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Old 08-27-2013, 07:21 PM   #16
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Day 3 August 26 Sudbury ON to Matagami QC

We are up and ready to go before 8. But before we can get started we start sharing ride stories with some Harley riders who are staying at our motel. They are also distance riders who have given up shining chrome because it takes time away from riding. Good guys and kindred spirits. We shared some bad Harley and BMW insults.

When we were planing this ride I went looking for possible things to see along the way. From Lightcycles RR
( http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=813572 ) (a good read by the way)
I found the big nickle - a nine-metre (30 ft) replica of a 1951 Canadian Nickle. The twelve-sided nickel is located on a small hill in Sudbury.
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Nickel )



So I wanted to see it. It was overcast, foggy, and threatening rain as we left the parking lot and rode out to find the nickle.



it so happens that while we were there a film crew was working on a public service announcement for nickle (the mineral)





who's that in the background?
It after 9 when we finally get out of Sudbury because of the Harley guys, the nickle, an ATM and gas. We head East following a route from an acquaintance in Sudbury. The fog turns into a miserable downpour which eventually turns to fog again. We stop at a lake for a rest stop.





the roads we were on looked like this





The sun is trying to come out as we stop at the Montreal RIver Bridge because ti looked interesting



Keith insisted I be in a picture



We decide to stop for lunch
Gilli's truck stop



Interesting names for the breakfast items



Food porn Carrot soup



Club sandwich, grilled ham and cheese, and poutine for my colleague Jordan



Great roads from here - well maintained with fun long sweeping curves.










Did I mention the construction delays?



It started to rain again and while we were arranging rain gear these guys stopped to see if we needed help - real adventure riders



Forest fire remains



More construction



After 10 hours and 405 miles we arrive in Matagami and the hotel



Dana and Bruce are about 30 minutes behind us
We go for food









Tomorrow its off to Radisson and the end of Phase One of our trip.
Today was 415 miles
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:10 AM   #17
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Good ride so far. How do you happen to have a new stator at home!? I thought I was the spare psycho.
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Dana had a 30% off coupon for anything with a BMW stock number and since she was aware of a stator problem with her model she bought one (saved $300)
It's hard to get the girl out of the sale. Even though it tied up a chunk of change for a bit, it was fun to buy as I had saved all that moola (Never mind the other money spent )... Besides, it temporarily distracted me from buying (another) pair of riding gloves
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:13 AM   #18
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We go for food

This was fab....Surf and Turf Matagami style. It's Caribou and Walleye (and no it doesn't taste like chicken!)
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:19 AM   #19
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he end of phase 1

Day 4 August 27 Matagami to Radisson

Today's ride is pretty straightforward. We leave the hotel. Gas up. Turn left. Turn right. RIde all day - Look at the top line of the GPS directions



The band is back together Dana and Bruce arrived just behind us yesterday.
Keith with Bruce and Dana's bikes



Breakfast room at the hotel



Breakfast porn





A couple on a Paris-Dakar getting ready to leave the hotel to ride north to see their son in Chisasibi



Another pair of adventure riders getting ready to head north



here we go



You have to stop here to register for the road and get a safety brief





It is a long way to the next gas stop. there is a story here which will come up shortly



Lots of scenery like this along the way



James Bay road - good riding and the frost heaves weren't too bad. about halfway they either went away or I stopped noticing.



Old forest fire damage



Along the way we take a rest (about 125 miles in)



Nice river to look at but also lots of mosquitos



Eventually we get to the Rupert River Bridge. The rapids are beautiful. The word is they are nothing compared to how they were 4 years ago before a hydro project changed the water flow.













Fow a while we interpreted this to mean you can't do anything but finally found one not so faded and it is no littering



Entrance to the North Road - we ride year on Sunday



We are now a long ways since we bought gas and fuel lights are coming on. Bruce wonders who will go empty first and I opine it will be me. Conversation centers on how may miles to empty. BMW changed the mileage estimate to empty on the F700/800 models to miles since the fuel light came on rather than miles to empty. I have never ridden more than 22 in that mode. We all decide we will ride till the bike stops just to get data points. I make it till 59 and the bike dies with the GPS saying 9 miles till the gas stop. Keith stays with me while I refiuel.





The bike fires right up and we start back on the road looking for Bruce and Dana. Before we find them we find this 3 miles from my stop



I was three miles from victory. A recent forest fire was evident here and for a bout 50 miles. It burned right up to the gas stop. in the second picture you can see where the fire line was built. you could still smell the burnt vegetation





Lunch room.



Nice rock formation woke up my old rock climber imagination



Entrance to the Trans-Taiga Road - tomorrow's destination



Then it started to RAIN. The last 44 miles to Radisson were not pleasant.

today's dinner









and the planning starts for next year's ride in Chile and Argentina

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Looking good so far!
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:39 AM   #22
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Day 5 August 28 Radisson to Mirage Outfitters

The forecast for today is cold in the morning so we plan to leave at 9 in hopes that things have warmed up some. We meet in the ding room about 7:30 and dig into some breakfast porn

Western Omelet



Keith eats everything on the menu



Eggs Benedict



saved the best for last Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon



Then its off to the Esso Station (anyone besides me remember Esso?). While we are refueling bikes and extra cans the line grows. eventually there are 8 other BMW motorcycles in front of the station all doing variations on the theme of our ride. We are the only ones using Visa as our camping methodology.

We leave the station and ride 44 miles back down James Bay road to the start of the Trans-Taiga Highway



As you can see it is 358Km to today's destination



Gotta air down those tires



The start of the road



the road surface (sometimes better, sometimes worse)



And now a slight digression to explain where my mind is at the start of the Trans-Taiga. As some of you are aware I totaled my F800GS last year on the Continental Divide.
(picture here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...4&postcount=12 )
So I have a 20 minute or so memory gap surrounding the crash. I havve no idea as to what went wrong and what I need to correct. Therefore I don't know how I am going to react to some real gravel riding. I am very tentative as we start out. Fortunately I have good riding partners and they have a lot of patience (Bruce and Dana were on the Continental Divide ride and I was in the process of catching up to them when i crashed so they have some understanding of my problem). As we go along things get better and my "gravel legs" re-emerge so the ride goes well.
Back to the ride
First rest stop







Back on the road - view from a bridge





Here's what the road looks like some miles in



one of many dams along the way



Views from another break - note that this is like the Trans_Lab before pavement - you can enjoy the views or ride the motorcycle - trying to make that an and statement can lead to disaster













more of what we are riding







Neat bridge - kinda like the Rupert River Bridge yesterday





I ran out of gas again - this time covering only 56 miles from the time the fuel light comes on (yesterday was 59). This place was less than 2Km beyond where I stopped to empty the Rotopax. ( Nouchimi Outfitters next down was closed)



Everyone gets gas but me



Ice House



they have lodging



and seaplanes ( the Otter is $1175/hour to charter)



Rules for hunting





finally Mirage Outfitters



We have reservations for two nights and meals for both days ( they will provide us a with box lunch fol both tomorrow and Friday
The room (don't share with Keith)



not a lot of choice for meals was forced to have steak and baked potato (since my mother wasn't here skipped the broccoli)



Can 't go wrong at a place with rules like this



Today's ride was 261 miles in 9 hours

tomorrow I will take a rest day while Dana, Bruce and Keith ride to the end of the road. I am looking at the days ahead and think is the right plan for me
"A man's got to recognize his limitations"

there will be some sort of report and pictures tomorrow - there is a lot to see here.

In the small world department the guys 3rd and 4th from the right in this photo I met on the Ferry from Labrador to Newfoundland when I did the TLH in 2010. They had just come back form the end of the road and wer wandering back to Maine.

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Random thoughts on a rest day

thanks to all of you who have been following along

Karoo 3s take a long time to wear in. It was close to 1000 miles before I was comfortable with them at speed. On day 1 in PA there was a really strange wobble at around 80. It is gone now.

Cardo Scala rider G9 is easier to sync then the SENA SMH10. Sound quality is very slightly better with the Scala. The SENA will allow clearer bike to bike chat at a higher speeds.

Finding the right speed on the washboards can take you out of your comfort zone

Choose good riding partners

Airing down is a good thing

KLiM Gear is the best

There is no shame in taking a rest day, even if it means missing something that might be memorable. You can live with a little regret.

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Ah, re-living some good memories with you. That was my first real long trip from NYC. We only made it to Radisson, and that was our day off. We took a tour of one of the hydros, and that was very cool.
On our way back, we took the North Road, and camped right after the bridge that crosses the Rupert (saw it in all its glory - it was awesome.) The night we camped there (there is a very small road after the bridge to the left, we rolled right in, pitched a tent and voila) we saw aurora borealis. We were there around this time, so keep your eyes open.
I am going back at some point to do the trans-taiga. I miss that area...
Thanks for the memories.
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Ah, re-living some good memories with you. That was my first real long trip from NYC. We only made it to Radisson, and that was our day off. We took a tour of one of the hydros, and that was very cool.
On our way back, we took the North Road, and camped right after the bridge that crosses the Rupert (saw it in all its glory - it was awesome.) The night we camped there (there is a very small road after the bridge to the left, we rolled right in, pitched a tent and voila) we saw aurora borealis. We were there around this time, so keep your eyes open.
I am going back at some point to do the trans-taiga. I miss that area...
Thanks for the memories.
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Day 6 August 29 Rest day at Mirage Outfitters

Today I will do virtually nothing while Bruce, Dana, and Keith ride to the end of the road. That doesn't mean much as I still get up to have breakfast with my mates and see them off.
Dana is up early to check emails



There is a sunrise



Getting the bikes ready to leave





Breakfast - i like omelets



close to being ready



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Ready to launch



Off at 0650



And they are back at 1820 - 360 mile completed

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Loving this ride report, thanks again for letting us share your journey. Wish I was with you, I can never find anyone interested in doing these things, so I end up traveling alone. Places like this however are a bit remote to to tackle solo. If something went wrong it could get get real bad real fast alone...
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Marty: thanks for taking the time to post this ride report. I check out the groups progress each evening and really enjoy the narrative and pictures. I also like the Spot link to see exactly where you are along with the updates when you stop for a break. Have fun, be safe, and please forward this note along to my Dad (Keith).

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Thanks for the ride report. I've been eagerly awaiting updates, since I'm living vicariously through your guys after having to cancel my own T-T trip this year.

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Loving this ride report, thanks again for letting us share your journey. Wish I was with you, I can never find anyone interested in doing these things, so I end up traveling alone. Places like this however are a bit remote to to tackle solo. If something went wrong it could get get real bad real fast alone...
Story of my life. I have lots of friends that ride. I have only a few friends that ride further than a few hundred miles from home. I have only one friend that does the type of riding that I do... and he lives halfway across the country from me. So, needless to say, I usually do these types of rides solo.
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Marty: thanks for taking the time to post this ride report. I check out the groups progress each evening and really enjoy the narrative and pictures. I also like the Spot link to see exactly where you are along with the updates when you stop for a break. Have fun, be safe, and please forward this note along to my Dad (Keith).

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