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Old 06-28-2009, 03:40 PM   #1
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James Bay 2009

Summer Solstice in the Quebec Far North.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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The first picture was taken at 10 pm, not 10 am, without a flash, and no, I did not adjust the watch just for the picture. This was a main reason for going on June 21st - to experience the longest day of the year in the Quebec Far North. The longest day of the year is REALLY long up here. It was not dark until just before midnight when the sun set over the bay, and came up behind us again only a few hours later.

Back to the beginning of the story. I had read a few ride reports about guys heading up to James Bay - the scenery is awesome, the road is paved most of the way, there is very little traffic, and you can get to what is essentially the Arctic Ocean. The water is salt water and bloody cold.


I had met Dyno on one other organised ride last fall. We knew our bikes and riding styles were compatable, and we were both posting on the local Toronto ADV site. This was on Thursday - Friday night Dyno was at my house in Aurora, ON and we left on Saturday morning. Not a lot of preparation time or time to second guess the `Sudden Summer Solstice Tour`as Dyno dubbed it.

Saturday morning the rain was coming down in buckets.





Our bikes were the right ones for a high speed blast up the James Bay Highway.

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Old 06-28-2009, 04:13 PM   #3
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The ride North for the first 3 hours was in pouring rain. No pictures - Dyno said we would ride out of it, and we did. By the time we hit North Bay there was nothing but blue skies for the rest of the trip.


The route would be pretty much straight north and a little east from Aurora, ON to Chisisabi, QUebec. It is 1,650 km each way, to be done in 4 days.

We did come across some loose gravel, and a lady standing in the middle of the road flagging us down. Seems she lost control and ended up in the ditch.









My French is very poor, and her English was even worse, so we were having trouble communicating, when along came another family that could speak French. She dropped us like yesterdays news and hopped in the car with the French speaking family. Oh well, c ่st le vie.




The first night was spent in a campground in Matagami, Quebec, about 9 hours and 900 km so far. Already it was noticably lighter at night. THis picture was taken at approx 10 pm.
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The James Bay Highway starts here. It is about 700 km to Radisson, Quebec, and there is NOTHING in between. You have to register at the beginning of the highway and tell them when you are coming back. Not sure what they will do if you don`t come back.

The highway was built for the construction of the large hydro dams farther north. It is a big, beautiful, well maintained road through the wilderness that sees very little use now. There is a posted speed limit of 100 km, but it is not enforced, and NO one drives or rides at that speed. Besides, we saw almost no one on the Sunday driving up to Radisson.





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Old 06-28-2009, 04:45 PM   #4
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:50 PM   #5
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It looks like some of your photo links aren't appearing.. looking forward to the rest of the trip.. and all your pics

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Sweet! I really want to go there.
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