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    It's Springtime Humber Ride

    Today was a great day for a 3 hour ride along the Humber. Trails were soft snow but rideable. The best was finding a frozen old Oxbow.



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    that log jam diverted the river and dug away at the river bank on the left side. it's easy to see how terrain features like ah ox bow is formed from that picture.
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    It was funny to see so many balls caught in the debris... must have been about half dozen



    Just a couple of weeks ago we were able to ride around that same spot

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    That ice looks scary!

    Every time I see pictures of you guys riding in the snow it looks like so much fun! Then I go outside in the cold wind and snow we've had in the last few days,I just want to turn right around and go back inside.I guess it's a lot nicer when you have the right clothing Because you live where you do,you are prepared for it too.When I lived in the Sierra Nevada's,it could be below freezing and it wouldn't even phase me.Maybe by next winter I'll be prepared.

    Spring is here,and soon we will see green again! (and brown dirt too)

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    yah, it's a hoot! it's still tough to get out with the right cloths though.
    we are now in the mud season since the temps are seemingly staying above freezing. once the frost leaves the ground it will be trail/pump track/jump building time again.


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    That ice looks scary!

    Every time I see pictures of you guys riding in the snow it looks like so much fun! Then I go outside in the cold wind and snow we've had in the last few days,I just want to turn right around and go back inside.I guess it's a lot nicer when you have the right clothing Because you live where you do,you are prepared for it too.When I lived in the Sierra Nevada's,it could be below freezing and it wouldn't even phase me.Maybe by next winter I'll be prepared.

    Spring is here,and soon we will see green again! (and brown dirt too)
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    Cyclelicious, probably same time as you I was doing my FAV 3+ hr winter ride...Devil's Gap Trail to the Torrance Barrens and return...






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    whack of snow there bcd... always look forward to your pics. we are moving to trail pudding time down here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    whack of snow there bcd... always look forward to your pics. we are moving to trail pudding time down here...
    we are in good shape for morning rides for as long as temps go negative over night, a few more same trail..









    ..and post ride relaxin'
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    TGIF! Good Friday ridin' and relaxin'!

    Lovely pics BCD
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    We were crusty this morning!! - lol


















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    Beautiful pics BCD! We are seeing more signs of spring here in Caledon. Saw my first robin on Good Friday and spotted a wooly bear caterpillar on Easter Sunday!

    Here's a few ride pics from the weekend







    Sunday was more overcast and drizzly


    Steep push!


    Some frozen but mostly dry spots


    The halfway point reward for a total 35km (on road/off road ride)
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    If you don't mind telling - what was your route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    We are seeing more signs of spring here in Caledon. Saw my first robin on Good Friday and spotted a wooly bear caterpillar on Easter Sunday!
    No robins up here yet, but we did see a duck in some open water in a small river. I don't know ducks...it had a crested head and was black!
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    Quote Originally Posted by db9 View Post
    If you don't mind telling - what was your route?

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    We follow the river from Bolton. Now is the best time to ride because it becomes ridiculously overgrown.
    Singlesprocket is documenting the area and has special permission to ride on some private properties
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    Looks like Kleinburg

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinLEXUS View Post
    Looks like Kleinburg
    You are correct! Nice rest stop
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You are correct! Nice rest stop
    nice. i rode up past there and back on the cx bike on saturday, climbed the still snow covered hills around mcmichael on slicks and people were all WTF and smiles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkidVicious View Post
    nice. i rode up past there and back on the cx bike on saturday, climbed the still snow covered hills around mcmichael on slicks and people were all WTF and smiles.
    Hope you had a good ride Skid! and had a chance to explore the area. (It's a very hilly area)

    We saw a few roadies out on Sunday. The Starbucks is a very popular spot for cyclists

    Singlesprocket is waiting for his CX to almost complete his quiver. We'll be able to ride more distance with this addition
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    figgin dirt bikes are out trashing the trails...

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    Dirt bikers were visible again today... grrrr!
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    tested the new cyclocross bike in the humber...

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    Absolute fun rides this weekend

    The Humber River was peaceful


    Snow is melting on the pond/ Old river oxbow,that we were riding just a couple weeks ago


    First signs of colour


    Fat bike handled well


    Another splash of colour


    Unusual sight: Can you see it? A crows nest on the top rung of the hydro tower.


    Another view: parent circling


    fun!


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    I love riding my fatbike on a thick carpet of leaves...it's the next best thing to snow! Did you finally add one to the quiver??
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    I love riding my fatbike on a thick carpet of leaves...it's the next best thing to snow! Did you finally add one to the quiver??
    Fatbikes will be added soon!
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    Watch out for deep holes when riding on leaves and snow though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    Watch out for deep holes when riding on leaves and snow though.
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    That's true!

    here are a few more pics from the weekend



    Where did these dirt bike tracks lead to?


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    River is high (from all the precipitation) and frost is leaving the ground. Fiddleheads are just starting to crown.
    Trails are drying up.

    One very steep hill was a little too slick
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    Could you tell me any trails around Toronto that might be dry enough to ride this weekend. Probably not many with rain in the forcast. Staying at a friends place that just bought a bike(avenue and lawrence area).

    Need to get out for a ride since the snow is just leaving Muskoka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxzx121 View Post
    Need to get out for a ride since the snow is just leaving Muskoka.
    Don't have to leave Muskoka for great spring riding...Torrance Barrens is pretty much all rock


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    If I wasn't going to TO, I'd be at TB this weekend. Only 15 min from my house.

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    Hi BCD:

    I might have to drive up there soon to ride some rock. It's been nothing but road here. The rain just keeps coming down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    Hi BCD:

    I might have to drive up there soon to ride some rock. It's been nothing but road here. The rain just keeps coming down.
    I would love to be there tomorrow based on the forecast of +11 and sunshine. As luck would have it, I need to be on the job that day
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    Cyclelicious, I liked your pic
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    yeah the mush season has lasted for a really long time down here
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    Last evening. Exploring on the CX






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    after being out of fishing for a while... was time to get back into it due to the fact i'm riding near all these small rivers. so i figured i needed a kit that i can strap to my pack, nothing to fancy so if i break it i won't cry.

    a rapala travel rod and case, shimano reel



    the whole idea is to keep it real simple and as light as possible since i'll be riding with it everywhere. no lures though, live bait can always be found. bobbers work well in the streams/rivers since you can float the bait into holes or near logs you might not be able to reach from shore.

    of course need to set up a worm farm for bait...

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/61065474?color=8a5c13" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/61065474">D.I.Y. Worm Farm</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user16478272">The Little Veggie Patch Co</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    rare mushroom on todays ride,



    metal detecting



    sagging bitty mushroom



    spring is a great time to see different lines before everything grows in



    checking out the trail, ground still frozen in the shade with a few slick spots



    ride home

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    Spring flora found on tonight's ride along the Humber

    Jack-In-The-Pulpit - Arisaema atrorubens
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    Trout Lily - Erythronium americanum
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    Trillium erectum
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    Trillium grandiflorum
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Spring flora found on tonight's ride along the Humber

    Trout Lily - Erythronium americanum
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    I found out last week that trout lily leaves are edible. Haven't had a chance to try one yet...
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Spring time brings a rise in water especially following heavy rain

    Man swept into Humber River

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    The Don River overflowed it's banks today. Hope the DJ's and trails withstood the flood
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    I did some exploring on Wednesday. Found some trails but mostly wondered around looking. Couple of pics from Heritage trail below. Where are some other trail entry points?
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    Nice pics krzysiekmz. The weather was ideal for riding on Wednesday.

    From that old bowstring bridge you can ride east and keep an eye out for trails left and right and just follow any of those trails. You can also ride north on Huntington (cross the bridge) There is a gate on the left and trails on the other side. You'll see remnants of an old dairy farm and other neat things. Follow the river... it is fun to explore. That is one of the areas that singlesprocket is working on for the inter-regional trails with TRCA.

    oh by the way there is a good Polish deli in Bolton that we go to for paczek
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