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Old 06-25-2013, 12:49 PM   #2671
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From Howley to Deer Lake on the route is approximately 32 km's....so you wouldnt be missing too much of the trail by grabbing pavement.

Have a safe trip...got a spot tracker or planning on a ride report of blog or anything while your travelling ?

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:13 PM   #2672
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Tales from Keith and Bryan

Got another update from the lads from New Zealand...looks like they are spending the night in Parent, Quebec



Hi, we are approaching 5000 km into the trail, currently in Parent Quebec, so on schedule.


We have had all types of terrain in the past week, from rocky climbs, sand trails, challenging water crossings, to perfectly groomed 100 mph gravel roads.


After leaving our rest day at Relais Gabriel we had a fantastic forest section for 240 km on gravel, with enough unexpected sand to keep us alert. The scenery was simply stunning, with almost every turn offering a postcard picture of a different lake and forest. Cub bears and porcupines were on duty for our viewing pleasure. A highway section then got us to Baie Comeau, a rather pretty town on the St Lawrence seaway for 440 km for the day.


Next day was 425 km before gas, in very remote country, some of the riding more like a trail ride in NZ, but great fun. A BIG mama bear sitting back on the roadside, with cub running about greeted us at one point, but quickly disappeared when they became aware of us. We camped "sauvage" ( primitive camping in NZ) where we needed fly spray not bear spray - the bugs were incredible, but by the most beautiful lake ! Advice from the Zec (similar to NZ DOC) was to yell BOO! in the event of a bear showing interest in us (note to self to remember that).


Onto Chicoutimi on great shingle roads for 250 km , then the trail narrowed to single track, and the infamous 'Fabs Hill" which was a doddle on our 250's. that said, some of today would have been a challenge on a bigger bike...


Rest day and new tyres in Chicoutimi, and spent time with Fabrice who marked out this area of the TCAT. A top bloke - thanks Fabs.


Next day 550 km - 12 hours riding, some of it more than a little interesting! Some challenging terrain from the start of the day, with some creative and non 2 wheel friendly bridges over streams and swamps. This led to a small barge to cross the river, the only means to cross for over 200 km in any direction. Then into the forest...basically a trail ride...sometimes a narrow track with bars brushing undergrowth...and a bear cub scooting at 30 kph in front of Bryan at one point (we didn't hang about looking for Mama)! All rideable , but once again pleased we were not on bigger bikes.


Today, Tuesday , our 15th day since we left St Johns NFL, was a great blast down superbly maintained gravel roads for 313 km to Parent.


So, breaking news, soon we are to be three - Bryan is pregnant! Oops, sorry , meant to say our friend from NZ ,Mike has hooked up another WR250R and is to join us out of Winnipeg for the ride to Vancouver!




Bridge over troubled waters..Keith giving sphincter gland a workout in forest. It was. L o n g way down!




Actually, a LOT steeper than it looks, some muppet tried getting a caravan down here!






Typical of many stunning vistas (shame about the model).





Fly spray, not bear spray required at our sauvage camping site...





Fabs and Keith on the barge over the river





Fabs - a top bloke





The Barge




100 mph gravel en route to Parent




The Mom and Pop stop 60 km out of Parent









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Old 06-27-2013, 05:10 AM   #2673
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Bryan and Keith made it to the Quebec/Ontario border yesterday after a long day


Below: The hand drawn ferry south of Parent, Quebec

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Old 06-27-2013, 06:33 AM   #2674
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Bryan and Keith made it to the Quebec/Ontario border yesterday after a long day


Below: The hand drawn ferry south of Parent, Quebec

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Old 06-27-2013, 09:29 AM   #2675
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R2.3 of the TCAT GPS files has been posted. A few areas in Quebec and Ontario have been slightly changed to reflect washouts and to add clarity.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:13 AM   #2676
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R2.3 of the TCAT GPS files has been posted. A few areas in Quebec and Ontario have been slightly changed to reflect washouts and to add clarity.
thanks for hosting this project!!
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:13 PM   #2677
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Updated the route description...in the forest chapter, in Quebec, between Saguenay and Chibougamau there is a remote ferry. The new fellow running it has a phone and web address. He also offers accommodation, food and has beer. Very cool as this is way out in the wilderness.

Apparently he is a good lad and more reliable than the previous owner who passed away...


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Old 06-27-2013, 04:16 PM   #2678
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If anyone rides the Alberta and or BC sections of the tcat could you drop me a line in regards to washouts, mud slides and bridges out due to the radical spring rains.

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:49 PM   #2679
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Hey Brian and Keith, sounds like your having a neat ride. Quite surprised at the choice of 250s for the ride, I was of the understanding it was more suited to bigger bikes. How does the riding compare with the TAT. ?
Keep the reports coming.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:54 PM   #2680
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Hey Brian and Keith, sounds like your having a neat ride. Quite surprised at the choice of 250s for the ride, I was of the understanding it was more suited to bigger bikes. How does the riding compare with the TAT. ?
Keep the reports coming.
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Just finished dinner and drinks with Bryan and Keith...they said so far it's comparable to the tat...maybe a bit more technical terrain.

They've ridden the tat, I haven't so their perspective is quite valuable IMHO. Heading out with them tomorrow on the route
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:44 PM   #2681
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If you are passing by Huntsville and need a place to eat and sleep, PM me.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:03 PM   #2682
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Just finished dinner and drinks with Bryan and Keith...they said so far it's comparable to the tat...maybe a bit more technical terrain.

They've ridden the tat, I haven't so their perspective is quite valuable IMHO. Heading out with them tomorrow on the route
Thanks Deadly, enjoy your day out. Hope to see more pics of the technical stuff so I can figure out if it's 2 up doable. I was tossing up between my Beemer or out TAT DR 650 For the TCAT, but now I'm wondering whether I need to build a 2up 450 ?
Back to the future. Dawn and I started our adventuring on a WR 400
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:54 PM   #2683
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Bryan and Keith dropped in yesterday afternoon...had an afternoon of working on bikes and tipping a few brown bottles





These guys have planned for many months and it shows...items like this laminated paper and many other things they have done will give them the upper edge in finishing the route








With a bit of foggy head we headed oout at 7 am to ride the TCAT from Ottawa to Calabogie. It rained cats and dogs yesterday and its been an unusually wet spring here...water crossings were plentiful, mud was slippery...an excellent day

Pelvis joined us for the first few hours of the day but didnt have knobbies on his bike so he was forced to split off from us.





















One of the optional tech sections was fun, riding down a fast flowing creek...













Back on the main route...













Locals out enjoying the day...



I forgot to fill up with fuel....Bryan siphoning me a liter which got me to within 500 feet of the gas station up the road .......










One of the water crossing on the main was too deep for my g/s...the wr250 didnt have the same issue...











We tried knocking the beaver dam down and did a respectful job of it but it would have taken way to long to drain so we backtracked and found a go around...




















We stopped in at the track and admired the "sheila's" in their leathers







An absolutely great day. Was good to meet you lads, my door is always welcome to you

Best of luck as you head west...5500 km's done, 10000 km's to go


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Old 06-29-2013, 04:57 PM   #2684
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:02 PM   #2685
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How many days would you guess for them to ride here Ted?
Hoping i can get away to meet them in Chapleau.

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