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    The Torrance Barrens [pov]

    The Torrance Barrens is in the District of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.
    Popular with local hikers and mountain bikers, it is also known as
    a Dark Sky Preserve for star gazing.
    This was a 2.5 hr ride edited to aprox. 15 minutes.

    The Torrance Barrens from BlackCanoeDog on Vimeo.



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    Has anyone had any issues trying to watch this video?

    I was able to watch the Cornell Lk video on my laptop. I've been able to download this 1, but when I click on the Play button, nothing happens. I guess I'll have to wait until I'm back up north (where my laptop is).
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    What a beautiful place to ride. I felt like hopping on my trainer and going on a virtual ride with you guys!! Thanks BCD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revrnd
    Has anyone had any issues trying to watch this video?
    The only issue I had was dealing with the regret of not making it up there for the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl
    What a beautiful place to ride. I felt like hopping on my trainer and going on a virtual ride with you guys!! Thanks BCD.
    Racergurl, I hope you come here and ride The Barrens for real
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    Rode there a couple times when I lived in Parry Sound. Loved it.

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    Only if you'll be my trail guide!

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog
    Racergirl, I hope you come here and ride The Barrens for real
    Would love to come up for a ride in the fall for sure. Looks so relaxing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl
    Would love to come up for a ride in the fall for sure. Looks so relaxing.
    Yes, avoid peak summer ...too hot, too many deer flies. Late Aug, Sep, Oct are great times at the Barrens. Hope we cya then...
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    BCD, I'm able to watch the video on my laptop. Your editing makes me look like I know what I'm doing.
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    Road Trip!

    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl
    Would love to come up for a ride in the fall for sure. Looks so relaxing.
    hey racergurl ... we should gather a group for a raod trip!
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    Shcweeet!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 1mystk
    hey racergurl ... we should gather a group for a raod trip!
    I would be all for that!! Definite play date. But we aren't doing any trail nudie pics for BCD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl
    I would be all for that!! Definite play date. But we aren't doing any trail nudie pics for BCD.
    Let's keep that thought on the table for negotiation
    ps - I have some excellent POV ideas coming to mind!! ....ie Torrance Bare 'nes
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    If a group ride is planned for later this year, count me in.
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    Omg!

    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl
    I would be all for that!! Definite play date. But we aren't doing any trail nudie pics for BCD.


    let's keep in touch about this - I'm in... definately would be nice to get away from the regular trails...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog
    Let's keep that thought on the table for negotiation
    ps - I have some excellent POV ideas coming to mind!! ....ie Torrance Bare 'nes
    LOL!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1mystk


    let's keep in touch about this - I'm in... definately would be nice to get away from the regular trails...
    For sure 1mystk. It'd be great to get together this season. Now no more breaking bones please!
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    Can you get lost at Torrence? I've been told it is just one loop, but I see the odd branch in the trail while watching your video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwheelboy_490
    Can you get lost at Torrence? I've been told it is just one loop, but I see the odd branch in the trail while watching your video.
    There are 3 loops. Main Loop, Barrens Extention Loop, and Pine Ridge Loop. Only place you could get lost is on the Pine Ridge Loop. This is because part of it runs along a sled trail between Gravenhurst and Bala (see pic in my album of bike leaning against sign post). You could miss the turn either end, but probably not get very far b4 noticing. In which case backtrack to find the split. But I do know a directionally challenged owner of a Muskoka LBS who rode half way to Gravenhurst before he clued in LOL!
    Revrnd rode with us in the video and was riding with GPS. Maybe he will post our track on MotionBase.com and link it here.
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    Hmm seems like a nice mellow ride for once, I'd definitely be in for a ride on this trail

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    Here's a touched up version of my Torrance file. According to BCD the track marked Hike A Bike is exactly that & is better off avoided. Also, if you ride the Pine Ridge Loop clockwise, you don't have to carry your bike up a rocky stretch.

    The attached file is for Garmin GPSrs, you can use GPSBabel to convert it to other formats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revrnd
    Also, if you ride the Pine Ridge Loop clockwise, you don't have to carry your bike up a rocky stretch.
    Looks great! Thanks Revrnd. What we also like to do on Pine Ridge is just turn around at the top of the cliff and ride that loop back the other way (-8
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    Did I ever tell you that a friend of mine from Victoria was extremely impressed with this place!! She called it the Moab of Canada.
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    Good job!

    For those of you that don't have a GPSr, & would like the screenshot of the previously posted GPS file., PM me your email address & I'll email it to you. I'd attach it to this post but it's large than the 97 kb zip file limit. It's a Word file that you can print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
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    did you have to double back same track to get back to the car?

    Does this trail require GPS to navigation ?
    how did you mount the camera on helmet ?

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    Picard when we did the ride the other weekend we didn't double back on any of the trail other than the 2 dead end side trails.

    I don't think you'd need a GPSr to ride the Barrens, but if I hadn't been w/ BCD & his wife I probably would've struggled in a couple of spots. The paint markings aren't exactly abundant & on some of the bare spots of rock it's hard to tell where the trail goes.

    I don't think the custodians of the area want to many markings or signposts to intrude on the environment.
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