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post #1 of 17 Old 09-02-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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James Bay Road/North Road/Taiga Road

Amazing adventure.
I may try to put together a RR but no promises.
Had some awesome adventures and some not so awesome adventures.
5 bears,heard off caribu, two wolves, a 50mph get off, 4 stopped falls, pouring rain, blazing sun, freezing cold, and thousands of miles of wildreness and nobody but me.
12 nights and only two at a paid lodge. The rest all stealth camping in indian winter hunting sites.
3,211 miles
1,490 dirt roads
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-02-2011, 09:27 PM
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I'm planning to do the James Bay Rd next year to Radisson and Chisasibi. What month did you do your trip? That is the only delema that I am having, which month to go!
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-02-2011, 09:53 PM
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Amazing adventure.
I may try to put together a RR but no promises.
Had some awesome adventures and some not so awesome adventures.
5 bears,heard off caribu, two wolves, a 50mph get off, 4 stopped falls, pouring rain, blazing sun, freezing cold, and thousands of miles of wildreness and nobody but me.
12 nights and only two at a paid lodge. The rest all stealth camping in indian winter hunting sites.
3,211 miles
1,490 dirt roads
M.C., you are absolutely stellar!!! I know what it takes to do this, and you BY FAR out did my trip!!! Your first photo, and your last photo bring back fond memories for me; just one hell of a long strip of gravel through "no-man's-land". (Although the Cree did adapt to it very well, until the white man messed it up.). Your other photos....well heck, I do that stuff all the time! :wink1:

I hope that you can post more photos for other riders to view. Keep in mind, that MANY riders will not have the opportunity to do what you have done, (and many won't attempt it either!). Posting the photos lets us live the trip with you.

Thanks for the first post in what I hope will become many!

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I left on 8/16 and returned 8/30. The bugs are not so bad and it's not to cold yet. As you know, weather can make or break a trip.

By the way, the JBR is a really fun road. Long straights followed by curves that go for a couple of miles, and no traffic. You could do 90+mph for hours at a time, and lean angles in corners that just go on and on and on.......
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Thank you Barry. A compliment coming from the legendary Black Lab makes it feel like even more of an accomplishment. I owe you, this site and ADV for my inspiration, and much information, and will try to post of an RR.

I will tell you that it was quite an adventure. I almost turned back about 200 miles from the end, but the dam V would have nothing to do with turning around. All the roads were different, and had their own challenges, but the Taiga Road was the most difficult.

Being alone that far out (I saw two Hydro Qubec trucks in 850 miles) was intense, amazing, scary, fun, excillarting, and just awesome.

Every moment of every day was living on the edge. The constant feeling of the tires fighting for trackion is addicting. Patching up the bike after "events" was a challange but you know...........you pick yourself up, check for injuries, apologise to the bike cause it's always your fault, and do what you have to do to get it picked up (dig a trench under the wheels, push the bike in so there is less lean angle, and then when its on its feet, put rocks in front of the back tire so I could walk it out of the soft sand) and then go about fixing the broken parts. I will say........the Strom is a amazing machine. It goes, and goes, and goes.

I do feel like I accomplished something. It does not matter much in the grand scheme of things, or probably to anyone else really, but to me and at this moment in my life, it was important.

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QUOTE=Black Lab;727643]M.C., you are absolutely stellar!!! I know what it takes to do this, and you BY FAR out did my trip!!! Your first photo, and your last photo bring back fond memories for me; just one hell of a long strip of gravel through "no-man's-land". (Although the Cree did adapt to it very well, until the white man messed it up.). Your other photos....well heck, I do that stuff all the time! :wink1:

I hope that you can post more photos for other riders to view. Keep in mind, that MANY riders will not have the opportunity to do what you have done, (and many won't attempt it either!). Posting the photos lets us live the trip with you.

Thanks for the first post in what I hope will become many!

B.L.[/QUOTE]
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There was no sign saying, "Bienvenue Chartierville", was there?!!!

It looks like you got to spend some time in a Cree bush village. Where was that?

I agree that mid-August is the time to make the trip. Although the days can get hot, the nights are cool. The temperature change tends to keep the bugs away. Scott and I had NO problems with insects attacking us.

I Do Wish I Saw The Herd Of Caribou Though!

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You've made me eager to get on the road. I'm leaving September 23rd-ish up the JBR to Radisson with a friend who'll be on his R1200GS. This is as much a must-do for me because of the roads as it is because I just haven't had any riding time this year, between work and family.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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post #8 of 17 Old 09-04-2011, 07:08 AM
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I am impressed with your adventure! I did the JBR to Radisson solo in 2009 and I'll tell you I can't even image the Taiga solo. It takes a big set to take that road on. Did you take extra fuel and if so did you need to use it?
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I did it back in 2004, although stuck to the paved roads other than out to Chisasibi. Our group included a Harley, a FZ1, a ZR750 and me on my '02 VEE.

If you aren't camping, make sure to reserve rooms ahead, and take extra fuel if you can't do 375km on a tank. We went the first week of August, and even then one morning there was frost and I believe -6c one morning, so take lots of cold weather gear even if it's warm at home.

We didn't see much wild life at all. In fact I see more close to home many days. The black flies were thick and hungry though.

It's a great trip and would like to do it again some day. Here are some scanned pics.










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and take extra fuel if you can't do 375km on a tank. We went the first week of August, and even then one morning there was frost and I believe -6c one morning, so take lots of cold weather gear even if it's warm at home.
A new service station was built last year to add to what has been present. There is no need for extra fuel on the JBR anymore, (at least for "Long Range Bikes")

If you plan to ride the Route du Nord, or the Tiaga Road, I would recommend taking extra fuel with you.

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