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Old 08-23-2013, 07:17 AM   #16
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Today started out ok. Got woken up by a grater operator and his was the first of 4 I would see today. UGH. The road from Red bay all the way to HVGB is dirt and scary in spots, very scary. Quite a few shit fuck oh god moments, but I haven't gone down, yet. One thing that rain is great for is keeping the dust down. That's about it but now the road is even more slippery than before.

Once the rain stopped it was time to start taking a few more pictures. I wish I had made it here about 2 mins before,


You can see the dust in the background in this pic,


It was turning out to be a beautiful day,


HVGB! I made it! Fuel, lunch, time to hit the road.


Here's a pic of the lads strapping down on the ferry from Port Au Basque to NS. Their trip was essentially over. :~(


From HVGB there is very little dirt left at least to Fremont QC. If you wanted to ride the TLH in the dirt, you missed it all by about 3 years.


I was kinda happy to see the pavement due to my choice in tires,




This was all dirt for me 2 years ago,


I think we all knew about the fires in Wabush but there were some about 100k West of HVGB,






Back to some dirt/marbles,


Is this you?


Speaking of dry, how's yer mudder (sorry, inside joke)


More pavement,


and more...


and more...


and more fires as well,




Not the most exciting of days to be honest. I think I'm probably done with the Trans Lab. As soon as it's all paved it will be filled with RV's and harley pirates.
For me, the adventure is no more. The isolation and scenery will still be there but it will never be the same.

So I pull into Fremont and ask where is the best place to camp. I'm told the grave yard. Sounds awesome I think to myself.

Yep, it's a grave yard all righty.


So I pitch my tent, make supper, have a glass of vino and fall asleep watching the 2nd half of World War Z
No zombies in a grave yard, right?
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:10 PM   #17
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Well I didn't get woken by the dead but there was this train that blew it's whistle numerous times, just enough to wake me fully at 4:00.
Oh well, at least it got dark at 10:30...
I hit the road at 8:00 this was the first thing of interest I see,


It's the start of more dirt and about 30 train track crossings. I think it's safe to say that this section of dirt will never be paved, which is fine as it is
a lot of fun, providing you have the right tires and would be even more fun if you have some skills and a KTM 990. I don't.






Some of the dust was so thick, I would have to pull off the road to let it settle for a few seconds.

The road leads you to Gagnon which has an interesting past. http://www.ghosttownpix.com/ontario/towns/gagnon.html




More pavement and more fires in the distance,


Here as well. I saw many cabins that had been burned to the ground but many people had already started to rebuild.






Fire crew getting ready to break for lunch,


This too was all dirt 2 years ago,


Next stop was Manic 5. Pictures do not do this place justice. It's MASSIVE!








From Manic 5 to Baie Comeau was very twisty tarmac and I only had to pass one car the entire time. Unbelieveable really.

This pic if for my buddy Greg. No fucks were given,



I headed west till I got to Portneuf-sur-Mer. I managed to find a camp site for 15 bux with laundry facilities.
There was "Camping Karaoke" at this campground which proved to be very entertaining, for the singer. If you didn't own a boat
you could spend hours on any of the numerous ATV trails. Ugh!


Good times. Tomorrow, Quebec City.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:11 PM   #18
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Great pics

Also very cool to see your perspective on a lot of the spots we passed through.

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Old 08-24-2013, 01:58 PM   #19
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Terrific, Kelsow! Your photos are great!!

My favorite one (wish they were named more clearly) is the one right after your text, "This too was all dirt 2 years ago,". Beautiful!!! That's the photo style I like best and you've done it real well.

Oops, I just realized the link you gave me was for page 2 of your report... Now I've got to go back and read the first page.

Leaving work in less than an hour for a weekend of camping out in Coaticook Quebec and tomorrow we'll ride to check out Lac Megantic and see how the recovery efforts are going. And we'll contribute to their economy by buying big and expensive lunches!

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Old 08-24-2013, 06:58 PM   #20
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:09 AM   #21
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Hi there Bigolechalupa.

Thanks a bunch Mtl_Biker.


Got up in the am to threatening skys so I packed up fast and hit the road. The rods here in this part of QC are fantastic.
It started to rain about an hour into my trip but with little towns to pass through with scenes like this, you can't go wrong.


A V6 even,


For some reason I don't like heading out in the rain but if it starts raining while riding, I love it. The colours, smells and scenery take on a new look.


The 138 is absolutely gorgeous, even in the rain. I have ridden this stretch of road a few times and I will be back.
The ferry crossing from Tadoussac is apparently free, or at least I didn't pay anything.




My "rainsuit" and gortex liner were soaked through in about an hour. It had stopped raining but the temps were starting to climb,


I thought the first bike shop I see I'll get a new jacket. Well didn't I find a multy dealer including BMW so I picked up a jacket
which would prove to be very effective. About 1/2 hour after buying the jacket, it got up to 30 deg and sunny.

Well Tourmaster. I never liked you,


I was sultry to say the least. I made it to Quebec City with hopes of seeing some sites, but the traffic and the heat directed me
to a cheap motel for a shower. I had a very interesting conversation with the motel owner with me speaking very little French
and her even less English.
But we managed and for 80 bux a night, it fit into my budget but the amount of mirrors on the walls was a little unerving...

I happened to find something to do for the evening. Anyone recognise this building?
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:50 AM   #22
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Why is it when you're on a road trip, the second you start heading towards home as opposed to away from it, something inside you changes?
It does for me anyway. It's like the trip is over. It a very unfortunate feeling but I fought it the best I could.
I tried to spend some time in Old Quebec City, which is why I went there but the traffic and heat changed my mind for me.

Off to the 132 and Riviere-du-Loup.








I wanted to do the Gaspe Peninsula again but was running low on cash.
So on toward Grand Falls I went. In Reviere Du loup there is an awesome motorcycle museum that I finally made time to see.
WELL worth the 8 bux.

Please excuse me while I post many pictures,










































And my favourite one,






Get at me wolf,


On the way to Grand Falls NB you will see this place. It's an art gallery, or should I say "art" gallery.


They have painted the building pink and have thrown ranges and sinks and other crap into the pond.


I guess I don't get "art"






I had to make a detour off the 132 but did get to see this,


I thought it was cool,


And then I see this,


The weather was awesome with sun and HUGE rain clouds in the distance, or at least that's what I thought.
It came down hard for about an hour but I was quite dry in my new raincoat.

I LOVE NB for many reasons but this is one,




I stopped for a coffee and muffin.
What I said was "Le grande cafe, avec deux creme et deux sucre and une muffin", pointing to the muffin.
This is what I got,


I guess I need to work on my Francais. Tabernaque!

I would ride into and out of rain for the rest of the day but I didn't care.




Another covered bridge. This one is the longest one I've seen,








I stopped at a family campground in Woodstock. Looks nice right?


Wrong,


And to top things off, I had broken my camp spork so I had to go all MacGyver on my cigar tube.

Mr. Noodle and tuna never tasted so good.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:01 AM   #23
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Final chapter,

I was hoping to ride along the Saint John River, all the way to Hopewell Rocks so I plugged in the route in my GPS the night before but when I turned it on in the am
it had re-routed me. I was zoomed in too close so I didn't notice that the route had changed and the damn thing wouldn't use my avoidances.
I rode an hour on one road that turned into a highway so I turned back to take the correct route.
Does GPS stand for Garmin Piece of Shit?

I did manage to see some more covered bridges so not all was lost,






I can't for the life of me remember where this is but it sure was cool, (I'll fill in the details when I get a chance)






There are a couple of sections where you have to get on the highway but only for 10 mins or so.
Soon after you can be on some nicer roads, like the one to St. Martins, the #111





I took some OK pix last trip so I didn't bother this one but I will post a couple here,




2 bridges, one shot,


When you let your GPS take you from point A to point B, some interesting things can happen.
Usually you'll find some nice scenery,




Other times, not.
If you stay on the Fundy Trail, you'll come to this fantastic section of road that yor GPS says goes all the way to the Fundy National Park.
Well it doesn't. Even Google Maps knows it doesn't. https://goo.gl/maps/SvZH4
I got caught last year ending up on some trails that weren't fit for snowmobiles, but I manage to get through.
This year I asked for directions and ended up heading overland to get back on the highway.

Once I got back on the 114, I headed toward Fundy National Park and believe it or not they'e doing road construction.
It was like the trans lab all over but at 20kph behind a follow me truck. I almost dumped the bike several times. How cruel would that have been?

I stopped at Ponderosa Pines Camp Ground listening to the neighbors xm radio classic 80's. Good times again.




So that's it pretty much. Got up the next morning and headed for home.

I did drop into the railway museum to take a few pix,




Thanks for coming along for the ride.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:55 PM   #24
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What I said was "Le grande cafe, avec deux creme et deux sucre and une muffin", pointing to the muffin.
This is what I got,

I lived nearish Tadoussac for 3 years and I got some pretty funny orders at first. The locals seem to say "Un grand deux-deux" for double-double... but it's all in the accent

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I can't for the life of me remember where this is but it sure was cool, (I'll fill in the details when I get a chance)
This is pretty cool. I'd like to know where it is
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Great to meet and ride with you guys. Glad to see you all got home in one piece.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:45 PM   #26
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Great to meet and ride with you guys. Glad to see you all got home in one piece.
And you. I hope you and the girlfriend are well on your way again.

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This is pretty cool. I'd like to know where it is
I just figured it out, it's the Town of St. George, http://goo.gl/maps/KlVxk
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And you. I hope you and the girlfriend are well on your way again.
We're still in NFL. Down in a cabin in Burin Peninsula recuperating. Beautiful down here. She's doing well and putting weight on it now.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:09 AM   #28
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Thanks for sharing Kelsow. I really enjoyed your report. I'll have to spend some time in NB. Last year I rode from Campbellton straight through to Sydney in one day and it rained most of the way so I couldn't see too much. I am glad I got to ride the Trans-lab when I did because, like you, I feel the pavement will change the whole experience. It will be interesting to see how well the pavement will be maintained after a few good winters!

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Old 08-27-2013, 06:26 AM   #29
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Nice report .
Loved the photography .
Were there some HDRs in that report , or is it saturation manipulation ?
I see where you stated you've had your fill of the TLH , time to move on to something else ; what's next ; Radisson on James Bay ?


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I just figured it out, it's the Town of St. George, http://goo.gl/maps/KlVxk
Damn it, I road right by this spot and didn't see it. I hate when that happens.
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