Yes we made it back. Good trip. Still trying to write out the story and get pictures and movies sorted. Will post when ready. Some key points:
- Hydro-Quebec moved the guarded gate back from the JBR/Ave de Groselliers intersection, back over the crest of the hill. What I said before still applies. No driving around the complex yourself.
- The Rupert, Eastmain, Opinaca rivers all had much more volume flowing compared to when I went two years ago. At the Rupert, we drove to the Rupert campsite and I'm certain the water level upriver from the rapids was at LEAST a foot higher than 2 years ago. I still have to compare the pictures. At the rapids themselves, to put it in to gearhead/racing terms, it's as if someone had cranked up the boost, to hell with saving the engine, and planted the gas pedal through the floor for one last powerful screaming run to the finish, before being shut off for good. I could've easily stood there for an hour watching and listening.
- Hydro Quebec access road to EOL (the road just north of the Eastmain River bridge) You can drive in as far as that 1st intersection you see on that map, but that's it, there's a guard shack there, I guess to protect the work camp at Eastmain 1-A.
- Got a taste of the Trans-Taiga road. Drove to LG-3, went right up to the dam (longest dam in Quebec) but did not know that it was ok to cross. Drove to km110 of the TT then headed back to Radisson. Still had 1/4 tank left when we got back, could've gone a little futher but there's nothing of note until km170-ish so there'd've been no point.
- Got to go on a tour after all!!!
Just happened to knock on the door at the interpretation centre in Radisson and the guy there was like "You Mr. Corrigan?" Turns out there was a problem with their voicemail system and they've been trying to contact us. The fixed us up with an english tour following behind a french tour schoolgroup.
That's all I can think of for now, hopefully in a few weeks we'll have the pics and vids up.