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: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.
1,490 dirt roads
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")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.
When i was getting fuel in Nemanska a Cree couple showed me on my map a route that left the NR and went North and then West and came out further up the JBR. It was about 120 miles of good gravel road. I had noticed these winter hunting camps and asked them if it would be ok if I stayed in one. They said "yes who would care". Their uncles family had one on this route and they showed me where abouts it was. I found it late in the day just before the sky opened up. Good thing as it rained and the wind howled all night. I had set up my hammock inside one of the shelters and was nice and dry, although I did spend the night expecting angry indians to burst through the door at any moment. The feeling of history and culture was very powerful. I stayed on the grounds of two other bush villages. I would hide the bike and leave no signs that I was there and be gone at first light.There was no sign saying, "Bienvenue Á 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!
KZDONYou'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.
...and the heated vest is dead, so the new Tourmaster heated jacket (liking the idea of warmer arms and a high collar) is on the way along with a Fuzeblock FZ1.Heated gear is a wonderful thing.
It's been the case over the past several years that the only time I can get away is when the frost is on it's way, so I've been inventorying my gear to ensure everything that plugs in is ready.