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Old 06-26-2013, 10:05 AM   #15916
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Mark... You should by rights be only 200+ miles .
Same as us...
But we will cut through the wood to get thar...
NO super slabbing will be needed...
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:08 AM   #15917
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It's about this far {…………………}
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:13 AM   #15918
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If you don't know where you are going,,, how in the Hell will you know when to stop???

Sounds like the start of a good trip!
That's the way we roll. The destination means shit.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:13 PM   #15919
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I think I got it off. I will know 100% by the weekend.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:51 AM   #15920
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:14 AM   #15921
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I was gonna hold out for this bike. I am glad I bought my bike. I don't want a bike payment. Down the road in a couple of years I will consider a used one.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:32 AM   #15922
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Mark has the curse this season. And I have not been rained on yet this year. It's backwards.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:35 AM   #15923
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He's ridden a lot more than you have.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:39 AM   #15924
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Yeah. This working for a living has cramped my style.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:44 AM   #15925
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I've only been out once since the Purple Fiddle.

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:58 AM   #15926
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I have my new bike a out a month. I only put 3000 miles on it. I had it apart for at least a week of that. I am really slacking. I have a company car now and don't ride to work. That is keeping the miles down too.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:07 PM   #15927
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Speaking of Newfoundland, my summer trip is up in the air. I was going to go through the desert to Needles California to knock that off the list, but I'm not feeling it at the moment. Newfoundland is back on the board. I really liked Nova Scotia so it's a possibility. I don't know much about it though other than your ride report which I need to re-read.

It was the bottom end of James Bay road from Matagami to the gas at 381 that was heaved. It was decent after that. Bottom was just a a PITA. I was riding it like those horse people canter. I think they call it posting. Legs were shot after 11 hrs of it. Matagami to Val'd-Or was a good road.

Long story short, I think handling issue was all in my head. Steering/handling didn't seem right friday night. Seemed to dive left and not want to go right. Also thought I was hearing some clicking in the head bearing. Thought for sure I blew out the rear shock too. Felt like it was riding low Hopped on Sunday AM and all seemed fine riding back Sunday.

Not sure if this link will work, but it's some pictures of the ride, and 1 of the smoke from the forest fire that almost locked me in on the north side of the gas station. But that's a different story. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1&l=91b2fcaa6a
If you do go to Newfoundland, check out www.ridetherock.com. It's a Newfoundland motorcycle forum. They'll bend over backwards to help out a complete stranger. Great group of guys and gals there... Though really that describes pretty much the entire island.

Good to know about that stretch of road. When I finally get a chance to make it up there, I'll be sure to keep the speeds reasonable.

Great to hear that you didn't have bike issues after all.

Great pictures! The Rupert River looked like it was flowing quite strongly. I thought that they were supposed to divert most of the river in like '08 or '09, turning it into little more than a trickle?
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #15928
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Hey Grimetime, spring hands around in NL till late summer. Best time is mid-Aug. If you go, hike this mountain in Gros Morne.

I live in Lehigh Twp near Beckys if you ever want to ride & discuss NL. I been there twice, one on my DL1000 & once with my boys in the mighty diesel MB. Great place to travel and good people. .


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Old 06-28-2013, 05:31 AM   #15929
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How long do you need to do St James Bay? Now that I have a passport on its way. I want to keep my options open.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:15 AM   #15930
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Thanks to both of you. That ridetherock.com looks like a great resource. I will have to check out Gros Morne. Looks like a great spot.

Threw a rough route together just so I could look at it and see what was missing. Ride is mid august every year over my birthday, so the late spring thing should be ok. http://goo.gl/maps/9RrpZ Still not sure if this is the ride I will do or not. Very torn, I was set on eating tex-mex for a week, not poutine.

Markcap, I am out in Bethlehem Township, so not far away at all.

James Bay is similar it sounds weather wise. Talking to the gas station attendant at 381, he said last thursday was the first day of the year they had not woken up to heavy, windshield scraping frost. I lucked out in that regard with temps in high 50's in the AM, and 70's daytime. He called it a crazy heat wave, I called it perfect conditions.

Dennis, it's about a 2400 mile trip without Chiasabi, which is another 50 miles each way I think. I only had 3 days for the trip, but would really have liked to have seen James Bay. Radisson and Matagami are 387 miles apart (or close to that). You have to make the call if you are going to come back to Matagami, or up 1 day, back the other. At the speed limit, it is 7hrs each way (matagami-radisson). I tacked on a bit getting back to Val'd-Or to make sunday's return more manageable, and rode pretty much non-stop except fueling from 6am to 10:30pm. I fueled in Matagami at about 8pm I think.

You can't see the dam unless you are a resident of Chiasabi or Radisson, or book the tour (hour movie to start I am told). I didn't have that kind of time. I'll be honest, it was a bummer in that regard.

I will say this, if I were to get a KLR and could deal with it on the long haul, you could spend weeks up there on logging roads/service roads. There are snowmobile trails EVERYWHERE. Lots of sand. I could easily see making a week out it. Even trailering offroad bikes up to Val'd-or and going from there would be big fun.
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