Morning dawns, clear - a nice change from the rain. It was cold, so I pack up quick and get rolling at around 4:45am. Some fog + still water early...
Went to the relais just south of Manic - 5. Met these guys who tell me the Goose Bay - Cartwright ferry is canceled for tuesday the 9th, due to sea ice + icebergs. I have reservations for the 9th, crap. That wil blow my ferry reservations on the 13th from Port-aux-Basques NL, back to the mainland of North America. Bummer.
Oh well - I'll make the run to HVGB and double back, with a reason to come back another time. Off to Labrador City.
Manic -5 after a hot cup of coffee, fuel, and a hot breakfast.
Then the pavement is over for a while
Still snow in them there hills
I dropped my bike here, getting off for the photo op - one mirror gone, pride destroyed.
The town of Gagnon, south of Fermont has been removed. Divided road + sidewalks are all that remain. Really eerie, as you've ridded 200km of gravel, then it's paved again, with curbs + sidewalks, but NOTHING else. Weird.
The old mine there
Iron Mine north of Fermont, look at the pink water + tailings! to the left
Note how freshly graded the road is, GAS ON!
Finally to the end of the 389 and my days ride.
330 miles today, the majority gravel. Ended early, due to cold + shopping needs (warmer stuff!)
GPS sez overall average for the trip so far is 46 mph, with a high of 80.