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Old 08-27-2010, 09:56 PM   #16
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I'm in and am so jealous as I am planning almost the same trip, except that I'll be starting / ending in El Paso, TX.

I just got into the Dual Sport / Adventure Riding aspect of motorcycling, been riding street bikes for years. Just bought a dual sport in early July and have been hanging farkle since.

I just found out about the Trans-Labador Highway last weekend and am in the early stages of planning but I'm thinking my route, in broad brush strokes, will be something like this:

- leave El Paso hauling arse for Qubec City as fast as possible across the states
- from Quebec to Baie-Comeau
- to Labrador City
- to Goose Bay
- to Cartwright
- to Blanc-Sablon
- take the ferry to Black Duck Cove area (?)
- south to Deer Lake
- SE to St. Johns
- leave St. Johns and go to either Placentia or Aux Basque and take the ferry to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia
- across Nova Scotia into Maine
- from Maine haul arse bee-lining it back to TX

I'm hoping to be able to get leave next year starting in mid August to begin the trip. During that time I will continue adding parts and going on shorter trips during 3 and 4-day weekends to experiment and see what works and what doesn't work, both gear on the bike and packable gear.

Good luck on your trip and let us know the road conditions on the Trans-Lab highway.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:14 PM   #17
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Stop through Eighty Four, PA and I'll take leave and go with you.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:07 AM   #18
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DAMN Marty! I'm gonna have to take extra blood pressure meds for just reading about the mattress attack..... Nice save! Hell yeh!
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Old 08-28-2010, 03:18 PM   #19
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Old 08-28-2010, 03:38 PM   #20
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:21 PM   #21
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Day 2 Bennington to Quebec City

Today was a fabulous ride. Have to start out with a shout out to Markbvt who gave me a route across Vermont. I cannot conceive how it could have been better.

Again we were up at 5 and on the road before 6. The day started with a pratfall as I dropped the bike in the parking lot. Have no guess as to what happened but it would happen again later in the day. It was 47 degrees outside which is normally not cold but Annapolis has been in the 70s every morning for the last month so this was a shock. Put on the jacket liner and get out the medium weight gloves.

The ride across Vermont was a day to remember. Here are scenes that interested me as we rolled along.

Speaks for itself. This is right outside of Bennington



Jack enjoying Rte 7



Restaurant of choice for breakfast in Rutland - they’d better have pancakes and maple syrup



Food porn



Now on Rte 100. Nothing like having a covered bridge in your driveway





Rte 100 offers lots of this


Continuing along we found this



With this across the street




And these in the front yard





Fortunately he was not open because I would have had a real interest in the hack - the R1000R not so much



Then there was this



Jack daring me to push him in



Farmers market in Waitesville



There were two other ADVers there but we didn’t find them



Who decorates there yard with a pile of bowling balls? (or Painted cannon balls)



The last stop in Vermont was lunch in Newport



A health food store where you didn’t have to eat Tofu - more food porn





There will be more of these along the way



Waiting to get into Canada



In a province I had not visited before



From here we decided on the direct route to Quebec and an early end to the day. At the last gas stop before the hotel I dropped the bike again in front of the gas pump. Who knows why? Careless I guess.
And Jack failed twice today at getting pictures of bikes on the ground. As an aside buying gas with no French can be a bit of a problem but it all works out.

Glenfiddich was used to toast the best day ever.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:59 PM   #22
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Day 3 Quebec City to Baie Comeau

Day 3 Quebec City to Baie Comeau

Today should be called the Day of the Spider. Since they came out I probably have seen fewer than 10 Can-Am Spyders on the road. Today we saw more than 30. Mostly 2 up. And all but one headed in the direction of Quebec City. Think I’d like to test ride one some day. Like when I get old.

We were up early as usual but did not get on the road till about 7 because Jack’s bike was making strange noises. He added a couple of ounces of oil and all was well. Heading out of Quebec City the highway is like heading out of a city anywhere - industrial parks, car dealers, and RV sales. Slowly the suburbs make way to countryside and eventually the feeling is rural. Since the entire day is on a road that parallels the St Lawrence River there are some spectacular views to be had. One problem is that since the ride is easterly the sun makes reasonable pictures difficult. And there are no safe places to stop along the road. We have done our best to capture the essence of what we saw today.

They don’t build them like this anymore



Breakfast stop



Obligatory porn





The views we had to endure while eating





The ST Lawrence River



Animal Planet interlude



Looking back the way we came



The way north eventually requires a free ferry from Baie-St-Catherine



A few motos making the trip



There are 3 ferries running so there is very little wait


This is how they build them now


Gotta love an area where they have these signs every few miles



More St Lawrence coastline







A park along the way celebrating a local’s love of dinosaurs







Eveyone who does this ride takes a picture of Manic 5. Here is a picture of Manic 1. (Manic= Hydroelectric Manicouagsan)



There was no good place to take a picture from the front so this is from the back.

The best day ever.

Tomorrow we finally hit the Trans-Labrador Highway.









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Old 08-29-2010, 03:06 PM   #23
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Jack, you gotta get on the stick with the GS in distress shots!! Just one of the mattress incident may have been front page.

Ancient Mariners take really great photos!
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:37 PM   #24
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And Jack failed twice today at getting pictures of bikes on the ground.
i suggest you have to get jack fired and get you another camera man. so many missed opportunities for REALLY good pics...

enjoyed the writing. i suppose with this age you develop some kind of humorous point of view, when you don't really care what happens - you just enjoy everthing.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:52 PM   #25
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:01 AM   #26
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Subscribed!

Glad you liked Markbvt's Trans-VT route! He's one of the better route-makers I know - I followed him for 3000 miles this spring down to TN/VA/NC and back without looking at my own map once. He's up there on the TLH with you as we speak, so I hope you get to meet face to face.

I'll be following you up there in a few weeks, so am eager to hear your reports on conditions, etc. Safe riding and hopefully there will be no repeats of the mattress incident... ever, as in, in the history of motorcycling from now going forward.

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Old 08-30-2010, 10:22 AM   #27
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I'm in too, wish I could be doing this too

keep posting pics, love them
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:56 PM   #28
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:00 PM   #29
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Day 4 Baie Comeau to Labrador CIty

The weather forecast was promising as we saddled up for the ride north and the start of the Labrador Highway. Wandering out of town we found the sign we were looking for.





This is what it looks like at the start of the highway at 0600



Since we had a picture of Manic 1 yesterday we stopped to tag Manic 2



When we tried to get Manic 3 we found a locked gate so here is the sign at the intersection with the main road



The road passes lots of lakes like this



Lots of construction areas along the way



Obligatory latitude sign



A view of the road before it turned to dirt



Eventually it began to look like rain so we pulled out the rain gear. It started to get heavy and we spent a lot of time getting out of the way of cars who wanted to go faster than we did. Speed limit is 90kph. We were going about 110 and were the slowest folks on the road. We were so worried about being overtaken safely that we missed the turn for gas and breakfast. We got to Manic 5 and asked where to get gas. We overshot it by 4km. Manic 5





After Manic 5 the road is primarily dirt (with a few short interludes)) all the way to Fermont.



The conditions in the dirt, even with the rain,were such that we could do 50+mph with no worries.
Stopped and bought gas again at Relais Gabriel, which is the last service stop till Fermont - that’s about 180 miles.


More dirt road.



Bridge over one of the many rivers along the way. Note that one must stay on either the right of left track. There is no riding the center line.





The money shot. Tried to get back on the bike after the previous 2 pix and just went right over. Shut the bike down and took the pic before we picked it up.



Gagnon is a town along the way but it no longer exists. It is obvious that something was there. Unlike Centralia, the mining company picked up and moved out when the mine closed and they took everything with them but the pavement.



The road is paved for a good while from here.



Bikes at a rest stop on the side of the road. Gotta love the dirt.





Just after this stop the road crosses a railroad track and turns back to dirt with LOTS of loose gravel. The road and tracks run parallel to one another and cross one another many times (lost count).



A picture of an engine and rolling stock a friend asked me to get.





The road in the background. It is very dusty and when the big trucks go by (in either Direction) your world is reduced to the inside of your helmet - there is nothing on the other side of the face shield. The road and tracks together just before it’s back to pavement. Note the mine on the right and what’s left after strip mining on the left.



Finally the Labrador half of Newfoundland Labrador.



A long tough day. Tomorrow east across Labrador
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:09 PM   #30
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I heading up there next year so I am following along with your adventure. Hope to pick up some tips! And not tip overs!
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