Exotic Eastern Canada-Northern Latitudes 2010. Trans-Taiga, Trans- Labrador & beyond.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jdrocks, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    no spokes!

    ok, i should also tell you about final day backroads lunch stop with the wildest waitress ever. sunniest possible disposition, tremendously up beat, hearty laugh, knew the menu by heart, and had a big wide smile that went ear-to-ear...the only problem being that she owned a grand total of one tooth, an upper incisor. yeah, ya shouldn't stare, but that tooth kinda grabs your attention.

    she was sneaking smokes behind the counter, wasn't supposed to, but did it anyway. when she smoked, she would trap the cig filter between the prized tooth and gum, smiling the whole time. i had to look, couldn't help it, except she caught me staring and now she's staring at me, eyes starting to get a little wild.

    lordy, time to run. "check please".

    left a nice tip in case she had, ya know, dreams of some nice cosmetic dental work.

    next stop...Beirut.
  2. RiotPat

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    Thanks for the tips. Great RR. A few of us are heading out to the Trans-Taiga come black fly season. This thread has helped out tremendously.
  3. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    it's a great ride, i love those big roads. note my comments on those soft sections in the road surface, "sand holes" as i call them.

    bring a headnet for bug season, you'll need it.

    work out the fuel situation in advance, especially at the end of the road.
  4. Throttlemeister

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    Just like riding to Alaska, you can always wait until after the major bug season and go in late Aug and September, way less bugs that time of year:deal
  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    very true, and with caribou season starting in the northern zone, you can get fuel from the Air Saguenay float plane base in Caniapiscau.
  6. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    IIRC my fuel bill there was approaching $7o something dollars for nearly 13 gals of fuel:eek1 Some of the most expensive gas I've bought anywhere. If you go late enough you can get to see one of the greatest Caribou herds in the world, George Herd I think its called.

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    Looks like they where herding them with a snowsleds to get this shot:huh
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  7. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i paid a similar price, cheap compared to what you will pay this season. the pump at the tank farm was sitting in a big puddle when i was there, so get off the bike and you were standing in water. i don't think that was blended fuel or maybe higher octane, strangely, there and Mirage was the best fuel on the whole trip.

    where did you get that fuel bladder?


    the interesting thing about the caribou photo is how their hooves flatten out, perfect for crossing muskeg and snow, swimming too.
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  9. Throttlemeister

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    That's right, a turtle pac that I picked up used but still never used from a guy out of TX from here in the flea market here for a song compared to the new high dollar suckers. It was the toughest fully legal collapsible fuel container that I've found. That thing worked great just need a hose to funnel it in the tank.
  10. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i thought about using one last season, but they were out of stock on the 12L. it was a different brand from australia.
  11. Hello all:
    I've been here before but was banned for having a mind of my own.

    Marrakesh Red

    I'm taking a trip to the Quebec Hydro stations in August.
    TRANS-TAIGA ROAD Camping along the way.

    Anyone interested?
  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    trans taiga a pretty cool ride.

    make sure you have the fuel situation worked out. 645km out and back to chisasabi from mirage. i got fuel at air saguanay, but they're not always open. mirage down to relais 381 is about 410km. you might get a splash of fuel at the cree outfitter, but they're not always open either. likewise, radisson to mirage is a hike. plan accordingly.

    watch out for the soft sections in that road. i call them sand holes, and while found on almost all the northern gravel, there were plenty on the TT road last season when i rode it. some short, and some that went for 200m. these sections have put plenty of bikes down, beware.

    safe travels.
  13. Velocipede

    Velocipede Been here awhile

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    Just finished reading this most excellent RR after reading your 2011 Bike Build and ongoing RR all in one session.Your way with words is so easy to read and I have to say so literate and informative.I have covered much of the territory that you so ably describe that I really enjoyed it all again when seen through your eyes.

    Thanks for taking us along. John
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    yikes, ya have some time on your hands. glad you enjoyed it.

    here's Scooter Boy...

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    i could have written a page on this guy. i think he was riding around on the scooter with all those pin-on LED lights flashing in the hope of attracting enough alien attention to be beamed up. cops probably have him by now.

    he snuck up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder, holy crap, glad that scooter was a little small for carrying a chainsaw.
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    Velocipede Been here awhile

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    Yep I've got time on my hands alright,retired,wrenched back,lots of pain killers and ADVRider.
    John
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    sorry to hear you're parked on the side, hope ya heal up soon.

    agree, some great entertainment on ADV.
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    I don't care if it has been almost a year since the last post to this thread:-) The bump might introduce someone else to your most excellent work.

    Thanks again for taking the time to take us along.
  18. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    glad you enjoyed it.

    man, a flashback to that little difficulty up on the Trans Taiga, what a ride!
  19. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Just finishing up my trip. I can't believe how similar our routes were through much of it. Seriously lookin forward to swapping stories around a fire sometime this fall. Thanks for the great writing style!