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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    unless you had 5.25" of rain like i did when i went through, you probably had a great ride.
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  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Interesting you had trouble witht the Hydro Quebec workers up there, they all seemed very nice about slowing and moving over along the TT road. I'd just give them a little friendly wave or nod of the head.

    I wonder if this was the guy you saw in the middle of nowhere along the TT road. He's a Frenchman who lives out in the bush in a primitvie camp for most of the year and studies the wolves of the Tiaga-http://www.peupleloup.info/

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    He works at Nouchimi Camp on occasion to help finance his wolf studies, totally funded by himself, very intersting character. Said he could live something like 6 months off nothing more than beans and rice:eek1 Oh and you can get gas, you just have to pay extra if you are late:deal Pay phone across the street to call for service.
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    Hope yougot to take LG2 Dam Tour, its free for driving all the way up there!

    As you learned you got to watch out for the drunk Indians up at Jo's & Mike's Restaurant up at Radisson, I know what you dealt with:1drink
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  3. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    thanks for the reply. the total vehicle count for my ride on the TT was 20, and most were Hydro Quebec. they were driving that road very aggressivly, and i think that was normal for them. too fast, no chance to wave in either direction.

    the guy i saw on the road is the guy in your photo. what a coincidence!

    i didn't need fuel at Nouchimi either direction, i could have made Mirage or 381 with the fuel i had on board.

    no tours for me this time. i've done the dam tour thing previously.

    the Cree at the cafe was the only drunk native i saw in Radisson, a low incident rate compared to other places i've been in the north. there were a lot of people hanging around that deck, and i could have run over his sorry ass, but he had fallen backwards over the steps when i made my escape. i would have felt bad about the whole thing, but the locals were enjoying the show.
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  4. Throttlemeister

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    Things are getting a little crowded up North on the TT:lol3 I don't think I saw near that amount last year. Did see lots of graders thou.

    Very detail rr, thanks for sharing
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  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    plenty of Hydro people working along that road, they must not get out much.

    compared to similar length roads like the dalton and dempster, the TT has just a small fraction of the traffic.
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    Fredfredburger CTRL ALT DEL

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    Great RR!

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  7. Francis P Monaco

    Francis P Monaco n00b

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    I'm not a guy who has even ridden a motorcycle before in my life (no joke) but reading these long road trip reports have entertained me for awhile, so I figured I should finally register just so that I can comment on a few of the reports.

    I'm someone who'd love to drive both the Dempster and the Dalton-even if it's by car-and yet this is the first time I had ever heard of either the James Bay Road or the Trans-Taiga. The scenery there looks great and it sounds like you've met a cornucopia of people and have had many great experiences.

    It's also great that you could mention seeing a random person walking on a road that fits the definition of "the middle of nowhere" and a forum can not only guess correctly who it was, but mention his job. That is pretty tremendous.

    I'll be interested in hearing your further stories on this great trip.
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  8. sailer

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    great report, I love Quebec, :lurk
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  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    what a great post!

    i've wondered myself what the non riding public would think about these ride reports. far from being about motorcycles, the reports are a rolling travel directory, full of adventure, drama, and insight into the human condition. a pleasure to read, beats wasting any time with TV.

    there's only one thing for you to do and that's to plan a trip. Canada has to be one of the best places on earth to tour, a vast country, and the people unfailingly friendly and helpful. an SUV or pickup would work better on those big gravel roads.

    across the north there are few roads and few people. to see someone walking on a bush road far from any known shelter was unusual enough for me to make a note, and then later include in my report. to have throttlemeister come along and identify this guy for me a year after seeing him, now that is bizarre.

    here's a photo from the dempster to tempt you into a little trip planning...

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  10. C-Stain

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    Its about damn time!

    I've been waiting all summer for this RR, and I don't know how I missed the start. Caught up now..and anxiously awaiting further installments.

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  11. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    had fun in Nova Scotia. arrived after the tail end of Earl had come through and some repairs still being done.

    i better get going on the report...
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  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i really liked quebec too, and i think the people liked me. they liked me even better when i didn't try to speak French.
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    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    :lurk I'm in JD. Glad to see the report from your travels this year.

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  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    welcome aboard. no big wreck in montana this season, i'm trying not to wreck in canada this time.

    more "big gravel" ahead...
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  15. Throttlemeister

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    Glad I could help out, I've been around a little:lol3 And jd is right, there's not a whole lot of people up in the Tiaga out running around other than QH workers. Fun to travel and meet people from these places:clap

    There is something extra special about the Dempster, crossing the divide a few times with the elevation is awesome, but it doesn't have all those damn dams:lol3

    Small world...
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  16. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Gidday Mr Meister, small world...reading this report (excellent by the way JDRocks, I feel you have accurately conveyed the feeling of the TT) and seeing you post :wave Are you ever heading south ?

    I suppose the gas guy was out "studying wolves" as that's what he seems to be up there doing, aside from selling a bit of over priced gas.
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  17. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the Cree aren't so polite in their choice of words...they would say "those f*****g dams".

    it's appropriate to close a conversation with "until we meet again, my friend" when you travel the north. if up there often or long, you will surely meet.
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  18. Throttlemeister

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    There are the ones (Cree) that drink and rasie hell and then there are then the majority, the ones that help you out and want to visit and our genuinely good people just like you or I.

    Reminds me of how Mexico gets a bad wrap and many people are scared to death to cross the border.

    I do understand that the dams have changed many of their ways of older life but its done now, progress or natural destruction or whatever, Quebec should be at fault if anyone is to be blamed. Already amazing to see the change in the Rupert since I was there last year, sad to see something so mighty get cut down.

    I went out to two communities on the James Bay and found lot more good people than bad, one of them had even developed their own hydro electric damn, although a little small, it is still of some benefit or it would not have been built.

    There's always something, it never quits( that is until you die)

    Not trying to hijack this great thread:clap :clap :clap , great seeing more people posting about traveling up in the area, not near as much as people write about Alaskan North and the Canadian NW.
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  19. bumper1871

    bumper1871 Been here awhile

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    Great writing,great pictures :clap :clap
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  20. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    interaction with the Cree in the next installment, stay tuned.

    i'm enjoying your comments, no reason to stop.
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