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Old 07-11-2008, 11:53 PM   #151
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You keep putting out great stuff on your site....can't help it but follow you!! Wishing you good sail on the ship to Goose Bay/Happy Valley and may the wind gods stay behind you gently as you take on the gravel through Labrador. We anxiously await for your next ride report/pics
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:58 AM   #152
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Good am. Today is saturday and from what I've read---you're leaving
Cartwright and hopping on the ferry today...

Ride safe---after a while the gravel will become easy to ride on. I grew up on gravel all my life and it becomes 2nd nature...

Looking forward to your next installation!!

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Old 07-13-2008, 03:08 PM   #153
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You look "at home" at sea
I see a bit of Hemingway in the beard

Thanks for the report, keep it going!
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:45 PM   #154
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Originally Posted by Abendteuerfahrer
Welcome to Newfoundland, the "Rock"...northern most civilized land of the Atlantic....

YOUR MAN ON THE ROAD
Sir, you must be joking.
Newfoundland is about 60N. The Hudson Strait is about 63N. Nuuk on Greenland is about 63N. The northermost point on Iseland is about 66N.



This is taken from downtown Troms, Norway. At 70N. About 50.000 people lives here, and you'll find a fine university together with everything you expect from a university town.



Including proper cappuccino. Well, admittedly not fresh fruit :-)

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Old 07-13-2008, 05:10 PM   #155
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Beautiful pics! Great report!

I'm really enjoying the photographs. They are excellent!
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:45 PM   #156
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Well what happened today??? I guess you're out of contact at this time.

I'm enjoying this ride report and hope all is well with you...

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Old 07-13-2008, 06:42 PM   #157
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Amazing report! Great photos and descrptions. Labrador is my dream ride (I grew up in the Maritimes, but never made it that far north).

Everytime I read about the road it gets a little closer for me.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:04 PM   #158
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I suspect that he has run into some bad weather, we had a nasty system sweep through northern Ontario that was headed north east. The radar map does not cover all of Labrador, but I think that they will get a couple of days of storms.
Hole up with some good brews and soup! Stay warm and dry. Let us know how you're doing!!
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:26 PM   #159
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I've spent a lot of my life on the island across the water from this beach, great pic!

Enjoying the ride, looking forward to more!
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:04 PM   #160
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Fantastic
Thank you for sharing!
if you could send your daily mileage/kms and routing, I'd love to see it.
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:17 AM   #161
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Boat ride, Goose Bay, Chuchill falls....

Finally got some internet in Churchill Falls Midway Hotel. After transiting on the Ferry to Goose Bay. Got to Goose Bay at about 0800 hrs on Sunday and ALL was closed except one gas station. Was a rather nice day and decided not to linger there much longer and gassed up, headed for the second gravel section to Churchill Falls. Here are some pictures aboard the Ferry and gravel section(whew!!).


Some beautiful splendor while still in Cartwright.







My last Caribou Burger before boarding the good ship; MV Robert Bond



A total of 5 riders went by Ferry as well. Two from Ontario, and two from Quebec. All including me were heading west, but separate ways.




Lining up for ship boarding. Took us almost an hour getting aboard as all vehicles had to back-in the front of the ship. A tedious task.











Super nice guys fron Ontario riding their Kawa KLRs 650's.






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Leaving Cartwright





Mess Hall(Galley)




Tables with fiddle rails; real ship




Ships Chow..........



Cartwright, Lab disappearing slowly in the distance.











My FIRST iceberg and this one is MINE!





Sunset over Labrador





Night Fall.............




Self portrait using the ships head(wc; loo; toilet) mirror...



Approaching Goose Bay/ Happy Valley shores..





The gravel road begins...........I was too nervous to write earlier. Remember I am an inexperienced gravel rider and ride a heavily ladden BMW 1200 GS. Overloaded with stuff I realized I don't need.

This was the second section to the gravel road, probably the longest. I has been classified as gravel road grade class "A" by the Canadian government. It's more of a class "F" in my opinion. To me this it a horrendous road for motorcycles. They have covered the roads with fresh gravel rocks the size of golf balls and in other sections the size of softballs not counting portruding small boulders sticking out. Soft sand topped with gravel. I had about a couple close calls in spilling my bike. My tires were OK, but poor Brunhilde went through agony all day. I don't know what other riders have to say about the condition. It's my first..pictures don't show it, you must come and see it for yourself. Absolutely horrible. Limped into Chruchill Falls exhausted, dehydrated and beat. I know that the rest will not be much better or even get worse on Quebec's route 389. Took me a day to recover and write this. Furthermore trucks seldom slow down for you and you get to eat dust all day. Let me remind you that I am inexperienced in riding deep, deep gravel. Speeds should have been higher in order to ride a bit above the gravel line but it's my mental thing: the faster you ride and the harder you'll fall. The posted speed limit on the road is about 70 kph...I rode no more than 50 kph.














Sorry pictures don't show the real thing....was at times too scared to stop and take pics of boulders..simply plowed through them. Sore arms, buzzing hands.....

the road crews tend to cover the rutted potholes with sand and gravel, woe to those who happen to think that the road is finally flat...kabowwww..your front wheel sinks in....beware.







BUT..there's still BEAUTY..







This is my favored section: notice the whitish strip..that's hard packed gravel on consistent material. It's the best rideable section but potholes are abound though. This is what I evisioned the gravel sections of TLH to be: packed hard "in". Not so it;s marbles...



Gas masks ready?......






Met 2 bicyclist traversing the entire TLH going at snails pace. How brave, determined.....Don't think BARRY HARLAN ever did this, eh?



ATTA GIRL......














3500 Megawatt production of power...in maintenance mode. Normally it produces about 5500 megawatts...

More on this on another day. Plan to tour the facilities tonight.




Wishing you all a good day....


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Old 07-14-2008, 08:07 AM   #162
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Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Churchill Falls

Google directions show:
Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Churchill Falls
291 km about 11 hours 31 mins

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From Churchill Falls to Baie-Comeau, QC
833 km about 22 hours 15 mins

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Looking at the difference in time, does that mean that the road ahead is less strenuous?

Four your sake I sure do hope so.

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Old 07-14-2008, 08:46 AM   #163
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the distance from Happy Valley/Goose Bay to Churchill Falls is 288 km(172 mi) and takes about 4 hours by CAR. Surface: Good Gravel-class "A" maintneance grade..BS!!!!. By motorcycle, depending on your riding skills, you might make it in 5 hours. Took me about 6 hours.

Chruchill Falls to Labrator City is 238 km(142 mi)...takes about 3 hours by car. For me probably 5 hours.

From Labrator city to Baie Comeau is about 581 km(350 miles). One more gravel road of 175 km(105 miles) but this one ain't funny either, probably worse. The rest is narrow, open...pot holed, cracked paved roads through twisty and hilly terain.

The whole thng might take me another 3-4 days depending on my mood.

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Old 07-14-2008, 10:38 AM   #164
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Looks like you have avoided the bad weather, or it has avoided you. My fingers are crossed for this trend to continue.
Best wishes as you ride.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:53 AM   #165
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Chruchill Falls Power Development...

To the scientific minded, ...NO excursion of this kind on the TLH by motorcycle is complete until you tour the Chruchill Falls Hydro Power development.

One of the worlds great natural resources up here is the WATER. Churchill Falls was identified in the old days as a source of useable energy. and has today become the Churchill Falls Hydro development. The heart of the project is the 5,428,500 kw of underground power station, the largest in the world. A community of about 650 people make their home in the wilderness area and serve the company. This is a company town and everything belongs to the company; housing..schools..everything. The employees are taken care by the company....totally! Efforts were made to make the community one of the most advanced and comfortable of its kind. The community revolves around the unique town complex, the Donald Gordon Center. The Center houses a school, hotel, theater, library, bank, post office, recreational and commercial facilities, all under one roof. Residents enjoy modern living accommodations and recreational facilities. An indoor swimming pool, arena, curling rink, gymnasium, ski-hill, cross country ski trails, playground, ball diamonds and a community center provides facilities for many hours of active living. Facilities also include an interdenominational church, private run school system, medical facilities, fire department, and a small police detachment......all in one small town, the company is the BOSS!


Facility tour guide..she was very effective in mouthing the session.
Very high security was involved: picture ID...background check..etc. Entered the facility at 1900 hrs





The underground operation is about 1300' below in solid granite rock. The Falls were diverted and forced underground to operate the turbines. Awesome feat of engineering...you must see them.

You can read more of this on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churchill_Falls


















Generator area.....




Turbine area..




This is the companys credo inscribed on the wall:

"The Mission of the Hydro Group of Companies is to provide electrical power and energy, on behalf of the people of the province, at least at the lowest cost consistent with reliable service, due consideration for the environment and the safety of our employees and the customer which we serve."


GOOD NIGHT...

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