James Bay is a motorcycle trip I've been wanting to do for a couple of years now, but for one reason or another, I've never been able to. However, about two weeks ago the opportunity presented itself, so I decided to go for it. With only about a week's notice, nobody else could get the time off to make the trip with me, so I was going to do another solo trip. James Bay is the bottom portion of the Hudson Bay. It is considered to be the southernmost part of the Arctic Ocean. The only road access to the James Bay is by the James Bay Road in Quebec. This road was built to service the massive hydroelectric projects in the James Bay watershed. The road begins in Matagami and runs 620 km (385 mi) to Radisson, and is paved its entire length. Radisson is a small town built to service Hydro Quebec. There is one gas station the entire 385 miles, and that is at kilometer 381. This means that any vehicle traveling this road needs at least a 236 mile fuel range, though a comfortable margin is recommended due to the remote nature of this road, and the seemingly inexplicable reduced fuel economy often seen while traveling this road. The James Bay road itself is extremely remote and runs through the dense Canadian taiga forest. Besides the fuel stop at km 381 and a few Cree Indian villages several miles off of the road, there are no settlements along the road. Chisasibi is a Cree Indian community that is located where the La Grande river empties into James Bay, west of Radisson. It is the northernmost Cree village accessible by road. My goals this trip were to make it to Radisson and Chisasibi, dip my tires into the James Bay (thus making it the third ocean my bike has been dipped in), and ride a bit of the Trans Taiga Road (more on this road later) if time permits. I already had two 2-gallon Rotopax fuel containers that I was going to use for the Trans Taiga Road last year (but this ride never happened), so I was good on fuel for the road. I looked up the weather and saw that I should expect 30s and 40s the entire time I was there, so I packed my warmer sleeping bag, and a set of thermal underwear. I was also doing this trip on a very tight budget, so I packed all the food I was going to eat during the trip with me. Between cold weather gear, my camping gear, and all of the food, my boxes were stuffed. I HATE strapping gear to my bike, so I decided to leave my heated gear home to save space, plus the forecast wasn’t calling for any rain during the trip… My bike packed and ready to go! I had planned to leave Tuesday and be back Friday. Total trip distance was going to be about 2400 miles, which meant I had to travel an average of 600 miles per day. On most of my other trips, I usually average around 500-600 miles per day, so this sounded like a very doable plan. Leaving mid-September meant the possibility for some cold weather, but I wouldn’t have to deal with the black flies and mosquitoes! Day one coming up!