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Old 12-11-2009, 08:02 AM   #121
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WE vacation in Maine, been on some of these tails,,am trying to piece the information together and map out this trip as a couple of friends will want to do this one....going to Lab this summer but this is one on our books...thanks...nice
Hey Bob, we blew through the BAT between Caribou and Van Buren, on our way to Gaspe, just 10 days after DP's group! The colors were just a vibrant then. I seem to remember an oil crisis and a a couple of major puddle hops by you during that sprint.

DockingPilot....this is a super ride report. Is there any chance you would be willing to share the associated GPX files? I'm in Southern Maine, and would love to tap into the NB trails.

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Old 12-11-2009, 10:14 AM   #122
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Is there any chance you would be willing to share the associated GPX files?
I was going to ask that too, but was waiting for the ride report to be finished first.

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Old 12-11-2009, 11:06 AM   #123
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Happy Birthday Dockingpilot!

Hey everybody, guess who's seeing his youth get smaller and smaller in his rear view mirror today ... ADV's No. 1 adventure writer, Dockingpilot!

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Old 12-11-2009, 12:03 PM   #124
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Ill have a Garmin GPS file for it soon. I need to clean it up a bit before release.
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:05 PM   #125
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Hey Bob, we blew through the BAT between Caribou and Van Buren, on our way to Gaspe, just 10 days after DP's group! The colors were just a vibrant then. I seem to remember an oil crisis and a a couple of major puddle hops by you during that sprint.

DockingPilot....this is a super ride report. Is there any chance you would be willing to share the associated GPX files? I'm in Southern Maine, and would love to tap into the NB trails.

Keep it comming!
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:06 PM   #126
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Hey everybody, guess who's seeing his youth get smaller and smaller in his rear view mirror today ... ADV's No. 1 adventure writer, Dockingpilot!

I stopped counting 5 years ago ........
My buddie say's although I may look youthfull, I have the insides of an 80 year old man.......
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:30 PM   #127
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OK, was were we, oh yea, the "closed road, proceed with caution" sign.

Hmmm, I think to myself Our new Canadian friend and renowned NBDSC member Moosie (PAUL) surely wouldn't send us into a quagmire would he ?

Come to think of it, I faintly remember his laugh last week as having a hint of a sadistic overtone..........


Nah, Pauls a gentlemen he wouldn't do that. So we "proceed" as the sign read, "with caution". Yea right

Well any we ride this great dirt road for miles then we find out the reason for the sign.
"Bridge out"
The photo of course does it no justice, but the creek is down there and the embankment pretty steep. No problem on a quad or smaller unloaded bike, but remember we're on big bikes loaded for 2 weeks. We all stop and look and think to ourselves "what the flip"....................except Bruce. Before we know it he is already down and up the other side tanking our "pansy picture".

Well god never liked a coward, and besides with Bruce already through, we have little choice but to proceed. And we do !






Going up !


"Oh Canada" Nice move JP !


DK


Tim


Dennis on his 08' 650 "Low Boy"





And we are all on the other side. "Ah twas nuttin Bruce, wooda crossed even without humiliation"


And we continue.........
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:52 PM   #128
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The road is smooth and wide, but we passed no one on it.


Now Paul, how are we supposed to be on time for our lobster supper if you keep throwing these "Road Closed" signs at us ha ?


Easy, squeezy, eh ?




On the other side of that creek, this little gem of a road awaited us.


And we would be on this the rest of the way to Blackville. About 60 miles away if I remember correctly.


DK & JP "CAN-AM"


That tree color ablaze in orange stopped us in our tracks. Awesome. This is what we came for.










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Old 12-11-2009, 01:05 PM   #129
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This just keeps getting better
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:13 PM   #130
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Great stuff here! I'm a Vermonter and have ridden some of what you guys rode.
That stuff in northern Maine and NB looks really nice. Going to have to get on that soon. MarkB, what are you doing next fall?! Thanks for taking the time to share. Awesome!
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:16 PM   #131
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Holy Crap Mr. Pilot!
A Birthday to you...?
Congradulations...


Hip, hip , horray!

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Old 12-11-2009, 01:42 PM   #132
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The route continued as a sweet little 2 track. After a while while finally people. A hunt camp! A hunt camp accessed by quad for them.


OK, I guess you realy had to be there, but can you imagine the look on these fellas faces when they spotted the NJ tags ? They said, "Your from where" ? "And your going to Blackville" ? "You still got another @#% clicks to go eh".

Me: "JP" ! How many miles is @#% clicks" ?
JP: About 30 eh.


Those boys shake our hands in the typical friendly Canaiden fashon, and we push on. We got a date with a New Brunswick lobster or 3 !!!
And remember, we so far in the bush, cell phone service and any communication with Paul is not happening. The last time I talked to him was days and many off road miles prior in St. Quentin.
We push on......



We parallel the Dungarvun River










And a few clicks down the trail, and still another one !! We loved it though, made for an excellent adventure ride.



Well, about 2 hours before it got dark we popped out in Blackville. My F800 was now on fumes and Bruces SE badly needed a drink too. We all fueled up, got the only motel (a real nice too btw) in town, showered, shaved and then my phone pinged with our good friend Moosie (Paul) on the other end.


"How ya like the ride eh" ?
"It was flippin awesome Paul"!!!
"Hope you boys are hungry because me and my friend Kurk have about 50 lbs of lobster".


Did he just say 50 lbs of lobster ?


Pauls gives me the lat and long of Kurks camp and I plug it into the 276c. We get dressed and ride over.
Quickly.

Next up: we arrive at the camp for one of the best meals I have ever had. And we can almost, almost, smell the salt air from here.

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Old 12-11-2009, 03:45 PM   #133
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Looks like you boys had one helluva trip. Awesome pictures.
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:34 PM   #134
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How cool that those hunters were wearing KTM orange in honor of Duane.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:15 PM   #135
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What a great way to spend your birthday!! Thanks for sharing your RR...what a super write up and the photos are just spectacular. You really did nail it with the roads and the foliage.
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