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Old 08-30-2013, 06:04 AM   #31
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Excellent ride report and great pictures. I'll be back up there sooner or later (although having ridden to Radisson three times, its getting a little stale).


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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...
Alone is good! You only have yourself to worry/think about. Too many people limit themselves thinking they have to travel in a gang. The more remote the environment - the easier it is to get help. You are far more 'alone' in the suburbs!

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:53 AM   #32
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just home yesterday from the James Bay Highway tour - see photos... This is a highly recommended trip. We did Chisasibi, but not the Trans Tiaga part, but did return via the roughly 250 mile Nemiscau to Chibougamau gravel road...

The gravel portion was an enjoyable diversion, though we may have took the pot holes a little agressively and experienced the following:

1. my BMW Vario top case (2007 1200GS) couldn't take the pounding and the plastic mount portion of the case failed somewhere around Nemiscau and ended up in a dumpster (my fault - the case was over loaded and the straps holding my tent caused a slight upward pressure which caused the failure),

2. my front tire blew out (rock puncture \ km 66, north of Chibougamau) and I had to get flatbedded into town and sat 2 days waiting for a new tire,

3. my oversized Cee Bailey windshield which was on the bike when I bought it shook so bad the mounting bracket failed and I had to ditch the windshield and came home naked.....I'll replace with a GSA shield which is the most robust I have seen...

Steve's GSA made it through with no issues....

Chisasibi is a must - the people are extremely helpful and friendly and camping on the shore of James Bay was an outstanding experience....!!!

We only encountered 2 other bikes up that way - a couple of fellows from Maine (GS1200 and Tenere)

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first night out - Matagami



pumped up for a big day!!





riding hard - the GS can't quite make the 381km leg for the next fuel...




powerful rivers!!!





fire devastation - June\2013 - ravaged vast areas!!!



early morning coffee - camp out on the James Bay shore - Chisasibi




James Bay - Chisasibi




this is Hydro Electric country!!! power dams everywhere




a couple of adventure riders from Maine getting ready to push north from an overnight at the KM381 stop - we're heading south at this point



enroute Chibougamau from the KM381 stop - 400+ km gravel this leg





more fast rivers - on the road to Nemiscau from the KM381 stop

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Old 08-30-2013, 07:41 PM   #33
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Day 7 August 30 Mirage Outfitters to Radisson

Today is to be the same as Wednesday so we thought about just posting the pictures in reverse order but decided we would create even more enemies that way

We have a relatively easy ride out of the wilderness so we have a leisurely pack out and eat breakfast when the dining room opens at 0700. It is cool and raining out so are not in a hurry in hopes the rain will stop. There is good news and bad news with the rain beyond the "it's raining" whine we all do all the while knowing rain has no meaning in the grand scheme of motorcycle travel. Good news - no dust on the road. Bad news - the camera stays in the tank bag most of the ride. Finally we have to move so we go out and climb aboard. The ride is very short - less than 200 yards as we want to take a picture of helicopters on the landing pads at Mirage. They have three pads -- here is one of them



At 0820 we are finally moving in the direction of Radisson.
Good picture of the road and a large lake in the background



Better with a little zoom



We stop at KM268 to top off on gas. Keith doesn't want any



We stop for lunch at a picnic area along the way. This place has everything - picnic tables



and pit toilets



What more do you need?
Nice Flower



Curious young wolf - other than some ground squirrels the first wildlife I have seen this trip



who didn't want to stick around and hang with us



At our next rest break Keith needs to work on his sore back





In case you need a reminder here is what the road looks like





Out in the middle of nowhere Hydro Quebec has a pretty big airfield



See the lovely skid marks



Dana's bike decides a dirt nap is in order. It takes Bruce about 30 minutes to get the side case to stay on properly





It hasn't rained on this section of the road in a while so the dust is up. The ride back out to pavement is uneventful and as we turn towards Radisson we discuss who if anyone will run out of gas today. I am positive it will not be me. But who didn't buy gas when there was opportunity at KM268. Tha would be Keith





Finally we are back to the Auberge Radisson which will be our home for the next two nights.

Today's food porn

Walleye and rice



Elk



Mussels



Carrot Cake




Today's ride 261 miles

We are over 2100 miles for the week and my F700 has gone over 6000 (it had 15 miles on March 1)

Tomorrow we finally go to James Bay
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:20 PM   #34
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:10 AM   #35
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It's 37F outside. Looks like heated gear for the ride to James Bay this AM
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:57 AM   #36
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Excellent RR! Loving the pictures - I ended up taking about three decent pics while I was up there. So much truth to the you either ride the TT OR look at the sights....not both...;-)

I think rain is a fact of life in the Jamésie.

I missed out on Chisasibi due to horrible riding weather....went south to Waskaganish instead. While nice enough, I think I still need to see Chisasibi.

That forest fire scar around Eastmain was something else wasn't it? That was the most interesting part of the trip for me. I scooped up a bit of the burned stuff and put it in a ziplock bag so I could smell it from time to time.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:07 AM   #37
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Thanks to everyone following along

Sorry about no report yesterday. Photobucket was screwing with my head.
We made it to James Bay and back. Bike got its wheel baptized in the Bay. Rode about 220 miles somehow.
Will try to get two posted tonight after we ride the North Road
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:23 PM   #38
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Great RR. Nice to run into you at the Mirage. My buddy and I made it back to Maine on Saturday night (31st). 500 mile day in the rain on Friday but great ride overall. Ride safe and hope to see you again 'cause that'll mean I'll be on another great ride!
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:02 AM   #39
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Great RR. Nice to run into you at the Mirage. My buddy and I made it back to Maine on Saturday night (31st). 500 mile day in the rain on Friday but great ride overall. Ride safe and hope to see you again 'cause that'll mean I'll be on another great ride!
just shows how small the world is. it was really cool when you pulled your helmet off and there was a face I knew from previous adventures
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:49 AM   #40
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Day 8 August 31 Radisson to Chisasibi to Radisson

Today is supposed to be an easy day. We will ride out to Chisasibi, see James Bay, and be back to the hotel by 3PM for a nap. Good plan.
It's 37F as we get the bikes ready to roll. But by the time we get started it is noticeably warmer and I will spend the day changing gear and gloves ( Dana rags on me because I brought 6 pair but I need comfortable hands to ride)

We bomb down the road and find the turn to Chisasibi.





The road to Chisasibi is paved and and like most roads up here the speed limit is honored in the breach. As long as you are careful with the frost heaves speed is good as the road has a lot of fun sweepers. We have a bit of confusion when we reach the only intersection along the way. Remember speed? I was at the back and had time to recognize we wanted to turn right to go the the dam and a side road to the Bay. So I'm off by myself and take a wrong turn





this isn't it



So I loop back and miss everyone else as they have found the road to the dam. Eventually we find one another and play around on the damn







The spillway where they diverted the water as they built the damn





Monument to the builders



You can ride across the damn with no problem









We stop wherever we want to take pictures of what catches our eye











Downstream from the damn



Then it is about 30 miles of gravel to the bay (relatively easy ride that looks like a lot of gravel roads.



First view. All the cars are form hunters off hunting birds.



I'm here



Fishing boats



In the bay















Lots of these parked here too



Then it's off to Chisasibi.



We ride around sort of lost until we spot the Civic Center.



now that's a fireplace



This building has EVERYTHING including a restaurant



Lunch porn







Small fries



Interesting sign at the ladies room



How to spell stop in Cree



We ride through town to find another place where James Bay is accessible by road



People we run into at the Bay. The guy second from right is riding a red Ducati sport bike - interesting choice for the gravel









Bruce in the Bay



Baby eagles on the top of a power pole



High speed run to the hotel



We get back about 7. So much for 3PM. Everyone skips dinner except me - I load up on spaghetti in anticipation of tomorrow's long day
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:18 AM   #41
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Day 9 Sept 1 Radisson to Chibougamau

Today will be a LONG day - 160 miles of road - 320 miles of gravel - and then 10 miles of pavement to the finish. It is 35F when we load the bikes - out comes the heated liner and heavy gloves for the first time on the ride. We filled the tanks yesterday so after the same old breakfasts we jump on the bikes and head south. First stop is a potty break at about 100 miles



Then here for a quick gas stop and to buy a sandwich for later



44 miles further down the road to the turn for Route du Nord (North Road)









Airing down



You get to see two pictures of thsi bird because it was so hard to get one





The road to Chibougamau



the surface



on the road






The ride can be fast and slow (mostly slow for me). As with all these roads it is pay attention or sightsee but you can't do both ( I have sad that before). Dust is a real bitch. I have a problem with the dust and have to keep dropping back so I can see my line. That slows the whole formation down. Here's what it looks like when you get overtaken.






Gas stop



This may be a problem



Sights along the way











As I said I was very slow today. as the day wore on the question of would the hotel hold our reservation came up. Bruce and Dan raced ahead to hold the rooms and Keith stayed with me as I plodded along. It got dark. Talk about not fun - gravel in the dark is on the list. And then at the end there was a detour with a detour
But we made it to the end - 13 1/2 hours in the road and lasagna for supper

Don't know what i will do about my wheel - it is holding air no problem

Tomorrow is another day
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:07 AM   #42
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Nice pictures. Looks like a fun ride.

The birds in the nest are Ospreys, not eagles. The bird on the road is a Whisky Jack (Grey Jay).

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learned that the Ducati guy in this pic shredded his rear tire on the gravel road and is stuck Chisasibi trying to figure out how to get himself and his bike back to Toronto
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Day 10 Sept 2 Rest day in Chibougamau

We get up planning for a 0800 breakfast and a 0900 departure. Discussing the roads ahead and potential riding schedule. In the midst of all that we decide we don't want to do anything today and, after the hotel says we can keep our rooms, will just stay here a day.



Keith goes to the laundromat and when he returns he has forgotten half his stuff, we all take naps, and we wander over to two nearby convenience stores.

During the day a couple from Quebec riding a 1200GSA and a 1200 water boxer (is that a dumb name or what) checks in. Later on Doug from Vermont rides by, sees all the bikes and stops in to chat. It's beginning to look like a rally here





It's getting close to supper time so we invite Doug to join us and we walk up the street to eat.



on the way we pass a blueberry co-op with this 5th wheel trailer outside



Standing next to empty blueberry containers




blueberries



how high they stack the full ones



Dinner by the fire place



Doug



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A nice day

Tomorrow we head southeast
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