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Old 10-27-2010, 11:04 AM   #1
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Waltham, Quebec to Lac Bryson

Steve and I drove up to Luskville, Quebec from Southern Ontario on October 22 to do a day of exploring the next day north of Waltham for future adventure rides.

It was going to be frosty in the morning so we elected to trailer it up to Waltham and start riding about 10:00 am. The goal was to make it up to the outfitter at Lac Bryson on as many trails as possible and back to the truck before 5:00 pm.

The route: (red going up and green coming back)

We parked by the dam at the outlet of the Black River. This river is wild for more than 200 km with no dams or any kind of development.

I'm on my trusty Honda XR600R and Steve is on his KTM 640 Adventure.

Looks Promising. It's going to be all dirt for 180 km.

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Old 10-27-2010, 11:07 AM   #2
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:14 AM   #3
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Down by the river

The Black River is very picturesque with lots of sand and slow moving water. All forest on the sides.

In the winter yoiu can follow this trail all across Quebec.

This two track trail is fantastic following the river.

We make it to one of the few bridges across the river near Schyan.

This bridge is brand new.

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Old 10-27-2010, 11:36 AM   #4
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The maps all said it was not possible to take the trails up to Lac Bryson. There was a disconnect in the middle between the old logging roads.

Luckily we met up with two moose hunters (Marc and his dad Maurice). They were going the same way as us and showed us their rough bike trail to connect the old roads. It was hidden and we would never have found it. They said there was a big hill and it might be tough.

It was.

The trail was nearly invisible with a thick coating of oak leaves and you couldn't see the stumps, roots and rocks. Naturally Steve, who is a better rider than me blasted straight up the near vertical moss covered bedrock at the top and cleared it on the 640.

It was then i noticed the trail actually went around through the trees. Still quite steep and rocky but i made it up.

The rest of the trail was extremely rough with a lot of hidden wet dead fall under the leaves. There was a lot of cursing but we made it out. The 640 plowed through quite a few saplings.

Success! We made it to Lac Bryson and they had gas and beer! Tomorrow would be the end of their season. Closed for the winter.

It was just us and a loon doing some fishing.

This would be a nice place to stay for $40/night. Unfortunately no restaurant.

The road out was fantastic smooth dirt, hilly and winding.
Then about 40 km of fantastic two track. Fast Eddy will be jealous. The long trail ended here.

Better fix that plate.

Lac Vert.

180 km of off road. Definitely coming back here.
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:48 AM   #5
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You've got some great ATV / snowmobile / dirt bike trails in la belle province! thanks for sharing your ride
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing. It's so nice up there when the bugs are down. The terrain is a lot like parts of northern Minnesota.
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Looked like fun.....wouldn't have a GPS log of your ride you could send me would you?
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