Yet another great ride by the WNATV Club members. Bob Martin and Art Constantineau did a wonderful job of leading the 10 bikes and 12 riders on the Paradise Lagoon ride. It was really great to meet some of our new members on the trail. Whoever oversaw the weather gets 2 gold stars because it turned out perfect for us. No rain, not too hot, some nice left-over water from the evening and morning to make a few “puddles” to cross, and damp enough to eliminate the dust on the road.
The ride started off with 30 km. of bush trails with mud, water and good trail riding. We went up Kukagami Rd. all the way to Paradise Lagoon where we stayed for about an hour. Next we started our journey back down Kukagami Rd. for 25 km. and onto a bush trail for 15 km. This part of the ride followed through a beautiful red pine plantation area. The trees make a sort of canopy, and combined with a carpet of pine needles, the smaller trees have a hard time to grow, so it is very open and visibility through the bush is good. We saw evidence of both mining, and what looks like some logging starting up. This seems like an area that might get developed very fast over the next couple of years. We continued on these really nice trails to the old rail bed and then proceeded back to our vehicles.
I think all riders were impressed. Not only with the ride, but with the camaraderie, and stories, and a great discussion about trailering and safety at the end of the ride.
There was only one minor casualty late in the ride in the form of a “check engine” light from one side by side. They simply (and correctly) skipped the pine forest leg, opting for the more direct route down the road back to the parking — just in case of a real problem. They waited for the rest of the group to arrive, and we were glad they made it to the trucks without incident.
Next in the queue — Lumpy’s Chip Stand. See the next ride information on our website!