Sweet Peeks of the Week # 2

June 7 to June 14

Photos by Alexandra Sawicki

Sweet Peeks of the Week

June 1st to June 6 2012

Photos by Alexandra Sawicki

Takin’ a break

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With my new little friend at Lake of Two Rivers, Algonquin Park

Where’s The Old Blog?

We’re on to our second year of the Ultimate Northern Ontario Road Trip and couldn’t be more excited about all the stuff we plan on bringing you from the pristine wilderness of Northern Ontario. And with our all-new website, checking out our adventures is going to be more fun than ever! But what about UNORT 1, the original 40 day mission? Since moving to this new site, we’ve decided to leave our old Tumblr blog in place for people to enjoy and get a sense of how the project has evolved. (also there are tons of hilarious videos on there you can’t find on YouTube.)

somewhere in the great wide north

I highly recommend starting at the beginning and working your way through for a sense of how far we traveled and all the things we did.

 

The Vehicles

For a road trip of this magnitude the vehicles are almost as important as the people. We’ve chosen four that suit our mission to a T.

Big Red

Our Road Trip Truck

Our main support vehicle and workhorse is a 1979 Chevrolet CK.

It’s a full-time 4×4 3/4 ton base model pickup in a dark red. Mike sourced this off Kijiji.

After a few minor repairs the vehicle was given a clean bill of health for the 10,000km it’s intended to travel this summer, towing our tent trailer, and serving as a shooting vehicle for our photo and video crew.

We’re hoping to pick up a dirt bike along the way, and store it in the bed.

truck bikes and trailer

The Hornet

The Hornet

Mike’s brand-new 2012 BMW F650GS in it’s striking yellow has been nick-named the Hornet by the crew.

The first new vehicle to ever grace the UNORT team, a lot is expected of this little demon.

The GS stands for Gelund-Strass, which roughly translates to Wilderness-Street.

We’ve got a few dirt trails and gravel roads planned for the trip, so we’ll be putting this Yellow Jacket through the paces!

XS750

Our 1977 Yamaha XS750 Triple, with shaft drive and dual front disc brakes is the original UNORT bike. Covering over 7500km last year, this plucky little vintage bike is back again, and will be the first time bike for the newly initiated motorcyclists in the crew (i.e. everyone but Mike.)

The Pop-Top

This year we elected to go with something a little simpler than a full-blown RV. This 1995 Coleman Fleetwood was, in it’s day, the top of the line pop top camper. And the gentleman who sold it to us took such good care of it that we know it will take good care of us. So will the three beds (King, Queen and Double), indoor and outdoor cooking range, and propane/electric fridge on the nights when we need to camp out!

National Motorcycle Show, Exhibition Place. Rat.

National Motorcycle Show, Exhibition Place. Rat.

Alright.

Alright.

This is why we go on road trips. This was actually from last years trip – sourced from Larry’s

This is why we go on road trips. This was actually from last years trip - sourced from Larry’s

Two hours until your flight? Private sauna!

Two hours until your flight? Private sauna!

The skate park, downtown Thunder Bay.

The skate park, downtown Thunder Bay.