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post #1 of 8 Old 08-01-2008, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Can any of my neighbors up nord tell me anything about, Rout De La Baie-James? I am thinking about riding from where I live on Mount Desert Island, Maine to Fort George on James Bay. This location is West of La Grande Riviere and Radisson. It is about 810 miles from MDI to Matagami and another 400 miles from Matagami to Fort George.

I am interested in any information anyone may have, (particularly fuel!), on Rout De La Baie-James and this area of your country.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-01-2008, 07:26 PM
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An excellent site for info on the James Bay Road and area.

http://jamesbayroad.com/

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A small group of guys on a local Toronto area forum just left this morning for a ride up there. They should be back in a few days.

http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforum...ad.php?t=55047

At the beginning there is a pointer to a few resources, and I suspect there wil be some interesting comments next week after they return.

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I did it in '04. Great ride as long as you are prepared for long stretches with nothing but trees, rock and rivers. Link provided above is a great resource.

I went with a group, 3 others. We took it easy going the first leg up to the 381km(238mi) fuel stop, as some of us were unsure of the range of our bikes, me included. I think that was very close to the range of my '02 Vee. Only the Harley ran out, but we packed fuel just in case. Same stretch on the way back we ran a little more spirited, and I ran out of fuel about 10km(6mi) shy of the fuel depot.

Make reservations ahead. There are only a couple choices for hotels. If they are full, there's no 'next town' to get to.

If you go, make sure you do the trip from Radisson to Chisasibi. Probably my favorite road anywhere. Beautiful sweeping curves, little traffic, no surprises and a lot of fun at 100mph! You'll go to Chisasibi if you want to see James Bay anyway. Little traffic goes for the whole route from Matagami up.

I'll try to post some pictures sometime, but that was before I had digital. They'll have to be scanned.

I'm thinking of doing it again, maybe next year. 5th anniversary!

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GREAT INFO!!! Thanks! I guess, from here, the trip has begun.......

Thanks again,

Barry B.

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If you tell Québec that you wish to ride to James Bay, she will send you lots of free information about accomodation, roads, and attractions.

I received the info, and now my plans must change. I hope to ride it next year, so I can read the info over the winter and be prepared for summer '09.

I don't know how you plan to cross Maine, but I used ME-6 and ME-9 last summer, and they were both terrific. The New England gang here is a cordial lot, and a couple of them met me and dined with me and accompanied me half way across Vermont.

Enjoy your ride -- as if you have a choice!

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I did that trip as well in 2002. It is a great ride but you must reserve a room in advance of your trip or you may be out of luck. The fuel stops will be an issue if you ride at an ellevated pace. Make sure you have fresh tires on your bike when you head up. I took up my souped up zx7 up with a few other sport bike guys and we distroyed our tires. Two of the guys had to wait to have tires shipped up from Montreal. I was able to get back to Val Dor where I had to replace my rear tire as well. I think speed may have been a factor. Remember to bring your warm weather clothing as the weather can change pretty quickly. We went up the last week in June and ran into some snow about 200kms out of Raddison. It is a great ride!

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I did that trip as well in 2002. It is a great ride but you must reserve a room in advance of your trip or you may be out of luck. The fuel stops will be an issue if you ride at an ellevated pace. Make sure you have fresh tires on your bike when you head up. I took up my souped up zx7 up with a few other sport bike guys and we distroyed our tires. Two of the guys had to wait to have tires shipped up from Montreal. I was able to get back to Val Dor where I had to replace my rear tire as well. I think speed may have been a factor. Remember to bring your warm weather clothing as the weather can change pretty quickly. We went up the last week in June and ran into some snow about 200kms out of Raddison. It is a great ride!
Thanks for the tips Darryl. All of the posts here help.

Barry B.

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