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Forum: GS Boxers 05-15-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2,781
Views: 874,881
Posted By jmandrell
Kodachrome Basin last month. ...

Kodachrome Basin last month.

http://mandrell.smugmug.com/Jons-Pictures/Rides/Utah-April-2014/i-2qQ4NdZ/1/XL/20140421-DSCF6071-XL.jpg
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 11,584
Posted By jmandrell
Excellent report! :clap I'm taking notes on...

Excellent report! :clap

I'm taking notes on the beer and food stops because I'm headed that direction in 3 more days. :D
Forum: Americas 03-08-2013, 06:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 816
Posted By jmandrell
Rode around the peninsula in 2009 and have always...

Rode around the peninsula in 2009 and have always wanted to go back and spend more time there. The scenery along the west and north sections following the St. Lawrence can be stunning at times and...
Forum: Americas 02-28-2013, 07:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 660
Posted By jmandrell
Nice introduction Chris! You've got desire and a...

Nice introduction Chris! You've got desire and a general direction, so you'll be fine :D

Can't wait to follow along :lurk

- Jon
Forum: Americas 02-20-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,952
Posted By jmandrell
Hi Sam, Did a similar ride in 2009, rode...

Hi Sam,

Did a similar ride in 2009, rode from St. Louis, MO and spent two weeks riding around Newfoundland. Still didn't see everything and I'm itching to go back.

As far as advice, the first...
Forum: Ride reports 02-06-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 15,908
Posted By jmandrell
Thanks for sharing!

Great to meet everyone in camp and I'm certainly enjoying the pics and video! Makes me wish I'd brought the small bike :nod

The rain Friday night helped make for some great photo opportunities on...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-06-2013, 06:31 PM
Replies: 8,191
Views: 4,198,434
Posted By jmandrell
White Sands National Monument

Made a short stop on the way back home from St. Louis, MO in November.

http://mandrell.smugmug.com/Jons-Pictures/Trips/November-2012/i-wzmpgHg/0/L/20121123-JMM_6729-2-L.jpg
Forum: Ride reports 12-29-2012, 10:42 PM
Replies: 4,852
Views: 3,185,074
Posted By jmandrell
:clap :clap :clap Thank you all!!! This...

:clap :clap :clap

Thank you all!!! This report certainly inspires me to do more of my own adventures!!!
Forum: Ride reports 08-30-2010, 09:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
The next day was mostly a travel day as I needed...

The next day was mostly a travel day as I needed to start making my way to the east side of the province. So I traced my way back through Gros Morne and then got on the Trans-Canada, what the locals...
Forum: Ride reports 08-30-2010, 08:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Crossed into Labrador one evening to hopefully...

Crossed into Labrador one evening to hopefully escape the bad weather, now I was being chased out of Labrador the next evening by a storm. Oh well, I'd decided before coming on this trip that a full...
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2010, 12:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Made it to Mary's Harbour in time for lunch, but...

Made it to Mary's Harbour in time for lunch, but apparently the town closes down for lunch during the week. Not a sole in sight anywhere in town. Kind of odd. So I took a picture outside the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2010, 11:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
My plan to find the sun where the storm had been...

My plan to find the sun where the storm had been didn't exactly work out as the rain persisted in hanging around.

I stopped just outside of Red Bay to reapply Plexus to the outside of my shield...
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2010, 10:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
The 1.5 hour ferry from Saint Barbe across the...

The 1.5 hour ferry from Saint Barbe across the Labrador Straight (the maps label it the Straight of Belle Isle) actually drops you off in Blanc Sablon, Quebec, just west of the Labrador border. It...
Forum: Ride reports 08-27-2010, 04:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Thanks H! It's on my list to go back to. Some of...

Thanks H! It's on my list to go back to. Some of the places I would like to spend more time in and there's still more to see that I didn't get to on this trip. And then there's the people, the best...
Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2010, 10:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
I now had a decision to make. Even though I had...

I now had a decision to make. Even though I had blue sky overhead at the moment, there was a rather large storm making it's way across Labrador that would most likely hit where I was later that...
Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2010, 09:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
After L'Anse aux Meadows I headed over to Saint...

After L'Anse aux Meadows I headed over to Saint Anthony to try and catch a late season (very late) whale watching boat. Missed the last one of the day by 20 minutes. At least I got to see a cool...
Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2010, 09:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
L'Anse aux Meadows (Jellyfish Cove) was an 11th...

L'Anse aux Meadows (Jellyfish Cove) was an 11th century Viking settlement and evidence of the first known European presence in North America. The gentleman (park ranger) in this picture was a young...
Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Since I've posted several sunsets, I thought I'd...

Since I've posted several sunsets, I thought I'd post a sunrise from Valhalla.
...
Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2010, 02:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
The ride from Gros Morne to L'Anse aux Meadows,...

The ride from Gros Morne to L'Anse aux Meadows, even though all highway, is actually quite pleasant and scenic as most of the ride follows the coast. Unfortunately I don't think I took any pics other...
Forum: Ride reports 08-26-2010, 01:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
With the exception of the first day on the Cabot...

With the exception of the first day on the Cabot Trail, I'd ridden in / through rain on every day of the trip so far, and the forecast was for more rain today. So I decided to try and change my...
Forum: Ride reports 08-24-2010, 08:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Hey Glen, glad to have you along! Been following...

Hey Glen, glad to have you along! Been following your report also. What happened to the 800GS? I thought you got a white one before I left St. Louis this year.

- Jon
Forum: Ride reports 08-24-2010, 07:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Trout River looked like a nice place to stay, but...

Trout River looked like a nice place to stay, but I decided to ride over to Rocky Harbour for the evening, mostly to see if a couple of girls I'd met earlier were there also. They weren't. :waysad
...
Forum: Ride reports 08-24-2010, 06:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Okay, my excursion to the Port au Port Peninsula...

Okay, my excursion to the Port au Port Peninsula taught me another lesson, Newfoundland was BIG and if I was going to make it to the other side of the province and back, I needed to start...
Forum: Ride reports 08-24-2010, 06:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Yeah, stopping every half tank was reactionary on...

Yeah, stopping every half tank was reactionary on my part and a little overkill in most areas. I just hate that feeling though when your on reserve, don't know where the next fuel stop might be, and...
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2010, 06:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
After discussing my fuel options with the owner...

After discussing my fuel options with the owner of the Inn at the Cape the next morning, I headed toward my original destination, Long Point.

More beautiful morning weather (at least it wasn't...
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2010, 06:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
As I looked west and saw the rain moving in, I...

As I looked west and saw the rain moving in, I briefly thought about staying in Rose Blanche that evening. But if I was going to see this big island, I couldn't pick and choose my travel days based...
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2010, 05:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Richard had told me that one of the things I...

Richard had told me that one of the things I needed to do to truly experience Newfoundland was have cod tongue, which is actually the cheek. Okay, I was game and the Friendly Fisherman in Rose...
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2010, 05:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Thanks Bowes!

Thanks Bowes!
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 07:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Thanks funhouse! Glad your enjoying the report.

Thanks funhouse! Glad your enjoying the report.
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 05:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Entering Rose Blanche. ...

Entering Rose Blanche.

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Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 05:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
From previous ride reports I had read, I knew I...

From previous ride reports I had read, I knew I wanted to ride to the end of 407 to see the town of Rose Blanche, the last town reachable by road going east from Channel-Port aux Basques. The reports...
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 05:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Several delays caused the ferry to late, a lot...

Several delays caused the ferry to late, a lot late. If I'm remembering correctly, I didn't get to the motel in Channel-Port aux Basques till 4:00 a.m.. Good thing I had a reservation (the only one I...
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 12:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
After a very rough crossing at the Englishtown...

After a very rough crossing at the Englishtown ferry (think white caps) to exit the CT, I came across this sign. Who can argue with that?
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Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 11:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
The Keltic Lodge near Ingonish is pretty much a...

The Keltic Lodge near Ingonish is pretty much a must stop on the CT. From what I understand, the golf course was built first and then the lodge. Both were CCC projects and the place opened in 1940....
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 11:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
As I now had an extra day to explore the Cabot...

As I now had an extra day to explore the Cabot Trail, the next morning I figured a little gravel riding then breakfast in Meat Cove was in order. Meat Cove is about as far north as you can go on the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 10:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
All the good things you've heard or read about...

All the good things you've heard or read about the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island are most likely true. Twisties winding up and down the mountains with cliff walls on one side and the Gulf of St....
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 10:21 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
I had read so many great things about the Nova...

I had read so many great things about the Nova Scotia's Cabot Trail that I decided I must at least give it a ride through on my way to North Sydney where I would catch the "short" ferry (approx 5...
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2010, 09:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Putting this ride report together, I just...

Putting this ride report together, I just realized I didn't take a single picture on day three. This was a day I had been really looking forward to as I had heard many wonderful things about the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-21-2010, 04:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Start of day two. ...

Start of day two.

http://mandrell.smugmug.com/Jons-Pictures/Adventures/Newfoundland-09/20090823-P1010043tonemapped/977631964_Eb8bw-XL.jpg

Hurricane Bill was rolling up the East Coast, so I...
Forum: Ride reports 08-21-2010, 04:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,137
Posted By jmandrell
Boone's Home to Bartlett's Home: The Atlantic Provinces 2009

2009 had been wonderful year. Bought my first dual sport motorcycle, completed Cannon Trek IV, and rode with my brother and nephew to the U.P. over the 4th of July. Next would be my most memorable...
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