Road Trip: Day 2 - Matagami to Radisson—done!
Open 24/7, it's run by the same folks who own the JBR, the James Bay Development Corp.
This is the only stop for fuel and food until Radisson, which is still over 240 km away. The X6's trip computer is saying I have 220 in the tank. I could drive slower and see if I could squeeze it out. But what would you do with an X6 and these open roads?
Right. So I fill up the BMW. The only available unleaded is 87 octane (sorry BMW!) And it's only $1.67/L, another personal record.
As you can see from the shot, above left, it has started to pour and I'm just glad I'm not doing this on one of those two-wheeled contraptions.
Km 1,103/Emergency Phones - Just in case the entire satellite system goes down and I can't use my phone, along the JBR are these SOS Phones, right, found beside the Telebec phone huts that run along the entire length of the Road.
Km 1,170 - The rain has stopped. The JBR is clear of any traffic, whatsoever. More lakes, more trees. Ahh, the serenity.
Km 1,240 - The changes to the landscape have been subtle.
The trees are thinning out and getting shorter, and the temperature is certainly lower than in humid Ottawa today. A nice 15C here.
Km 1,328/Radisson - Day Deux is in the books. Jeesh, that wasn't so bad.
I'm still about 110 km from the real James Bya and the Arctic Ocean. So I'll stay here tonight, get up Thursday morning, drive to the Bay and dip my toe and the X6 into the water, then turn around and head back to Matagami for the night.
Here's the scorecard for Day 2/Trip totals:
Drive time: 5 hours, 44 mins/13 hours, 52 mins
Distance km: 629/1,328.9
Fuel consumption L/100 km: 14.7/13.65
Average speed km/h: 113.1/101.5