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12 days, 4 regions, 893miles, in Quebec.

Region 4, Mauricie: Parent.        -       Region 1, Lac St-Jean

September 17, 2006

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Yesterday we figured that, since we were a little bit ahead of schedule (What ever that means...), we could take the long way home and ride the Bazin River trail back to camp. This morning, we have second thoughts. The sky is covered with dark, threatening clouds... While we might be crazy, we're still not totally nuts, and so we decide to take the quickest way back.Expecting A LOT of rain...


Just as we leave Parent behind, tiny drops start pearling up on our goggles.

On the other hand, the scenery is still very nice despite the gray.
Looks like perfect moose habitat to me. We still have to see one, yet...YouHou, Moose, where are you?


Fall colors. It gets harder to really appreciate the surrounding beauty, the mist we had earlier has changed to steady rain...


As the hours pass, the temperature drops steadily. The rain slowly but surely seeps into our clothes.


Yeah ! Euhh! Let me think about it...
Yeah ! Soon as I think of something positive, I'll write it!
Bof... 125 miles in the rain...
Bof... No comments!


We make good progress towards camp, despite the elements, 'cause we know that once we get there, we'll be out of the rain with a nice wood stove to warm us up and dry our stuff. We'll be cozy tonight, that's our motivation.

The whole ride back to camp could have been done on the road but, that would have meant travelling a lot more miles, in the rain, uselessly (or so I thought...). After checking out the maps and the GPS, Marc decides to follow a tiny forest road that seems to lead exactly towards the camp.

As a matter of fact, the "road" is so small, we ride right by it... twice... before we actually see it...Ridiculously small, the road...

France: "C'mon Honey, that can't be it!"

Marc: "Well,... according to my looks like it..."

Another GPS and maps session (DId I mention all this is taking place in the pourring rain??). To make things easier, my maps don't even show the same thing.

Marc: "Yep, no mistake possible, it's here!"

France: "Grrmmmumbellingmmm..."

It's 1:00 p.m. It's raining buckets. It's cold. We're soaked to the bones. Camp is straight ahead, 30 miles. Let's go!Small "road"


We slowly get closer. Very slowly. The ridiculously small road turned into a trail, that keeps getting smaller and smaller, until it turns into a ridiculously small trail, that keeps getting tighter...

Until it's simply impossible to go any further...It's 4:00 p.m. According to the GPS, we're 15 miles away from home... But the trail that would bring us there is no more. We can see that there once was a trail here but, the growth of the vegetation made it impassable...

Marc: "Nahh! It does'nt go any further..."Sh....t !!!


We came across many other small trails but, God knows where they go. We try a few of them, but they all end up in dead ends. Time is flying. It's now 7:00 p.m. We'll be in total darkness in just a few minutes. Gotta face it, we'll have to spend one more night in the the rain...

There's also something else to consider. Until now, we had enough gas to turn around and take the road back to camp, stopping at "relais 22" to fill up on the way. If we push any further this way, we'll have to find a way to make it back without turning around. It's the point of no return.

We find a spot that is a little more open, close to a lake....All right, let's call it a day!

We pitch the pop-up tent, that becomes the kitchen and the living room for the night. It will also act as our map studying room and our laundry drying room, not to forget meeting room where important decision will be made...Far from being as comfortable as a home, it's still nice to have a place (no matter how small) out of the rain.

Having a bonfire is impossible, come, Darling, lets cuddle up...

Our spot (early next morning)


Once inside the tent, it's still relatively dry and comfortable.

Marc:" D'you still love me...despite...?"

France:" Despite what?"

Marc:"'s kinda of a little bit my fault if we're stuck here instead of being warm and cozy at the camp..."

France:" Of course I love you Honey, good night!"

Marc:" Good night..."

Marc:" Honey..."

France:" Humm..."

Marc:" It's really pourring out there, is'nt it?"

France:" Yeah, it's pourring really bad..."

Marc:" G'night!"

France:" G'night..."

Les trucs et conseils

Ever tried to pitch a tent in the dark on a rainy day? That's when you really appreciate having a "led head- lamp".

Perfect for all those "2 hands jobs" (at home or on the trail), it's light weight, tough, and it uses very little power so batteries are likely to last about a year!

Once you've tried it, you'll never want to camping without one again.


And then there was light...

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50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
plenty of this Just plain rain...

like a shower...

without the warm water!


Les sentiers trails.







Just bring a machetta !


Les statistiques stats

  • Dry miles: 1
  • Miles in the rain: 124
  • Miles to date: 856
  • Food: $0
  • Fuel: $53.26 (precisely)
  • Misc: (rubber gloves,plastic bags, etc): $27.00
  • Nb of cars encountered on road: 0
  • Nb of quads encountered on trail: 0
  • Nb of moose encountered anywhere: 0
    (raining cats and dogs)
  • Nb of cats and dogs encountered: 0


Les Oscars-The Oscars:
...And the winner is... The award for most stupid decision goes to:


Marc, for saying: "Let's go this way, it looks shorter..."



Déjeuner/ Breakfast: Toasts and coffee.

Dîner / Lunch: Cold cuts salad + cold rain cocktail.

Souper / Dinner: Klick + cheeze + chips (Are we almost there yet?)




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