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Old 03-28-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
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toronto to goose bay

This trip was a long time coming and so was the ride report. So here it goes...

I've done a fair amount of extended camping/canoeing/hiking trips and long distance motorcycle trips but never both at the same time. I figured I have a pretty good idea on what to pack and was pretty close. I'll be leaving a few items behind for the next trip.

The trip starts out with sunny and hot weather requiring a few breaks in the shade.

We had planned on camping in Gatineau park the first night and were mostly on schedule when the GPS led us onto a double track trail through the park. Being the first day, full of enthusiam and adventure, we ventured on. With all the recent rain and loaded bikes, the going was very tough.

Can't tell from the picture but there is a good incline. I'm looking for rocks to fill the rut for some traction.

We continued on until when we reached a log too big to get the bikes over. Perhaps if this wasn't the end of the day with sunlight fading and bikes loaded we could have continued but it was time to turn around. It's a tough decision to turn around. That might have been the final obstacle. Maybe some day I'll make another attempt and find out for sure.

On the way out my buddy gets stuck past the swing arm in mud. Having learned from other ride reports, we take the bags off to lighten the load, drag his bike out of the hole, push it to more solid ground, put the bags back on, and continue on our way. About a km later my buddy notices one of his bags has fallen off. He takes off on foot to find his bag and I follow a distance behind him. I stop to take a rest, look down in the mud, and see a fresh set bear tracks, and off to the side, babby bear tracks. At least they are heading the opposite direction.

Once we get back to a proper road we head for the closest town and look for a hotel to lick our wounds and drink some beers.

The next day we aim north hoping to find a forest road to take us east. We're turned around a few times by private gates but eventually find a road to take us east. The road turns into semi-steep rocky acents and decents.,0.304184&z=11

I'm loving it! Not far from the end, for whatever reason, has been freshly graded. It was hell. Instead of a solid road requiring some dodging of sharp rocks, it was deep sand with with rocks. Sure wish I had a steering damper. But as challenging as it was I'd do it again in a second.

Stopped on they way out for a break before heading to Tremblant.

The next couple of days are easy going along great roads and beautiful scenery.

PG-13 salute. :)

Seen a number of these trikes in Quebec. That's the ferry crossing at Tadoussac.

Day 5 or 6. Too bad it was cloudy...

Next up... the start of gravel...
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Old 03-28-2010, 03:18 PM   #2
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but it's still March......

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Old 03-28-2010, 05:56 PM   #3
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The highway north from Baie-Comeau was unexpected. The pavement was in good condition with plenty of twisties. I don't remember the distance markers but it straightens out. The gravel road starts at the Manic-5 dam. There are only a few stretches of pavement between here and Goose Bay.

The landscape has really started to change. Even the gas station looks remote.

There is very little this far up north. Other than the odd emergency phone (that's not a phone booth) and trailhead for hikers you're on your own.

Missed the 50 and 51 signs... good thing we stopped here as didn't see one for 53.

Farther north, more changes in terrain. Looked like a forrest fire had gone through this area. (wish I knew about HDR at the time... with the clouds this would have been great picture)

I just like this picture. Something about wood bridges.

As you get closer to Labrador the highway follows a railway track and river. This section of road was quite enjoyable. At the end is a large mine.

Just past the mine and you're back on pavement into Labrador City.

We were fortunate to have clear days on the TLH. However the one downside is the dust. Months later and many rainstorms there is still dust in my jacket.

The 53 parallel somewhere along the TLH.

We stopped at a high point damaged by forest fire. Worked out well as it was also free of black flies. As we're taking a break the driver of small fuel truck stops for a chat and to check out the bikes. Had I worked on this ride report earlier I would have remembered more of the conversation. But in short he was excited to see the bikes and it was nice to talk with a local.

Goose Bay. You'll notice the road markers as its was being prepared for paving.

That's it for now...
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Old 03-28-2010, 05:57 PM   #4
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oh... this trip was late June / early July 2009 if you are wondering.
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Old 03-28-2010, 06:16 PM   #5
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Great pictures! I really want to ride that again while it's still wild.

Thanks for posting!

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Old 03-29-2010, 05:39 PM   #6
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After arriving at Goose Bay we head to the docks to check out the ferry service. We're too late and the next ferry isn't for a couple of days. We hadn't planned on taking the ferry so no biggie. There were a number of big trucks for a new mine waiting for transport.

Changeable letter signs are safe no where. (wasn't us)

We spend a rest day (Canada day!!) in town before heading back. We had been warned about the new mine being built and to expect to run into those trucks and others pulling mining gear.

On the way back through Tadoussac stopped from some whale watching. One of the whales provided a nice view of the tail but missed the shot.

Certainly haven't taken many pictures of the return route but here's a campgound not far from Montreal. Yeah we have alot of the same gear... shared research. :)

Spent a few days north of Kingston exploring the roads.

Seen this fox the day before with a few pups. Wasn't carrying my SLR at the time.

Spent the final night at Bon Echo. Nice campground.

And on the way home, seemed that this porqupine wanted to provide escort.

The end. Can't wait for the next trip.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:50 PM   #7
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Fantastic trip and adventure! I take it this was done last summer..

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Old 03-29-2010, 06:56 PM   #8
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Yeah last summer. 3 months till Inuvik! (and a more timely ride report)
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:13 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by cabot
Goose Bay. You'll notice the road markers as its was being prepared for paving.
This was a fresh ribbon of smooth black asphalt by the time I got there in early September.

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Old 03-30-2010, 11:58 AM   #11
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Old 04-01-2010, 05:38 AM   #12
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great RR, more info for the gravel road please
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:40 AM   #15
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Thanks for posting Chris!

I'm the lazy FFer in some of the pictures. Now that we're planning our trip to Inuvik, I am even more appreciatve of RRs!
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