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Offline Kiwi_Roy

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Arctic circle adventure.
« on: December 10, 2022, 11:29:44 PM »
A while back someone floated the idea of a trip to the Arctic Circle on an Eldorado or Ambasador.
This idea really appealed to me but I've lost track of the original posting
If it was you please re-post the idea
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Re: Arctic circle adventure.
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2022, 01:00:09 AM »
You talking about Paul Vanderhoof? I helped him service his V7 when he returned from Prudhoe  bay.
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Re: Arctic circle adventure.
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2022, 06:22:04 AM »
It was probably Nick949 here

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Re: Arctic circle adventure.
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2022, 12:46:33 AM »
It was probably Nick949 here

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No, it wasn't Nick 949, any further guesses?
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Re: Arctic circle adventure.
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2022, 12:46:33 AM »

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Re: Arctic circle adventure.
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2022, 04:34:55 AM »
Almost 40 yrs ago I tried to reach the tree line in artic Quebec on a '58 BMW R50.  I was riding solo, a couple of days in, in heavy rain, when I stopped in a backwoods cafe for a bite and to get out of the rain.  I lingered over wine, not wanting to get back in the rain.  When I went back out it was cold, getting dark, and the bike was impossible to kick-start.  I probably flooded it, and the wet wires didn't help. 

Thank G-d a Canadian farmer stopped to talk.  He didn't speak English, but I used my best high school French, and he helped push start it.  Once running, I turned around and headed south.  I was young, camping w just a pup-tent and cheap gear, no spares and little experience.  That farmer was a life-saver.

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Re: Arctic circle adventure.
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2022, 07:55:58 AM »
Almost 40 yrs ago I tried to reach the tree line in artic Quebec on a '58 BMW R50.  I was riding solo, a couple of days in, in heavy rain, when I stopped in a backwoods cafe for a bite and to get out of the rain.  I lingered over wine, not wanting to get back in the rain.  When I went back out it was cold, getting dark, and the bike was impossible to kick-start.  I probably flooded it, and the wet wires didn't help. 

Thank G-d a Canadian farmer stopped to talk.  He didn't speak English, but I used my best high school French, and he helped push start it.  Once running, I turned around and headed south.  I was young, camping w just a pup-tent and cheap gear, no spares and little experience.  That farmer was a life-saver.

Joe

Hi Joe,
    Your info at the time misled you. There are NO roads that get to beyond the tree line in Quebec. The furthest points north you can ride are Longue Point and Radisson on the James Bay coast - or go inland on the Trans-Taiga Road. Even there, you're still in the world of little trees.
https://goo.gl/maps/czKmpcp5MVqpMPTU6
Long may it stay that way.

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Re: Arctic circle adventure.
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2022, 03:34:37 PM »
Hi Joe,
    Your info at the time misled you. There are NO roads that get to beyond the tree line in Quebec. The furthest points north you can ride are Longue Point and Radisson on the James Bay coast - or go inland on the Trans-Taiga Road. Even there, you're still in the world of little trees.
https://goo.gl/maps/czKmpcp5MVqpMPTU6
Long may it stay that way.

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Nick,

I was young, and this was pre-internet, so I had no info.  Some highway maps, a topo map and a compass, and that's it.  I'm glad I failed while I still had the chance to recover.  It was a crazy time.  Today's riders wouldn't understand.

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Re: Arctic circle adventure.
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2022, 06:42:52 PM »
  Well , in 1969 I made it to Matagami on my 1969 BSA Lightening ! Seemed at the time anything north of
Amos was gravel road , the bike handled rather well on those roads , but holy crap , if you needed to stop
and relieve yourself , you were dragged into the woods by most aggressive mosquito hoards on earth !
And yes the forest was very low , standing on the pegs , you felt you could see forever ! And I have absolutely
no desire to return :) . Peter

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Re: Arctic circle adventure.
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2022, 06:02:42 PM »
Nick,

I was young, and this was pre-internet, so I had no info.  Some highway maps, a topo map and a compass, and that's it.  I'm glad I failed while I still had the chance to recover.  It was a crazy time.  Today's riders wouldn't understand.

Joe

Joe.. you are now officially my hero. Attaboy!  :smiley:
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