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Old 02-10-2015, 03:44 AM   #1
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Trans-Taiga ride planning

We've been talking in the Pittsburgh Riders Thread about a ride across the Trans-Taiga road this August, here's a thread to keep it all organized. Others are welcome to join, but be aware that fuel range is an issue and the road is reported to chew tires pretty bad. I'm planning on bringing at least 8.5 gallons of gas counting what's in the tank. I need to do a loaded fuel milage test, I think I'll need another gallon or so on top of that.

We do not have a solid date yet. I'm free the whole month I think, AdvRich said the same. I would like to plan this as do-able in one week, with 2 weekends. I have more time but that should make the ride more accessible for others. Bronciii, Disconnected, and PASlammer are hoping to make the ride, so right now we're looking at 5 riders. Depending on how many others join we'll plan from there. I'm already thinking we'll split up at the border then meet at the next town. I have long hair so I'll probably get questioned for a few hours. Damn hippies.

The one way route, all highway, from Pittsburgh PA is 1,619 miles. We're going to have to add to that, there are a few detours that are off the actual road but will be necessary for fuel. I'll be surprised if we travel less than 3500 miles. So we're going to have consecutive 400 mile days for most of the trip. I'm planning on having helmet speakers and a good music player to drown out the 650 thump. AdvRich has mentioned turning off on the return leg to do part of the TCAT, which is the canada version of our TAT.

For bikes, anything that can do fast gravel and carry fuel can make it. I'm taking my XR650, there's 2 WR250's, a BMW800GS, and one guy currently bike shopping. Either another WR, a DRZ, or the ugliest 1150GS I've seen yet.


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Here's some more beta for those in and those still considering the JB/TT ride.

This is an interactive map link to a Basecamp to GPS visualizer overview of the outbound route: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/display...87190-map.html

I’m thinking we’d all meet up the night before at a CG near the start? I don't have any experience with CG's in the area. I'm pretty sure the Rideau River Provincial Park was used for one of the early Roaming Rally's. I'm open to which ever one in the area you guys choose as I can ride up from home and do the border crossing in a day. The start of the TCAT Quebec section is pretty urban, but there is gas and plenty of places for breakfast: https://goo.gl/maps/srulc We could also skip the city part of the TCAT and camp and start on the North side of Ottawa.

Some mileage numbers and points of reference for planning.

Route Up: 1582 miles +/-
490 - Ottawa to Chibougamau via TCAT
585 - Chibougamau to Chisasibi James Bay via North Rd & James Bay Rd
507 - Chisasibi to Caniapiscau via James Bay Rd & Trans Tiaga

Route Return to North Rd junction where I'd most likely turn off.
580 - Caniapiscau to James Bay Rd & North Rd Intersection https://goo.gl/maps/7RVLq

Also, not sure if you guys normally plan within this thread, but happy to switch over to email to not hijack.



Here's the 'IN' list. I'll try to keep this one updated as needed.


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Old 02-10-2015, 03:49 AM   #2
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Thank you for starting this. My GS is not the ugliest either. It's "Utilitatian"
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Thank you for starting this. My GS is not the ugliest either. It's "Utilitatian"
If my computer didn't hate me I'd post a picture that proves otherwise.




Also, for anyone going, watch out for this guy ^ when he's posting pictures. He likes to crop out the 'lesser' bikes, which is any brand other than what he's riding.
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Jules, Can you put up a map of the proposed route?

I'm assuming you're planning on taking the James Bay Rd, up to the Trans T.

Or are you doing it counter clockwise?
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Jeff, check the links in the first post. :)
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Jules, Can you put up a map of the proposed route?

I'm assuming you're planning on taking the James Bay Rd, up to the Trans T.

Or are you doing it counter clockwise?
Give me a bit and I will. I just got a new laptop that can make a route and haven't played with it much.

My loose plan is to head straight north in the most direct way possible. On the way back I'll have an alternate route planned out that we will hopefully be able to take.

My biggest concern is a breakdown. It's a long push back if someone breaks.
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subscribed. i would like to do this as well.
It should be an interesting trip. Lots of details to work out still, plus bike prep will be pretty important with the remoteness of the ride.
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bike prep will be pretty important with the remoteness of the ride.
i did AK last august, and vastly over prepared, so my 990 will be easily able to make this trip. i shall call it "AK light".

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i did AK last august, and vastly over prepared, so my 990 will be easily able to make this trip. i shall call it "AK light". 3

Nice. I'm hoping to do Alaska in 2016. I have the time this year but probably not the money.
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Nice. I'm hoping to do Alaska in 2016. I have the time this year but probably not the money.
yeah, i am still paying off the trip and bike prep...

oh, i found this thread regarding Trans-Taiga. it was a good read:
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yeah, i am still paying off the trip and bike prep...

oh, i found this thread regarding Trans-Taiga. it was a good read:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=506183
I won't finance a vacation and have terrible self control on spending money.

That was the first thread I saw. It was the one that first gave me this idea.
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