August 26th, 2005 - 6th of 16 days - in Quebec
Across the Bazin river
The trail between Parent and Fer à Cheval outfitter is simply one of the nicest in
Québec. On it, you'll ride on sandy sections with giant pine trees, you'll see dams,
bridges, and then ride on rocky, more technical sections. All this while following
the Bazin River for around 45 miles.
HEY...MARC.... I'M HERE... YES, ON THE DAM! IT'S SOOOO NICE, YOU SHOULD COME!
But the single, most original part of this section of trail is without a doubt, the
Crossing the Bazin River using the cable ferry, quite an experience !
This ferry brought to you by the Parent ATV club in collaboration with
the people of the town of Parent.
Maximum load: 1, 200lbs.
Use at your own risks.
Those informations are posted on a sign near the ferry.
Once the quad is on board, slowly get across by pulling on the wire
Simply push on the same wire to send the ferry back to the other side to pick-up the
Our thanks to the volunteers who worked so we could enjoy this ferry.
||THE CABLE FERRY
a truly unique experience
||WATCH OUT ! THE QUAD IS SINKING !
||Time to get the winch out! While turning around on a beach,
Marc went a little bit too far into the water and hit some soft sand at the bottom. A
little more and the whole ATV, trailer and gear would have rolled over and sunk. Would
have made a good picture but both of us were busy!
Look at this fabulous place ! It's hot, the water is clear...France is going swimming.
We set up camp for the night. This is the most wild and remote place were we camped
yet. There's absolutely no houses or camps for as far as we can see. And we have'nt seen
anybody for hours before we got here. Nobody knows were we are, not even us...
There are mooses and various animal footmarks in the sand on the beach. We're right in
the middle of wildlife territory. We must take precautions to avoid unwanted encounters.
Safety measures we apply:
- strictly no food in or aroud the tent (including toothpaste, chewing gum, candy, etc...)
- all food items are carried on the same quad
- in ''hazardous'' areas (like today), the food container will be hoisted to a tree branch
at least 10-15 feet of the ground using the winch.
- the quad with no food on it will stay near the tent, just in case a quick getaway
- we cook meals at least 200-300 feet from camp (taking into account the wind direction).
- We start a fire as soon as possible and keep it going as late as we can.
We'd like to tell you that we fall sound asleep in those areas, but even against our will,
we keep listening just in case we'd hear something coming (the fact that we can't see
outside makes it even worse).
If you ever slept out in the woods, you know there's constant noise. It may be a small
mouse walking on the leaves or branches that crack in the wind, or just leaves falling on
the tent. In time, we sorta get used to all that but we stay vigilant at all times.
|TRICKS AND INFOS
an effort to have a minimum level of safety while sleeping in
bear country, we always keep the followings handy:
- bear spray (pepper spray)
- air horn (used in small watercrafts)
- camera (used time permitting...)
|SLEEP IN WILD COUNTRY
The trail along the Bazin river is a real treat for any quad fan. Nice!
- Number of times we felt like stopping to enjoy the scenery:20
- Number of times we used such a ferry before: 0
- Most remote and wild spot we camped at yet!
- total miles to date: 360.
toasts on the campfire
Lunch: hard boiled eggs +pepperoni + cheese
Dinner: canned chicken stew with noodles...France says that it keeps you from dying..
|France thinks it's the nicest spot to camp yet!
What can I say? It gets better and better everyday!
Sadly, photos don't begin to show you how nice the place is.
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