Go Riding decided to bite the bullet and take a ride up in the Kawartha area.  We had only heard good things, but wanted to see for ourselves. So when the Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) Poker Run came up we drove up to ride with them.  

When we arrived on Saturday morning, overcast skies threatened rain, but the die-hard ATVer’s that camped out the night before still came up with smiling faces.  We signed in, but because we were test riding a 2013 Special Edition Can-Am Commander we had to meet up with the group after the road riding part, a twenty minute drive away.


dsc 9723We almost missed our ride
We drove into what felt like the middle of nowhere, and came across all these signs. We put our gear on – we were preparing for a torrential downpour – and unload the side-by-side. Many of you may not realized this, but whenever we go out to film for Go Riding TV, we have to ride ahead, film the ride, wait for them to pass, then join up and do it all again.

 

So we filmed the first group going by, and then waited to join in on the second group of riders to make our life a little easier. Well… after a little waiting, we realized the second group wasn’t coming; it didn’t exist. Due to overcast skies registrations were a little lower than expected. But the $1000 first prize still remained to one of the 35 riders.
This is when we spotted two couples driving by. Realizing that we hadn’t seen anyone for 45mins, we promptly asked if we could join them. These lovely people were more than happy for us to tag along, under one condition. “We hope you like driving slow!” We laughed, but felt this was the best way to fully experience the trails this area had to offer.
We were right.

dsc 9833Gorgeous Trails
Over the rest of the day we were shown various trail systems, some leading us over the remains of a beaver dam and through a trail that was completely wiped out a year previous. During a freak storm, a main section of trail became covered in fallen brush and trees. It took several volunteer-based clubs several weeks to clear it.  We even learned that one section of the trail which was half a kilometre in length, took all the groups a full day’s work to clear. When you ride through these trails and spot this sign, now you’ll know why. Be sure to say thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to maintain this trail, we all know it wasn’t an easy job to do.

After a quick lunch stop, which was kindly shared with us, we were on our way again. By this time, all signs of rain vanished and the sun came through – at times making it too warm for a jacket. Go figure.
At this time we let them take turns test driving the Commander. After a quick lesson on how to drive, each and every one of them seemed to enjoy the opportunity; once they got use to how it worked!

Somewhere along our journey we learned that our new friends dsc 9820were also taking part in the KATVA Poker Run. Only instead of taking part in the mapped course, they were doing their own ride, in their own time. Then they would meet up with the rest of the riders for the pig roast and to curiously see who won the big prize. We also learned at this time how unlucky they were. They expressed to us that in all their years of participating in the poker run, most of the times they walked away without so much as a hat.

Our ride ended back where we met them in the late afternoon. We thanked them for the guided tour, lunch and good company, wished them luck in the Poker Run and went our separate ways.

 

dsc 9830This is where I would usually end this story. But later that night I received an email from one of the ladies that we rode with that day – the one who claimed how unlucky she was.

 

It read:


JUST A LITTLE NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW I WON THE FIRST PRIZE OF $1000. WITH A FULL HOUSE. I WAS IN SHOCK. I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

 


I’m not saying that our Go Riding crew is bursting with luck, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel like running out and buying a Lotto ticket that night.

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