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Old 09-30-2010, 06:17 AM   #16
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Oh goody, another Moto-Treks adventure to follow.
Yup, Now I just need to get some pictures uploaded and write another update
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:56 PM   #17
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Onward to the Trans-Lab

The road is paved for the first 216Kms so I had a nice day riding the twisties with little traffic to speak of. Around 5PM I started looking for a place to camp and found this great clearing just off the paved road. I was glad that I had not encountered the infamous black flies and started thinking maybe it was just too cold for them.



The next morning, I was up early and on my way to Labrador. The road was going to be paved for a while longer which made me start thinking that maybe the TKCs would not be needed. For sure I could have waited until Baie Comeau before having them mounted.



When I crossed into the Quebec Province, I was amazed to see that ALL the signs where only in French. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised having been warned, but it was strange seeing only French writing. What also surprised me was that I could read some of the words – must be the Spanish I learned while riding to Terra del Fuego.

Later that day I passed the Manic-5 Dam and the start of gravel roads.



The Manic-5 Dam is what creates the Manicougan Reservoir. The reservoir is part of a crater from a 5 km diameter asteroid that smacked into the earth about 214 million years ago. It’s the 5th largest impact crater on earth.


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From Manic-5 the road stops being twisty and turns into a gravel road with long straights.



The gravel road is good and the straight sections allow plenty of time to spot oncoming vehicles. However, I’m guessing I only saw about 5 vehicles on this section until I reached Labrador City.

Occasionally, you pass a side road that can take you off Hwy 389.



This is the first view I had of the Mont-Wright mining complex. The whole mountain (on the right) is basically being strip mined for its iron ore. On the left are mining tailings, which almost make a mountain themselves.



And being carried away with these guys



From what I could tell, it’s the only reason Labrador City exists. I guess if you need to have an open pit mine, this area of Labrador works because I can’t think of any reason to live here – it’s a pretty bleak place.

After 585 km, I finally reached the start of the Trans-Labrador highway.



Strangely, all the signs I saw in Labrador were English only - no French. Other Provinces seem to support both English and French signs. Do the Labradorians and Québécois have some history
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:59 PM   #18
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Make sure you look up the Trailer Park Boys while you're up there
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Old 10-05-2010, 02:33 PM   #19
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Make sure you look up the Trailer Park Boys while you're up there
This started to be a live RR, but I got lazy and decided to wait until I got home.

I also wanted to to attend the Skibum Soiree but time just didn't permit

So, while I wait for parts for a bike tuneup, I'll finish up the Labrador trip


Edit: Plus, it was just getting too damn cold up north
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:25 PM   #20
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Oh goodie you are finally getting around to this.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #21
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Oh goodie you are finally getting around to this.
Well, a slight delay might be in order, due to cracking some ribs when taking my KTM 400 out for a spin
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:09 AM   #22
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Yikes, sorry you're injured. Hope you heal quickly.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:31 AM   #23
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Strangely, all the signs I saw in Labrador were English only - no French. Other Provinces seem to support both English and French signs. Do the Labradorians and Québécois have some history
Not specifically the folks between Labrador and Quebec...try Quebec an the rest of the Country.

In Quebec its ILLEGAL to display a language other than French on any sign. The Quebecois consider themselves a distinct society and have been petitioning for years to break away from Canada and form their own Nation. Try searching the 1993 (?) Referendum. You will find French Signs in parts of Nova Scotia, as well as Gaelic and New Brunswick is the only Bilingual Province where you will find signs in French and English.
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Well, a slight delay might be in order, due to cracking some ribs when taking my KTM 400 out for a spin



Was tequila involved again?
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:50 PM   #25
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Was tequila involved again?

Before or after
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:01 PM   #26
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On to Goose Bay

I had dinner in Labrador City and then rode another 50km towards Churchill Falls before stopping to find a camping spot.



My luck with the back flies ran out at this camp. No sooner that I stopped then they started sharpening their teeth and warming up their engines. Within seconds they were swarming all around me as I madly rushed to setup the tent. I had not taken off any riding gear, so once the tent was setup, I found myself inside wearing gloves, boots and helmet. 30 minutes later and I had killed all the flys in the tent and had removed my riding rear - it was only 6:30 in the evening. Man, it was going to be a long night.

It was cold that night and I woke to a frosty camp - and no flys!



But, the day was fantastic! First sunny day in a long time.



Local fishing camp



and about 540km to Goose Bay



The gravel along this highway was smooth and well packed, nothing like the gravel in Patagonia. I wish I has stopped in Patagonia to take a closer look at the gravel, but I'm guessing it would of looked like a river bottom because it was like riding on marbles - nothing like this highway.



This is what's left of the Churchill River



The river has been reduced to this by the Churchill Falls generating station, which supplies electricity for Quebec City. Just imagine what it was like before electricity.

It's hard to tell the size of this river (it was big), but here is a close-up of the little falls that are in the middle of the last picture



It would be difficult to cross the Churchill River river by foot today!

The town of Churchill Falls has one gas station, a restaurant, and a bar. It's purpose is to house the people that work at the generator station. After lunch I was off for the push to Goose Bay.

The Highway scenery dons't change much.







Just before arriving at Goose Bay you reach pavement again



The plan is to pave the highway from Labrador City to Goose Bay in the coming years.
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Well???? How are those ribs doing? Time to work on this again? I'm waiting Must be power tools.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:54 PM   #28
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Well???? How are those ribs doing? Time to work on this again? I'm waiting Must be power tools.
Much better

I do need to finish this RR - sorry for the delay Lets see if I can do it this week
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:53 PM   #30
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Goose Bay

First off, sorry for the delay - Lets see, just were was I - oh yeah, just arriving at Goose Bay in the late afternoon. The weather was great the whole day - nice and clear and not that cold; the best day of the whole trip What a great riding day and the end of the Trans Labrador Highway.

Goose Bay is where I'll stop for the night as the next leg is too far without services and I wanted a place to dry out the tent. Tomorrow, I'd be starting off on the Labrador Coastal Drive



and about 390 kms without anyplace to fill a tank.



The next section of highway, after Goose Bay, is the newest highway in Labrador.


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This section was just opened at the beginning of the year. Before, you had to either take a ferry to St Barbe, Newfoundland or Blanc Sablon, Quebec, or turn around. Now, you can ride another 650+ kms through the coastal region of Labrador as you head to Blanc Sablon and the ferry to Newfoundand.

But first, I have a hotel to find, a dinner to eat, and a few pints of beer to drink
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