area.
It had started to rain after lunch, on an off, and some times it rained quite hard on the return trip to the parking area.
It did stop raining when we got arrived back to load the vehicles onto our trucks and trailers.
It was a fun day for all.
Art Constantineau, Ride LeaderClick Here for Ride Photos
Hey WNATV Club members, there is another ATV event in Espanola. Although not ours, you might want to attend.
King Ride – August 21st, 2019
The day went well with the weather forecasting thundershowers and rain and all we had was blue skies and 28 C temperatures.
Despite the ride being a 5 on our difficulty scale, we still had a favourable turnout with 9 ATV’s and 11 riders.
Along the way we found the carcass of a moose, a probable victim of brain worm. Could this be the result of more deer in the area which carry the tick that causes this disease?
We all noticed how dry the bush is with all the water holes along the trail being dry. On a positive side we could see the trail ahead and maneuver around all obstacles.
Many of the riders had not been on this ride before. It gave them the opportunity of seeing how it could be incorporated into many of the other rides in the Field/ Marten River area.
All were happy to get back to the parking area, tired and looking forward to a cold drink.
Thanks to all who participated and made the day an enjoyable one.
Leader: Barry Beauchamp Tail: Al GirouxClick Here for Ride Photos
Here’s a recent article from CBC News that highlights as a reminder why you should bring the good old paper maps with you while hiking. It is equally important to bring these when you are ATVing too….maybe more so as the bouncing up and down on trails could render your GPS less than useful!
The Thistle Lake Ride was the fifth ride of the season for the West Nipissing ATV Club.
There were 16 ATVs and 3 Side-by-Sides with a total of 21 riders in attendance for the ride. We lift River valley at 6pm following the road to the trail and down the trail to a pine plantation for a break, then down the trail to a logging road for break two down the road to a trail where we went around a beaver dam.
Next we went to a lake for a break and then on to the tower for the last break before dark.
We left the Tower 8.45 pm as it started to get dark with all lights on for the ride back to the parking lot.
We arrived back at 10.15 pm.
Art Constantineau, Ride Lead