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Old 01-04-2008, 11:39 AM   #1
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Labrador-Newfoundland Circle

Hi all.

I am planning a trip around the circle this summer on a KLR650. It will be my first real road trip (with camping etc.) and need some advice.

Is there an advantage to going clockwise rather than counterclockwise? I know this sounds like a silly question, but things like ferries, sun in the eyes, etc. can make a difference.

Here is a map of the intended trip:



Any information/suggestions would be highly appreciated.

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Old 01-04-2008, 01:54 PM   #2
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same trip.

Looking to do same trip with my dad this summer. I am all ears for info as well.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:42 PM   #3
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Check out thr ride report by ldiekis if you haven't already. Very good and he did it with his Dad on KLR's.

We met him on our trip. The title of our report is called "goosebay and beyond" which is another good read our trip and Ldiekis's were both clockwise.

I might consider going the other way just because N.S. was a let down after Newfoundland and the Translab.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:47 PM   #4
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Lots of good info in B.E. Coyotes RR. Lukes is definately worth a read as well Lukes report.

If you want some specific info on the Labrador and Newfoundland have a look at Ride the Rock a forum made up of mostly local riders.
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:26 PM   #5
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Here is a map of the intended trip:

I took that same exact route in August of 2003. I only had time for the run up the west coast of Newfoundland as you've marked on the map. I took it CCW.

You better check ferry schedules because they are going to dictate your tour schedule.

Nova Scotia - Newfoundland: Marine Atlantic

Newfoundland - Labrador: Provincial Ferry Services

Order up a map and guide from the Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism site. My 2003 copies were both excellent.

I know of good B&Bs to stay at in Flower's Cove (NF), Englee (NF) and Red Bay (Labrador). I stayed at the old AF base in Stephenville as well. PM me if you want the info.

Tour pics of my 2003 Eastern Canada Tour (still have to add captions). A few pics from my B&B in Englee.
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:33 PM   #6
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Any information/suggestions would be highly appreciated.
BTW, there are a total of 1100 kms of gravel between Red Bay and Manic Cinque. HV-GB, Churchill Falls, Labrador City are paved and the section between Labrador City and Manic Cinque alternates between sections of pavement and gravel (237 kms of gravel).

The longest distance between gas stations is 285 kms. I did it on a KLR 650 as well...you have plenty of range.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:11 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the links. I must not be using the search function properly, because I tried to find the trip reports on my own, but couldn't find them

The more I read and see, the more anxious I am to go on this trip.

I know many people have done this trip on their own, but is it advisable? I don't know anyone who can get the time off to go with me. I would love to travel with others, but there is something to be said about travelling alone (lots of time to think...and go crazy).

Thanks again for the information. Please keep the tips coming.

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Old 01-05-2008, 12:21 AM   #8
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Colleen and James did this trip in the early days when the road from Red Bay to Cartwright was just finished. It was easy in dry weather, but I bet it would be awful in the rain. We went anti-clockwise. Missed the ferry from Cartwright to Goose Bay by 15 minutes, and had to stay I think two nights to wait for the next one, so I would definetly co-ordinate your arrivals to co-incide with the ferry departures. The ferry rides were really nice and we enjoyed them as a nice break from riding gravel! We didn't stay in the 'Wall' but stayed in a hunters cabin on the road, it was crap. We camped just off the highway at the strange concrete paved bit closer to Manic 5, we always felt safe, I wouldn't worry at all about going solo, not at all. We rode two BMW R1150RSL's with street tires!, so your KLR is more than capable.
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:12 AM   #9
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Planning the same trip...

my first post here! i've been lurking for a while though, to see who will be on a similar route and what i can learn. thanks to everyone for all of the great info. i would have been lost without this forum.

ok, down to business...

@mid life crisis - i'm planning a long solo tour this summer, coming up from ohio, into new york and then into the east coast of canada, on to quebec, and we'll see how far west i make it after that. if we can find each other and if you decide to go CCW it would be great to ride a few miles together.
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Check out thr ride report by ldiekis if you haven't already.
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I tried to find the trip reports on my own, but couldn't find them
+1 ... Specifically ldiekis

EDIT: Found it here.

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I know many people have done this trip on their own, but is it advisable? I don't know anyone who can get the time off to go with me. I would love to travel with others, but there is something to be said about travelling alone (lots of time to think...and go crazy).
Consider yourself lucky that they can't get the time off.

The experience will be totally different going on your own. You'll have nobody to fall back on. You start to think about safety and self sufficiency.

Unless you have gobs of time to wait for help, bring some basic spares and basic tools and know how to work on your bike. Can you change a tire tube on your own?
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I tried to find the trip reports on my own, but couldn't find them.
I use Google instead of forum serach engines.

Here are a slew of links that I've come across and bookmarked...

Deane & Norm's 2001 Labrador Motorcycle Trip

Driving the Trans Labrador Highway

Gov of Newfoundland & Labrador - Highway Driving Conditions

The Goose Bay Trip

Goose Bay or Bust - Touring the Trans Labrador Highway

And after all that, you'll be ready for a month of touring Iceland.
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Hi all.

I am planning a trip around the circle this summer on a KLR650. It will be my first real road trip (with camping etc.) and need some advice.

Any information/suggestions would be highly appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:05 PM   #15
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@mid life crisis - i'm planning a long solo tour this summer, coming up from ohio, into new york and then into the east coast of canada, on to quebec, and we'll see how far west i make it after that. if we can find each other and if you decide to go CCW it would be great to ride a few miles together.
That would be great. Although I am planning on going solo, it sounds like there are plenty of riders to hook up with on the trail. I will certainly keep you posted on my plans (and you could do the same).
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