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September 2005 Travelogue

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The Trans-Taiga Road runs 666 km east from km 544 of the James Bay Road. It's gravel for the entire length, there are no towns on it and very little traffic. This is an extremely remote road, and you should only travel it in a reliable vehicle in good condition with good tires. I carried two spares just in case. For more information on this road, click here. Being the remote road addict that I am, I have always wanted to drive to the end of this road and back. Yeah, I suppose I'm nuts, but that's what I like doing!
At km 59 is the "Sakami overflow structure". This whole area has been developed for hydro-electric generation. To do so, several rivers have been diverted northward to the La Grande river where all the generating stations are located. This is where these diverted waters flow through on their way northward. There's a huge rapids in the distance.
This is what the first 100 km of the road look like (this is at km 80).
Occasionally you will cross the giant transmission lines for the electricity on its way south (km 110).

A nice little pond by the side of the road.

I really like to stop from time to time and get out and look around. Turn off the car engine and listen to the silence! The silence is one of the main attractions up here for me.

Down south we simply do not realize just how noisy it is, even when we "get away" to what we think are "quiet" places. But there's always some background noise. And until you come up to a place like this, where there is no background noise except the wind in the leaves and the odd bird sound,  you don't realize how noisy even the "quiet" places are down south!

This shows the road surface. Yeah, I'm sure you've seen a gravel road before, and have driven on them! But on the Trans-Taiga Road it's the larger stones scattered about on the surface of the road that can blow your tires. Some are sharp, some are large. You need to keep a lookout for them as you're driving along. These sometimes necessitate driving at 60-70 km/h.
Around km 170 the road runs along on top of an esker. An esker is the gravel bed of a river that ran along inside a glacier during the ice age.

Nice scenery along here...

The steep side of the esker.
The road is narrower and more winding along the esker.
Still running along atop the esker, there was a lot of this bright green moss covering the open gravel areas.
Closeup view of the moss.
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