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    The Torrance Barrens...sweet!! [o]

    I love this place....and not just because it's all rock, and therefore instantly ride-ready as soon as the snow melts! The Barrens has ambiance...and if you believe in animism, it has soul...














































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    Hey, whats that orange thing on your bike?
    I just can't figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    Hey, whats that orange thing on your bike?
    I just can't figure it out.
    Its the "Running Dog Bike Tow Leash"...lets me hook up Blue and keep him safe where ever need be
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    Snow is gone!

    Nice pics BCD
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    Great photos, as always!

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    I loved this place and have to thank BCD and Blue for the guided tour last summer. Highly recommend that one visit this place when hitting Buckwallow. Not that far away. My friend from Calgary is coming to visit this summer and we plan on warming up at The Barrens and then hitting Buck. Should make for a spectacular day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    I loved this place and have to thank BCD and Blue for the guided tour last summer. Highly recommend that one visit this place when hitting Buckwallow. Not that far away. My friend from Calgary is coming to visit this summer and we plan on warming up at The Barrens and then hitting Buck. Should make for a spectacular day.
    Deer flies are typically horrendous at The Barrens from mid June to mid August. They love that open, sunny & hot terrain! I mostly stay away during that time.... just sayin'
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    No stopping. Just hammering; red line the heart rate and outpace those buggers. He is coming down in early August, so we might be ok.

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    Great pics. I had no idea. I have a cottage in Torrance and have never ventured out to the Torrance Barrens. I'll have to check it out.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by egalley View Post
    Great pics. I had no idea. I have a cottage in Torrance and have never ventured out to the Torrance Barrens. I'll have to check it out.

    Thanks,
    You will be amazed by what you have been missing!! These pics are only a teaser...check out the Picasa link in my signature for lots of Barrens albums!
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    I see I have been missing a lot. I'm kinda new to that area. I can't wait to explore. Thanks again. Great pics I checked them all out.

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    I was out there for the first time last Saturday, and yes, it's beautiful! I have to say though, the ATV'ers and idiots in the 4x4's make me sick to my stomach...they have made an absolute mess of the extension loop near the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    I was out there for the first time last Saturday, and yes, it's beautiful! I have to say though, the ATV'ers and idiots in the 4x4's make me sick to my stomach...they have made an absolute mess of the extension loop near the road.
    Yes, I saw that too....and had same emotional response! Really...is it any wonder that people hate ATVs?? In years of riding the Barrens, that is by far the worst damage I have seen. Old Stone Road Trail & Devil's Gap Trail have also suffered extensive ATV damage in recent years. I know the Town of Gravenhurst had signs printed banning AtVs from these trails because by fluke I just happened to be in the print shop office when a town staffer came in to pick them up! That was 2 yrs ago but I have yet to see any of those signs posted !!!???
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    More and more, I just wish a plague would take us out, before we screw up all the nice places in the world.

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    I just purchased a 2013 Specialized Crosstrail Elite Disc. Will I be ok riding in the Barrens with it? Or should I invest in better tires before attempting to go there?

    Just curious. I'm a noob

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    Quote Originally Posted by egalley View Post
    I just purchased a 2013 Specialized Crosstrail Elite Disc. Will I be ok riding in the Barrens with it? Or should I invest in better tires before attempting to go there?

    Just curious. I'm a noob
    You will be fine for 90% of it, and the other 10% will be even more interesting!!!...enjoy!
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    LOL! Perfect! Thanks!

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    are the blackflys out?
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    build trail!

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    Last Saturday there were some kind of small blackfly-looking things flying around, but nothing biting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    are the blackflys out?
    Friend of mine who was riding her horse last night in Orillia area said they were really bad were she was.
    After that we were out for late evening walk with the dogs up here and there were none! Gonna be soon with this great weather we have been having past few days! Blackflies and mosquitos don't worry me though, once I'm on the bike and moving they don't keep up...unlike the deer flies that start up mid June!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pucker Factor View Post
    Last Saturday there were some kind of small blackfly-looking things flying around, but nothing biting.
    and last Sunday 5 of us rode in there for over 3 hrs and ya, nothing 8-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    are the blackflys out?
    this evening there were some pestering me while I was swapping out the snow tires. not biting yet
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    Great shots looks awesome. One day.

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    the nasty nile virus ones are out on the humber watershed

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Deer flies are typically horrendous at The Barrens from mid June to mid August. They love that open, sunny & hot terrain! I mostly stay away during that time.... just sayin'
    My Wife got bit by a deer fly, thru her bike shorts, and it honestly looked like she had 3 butt cheeks. I didn't believe it was a fly bite, I thought she was spending too much time by the Bruce Power nuclear power plant!
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    hey biggie awesome....

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    bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    At the risk of this becoming the "Bugs Thread"...I rode Buckwallow this absolutely gorgeous morning (opening day) and there were no bugs at all 8-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    At the risk of this becoming the "Bugs Thread"...I rode Buckwallow this absolutely gorgeous morning (opening day) and there were no bugs at all 8-)
    That's great news.. Buck is an amazing ride I'm hoping to get up there this weekend and maybe ride The Barrens as well for my first time. I just need to convince my wife that the calendar is wrong and Mother's Day is not this Sunday.

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    The single track at Buckwallow is already in great shape, the double track still had some soft or muddy sections from the frost coming out of the ski trails. But these are drying up fast with the terrific weather we have this week! We rode the fats to a) avoid creating ruts and b) for fun 8-)
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