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Old 06-17-2007, 06:21 PM   #1
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Kim and Mike's Most Excellent 2007 Trans Labrador Highway Adventure

Well, we are off and ridin'. We left Hudson, NH Saturday afternoon later than planned. We had to make an unplanned stop in Laconia, NH (more on that later).

We're heading from aforementioned Hudson, north through Quebec, to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador via the Trans Labrador Highway, then ferry to Cartwright down to L'Anse Au Loup, then ferry to Newfoundland, then down the western coast to Port Aux Basques, then ferry to Nova Scotia then south zig zaggin' to Pleasant Bay, Charlos Cove, Lunenberg, Brier Island and finally Yarmouth.


Here's a Google Earth of the Route (although Manic 5 is in the wrong place, its far more to the North).




Here's a picture of Kim and our machines getting ready to head out. See how nice and clean they look? They won't for long... Neither the machines or Kim.



We'll post pics and ride reports as we go during the 3 weeks, but we have one problem. My PC power supply failed. Failed as in failed to jump into my pannier. So I don't know how long I can keep posting. So I'll do my best until I hit power interruptus.

BTW, the first stop in Laconia was to Lakes Region Hospital due to Kim's dad (Dick) falling off his bike and breaking his tib/fib. He had to do the surgery thing. Although it may not seem that remarkable, it is somewhat in that the guy is 76 years old. So if you have a couple of mins, drop him a line at dickp@aol.com and let him know that he's a pretty cool dude. He'd dig that.

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First stop Lakes Region General Hospital

After the visit to Kim's dad, Dick. See, it hasn't started raining yet. That's Kim's sister Kami. She's a doc. A damn fine one too.



See, it hasn't started raining yet. Did I mention that whenever we go to Canada it always rains? Stay tuned.

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Old 06-17-2007, 06:38 PM   #3
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A great and rugged loop indeed! Too bad about your PC's power supply.. keep us posted anyway you can and take lots of pics and post when you get back

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Made it into Magog, Quebec

It's looking a bit more threating.... more and better pics later.





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Entering La Malbaie

It's clearing up and looking good!

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Nice pics Mike, I've driven through Magog many times rambling back and forth from the mainland. Good luck with the ferry and the rain–you can always loop back and spend your whole three weeks on the Island? I know, kinda defeats the purpose.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:35 PM   #8
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Return of the Jedi O-BE-GONE

Well I'm back on line with more pics from the Atlantic Canada loop. My failed power supply is no longer an issue. So let's start off with a scary pic...

Eww... what's that you say? No it's not the return of the Jedi O-BE-GONE, its me showing off my farkeled KTM 950 Adventure...


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We have now made it into Baie Comeau.

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Moving North Up Route 138

Heading towards the ferry on Route 138.





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Time to hit the first short ferry

We hit a bit of a traffic jam waiting for this ferry, but everyone was patient and there were no worries. Just folks waiting their turns and chilling. We chatted with a few people about bikes and travel. Funny about motorcycles, they have a way of making people act like human beings...






And here's the ferry!

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Track the Mysterious Flying Moose

BTW, when you are in Northern Quebec, try to track and catch the mysterious and elusive northern Quebec flying moose. Here's a pic of one breaking cover. Seeing one is one thing, catching one is quite another.

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Here's a view from the ferry... and this is just to get to the other side of Route 138.



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Things start to get interesting...

Now we've finally made it to some less populated areas. Here we've stopped at Manic 2, the second of Quebec Hydro's hydroelectric dams in the area.

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Here's a pic of the dam itself... pretty cool huh? Wait till you see Manic 5.

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