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Old 09-16-2009, 06:30 PM   #31
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The "Silence of the Lambs" look.

Ted Wrote:

"Hannibal Lecter??????????????????????



Nope, Johns weird ass sleeping contraptions. Hard to get this out of your brain falling alseep. All sorts of odd Silence of the Lambs dreams that night."


John's reply:
And here's me just trying to be a nice guy! I know I snore and snore loudly so I picked up this "chin strap" to keep my mouth shut (a rare event some would say). It worked and I didn't keep my room mate awake all night. Some thanks I get eh!


By the way, do you have any fava beans and a nice keante perhaps?

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Old 09-16-2009, 06:59 PM   #32
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As already mentioned.. Day3 started rather cool.. frost/ice on the tents, trees and motorcycles..


Boiling up some water for hot tea and oatmeal was just the ticket.. while the plan was to 'stop for breakfast' I had a feeling that something might go wrong (which it did) and did not want to set out on an empty stomach! Ten points to someone that can identify my camp stove!


The gravel road was fine, but watch the ice on the wooden bridges..


Everything was covered with a nice layer of dust by the end of the road..


Happily Ted and Steven were waiting when I got to the end of the North Road (John and Dan were somewhere behind be having fun of their own!)


Once on the James Bay Road and heading north we eventually found ourselves going from bright and clear to dark and ominous.. John stopped to don rain gear (and turn into a pumpkin!)..


Finally ending up in Radisson in the rain.. and happily taking a hotel for the night (Auberge Radisson, very friendly, fair prices, and decent rooms!).

No pix, I went inside for a hot shower and a hot meal :)
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:26 AM   #33
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One more thing of interest from Day Three.

So I stop for a smoke break to let the others catch up and this 300 year old Indian lady appears from nowhere. She has this "raisonish" look to her and stands about 4 feet tall. You know the look, something outta a Jim Morrison vision.
She politely tells me a bike crashed on the North Road yesterday and they had to airlift him out to Chibougamau. She pauses then says "he was a white guy like you", this was said with disgust in her voice. She turns her back on me and walks off into the tundra.
I was at a loss for words, should I tell her to go Fock herself or.......then a smile came to my face......damn I just got racially slammed for being a white guy. Not a normal occurance up here in Canada.
Where she came from and where she was off to is anyone's guess and there isn't much up there and what there is is very spread apart.

Much helmet time reflecting on this and I came to the conclusion that if I were in her shoes I would resent me as well. We are raping the land they have held sacred for many many generations and within a few decades have built roads, built dams that forever change the landscape,put up mass hydro lines buzzing across the land, big mines get dug that come with all sorts of debris and side affects, the folks that go up their to work are at times less than stellar representitves of society. Really other than money making landscape changing projects there isn't anything up there other than the Indians who are just living their lives which are often lead the hard way.
So can I relate to that old lady when she almost spits the word white man? Ya for sure, rock on old lady, tell us how it is !
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:02 AM   #34
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Ten points to someone that can identify my camp stove!
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:03 AM   #35
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The Easy Day

Day 4 - The Easy Day

Feeling fresh and clean after taking serveral LONG showers at the hotel we rolled and packed all our freshly dried equipment and loaded up the bikes. Todays destination James Bay! Maurizio left us this morning at 6 am to blast 1400+Km back to Ottawa in one day. He's got an IronButt for sure!

Our fine accomodations


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We crossed this dam on the way to James Bay. Amazing stuff. I definatly recommend comming this way if you are going to James Bay. Aparently the southern route via town isn't as beautiful.




We made it !



Then we hiked out to the point for a photo-op



While we were there we all wanted to ride our bikes in the water. Everyone did it perfectly except Dan decided he was going to "stop and wave". Then when he decided to go again he realized that his back tire was caught on a large rock. Lots of cluch burning tire slipping fun later he got unstuck and made it out. I guess if someone is going to get stuck why not the biggest bike while fully loaded?




This is the large power station near Radisson. I'm assuming it combines the power from several dams and prepares it to be send south.



All in all an amazing day. Low KMs on the bike and our butts. That night we stopped at the local outfitters and a few of us purchased second sleeping bags. The nights were looking colder and colder and boy was it worth it! Made sleeping for the rest of the trip a dream.

That night we crashed in the campground at Radisson. They had closed the weekend before for the season so we got FREE CAMPING.
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:57 AM   #36
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Day Four

Given we had comfy accomodations it was decided the night before to take a day off. The weather was to clear up and the campground in town had just shut down for the season. The water and electricity were still turned on but the bathrooms were closed. The price = free = perfect. The only objective for the dat was to go out to Longe Point and dip our wheels in James Bay.

We packed up the bikes and were off at the comfortable hour of 10 am.



A group shot in front of the classic sign post to the world. Its shows Ottawa as being 1300 km away. A bit further when you take North Road



Some great high speed ashpalt for about 80 km's or so bring you to one of the big dams in the area. The signs read something like a million cubic metres of concrete were used for this one dam! The pictures cannot do justice to the size of these things, they are HUGE!







Well the ocean is just around the corner, about 50 km away on a gravel road. After much straing at Google mpas this looked like the most northern road we could find that lead to the salt water. Funny how a Google sat image can get etched in your brain and then when you show up its exactly what you saw.

A quick walk over the rocks to the point proper for some classic been there done that photo's.







We had some boil in the bag for lunch while enjoying the salty air. This was one of the three ticks on our list of most do's for the trip so everyone was kind of just enjoying the moment.



We all took turns riding down the beach to dip our tires in the water.



Is that the smell of a BMW clutch burning Of course one of us had to get stuck. The rocks were about 6 inch deep of ball bearings and anyone who stopped would have a tricky time getting started. So of course I was already laughing at Dan as he stopped and gave his wave to camera. Sorry I didnt help push you out Dan but I was laughing to hard and taking a picture seemed like a better idea.







The locals use these big canoes with motors for lack of a better description (based on my very limited knowledge of boat types).



Just as we finished loafing around one these boats came across the water and pulled up to shore. They were out goose hunting and had everything including the kitchen sink in their boat. Seriously they even had a full size ATV in there, a huge bone that we guess must be a whale's vertabrae and lots of other odds and ends. The lads chipped in to help them get their boat up above the tide line. They use rollers under the boat and stop every 20 feet and move the last roller up front. Nice little system, primative indeed but works effectively.






Well time to pack up and hit the road. Chris bike fails to start so everyone gets off their bikes and adds their opinions to what may be wrong. The local guys we helped lend a hand by giving us a battery to jump off of. Yes we could of donw this ourselves as we had cables but no one wanted to unpack their bikes to get at their batteries and well it was kinda nice for these chaps to lend a hand after we had helped them out. Makes you realize that 99% of the people in the world are very good people given the chance. As it would turn out of the leads one of Chris's spark plugs had come loose.



An uneventful drive back to town where we set up camp in our private campground. The sun was shining and everyone seemed to be enjoying the day off.





A quick trip down into town to grab some chips, dip and brown bottles along with a trip to the gas station/everything you may need store where a few of us stocked up on some new gear. 30$ sleeping bags were bought by a few to try and beat the cold weather and me well I found the only air mattres around for probably hundreds if not thousands of km's
After sitting around the fire and just completely relaxing a few of us decided to go down into town to the local pub for a few more beers and some pizza. Good pizza, cold beer and strong whiskey shots and we were ready to crash. Don Juan de Dan gets stopped in the parking lot by a local native lady and boy was she in love with Dan. A good laugh for me pulling out of the parking lot while this drunk lady is kissing Dans hand while Dan looks at me with a "save me! Dont leave me here" look. To Dans credit he must of been on his bike in a big hurry as all of a sudden he was right beside me.

A great day, about 300 km's on the odometer.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:12 AM   #37
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"She politely tells me a bike crashed on the North Road yesterday and they had to airlift him out to Chibougamau. She pauses then says "he was a white guy like you", this was said with disgust in her voice. She turns her back on me and walks off into the tundra."

Sounds like she needed some of Dan's special lovin'.....

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Old 09-17-2009, 02:10 PM   #38
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Seeing Dan ride into some water and then the smell of a burning clutch seem to be a common occurrence.
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:15 PM   #39
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What a beautiful part of the continent!! Thanks for showing it to me!
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:22 PM   #40
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A quick trip down into town to grab some chips, dip and brown bottles along with a trip to the gas station/everything you may need store where a few of us stocked up on some new gear. 30$ sleeping bags were bought by a few to try and beat the cold weather and me well I found the only air mattres around for probably hundreds if not thousands of km's
I picked up the chips and dip and I got to tell you, that was an adventure unto itself! Go to the first store, a real grocery store in fact. Look for dip... great have 3 kinds on the shelf. Pick up two kinds off the shelf just in case. Go to the isle with the chips and I thought to myself "I must be in the wrong place, there are only about 10 bags of chips here and they are all ketchup chips". So I put the dip back because you can't eat ketchup chips with dip, that's just barbaric! I ask the girl at the front if there are any more chips around thinking maybe there are some in the back. To my surprise she tells me the only other chips in town are at the local "hardware" store where the sleeping bags were purchased. Skeptically I walk down there and I find that he at least has two kinds, plain and BBQ ruffle. Perfect I'll pick these up and go back for the dip at the other store. I guess Radisson only gets shipments of chips like once a month or something!


Long story short... 2 bags of chips and 2 containers of dip... almost an hour and over $20.00 with tax!!! And that was the cheaper ones, Ruffles were over $5.00 a bag! Gotta say that those were the most expensive chips I've ever eaten. We had some left over that night so I made damn sure they came with us the next day.


As others have said, day 4 was a nice relaxing beautiful day with lunch by the sea.

An ATV in a boat was metioned. Talk about everying but the kitchen sink!


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Old 09-17-2009, 02:31 PM   #41
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Those guys can handle a boat, that's for sure. Ted, "Freighter Canoes". Just the name is cool, seeing them in person is great. Sort of a squareback canoe on steroids.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:04 PM   #42
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Great posts guys, I'll have to pipe up and give my two cents worth when John gets some of my pics uploaded. Especially the one where the bike is belly up beside the big hydro dam

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Primus????
Close! It's related.. Optimus 80 (aka Primus 71).. my dad's stove from.. 70's?

Still works great!

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Old 09-17-2009, 07:34 PM   #44
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Day4- cont'd

Hooray! Made it to James Bay!




ATGATT - if you count sandals as proper gear! Dan heading down to pick up a few things for dinner.. (drunken women??)


View down the hill from the campsight- twinkling lights of Radisson.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:16 AM   #45
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Day 5

Day 5 - It Begins

Today we were up bright and early to tackle the next big leg of our journey. Since the Funduro didn't want to play the day before at James bay Chris decided he was going to get up early and make sure the bike started. Unfortunatly the Funduro didn't sleep well and decided to not co-operate. Chris in frusteration left the bike and proceded to walk down to the visitors center and make full use of their public toilets.

After returning to the site he decided to try the bike again. I guess it was feeling guilty about earlier and decided it was going to start right up. Weird.

This prompted a search for the local parts store. Luckily because everyone, and I mean everyone, owns either a 4wheeler, a ski-doo, or both there was a NAPA autoparts that had an extensive selection of batteries. Now with a new battery in hand and everyone loaded up we could begin!

First stop at the start of the Trans-Tiaga!


Making time




Next stop was this tiny gas station in a "tornado magnet" of a trailerpark town called Nouchimi (Or nuchachu, or nastysnatch, or whatever else we could come up with when we couldn't remember the name). Here we filled up and headed out for Mirage outfitters



NOTE: IF YOU CAN AVOID IT DON'T BUY GAS HERE. IF YOU CAN MAKE IT ~80Km TO MIRAGE YOU WILL SAVE ~20Cents/L.

Shortly after Nouchimi is a "Belveder" or lookout where you can ride up a small hill with a killer view. Here's a shot of me at the top of it.



After a good day of riding and making Mirage in record time we opted to push along for another hour to try to make our next day easier. Eventually we came upon a gravel pit that we had heard about in other ride reports and setup camp in the setting sun.
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