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Old 07-08-2009, 03:04 PM   #16
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TLH Day 3....

Day 3...

It was damp in the morning when we got up to break camp. It had rained fairly heavy over night.
The tents etc were packed up wet but not a major issue as we would be setting them back up again
tonight. The plan for today is to head up to Manic 5.. then continue on up to Gagnon (ghost town)
and camp somewhere north of Gagnon.

Yigal breaking camp in the morning....


my "grasshopper" is all packed up and ready to go...


heading out to the road.. notice it is a tad damp....


The scenery here is great, Yigal stopping for a photo op...


Lots of lakes along the road....


more water......


Quebec Rte 389 is a nice "up & down" and twisty little motorcycle home....


100 kilometers or so north, we came across a transformer station...


Yigal admiring the power.. and wondering how we could harness it!


scenery has a rugged beauty.....


did I mention fuel sources are scarce?? we typically topped up at each opportunity.


50th Parallel - wanted to be sure you got your bearings for our location...


my "grasshopper" taking a break...


Yigal heading north on the 389.... wondering what the next turn will bring for scenery..


The water (lakes, rivers & streams) was very picturesque....


The rivers with rapids were fantastic.. This is just one example..


Here it is also, from the other side of the road....


all of sudden, we round a corner and there it is... Manic 5 No warning, it just appears! It is massive...
I stop in awe, as soon as I see it.....


Yigal riding to get a closer look.....


You have to see this to believe it. Pictures just do not do it justice.


Notice Yigal at the foot of the dam..... did I say massive???


At this point, we took a break and rode over to the Motel/Restaurant/Fuel location near the dam. We had our
breakfast and filled the fuel tanks for the next leg. We headed off to the Visitor Center to check into the Manic 5
tours. It was 11:50 am and the next tour (2 hours long) begins at 11:30. Factoring in all of that and then actually
getting back on the road we estimated it would involve 3 hours. After careful thought, we decided not to give up
the 3 hours of road time so we just browsed the visitor center displays and photo's. Then we headed out
to get back on the road, as here it where it turns to gravel.

To be continued ......

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Old 07-08-2009, 03:05 PM   #17
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Looking forward to Day 4!!!!!
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:17 PM   #18
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Looking forward to Day 4!!!!!
Thanks! I still gotta finish day 3!

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Old 07-08-2009, 04:13 PM   #19
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Looking good Pat

Pat,

Thanks for posting your ride. It looks great already. We can't wait for more!

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Old 07-08-2009, 04:42 PM   #20
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Pat,

Thanks for posting your ride. It looks great already. We can't wait for more!

Mike and Kim
Thanks guys... that means a bunch coming from you both... and Tracy as you all have the Ride Report Supremes... I am just learning...

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Old 07-08-2009, 04:52 PM   #21
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TLH Express Day 3 Continued

Day 3 continued.....

Ok, we have finished at Manic 5... time to head North again on Quebec 389, which now turns to a
gravel road. It is now just approaching noon...

Heading up the hill from Manic 5, the surface is wet and a bit slippery..


Yigal stops up top of the road behind Manic 5, where we can see the Reservoir...


it is fenced off, but you can see the body of water.............


You can see that the surface is fairly hard-packed and showing some water.....


the road wanders miles ahead, yet still visible..............


Fermont is a bit far for today, we expect to get there on Day 4...


You can see the reservoir fom the Manic 5 Dam ahead.... There is supposed to be a trail to get there..


I found the trail and headed down to explore.....


The reservoir with the "Grasshopper" in the foreground....


When I came up, Yigal was with these 2 riders from Montreal.. They were running CCW... we were CW


In talking with them, they indicated the road conditions were pretty good but they cautioned us about
a lot of loose gravel on the TLH.
Continuing North, we stop at Relais Gabriel, where there is Gas, restaurant, motel. This is the last stop
for fuel until Fermont which is still 250 Kilometers away... we fueled up here of course...


We also visited the restaurant for a meal as there were no more places for the rest of the day...



The last leg of Day 3 will be continued... in it, we have some great scenery... bridges rivers and Gagnon.
We hit severe rain storms, twisty roads, mud and my crash...
Enjoy ...
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:47 PM   #22
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TLH Express Day 3 Continued .. Last Leg

Day 3 Continued... Last Leg!

After our last fuel and meal, we were ready to continue. We planned to head
towards Gagnon, and depending on time, get past there and set jup camp for the
night... we have several things of interest in this leg....

Scenery continued to impress as we headed back out onto the road.... Cannot say enough on the "Beauty"


another impressive river....


and the Not So Impressive bridge over it.....


one of our roadside stops to snap some photo's......


Gagnon.. the Ghost Town... dismantled in 1985 after the mining company who owned it closed its door.
For 2 kilometers before you actually reach the town site, you will see nothing but trees and wonder if you
will see remnants of the town. And then you hit... paved road! A modern boulevard! Notice also the dark
clouds in the background... we will tell you about those in a minute..


all that remains are the streets and the "entry" to where the side streets were...


Upon leaving Gagnon, you have 90 kilometers of pavement. During this stretch we were caught twice
in torrential downpours soaking us pretty good do the the intensity. After a short dry off period, we
continued on up to where the road turned back to gravel and also became very twisty.


This is probably the worst part of 389, 70 kilometers of twisty road, crossing back and forth over the railroad
tracks 9 times in a very short stretch. It also gets very narrow... and I may have a biased opinion as
you will see. After crossing a set of tracks (again) the road curved left going up a hill. There was some loose
gravel in the turn and it tried to steer me to the bank on the roadside. I was on the pegs and accelerated
slightly to try and maintain control, which seemed to work as I got it straight and stable. I was still
in the loose stuff and did not feel I had the momentum to get to a stable surface to the left... so I tried
to slow gradually. At about 10 mph, I lost it, and it ended up in the famous Nap Position!


My left foot was pinned.. took a bit to get it out and as you can see, the left pannier has been shifted.
It was not as bad as looked as it straightened out when uprighted. The Top mounts were fine, only the
front bottom bent so I wired tied the rear bottom so it would shift. That repair lasted fro the rest of the trip
and I can repair or replace the bracket at home. The foot was pretty sore but we got back on the road
and had to negotiate some slippery mud. (remember the earlier downpours!)


At this point we decided we had had enough and stopped to set up camp...


someone early on said the bikes were not dirty... I think they qualify now!


setting up the tents.. notice the bug gear!!


This fellow passed us heading south, stopped on his way back. He visited a bit and actually was born
and raised in Gagnon... now lives in Fermont...


That ended day 3... the bugs were brutal here, mostly mosquitos and some gnat like bugs that swarmed
into the tents. We settled in to get rest. In the morning, we figured to stop in Fermont for fuel and food
then head towards Churchill Falls!

Next up .... Day 4, the TLH begins and no one gets up early in Labrador...

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Old 07-09-2009, 01:31 PM   #23
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enjoying the ride report - keep it coming
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:47 PM   #24
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That section of sugar sand is probably better wet than dry, but nasty either way! Great report!

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continued awesome RR
i'm very appreciative of your efforts to share this all with us
the words are every bit as good as the images

i'm glad that the "laying down" of your grasshopper didn't result in any worse damage

thank you, once again
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:58 PM   #26
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Great report ! Glad the lttle 'nap" didn't result in more injuries or damage !

Looking forward to the rest of the report !
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:52 PM   #27
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That section of sugar sand is probably better wet than dry, but nasty either way! Great report!

John
You are probably right John, wet to a point is likely better... I know your Sag Wagon idea did not pan out... you still planning to head back up in the near future??

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continued awesome RR
i'm very appreciative of your efforts to share this all with us
the words are every bit as good as the images

i'm glad that the "laying down" of your grasshopper didn't result in any worse damage

thank you, once again
Thanks Greg... The Grasshopper actually fared quite well.. I have been swamped since getting back and am on the road again this weekend, so I have not even pulled the pannier to see if I can repair the bent bracket.

I do have a spare bracket here anyway if I can not repair it..

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Great report ! Glad the lttle 'nap" didn't result in more injuries or damage !

Looking forward to the rest of the report !
Yes!! The foot will heal... I just need to rest it a bit (and I am not good at doing that!)

I will be delayed until Monday getting day 4 up as I have to attend a Memorial in Montreal honoring those from Canada who crossed the border during Vietnam and fought (and died) fighting with the US forces.

I have been going up for this for quite a few years now... I will get back on the report as soon as I return.

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Thanks Greg... The Grasshopper actually fared quite well.. I have been swamped since getting back and am on the road again this weekend, so I have not even pulled the pannier to see if I can repair the bent bracket.

I do have a spare bracket here anyway if I can not repair it..

Pat in NH
thanks for the reply, pat
the best of luck to all of you
glad that you had the SPARE BRACKET.... good planning
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