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Old 08-28-2013, 03:39 PM   #2956
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Well I have made it! After longish day from Gander I have arrived at Signal Hill



I will post up my thoughts in a day or so.

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Wonderful. Congrats.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:03 PM   #2957
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Well I have made it! After longish day from Gander I have arrived at Signal Hill



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Old 08-28-2013, 04:11 PM   #2958
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Just got an update from RTR..if you are heading to the west coast of the island (Newfoundland....) let me know and we can hook up!

Rick
Cool I will be back over that side of the Island next week or so once the better half arrives.

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Old 08-28-2013, 04:12 PM   #2959
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Well I have made it! After longish day from Gander I have arrived at Signal Hill



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Man, that's just brilliant!!!
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:30 PM   #2960
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Cool I will be back over that side of the Island next week or so once the better half arrives.

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Excellent...if there is work or maintenance to be done I can lend a hand in my garage.

I amback to work tomorrow but have a flexible schedule next week
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:45 PM   #2961
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Excellent...if there is work or maintenance to be done I can lend a hand in my garage.

I amback to work tomorrow but have a flexible schedule next week
Hopefully I can knock the maintenance stud over here while I wake for my wife.

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Old 08-28-2013, 04:59 PM   #2962
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I got you covered from Friday afternoon for a place to sleep and a shed for maintenance.
GPS Kevin left my house in June headed west on the same journey.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:25 PM   #2963
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I got you covered from Friday afternoon for a place to sleep and a shed for maintenance.
GPS Kevin left my house in June headed west on the same journey.
Congrats.
That's tops. I'll grab your details tomorrow at some stage. I am a very tired puppy tonight. That train line took it out of me today.

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Old 08-29-2013, 06:30 AM   #2964
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So I was a little tired by the time I got into St Johns last night, that railway track?? Well lets just say my favourite parts of the TCAT lay elsewhere.

So I rode this from Osoyoos on the moderately loaded KTM990. I have been travelling since April 2012 and normally my wife is with me. She went home to be part of the arrival of a grandchild with some mention of wanting to see Newfoundland, so I decided that I would drop her at the Airport in Seattle and make my way east along part of the TCAT, it was a "just lets do this to fill in some time" idea, in hindsight I now wished I had of done the whole thing from start to finish. I got to ride some of the Island earlier this year and gunnerbuck has done a great job over there with some very nice trails.

I found that for the most part the trail was easy work on the big 990, as I said earlier this could be done two-up, I would probably cut out the old rail tracks from St Johns and also Sudbury if I were to do this, but otherwise it is pretty straight forward. I would spend some effort in getting your suspension right before heading out and think about changing it to suit the conditions, the rail line out of St Johns has lots of big whoops, but after that washboards on open roads will be your biggest issue.

Being by myself I rode at a fairly moderate pace 100/120 most of the time, but many of the open roads are good enough for 140/150, especially if you are packed nice and light.

In terms of big bike/little bike I think take a big bike and enjoy the open parts of track or take a little bike blast through the tighter stuff (the quad bike trails that take you from Dolbeau Quebec to Timmins Ontario would be a blast on a trail bike). All that said the only stuff that was hard work on the 990 was the last 2 days and that really was because I wanted to ride faster than what I was able so I was pushing it the whole way, in the notes it suggests 3 days for this and I did it in 2 so maybe if I had taken it a little slower I would have found it easier.

On timing - I left Osoyoos on July 24th in the afternoon and arrived yesterday Aug 28, so 34 days with two days in Saguenay waiting for tires. Most days I didn't get started until after 10am, sometimes later and most days stopped for an hour or so to have lunch and faff about on the Internet. I think with some discipline around starting early this could be more than easily done in 4 weeks.

Best campgrounds:
- Marathon in Ontario - free fire wood, wifi and showers with really nice grassed sites also has a laundry. $20 something a night.
- Lions Campground just outside Vauxhall Alberta $10/night free showers.
- Ellipse lake Ontario - free campsite on a nice lake that is maintained by a bunch of people that go there every year.

Best riding: Not having ridden everything, but I really enjoyed Poisson Blanc to Dolbeau, the stuff around Calabogie and eastern BC.

Most scenic: I loved Saskatchewan, fields full of colour and some beautiful old buildings, the Lab and NFL coasts.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:00 PM   #2965
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Question Who will be 1st Canoodian?

We have had a couple Kiwi's, a couple Limey's and now one Ozzie do the route. When is one of us going to do it??

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Old 08-30-2013, 03:44 AM   #2966
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Well I have done the eastern half and will be doing the western half next year...
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:53 AM   #2967
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The wife and I just did the post to post Ontario run. Lots of fun and great job on the tracks. Thought about naming Gord's section the "Trans Wawa Adv Trail" until I clued on the acronym.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:26 AM   #2968
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Point to point meaning Quebec border to Manitoba?
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:56 PM   #2969
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Yup except for a little 120 km "cheat" near Kashabowie so I could set up moose camp for the fall. Saw lots of rain/bears/deer in Chapleau, met Gord and caught the drag race in Wawa, got goofy with Ron/Mike/Steve and a bottle of scotch in Tbay, broke parts in Shebaqua...etc....

'Twas a grand time had.

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Old 09-03-2013, 01:46 PM   #2970
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Not sure if it worth to mention, or was it mentioned before, anyway, 1 of BC tracks, called 08 BC 02 001 has a small part which is closed to all motorised vehicles. They are restoring wild life habitat, and asking to report all violators to provided phone. Too bad I did not take a pic of the warning, it was big, on both ends, cannot miss it. Here are GPS coordinates, closed in between here N49 49 43.6 W115 42 42.7 and here N49 57 19.1 W115 40 09.2 I rode it anyway, no wildlife to be seen.
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