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Old 08-12-2013, 07:46 AM   #31
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Great Ride Report. I did the TLH a few weeks after you, and I'm glad the weather had warmed up a bit. There were still plenty of challenges, though.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:13 AM   #32
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Hey Mcgarrett - I followed your report too. Glad I didn't have to worry about fires.

You should head west and hang out with the Catherder group. We're pretty decent.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:38 AM   #33
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Day 11. St. John area

I took it easy and slept in til 730. Murph made an excellent breakfast and after I took a walk around the neighborhood to get loosened up, we headed out later to hit signal bill and roads up north.






Lots of twisting and great overlooks. Dave knows all about the history and showed me a couple spots where the whales will feed.




I guess there used to be a light house here, but the govt took it out and put in a helipad. I'm not sure why since its at least 30km and 3 dirt roads from anything.


Had the best fish and chips for lunch served by a cute girl in yoga pants. then headed to his place.



I didn't fell like fighting the wind anymore so we didn't head south. I took a nap then we went downtown to walk around a bit.

Seal skin boots


Got a beer and sat on his deck just enjoying the day.




Had cod tongues, lobster and flipper pie for supper was all good. Seal looks like pot roast but has a richer flavor. It was good.





I really can't thank Murph enough for opening his home and showing me around for a couple days. This was the first time in my travels that I had used the tent space thread and out of all the the things I learned on this trip, this was probably the best lesson.

Make a local connection.

Its one thing to travel to and/or through a place, but to really experience it, its important for me at least, to talk with someone who lives there.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:43 AM   #34
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Alright, I head into work after a long weekend at the Outer Banks. Check my email and there's a meeting request from my manager. No big deal, happens all the time. Walk in the room, 10 other people and the HR manager are looking glum.

Most of you know whats next. Typical speech, business is down, blah, blah. Pack up your stuff and get out.

5 minutes later, I'm in the car headed home. Call the wife since she's on spring break with the kids - no don't come home, I'm just going to have a couple beers in celebration and go riding for the next couple days.

So what to do? We've got money saved up, since this isn't the first this has happened. With only two weeks vacation time, its hard to plan any type of decent trip.

What to do???

Luckily, I had just signed up for a track day at VIR in a couple weeks. Money's already spent, so better do that. First time on the track, so a big learning curve. Only got chewed out by the instructor once for being stupid.

The Speed triple ROCKS!

So what's next? Work on the resume, get a couple interviews lined up, which leads to the next opportunity for me. But there is no way I'm ready to get back to the grind. So I decide to head north for the Translab before its paved over and all the rivers are dammed.

I left on Memorial Day weekend and spend 2 1/2 weeks riding the Tiger. Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland, NS(briefly) and Bay of Fundy. Met some great people, saw some amazing country and then spent another week and a half in Maine with my wife and kids.

Downsized! Hell yeah!







Lunch break is over. More later.

WHERE is that water pic at? Beautiful!
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:51 AM   #35
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Day 11. St. John area

I really can't thank Murph enough for opening his home and showing me around for a couple days. This was the first time in my travels that I had used the tent space thread and out of all the the things I learned on this trip, this was probably the best lesson.

Make a local connection.

Its one thing to travel to and/or through a place, but to really experience it, its important for me at least, to talk with someone who lives there.
You are more than welcome. We had as much fun as yerself and I got the same treatment in Nova Scotia last month thanks to LittlePeter. Pass it on.

We watched the whales feeding 50 meters off the shore yesterday. Nice shot of the Apple Blossoms BTW.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:06 AM   #36
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Man this just keeps getting better.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:57 AM   #37
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Just caught up

Beautiful!!! Your doing a great report. Keep it goin man. I'm in!
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:16 AM   #38
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WHERE is that water pic at? Beautiful!
It was in between Red Bay and Blanc Sablon.

this is close to where I took it. 51.589763,-56.709366 West Saint Modeste.

I remember coming around the curve and having my jaw drop.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:19 AM   #39
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You are more than welcome. We had as much fun as yerself and I got the same treatment in Nova Scotia last month thanks to LittlePeter. Pass it on.

We watched the whales feeding 50 meters off the shore yesterday. Nice shot of the Apple Blossoms BTW.
Hey Murph!! Good to hear from you. Where are the whale pics? I need something else to make my wife jealous so I can head back north.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:40 AM   #40
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DAy -12 St. John's - Gros Morne cg

Just a long day in the saddle. Newfoundland doesn't look that big on a map until you start adding up the mileage. The ferry from Argentia to NS didn't start running until 2 weeks later, so back across the island I headed. My original plan was to head to Twillingate for the night, but the weather changed my mind. Whats the point of camping on the ocean cliff if you can't enjoy the view. Plus after learning more about the Gros Morne park, I wanted to spend some more time there exploring and hiking.

Got up early and got loaded, said good bye and thanks to Murph, then headed out.

Chilly most of the way across. Narrows was decent no fog or wind. Rain started at terra nova and lasted to Gander. I stopped at an overlook at Terra Nova that was a couple of kms off the main road. It was raining a bit, but I swore it started snowing for a couple minutes.



Then the wind picked up. Was brutal and thought I was going off the road a couple times.

Found the Trans Newfoundland rail trail in badger and jumped on for a bit but wasn't feeling it, so I got back on highway.

Under different circumstance, this could be an awesome trail to ride.

Got to Trout River campground but was still closed. So rode back thru the tablelands

and the wind to Lomond CG. Decent but not as good as terra nova. But better view.


I got camp set up and made supper then decided to do a little bike maintenance, which didn't go so well.

Slippery shoes + uneven gravel + long day =

No harm done, so I cracked open my bottle of Screech and some pineapple Crush crawled in the tent to listen to the wind blow.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:45 PM   #41
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Under different circumstance, this could be an awesome trail to ride.
Dang how long is that straight strech looks like it goes on forever.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:50 PM   #42
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Dang how long is that straight strech looks like it goes on forever.
It runs pretty much the entire length of the island. +900Kms

More info here:http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php...id=1&Itemid=19
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:48 PM   #43
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Great ride report! Most of the T'railway is about half the width of that section. I remember asking about navigating it and was told that "trains don't make 90 degree turns" so if you come to an intersection keep going straight! Makes sense.

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It runs pretty much the entire length of the island. +900Kms

More info here:http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php...id=1&Itemid=19
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:07 AM   #45
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The section I was thinking about is only about 100-150 km. I road in maybe 4-5 km, but didn't feel like dealing with the pot holes, plus I had crappy maps for my GPS and no one would have known where I was.

Just another reason to go back one day........
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