Awards were given out the other night for outstanding service and Cheryl got one for her video “It Gets Better”. 6 months ago this video was released and has made an impact around the world.
Many officers were commended for their bravery and contributions they all have made to the community. Impressive and I got to hear many great stories that never seem to make the news. Living with Cheryl we both get frustrated with how the media portrays cops and how often the public hear about the bad and ugly. Well…the OIC awards was all about the good and was awesome to be a part of it. Continue reading
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.
Photo: A stop sign written in Cree and French Continue reading
TNE Phase Two
Section Two – Baie Comeau to Chibougamau
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!
Photo by Fabrice Tremblay
Make sure you check out this great website helping you plan your adventure across Canada back road way…Gravel Travel
We missed this road while riding the Cassiar…A great reason to go back!
Name: Telegraph Creek
Location: Northern BC
Distance: 150 km (one way)
Duration: 1 day, we recommend spending a night in the area and making it a two day trip as a minimum
Rating: Class 2
Photo by: Mark Sampson
Not often do Cheryl and I get away without our bikes but when we do we make the best if it. Visiting Cheryl in Ottawa while she continues her training for the IDENT section of the RCMP was great to walk about and see all the sights and sounds of these two Canadian cities.
We live in BC, Canada as many who read this blog know but heading to Ottawa and Old Montreal we both felt like we were in a totally different country. While French is the official second language of Canada, most do not speak it in BC. Having said that Ottawa and especially Old Montreal French dominates everyday chat. Made us feel a little insecure as we both do not speak French.
Such a beautiful part of the world-more pics to come
In Ottawa for the long weekend to see Cheryl!
Cold out, around freezing but sunny. Trying out my new Hippo Hands! More later!
Over 4000 eagles today and I caught this adult able to find some solitude while he ate his salmon breakfast!
‘It Gets Better’: RCMP Video Features LGBT Officers.
Please watch and share…this project was near and dear to Cheryl’s heart and she is in it too! This is a first for the RCMP and we want to show worldwide support.
Even if this video reaches just one KID….that would be amazing!