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Old 08-29-2013, 09:05 AM   #31
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:08 AM   #32
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A Note About Fuel on The Western Peninsula

We didn't have a problem with fuel on The Rock, but this was due to good management. Each of the Suzukis carried a spare fuel can on the back, giving us a total capacity of around five gallons. We never used the spare fuel, but it was comforting to have in case of emergency. The KLR650 is a supertanker, and Adam did not carry a can.

The general rule is to fill up when one sees a station, even if only a couple of liters down. As one progresses north, the distance between stations increases, and often one has to ride off-route a fair distance to get gas.

87 octane is the norm. While some stations in larger towns have mid-grade and premium, I'd be reluctant to bring a bike that needed high octane. At one station above Gros Morne, we observed a pair of Harley riders pulling up to the pump, only to see that there was regular. They blazed off down the road. If they'd asked, we would have told them that the next station was over 100 km down the road, and had a single pump. They didn't ask.



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Old 08-29-2013, 09:22 AM   #33
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Anton just sent a link to a large number of photos and videos. I'll post some of them up so we're caught up.

Anton's wife Katya sent this little doll along to remind our companion of home. Anton and Katya are expecting their first child in December.

Anton took a lot of ribbing about the bling silver bag on the dash. It came as a premium with some perfume Katya bought, and she was going to throw it out. It was somewhat out of place on a trip like this. Anton didn't mind. It was the right size for a bunch of his electronics, and is actually very rugged. Anton grew up under the shortages in Soviet Russia. He figures a bag is a bag. I still had to call him "Sir Elton." You should see his bright pink neoprene camera case.



Entering Nova Scotia. It's always windy here in Amherst.



North Sydney, NS at night.



The "Frat House," MS Atlantic Vision



We needed this:



Entering the harbor at Channel Port Aux Basques:

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Old 08-29-2013, 09:36 AM   #34
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Anton's Photos -- Monday August 19, 2013

Near the beginning of the Trailway at JT Cheeseman Provincial Park











There isn't much sand on the Trailway, or on The Rock for that matter. This stretch is an eye-opener first thing in the morning, however.
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Anton's Photos -- Monday August 19, 2013 Continued

Tablelands



Lobster Traps Near Fischells







Adam acting as building inspector

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Anton's Photos -- Monday August 19, 2013 Continued

Limestone Strata At Fischell's River





Rich



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Anton's Self-Portrait

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[QUOTE=Canuman;22209912]Tablelands



Lobster Traps Near Fischells




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on that little bluff just beyond the buildings is another nice place to camp...someone mowed a path off the road and a nice area to pitch a tent....
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Water

The ocean is the most obvious feature of the landscape here, but there are also thousands of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. One is never very far from water. Anton and Adam brought water filters, which we used to fill our water containers on several occasions. Because of the moose population, one doesn't want to drink unfiltered water because of the risk of giardia.

In many areas, there are pipes coming from roadside springs. We assumed that the water from these was safe, and drank it with no apparent ill effects.

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Anton's Photos -- Monday August 19, 2013

You'll be thankful for a camera that takes panoramic shots.



South of Corner Brook. Many of the back roads are maintained by lumber companies. Be aware that a well-maintained resource road generally means that there's an active logging operation in progress, and that the trucks have the right-of-way. Even if they didn't, you're too small to argue the point.



Hood ornament:



Abandoned car outside Corner Brook. If I had to guess, I'd say that it was stolen and abandoned. Those are good snows on the front.



Corner Brook and Humber Arm



It's been a long day!

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Anton's Photos -- Tuesday August 20, 2013

Looking out from the beginning of Hughes Brook Road:



Stone, Trees, and Sky:



The red plateau looking toward Gros Morne:



Bunchberries. I'd mistakenly labeled them as teaberries, which look somewhat similar. Thanks for the correction, Newfiebullet.

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I've never heard them called tea berries before. We call them Cracker Jacks.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 -- Onto Every Bike Some Rain Must Fall

We awake in the morning, and it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. No joke. Summer is fleeting here.


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Anton's wife Katya sent this little doll along to remind our companion of home. Anton and Katya are expecting their first child in December.



Wow, Congrats !!!
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Anton took quite a number of videos, but they are stored in Picasa. If anyone knows how to embed a video from Picasa, please let me know. I have been unable to.
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