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post #1 of 5 Old Sep 10th, 2006, 5:31 pm Thread Starter
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Two Days Route - Lansing, MI to Toronto, ON

Hello

I have to get from Lansing, MI (actually Mt Pleasant, MI, a bit further north) to Toronto, ON and have two days to do it. I have done the Detroit-Sarnia-London-Toronto 402/401 route before and would prefer to miss it.

I am thinking of running north to Sault St Marie, then:
17E
129N
101N to Timmins
.....and then coming down either of...
11S thru North Bay or
144S thru Sudbury.

I have done the run across from Ottawa, thru North Bay and Sudbury to SSM last year so I was just trying to spice up the trip a bit and cover a bit more country. Total trip is about 950 miles, so over 2 days it should be pretty straightforward.

So, my questions:
1. Which is the better route back from Timmins in the north...11 or 144?
2. Any other suggestions on routing? I am happy to do up to 1500 over the two days, as I want to be fresh on Monday morning.

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Hello

I have to get from Lansing, MI (actually Mt Pleasant, MI, a bit further north) to Toronto, ON and have two days to do it. I have done the Detroit-Sarnia-London-Toronto 402/401 route before and would prefer to miss it.

I am thinking of running north to Sault St Marie, then:
17E
129N
101N to Timmins
.....and then coming down either of...
11S thru North Bay or
144S thru Sudbury.

I have done the run across from Ottawa, thru North Bay and Sudbury to SSM last year so I was just trying to spice up the trip a bit and cover a bit more country. Total trip is about 950 miles, so over 2 days it should be pretty straightforward.

So, my questions:
1. Which is the better route back from Timmins in the north...11 or 144?
2. Any other suggestions on routing? I am happy to do up to 1500 over the two days, as I want to be fresh on Monday morning.
Boy are you doing the long way round. Can't help much in the north area, but around Toronto I can. I have done the to Sudbury from Toronto, not a bad ride.

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Thanks Gary, I am looking forward to seeing the "real" Ontario.

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Hello

I have to get from Lansing, MI (actually Mt Pleasant, MI, a bit further north) to Toronto, ON and have two days to do it. I have done the Detroit-Sarnia-London-Toronto 402/401 route before and would prefer to miss it.

I am thinking of running north to Sault St Marie, then:
17E
129N
101N to Timmins
.....and then coming down either of...
11S thru North Bay or
144S thru Sudbury.

I have done the run across from Ottawa, thru North Bay and Sudbury to SSM last year so I was just trying to spice up the trip a bit and cover a bit more country. Total trip is about 950 miles, so over 2 days it should be pretty straightforward.

So, my questions:
1. Which is the better route back from Timmins in the north...11 or 144?
2. Any other suggestions on routing? I am happy to do up to 1500 over the two days, as I want to be fresh on Monday morning.
Thought I had posted to this on Sunday.
Anyway, here goes again;

watch teh deer and moose and trucks. 11 south from Timmins is real Canadian Shield territory and then on through North Bay is getting densser with communities but still Canadian Shield.
Canadian Shield is Pre-Cambrian Granite, ie: 250 BILLION years old. They say the oldest in the world. All of the otcroppings of granite that you'll go through have been blasted to make eay for the roads. The granite is the remnant of a mountain range that went from Quebec City throught the Adirondacks and swung back up towards Winnipeg. Used to be as high as the Himilayahs (sic).
Anyway, Timmins to North Bay is about 6 hrs. Nice ride, especially if you like rough wilderness.
If you turn east at North Bay and take, I think, 17, you can follow the temmiscaming/Ottawa river. and cut south around Peterborough. You may find you're ready for a change of scenery and the river is a mighty one in terms of breadth and size. When it gets closer to Ottawa, further east it turns into once of the fastest flowing raging rivers in North America. US & Canadian white water teams train and there are plenty of rafting trips etc.
Anywho, 17 east of NB is nice and then you can approach TOronto from the east coming down on 35 and then turning west on 401.
Watch the morning rush hour but its bad from any direction.
Hope this helps
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I've done that route several times 129 is nice and twisty as it follows a river, there are few gas stations on 129 and 101 so fill where you can. Hwy 144 is much more scenic than 11, the top end of 144 is rough until you hit Gogama then its newer pavement. Your almost guaranteed to see wildlife. Enjoy it's one of the nicer rides in Ontario and not very much Traffic.
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