To James Bay - looking for another lunatic

Discussion in 'Canada' started by TREE, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. TREE

    TREE Interloper

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    I have a window of opportunity (means no work right now) and am looking at a ride to James Bay ( paved ) and then east on the Brisay road ( gravel ) about 450 miles almost to Labrador. My route would be Nova Scotia to Chibougamau, then up the Northern route ( 400 kms gravel ) to the Matagami road (paved) to Radisson and Chisasibi. Then east on the Taiga highway (gravel). There are 5 (Le Grande river) hydro dams on this road and gas halfway at 2 fishing camps.

    Destination is approx 54 50 N 69 53 W ( another large fish camp with a runway )

    I know this is short notice but I am thinking this may be a good trip to have another bike on. If anyone is interested drop me an email at:

    pmtree@hotmail.com

    I also have a pdf from a magazine about this route on an airhead solo I can email you.

    I will be on my R11RS which has done a few knarly rides already. Looking at leaving next weekend but am flexible.

    cheers. Tree
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  2. Ontario GS

    Ontario GS Budding Adv. Traveler

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    Tree

    Leaving on Sunday July 11th for James Bay (Radisson, PQ) with Bueller and spouses. Heading over to Chibougamau from Peterborough ON and up the Northern Rd. We will play around in Radisson, exploring for a couple of days and then return south to be home for the 18th.

    Your website and stories on the roads less travelled have cost me the purchase of a GS and countless ours of map reading, dreaming and planning. THANKS!!! :thumb

    Will you email the pdf to r1100rt@ontariobusiness.net
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  3. TREE

    TREE Interloper

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    Hi John. Thanks, great to know I helped your slide into poverty . :D
    I will look for you folks ( if I get out of here on time ). The pdf is on its way to you.
    cheers. Tree
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  4. drmacaulay

    drmacaulay letsrun.com

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    Last year my buddy and I got turned back because of fires...


    So we are trying again during the first of July. Feel free to message me for more information.
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  5. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Now is not the time for it. Check the weather reports: way too early in the season.

    Nick
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  6. where2next?

    where2next? Map guy

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    Head south.... nothing in the north will be rideable for weeks yet.
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  7. kelsow

    kelsow Long timer

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    I think Tree has already been there, done that. 07-06-2004, 12:39 AM

    :evil
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  8. macdoc

    macdoc Canuck in Cairns

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    Mind the long stretch with no fuel.
    380 KM and because "ahem" the tendency to wind the speedo up on those long empty stretches then the fuel tends to drain rather alarmingly.

    Have fun...worth doing once.
    Don't miss the turn off that lets you get to the bay - July is good - still long days....we did June which was perfect and not too cold tho who knows this year.
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  9. bwokentoof

    bwokentoof Pollyanna Man

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    That's nuts:evil
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  10. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    There are exceptions to every rule. Not everyone is quite as............................er.................................er...........................................................courageous as you. :rofl

    Nick
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  11. bumper1871

    bumper1871 Been here awhile

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    TREE wrote his post in may 2004.:lol3
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  12. drmacaulay

    drmacaulay letsrun.com

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    I rode the Trans-Lab Highway a few years ago - Brought an extra 5L of gas for the HVGB to Port Simpson? (wrong place..) stretch and obviously needed it. So yes, thanks for the warning.
    Hopefully this year we make it.

    Drew
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  13. Otis357

    Otis357 Dirty Hippie

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    Hey Drew, we chatted briefly online last year about this ride.... We hit the JBH a week or two after you and made it through. Fantastic ride! Kept it around 120km on the way up and on my DR650 with IMS tank and had to flip to reserve 5km short of the gas station. No problem from the station to Radisson. The way home was a little heavier on the throttle :evil and was glad to have an extra 2gal on the back of the bike.

    Heres our ride report - a few tips on what to do and what to avoid.

    Enjoy the trip - ride safe!

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=908607
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  14. TREE

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    Wow, a blast from the past !
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