|08-26-2013, 08:01 PM||#1|
Joined: Aug 2013
Location: Toronto, Canada
Toronto to Newfoundland - the long way east
Sunbandit and myself have had many adventures in the past and unfortunately everytime it came to writing something about them, we just did the easiest thing and went on another adventure. So we kept hoping to write the reports on the long winter nights, but ended up spending our time snowboarding in the evenings. Anything but the labourious task of shuffling through thousands of images and thousands of memories and trying to make sense out of it all
Here goes, after many long evenings (and work days) spent reading about the numerous adventures here, my addition ;)
I recently acquired my Suzuki TU250 (that was in June, and that is my first bike ) Sunbandit rides a Suzuki SV650 (with GSXR forks, pervert that he is), so a long trip with me will be an exercise in patience, in addition to all other challenges. No camping gear, because I'm a spoiled city girl. I've tried it, got my food stolen by a gang of racoons in the middle of the night. Still not ready to try again.
So for the first big trip on my new TU250 we decided to go to Newfoundland. This turned out to be about 10,000km spread over 25 days. We took a long way around the shores of St. Lawrence river and gulf.
Map approximated, certain restrictions apply.
Geared up and almost gone
We came out just in time to enjoy Toronto area traffic along the 401 and 404. After getting cut off and enjoying the pleasure of interacting with other drivers, we decided to escape the major freeway and headed for highway 7. We took Woodbine ave to Bloomingfield and then continued to head east towards Ottawa.
On the road
There were some great views and a pretty sunset, at which point we realized that we would need to travel at night and did not stop for any picture taking.*The bombardment of bugs left a bad smell and hundreds of splattered bodies collapsed into a single dimension on our visors and clothing. Once all dark and with our stomachs grumbling, we stopped at the only place we recognized along the way to have our late dinner. The food at this Pizza Hut was not really worth mentioning but it allowed us to escape from the feeling of hunger and concentrate on the road. Sunbandit's speedo magnet somehow managed to dislodge itself from the rotor and he no longer could keep track of his speed (one of the perks of having gixxer forks). We also saw a deer standing on the side of the road, mesmerized by our headlights, it only moved after he honked at it. As we headed to our hotel, we conveniently noticed a Lee Valley store and noticed that our hotel was right beside CTire at which point we agreed to get some epoxy and magnets in the morning to fix the speedo. The hotel staff weren't really friendly about parking the bikes away from other cars and on the side of the building so we found a nice littler corner and parked there. The room was great, a little cold but that was easy to fix ;)
NonstopBanana screwed with this post 10-10-2013 at 10:42 AM
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