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Old 08-23-2010, 03:59 PM   #796
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DownSide Up

Bummer to hear of your latest meeting with the DownSide. Speaking from experience (oh yea, remember my broken back and collar bone incident?) just thank God you are alive and no missing limbs! If everyone pitches in, we can get you a full body suit like the bubble-boy so you just roll down the road next time the bike gives out! When you come back to work we'll never be able to keep up the adrenalin flow like this trip is giving you! There's countless people following you and wishing we could be there for you. We are praying for you.

As Chester (Golden Retriever Mascot here at work) would say "STAY DOWN", and take your time to "HEEL" before hitting the road again.

Let us know if we can send supplies, parts or fabricate something up. Cheers.
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:57 PM   #797
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jeebus!

I take my eyes off this thread for a couple weeks to get some work done and Dave's rode thru my backyard, renewed his engine and busted himself up again in Newf!
Sorry to hear you're in the sling again Dave. It sounds like you are (somehow) underway back here but I've got a trailer here in Moncton if that helps at all.

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Old 08-23-2010, 07:17 PM   #798
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@ Fritzconic : ha ha dude, I don't care. I don't take offence to almost anything.

@ Wes : I'd say y'all just get me a giant hampster ball, and I see the country that way.

@ fastredbike : thanks man. I will be coming thru moncton again. I'm totally capable of riding myself to moncton. Actually I'm seriously considering heading north, just have to see one thing tomorrow when I start riding. Ya ya I know yell at me now.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:17 PM   #799
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Dave, I was poking around in my shed and found a pair of training wheels.
Would you like me to ship them up to you??

Sorry, just couldn't help my self..

Ride safe. ( safer )
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Old 08-24-2010, 04:57 PM   #800
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Dave, I was poking around in my shed and found a pair of training wheels.
Would you like me to ship them up to you??

Sorry, just couldn't help my self..

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Ya, actually those would be perfect. Just send it to:

David Harrison
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Im working on my RR now. Should be up soon.
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:54 PM   #801
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Immediately upon leaving Brianís I didnít go the way I thought I would. I was thinking I would head down to the southern coast of Nova Scotia and go north along that. I ended up going strait to the east coast of New Brunswick and along the north coast of Nova Scotia. Not much to report other than it was a good day of riding that went without incident. I got a lot further than I thought I would. I keep thinking that things are farther apart then they really are. I found a nice dirt road and followed it for about a mile then took a side cut to my final sleeping spot. It was surprisingly warm that night. I didnít even need my sleeping bag, only the liner. It did rain for about 5 minutes. Not enough to be a bother, but enough so that things went away damp in the morning. I only slept for about 4 hours that night and got up at dawn, as I usually do when camping. I remember waking and thinking the light was that of the moon, because of how white it was. Then I remembered the moon set earlier that evening, so it couldnít be that. Then it hit meÖ ďThatís no moon, itís a space station. Ir I mean the sun.Ē I proceeded to continue on my north eastern path along the coast of Nova Scotia. When I was staying with Dan back in Vermont the told me about the Cape Breton Highway loop thingy. My goal for that day was to get my ferry ticket for New Foundland via the loop. I started taking the loop until it got to the entrance of the national park bit. I decided to check out the welcome center after eating breakfast in the parking lot. The lady there told me that I had to pay for a day pass. In my monumental brain fart of the day I misunderstood that as meaning ďto get inĒ not ďto stay the night or site seeĒ. So I turned around, back tracked and went to Sydney along the southeast part of the loop. I made good time as I got to the ticket booth around 12:30 pm. I purchased a ticket for the ferry leaving at 2 am that morning. The lady said if I wanted I could try for the ferry leaving at 10:30 pm, but I would have to leave my bike in the line and come back at 8pm. Riiiiiiight, Iím really going to do that. I didnít want to arrive in New Foundland and have to sit around a few hours for daylight to arrive before I continued on. So I headed off to the market to stock up on food for Labrador. While there I talked to a guy who informed me that the Cape Brenton loop was indeed free. DOH!!!!!!! So back on my Steel Steed I go. I decided to do the entire loop, starting with the way I was originally going. It was really an awesome ride. The coastline was beautiful. On one of the pull outs I met a couple named Surge and Suzanne who were from Quťbec and riding Harleys. We chatted then they took off. I took off soon after and ended up missing my turn off. There is a ferry that crosses all of 100 feet of water that is an optional staring point for the loop I was on. It wasnít until I got to that ferry that I realized I had missed my turn. However who was it that was in line at the ferry?Ö Surge and Suzanne. We got to chatting again and I was telling them that I was going to turn around. It would cost less for me to go back and take the 15 mile loop that was made up of the road only 300 feet away, then pay the $5 for the ferry ride. I canít understand why people would take the ferry that cost $5 a pass instead of taking the 15 mile loop to go around it. Well they invited me to dinner at their campsite and said they would pay for my ferry crossing so I could follow them. I didnít have to be back to the New Foundland ferry until 1am, and it was only 30 minutes away. So I took them up on their offer. I finally left their place at around 11:30 pm. Now I had forgotten that I was on reserve and was going to fill up on my way back, but went to dinner instead. So here I was 30 minutes away from the ferry with no open gas stations around. I tipped the bike over and got as much gas off the non petcock side of the tank as I could, hit the road and prayed. Luckily I remembered that I had to go up a big hill then back down again to get to Sydney, where the ferries leave from. So I went up the hill at a steady pace then turned the engine off for the trip down. It was quite peaceful being the only one on the road at night with no motor sound, just coasting along. I even turned my lights off for a few hundred feetÖcreepy. I know people say not to do that, but it wasnít for very long. I did end up making it to the ferry about an hour before we had to board. All the motorcycles there were loaded last on the 5th level of parking in the ferry. That way we were the first level to get let off, only thing was we had an entire floor of semi trucks in front of us. So we had to let them off first. They had rooms available, but I opted to not get one and save the money. I slept on a couch in the main floor area. A lot of people on the ferry did it. The ride was a tad over 6 hours long and I woke after only sleeping for 4 hours. After waking I just walked around the ship waiting. Finally the island came into sight. Awhile later the speaker came on and said we would be docking in an hour, so get ready. The funny thing is that I could see the island for 30 minutes before they said that. Basically what Iím getting at is that the ferry is slow. I think the crossing was only ~190 miles, and it took 6 hours. After disembarking I headed for the nearest gas station. The rest of that day was pretty much made up of me heading north along the west coast. I thought I would need to stop somewhere to take a nap seeing as I hadnít gotten much sleep in the last few days, but I never needed to. At about sunset as I was going along the highway I saw a lone mountain, well big hill really. It had 2 cell towers on it so I knew there was a road. I found it, and now here I am camping atop this miniature mountain.

After leaving the next morning I wanted to head to the Viking settlement at the north end of the island. As I was heading up I could tell that rain clouds were coming in. Little did I know that it wasnít rain just how the sky normally is. I saw the ferry coming in from Labrador so I decided to take it instead. After getting to Labrador at an early time I thought I would try to get to Port Hope Simpson. I took off north and some fog started to roll in as I approached the dirt road. Eventually I worked my way up to 60mph and was having a pretty good time rollin along the gravel. As I approached the turn just south of Maryís Harbor that would ultimately end my Northeast travel I thought nothing of it as I had done a few turns like that before on the road with no fall. However gravel is always changing and I hit a patch of loose gravel, and down I went. The bike traveled (what I later found out to be) about 200 - 250 feet. I landed about 15 feet ahead of the bike. Of course I immediately got up and turned off the gas. Then I started to clean up the mess. Stupidly I never thought to get a picture of the wreck. One of my panniers came off and the contents flew out all over the road. Oddly the box landed right side up. A car showed up about 5 minutes later and started to help me. Eventually others showed up and helped too. My bag that I keep on top of my yellow bag (my second tank bag) along with one of my clothes bag ended up 10 feet out in the bushes off the side of the road. Finally a fellow named Keith showed up with his truck and a few of the people loaded my bike in the truck. We eventually took it to a building he owns and started to work on it. Keith took me to his Motherís place to stay the night as he had to go up north. His mother was very nice, in fact everyone in Labrador is very nice. After the adrenaline wore off I was very tired so I hit the sack. The next day I decided to go to the clinic that I visited the night before to get a referral to get some x-rays. I could tell something wasn't right with my shoulder. The facility for the x-rays were almost all the way back at the ferry. It was a good 3-4 hour drive. Keith had some work to do near the area so he took me to the hospital. The result from the x-rays said that I re-separated my collar bone. So basically all the healing I did in the last 3 months was for nothing. Oddly enough I didnít hurt as much as I did the last time this happened. My ribs hurt more than my shoulder and my hip. As time has passed my ribs have proven to be the main pain that I have. My shoulder sure doesnít look like it used too. I spent the next few days at Keithís place working on my bike and getting everything ready for when I would take off. Thanks Keith and Chery for everything. I hope to see you again when I eventually come back to do the Trans Lab Highway.

I finally took today around 9am trying to make the 1pm ferry. I took it pretty easy on the way out, this time I didnít get out of 3rd gear. All the time I was thinking of whether or not to turn around and go north. I felt fine while riding. I decided that since I wasnít too sure of the how sturdy the panniers were, or if they were going to stand up to 600 miles of dirt road, that I would play it safe and head south. While riding on the road I decided to pull over and check my panniers. I found that one of them had some play where it connected to the rack. I broke out my duct tape and began to use the tape to take up the play around the rack. I know that if vibration is given any room she will tear stuff to shreds. I will now carry a full roll of duct tape with me as this job required more tape than I usually carry with me. Had I not had a full roll I probably would of been screwed. While I was doing this a rider on an GS 1150 came by and stopped. We chatted for a bit then he took off. I eventually got under way and got to the end of the road. When I stopped at the gas station I found out that I mixed up the days for the ferry. I thought it left at 1pm, turns out it left at 3pm. Knowing this I then took my time getting to the ferry. Once I got there I met up with the guy on the GS 1150. O ya, by the way this guy has a name, 2kool2be4gotten. He is also a fellow inmate. Very good chap. Nice to meet you dude. Have a safe journey. For now I have decided to grab a hotel room here in New Foundland. I figure a bed is better on my injuries than the ground at this time. Hopefully I will make the Ferry tomorrow and be back in Nova Scotia on my way to New Brunswick. Iím having some spare parts from the other bike shipped out, and Brian and I will put this bike back together.

O, by the way I put my photos up in the order that they appear in the storyÖ

















Surge and Suzanne.


This reprsents the 20,000 mile mark for this trip.



Waiting for the ferry.












This poor bird ran into my bike as I was traveling at about 60mph. He didnít make it out alive.













And now the bike.


No, we didnít take off the headlight shroud to get to the parts. It was torn off in the crash.






No, that wasn't my speed.


At least some of my cookies survived.


I did see my first iceberg on my way to the hospital to get the x-rays.


Coming back from Maryís Harbor. It was beautiful the day I left.





I will have a map soon.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:11 PM   #802
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Basically what Iím getting at is that the ferry is slow. I think the crossing was only ~190 miles, and it took 6 hours.
Um, 31 Miles per hour is not a "slow" ferry
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:50 PM   #803
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I hadn't checked in for a few days and you went and messed yourself up again?! It appears the bike can be fixed and you are tough to be sure. I hope you are done with the "excitement" portion of the trip. I don't know if your body take too much more.

Good luck with getting things back together and hope they give you some good drugs.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:56 PM   #804
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I have to admit, I'm impressed with you. As banged up as you are, smiling in front of that iceberg sure is inspiring.

Banged up to shit and still going, keep it up! Looking forward to the rest of the thread!
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:42 PM   #805
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Gorgeous Scenery

Wow! You have been through so much! What an adventure......good parts and bad parts....but definitely more good than bad. The scenery is gorgeous. I can understand why it's so tempting to keep going north. Thank you for making the wise decision to go south to New Brunswick. Looks like your bike and your body could use a little R & R. (rest and relaxation) I don't see your sling on, but I guess it would be hard to use the throttle that way. It makes me shudder to think of you straightening that arm for hours at a time. What a brut. Also, riding on a dirt/gravel road with bruised ribs, makes my ribs hurt just thinking about it. It probably hurts to breathe, too. Also, for the number of miles you have on that poor beat up odometer, it's amazing it's still ticking! For that matter, it's amazing you are still ticking....and even anxious to keep going!

Love the way you write, Dave. It helps us all visualize what you are going through and what you are experiencing. And a big thank you for taking your "post crash" picture! Seeing that smile did my heart good! It's funny that both of us saw our first iceberg one month apart!

You are an amazing man, my son, to take this kind of journey by yourself. I'm convinced that you can conquer anything you set your mind on. Keep on enjoying this trip of a lifetime! You're the best.

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Old 08-25-2010, 08:06 PM   #806
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Well hopefully the excitment with being hurt part is over. The true excitement is still on going.

I doesn't really hurt to breathe. However this morning while riding I took a big sneaze and my ribs hurt like a son of a gun for the next 20 minutes. It was awesome.

I spent today riding down to Port aux Basques to get to the ferry. I thought one left at midnight but turned out I was wrong. Along the way I ran into a harley rider (Jerry) and his daughter who had a flat. Neither of us had plugs so I ran to the gas station to get some. We plugged his tire and inflated it to 33psi with my tire pump. I decided to follow him as he headed south, he was also catching the ferry. Jerry wanted to put some more air in it so we pulled to a gas station and did. 40psi,... 42 psi... 44psi...BLAMMMMMM!!!!! The side wall blew. The best we can figure is the rim damaged the side wall from him riding on the flat for a few miles. After much work we managed to find a place that had a tire down in Corner Brook, and hour away. One of the ladies at the gas station offered to take the bike down in her truck before they closed. I followed them all the way since I wasn't going to make the 6:30 ferry anyways. After waiting around for an hour and grabbing a snack we learned that the tire was giving them a hard time. I decided to take off and just meet Jerry once he got to the port. I have no headlight and was running out of daylight with which to see. It was 2 hours till sunset and I was 2 hours away. I took off forgeting to refuel before leaving Corner Brook. After realizing this I took an off ramp towards the nearest town. When I was almost to the town it dawned on me that there might of been one on the highway. So this little juant cost me 30 minutes and guess what??? 5 miles after I got back onto the highway, a gas station showed up. GGGGAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR........ O well. By this time I knew I wouldn't make it until way after dark, so I started running thru my options. The next ferry left at 6:30 AM (or so I thought) I had to be there an hour before hand and I was still an hour away. I knew it wouldnt be light until about 5:30 AM, so stopping wasn't really an option if I wanted to make that ferry. I just kept riding as darkness fell. Whats this... headlights??? Of course, if I let a car go ahead of me then I follow it, I can use their lights as my guide. So I did this. I followed about 25 feet behind the car. This way I could see well enough in all directions ahead of us and still see the road between us. The poor bugger probably didn'y even know I was back there keeping up with him. Well after a while this car took off at a faster speed than I wanted to go. So here I am traveling at 50mph in the pitch dark with no headlight in moose territory with only the moon to guide me, and it was cloudy. Eventually I pulled over at an inspection area and made dinner. I discovered that I was only 3 miles from the port so I mounted up and headed off. It was quite earry to be driving in the night with no lights, but A LOT of fun. Finally I made it to the ferry and discovered that it infact didn't leave until 8:30 am. O well I guess I could of waited till morning. I will be sleeping in the teminal tonight.

Now didn't I learn my lesson about doing good deads back in New Mexico? This time I had to miss my ferry, putting me in at 3pm in the afternoon. I was hoping to get the 6pm ferry and get in at midnight. Then I could of slept some more at the dock until daylight. That would of given me a whole day to get to New Brunswick. Now I will have to do it in a 2 day strech. O well, such is life.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:08 PM   #807
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Eek

I don't check on the thread for a few days, and... holey crap, David!
Sorry you went down. You know how to keep it up on rough stuff, but shit happens.
I hope you're able to put it behind you in short order.
God be with you.
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Finally got caught up to date - great shots and good report, Dave. Except that you wiped out, I really dug the rest of it!
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...O, by the way I put my photos up in the order that they appear in the storyÖ
Suggestion: put them in the story itself. Helps break up the reading which makes it easier to follow and puts the pictures in immediate context. Yes, more hassle to arrange, so it's up to you if it's worth it, but as a reader I can cite the improvements it makes.
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Surge and Suzanne.
They look like the couple from Quebec we met on the Blue Ridge Parkway! Did they happen to mention anything about traveling in the USA? I believe the couple we met were on their way back home from Texas (or maybe Florida).

I'm impressed with your mom keeping up with you and encouraging you publicly on the site. Sounds like a terrific lady, so supportive. The same goes for you Aunt Kathie.

All these wonderful people helping you out along the way in times of need (and even not so need) really help to improve my outlook on humanity in general. Hope you get to this generous fellow Brian safely and quickly for your Repair & Recovery.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:57 AM   #809
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Hey David:

So how is the shoulder really??? Are you just trying to suck it up, or do you really feel healed? Better take care of that shoulder and give it time to heal or you'll be playing cards with one hand when you're my age. Either that, or when you swim you'll only be able to swim in circles.

Miss you and want you home, on the RIGHT coast.

10-4, over and out.

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Funny... I always heard that side referred to as the LEFT coast
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