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Old 09-21-2009, 09:07 AM   #61
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Other Adventures Up There

There are a few other adventures to be had up there. As others mentioned you could get a float plane to fly you from the end of the TT to near Churchill and combine it for a great loop of Quebec. Also there is a LONG hydro line that connects the TT to the North road. When you get up there its on the Hydro maps and no others. We were intrigued but it would be a big undertaking and we weren't prepared or have the time for it this time around. A local said it is very rough and a bridge or two may be washed out. Dont think we weren't tempted, we'll leave that one for someone else. My guess is its about 300 to 400 km long, hasn't been travelled in a few years and probably never by bike. Your gonna have to be creative for some river crossing. Good luck, let me know when it gets done, I look forward to reading the ride report.
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:21 PM   #62
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The Long Ride Home

Day 7 & 8 - The Long Ride Home

Having sworn off boil in bag food at this point the full plate of bacon and eggs was a welcome site in the morning. After having my second shower (third for some) the bikes were packed and the tanks filled for the long ride out. The neares gas station at Km 381 meant that we needed to carry a full load of gas for this streatch. Feeling confident we all took off at top speed spaced out so everyone could go at their own pace, dust free, and enjoy the peace of the morning. Comming over one hill I came face to face with a black bear and cub. I slammed the breaks and came to a stop a safe distance away but it was too close and they made a break for the woods. Too bad, no photo. A few Km later same thing but this time it was a grey wolf! I rolled by an saw it down in the ditch so I stopped farther up the trail. It hopped out and started walking down the road away from me. In the end everyone on the ride saw it.




We saw lots of beautiful scenery


Rolling Hills


My shiny new bike isn't so shiny and new anymore


Being back on the pavement was weird. Instantly my body begain to cramp up and be sore. After being loose and standing alot for the past three days I was suddenly sitting very still and my bum knew it. We regrouped at a designated rest stop and celebrated our latest victory while preparing ourselves for an anticlimactic few days on the bike to get home.

Our planned stop for the night was to camp where the James Bay Road crossed the Rupert River. Getting there around 4:30 we all pulled off our helmets to relax and start setting up camp when we were swarmed by bugs. Screw that.



Looking at the GPS it was only a 2 hour ride to cold beers and a hotel room. COLD BEER & NO BUGS !!! We set off with a very disapointed John following along (He wanted to camp) and blasted our way into town. with only one quick stop to fill up the bikes along the way.



The bugs were brutal and totall destroyed visibility.


The next day was a leisurly ride home. Feet up, lean back, one hand on the throttle cruise back to Ottawa. Meeting up for one last gas outside of town we all shook hands and congratulated each other on a trip well done before each going our own direction.

Thanks again for the invite Ted! Until the next one !

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Old 09-21-2009, 04:35 PM   #63
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What a trip!!! Really strange that I was there a few weeks before, camped several nights, no bugs to speak of, and, no black flies at all. I thought they went away in September. Anyhoo, nice report guys!
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:12 PM   #64
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Hey guys, thanks for all your work doing the posts, they are great. I'm really enjoying living it all again, amazing how fast the abused old brain forgets. I'm feeling guilty that I'm such a dummy at this and don't know how to do my own report. John has my pics downloaded and I'd like to get some of them up here. Is there any way to make a post with my pics and the I can insert witty comments where appropriate?
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:43 PM   #65
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thoughts for a year or two down the road

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=504942
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:20 AM   #66
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Originally Posted by Dan Alexander
Hey guys, thanks for all your work doing the posts, they are great. I'm really enjoying living it all again, amazing how fast the abused old brain forgets. I'm feeling guilty that I'm such a dummy at this and don't know how to do my own report. John has my pics downloaded and I'd like to get some of them up here. Is there any way to make a post with my pics and the I can insert witty comments where appropriate?
Send me an email and I'll walk you threw it Dan
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:28 PM   #67
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I can post singles.

Here's one for teasers;


I stopped at the top of the dam to take a shot of the guys peering over the edge of the spillway.

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Old 09-22-2009, 12:29 PM   #68
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Then they head off down the road
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:30 PM   #69
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[/IMG]Here's the dam with the road down below,

hint, keep in mind waaaay down there at the end where the road comes up the other side ....
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:33 PM   #70
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here's the road at the bottom where I'm bombing along trying to catch up doing 80 or 90 and trying to avoid the potholes while continually looking up at this huge wall of stones
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:39 PM   #71
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You can see the spillway gates in the far background now. Because I wasn't paying any attention I hit the upside at the end totally in the wrong gear, like 4th or 5th and it's steep and the bike starts bogging

I downshift and give it gas and it's still bogging .... downshift again and hit the gas ... f#@* it's gonna stall ..... no more momentum and down it goes with me falling to the downhill side and roll for a while. No way I'm going to get it upright by myself so I get the camers and take a pic and sit down to wait ... the guys are all busy at the end of the road till John, my shepherd comes looking for me. Unload the 20 liters of gas and we manage to get her upright and started and with feathering the clutch and both of us holding it upright from the downhill side we get her to the top.

It's way steeper than it looks in the pic!!
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:50 PM   #72
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One last pic that pays tribute to our fearless leader Ted

He was the one that made it happen. He rode like the wind but luckily for a slowpoke like me took many naps and smoke breaks and gave me time to catch up.

Thanks Ted!

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Old 09-22-2009, 04:01 PM   #73
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I don't know about fearless or leader.....but yes a few siesta's and tobac breaks I did have, lol.

By that third day Chris your speed was way up! All ready for the next one yet?

Thanks lads, great trip indeed, I certainly cannot fathom living up there but it sure is nice to visit.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:13 PM   #74
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Dudes, that was a most excellent adventure, very intense!
Thanks for taking us along!
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:45 PM   #75
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Thumb GREAT ride and read. THANKS!!!

Been to many places in Northern Quebec and Ontario via snowmobile but never by bike. Hmmmmmm.
I wish we did the same when we rode from Thunder Bay ON to Maine via snowmobiles. THAT was a GREAT ride. Oh the memories.

ANYWAY,
Great read and pics. LOVE the ADVenture, THANKS.
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