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Old 09-07-2010, 07:04 PM   #31
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Excellent!!! I completed the TLH a few weeks ago and as I read your report I have that old familiar feeling of a new adventure on my horizon. Thanks for taking the time and effort to post this (my first piece of research), and glad to hear the crash did not break your adventure spirit.
Thanks Stromsurfer... How did you like the TLH?? I did that last year and we had a great time.... The crash did not break the spirit.. I was even discussing what I would likely get to replace the bike I crashed on with my wife while in the hospital the day I crashed! I also have my plan for next years trip!

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Old 09-09-2010, 02:13 PM   #32
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Hi Pat
I throughly enjoyed myself going solo on the TLH. 11 days, one night in Lab City hotel, one night in Newfoundland campground, and all the rest wildrness camping. The road was awesome, difficult, thrilling, scary, beautiful, and remote....and I would not want it any other way. Flat tires, running out of gas, falling over 5 different times, wolves, bears, only made it that much more of an adventure. Of course crashing is going a bit to far for the sake of adventure......

Hopefully you are on the mend. Look me up if your in the mid-coast of Maine sometime. I would love to see the scars.:) I severed my femoral artery once in a motocycle accident, so I know a bit of what you have been going through.

Travel safe.
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:45 PM   #33
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Glad to hear you are on the mend Pat

The Rupert River has gotten so much smaller than when I was there 2 years ago. Hydro Quebec has been busy.

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Old 09-09-2010, 03:39 PM   #34
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The wilderness camping was great up there!!... We also stayed in a regular CG down by Gros Morne.. Just needed showers and a nice dinner etc... I really enjoyed that trip. Did you do any of the Rail Trail in Newfoundland? (Yes, crashing was extreme!! )

Lobster Grrl:
Thank you... I think it was you who bought my neighbors GS?? Had I known, I would have wandered down to meet you when you picked it up...
I found the Rupert more impressive on the James Bay side.. but still reduced from what you saw (pics will be in day 6)

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Old 09-10-2010, 02:34 AM   #35
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Day 4

Day 4 – James Bay Road to Radisson..
It rained all night last night, and heavy too! Thunderstorms and everything is wet. We just relaxed in the safety of the tents until the rain stopped and the we got up and began to break camp. It was just after 7:30 when we had everything loaded and were ready to depart. We had about 17 miles of gravel to run and then we would reach the pavement of the James Bay Road!

Here we are approaching the intersection!


It began raining almost as soon as we left camp and rained for about 10 miles or so of the 17. This section of gravel was a bit rough. It was slippery in spots, a lot of water holes on the road and it was quite windy. We made it to the intersection right about 8:00am, turned north on the pavement with about 342 km until we reach Radisson. We had a fuel amd meal stop planned for the relief station at the 381 km mark (106 km from the North Road)

Notice the water....


One of several river crossings.


This stretch we did NOT take too many photo's. There were many wet sections and the the temperature had dropped to a point where combined with the wind made life a bit uncomfortable. The wind was the worst part, many heavy gusts that bounced us all over the road and there was more sections of rain in th early part of the day. The entire day was overcast.

Hmmmm .. did I just saw overcast!?


61 km to Relais Routier (service area) and 300 to Radisson...


We arrived at the stop point at about 9:30 am. It had been raining most all of the way and the winds were kicking our butt. We stopped and gassed up as it was the only stop all the way to Radisson


Jim is already over at the restaurant where we will have breakfast


As happened yesterday, we had encountered the aroma of burned wood and up the road would encounter a wooded area destroyed by fire. Further up the road we stopped at a little roadside area to take a break


As you can see, the rain has stopped but it is still overcast




The rain remained with us most of the rest of the day, though it was more intermittant and not very heavy. The wind on the other hand battered us all the way north.

At KM 542 we stopped at the Yasinki Lake viewpoint. Information board, scenic view, shelters and picnic tables.










Just a few km past here was the Trans Taiga Road. We marked a waypoint in the GPS in case we could meet up with Thane here in a couple days. Continuing on up the road, we arrived in Radisson at 1:40 pm. Our original plan was to camp here but we had 2 nights to spend and on arrival we were tired, cold and wet. We decided to get a room with wifi and a restaurant so we could rest up and make some contacts. We found a room at the first motel in town and grabbed it.
 
So ends Day 4. It was a rough riding day, in fact, even paved it was the toughest day we had. Obviously, most of that was weather related.
Now its time to go grab a couple spare parts, lube the chains and relax some before dinner.

Next up Day 5 – Chisasibi and the Waters of James Bay
 
Day 4 Stats
Total Time 6h 13m
Moving Time 4h 22m
Total Miles 231
Moving Ave 53 mph
OA Ave 37 mph
Max Speed 74
 
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:39 PM   #36
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it's great to read a RR from my area!!! I Live 2.5 hours

from Val d'Or. I plan to go to see the Hydro-Québec Damm next summer with my V-Strom 650. t'l then, I want to read more from yours!!! Thanks!!

Hi there i am always up there my wifes family is from Bearn Laliberte

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Old 09-10-2010, 07:51 PM   #37
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Hi there i am always up there my wifes family is from Bearn Laliberte
Hi Jim!!

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Old 09-11-2010, 03:50 PM   #38
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Thanks for the great report and hope you mend quickly.

I have a question if you posted your gps route/track?
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:44 PM   #39
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Hi Jim!!

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Hey Pat im enjoying the report im not much of a writer your doing a great job i will see you at florida coast to coast. I can hardly wait till the next adventure Tom may come along also
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:34 PM   #40
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Thanks for the great report and hope you mend quickly.

I have a question if you posted your gps route/track?
Thanks Klondike1,

No, I have not posted it up.. "Yet"
I will before we close out the report... also the SPOT Tracker Map..

Thanks for riding along...

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Old 09-12-2010, 03:14 AM   #41
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Pat,

Excellent report as usual. Looking for more updates.

Sorry to hear of your little "get off". But it ssems you have a nice replacement already. Stay safe.
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Hi Pat

Nice trip report! Glad that you are recovering and to hear that you will be back in the saddle soon for another great adventure.

All the best
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:31 AM   #43
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Hey Pat im enjoying the report im not much of a writer your doing a great job i will see you at florida coast to coast. I can hardly wait till the next adventure Tom may come along also
Jim, thank you! For those reading who do not know, jfpcan here is the Jim who was my riding partner on this James Bay trip... Best friend anyone could want on an adventure ride, and even more so when you have issues like I did later...

Jim, not sure if I will be riding at C2C this year... I am not up yet to a 1500 mile ride down... Likely will fly down... but I did an all day ride yesterday and it kicked my butt!

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Day 5 - Part 1

Day 5 – Chisasibi and the waters of the Arctic - Part 1

Today is Tuesday, on these trips I tend to lose track of what day it is. The day does not matter so much, it is the Adventure. The days can matter again when we return home and the normalcy of life. After a breakfast at the hotel restaurant, we got ready to hit the road. First day of the trip we were able to travel a little lighter as we left the bulk of our gear at the motel.

First stop is Chisasibi, one of nine Cree villages in the region. It is the northernmost village that is accessible by road. The road is paved all the way to the village. Just past the village it turns to gravel and you can follow it right to the waters of James Bay. We will head there after lunch at the village. We departed at 9:30 am. Chisasibi is 110 km from Radisson and the waters of the Bay are another 18 km. Here is their website http://www.chisasibi.org/

One of many power stations, this was heading south before the road to Chisasibi


The intersection of James Bay Road to the Chisasibi road (km 600) and the welcome sign


A picture of Jim taking a picture of me...


Yours truly, at the intersection


What a beautiful day today, oh so different than yesterday




The ground was composed of many different surfaces, around the woods was some very sandy sections


There was also the rocky sections......


Yours truly checking to see just where we are...


Part of Lagrande Power station. The road up to it is from the 62km mark.


Jim checking out the dam


If you continue along the road and cross the LG-1 dam, the road continues for north and west for 48 km to Longue Pointe on James Bay (unpaved). Here we are down bythe waters edge.


Looking out across the reservoir


The welcome sign to the Village....


We drove past the first road to the willage and went down to the 2nd. Turning in we meandered back through the village, some residential and park areas before reaching the center of the village.


Behind the bike is the community center with the family center and restaurant.


We arrived at the village around 11:30 and had a luch and the restaurant in the community center. We found the people very friendly and helpful. After lunch, we began the 2nd half of Day 5, where we ride to the Waters of the Bay.

Be back real soon...
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Jim, thank you! For those reading who do not know, jfpcan here is the Jim who was my riding partner on this James Bay trip... Best friend anyone could want on an adventure ride, and even more so when you have issues like I did later...

Jim, not sure if I will be riding at C2C this year... I am not up yet to a 1500 mile ride down... Likely will fly down... but I did an all day ride yesterday and it kicked my butt!

Pat in NH
Pat anyway you can get to C2C would be great i will see you then as i will be leaving shortly oct 7 for the void after will go to founders feast then im going to attemped a 50cc back for C2C

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