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Old 09-10-2010, 06:05 PM   #91
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Super report Marty, glad to hear you made it back without incident.

So tell us, which one was "The Best Day Ever" ?

Hope to see ya at the next Ride-n-Feed...
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:10 PM   #92
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Great report. Just a quick FYI the ferry from Labrador to Newfoundland, while it does actually leave from Blanc Sablon, Blanc Sablon is in Quebec.
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I have about 1000 miles or so left on the TKCs. Jack needs new Karoos in order to get home. Front tire wear was about the same. My rear tire has way more tread life.

the twins are more comfortable on the highway - by a wide margin. Performance on the gravel with the big front tire was better than on the thumper, but not by a lot.
the high seat on the 800 made parking in a lot of places a chore.
Watching Jack and the 650 twin I think that bike with the farkles of my 800 would have been the perfect bike for someone of my inseam. being able to flatfoot on the gravel would have been a plus.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:35 PM   #94
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Super report Marty, glad to hear you made it back without incident.

So tell us, which one was "The Best Day Ever" ?

Hope to see ya at the next Ride-n-Feed...
Every day I ride is the best day ever. But the was a certain satisfaction in completing Phase 3, since there have not been many riders complete that section - yet.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:37 PM   #95
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Great report. Just a quick FYI the ferry from Labrador to Newfoundland, while it does actually leave from Blanc Sablon, Blanc Sablon is in Quebec.

i knew that
however there is no sign indicating the return to Quebec that I saw - not that that means anything
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:46 PM   #96
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You do an outstanding Ride Report Marty! I wish I could have completed the trip I had planned, but I stuff happens. I saw no mention of your daughter in the RR. Change of plans?

That day we were to have had lunch was very interesting. With the XM NEXTRAD WX it was easy to avoid the bad stuff. Not at all in the original plan was a stop at Bay Bridge Airport to visit my friends there on my unscheduled return trip. From there I just barely make the Auto Train, with both time and fuel rapidly running out.

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Old 09-11-2010, 05:29 PM   #97
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My daughter bailed at the last minute. she decided she didn't want to be away from her daughter for 2 weeks.
by then the bikes had been staged and Jack's plane tickets bought.
so it ended up just the two of us.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:04 AM   #98
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Wow - Best ride report I've read in a long time! For a couple of ancient mariners, you guys do pretty well on land.

I've planned on taking that trip from Boston for the past few years, but haven't done it yet. I just got back from a tour through great white north, though. In fact, my bike is still out west where it will remain for the winter.

Couple of observations:

On dropping the bike- I ride a similar machine. It's tall and when loaded is easy to drop just trying to move it around a gas pump after I refuel. Its like I get it off balance and don't realize it with my helmet and cold weather gear on. Once she starts going it's hard to pull her back up. Not so much for a shorter or lighter bike.

Gas- I'm going to have to carry a lot of extra gas for the last Trans Lab section. If conditions are good I can get 220 miles on a tankful, but if they are bad, maybe only 180 miles. I get the best mileage without panniers running 5th or 6th gear, so I'd prolly just carry a drybag duffle. I have to figure how to carry an extra 3 gals. Maybe a siphon gizmo from Walmart too!

Rain - You guys were lucky! It rains all the time in the upper northeast. You can't take a motorcycle trip up here without riding through driving rain at least a couple days per week. I don't even bother with a dry suit. My ride gear is all waterproof and I use it in all temps. It's even wetter the the great white north! Colder too.

Tires - After reading your thread and looking at the excellent road surface pictures (thanks for those pics, btw!), I am thinking a Mefo or Pirelli rear tire coupled with a TKC80 up front or the tire your buddy used. Nothing is very good in gravel, but DOT knobs seem to be a lot better then a more street oriented dual sport tire. I think I can get enough mileage out of a TKC front tire to make your loop. Not a TKC rear, though. Only about 4k miles, which would be cutting it close.

Bennington and the 100- Vermont is loaded with good touring roads. The 100 is sort of a staple for getting to some of the other parts of the state. Too bad you didn't see much of Bennington. It's a beatiful town, and lots of war history there too. You'll have to schedule a week long tour of New England and upstate New York. Lots of forts, battle grounds, canals and other relics from when the country was young.

Here is an old ride report fron 2005 that has some pics of the areas I like around there.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=search+arnold

Thanks again for the thorough report. I learned a lot!
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we know we were lucky with the weather but we are not gonna complain

i got 4000+ on the TKC rear and figure I have about 1000 left on it - more on the front
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:18 PM   #100
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Welcome home. Just finished reading your report, wonderful.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:08 AM   #101
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:42 PM   #102
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Great ride report, thank you for sharing the trip.
Maybe a Great Lakes Tour next?
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:15 PM   #103
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Great ride report I really enjoyed it
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:36 PM   #104
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"The road is in great shape - only two construction zones in 240 miles. One interesting thing about eastern Quebec, Labrador, and Newfoundland the speed limit must be advisory and are posted only to keep the sign painters employed. In one section today we were in a line behind a LEO. The speed limit was 80kph and all of us were going 125kph. If you drive the limit you are a hazard."

and that would be why Quebec is my favorite place to ride

did you need your spare fuel can, or did your F800GS have the range for the new phase 3 ???? what is the longest distance between fuel stops on the new phase 3 section??

I plan on doing the trip next year on the same bike, F800GS

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Great ride report, thank you for sharing the trip.
Maybe a Great Lakes Tour next?
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great Lakes Tour - hadn't thought of that

we have been talking about riding the great river road from Venice LA to Lake Itasca MN
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