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Old 07-16-2009, 04:09 PM   #61
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continued goodness
love this thread
can't wait see and read the next installment

thank you
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:43 PM   #62
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continued goodness
love this thread
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thank you
Thank you Greg for following along! Next segment going up in moments (part 2 day 7) and part 3 final for 7 should be in a couple hours..

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Old 07-16-2009, 04:58 PM   #63
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Trans Lab Express .. Day 7 Continued..

Day 7, Part 2 of 3....

Day 7 continued….
As we approached Port Hope Simpson, we were getting to a lower elevation
And also closer to see level.


And more water….


Here is the bridge before entering the town.. will be needing fuel..


The lake is pretty off from the bridge….


Our fuel stop is Penny’s Pit Stop. Grab some liquids and snacks in the
Convenience store….


After taking care of business, I was checking GPS and maps and
Getting ready to depart…


Back on the road….. body of water as we leave town on the left….


A little attempt to be “artsy” with the photo….


Here the road is windy and up and down, quite pretty…


Yigal taking a break on the side of the road…..we were tired..
and the loose gravel was wearing on us…..


Coming back down to a lower elevation near the coast again.


St Lewis Inlet, coming into the Battle Harbor area…


The bridge crossing….


Some more of the Labrador roadway… each coastal village area
We head back up a bit in elevation…


It is pretty scenic off to the left of the road here….


Again, a higher elevation.. notice the sparse trees and the fog layer


Coming in to Mary’s Harbor… Hoping to find the Icebergs….


Picturesque Mary’s Harbor….


Very quaint little fishing village on the coast…


Very scenic… fishing boats, coastline…


Alas, we found no Icebergs here…. we did enjoy the scenery…


Anyway, back on the road and heading out of town…


You can really see the road up ahead…


Snow caps in the hills… we saw lots of these in this area..


More snow caps, I liked this shot…


This was one of the scary times.. the dust from these was blinding..
It made it near impossible to see the track in the road… or for other trucks
Behind him to see us.. There were all too many of these though most
were very courteous towards us.


Just a few scenery shots....


More of the rugged stuff.....


Still lots of water, even in the rugged areas....


Yours truly, on the road to Red Bay and maybe Icebergs?


Wow, he is closing fast!!


The Grasshopper relaxing in front of some more snow caps... notice the washboard road.



This is getting a little long, so I will break it off here and return shortly with part 3 of Day 7...

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Old 07-16-2009, 06:50 PM   #64
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Trans Lab Express Day 7 part 3 of 3

Day 7 Continued.... the final leg, 3 of 3


If you remember... we still have not found our Icebergs, and are now approaching Red Bay.
The Internet tracking of Icebergs shows Mary’s Harbor and St Anthony’s as the
best locations, but Mary’s Harbor had none. Maybe they will have moved to Red Bay?
If not, then we will head to St Anthony’s tomorrow.
We crest a hill, approaching Red Bay.. I look in the distance and my heart is pounding!
There it is!!! The first Iceberg sighting. Look Way Out!!


Here it is a bit closer...... but we will still get closer....


Actually coming into the Village of Red Bay....


An old ship wreck on the inlet...


A section of the village, Icebergs in the background.....


A better shot of 2 of the bergs....


There were several more out a bit further....


Heading back up out of the village....


Quaint house in the village…..


We stopped at the local restaurant (Whalers) for a meal before getting back on the road...


On the road out of Red Bay, we saw another....


To a man born and raised in the midwest... WOW!


And another one way out..... nice pic with the little house..


Down the road a little further, 2 more. Small but in fairly close to shore.


There was a small rocky trail down closer to the cliff... I rode down for a closer shot.


Another attempt to be “artsy” and show my bike in the pic...


From here, we started booking it towards the ferry dock, still a bit away. It was going to be very close if we would make it for the 6pm sailing. If not, we would just stay over and grab the morning boat. As it turned out, we just did make it. We had a reservation and it was like 5:50 when we got there. The ticket agent said we had 5 minutes to get the dock and on the boat. We were still tying down the bike when they close the ramp and prepared for departure!
When we got off at St Barbe, we rode to the main road and headed North, found a place to camp...
The end of another day… setting up camp…


The stats for Day 7...
On a scale of 1-100
Wow Factor 120! We got to see Icebergs..
Puckerfactor 99 – Too many loose gravel patches, too much dust and we were just beat.
Fatigue Factor 97 - This was the toughest leg of the trip.. Most of this leg was on the pegs..

The weather was good again today....

We traveled a total of 278 miles from Cartwright to St Barbe.
Total Time: 11 hours 5 minutes
Riding Time 7 Hours 42 Minutes
Moving Average: 36 MPH
Overall with all stops 25 MPH

We had some lots of photo stops especially with icebergs hunting.
Also, 2 fuel stops, a snack stop and a sitdown meal.
Next up Day 8, our first day in Newfoundland.

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Old 07-16-2009, 07:19 PM   #65
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Great report Rocky, hope your foot is feeling better.

That sea plane you saw in Goose Bay was a water bomber, Otter Creek (where the ferry docks) is usually the place they pick up the water, it has been a dry summer up there this year and there are fires up there still.

Not sure if you knew but I lived in Mary's Hr. for a few years a couple of years back. It is a pretty place with very friendly people.

Don't you hate it when a few of those flies get caught inside your bug hoods.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:10 PM   #66
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Awesome Ride Report

Great job Pat!!!! Thanks!!!! We are enjoying your RR big time. It brings back some really fond memories of the trip we took a couple of years back.

We even met Dave Noel in Mary's Harbor and ate lunch with him at Whalers!

Thanks for posting and bringing us along!

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Great report Rocky, hope your foot is feeling better.

That sea plane you saw in Goose Bay was a water bomber, Otter Creek (where the ferry docks) is usually the place they pick up the water, it has been a dry summer up there this year and there are fires up there still.

Not sure if you knew but I lived in Mary's Hr. for a few years a couple of years back. It is a pretty place with very friendly people.

Don't you hate it when a few of those flies get caught inside your bug hoods.
Thanks Dave, foot is better... Best thing is getting off it a bit and I have been trying to do a bit of that each day...

No, I did not know that you lived in Mary's Harbor... I found everywhere up there, the friendliest people... They would just walk up and strike a conversation. Heck, we were in Port Aux Basques, flipped a u-turn in a semi residential/commercial area... a lady pulled up on our left, rolled down her window and asked if she could help us with anything...

See if that happens in Boston!!!

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Old 07-16-2009, 10:00 PM   #68
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Great job Pat!!!! Thanks!!!! We are enjoying your RR big time. It brings back some really fond memories of the trip we took a couple of years back.

We even met Dave Noel in Mary's Harbor and ate lunch with him at Whalers!

Thanks for posting and bringing us along!

Mike and Kim
Glad that you guys enjoyed it ... I have a ways to go before I am "world class" like your reports!! Thats ok though, I am learning...

Ironic how we at the same place as you guys and Dave... That was one of my regrets, that I did not get a chance this trip to meet Dave and Skibum..

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I am really enjoying this Pat. Did you guys just pick a spot on the side of the road to camp? No hassles with that? Wish we could do it here. Without the black flies of course!

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I am really enjoying this Pat. Did you guys just pick a spot on the side of the road to camp? No hassles with that? Wish we could do it here. Without the black flies of course!

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Thanks John, glad that you are enjoying.. Regarding the camping, yes, most of the time we just pitched on the side of the road.. found a clear spot and set up. Never any issues... people would honk and wave if they passed and we were out.. In Quebec, we had a KLR rider stop by to say hi...

Twice we did use a regular campground.. Day 2 at Manic 2 .. and we know they had one from our planning..

At Gros Morne in Newfoundland on day 8, we found a campground right by the Visitor center to the National Park.. Took it cuz we both were ready for a shower... (even no shower for a few days did not deter the black flies!)

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Pat I don't think the flies car what you smell like. I always make myself feel beter by knowing it is only the females that bit.
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:20 PM   #72
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Awesome trip report guys! The gravel looks a little nerve-racking. And does Yigal sleep in a sitting position in that tent?! I'm 6'0" and that thing looks too short for me!!!
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Pat I don't think the flies car what you smell like. I always make myself feel beter by knowing it is only the females that bit.
Hahaha.. it sure did not deter them any.. no more than the 95% deet which did noothing!!!

I will go with the female theory!

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Awesome trip report guys! The gravel looks a little nerve-racking. And does Yigal sleep in a sitting position in that tent?! I'm 6'0" and that thing looks too short for me!!!
Well, its smaller than mine ... but he was prone ... You should have watched in the morning and seen all the stuff that came out of that tent with him...

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Yeah I stopped using that 95% deet after it melted my watch strap once, I figured the fly bites got to be safer.
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