08-07-2010, 10:06 PM
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: Copper Canyon, Texas
Day 13 June 18th Up at 4:30, 60°. Fueled up at 5:00AM See how bright it is!:
North on Hwy 389. Nice scenery, but more than an occasional pot hole to keep you alert. The whole area is supported by hydro-electric power and logging industry.
It is hard to take a photograph without a wire running thru it!
Electric power station:
Refueled at Manic Cinc and met a cute young couple on BMWs
just packing to head north. I told them about my weather brief that stated there was rain coming tomorrow. He was probably hoping for a few rain days!
Lots of construction. Takes a few miles to get my “Gravel Legs” back – memories of the Dalton and Laird Highways. 12° grades and clean rivers. Since I brought everything except pontoons, I wanted to get ahead of any potential weather problems (spelled MUD and full potholes!) so I figured if I could make it to Labrador City by 1:00 PM, then I could make it to Goose Bay before dark.
The road is not to be underestimated in daylight and is treacherous at night – not to mention the wildlife casually strolling down the road after dark! If you see a moose cow in the road be prepared for the bull to jump out and chase pheromones!
I brought enough food, water and survival gear for 3 days of sitting or wrenching.
Pavement is rare!
Typical small bridge:
The section from Lac Fire to Mont Wright was the worst: It parallels the railroad track, crossing it at least a dozen times; and the surface changes quickly with the over-abundance of potholes!
You don’t dare ride this road with the potholes full of water because you cannot tell the size or depth – much less dodge them! It would be helpful to find a pick-up to follow so you can assess the water hazard before hitting it! I stood on pegs most of the 20 miles. The fuel tankers made big dust clouds in the dry areas.
Lots of nice rivers:
Large Iron Mine near Labrador City:
Labrador City at 12:30, McDs Burger, map recon, ibuprofen, fuel and off we go again!
Re-fueled at Churchill Falls. Lots of construction with new (deep) gravel the last 20 miles into Goose Bay.
Requisite Labrador photo:
Did I mention dust?
Loooooonnnnng straaaaaaaaight road!
Construction - get used to it! He (or she) is dressed for black flies not cold!
Don't open your visor while you wait!
And of course, the Goose Bay sign!
I Got Hotel room and did laundry.
Ending Odometer 53729 = 734 miles of dirt, gravel, mud, sand, dust, rocks, but beat the rain!
"Packrat" IBA# 11205, AARP, ATP, CFI, A&P, USMC
Rigor Mortis will be the first indication that I've grown up!!
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