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Old 08-01-2011, 07:20 AM   #781
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Thanks GSA! I'm actually using dockpilot's gpx file from his epic ride a couple years ago for that section. If I email you my route could you look it over?
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:43 AM   #782
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:45 AM   #783
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There's a decent motorcycle shop in Wabush if, you know, you break yet another freaking chain or something.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:48 AM   #784
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Noted! What's going on with your chain Chris? Wouldn't expect that to be an issue on the KLR.
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Old 08-01-2011, 02:01 PM   #785
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DAMN Bruce I came to your thread to have a sitting on the throne kind of time-frame read......

800 posts and 30k hits? this thing is gonna take my dyslexic ass about a week to get through!

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Old 08-01-2011, 02:15 PM   #786
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DAMN Bruce I came to your thread to have a sitting on the throne kind of time-frame read......

800 posts and 30k hits? this thing is gonna take my dyslexic ass about a week to get through!

GOGO GO!
EVERYBODY have a GREAT ride!
I thought this was going to be just a simple place to put some basic information and think out loud....and its kind of grown.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:12 PM   #787
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Thanks GSA! I'm actually using dockpilot's gpx file from his epic ride a couple years ago for that section. If I email you my route could you look it over?
Will do. Sent you PM with email.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:17 PM   #788
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I thought this was going to be just a simple place to put some basic information and think out loud....and its kind of grown.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:20 PM   #789
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The group I met in Cartwright (and then again here in Goose Bay) had two riders go down, one broke a rib and punctured his lung, the other hit his head hard enough to crack his helmet and is being kept in the hospital for observation. The rest of them turned back, I think. There's one guy who's continuing on today.
That would be me...

It was nice chatting with you in Goose, Chris. Good call on 'The Daily Catch'.

Re the 'only four made it to Cartwright' story. Of the twelve, one had major mech issues the first day, and one guy decided he wasn't up to the trip on the second day. So 10 guys got to Goose Bay. Three decided to do local stuff, three were going on to Blanc Sablon. So only four wanted to go to Cartwright.

Unfortunately, two of the guys going to Blanc Sablon wrecked. Different bikes, different tires, one was an experienced instructor. Me? I was the slow guy who volunteered to ride sweep.

The gravel on the new section is nasty, and as Chris has said, the conditions change daily. I finally cleared Goose three days later and the crash site was much better, but elsewhere was worse.

Left hand turns and up/down hills will be the worst because the gravel gets tossed around at random and you can't establish a line as easily (or at all). Take it easy and finish the ride.

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Old 08-02-2011, 04:40 PM   #790
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We just arrived in Labrador City early this evening. The road from Baie Comeau to Gagnon wasn't bad at all. We experienced some rain so it was really greasy in spots. I had one minor incident that looked like it would turn into a major tank slapper, but I managed to work myself free of it. Caught the 60 or so miles of tarmac between Gagnon and the mine site...which was kinda like an Oasis in the desert. When the Pavement ends...its about 40 painful miles of up and down, corners and washboard. Oh...and the grader made it especially fun.

Rubber side down fellers..and you'll have a helluva good time!
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:53 PM   #791
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:56 PM   #792
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Thanks for the tips Glenn. Sorry about your group's misfortune. It sounds like there has been a lot of fresh gravel laid down at this point in the season. Maybe a reason to do the ride later?

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:06 AM   #793
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Unfortunately, two of the guys going to Blanc Sablon wrecked. Different bikes, different tires, one was an experienced instructor.
Out of curiosity, what bikes/tires were they on?

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:56 AM   #794
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There has been a few crashes on the TLH this year. Editor for a Canadian e-zine had a riding buddy crash and seperate a shoulder, the S10 wasn't involved but a F800GS was. In the group I caught up with and rode with there were two crashes only cosmetic damage to the bikes. The TLH is a long dirt/gravel road that still demands some respect if not for the degree of difficulty then at least for the focus and attention you need to give the road conditions for about 1000km.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:39 AM   #795
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good insights.
thx for posting back here after completing the trip.
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