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Old 11-16-2010, 07:39 AM   #46
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Thanks guys!

I wish I lived closer so I could be involved in these head sessions (and the sushi!) but since it's a bit of a haul ( it's about 140 miles to the bridge), I have to live it through the forum. Perhaps once my back heals a bit more I'll be able to meet everyone for dinner.

One item I'd like to add:
In 1982 I took the Muffynmonster up to PEI for vacation (in my truck - way too much gear to haul on a bike with a 5 year old) and when we left PEI I hugged the East side of the river down to Quebec City. That river we followed was once of the most beautiful trout streams I've ever seen. Crystal clear, deep and fast, you could toss a penny in 8' of water and see it on the bottom. I just may have to bring a fly rod with me.....
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:30 PM   #47
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I'll be doing the trip next year from Toronto on my 950A, leaving the last week of August or first week of September (depending on the 2011 mx schedule). If the stars align, I could be in for this trip.
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:14 AM   #48
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What are the temperature ranges in late Aug early Sept compared to early Aug? I would prefer to carry a bug net over carrying heavier clothing, warmer sleeping bag etc. Is there a perfect time to do this trip? Is there a wet season so to speak?
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:55 AM   #49
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Temperature: AugSepCode
Daily Average (C)12.18.2A
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Daily Maximum (C)17.212.3A
Daily Minimum (C)74.2A
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Date (yyyy/dd)2000/011959/11
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A few years ago I did a caribou hunting trip up there the first week of September. The weather was unseasonably warm and the black flies were unbearable. I'll take the cooler weather option
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:40 AM   #50
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What are the temperature ranges in late Aug early Sept compared to early Aug? I would prefer to carry a bug net over carrying heavier clothing, warmer sleeping bag etc. Is there a perfect time to do this trip? Is there a wet season so to speak?
You'll need to bring warm clothing and a good sleeping bag regardless. It can get cold at night (or even during the day) at any time of year in Labrador.

In early September, plan on daytime temps in the 50s or so, overnight temps in the 30s or 40s. Easy way to avoid having to bring too many bulky warm layers is to bring along an electric vest.

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Old 11-18-2010, 03:35 PM   #51
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Wicked Temperatures converted

OK, for us Metric handicapped

Average temp (F)
August = 54 degrees
September = 47 degrees

Maximum (F)
August = 63 degrees
September = 55 degrees

Minimum (F)
August = 45 degrees
September = 40 degrees
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:30 PM   #52
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It will be warmer up there than it was at the fall Laurel Forks camp out!
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:59 PM   #53
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This infor just solidifies my former decission to go in early to mid aug....IMHO I would prefer to fight a few bugs over freezing all night just to wake up and costantly bitch about how cold I was the night before. It's just demoralizing while trying to enjoy the ride.

Early to mid Aug is what Ill be suggesting,,,strongly...lol

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Old 11-18-2010, 06:33 PM   #54
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There's 5 to 7 degrees difference and any mid weight bag should worl.

Besides, after Labor Day we'll lose a lot of traffic as the touristas put their rug rats back in school.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:43 AM   #55
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This infor just solidifies my former decission to go in early to mid aug....IMHO I would prefer to fight a few bugs....
a "few bugs"? you forgot to add 10 zeros to that number, and that's just the count within a 25 foot radius of you during the warmer part of the summer. that's why seasoned north country travelers choose to go later, given the scheduling opportunity.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:43 AM   #56
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listen to jdrocks.
for my trip we left on Aug 26 and had no bugs to speak of for the entire two weeks. bugs were the reason we chose our departure date.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:45 AM   #57
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+1. It's not a "few" bugs. I'd much rather wear an extra layer of fleece than put up with the misery of being swarmed by black flies and literally being eaten alive.

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Old 11-19-2010, 02:21 PM   #58
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Timing?

It appears for our group its really coming down to work schedule and when kids return back to school. I don't really think their is a wrong answer just what fits the schedule and what you will have to pack for the conditions. That's really why I just want to provide as much information as possible so people can go when it fits their schedule. Hopefully we can get a couple groups together and work out the details. That way if their is an early group they can provide information for the latter group and really make this a team effort and a good time for all.

Personally I am good with a little cooler weather and no bugs, I grew up in Wyoming so I really learned to embrace the cold...or go insane especially since the wind blew ALL the time. I was up in Newfoundland the last week in August this year and their were no bugs to speak of, I know its not Labrador but that's what I have to base my decision on for now.

I will try to fill in some information holes this weekend so keep checking back.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:54 PM   #59
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This issue of school etc is one of the reasons for it being before Sept too....Damned kids!!!
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:03 PM   #60
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This sure sounds like a fun trip! My only issue would be riding my xr650l for an extended amount of time up 95. I'm wondering if I could trailer up to NY state and meet up with ya'll there.
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