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Old 12-15-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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2014 trans labrador BIG LAND trip

Hello all. I am in the early phases of planning a TLH trip.

Here are some of the updated details

Sunday 22nd June 2014 leave Quebec city no later than 13:00. Heading south to Millinocket Maine, Arrive at aprox 18:00. Have supper at the Pelletier family restaurant bar and grill and have a Golden road beer. (400 km).
Monday 23 June, free day
Tuesday 24 June Leave Milllinocket NLT 10:00. Head to Halifax (652 km) See if I can meet up with some old friends.
Wednesday 25 June, free day in Halifax.
Thursday 26 June, Leave Halifax and head to port aux basques (note, North Sidney ferry crossing leaves at 16:30) (580 km)
Friday 27 June, Explore Newfoundland
Saturday 28 June, Explore Newfoundland,
Sunday 29 cross over to Blanc Sablon, Head up to Marry's harbour then go to Cartwright (252 km)
Monday 30 June Cartwright to Goose Bay (393 km)
Canada day 2014, Spend the day in Goose Bay
Wednesday 02 July, Goose bay to labrador city (528 km)
Thursday 03 July, Labrador city to Manic 5 (370 km)
Friday 04 July, Manic 5 to Baie Comeau (218 km)
Saturday 05 July drive home (438 km)

Anybody else planning on doing the TLH this summer?

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Old 12-15-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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Will likely be zipping across it around the time you are...maybe cya there


Ps....u think you have Cartwright mixed up with Port Hope...
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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TLH trip

Your 'explore Newfoundland' day gives you one day. Its a full day to ride the distance from Port aux Basques up the west side of Newfoundland to the ferry to Blanc Sablon.

Do yourself a favour and schedule more time for Newfoundland; I didn't, and I regret it. It's far bigger than one might expect, not just another state or province and deserves a lot more time. Other than that, all the days allow plenty of time for the occasional side-trip.

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Old 12-15-2013, 11:59 AM   #4
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Night crossing on the ferry and arrive fresh. I assume you are landing at Port Au Basque. Spend more time in Newfoundland. You will have seen little.
Mary's Hr (not St Marrys hr) to Goose is a days ride. A day in Goose is better spent on the island portion of your trip. Goose to Lab city is paved (quick) and hotel rooms are scarce and expensive in both towns due to mega projects.
Please take this as constructive advice. Why such a defined and rigid schedule??? Isn't this supposed to be a vacation??? If you are enjoying an area ...stay. If it sucks...move on.
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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I think you could make it from Lab City to Bay Comeau in one day without issues. There isn't much to do at Manic 5. Your going to have a short day from Halifax to North Sydney. The new ferry is going to be running from Maine to Yarmouth next year, might be worth a look see.
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:21 PM   #6
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I think you could make it from Lab City to Bay Comeau in one day without issues.
Yep^ been there done that, and also OP you are OVER PLANNING things, rides never go as planned.......and that is sometimes good thing.
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:34 PM   #7
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Yep, I agree with Murph. There's some super nice places in Western NFL. It would be a shame to blast through. I've got some tracks that are big-bike friendly that will take you off the pavement for parts of it. PM me if you'd like them.
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:46 PM   #8
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I usually never plan my trips and end up where I end up. This is just a rough idea and is not rigid by any means.

Thks for the idea about allowing more time on the ROCK. I will switch some things around for sure.

I like the idea of crossing the ferry at night.

I plan on staying out of hotels at all costs on this trip. I am quite used to sleeping in the bush

Thanks for the ideas guys.. keep em coming

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Old 12-15-2013, 02:55 PM   #9
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Inmate Littlelionmonster did a RR on the Trans-Lab last year on a Tiger 800XC that may be of some benefit to you. Give you a little idea of the distances as well as a few of the sights.
Camping here in the bush is legal and accepted as norm here. Beaches and headlands are my personal favorite. Canuman stayed in a fellas house last year in Big Brook that was left unlocked. Nobody minds.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:10 PM   #10
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Yep. Folks up that way are very friendly. I'd say don't miss the Hughes Brook Road -- you'll have no problem with it on the Tiger. It's pretty easy to find just to the north of Corner Brook.

You might also want to do the Red Indian Lake road. Lots more interesting than the Trans-Canada, although I wouldn't recommend it on a weekday. Again, when we did it it August, you could run most of it at 45 - 55 mph with few worries.

You could stop at the hostel at Norris Point. It's pretty cheap - I think the dormitory (which was empty when we were there) was $20/night. This includes showers, WiFi, washing machine, a nice kitchen, and a great view off the deck -- where there's a BBQ. Give yourself some time to take in Gros Morne. It's stunning.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:15 AM   #11
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The Red Indian Lake Road is OK but it has some fresh large gravel, like 2 inch and bigger. Awful easy to cut your tires. This is for maybe 20 miles or so. From there you could go to Buckens and than back to Deer Lake. This would add a day to the trip though, out of your way and nothing exotic to see there except the Gaff Top Sails on the old rail bed. It rains a lot in NFLD and tenting in the rain isn't much fun. Dress warm, bring extra clothes for NFLD, it is 10 degrees colder there than the mainland. We were spending $100/night for Bed and Breakfast in NFLD, two sharing room. Did the Western Brook Pond boat tour for the first time last year. It can take up a half day easily but pretty cool. You have to walk in and it is about 2 miles each way. It costs $60 cash no debit machine, not a bad idea to book ahead.
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:47 AM   #12
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When we did the trip the west coast of Newfoundland was one of the highlights, it's stunning. So is the southeast coast of Labrador, checkout Point Amour lighthouse, Red Bay, etc. The actual gravel TLH is kinda boring scenery wise.

Goose area is nice, checkout Northwest River, and Muskrat Falls (if they are still there)

The nicest riding in my opinion is Route 389 from Fermont to Baie Comeau.

You'll meet some great locals and a lot of fellow travellers, that was probably the best part of the trip for me.

We are headed back next year for a run up 389 to Lab City.

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"Your going to have a short day from Halifax to North Sydney"

Rubberlegs, feel free to PM me and I can suggest a nice route from Halifax to the ferry. I might be able to offer up my services as tour guide if interested.

FYI - I'm heading to Lab in August.



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Old 12-21-2013, 04:09 PM   #14
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"Your going to have a short day from Halifax to North Sydney"

Rubberlegs, feel free to PM me and I can suggest a nice route from Halifax to the ferry. I might be able to offer up my services as tour guide if interested.

FYI - I'm heading to Lab in August.


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Ensure that you have enough coin for your tip too - Hotels/Motels in Labrador aren't the ComfortInn and the prices will shock and astound you. So will the price of fuel.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:49 AM   #15
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"Your going to have a short day from Halifax to North Sydney"

Rubberlegs, feel free to PM me and I can suggest a nice route from Halifax to the ferry. I might be able to offer up my services as tour guide if interested.

FYI - I'm heading to Lab in August.



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There are some great routes from Halifax to the boat. I usually try a different one each time I do it but the obvious side trip if this is a one shot ride would be the Cabot Trail. Put you at the boat for suppertime.
Did some runs up the Musquodoboit Valley on a couple different routes that were low traffic and enjoyable.

Not a lot of bad roads in the maritimes.
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