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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.
    <object width="400" height="300"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=4739121&amp;server=vimeo.com &amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portr ait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=4739121&amp;server=vimeo.com &amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portr ait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="300"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/4739121">The Torrance Barrens</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1694405">BlackCanoeDog</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard
    how did you mount the camera on helmet ?
    Camera comes with many mounting options, and you can literally get it mounted on ANYTHING. Its got different bases that you can glue/stick/velcro/ziptie to whatever, and then the camera just sort of slides on to the rail mount. Just google VIO POV.1 or 1.5 and you'll see what I mean. The camera is solid - waterproof and it can take a beating.

    I've got to start using my POV.1 on rides more often. I'll try to get a video up this week for you guys of something interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulster2626
    Camera comes with many mounting options, and you can literally get it mounted on ANYTHING. Its got different bases that you can glue/stick/velcro/ziptie to whatever, and then the camera just sort of slides on to the rail mount. Just google VIO POV.1 or 1.5 and you'll see what I mean. The camera is solid - waterproof and it can take a beating.

    I've got to start using my POV.1 on rides more often. I'll try to get a video up this week for you guys of something interesting.
    I have the POV1.5, which has the cable fixed to the lens. I'm thinking I would prefer the previous POV1.0 setup, which allows the cable to be detached from lens. The lens has to be mounted 'just so' both vertically and horizontally to get the view just right. Small adjustments have a big impact on tilt/level of view. Once mounted I would have left the lens mounted (it weighs nothing) all the time and just disconnect the recording unit when not using. I have marked the exact mount position on the helmet, hoping I can reset exactly as b4. I'm using the basic rubber U block and velcrostrap mount and it has been very secure/stable. I have not tried those fancy mounts that come included in the kit. I think the hat mount with the magnets is pretty neat though. Might try that one paddling! Whitewater POV anyone
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    Eh guys.
    Looking for some more epic road trip riding locations.
    Where can you pick up these trails?
    Let me know
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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard
    Does this trail require GPS to navigation ?
    I'm no navigation wiz and I managed to ride the Barrens without any major issues. Like others have mentioned, it's not the *best* marked trail and since much of it is wide-open rock it's a little easier to become disoriented (as opposed to typical singletrack). It's most definitely worth checking out though, makes for a very fun ride. And if afterwards your legs are asking for more, Buckwallow is a 10-15min drive from there...

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by visser
    Where can you pick up these trails?
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    From the south:

    Take Hwy 11 to Severn Bridge, then exit onto Southwood Rd (Regional Road 13). Take this road north past Old Stone Road. The parking area is on the right approximately 2.6 klicks.

    From the north:

    Take Hwy 169 from either Hwy 400/69 (MacTier) or Hwy. 11 (Gravenhurst) to the hamlet of Torrance. Turn south onto Southwood Road (Regional Road 13). About 8 klicks south of Hwy 169, the parking area will be on your left.
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    New question here.

    Quoted from the Intermontane thread:

    Stosh(Canada):

    Of the posters here on Eastern Canada talking about trails to drum up riders I wonder if Black Canoe Dog has run into any problems because of the increased ridership on public trails. Mind you he is probably in arguably the best position because the vast majority of his local trails are 'ROCK' armoured. Its those wet bits in between that will need the most care and some form of Wide or Double Wide ladder crossing real soon, considering those are the only drains between the ponds.

    But how long till an organizer approaches the MNR about a race at the Barrens CR?
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    I have not noticed any significant increase in riders on local trails that I have featured here. The one exception is Buckwallow, which is a commercial operation that looks for increasing traffic to survive. As for races, Buckwallow happens to also be the local venue of choice. And it is much superior to anything else in Muskoka currently available for that purpose. What is surprising to me is the number of mtbikers I meet that have never heard of nor even seen MTBreview, let alone follow threads about obscure Muskoka trails lol. The one thing that has come out of my posts is the annual Puppy Pedal. Biff Pedachenko, Angry Johnny's Racing, and the Leo Lions have taken this on as a fund raiser which supports the Canada Guide Dogs Foundation.This is a 44K loop from Gravenhurst Wharf to Torrance Barrens, meeting in Boston Pizza on the wharf for food, refreshments, and prizes after. The date for this year is Sep 13th, hope to see all my MTBreview friends here this year (-8. Here is the info page link...
    http://www.csajracing.com/events/puppy-pedal
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog
    The date for this year is Sep 13th, hope to see all my MTBreview friends here this year (-8. Here is the info page link...
    http://www.csajracing.com/events/puppy-pedal

    I'm as in as I can be now. Thanks for the update.
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    I've pencilled it into my calendar. Hopefully I'll be able to make it.
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    1st Visit to the Barrens

    Wife and I were in Muskoka last week and had a short visit. What a beautiful place, only prob was the wife would not ride through some of the little granite ponds and she was very nervous riding (especially after I sprained my ankle within the first 100 yeards - it sint hurt when I was riding). She spent a lot of time taking pics and we made it out to the main cross over where the inukshuk village is.

    I am already making plans to go up in September with the boys to explore the rest of the park.

    Thanks to everyone for the help, Kris the map was great.

    Here are a few of the pics we took.
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    Good job!



    Glad to help. Quite an amazing place to ride isn't it?
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