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Old 07-15-2009, 07:10 AM   #46
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Awesome trip Pat!
Thanks for the report!
Thanks Don, it was an adventure that I will remember for a long time! Glad I can put a report in here of some value to others.. I have gotten so much enjoyment and information by reading the reports of others..

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Old 07-15-2009, 08:13 AM   #47
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Very nice! I'm impressed at y'all's camping out along the Trans-Lab. The rain and the bugs kept me in motels along the road itself.
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:29 AM   #48
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I'm heading out in about six weeks on my own Trans-Lab trip, so I'm really enjoying this preview!

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Old 07-15-2009, 09:14 AM   #49
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Very nice! I'm impressed at y'all's camping out along the Trans-Lab. The rain and the bugs kept me in motels along the road itself.
Thanks!! The rain was 3 straight nights.. but at least it was dry riding those days.. The bugs, well, we were in the tents early for sure.. which also helped with us getting up early for the morning starts!

That, for us, was part of the adventure...

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Old 07-15-2009, 09:17 AM   #50
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I'm heading out in about six weeks on my own Trans-Lab trip, so I'm really enjoying this preview!

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Mark, if you have any questions etc.. or just want to shoot the breeze about the trip.. give a holler via email or PM... Hope to get day 7 posted up tonight..

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Old 07-15-2009, 10:59 AM   #51
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Thanks!

Thanks for taking us along Pat!....

Note to self: Labrador trip... Forgetting the bug net = DEATH
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:19 AM   #52
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Thanks for taking us along Pat!....

Note to self: Labrador trip... Forgetting the bug net = DEATH
You are very welcome.. and DEATH is correct.. I had 95% Deet and it did not deter them at all.. almost like a salad dressing..

Here we are, cute and covered!!


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Old 07-15-2009, 11:25 AM   #53
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You are very welcome.. and DEATH is correct.. I had 95% Deet and it did not deter them at all.. almost like a salad dressing..

Pat in NH
More like A-1 sauce on steak tartare!!



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Old 07-15-2009, 01:31 PM   #54
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Great trip report! Thanks so much for your great pics and descriptions--looks like a fantastic adventure. 2 years ago I rode from Blanc Sablon to Cartwright, took the ferry to HV/GB, and then rode south to Quebec on the trans lab. Your pics and report brought back a lot of great memories. Though I still pucker at the thought of those graders. Eech.

That's some gorgeous country. Sometimes you just need to stop and listen...it just sounds big, if that makes sense.
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:49 PM   #55
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Great trip report! Thanks so much for your great pics and descriptions--looks like a fantastic adventure. 2 years ago I rode from Blanc Sablon to Cartwright, took the ferry to HV/GB, and then rode south to Quebec on the trans lab. Your pics and report brought back a lot of great memories. Though I still pucker at the thought of those graders. Eech.

That's some gorgeous country. Sometimes you just need to stop and listen...it just sounds big, if that makes sense.
Thank you, I am glad that you have enjoyed so far.. Day 7 (up later tonight) has the Cartwright to Blanc Sablon leg..

Pucker factor on a scale of 1 - 10 was a 12 when I saw a grader, a dump truck or a compacting working in the dirt/sand!

Anyone who has been there will agree with you, it "sounds big"

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Old 07-15-2009, 04:19 PM   #56
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Trans Lab Day 7

Day 7..... Cartwright to Blanc Sablon/St Barbe??

Today we land at Cartwright... There were some items we re-evaluated while
we were in Goose Bay.. We were tired, and each leg was takng us slightly longer
than our route plan. We had over 250 miles to do on day 7, all gravel but at the
same time everyone was telling us this was the easiest of the unpaved areas as
the road was in the best shape. I will discuss that theory later !!

We also found a schedule change. The ferry from Blanc Sablon was 10:30 am tomorrow,
not 8:00 as we had thought. We did not want to lose 2 more hours of travel time (we were
gonna stay in Blanc Sablon tonight (Wednesday). We called from Goose Bay and booked
onto the 6:00pm Wednesday, figuring we could make that, and then camp over in
Newfoundland.

Also, we looked at our Thursday riding schedule and decided we had over extended
ourselves with our plan. We decided to cut off the northern loop of Newfoundland and
only take our time going down to Gros Morne and spend some time in that area. The one
caveat to that plan was icebergs!! I had looked on a tracking site and we had 3 good
chances to see them. Today at Mary's Harbor or Red Bay, and tomorrow at St Anthony's.
Our descision was, continue with current plan if we saw icebergs today. If not, we
would be heading to St Anthony's Newfoundland tomorrow before heading to Gros Morne.

Now, on to the pictures and stories if you will...... Morning on the Deck!


Land Ho!


Coming into Cartwright....






Once off the boat.. we stopped on the roadside and got our gear ready, bearings set and ready to roll.


Here is one of the many signs we have been grabbing shots of.. distance for todays ride!


Notice the loose gravel and dust... this is gonna be a longer day than we thought..


It was a bit hazy with some early fog.. notice our lane has the loose stuff.. Yes, we rode the hardpack lanes when we could..


Even with the haze.. the water and mountains were pretty..


Some more water closer.. we are still inland but later today will be near the coast.


You can see a long ways here, even with the haze. This would have been a beautiful pic on a sunny day.


Another water shot... plenty of it here...


The road has patches of hardpack, in lanes.. and loose all around.. stay in the hard you can fly..


Yigal stopped by a river... These were fun to look at with rapid moving water....


Here is the water flow.... Nice huh???


The "grasshopper" at rest by the river....


Back on the road again... loose stuff is expanding on the right... and see the dust from another vehicle?


The road continues as far as the eye can see....


Here is where the bypass will connect here to the 510.. says scheduled to finish this year,
thats not gonna happen.....


Here is some the rugged countryside... we are still inland..


Yours Truly... cannot stay long.. Bugs a coming!


More countryside... trees are sparce and thin...


And, as the sky's get clear and blue.. you can see a long way ahead...


Very sparce treeline and rocky ground ...


Ok, lets see now... where are we???? Port Hope Simpson is our gas stop...


Contuinuing on down the road.. heading towards a lower elevation....


We are also getting closer to the coast line...


just a shot featuring the grasshopper and my SPOT mount!


Ok... we are almost halfway through day 7... Next stop will be fuel at Port Hope Simpson..
Then we go on an iceberg hunt!

Ride Safe... Day 7 to be continued....

Pat in NH
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:50 AM   #57
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Keep it coming Pat..... super informative, using it to plan my trip next year (when and if they open the Goose Bay - Cartwright extension).
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:15 AM   #58
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Keep it coming Pat..... super informative, using it to plan my trip next year (when and if they open the Goose Bay - Cartwright extension).
Thank you for the kind words... If it does open next year, I suspect it will be later in the season from what I and friends have seen..

Trying to get the rest of day 7 up here today yet...

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Old 07-16-2009, 07:06 AM   #59
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Nice!!

Glad to see you got out on the trip Pat!!

Really enjoying the ride so far!! Lets find us some Iceburgs!!!
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:39 AM   #60
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Glad to see you got out on the trip Pat!!

Really enjoying the ride so far!! Lets find us some Iceburgs!!!
Thanks.. Iceberg search is in the next installment later today!!
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