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post #1 of 23 Old 08-26-2009, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Trans Tiaga,Route Du Nord,Trans Lab-The Big Three

Been on and off bikes most of my life.All kinds,shapes,and sizes.Everything from Harleys to Pentons.But always just basically local riding for the most part untill the last 5 years or so. Raising kids,job,Blah,Blah,Blah.I've backpacked,camped,hiked,and traveled my whole life,but not on a motorcycle.Well,no more than an overnighter or two.In the last few years I've been stretching further and further on a bike.A week here,a week there.Kay and I took a nine day trip a couple years ago and loved every mile.I also belong to ADV and read those wild ride reports of adventure in far off lands.The seed was planted.So I started lookin for an adventure.Something that was doable and realistic.Then I found a ride report about the James Bay Road going to Radisson,Quebec.So upon lookin up the website there was the Trans Tiaga,a gravel supply route to Hydro Quebecs Dams.One way in,One way out.Then upon further investigation,another route,The Route Du Nord,also gravel,and yet another,The Trans Lab going to Goose Bay,Labrador.The big Three.Remote,gravel,a few outpost,and miles of tire eating surface.I felt that I needed to "Earn" the Adventure rider status.Not just another keyboard cowboy on a forum.
Now that the decision was made to make the ride,I had to chose which bike. A 2001 955i Tiger



or a 2005 KLR


You can't shake hands with a fist
If you can read this,thank a teacher.Since it's in English,
thank a soldier.
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05 KLR The faster Red one
01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-26-2009, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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The KLR won out. Mainly due to the simplicity of the machine.Easy to work on,great milage,and more importantly,easier to pick up.
I spent the winter replacing all of the swing arm bushings,wheel bearings,cables,new tires,and general maint..A friend of mine that I ride with regularly with a DR 650 took the plunge for the Trans Tiaga,but after that was gonna head south to visit family in Toronto.The rest would be solo.Departure date was set for July 24th.and I watched the days crawl by.

Finally,the 24th and we are off!!!!

The Mascots


The bikes loaded





And Rollin


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If you can read this,thank a teacher.Since it's in English,
thank a soldier.
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01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
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Day one we rolled thru Md and Pa leisurely on 2 lane secondary roads. Stopped in Grantsville Md. to check out this piece of history



Got a little size to it



That's John on top





Meandered up into Pa and camped,stealth camped,which was done the entire trip.

Trail into our campsite


Just an old grown up road





Had an evening rain late and was good to sleep by. First thing next morning the scenery was spectacular





Found some gravel running in our general direction,North


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If you can read this,thank a teacher.Since it's in English,
thank a soldier.
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01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
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Picked up some single lane roads up into NY



It was right on the side of a mountain above a nice lookin trout stream.Not much guard rail in spots



stealth camp NY





Next morning took us into Canada where we crossed just west of Ottowa





Not many pics here.I was enjoying riding so much I didn't think to take pics

Towards evening I turned down a dirt road and ran into a farmer.I asked him if he knew where we could camp and he offered us his field.It would be like this all the way thru Quebec.Nothing but friendly people everywhere going out of there way to help or just have a conversation.

1st camp in Canada








I will continue tomorrow with


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01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
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post #5 of 23 Old 08-28-2009, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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The James Bay Road is a blacktop road running all the way to Radisson thru some remote country.There are large hydro dams in Northern Quebec,and that is what most towns are there to support.You have to check in before driving so they know whos out there.

Link to site
http://www.jamesbayroad.com/jbr/index.html



It is a very scenic road full of wild life. We saw Wolves and Moose on this road. The Moose were literally on the road.Didn't get any pics of wildlife.By the time I would get stopped and grab the camera they were off into the bush.
Couple pics from the James Bay Road


Rupert Rapids
This does not do them justice



Link
http://rupertriver.com/

There are several camping sites along this road which made it enjoyable. ( Primitive ) Tent space only with a "Moderen" pit toilet.

This is where we left the James Bay Road to travel the Trans Tiaga



Link to the Trans Tiaga site
http://jamesbayroad.com/ttr/index.html

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If you can read this,thank a teacher.Since it's in English,
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01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
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The Trans Tiaga was my main goal for the whole trip. It would be some of the most remote and toughest traveling we did. The road surface was constantly changing from loose to looser.It was like riding in 2 to 3 inches of sand with marbles mixed in on a gym floor.We would ride between 35 and 55 mph to keep the bikes from wallering all over the place

Road Surface



Airing down



Pic of power lines coming from the far end and remoteness
One of the many diversion dams you would see


The terrain was always changing





The mascot was happy



If you got off to the side of the road,you were gonna have your hands full of deep gravel


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If you can read this,thank a teacher.Since it's in English,
thank a soldier.
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05 KLR The faster Red one
01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
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post #7 of 23 Old 08-28-2009, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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The Tiaga





We saw several Wolves cross the road here.But gettin a pic was impossible.They would disappear into the roadside bush in a blink of an eye



Random photos













Old Forest fire reclaiming itself




More Tomorrow

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If you can read this,thank a teacher.Since it's in English,
thank a soldier.
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05 KLR The faster Red one
01 Triumph Tiger Sold
08 KTM 990 Adv S
08 Yamaha 250 WR Sold
09 KTM 530 EXC
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post #8 of 23 Old 08-29-2009, 06:59 PM
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very nice great pics.

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Nice!




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post #10 of 23 Old 09-10-2009, 04:44 PM
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nice report, is there anymore coming?
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