Four years ago 3 of us started in Thunder Bay and rode around Lake Nipigon. It's sometimes called the 6th Great Lake due to it's size. There's good logging roads run north south up each side of the lake. It's the east west across the top where it gets difficult. Anyways the first attempt was successful. It's approximately 700km around. We tried the same trip 2 years ago and were stopped halfway by an impassable water crossing. Enter 2009 and a possible new and different route over the top. Maps were gathered bodies hydrated and the bikes gassed up and ready to go. The weather in Thunder Bay wasn't to bad but as we headed north on Hwy 527 the clouds came down and the temperature dropped. Abour 50 km north the temperature was down to 8C and rain looked inevitable so we stopped for rain gear. It didn't take long before it started to drizzle:huh Eventually we made it to Armstrong about 240km north. The drizzle had quit and we stopped for fuel and food. The rain would keep the dust down as all the roads were gravel from here east. This was the only moose we saw on this trip. With bellies full we prepared to head east in search of the fabled trail thru the bush. The haul road that heads east was in pretty good shape. With the downturn in the forest industry there isn't much traffic. About 70 km east the road crosses the Jackfish river. The drizzle and light rain was off and on. As we got farther north east it got a little colder. As we got closer to the trail we needed to find the roads got smaller. Stopping to check the maps. The tracks on the road are fresh moose tracks. We eventually found the trail we were looking for. It consists of a set of ruts thru the bush. Someone drove a skidder between 2 cuts and left a possible path. We walked in a bit to have a look. The ruts were full of water/mud/muskeg and the mosquitoes were terrible. All the specs in the picture are mosquitoes:huh :eek1 :eek1 . By the time we found the trail it was getting late and after surveying the effort to get thru the kilometer or so of trail we figured it was time to call it a day and head home. Stopped on an exposed section of road to have a break where the bugs arn't to bad. The weather got worse with steady rain coming down. An artistic excavator operator showed off his handiwork. Each of these was about 8 feet high. A busted down pick up We headed back into Armstong for a fill up of gas and food. By now it was a steady rain and still around 8C. By the time we got back to Thunder Bay it was anout 9:30. Put on about 750 km on a long cold day We may try again in early August if it stays dry up north. Hopefully we can pick a warmer day.