We were a little worried about getting our bikes out in the morning, but it proved to be no problem.
It turns out that the camp (Red Leaf Outfitters) was open and had fuel ..a bargain at 1.956 per liter.....so we trucked down to the dike at the end of the road before filling up.
..and the obligatory group shot
After breakfast at the outfitters, we headed back...all down hill from here so to speak. We stopped at the river as we promised Rob and he had his most successful fishing of the trip...what a whopper!
The road condition was such that it had a hard under-layer with fresh marbles all along the top. It was like walking on ball bearings for 200km. By the time we reached Mirage, we were exhausted and ready for a rest. We took private rooms, dinner, lunch, full tanks for ~$150 and had the entire place to ourselves. Great place to stop...the only place to stop...but still nice.
With full tanks we took the road early. By the time we hit km 203, it was raining again and the roads started getting mushy. It wasn't as bad as on the way in though so we easily completed the Trans-Taiga...WooHoo!
We had enough fuel to make it to the fuel depot at 381 so we headed down there, filled up and had a club sandwich and poutine........pretty good actually considering they would still get business even if it wasn't. We were beat, but made it to Mirabel lake to make camp. Yet anther great site without black flies.
The next morning we headed south to the start of the Route du Nord. This road is better groomed and has a fair amount of industrial traffic so we ate a lot dust on its 406 km. It was something we set out do, though....so we did it. Adam ran ahead and took some good shots of us riding:
Scott - in my typical pose for the return trip..................
We made our final camp just past Chibougamau ... no black flies the entire trip
We made our way through Quebec to once again end up in North Bay here Rob's brother and family hosted us one last evening
Motored our way home were we all arrived in the early afternoon.