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Old 07-12-2008, 05:03 PM   #31
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Robert, that's a wonderful ride report! I really enjoyed the detail and other perspectives on that section of the world. Very cool. I, too, see another run in my future, and it will be slower with lots more stops..

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Old 07-13-2008, 08:37 AM   #32
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Thanks!!

Your trip report is making me think that I should get back into camping.

I used to hike a lot in high school and college, then traveled around Europe on a budget (budget of zero) and all of it involved frequent sleeping in a tent.

This was a good few decades ago, but now I am getting tempted to try that mode again. Seems like you enjoyed it a lot.

BTW, I am giving out a bit of the story in advance, but here is a news update: last night's triumphant (well...?) return of the GS with a new FD seal.
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:59 PM   #33
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Great ride report & pics!! Thanks for sharing...I'm following another rider who is in Labrador right now and comparing your stories along with his. He is Abendteuerfahrer. Although you rode in June...and he is ridinging the Trans-Lab road right now and his tales about the gravel is a bit different. Seems as if the grader had recently poured new gravel thus making the ride much more difficult. He's giving his ride report...from a deaf rider's perspective. Interesting!!
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:54 PM   #34
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Nice report ..
I still missing the Trans-Labrador trip and i can forget the black flay ..
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:44 PM   #35
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great report and pics, very interesting. i also like how you took Clayton with you, he would've appreciated that.
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Old 07-14-2008, 03:48 AM   #36
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Great pictures and an active,curious mind make for a fine report. The pictures satisfy my curiosity about a place I don't think I could stand to visit personally- gravel rain and "cool" weather-brrr! snow on the roadside too! Great stuff. thank you.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:55 AM   #37
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...I don't think I could stand to visit personally- gravel rain and "cool" weather-brrr! snow on the roadside too! Great stuff. thank you.
Thanks for your nice comments, all.

Conchscooter: since you are riding in Florida, you are battling the elements as well (I don't think I'd like the heat!) - which means that, like with so many other things in motorcycling, we are always ready to face the challenge.
If you ever get a chance, try heading to the Great White North. You'll love it!

I am already sorry I did not get a chance to explore Newfoundland in more detail...

Anyway, the tail end of my report is coming soon. A few nice, gloomy (!!!!!!) shots from Maine and New Hampshire - it was raining there, too...

Loved it!
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:34 AM   #38
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Great report - its adding fuel to the fire - we're headed up the 1st of August.

Query - what type of provisions, other than gas, are available at the gas stops between Baie Comeau and Goose Bay - ie beer, snacks, groceries, etc. We're travelling light, riding DS 650's and camping, thus our plan is to pick up beer and a few munchies at each day's last gas stop so we'd like to plan our camp sites accordingly - we'd hate to get to a gas stop and have no provisions for the night.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:10 PM   #39
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Excellent report - thanks for it. Willard and I have booked the Cartwright to HVGB ferry for August 4 - so we're only a couple of weeks away from our adventure.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:04 PM   #40
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What was the total cost for the three ferries?
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:35 PM   #41
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...what type of provisions, other than gas, are available at the gas stops between Baie Comeau and Goose Bay ...
Here is my experience (I am sure others will jump in to point out the errors of my ways... ):

Goose Bay, Labrador West (= Wabush, Lab City and in particular Fermont) and Baie Comeau are fairly big towns, with supermarkets and all services.

Churchill Falls and Manic 5: basic convenience store, mostly OK if you need drinking stuff & chips, not much more.

Relais Gabriel: only restaurant, no store.
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:42 PM   #42
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What was the total cost for the three ferries?
I forget the exact amounts, but I believe that it was in the range of $100-150 per each of overnight ferries (to Newfoundland and to Goose Bay), including cabins, and about $50 for the crossing between Newfoundland and Labrador.

You can get the actual, up-to-date info on line. Here is where to find it:

The routes between North Sydney, NS and Port-aux-Basques, NL, as well as the seasonal connection to Argentia, NL, are serviced by Marine Atlantic:
http://www.marine-atlantic.ca/

Newfoundland to Labrador (M/V ‘Apollo’) crossing and the Goose Bay ferry (M/V ‘Sir Robert Bond’) are operated by Labrador Marine:
http://www.labradormarine.com/

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Old 07-15-2008, 11:27 AM   #43
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Planning Resources

I have put together a list of resources for planning your own Trans-Lab trip, with info on ferries, hotels, etc.

I posted it, appropriately, in the Trip Planning Forum:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=362881

Hopefully of some use. Good luck!
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:42 AM   #44
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I paid $11 for the ferry from Blanc Sablon to St. Barbe.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:17 PM   #45
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As expected, I stand corrected...
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