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Old 09-01-2013, 09:44 AM   #106
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We rode the Gaff Topsails and Red Indian Lake before returning to PAB. That installment is going to have to wait until tomorrow evening, though. I've got the KLR packed for an overnighter with another inmate in Maine, and she'll arrive shortly.

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Hey boys, nice going there and nice prose as Murph says. I haven't read the whole thread where are you going from there?
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:57 AM   #107
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Well, perhaps not as shortly as first thought.

The clouds are breaking a little as we head toward Norris Point. It's just above Bonne Bay, a magnificent fjord with high cliffs that plunge down to the ocean. When the Vikings visited here, they would have felt at home.

We stop at a small convenience store, and ask for the hostel. The proprietor points to a large white building just across the street. There are flowers and vegetables planted in the yard.

We wander about looking for someone. A young fellow checks us in and explains the rates. There's a dormitory that's the cheapest, and private rooms upstairs in the former nurse's quarters. The place is sparkling clean, although the blankets are a bit tattered. There's a bath for every two or three rooms.

The kitchen is well-equipped, with plates, silverware, mugs and cooking pots.

The former conference room has a bunch of overstuffed chairs and a big sofa. There's a TV, VCR, and a big box of assorted tapes. Nothing current, but hey, beggars can't be choosers.

The bottom floor is the public library, and there's WIFI. Excellent! We are able to connect with the world. There's even a washer and dryer, which are free. Soap costs a buck.

Best of all, we're the only people there. Later, another couple will arrive, and we meet Liz, a hippy Wandervogel who's staying at the place because she's come to protest the fracking that they're doing just outside Gros Morne. It appears to be a lonely protest. I don't see anyone else on the picket lines.

The view off the deck ain't too shabby. Next time through, I'd plan to use this place as a base for some outriding. There are some great roads in the area, as we've found earlier.

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Anton's photos. I have more, but the camera's on the bike.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:08 PM   #108
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That last pic is looking across Bonne Bay to Woody Point, with the Tablelands in the background.

Beautiful. Great pics.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:21 PM   #109
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Boy, the weather can make such a difference. I was in Norris Point a couple of years ago and you could barely see the water from the shore because of heavy rain and fog. I guess this means I'll have to go back.

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Old 09-01-2013, 03:17 PM   #110
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Just found you FF's ride report yesterday (While I was still camping in Silver Lake and scouting small bike routes for CroMag) and got home this afternoon and now I'm all caught up!

Sorry I missed the trip, looks like a memory maker.

Screw your ride to Maine, I need to know what happened next in Newfie-town!!!
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #111
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Just found you FF's ride report yesterday (While I was still camping in Silver Lake and scouting small bike routes for CroMag) and got home this afternoon and now I'm all caught up!

Sorry I missed the trip, looks like a memory maker.

Screw your ride to Maine, I need to know what happened next in Newfie-town!!!
On this trip the name guymanbro was mentioned a few times. Once it was suggested that a GPS need only have its satellite screen if you were navigating. Later you were nominated to carry the bikes across the river. I'm not sure if that was supposed to be one bike at a time or all of them but if we ever meet, remind me not to piss you off!
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I'll fill in while Fearless Leader leaves the nut house unattended.

The Hostel was very interesting. There were six participants, the riders, (Tim, Anton and me) and the others. I feel for the others because by this point in the trip, the riders have pretty much said all there is to say to each other and new faces meant a new out flow of blah, blah, blah.

When Liz could get a word in edgewise, she explained that she was:
born of Russian ex-pats of Mennonite faith
hitch hiking as a means of travel
without permanent residence
in town to help protest fracking

I couldn't imagine conversing with anyone more different from me.

Anton and Tim had the Russian chat going.
Tim helped Liz with her understanding of past global politics.
I spoke briefly of my hitch hiking style from the seventies.

Enter Katheryn (I think that was her name but it doesn't really matter).
She and her husband were enjoying a year off from their teaching positions.
She explained a program whereby one can defer 27% of their pay for five years and then take a paid year off. I applaud the discipline they showed by living with less in favor of future quality time together.
Katheryn also mentioned that her first job was at McDonald's. She spoke of how much she had learned there and becoming a responsible employee. That struck a chord with me because that was my first (and last) job as well.

The third "other" was Ellie, Katheryn's Boarder Collie:


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On this trip the name guymanbro was mentioned a few times. Once it was suggested that a GPS need only have its satellite screen if you were navigating. Later you were nominated to carry the bikes across the river. I'm not sure if that was supposed to be one bike at a time or all of them but if we ever meet, remind me not to piss you off!
If there is beer on the other side of the river, ANYTHING is possible.

I'm difficult to piss off, but dangerous if that line has been crossed. I assume everyone I meet is my friend until they prove otherwise.

Couldn't make the trip because of a band gig in Hudson, NY on the weekend the trip began. I thought about trying to play catch-up on the way, but it was not to be. Glad I can take part in hearing the telling of the trip unfold online.

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Ellie was somewhat on edge. Missing our pups, Tim and I eagerly gave Ellie pats and soothing praises but she seemed preoccupied by something unseen. She fixated on small segments of the living room looking high and low. Ellie seemed uninterested in the four people in the room in favor of whining and softly growling into empty space.

The Hostel had previously been a hospital. Although the caretaker who checked us in assured us nobody had died there, I find that unlikely. Liz suggested there were rumors of ghosts residing there. My suggestion to Katheryn that Ellie could sense them made her a little nervous.

To change the mood I asked Ellie "where's your ball?"
There was none to be found so I fetched a pair of socks which turned out to be a suitable replacement.


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This is the flyer for the Hostel:






Maybe bring this along too:


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Old 09-02-2013, 11:27 AM   #117
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I posted this when I had no way to post pics. I realize that nobody is going to look back into a ride report so I'll weave this in here.

Saturday morning Tim and Anton headed for a very remote section of the trailway. Not wanting to be a drag on their fun (and keeping a promise to myself to return home in one piece) I chose to remain east and accept some scenic slab riding. Tim and Anton can post up their take on the sections ridden this day.

Why I didn't want to rejoin the trailway:



On day one we were riding on deep, loose stone. This is my kryptonite. Somehow in my formative riding years I never developed the skill necessary to ride this crap. It was suggested that going 40-45 mph was the best way. For me, that seemed like the express route to the ER. While I realize that going 25 mph is more likely to get me into a crash, I know that the crash will be kinder to my decrepit body. Either way I wasn't going to be the old dog trying new tricks 1000+ miles from home.

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Still on day one...

The three 45mph riders were way ahead when I started a nice fishtail maneuver.
I tried to control the occilations as they took me back and forth over the deep stone hump left by constant ATV use. As soon as it was apparent that there would soon be a change from vertical to horizontal I turned towards the edge and bailed.




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I was uninjured. After taking a few pics I went about the business of righting a fully loaded 650. Yeah, right!

That's when our ATV friend arrived. I encouraged him to stop by standing in his path. He shut his machine down as I asked him to help lift my bike. He replied "That's what we do." as a one man ambassador for NL, he represented his home well.

We grunted and strained (actually, I provided the audio) and got her out of the ditch. To my surprise, nothing was damaged or even out of place.

Anton arrived looking for my corpse but found me alive.
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After a group ice cream cone, we continued down the trailway. There were more agreeable sections that sucked me deeper in. Then the deep stone was back with the added joy of Alder branches. They protruded into the trailway at handlebar level reaching almost to the tri-clamps.

The right rut was the least objectionable to me. I stood on the pegs and puttered along watching my mirror get gradually beaten back at me. Twice I started to lose it but was able to stop and regroup. It was at that point that I stated out loud "If I ever get off this friggin' trailway I'm not riding it again."

At the next intersection the guys were waiting for me. We agreed to meet at the Dairy Queen (non existent as it turns out) that my GPS promised to be in town. I routed myself to town via an extra wide logging road.

Hence my absence from the epic wilderness ride on Saturday.

Slab-a-dab-a-doo!

It worked out ok for me. They weren't serving this on the trailway:


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