Epic 8

August 6th, 2020 by in Everything

So we already have a 4 person team and 2 solo riders planning on joining in the ride on Sept 18th. If anyone wants to join in and is looking to form a team, let me know (text, e-mail, contact tab) and we can let others know. Thinking of solo but find 8 hours a bit much? NP, just ride what you can, stop when you like, heckle everyone else and be proud you even stepped up to the start line for a solo! Set the # of laps mark for next year. And don’t kid yourself…a team isn’t easy either. Push hard for a lap, then off the bike, push again and off…repeat, repeat…Ugh, that’s almost harder than a solo!

It’s all about personal goals and achievement. Ride your bike and have fun. The end result is a good day on the trails with friends.

Saturday ride/river happy hour

August 6th, 2020 by in Everything

Heading into DCF at 2pm for a ride this Saturday and then if the weather is good, a happy hour at the river. What a great day! Feel free to to partake in one or the other or both. If you wish to join in the happy hour bring river shoes, your swimming suit and the always awesome bag ‘o chips to crush post ride. Yum.

See you then, J&K


And now for something a little different!

August 6th, 2020 by in Something Different

Hello Team Van Goers (Van Goees? How does one Van Go in plural?)!

I’m excited to launch a trail running virtual-hybrid race in partnership with Creemore Springs Brewery that takes place in our beloved Dufferin County Forest! How it works is that I’ll have a 6k (ish) and an 11k (ish) course set up and downloadable via Strava or RunKeeper, which you can complete any time between September 30th and November 30th! If you order by August 15th, after you’ve done your run, come on up to Creemore where you can pick up your race kit that includes a full colour run tech-shirt, medal, buff (for the 11k group) and TWO FREE CREEMORE BEER! If the patio is open, you’re welcome to enjoy whatever you like at the brewery, otherwise you can take it home to sip at your leisure! Below is a sample of what the swag looks like – if you order AFTER August 15th, I’ll ship you your race kit, and you can still pick up your free beer at the brewery!

If you know any runners who would enjoy something like this, please share!

It’s at N89.ca/fall2020
Thanks a million and see you on the trails!

Fall Epic 8 Hardwood Hills

August 4th, 2020 by in Everything

Hi gang, well the Fall Epic 8 is a go with a twist.

See the website for full details…


I’m planning on signing up for the Solo division for Friday Sept 18th. This will give new meaning to a Birthday Ride!!! So hopefully with over a month notice others can book the day off and join in for a day of fun on bikes. We’re thinking of heading up to Quayle’s Brewery (18 minutes north) after for food and refreshments.  https://quaylesbrewery.ca

So get your team (or go Solo!) together and have great day on a bike. Registration opens Noon – August 10th and every day has a limit so get set to sign up at 12 sharp.

Cheers, Johnny



Sat ride DCF 2pm

July 24th, 2020 by in Everything

Hey all, heading out to “shred some gnar” at 2pm tomorrow (Sat). Heading to the river after for a dip if anyone is interested. If you come for after the ride bring appropriate footwear for a short hike and river shoes are also a good idea.

See ya!


Sat Am Ride

July 17th, 2020 by in Everything

K&I are doing a morning ride tomorrow to beat the heat and we have stuff on in the afternoon. We are going to head out at 9:30 in DCF.

If you haven’t noticed yet there is bridge construction on Airport Rd just south of DCF. Either allow a fair bit more time (one lane) or bypass by heading north on the 4th line (just west of Mansfield) to River Rd then backtrack south to DCF. Note that the 4th is gravel but I drove it today in the Van and it’s in good shape. The backups on Airport are getting really long at busier times.

If anyone wants another ride time posted, drop me a note to let me know and I’ll post it up.

K&J riding DCF Sunday at 2pm

July 11th, 2020 by in Everything

Finally, rain! The trails should be awesome Sunday. We are going for a good ride Sunday at 2pm if anyone cares to join us. We’ll likely pop down to the river for a swim after so bring river shoes if you wish to cool off. This is all weather dependant.


K&J riding Sat

July 3rd, 2020 by in Everything

K&I are staying close to home this weekend and going to try and beat some heat and head out tomorrow to DCF at 10am. Feel free to join us if you like….

DCF & caterpillars

July 1st, 2020 by in Everything

Well everyone has seemed to notice the high number of caterpillars this spring. We are experiencing a Gypsy Moth “invasion” at the moment in DCF. If you have not been out since last week your next visit will be shocking. In areas there is no canopy left at all. None.

Here’s some good information passed on to me by a past MNR employee:



The highlights are that every female moth lays between 500 & 1000 eggs. The egg sacks will be identifiable and do not hatch until next spring. Each catapillar can consume 1 square meter of leaves.

It’s worth reading through to understand what the Forest is dealing with at the moment and for you to keep an eye out at home.





K&J Sunday Ride

June 27th, 2020 by in Everything

K&I are heading up to 3 stages for a Sunday ride. We are starting at 1pm and heading out for a 2-3 hour tour. We will be parking at the bottom and going from there (Up, up!). If you care to join us contact me (CONTACT tab, e-mail or text) and let me know by the end of the day and we’ll figure out a meeting spot that we can keep within Covid protocol guidelines. All C-19 guidelines will be followed.

This will be dependant on not getting any rain between now and then.


TVG Food Bank Donation

June 25th, 2020 by in Everything

I’ll admit I got a bit sidetracked by things since I first put it out there about raising $ for our local Food Bank in Dufferin. I finally found time to stop by with our donation from the Cycling Community. I visited Heather Hayes and all the volunteers at their brand new location at 3 Commerce Dr in Orangeville today and got a tour of their brand new location. It’s extremely impressive. They are still finishing the location up and I was extremely impressed with the extensiveness of what it takes to make it all happen. Amazing.

We ended up raising a total of $1335.00 and Heather will let me know in the future what that may go towards. I’m very proud of our Cycling community and they are very thankful to everyone that donated towards this.  Way to go everyone!

If you still would like to make a donation you can do it anytime through our DONATE tab and I’ll make sure it gets to them.



Dufferin County Forest Operation Plan Review

June 16th, 2020 by in Everything

Dufferin County is conducting it’s five year review of it’s current operation plan. Here’s a link to the details:



Please have a read and most importantly on the first link there is a survey you can take. It’s right down at the bottom. It’s only a few questions and will take no time at all. There are definitely some questions that address some very good concerns/thoughts of users. Even if you don’t have time to review the whole Plan please make sure you fill out the survey. This is very important for us as users to provide our feedback as it helps to guide future considerations in the Forest. It’s a chance to voice your thoughts and our participation is very important.

Here is a direct link to the Survey. https://joinindufferin.com/county-forest-operating-plan/survey_tools/review-comments

Have fun!


Friday work day…no ride today.

June 12th, 2020 by in Everything

Three good size trees down from the storm the other day. I’m actually surprised it was only 3! We got out today and cleaned them up. Thanks to my helper (and chainsaw safety spotter) CS!

Lots of small stuff down that I notice people are just riding over. If everyone just stopped on their ride to clear off one or two sticks it would be easily tidied up.

We have had some great trimming done so far by KW & AK but still lots to do. The Lolli definitely needs a “hair cut” and lots of other random growth to be trimmed back. Anyone can feel free to take along some pruners and do a little trimming while out on a ride. No problem cutting things back as far as you can to increase visibility and safety. Even if you take 10 minutes on a ride that will add up to a beautifully cared for trail network that we all enjoy.

See you out there!


Lost and Found…

June 6th, 2020 by in Everything
  1. Anyone lose a Garmin in DCF?
  2. Did anyone find a pair of glasses in the DCF main parking lot? They are Nike brand glasses with clear lenses and are prescription.

If yes to either please contact me through the “Contact” Tab.



Trail info…face smackers!

June 4th, 2020 by in Everything

We have all been getting out a fair bit now and the trails are in great shape. This has been a crazy spring. Cold and wet for the longest time then warm and rain every few days. This has made for some great trail conditions. It has also made great vegetation growing conditions. The trails are closing in and there are lots of places where the “face smackers” are starting. So it’s time for the spring pruning. We are ok to clear growth back from the trail to increase visibility both on the Cycling trails and to open up the intersections at the equestrian trails a lot for better visibility. I’ve consulted and some good pruning is actually a good thing for the Forest. As we are not able to do any group work, it’s time for individuals to take a bit on at a time. The wheel hill has already been done by an avid TVG’er and is awesome! Feel free to take a pair of pruners or loppers out on one of your rides and do a section. Again, there is no issue with opening things up in the corners a lot to create better sight lines. Don’t be conservative. It is ironic, but the more you cut back, the more that it grows.

If you need a set of loppers, I have purchased a few of these beauties. They are super light and can cut everything from a tiny branch to a 1.25 inch sapling. They are only 15″ long so the fit perfectly in a hydration pack. Amazing! If you wish to borrow a TVG set, let me know. If you want your own, they are available at Home Hardware and are $28. They are awesome.


So off we go, time to do some “trailscaping”. Have fun out there, take care at the intersections as our Equestrian friends are out there enjoying the trails as well.