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Posted: 09/03/08 02:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sunday, August 10
Most everything is ready for our trip. Lynn and I are reading the paper, then we'll finish some grocery shopping. "This is horrible!" she says "says here a man up in Manitoba riding on a Greyhound Bus at night attacked a fellow passenger who was sleeping in the next seat. He cut his head off, waved it around, and as the other passengers screamed, he started eating his victim! I thought we only had crazies like that here in the US!" youtube:greyhound murder
"That would be the Windigo" I said. "Cree legend. If the Windigo gets you, you can't control it. The craving for human flesh. There's even a name for it...Windigo Psychosis." wiki[emoticon]indigo psychosis
"Well, that's just gross" she said. "By the way, what was the name of the place, as far north as you can drive in Ontario?"
"Funny you should ask," I replied. "we'll be heading up Crown Highway 599 to Pickle Lake, where the pavement ends. From there it's about 160 miles up the North Ontario Resource Trail. Can't go further than that, at least not until the ice roads freeze up. Not much there, as far as I can tell. It's the north shore of Windigo Lake."
google map: windigo lake
"Some vacation spot," she said [emoticon] "Is this a truck camper trip, or a B movie?"

...to be continued.

* This post was edited 09/05/08 02:59pm by rhode trip *


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Posted: 09/03/08 04:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How long do you think it will take them to make a movie out of that sickening event.


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And thus comes another interesting and fascinating trip from the Rhodetrips that I am going to love to read, but am sure glad I'm not on. Have a great one guys, we're all looking forward to the trip post.
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We had planned to leave on Monday, the 11th, the V-J day holiday here in Rhode Island, but the more I thought about, the less I liked the looks of my rear tires. They were the Bridgestone Revo AT's in my signature, and once I checked, I realized I had about 50,000 miles on them...so no complaints there...but there wasn't much tread left, and there aren't too many discount tire outlets up there in North Canuckistan, so I might as well replace them here. I had to wait a few days last time to get the Revos, so I opted for Toyo Open Country AT's instead. Took all day to get them installed, but it was worth it. So finally, Tuesday about noon time, we hit the road.
We drove up to Gifford Woods SP in Vermont, a nice, small campground built by the CCC in the 30's, so the spaces were tight.
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The campground is located slightly east of what they call "Maine Junction" which is where the Appalachian Trail and Vermont's Long Trail part company, with the AT heading for New Hampshire and Maine, and the Long Trail continuing north to Canada. The trail practically ran right through our campsite.
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We spent the next day hiking out to Pico peak, a break after all the preparations over the last week.
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+43° 38' 22.20", -72° 50' 9.96"
As we were finishing our hike, it started raining, and kept up most of the evening. Just about dark, I hear a crack, and then a crash, and go outside to check. A single branch had fallen, not big at all, and hit my bike just so...snapping off the thumb shifter. @#%&!!!
The next morning we left the campground about 10:15 and headed into Rutland, where I found a bike shop to replace the shifter. We crossed Lake Champlain at Crown Point
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and then spent some time exploring the old English fort, from the French and Indian wars
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Now in New York, we headed north on Rt. 9. We came to the bridge over the Ausable River
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Ausable Chasm...It's really quite touristy, but Lynn insisted she wanted to take the walk through. It was about 4:15, and the woman at the gate told us they close at 5:00. Plus, we needed to walk about 1/4 mile to the gift shop to get our tickets, and then back to enter. Plus, it's $16.00 per person.
So after they mugged me for the $32 bucks, we headed off speed walking towards the chasm. You know what...I'm almost willing to admit it was worth it. Beautiful place, here's a few photos:
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If you are going to the Northeast Truck Camper Rally in a couple of weeks, I think it's in the general area... and if you've never been there, like us, you will enjoy it.
Sure enough, though, shortly after 5:00 the Hitler Youth tracked us down and escorted us out. (just kidding, they were fine... we had hoped to hide in the woods so we could take our time, but they were too sharp for us.)
Banished from Ausable canyon, we headed north and found a campsite at Cumberland Bay State Park...they were kind of crowded, and we ended up a little close to the road for my taste.
+44° 43' 29.64", -73° 25' 20.28"
The next morning, Friday, the 15th, we left the campground about 9:30 and headed for Canada. We followed an Airstream from Quebec through the border crossing
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Where a young Asian girl, obviously trained by the Spanish Inquisition proceeded to grill us at length. She wanted the truck registration, "how long have you owned it?" "what have you got with you?" "any gifts for Canadians?" etc, etc. She was nice, but very diligent... we usually just breeze through.
From there is was north through Montreal
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Traffic was very heavy on 15 Nord, and confusing with all the construction, but eventually we made it through the city. We continued north towards La Verendrye Reserve Faunique, where we had spent a night last year. This time we were earlier arriving, and decided to drive into the campground at Lac Savary. It was 14 km of fairly rough road to get there, but was a nice spot. We had a pretty open campsite all to ourselves. +46° 45' 24.84", -76° 24' 2.16"
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Lac Savary was very peaceful looking, and quiet.
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It was so calm, it was hard to tell where the sky ended and the water began...
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* This post was last edited 09/05/08 12:44pm by rhode trip *   View edit history

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Posted: 09/04/08 01:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rhode:

Nice intro!

Your 1st report is now in TR [emoticon]

BTW: roughly when will you return? 1 month? 2 months?

Following along as always...

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Posted: 09/04/08 05:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you take the small tag along trailer with the extra gasoline again this time? You two have great adventures and I always plot it out on Delorme maps so we can follow along.

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Saturday, 8/16
We packed up and drove the 14 km out from Lac Savary
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..through some great scenery. The road had a few steep spots and some good size washboard.
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We continued north on QC117, and stopped at the SEPAQ ranger station to fill up with potable water. This is the same route we took to the James Bay Road last year, detailed here:The End of the Road When I looked at our trips on the map, I realized between Newfoundland and the Trans-Labrador Hwy in 2006, and James Bay in 2007, we'd travelled quite a bit of Eastern Canada by the farthest north possible, so I started planning a route across Northern Ontario that would continue the theme.
We stopped again at Chutes du Lac Roland, a very pretty spot:
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I photographed this same spot last year in the rain:
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There are some short trails here through some dense forest, and it was a chance to stretch the legs.
We continued north to Val 'd Or, and then left last years route and headed northwest on QC111. We followed this through the village of La Sarre, and then started looking for our route west, a logging road. There was no sign, but only a couple of choices, so we guessed and got lucky. We came to a couple of houses, and a small sign saying St-Lambert. It was a good gravel road. We headed west, entering Ontario, and the road grew more hilly, short steep ups and downs, but relatively straight all the way. I figured about 75 miles would bring us to the town of Cochrane. About 30 miles in, the road surface really deteriorated, getting to be softer and softer sand. I had to put it into 4 wheel drive, and was really starting to plow. There were ruts about a foot deep, and the truck was working hard. I was afraid I was going to have to stop and air down. It was a series of short steep churns going up, and then easier back down, like Charlestown beach only with more dunes. I didn't stop for a photo, just kept going "c'mon baby!", and after a few miles the road went back to good gravel. "Phew!" We finally reached the crossroads with Ontario route 662, and looking back, the road looks pretty good:
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Evening was coming on, so we started looking for a place to camp. We found a beautiful spot, a couple of miles north of the crossroads,
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+49° 6' 38.52", -80° 36' 36.00"
Our view for the evening:
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We were about 100 feet in off the road, but only one pickup towing a boat went by, and then it was quiet all night.

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We left the next morning at about 8:30 and drove into Cochrane, Ont, the hometown of hockey great and donut impresario Tim Horton. Heck, they've even got the Tim Horton Museum there, which we neglected to visit, but we did buy a couple of donuts and coffees. We then headed down to the train station to check it out. The plan was to drive north to the final whistlestop on a road at Fraserdale, and catch the train there north to Moosonee up just shy of James Bay. The train was just leaving as we arrived...it only runs once a day (and not on Saturday!) We got diesel and met half a dozen local guys with Dodge trucks who were admiring the Buckstop bumper...the more I looked around, I realized that almost every truck I saw was a Dodge. We then headed west on Hwy 11, the Trans-Canada highway, and then north on Ontario 634 to Fraserdale, a combination of tarmac in some sections and good gravel in others:
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Once we got to Fraserdale, though, it looked a little sketchy, and I didn't feel comfortable with the idea of leaving the camper there for 2 days. There wasn't really anywhere off the road to park it, and it would be obvious we were gone for a while. So we drove back into Cochrane, and bought tickets there. They said we could park, and camp, right across the tracks from the station, so that's what we did.
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+49° 3' 33.84", -81° 1' 23.52"
We walked around a bit, looked down the tracks:
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and then cooked some steaks on the grill. Rained hard that night.
The next morning we boarded the train at 9:00 sharp
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and then headed north into the wilderness at what only can be described as a snail's pace. We finally arrived in Moosonee at 3:15 that afternoon. The trains arrival is a big event:
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Moosonee was founded in 1904 by the Revillon brothers to compete in the fur trade with the Hudson Bay Company, a company today known as the cosmetics giant Revlon. We headed down to river, and made arrangements for a boat to take us across:
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On an island in the middle of the river is Tidewater Provincial Park,
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our destination for the evening.
We set up camp in a protected spot because the wind was very strong...
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+51° 15' 43.92", -80° 37' 48.72"
We watched the sun set over the river...
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The next morning we had a visitor at the campsite as we packed up our gear
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and then we went for a hike along the shoreline:
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It was amazing. We found a few small fossils last year, much farther north on James Bay, but here they were everywhere along the shore. This is just a few:
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We finally turned back and went to the park's dock, where we flagged down a boatman, who for $5 each took us around the island and across to the historic town of Moose Factory
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We walked around the town, which probably has a couple thousand residents, and checked out the sights. Moose Factory is the oldest English speaking community in Ontario, founded as a fur trading post by the Hudson Bay Company in 1673. It's Ontario's only salt water port.
Here's the old church:
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said to have beautiful beaded vestments and decorations created by generations of Cree women...but they won't let you in to see.
There are old buildings from long ago
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that have survived many cold winters, and an old graveyard of people who didn't:
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gone on to their reward, and a peaceful view of the river...
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Our train was due to leave, so we hired a boat to take us back to Moosonee...$10. per person for the longer trip.
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We walked back to the train station through downtown Moosonee
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It was a long, slow ride back to Cochrane
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and at 11:55 that night, we made it back to the camper in the train station lot, were we slept soundly another night. I was relieved to see my truck was fine, I had been joking that with all the local guys driving Dodges, I'd come back to find it stripped clean and up on blocks!!

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Nice report, as always.


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Thank you for taking me along on you'all journey. Is your Northern Lite taking care of your camping, home away from home, needs OK ?


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