Day 4 August 27 Matagami to Radisson
Today's ride is pretty straightforward. We leave the hotel. Gas up. Turn left. Turn right. RIde all day - Look at the top line of the GPS directions
The band is back together Dana and Bruce arrived just behind us yesterday.
Keith with Bruce and Dana's bikes
Breakfast room at the hotel
A couple on a Paris-Dakar getting ready to leave the hotel to ride north to see their son in Chisasibi
Another pair of adventure riders getting ready to head north
here we go
You have to stop here to register for the road and get a safety brief
It is a long way to the next gas stop. there is a story here which will come up shortly
Lots of scenery like this along the way
James Bay road - good riding and the frost heaves weren't too bad. about halfway they either went away or I stopped noticing.
Old forest fire damage
Along the way we take a rest (about 125 miles in)
Nice river to look at but also lots of mosquitos
Eventually we get to the Rupert River Bridge. The rapids are beautiful. The word is they are nothing compared to how they were 4 years ago before a hydro project changed the water flow.
Fow a while we interpreted this to mean you can't do anything but finally found one not so faded and it is no littering
Entrance to the North Road - we ride year on Sunday
We are now a long ways since we bought gas and fuel lights are coming on. Bruce wonders who will go empty first and I opine it will be me. Conversation centers on how may miles to empty. BMW changed the mileage estimate to empty on the F700/800 models to miles since the fuel light came on rather than miles to empty. I have never ridden more than 22 in that mode. We all decide we will ride till the bike stops just to get data points. I make it till 59 and the bike dies with the GPS saying 9 miles till the gas stop. Keith stays with me while I refiuel.
The bike fires right up and we start back on the road looking for Bruce and Dana. Before we find them we find this 3 miles from my stop
I was three miles from victory. A recent forest fire was evident here and for a bout 50 miles. It burned right up to the gas stop. in the second picture you can see where the fire line was built. you could still smell the burnt vegetation
Nice rock formation woke up my old rock climber imagination
Entrance to the Trans-Taiga Road - tomorrow's destination
Then it started to RAIN. The last 44 miles to Radisson were not pleasant.
and the planning starts for next year's ride in Chile and Argentina