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Old 09-22-2013, 07:56 PM   #31
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Tim did you guys get over to Bottle Cove, Lark Harbour just down route 450 from Corner Brook? https://www.google.com/search?client...2F%3B640%3B264
Stunning scenery Rich! I might have to visit there.


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OK, this is coming together nicely. If anyone has the skills and testicular fortitude to ride something above 650 CCs, I won't balk at it. I know there are some Hell-for-leather big bikers out there n ADV. Welocme G-Mac.

For myself, I found the 400 just fine. I wouldn't expect the smaller bikes to keep up with the big ones on the inevitable slab sections. My DRZ is getting wrung out around 60 mph/100 kph. I would expect everyone to have their own navigational equipment and know how to use it. This would allow us to break into smaller groups according to riding style and ability, and meet at either lunch or the end of the day.

If Jackpiner57 wants to be a SLACKER and just do five days, I suggest that we plan on staying at the Norris Point Hostel either the second or third night. This would give the opportunity to hike Gros Morne, probably catch the section of the Gaff Topsails that we rode in 2013, and do some exploring around Red Indian Lake. I'd suggest the south-eastern side, which we didn't do, as I hear the riding is a bit more interesting down that way.

I'll put together a full package of GPS tracks, as there are some very interesting spur routes that we didn't hit.

If anyone wants to combine all or part of the ride with a Trans-Lab, the Norris Point Hostel would also be a good place to join the group. It's a fairly easy day down from St. Barbe, so long as it isn't raining or blowing too hard. That way, people could attend to showers and laundry, and get a good night's sleep and reorganize a bit.
At 56, I'm proud to have finally achieved SLACKER status! If I can do a few more days, I will but don't tell anybody. I won't be demoted.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:57 PM   #32
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Tim did you guys get over to Bottle Cove, Lark Harbour just down route 450 from Corner Brook? https://www.google.com/search?client...2F%3B640%3B264
I stayed in Lark Harbour last time I was on the rock. It was a piece of paradise. Well worth a visit. I might even be able to arrange a place to stay.
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:07 PM   #33
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I stayed in Lark Harbour last time I was on the rock. It was a piece of paradise. Well worth a visit. I might even be able to arrange a place to stay.
Cool, that'd be great.
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:27 PM   #34
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There's such a lack of scenery to Newfoundland, I can hardly see why you'd bother!

Hey, if anyone has the coordinates for the new bridge on the Southwest Gander River, I'd really appreciate them. I know some folks have been there visiting the Sabena Airlines crash site (on our route), but RTR is having technical difficulties right now. I'm pretty sure I've got it located correctly on the map.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:57 PM   #35
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If you don't mind I'll follow this thread but I'm really not sure what next year will bring. I'm registered for the Alcan 5000 but I'm pretty sure I won't make that trip. I just moved to Montreal from Ottawa and still getting business built up.

It'll just be a wait and see for a while but if the West is out a trip back to The Rock is next on the list.

I did the T-Lab with Deadly 99 a couple of years ago and he had mechanical issues and headed back once we hit Ste. Barbe from Blanc Sablon. I was having fuel pump problems with my Super Enduro but did manage to do a pretty good road tour to most corners once I got it sorted. The only off road I did was from Grates Cove through Daniels Cove and down to Old Perlican.

The rain didn't let up much for the whole trip and I had a good case of diaper rash But the party at the George Street Festival eased the pain
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:52 PM   #36
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If you don't mind I'll follow this thread but I'm really not sure what next year will bring. I'm registered for the Alcan 5000 but I'm pretty sure I won't make that trip. I just moved to Montreal from Ottawa and still getting business built up
Sure, no worries. I'm going to shut the roster down at some point, because there's a line between a fun-sized group and just too many.

Has anyone ridden the Bonavista Branch line this summer? The last report I saw was from just after Igor, so it's several years old.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:30 AM   #37
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Sure, no worries. I'm going to shut the roster down at some point, because there's a line between a fun-sized group and just too many.
Put me on the roster before you shut it down. I am my own fun-sized group. . .
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:41 AM   #38
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Jeex, I always thought you were TOO MUCH, sailor. You're in.

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Put me on the roster before you shut it down. I am my own fun-sized group. . .
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In the tradition of giving a musical theme to these rides, here's some classic Ska:

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I've been told that just plotting a trip isn't enough any more. A trip should be done for a noble cause, preferably with fund-raising and grants. OK, I'm as socially aware as the next fellow. I'm signing on to the following cause:



Who's with me?
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:55 PM   #41
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The Blue Footed Boobie has long been on my birding list and I always thought I'd be down in Baja when I saw one. So what's the cause? Do we get the little fella drunk on some Newfie brew or apply some KTM halloween orange foot paint? I'd like to see at least one and an iceberg or two on the rideabout next year.

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Old 10-03-2013, 05:18 PM   #42
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The routes are coming together well. With the experience from the shufti we had this past August, I know a great deal more about how to glue together a track on The Rock. This trip will feature quite a few "outrides." These are loops where we'll stop at a camp site, drop the majority of our gear, and ride light bikes for the day. It should save quite a bit of time coming back to a tent that's already up, not to mention the pleasure of riding a bike that's 40-60 pounds lighter.

I've found some great historical sites to visit.
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Thanks for adding to my vocabulary Canuman!
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Thanks for the invitation. With regrets I must pass on this one. The TAT is calling and SWMBO is already making funny faces about that.
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I figured you'd be on the TAT or TIT or sump'n Rich.

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