Every once in awhile I come across a video that just resonates with me…I mean everyone should watch this especially if you are an adventurer. This guy Ed from New Mexico rode 10,000 miles in 26 days and how he sees Canada and Alaska is spot on. I LOVE, absolutely LOVE his attitude, sense of humor….I mean everything about his heart and soul. I really hope everyone who takes a look at this post takes the time to sit back and watch….it is soooooo worth it trust me.
I think this is my most favorite ADV video I have seen so far….and I loved seeing where we went through his eyes….BRAVO!
Get ready for some long remote roads. This last chapter in the TNE route consists of three roads that together cover almost 1500 kilometres.
This chapter of the TNE starts off in the town of Chibougamau.
Chibougamau has a population of 7500 and has most modern amenities available. It is the largest community in northern Quebec and serves as the hub to the smaller towns in the area. Strip malls, motels, garages and the other places one might expect from a town this size all exist. For many folks travelling the TNT this town makes for a logical stopover as once you leave you won’t encounter much civilization for the remainder of the route.
There is a strong Cree Indian presence in town. The name Chibougamau translates to “crossed by a river” in the Cree language. A few early explorers visited this area in the late 17th century but it wasn’t until gold was discovered in the area that white folks began to settle in the area. In 1903 attempts to prospect the area took place but it wasn’t until 1951 that people started to settle in what is now the town site. Along with the mines, logging and sawmill industries have helped to keep this town on the map. Like many northern towns in Quebec, English is rarely spoken.
This chapter of the True North East route could best be described as remote. The route begins in the town of Baie Comeau. This town has a population of approximately 26, 000 and has been around since 1889. A few years later the first saw mill arrived and the town has been functioning as a resource town ever since. Located on the shores of the ST Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Manicouagan River, the town is not without its charm. This is the last place to gear up for a few days of the route and the town offers typical modern amenities for a town of its size.
The route leaving Baie Comeau follows gravel roads for 380 kilometres before you’ll find the next location for fuel. Needless to say you must stock up on fuel prior to leaving this town. This chapter of the TNE is also used for the Trans Canada Adventure Trail (TCAT) and was created by Fabric Tremblay. Fab is local to the area and without his local knowledge it would have been very difficult to have created this chapter of the route, Thanks!
Rating: Primarily Class 2 roads with Class 1 roads making up 30% of the route. 2 short sections of class 4.
Creator: Ted Johnson and Fabrice Tremblay, a special thanks to Steve Vardy
Section One – USA Border to Matane
This chapter could best be called “Welcome to Canada” as the TNE route begins at the border between Canada and the USA. A mix of gravel and paved roads, this section of the TNE will take travellers across the province of New Brunswick and into Quebec.
I find there are three sides to the concept of camping while traveling on a bike.
Stealth Camping: Living temporarily in a location, usually for recreation, in a covert or secretive fashion. Stealth camping is also referred to as wild camping, ninja camping, or free camping. (source: stealthcamping.com)
Tent Camping: Enjoying the great outdoors living in a tent usually in some sort of park or campground
No way tent camping: Enjoy riding a bike from hotel/motel to hotel/motel
Cheryl and I are mostly #2 and #3. Our theory about riding and camping/tenting is this…..If it’s not raining when we stop for the day and we are not too tired, we camp. Our definition of camping can be setting up our tent or staying in a cabin. We usually don’t mind if it rains on us after we get camp set up but truly dislike breaking down wet gear and having to pack it. If it’s raining, we are tired we might still cabin it or hotel/motel.
If we did not ride in the rain we would never ride in BC
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I get a lot of questions from guys and gals about transitioning from a street bike to a DS. I like this article but don’t totally agree about choosing bike size. You can go the route of buying a used smaller, lighter cc bike at first and practice. Or….you can sort of do what we did which was went with a 2010 BMW F650GS and just learned as we rode. What I mean is that buying a bike is not cheap. Most of the Bigger DS bikes are road worthy too. You can ease your way into the back roads with any bike you choose.
If you are not into buying used, smaller or lighter at first, go with something you will like for a while and see how it goes. It worked for us because we both knew in our hearts we wanted to be riding where the pavement ended. Our 650′s did us WELL. I got 60,000KM out of mine and Cheryl rode hers for 48,000KM.
We have bought way too many bikes before we found our passion. I should have listened to an old colleague of mine back in 2008 when he said to me, “Leslie you are sooooo not a street bike or cruiser grrl, you need to get a BMW 650.” If I listen to Scott back then we would have not went out and bought bikes that only liked to road and we would be only on our 4th bikes versus 13th.
Every minute of this video is worth watching….there is a few well deserved F bombs so if any children are in the room you might want to mute this video….all I can say this is scary as anything! I want to do it though!
If you have 10 mins and want to take a ride with us sit back and enjoy this video I made of our BC back country ride this summer…this is only part of the 850 KM we did off road…Between Clinton and Lillooet, BC.
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I am not the best editor but learning….ENJOY your virtual RIDE across some of Beautiful British Columbia. Sure hope those who read this from far away…get an idea!
While at KLIM this summer we met and rode with Ryan and his wife Megan. They are part of Expedition Overland
Their VISION: Expedition Overland is a reality based web series that will follow six overlander’s and their outfitted vehicles through remote places of North America. The desire for exploration and adventure is at the heart of this series. The show will feature our adventures and mishaps as well as our personal insights into our struggles, successes, and experiences. These journey’s will require team work, problem solving, ingenuity, and endurance. The hurdles that are required for such journey’s to be a success will be highlighted through out our series.
We met Redick who is from Vancouver at the Klim Rally and watch how he rides his KTM 990 as if it was a tiny dirt bike in some single track in Oregon….oh, and he is built like a redwood himself. Redick is the one leaning on his bike in the above picture.