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Is the RAP Tour Almost Dead?

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It seems no one is talking about planning their trip around Algonquin Park this year.  Used to be a hot topic in previous years.

 

I presume the issue is the trail issues in the Powassan - Astorville area.

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Everyone has done it. 

 

Lotsa new "Loops" & "Tours" to do with Green all over the province. 

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too risky to plan a trip, book rooms, vacation days etc. when we have had major melt downs over the last few years.

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Agree on too risky to plan a trip.  Haven't been able to pull one off in the last 4 years even with a cottage right on a trail as the conditions never cooperated when we were there.  Subsequently we've just been heading to NB or further north for guaranteed better trails/conditions and leaving day trips out of the cottage when conditions are decent.  We used to do that trip every year for years.

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We did it about 5 years ago and really enjoyed it, I am thinking next year we may try it again.

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I've done it twice now. Once before it was called RAP and once a couple years ago. I would like to do it again clockwise..but not this year

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8 hours ago, monte1214 said:

Everyone has done it. 

 

Lotsa new "Loops" & "Tours" to do with Green all over the province. 

This right here. I have seen many posts about the other snow tours in the last couple of years. Goldrush, Canyon, Moose/wolf loop and the Kawartha Highlands tour.  Rap tour is hit and miss, mostly due to conditions. I have heard lots of horror stories of the Rap tour closing while people are halfway due to rain. 

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Was just talking to a buddy today and he wants to go next week. 

We have tried to do the RAP tour for the last 5 years, but something always would get in the way, weather being the biggest factor. 

What is the best route around powassan to avoid road running? Is this the only area where road running can be a issue? 

 

 

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Talked to a couple of guys doing the RAP when we were in Barrys Bay earlier this month. Also there was a group of MI sledders staging in Spectacle Lake & doing it.

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11 hours ago, gsx6 said:

Was just talking to a buddy today and he wants to go next week. 

We have tried to do the RAP tour for the last 5 years, but something always would get in the way, weather being the biggest factor. 

What is the best route around powassan to avoid road running? Is this the only area where road running can be a issue? 

 

 

When we did it, we stayed in North bay, went over thru Port Loring and then down to Sand Lake (Kearney area). There are great trails in the Port Loring area and we just made a loop thru there

 

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10 hours ago, barberch said:

When we did it, we stayed in North bay, went over thru Port Loring and then down to Sand Lake (Kearney area). There are great trails in the Port Loring area and we just made a loop thru there

 

Thanks for the recommendation 

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The RAP tour doesnt pass thru Pembroke. When we did it in '13 we turned 'north' west of the city & headed towards Petawawa.

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The existing trail isn't in question.  This is a new route that would go downtown.  It would be a great addition to what already exists.

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1 hour ago, signfan said:

The existing trail isn't in question.  This is a new route that would go downtown.  It would be a great addition to what already exists.

X2

 

I think the non-motorized users would be quite happy to have the cost of 'grooming' (by the parks & rec department) borne by the taxpayers as opposed to the local snowmobile club doing it gratis.

 

Someone posted earlier this winter about snowmobiles on a groomed railbed near Midland offending other users. Now the club can't groom it & nobody maintains it.

 

Some of these people should heed this saying, "Be careful what you wish for".

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On 2/20/2019 at 10:10 PM, gsx6 said:

Was just talking to a buddy today and he wants to go next week. 

We have tried to do the RAP tour for the last 5 years, but something always would get in the way, weather being the biggest factor. 

What is the best route around powassan to avoid road running? Is this the only area where road running can be a issue? 

 

 

It again depends on the weather, but when I ran that stretch near Powassan it was snow covered road running and was nothing detrimental.  It does run for a while, but I think its blown out of proportion.  The majority of the time that road is snow covered.  One of those sections that 80% of the time is fine.  The other 20% its brutal.  There is a few other big road running sections south of Kearney north of Dwight as well.  Same scenario.  RAP is not dead.  It's still the great tour it has always been.   I would recommend it.  Especially in mid February.

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