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Old 08-16-2011, 01:28 PM   #46
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Arrived in Churchill Falls. Another day down... I got a view of the SMIB crew from my hotel

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Old 08-16-2011, 02:19 PM   #47
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:00 PM   #48
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:18 PM   #49
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Arrived in Churchill Falls. Another day down... I got a view of the SMIB crew from my hotel
I thought that while reading the planning thread, I saw someone say that lodging would be some motel, but camping when possible due to a request from you Lance!? Or are you just getting soft in your old age!










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Old 08-16-2011, 04:39 PM   #50
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I thought that while reading the planning thread, I saw someone say that lodging would be some motel, but camping when possible due to a request from you Lance!? Or are you just getting soft in your old age!
Not me. I have learned from years of experience, don't run when you can walk, don't walk when you can sit down and ride, don't sit when you can lay down and sleep. That is why I love the Navy... best taxi service in the world. Delivered me to countless third world shitholes on time and for cheap. oh, and decent with close air support.

my plan is hotels every night but I packed survival gear because I'm a realist. also, if I offer Dana shower privileges, she will command TTRU on my behalf, Chasey's got much chunk in her trunk.

Can't wait to read your trip with pops! the TAT 2.0
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:50 PM   #51
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Not me. I have learned from years of experience, don't run when you can walk, don't walk when you can sit down and ride, don't sit when you can lay down and sleep. That is why I love the Navy... best taxi service in the world. Delivered me to countless third world shitholes on time and for cheap. oh, and decent with close air support.

my plan is hotels every night
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:01 PM   #52
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Arrived in Churchill Falls. Another day down... I got a view of the SMIB crew from my hotel
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:15 PM   #53
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Day 3: Manic 5 to Churchill Falls

With our cherry camping spot overlooking Manic 5, not only did we get a great view, but the gravel begins at the base of Manic 5. And after two days of slabbing, we have found our beloved gravel! Now writing this from Happy valley, I realize how somewhat torturous RT 389 was. Maybe having 3 full days of gravel has taught a few lessons on gravel, but I still suspect that might be most unpredictable part of the gravel. It was the hardest to read the gravel conditions, and was mostly described as pebbles on concrete. Nonetheless, we made Churchill Falls will no bike "sleeping" events.

Dorito was up spritely early--like a kid on Christmas morning!
Before sunrise



Sun rise at manic 5


Time to go..


This shows some of the perspective of the massiveness of the Manic 5 features, standing at the base


This encompasses what this trip is all about....


The money shot






Wooden deck bridges


More hydro electric


Lots and lots of water up here






And lots of these scrubby bushes




Rest stop in Gannon, which is an odd little place. It has about 50KMs of tarmac, and some cross streets but not a single permanent structure left.



Yes, even the energizer bunny Dorito is feeling a bit tired


Hard to see, but a lot of the vehicles we pass had these flags on them. And I have to say, there are effective as that was all I saw on one blind hill


And finally into Labrador!


Between Lab city and Churchill falls, about 1/2 is now tarmac. They also had at least 3-5 active constructions zones. Not long I imagine before this is completely paved between the two cities.



There's the thumb's up!


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Old 08-16-2011, 09:06 PM   #54
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Day 4: Day tripping to Esker!

Scorecard—Esker:3, TTRU:4, ADVers:1

We were able to score a camping spot near the community center in Churchhill falls, so flush toilets and running water within distance. Water was the mantra for the early morning, as it rained starting at 0200. However, a fellow ADVer hooked us lonely souls up with a shower--Oh thank you so much DAN!

Today was a leisurely day ride to Esker…a mere 250 miles of dirt track, which would still somehow end at 1800. All that previously voted Dorito would get the first hit wins the bet. I decided to rub Dorito’s belly (e.g clean the chain) before our ride. And then out of nowhere, she flat out bites me. No kidding, I think after our cheeky ride yesterday she wanted to be my steed. Nope. She still has her thoughts as she mashes my thumb between the chain and sprocket.
War wound now missing the last 1/8 of hide from the thumb:



Now all those that read horror fiction would know this bad omen is much like the vultures awaiting road kill, or perhaps the use of dark colors or scary music. But alas, our ride plans can’t be derailed. Really, after we clip off the now excess flesh, there is nothing to stitch, and no we are NOT using the quick clot unless I start convulsing. Then we are off.

The first of many reconstruction efforts for the day..


We do have some B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L scenery. The road meanders through series of lakes over causeways. Wide open expanses, and nary a care in the world.
















For those that love a cherry camp spot, after you ride over the dam look right. Right on the water overlooking the Locke. At this dam, we pass our only vehicle for the day.
[img] http://blaster11.smugmug.com/Other/S...f9/0/M/a-M.jpg [/img]







He does reiterate the road will shortly narrow. When he means narrow, he wasn’t kidding. It’s only about 1.5 wide-assed BMW widths. And shortly we become the bush trimming service.



Notice the foliage/camouflage in the boot tip..


Apparently winter has not been kind to the road to Esker. There is surprisingly lack of trash on the road, so imagine our surprise after chucking down the road for miles and to see this:

Upon deeper inspection, we see this:


Most normal folks would call it a ride and retreat, but none the less, Blaster finds his track within 30 seconds and literally jumps his big ass BMW out. I guess he’s competing for the hard core tag game or something. Next was me and with less enthusiasm but also no drama. OMG_WTF decides he’d like Blaster to ride through (and Team Turtle Recovery Unit (TTRU) lends a service)






We continue on a bit, then hit this road hazard. This one also rides well for all. OMG_WTF looking good:


Then the final hazard. Hindsight, I was probably closer than I should have been and after Blaster chopped the throttle to navigate the first of two 15 ft water hazards, I realized I was done for. Honestly, I got through the first water and then I was still too close. Blaster took the correct route through and unknown pond (outside track), while I ventured to the center track. I hit a vehicle rut, and there was no recovery. I honestly felt like this video:

http://animalvideos.yahoo.com/?vid=25818739

And the result is: Dorito Down (TTRU #2)


Turns out there are two substantial ruts, but they are literally rock hard. I should have known better and just held the rut line. But at least we know the place to avoid on the return voyage. I will give thumbs up the BMW pannier. Despite snorkeling, they did not leak! No worries, right side her and we are off.

Esker is actually still manned by a French couple. After a quick photo op, we are off.










Thankfully, we didn’t need to deploy this apparatus in the adventures of TTRU today. It is about the correct size for the big-assed BMW though..


Now one might figure that since we have already rode the trail, homeward bound would be uneventful. Nope, OMG-WTF wants to spice life up. He won’t be outdone, and decides to find the same crappy rut that I did, but heck nothing to do but goose the throttle as you as snorkeling down to ensure you catapulting through your own windshield.

I shouldn’t laugh, at least his opposable thumb still functions as designed (where mine is now vetrapped straight!) TTRU #3


This piece looks like I should put it with their friends..


The windshield:


And the mirror..


And the center stand bash plate..


And the pannier..


The next hazard OMG_WTF gains confidence, but decides to have a huge finale at the final obstacle. Sort of feel off the rut line, and then you know [insert scary music here] gooses the throttle for a fantastic finale! The bike lands 180 degrees from original direction of travel. I have to give it to him, he’s more ambidextrous than I. I consistently drop the bike to one side, and he shows no “sidedness” in colliding with earth. At least the panniers now have matching scuffs.
TTRU#4




So for all that were keeping count, blaster was the only rider still not down. Four TTRU events, and three rider falls..That’s all for now folks. More photos tomorrow, if we get a connection.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:29 PM   #55
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You guys rock!

I was glad to see that your route hit Esker yesterday. Hope you enjoyed the ride despite the mishaps. That was by far my favorite day on the Trans-Lab...

Dana -- so sorry about your finger.

One more warning -- don't take the tour of the power plant, I'm convinced no one who does is seen again....
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:17 PM   #57
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Not me. I have learned from years of experience, don't run when you can walk, don't walk when you can sit down and ride, don't sit when you can lay down and sleep. That is why I love the Navy... best taxi service in the world. Delivered me to countless third world shitholes on time and for cheap. oh, and decent with close air support.

my plan is hotels every night but I packed survival gear because I'm a realist. also, if I offer Dana shower privileges, she will command TTRU on my behalf, Chasey's got much chunk in her trunk.

Can't wait to read your trip with pops! the TAT 2.0
"Wise words to live by"

we share same travel stlye.

which motel/Hotel did you stay in Churchill falls ?

Did stay in Hotel in Manic 5 ?

was there many open rooms or was the hotel booked and you made a res in advance ?

my self and 3 others ( non campers, Hotel types ) leave in 3 week for trans lab.
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:50 AM   #58
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One more warning -- don't take the tour of the power plant, I'm convinced no one who does is seen again....
Sounds like something out of the movie "Strange Brew" Eh.
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TTRU ACTIVATE!
Dave!? Time to head over to Morton's for a new 800GS windshield.
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