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post #1 of 6 Old 06-26-2016, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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James Bay ride July 1 to 4th

Posting this if anyone wanted to tag along. Will be camping along the way. Leaving from Toronto. On the fence if I should get a head start Thursday evening and camp around Burk's Falls

Day 1 - Toronto (or Burk's falls) to Matagami
Day 2 - to Radisson
Day 3/4 - reverse of above.

Probably Day 3 morning, a detour to Chisasibi

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-27-2016, 04:01 PM
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I'm planning to do that trip in a couple of years. Please post about your experiences especially camping/accommodation. Also, let us know if you make it to the looong gas stop without using a backup gas can.

You are doing a lot of riding over 4 days. Is there a time constraint, or is that just how you prefer to do your long rides?

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Sort of interested, James bay has been in my sights for years.
Just too quick of an itinerary for me.
Looking forward to a write up.

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Sadly, looks like this weekend will have to be cancelled as some personal stuff has come up. Bummed as I've wanted to do this ride for a long time now. Maybe I'll be able to string a few days together over Civic long weekend.

As for the long days, that's just how I travel. I enjoy the ability to cover long distances in a short time span, not much for stopping and smelling the roses. There's also the matter of available time. Between working too many hours and other things that take away riding time, I try to see as much as possible in the time I have available.

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Sadly, looks like this weekend will have to be cancelled as some personal stuff has come up. Bummed as I've wanted to do this ride for a long time now. Maybe I'll be able to string a few days together over Civic long weekend.

As for the long days, that's just how I travel. I enjoy the ability to cover long distances in a short time span, not much for stopping and smelling the roses. There's also the matter of available time. Between working too many hours and other things that take away riding time, I try to see as much as possible in the time I have available.
Cool, well I hope you get to do it. Would love to hear about the ride.

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I did it 14 years ago on my '02 Vee. Great trip, and may do it again someday.

I think there is another gas stop available now that wasn't back then. At that time the first stretch of James Bay Rd was 381km with no services/fuel. We carried extra. Heading up, we took it easy trying to maximize fuel, and only the Harley in our group ran out.

Be prepared for cold weather riding. We traveled there in mid August and one morning was 6 C. Also go prepared for blackflies. Never have seen as many at one time.

We took 5 days, but stayed in hotels/motels. Have to make reservations in Radisson well in advance if you plan to stay in the hotel there . We did 2 days to Radisson, then an easier day in the middle to go out to Chisasibi on James Bay coast. No point in going that far and not going to James Bay

The trip to Chisasibi in my opinion was the highlight, and not to be missed. Fantastic road with beautiful sweeping curves best experienced at 150-160 kph, or so I'm told Then there is a short stretch of gravel to get to the actual coast.

The 4 of us also had a personal tour of the hydro dams/installations, so our middle day was more relaxed and did only about 260km.

Another 2 days home. On the James Bay Rd portion, no traffic, no police, and fairly good road made for a very quick pace and even I ran out of fuel just short of the service centre.

In 5 days we covered about 3850km from Toronto and stayed off major highways whenever possible.

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