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Old 09-18-2011, 09:23 AM   #211
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Gros Morne Back Country Aborted Route

This track was nice, but did have a few obstacles. We would have crossed the river, assuming we had knowledge that the trail was not going to degrade any further.

Attached is the "aborted" section of the GPX file.

For more information, on condition see day 12 in post 122 of this RR.

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Old 09-18-2011, 09:24 AM   #212
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Gros Morne As Rode

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Old 09-18-2011, 09:24 AM   #213
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:38 PM   #214
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There are 10 parts of the GPX as ridden. It has been cleaned up of extraneous u-turns, however is largely original. It has been separated into 10 files, to meet the upload requirement of <1.9M.
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:42 PM   #215
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thanks! Is it safe to assume they are roughly 1-day ride each?
Negative. The file breaks are not based on days, rather sized for uploading. Our trip was 22 days, with only a few short days, and 1 non-riding day.
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Negative. The file breaks are not based on days, rather sized for uploading. Our trip was 22 days, with only a few short days, and 1 non-riding day.
cool - I wish I could take 3-weeks off but our trip will be shortened to 2-weeks. About a year from now, Boothdoc and I'll buy you copius quantities of beer and pic your brains.
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:48 PM   #217
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I did that same Goose arm road out of Deer Lake up over the Mountain and came out in Conor Brook.

wow great minds think alike.

I went around the bridge that is washed out, after you go pass the feild with the Horses (well, there were horsse in it when I went pass on thrusday)

anyway, when I back tracked back to that bridge there was a lot more water to deal with and then going south towards Conor Brook the trail closed up and had to go futher east to get threw.

that was one of the best days of the trip.

there are more trails and logging roads from Conor Brook down to Stevenville but I was running out of time and want to get down to ferry befor it got dark

I am in Wallace NS.now

I had a couple down days staying at my cousin cottage, did some maitains and laundry on sat, and did some more trail riding today around here, there is a trail rail from Picto threw Oxbow ( near Springhill) that is a nice option to the trans-can aswell.

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Old 09-22-2011, 05:35 AM   #218
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thanks for those files, I'll try to get out that way to look more closely next year. Due to the hurricane last Friday canceling too many ferries I ran out of time and booked it back to PAB and across Maine to Montreal so I could make the airport this am. 3rd try to run the TLH this year foiled
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:40 AM   #219
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Tire choice

Bruce, Dana, Lance, et al.....

Would you mind posting what tire/tire combination everyone was running?
I'd also like to know how well (or not well) whatever combination you chose worked; what particular fault the combination may have had; whether you'd use the same combination for the CDT; whether you would recommend whatever combination you used. In other words, what works and what doesn't.

We are trying to come up with a combination for Alaska that will work and if we can comfortably do the trip without a tire change (doubtful - too much hard road).
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:56 AM   #220
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Dunlop 908 rear 606 front, the front was badly ramped after 4500 km's and the 908 lasted 7500 km's and could have gone further. 99% pavement, 2000 2up. Great combo on my 640, will run it again for sure. Make sure you have at least 3 tire irons
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Mike,

The Heideneau tires are a good 50/50 tire which should get you about 10K miles, but be forewarned they are not mud tires. We ran a TKC on the front and a K60 Heidi on the back and probably could of gotten several thousand
more miles out of the combination on the TLH trip. I would run that combination again, and may run it on the Continental Divide adventure. I may run street tires like Anakees or Tourances out to the beginning and then prior to starting the CD section change over to the TKC/K60 combo for the CD and ride home...time will tell. I hope this helps.
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Thanks Bruce.

Can you think of a better rear tire than the Heidenau K-60?
Did you come across any slurry (maybe a bad name) - but it results from finely ground gravel - not quite sand - that when wet makes for a very slippery surface. We occasionally see it around here and it is almost as slippery as mud but not as bad as wet clay.
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Thanks Bruce.

Can you think of a better rear tire than the Heidenau K-60?
Did you come across any slurry (maybe a bad name) - but it results from finely ground gravel - not quite sand - that when wet makes for a very slippery surface. We occasionally see it around here and it is almost as slippery as mud but not as bad as wet clay.
Nothing wet, our trip was amazingly dry but the gravel went from large size gravel to marble like on a hard surface, I think we saw most of the conditions for gravel.

The problem with tires is that all conditions are different and each tire has its strong point, K60's in my opinion have a weak spot with mud. My opinion is that on big trips mileage is a big factor which by default makes the tire weak in another area....like mud. The TKC front K60 rear is a strong combination considering I did 5800 miles with 1500+ of it gravel and still had tire left when I got home....it was good piece of mind not having to worry about tires.
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Thanks, I was thinking along those same lines, unfortunately, Alaska will require at least one tire change and I am wondering if I should simply run a street tire combo until we get there and then just change to a full set of knobbies or to go with the K-60/TKC combo all the way with a replacement in kind at some point.

BTW, I will start an Alaska thread shortly and I'll post the link to the SMIB thread.
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Bruce, Dana, Lance, et al.....

Would you mind posting what tire/tire combination everyone was running?
I'd also like to know how well (or not well) whatever combination you chose worked; what particular fault the combination may have had; whether you'd use the same combination for the CDT; whether you would recommend whatever combination you used. In other words, what works and what doesn't.

We are trying to come up with a combination for Alaska that will work and if we can comfortably do the trip without a tire change (doubtful - too much hard road).
I would run Michelin Pilot 2 to the dirt and Karoo Traveler on the dirt.
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