Northern Quebec Canada

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Deadly99, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. cgwt

    cgwt Been here awhile

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    I take it that you used an 'airhawk' seat 'helper'? :ear Did that work good on the KLR? Old story, my seat kills me!!:eek1
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  2. sailer

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    page saver, so i can find this agaian
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  3. max384

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    I know I'm a couple years late to the party... But I've been recently thinking of doing the Trans Taiga next year, and this popped up in a Google search. Fantastic ride report guys!
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  4. canridertj

    canridertj CANRIDER

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    Mr. Deadly99,

    This is the exact route I wish to do....we did you get the map?..with a 25 liter gas can were you able to ride comfortably between gas stations?.. see there is a gas station at or near Eastman and I would suspect radisson as well...was 25 litres enough to do the Taiga route and back?..is seems very barren....do you know of anyone that might be interested in riding this route next year?

    Thanks

    terry
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  5. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    It's been a few years since I've read this...maybe this is the year to head back up there and see what that Hydroline trail between the North Rd and the TT is like :evil
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  6. MassiveLee

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    I did Montreal to Chisassibi/Radisson this past September with my son, just before he returned to university. It was done 99% on asphalt, except for the 25km stretch from Chisassibi to James Bay. We had a blast. Matagami to Relais 381, then to Radisson, are 400km stretches. Only regular fuel in Relais 381, so plan fuel accordingly. We had to bring octane booster. It was a great 4 day trip. We expect to return in late April in order to be the first bikes of the year ;-) I'll take the 1150GSA with the bigger 30l tank and will lend my son my Africa Twin with its 24 litre tank.

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  7. hardwaregrrl

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    Do it!!
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  8. thumpididump

    thumpididump MacGyver

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    It's on my list, but unfortunately not this year.
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  9. max384

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    When did you go up there? I saw a blue bike leading with a red bike behind it on my way back down the James Bay Road this last September. I was heading south, those two bikes were heading north. It was raining all day, and those two bikes were the only ones I saw that day, and most of the trip. I'm wondering if it might have been you and your son.

    By the way, I'm planning on riding the Trans Taiga mid-April this year before I get married in early May. I'll go as far as I can anyhow, depending upon road conditions this time of year!

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  10. MassiveLee

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    We were riding North on Friday August 29th (Montreal-Matagami) and Saturday 30th (Matagami-Radisson). Saturday was a very, very wet day, at least until Relais 381, then it got dry). Sunday morning, August 31st, we went to James Bay and then rode South. Returned to Montreal on Monday afternoon, September 1st. My son got back to university on Tuesday Morning.

    It was wet, wet, wet.

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  11. max384

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    Oh, I guess it wasn't you guys then! I was on my back September 11th.
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  12. MassiveLee

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    BTW That would be the directions from Montreal if staying on asphalt. That's 1000 miles each way. Easily done in 4 days. And that was fun. But be carefull. Matagami to Radisson is about 800km (500 miles) and there's only one fueling station in between, with regular fuel only. Radisson has some premium fuel. One gaz station in Chisasibi.

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  13. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    That route is all pavement?
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  14. TREE

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    Last bit to Chisasibi is good gravel.
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  15. MassiveLee

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    Yup. But quite bumpy from Matagami to Relais 381 (the older section), then pool table smooth until Radisson. Chisasibi to James Bay is washing board dirt ;-)

    Also, I suggest visiting Joutel. A mining town that was not only abandoned in the early 1990s, but the company took away everything. They even filled the sewer system with sand to ensure people wouldn't not return. Savage.

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    Smooth roads from Relais 381 to Radisson

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  16. MassiveLee

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    Most of it is good gravel. But some sections were very bumpy. Obviously, it varies from season to season.

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    It was so bumpy, the cardbioard milk "bottle" I had in the pannier shred to pieces. Not much left for coffee and oatmeal.

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  17. sidewayz_control

    sidewayz_control Been here awhile

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    Like Lee said, all pavement.

    If you want to do maximum gravel, you would have to follow Deadly's route. Going via Chibougamau and La Route du Nord (407km of gravel). Then you have pavement only when you rejoin the James Bay highway at km 274 all the way to Radisson at km 620. The Trans-Taïga starts at km 544 of the James Bay Hwy and is all gravel for 666km to Caniapiscau. And then you have to turn around because it's a dead end :evil

    Ivan
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  18. Chisenhallw

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    I want the reverse! :rofl I want all pavement!

    And to avoid blackfly season.

    Great RR.
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  19. MassiveLee

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    Late August, there was minimal black flies.

    Lee
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