Day 8 and 9 , Radisson Quebec

The final push up the James Baie road led us past incredible power lines and distribution plants. Radisson is a workers town for HydroQuebec the energy company who controls most of the land other than the Cree and Inuit Indians. We are so far north , that almost no one speaks French anymore. mostly English and Cree. At the top of the town is a series of dams along the Le Grande river. One of the largest rivers in all of Quebec.

After traveling in the cold and the long road to Radisson, we opted for a good night’s rest in a motel. The town is very small )less than 1000 people with only one gas station and one place to eat.

Tonight Dick Gethin has informed us with much surprise that he was abandoning the journey and heading solo for home, he had enough of the trip. Dick’s plan was to leave the next morning by 6AM.

The rest of us gathered our spirits and renewed our resolve to complete the mission as planned. The next day we realized that much-needed to be done with the brewery and quite honestly we were all in too much shock to travel to our final destination . A second day was spent in Radisson, this day was used for final preparations , and relaxing before our most difficult push into the Canadian arctic region , Longue Pointe . Chris had taken a trip alone and visited Chisacibi a Cree nation of aboriginals who have a large settlement along the banks of the Le Grand River. Permission was granted to perform our brewing, camping and filming on Cree owned land.

Tomorrow we will move the team to our final destination , where the James Baie and Hudson Baie meet .

7 Responses to “Day 8 and 9 , Radisson Quebec”

  1. Wayne Achey Says:

    Hi Team – I read and look forward your blog every day and I admire the challenges you are overcoming. It will all be worth it – truly an experience of a lifetime! Keep your chins up – your destination awaits.

    Wayne Achey

  2. mike cummings Says:

    Hope you have been getting the Northern Lights displays the past few nights. Did you hear reports about finding the HMS Investigator? Different mission but same era. Good luck with the brewing. Press on.

  3. John, I can’t believe you’ve been left on your own with the documentary and support teams. It’s essential that the remaining members of the party are able to pull together so you can all complete this journey safely. If at any point that becomes in doubt, just do whatever it takes to get yourself back in one piece. Your family and friends value your safety above all else.

  4. Mark (Chay) Czaja Says:

    John,

    We all send our thoughts and love to you and the team. Even here in cloudy, gray Seattle, the sun breaks through and shines sometimes. May it shine for you in Quebec!

  5. Yves Pelletier Says:

    We are so far north , that almost no one speaks French anymore.

    You are 100% wrong on the previous comment.

    100% of the population of Radisson speak 100% french. Not english. Sorry to contradict you. If you want to meet with me so you can appreciate my french language feel free to email me and to give me a point of rendez-vous.

    Best regard and bonne chance avec votre projet.

    Bienvenu à Radisson

    Yves Pelletier
    Radisson

  6. Yves Pelletier Says:

    After traveling in the cold and the long road to Radisson, we opted for a good night’s rest in a motel. The town is very small )less than 1000 people with only one gas station and one place to eat.

    Wrong again:

    2 gas stations, 3 motels and 2 places to eat.

    Let get in touch with the locals so we can get a better appreciation of what Radisson can offer.

    Enjoy your stay.

    Yves Pelletier
    Radisson

  7. Chris Polli Says:

    When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
    – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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