James Bay and Beyond

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lakota, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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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

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

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

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    Airing down

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

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    The road to Chibougamau

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    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.

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    Gas stop

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    Sights along the way

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    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:D
    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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  2. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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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).

    Nick
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  3. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    Nick
    Thanks
    Marty
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  4. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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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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  5. lakota

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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.

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    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

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

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

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    Standing next to empty blueberry containers

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    blueberries

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    how high they stack the full ones

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    Dinner by the fire place

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    Doug

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    Food porn

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    A nice day

    Tomorrow we head southeast
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  6. lakota

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    Day 11 Sept 3 Chibougamau to Jackman ME

    Bottom line up front. Today I left the ride to head for home on pavement. I was not comfortable with the air loss from my front tire after the ding it and I decided to drop out. I could have just gone around the dirt sections and rejoin on pavement but that didn't appeal. The sooner I get home is the sooner I get to repair or replacement. A thousand thanks to Bruce and Dana for taking me along on this ride and to Keith for tolerating my eccentricities. The ride was fabulous and I recommend the James Bay area to everyone.

    It was raining when we got up and packed and the forecast was for rain all day. After gassing up we head down Rte 167. The rain was on and off but the road was fine for riding - no frost heaves to speak of and not much traffic

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    As we came up on the turn which would take us onto the dirt I announced my decision, which actually came to me as we were headed down the road. The best part of this was that they couldn't talk me out of it. The bad part was that I didn't give them the chance to do so.

    Last looks

    Bruce and Dana

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    Keith

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    heading out

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    I continued south on 167 and cut over to look at Lac St Jean - it was a lot bigger than I imagined

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    Farther down the road I came across this seaplane. Some guys have a lift at their dock to keep their boat out of the water when not in use. This guy has one for his float plane

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    Along the way I spotted this church and went into town to try to find a good place to get a picture (fail)

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    But I did find this waterfall in the village

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    Never get tired of scenery like this

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    Or road shots like this

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    Riding through Quebec City was a challenge. Hate traffic on a busy road in I place I don't know. The good news was that after I crossed the St Lawrence River I saw blue skies and the temperature went up to 70F. This sign was a welcome sight

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    And then the border crossing.

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    No one there but me and the border agent. As in crossing into Canada he was more interested in my ride and age than anything else. Did you ever wonder how the moose know where the crossing zones are?:wink:

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    Finally arrived in Jackman and found this place

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    Recommended!!!

    Today's ride 418 miles.
    Tomorrow hope to see neat stuff on the back roads of Maine.
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  7. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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    The right decision Marty... I would have been so fixated on the tire, the rest if the trip would have been diminished. Not like you can stop into the local dealer and make it all better. Be safe on the last legs of the trip... Now I'm home sick... Jackman on 201 goes right to my hometown. If you take this road... Stop into Winslow at fort Halifax and get a photo.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Halifax_(Maine)
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  8. lakota

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    Looks interesting but...
    my plan is to go to the B52 crash site near Greenville and then head over to Mt Washington
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  9. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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    So much for straight home :lol3. You crazy Sailor...See you soon.
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  10. lakota

    lakota Geeser

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    Yesterday Keith had a fall and was taken to the hospital in Dolbeau-Mistassini.
    He has a mild concussion. Bruce and Dana will be staying with him till it all sorts out. Looks like his son will drive up with a truck to get him and the bike.
    Spot 911 works as advertised
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  11. VTbeemer

    VTbeemer Traveler Supporter

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    So sorry to hear of Keith's get-off.

    I am up her in VT and will reach out to him to see if I can lend a hand in any way. You guys can PM me with any pertinent info.

    Dan
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  12. PFFOG

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    Bummer, hope he heals fast.
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  13. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Marty--

    Always a pleasure to have you as a wingmate! See you back in MD.
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  14. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    I hope Keith is doing better.

    Sorry to hear you're heading back home lakota. Are you heading for Bob's in Jessup for repair or closest dealership in Maine?

    I cannot remember if you had the rim or spoke wheels (like on f800GS). Would the spoke wheel have prevented the initial dent, which in turn is causing the slow leak? Or just a fluke?

    Let me know if there's anything I can do from my end in Virginia? I am only 45 minutes from Bob's. Happy to call Bob's to see if they have a new wheel and have it shipped out to you somewhere. I also could post list of closest dealers along way.
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  15. Chisenhallw

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  16. lakota

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    Day 12 Sept 4 Jackman ME to White River Junction VT

    Another bottom line up front - I may have been hasty in withdrawing from the dirt sections - the tire appears to be holding since I aired up.

    So I am up and out before 0730. Since I am missing the dirt parts of the ride I decide to add in ideas in talked about months ago and dropped as plans matured and the schedule filled up. On the road I see the following

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    I wonder how they collect it:D

    Then I see this flying moose

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    There is a very involved legend about it that is too complicated to explain here.

    My first stop will be outside of Greenville ME. On 24 January 1963 a B-52C Stratofortress with nine crew members on board lost its vertical stagilizer due to buffeting stresses during turbulence at low altitude and crashed on Elephant Mountainin six miles (9.7 km) from Greenville. The pilot and the navigator survived the accident. The GPS puts it at about 12 road miles. The road turns to dirt but I am too committed to turn around. (it is a very easy road to ride)

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    Lots of signs showing the way

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    There is even a place to pull off the road when you get there

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    Entrance

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    Then you walk up this trail

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    And see stuff everywhere

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    I head back to Greenville to have breakfast. Dana had been giving grief about always having an omelet for breakfast so I decide on pancakes.

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    And now I remember why I eat eggs and not pancakes on a ride. They just don't go down right an I am uncomfortable the rest of the day.
    The next stop is to be Mt Washington so I head across Maine on some great roads. Liked these guys

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    I saw this sign on Rte 2 3 years ago and I laughed then and again today

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    Get to Mt Washinton

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    and the road is closed to motorcycles due to high winds. I am 0 for 2 on attempts to ride up (last time Travis Pastrana had the road to himself working on setting a speed record for the ascent)

    The it's down to Conway and head west on Rte 112 aka the Kancamagus Highway. The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5 mile scenic drive along NH's Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire that is well known as one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway. It is a good ride. I keep heading west because I do not want to deal with Boston.

    Now I am in White River Junction VT planning on the push for home tomorrow

    Today's ride 380 miles
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  17. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    Should have read this earlier, you are at my back door (Woodstock VT), alas I left this morning for PEI, NS, Cape Bretton, and perhaps Labrador. We will see what time permits... Be safe and enjoy the ride south...

    PS take VT 123 west to the Ticonderoga ferry, then you can hop on the northway south to the catskills, hence avoiding the city, lots of pretty roads, but 100 to 123 is a great ride on Tarmac
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  18. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Elijah Cummings' voter, constituent, supporter. Supporter

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    Hate to hear this..... Awful.

    I don't blame you for taking the road more traveled. :deal Discretion is the better part of valor.


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  19. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Bishop's in Jackman.:clap:clap:clap

    Did you have the Pizza?:wink:
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  20. lakota

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    no - the king cheeseburger
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