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Old 07-13-2009, 02:45 AM   #31
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Trans Lab Express Day 4!

Startng Day 4...........

Ok, we are waking up now on day 4.... Again, it rained over night. The bugs last night were vicious
and they swarmed us and the tents. Just opening the door flap invited hundreds in....
We are getting used to packing up in the morning damp...

Our plan today, ride to Fermont, get gas and breakfast, then head to Churchill Falls via the Trans Lab Highway.
We are finally almost to the TLH!
Sunrise in Quebec as we are breaking camp...



The road to Fermont...


Approaching the Mount Wright Iron Mine


Even the water is red from the iron ore....


Closer to the operation itself! It was massive....


Arriving in Fermont, we apparently were too early for the town. The gas station and the restaurant were both closed,
and not opening until 6:30am. It was about 6 now so we decided to just head on up to Labrador City and get fuel etc.
There was a McDonalds advertised there and we could get some coffee and breakfast sandwiches....


After breakfast, we fueled up, got some water bottles. We saw our friend from last night pass by and waved, don't
know if he saw us... then back on the road... Hereis the sign we have been riding 3 days for....


And of course this one which is "famous" if you will....


Here is the road... we are off, this has been our goal!


Stopping to admire some of the scenic water along the road. There were rivers, lakes, ponds and marshes..


Pretty lake right along the road....


another shot of the same lake.....


The road surface... Not bad if you stay away from the edges.....


further downthe roadway... taking a short break...


Yours Truly!


stopped at one of the many "construction zones"


Following the dirt truck....


These construction zones, varied between grading, dumping rock, dumping dirt, compacting et.
What was a common thread, none of tehm were pleasant conditions. Looking at the right side of this section,
they have recently dumped gravel and spread it... and it is very loose... Caution is needed in these areas.


Ok, I need to break here and get ready for work... I will continue day 4 shortly... Hope everyone is enjoying!

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Old 07-13-2009, 03:29 AM   #32
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More, more, more!!!

I hate it when that work thing gets in the way. Great report, keep it coming!
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:30 AM   #33
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Great!

Very cool Pat! Been waiting for this. Subscribed.

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Old 07-13-2009, 03:51 AM   #34
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I hate it when that work thing gets in the way. Great report, keep it coming!
Yeppers! Work is a 4 letter word for a reason!!

and thank you for the kind words... dont do this very often so I am learning..

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Old 07-13-2009, 03:52 AM   #35
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Very cool Pat! Been waiting for this. Subscribed.

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Thanks John,
Hope all is well with you... I am gonna post this link up on the MTF but wanted to get a few days up here first..

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Old 07-13-2009, 05:50 AM   #36
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Tarns Lab Express Day 4 Continued....

Ok, we are continuing now with day 4... The road to Churchill Falls....
The further in we travel... the more rugged is the countryside..



here is a similar rugged country area and also one of teh patches of looser gravel...


looking ahead from my bike.. the rugged country, loose gravel and the mountains in the distance..


about half way in to Churchill Falls..


little scrub trees at the higher elevations, still lots of lakes etc.. and Yigal's dust up ahead..


Further up the road we met this gentleman... Fron Vancouver BC, he was heading the opposite direction
from us. We exchangd info on the road conditions, said our goodbyes and off we went...


A little further down the road.. some more of the infamous "construction".. with dirt..


and the results of the road graders before they are completely finished....


and finally arriving at our destination.....


It was on 12:50 pm so we were in early... At this point, our plans were to try and camp here in town.
We stopped at the General Store for fuel and info.
The lady said we could tent out behind the arena or maybe on the grass by the church. She said they may
not give permission because of the bears in the area. We headed off to the restaurant (in the only hotel) and
figured that we would:
Get a meal
Check a price on hotel
get a time open for breakfast.
At that point, leaning towards grabbing a room but at $110.00 plus taxes, we discarded that idea quickly. The
restaurant did not open till 7am.. so to camp there to grab a quick breakfast was out as we would likely be on
the road before 7am. Besides, the bears in town were used to people so would be more inclined to visit us,
as opposed to bears down the road. So we decided since it was early, to just head down the road a bit and set up
camp along the roadside as we had been...

heading back out... here is the milepost sign leaving CF's... and you can see Yigal heading down the road..


down the road a few miles... this signpost.. 285 Km's to Goose Bay


passing another river... I found these to be very impressive...


another view of the same one....


finally we found a pretty flat and clear spot off the road to stop and set up camp..


Yigal is all set.....


Oh, have we mentioned the bugs... the blackfies from here on out were brutal!


To wrap up day 4 notes.....

The weather was good all day...
we traveled a total of 242 miles from camp to camp
(it was 188 miles to Churchill Falls and then we went another 54..
Total Time: 10 hours 41 minutes
(a long day but we had 2 sit down meals and would have a shorter day 5 to HV-GB)
Riding Time 6 Hours 32 Minutes
Moving Average: 37 MPH
(Overall with all stops 22.6 MPH)
We had some photo stops, gas etc...
also 2 sit down meal stops.......

Next..... will be Day 5!

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Old 07-13-2009, 07:09 AM   #37
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pat.....
continued awesome info and pics
i really appreciate it

hmmmmmm
the bugs would have driven me crazy
i know it was all worth it, in the end.... of course

thanks, again
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:24 AM   #38
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pat.....
continued awesome info and pics
i really appreciate it

hmmmmmm
the bugs would have driven me crazy
i know it was all worth it, in the end.... of course

thanks, again
Thanks! The trip was totally worth it... The bugs, well I could have done without.. but once we got to Newfoundland they were not as bad..

Working on day 5 now!

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Working on day 5 now!

Pat in NH
can't wait to read it
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:04 AM   #40
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To wrap up day 4 notes.....

The weather was good all day...
we traveled a total of 242 miles from camp to camp
(it was 188 miles to Churchill Falls and then we went another 54..
Total Time: 10 hours 41 minutes
(a long day but we had 2 sit down meals and would have a shorter day 5 to HV-GB)
Riding Time 6 Hours 32 Minutes
Moving Average: 37 MPH
(Overall with all stops 22.6 MPH)
We had some photo stops, gas etc...
also 2 sit down meal stops.......

Next..... will be Day 5!

Pat in NH
Pat,

Great report thus far, loving your detailed pics of the road conditions...

So here's a question (now that you've experienced the TLH).... what are the chances one could ride from Bay Comeu to Goose Bay in 1.5 days?

This may help:
KTM 950 with dirt capable tires + young buck... full of Red-Bull!!!!!
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:37 AM   #41
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Pat,

Great report thus far, loving your detailed pics of the road conditions...

So here's a question (now that you've experienced the TLH).... what are the chances one could ride from Bay Comeu to Goose Bay in 1.5 days?

This may help:
KTM 950 with dirt capable tires + young buck... full of Red-Bull!!!!!
I guess anything is possible!!

The total distance is 1125 km's... 675 miles. about 290 km (174 miles is paved..)

we took basically 2 1/2 days... and were pretty tired.. we are also not the most skilled.... and typically stopped for 2 full sit down meals each day..

Our riding time (without any stops) was 14 1/2 hours the first 2 days (Baie Comeau to within 135 miles of Goose Bay)

So, if someone wanted to Iron Butt run it, I am sure they could make it in a day and 1/2... I think you would miss a lot.. and I would recommend more time...

The travel guides (figuring a car/truck) suggest normal is 7 hours in quebec, it has to be longer in Labrador... so say maybe 10 hours..

You are looking at 17 by car....

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Old 07-13-2009, 09:48 AM   #42
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Trans Lab Express Day 5..

Day 5 start....

Day 5... June 29th.. Ride to Happy Valley Goose Bay

I woke up early... did not sleep real well as my foot was bothering me quite a bit...

The bugs were also brutal, I had gotten chewed up good over night...
and they were waiting outside my tent for me as looked out the window at the road...


getting ready to break down my tent... rest of the gear is out....


as we get rolling... the vegitation thins out.. still plenty of water around...


Both sides look similar.. road conditions look decent in this stretch..


entering another construction area (for 25km) This will generate a fair amount of loose gravel


One thing for sure, water is plentiful up here. I find a natural rugged beauty in these types of scenes..


this is similar... water but also notice the buildup of loose gravel on the sides.. that will be increasing.


a road shot down a bit further... very loose dust and more loose gravel...


here is a closer shot of some of the scraggly trees.. (notice water here too)


ahhhh.. the loose gravel.. gotta love it! Notice how nice near the sides, stay out of that!


saw a lot of small little cabins on the roadside.. some real tiny.. others more deluxe...


notice the dirt in another area of "construction".. Our Pucker Factor increased any time we saw
a road grader, flagman or construction sign!


We managed to spot some wildlife along this section of the roadway.... I saw a fox with her young'un


Another view... she was actually nursing the baby... they had crossed the road in front of me..


and Yigal managed to get a shot of a bear.. I saw one but it was gone too quick....


Oh.. did we mention dust?? Here is what that looks like on the roadway...


and the road is not always straight.....


another curved section with a small dust kicker heading my way!



Ok, taking a break folks... hope you enjoy.. I will try and wrap up day 5 this evening....

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Old 07-13-2009, 04:06 PM   #43
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Tlh Express .. Day 5 Continued..

Day 5 continued….

Ok, where did we leave off… oh yes, wildlife & twisty roads!


Continuing on towards Goose Bay…… Road is twisty.. and pretty..


Some more water by the road.. I really do like the rivers and streams..


Taking a short break.. lots of loose gravel here, look at it piled by the edges…


My bike resting by the water… I liked this picture…


Here you can see the road well ahead.. and a cabin in the tree’s to the left..


It is not all curves though; here is one of the long straight stretches…


And back to curves… the scenery in this area was nice…


A more deluxe cabin at one of the higher elevations.. note sandy with less trees..


Some more of the road…..


Lakes in the distance from a higher elevation…


The bikes at a scenic roadside pulloff…


The view down the road from the turnoff….


The grasshopper in the turnoff…


Yigal trying to keep the black flies away… have I mentioned the bugs???


Another straight stretch of road… just before the infamous….


CONSTRUCTION ZONE! Notice the workers Bug protection…


See the road grader in the distance…. The pucker factor just increased..


This is the road surface… not a fun ride on this stuff..


And it seemed to go on Foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……..


Finally we arrive… Happy Valley Goose Bay!


Here I am in front of the “trophy sign”


And the sign itself… this is what we rode all this way for….



This stretch was probably the hardest ride so far because of the loose gravel
and the washboard affect that tried to jar the fillings out of our tooth. To be
honest, we had many caution us about the loose gravel being heavy but it was
not as bad as I was expecting over most of the run.

Now we had some time. We did not have to be to the boat until 3:00 pm tomorrow.
We relaxed at the rooms... Then we headed in to a Sports Bar for a nice meal and some
of the local brew...

To wrap up day 5 notes.....
The weather was good again today....
we traveled a total of 128.2 miles from camp to motel
Total Time: 4 hours 23 minutes
Riding Time 3 Hours 10 Minutes
Moving Average: 37.3 MPH
Overall with all stops 29.2 MPH
We had some photo stops and also construction
There was no fuel or meal stops this leg.

Tomorrow, day 6 is a short report, just gas eat and ride to the Ferry.....

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Trans Lab Express Day 6..

Day 6.... a relaxing day!
Day 6 is the day that we catch the Ferry out of Goose Bay over to Cartwright..
It is approx a 13 hour trip. The boat leaves at 5pm, and we are supposed to be there
for loading by around 3. Check out time was 11am and the motel had an included
continental breakfast.
Our plans for the day were...
Partake of the already paid for breakfast
pack up our stuff...
Relax until 11 and then check out..
(we had asked about a late CO but rooms were rented)
Head up to the Sports Bar for lunch and kill time until 2pm
Head over, get tickets and get in line for boarding..
Nothing fancy today.. no dirt, gravel or long miles to ride..
Here are the bikes in the line.... we were there for awhile as the ship
went to Lewisporte and Cartwright, Cartwright is OFF first, so of course
they are loaded last!


ok, see Yigal ahead? The line is moving....


this is the ship we will be spendiong the next 15 hours on!


a fellow on the dock offered to take my picture.. he even gave the camera back!


On the deck of the ship.. We had reserved a cabin. They also had lounge areas and a cafeteria.


looking out from the deck.....


It was an interesting trip actually. We had 2 items of entertainment while on board. Before the boat
departed the dock, there was a seaplane making touch and go landings in the water right next to us.




They must have made at least a dozen passes while we were loading and then waiting to depart... Then once out to sea,
they announced over the PA that there would be SAR training events on the upper decks and we were welcome to
come up and watch.
This involved a helicopter from the Canadien Search and Rescue. They followed the ship. moved up and back, left to
right overhead, then positioned themselves near the deck.




Then, they began lowering a crew member down to the deck of the ship....


and lower.......................


as they got closer, they directed the helicopter with hand signals, to bring them to where they wanted ...


Once on the deck of the ship, they disconnected and visited with the crew and passengers while the chopper
moved away from the ship.


They would then have the chopper return, drop the harness down, hitch up and then they would be be brought
back up to the helicopter. The helicopter would move away and shadow us a while, then return to do it again.
They repeated this with several different crew members and to both sides of the ship. This provided a couple
of hours of entertainment.

Thats about all the excitement of day 6... not much riding, but a little entertainment and a long boat ride ahead.
At least we would sleep for most o fthat... after we watched the sunset from the deck!



Next up... Day 7 and arriving at Cartwright, then riding the 510 to look for icebergs...

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Old 07-15-2009, 05:52 AM   #45
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Awesome trip Pat!
Thanks for the report!
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