Hudson Bay ride this summer

Discussion in 'Canada' started by 98rxcmi, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    Is June too early or late to head toward the Baie Hudson?

    Recommendations for maps for us yanks would be appreciated....
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  2. SR1

    SR1 Going to America!!!!

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    Funny how I was just thinking about this today, and then come across this thread. If the riding's that boring I will skip it.

    Viking, I had that urge too, and travelled to Thule AB and Sondstromfjord Greenland several times. Never did see the water as fluid though...I was always there when it was frozen, lol. At least I can say that I walked "over" the Arctic Ocean.
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  3. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    There is such a thing as a boring ride? Are you sure?

    I've not experienced one yet....any moment on a motorcycle is a good one, imho.

    Esp when you're traveling unfamiliar roads in remote areas.

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  4. nbalthazard

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    Who is planning a trip this summer for some of those destinations?
    I am looking to join a party.
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  5. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    I'm looking very seriously at James Bay. Departure / Return TBD at this moment. Possibly around the F1 race in Montreal (6/25) but, the timing may not work for that, I may end up having to do it July 4th week.

    I will be doing it on my GS Adv and likely staying in hotels.
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  6. brodie

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    I did James Bay Road 2 years ago, starting on Memorial Day weekend for the next week. It was chilly, but nothing too bad. The guy at "the" gas station (KM 381 or whatever it is called) said that it had snowed 4 inches the week before, so I think I was luckier than smarter (no black flies, though!). The Bay was still frozen, so I did not bother, as the Honda ST1100 was beat to sh*t fron doing gravel roads to Cree Indian settlement of Uoje Bougoumou.

    If you want to be pretty isolated, this would be the road for you. If you want absolutely nothing, the Trans Taiga sounds like nirvana

    Peace
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  7. Big Doug

    Big Doug Been here awhile

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    In early June there will still be ice on the lakes and camping will suck because you will freeze your ass off at night with typical lightweight backpacker-type sleeping bags that you can pack on a bike.

    In late June, the bugs will be so bad they will literally drive you insane.
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  8. MMcnamara

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    Great, another ride I want to do...

    Check this out - looking for info on a possible trail from Caniapiscau at the end of the Trans-Taiga east to Schefferville I ran across the Transportation Plan of Nord-du-Quebec Preanalysis. One of the first requests in the report is for a road through that gap and up to Kuujjuaq.
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  9. Ridemuch

    Ridemuch Ciao

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    Viking if the timing is right for me I may join you this year.I have a 2 man winter tent and all the gear for me.:wink:
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  10. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    I've got the first week of Sept off and am looking at giving this a try.

    James bay or Trans-Taiga.

    Anyone heading up around that time?

    I was just looking up the Trans-Taiga route and found this info in a search here.

    Is there anyplace to request a map of this area?:ear
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  11. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    If I'd have known, I'd have brought you all my stuff from my trip last summer to the Rally.


    Here's some links:

    http://jamesbayroad.com/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_de_la_Baie_James

    http://www.municipalite.baie-james.qc.ca/html/e_tourisme03.htm (these folks will send you a paper map)

    Links to my trip report on my blog:

    http://unbonhomme.blogspot.com<WBR>/2007/04/preface-trip-prep-and<WBR>-various-bollocks.html

    http://unbonhomme.blogspot.com<WBR>/2007/04/james-bay-day-one.html

    http://unbonhomme.blogspot.com<WBR>/2007/04/james-bay-day-two.html

    http://unbonhomme.blogspot.com<WBR>/2007/04/james-bay-day-three<WBR>.html

    http://unbonhomme.blogspot.com<WBR>/2007/04/james-bay-day-four<WBR>.html

    http://unbonhomme.blogspot.com<WBR>/2007/04/james-bay-day-five<WBR>.html

    http://unbonhomme.blogspot.com<WBR>/2007/04/james-bay-days-six<SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","\u003cWBR\>-seven.html\u003c/a\>\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>*\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>*\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>AND....\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>*\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>\u003ca href\u003d\"http://unbonhomme.blogspot.com/2006/12/time-of-death-approximately-2105.html\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>http://unbonhomme.blogspot.com\u003cWBR\>/2006/12/time-of-death-approxim\u003cWBR\>ately-2105.html\u003c/a\>\u003c/div\>",1]);//--></SCRIPT> <WBR>-seven.html

    Is that enough info?

    Oh. By the way, on your KTM Adventure you're going to need to carry GAS and you'd probably really dig on the Route du Nord, rather than James Baie road.
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  12. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Thanks Brad,

    I didn't even know I was doing this at the rally.:lol3 I just thought I've got a week off. Where can I go?:ricky

    I'll look through all your info. :thumb

    GAS... I hope 12 gallons is enough. I should have these, by mid Aug.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=238628

    How much range do you figure is safe?

    cj
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  13. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    You'll be fine with gas as long as you can pull 300 miles...and of course are "smart" about it.

    If I were you, I'd not bother with going to Radisson...and would head east on the Route Du Nord just South of Relais 381.....that would be a lot more fun on the KTM, IMHO.

    Read my blog posts and let me know what I can give you - I've got lots of paper docs including the "tourist package" from the James Baie tourism folks.
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  14. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    I finished reading your blog, very cool trip. Nice write up. Makes me want to leave even sooner now.:ricky

    I requested a tourist packet of whatever....I hope it makes it in time.

    I'd like to meet up and get some more info from you. Any chance you'll be at the WI Guzzi rally this weekend?

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246966
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  15. steve gs

    steve gs Been here awhile Supporter

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    Planning to leave the day after Labor Day from the Port Huron, MI /Sarnia, Ont area for the JBR. Will be riding my F650GSD.

    May be extending my trip to more than a week with some Bay village visits and a return route that will include some Lake Superior north shore riding.


    Also FYI, Canadian topo maps are available online found link in GWN thread.

    :beer
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  16. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Cool maybe we'll cross paths.:ricky I'll be heading north on Sun for northern MI

    I'll keep my eyes open for you, I'll have my 950S.:thumb

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  17. Marrakesh Red

    Marrakesh Red Banned

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    Hello All::wave

    I have a trip planned to James Bay and the Trans Tigra this fall.

    Has anyone some good suggestions on tires for the heavy gravel roads?

    Preferably someone that has taken this trip


    Thank you all.

    M
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  18. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    In hindsight, I'd have liked to have had TKC 80's on my GS for that ride - it would have made things a lot less pucker-inducing on the gravel, when it was wet.

    If I were to do it again, I'd find a place to put TKC's on as I approached the bottom of the James Bay Road, if possible.

    But.

    It can absolutely be done on Tourances and remember, the James Bay Road is paved. Route du Nord and Trans Tiaga are not.
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  19. Marrakesh Red

    Marrakesh Red Banned

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    Thanks for the posting.
    I was thinking of two ways to do this.
    Ride my 80/20 tires up to Raddison and ship some knobbies to the hotel and have someone put them on for me or find the closest out post to mount them and ship them there....

    I'm thinking that the TKC 80's are a good suggestion.
    :freaky
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  20. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    Radisson isn't that sort of town mate. :huh

    Unless you're going to do the tire change youself, there won't be much swapping going on. As far as I saw, there wasn't even an auto repair shop that isn't dedicated to Hydro Quebec.

    Maybe in Matagami.

    Maybe....if you don't mind a French-Canadian mechanic with a 5lb sledge hammer changing your tires, then have at it.

    Otherwise, pick a tire and don't plan on changing.

    :lol3
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