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Old 08-26-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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Labrador, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia - another Ancient Mariners Adventure

Prologue August 25

As the ancient mariners finished their ride to Alaska the topic of conversation naturally migrated to where to next year. By the time we went our separate ways we had almost decided on the Trans-Labrador Highway. Reading lots of ride reports that made it seem that late August/September would be the best time to minimize the onslaught of black flies. We spent the ensuing year planning and upgrading our rides. I went from the F650GS (single) to the F800GS. Jack (Jairlie on ADVrider) went to the F650GS (twin). Farkling became a way of life.
The ancient mariners another year older



The bikes
Mine



Jack's



Two big differences
My Touratech standard seat with Alaska Leather Butt Pad



Jack’s Corbin



Both seats courtesy of the ADVrider flea market
My TKCs



Jack’s Karoos




The bikes were staged at my house, Jack having ridden from Colorado Springs to Annapolis 3 weeks ago for our Naval Academy class golf tournament, then flew home and returned today. I had both bikes serviced at Bob’s BMW while he was gone. When he got here we finished packing the bikes and then met my family for a light supper before riding on to York Pa.



My grandson trying to convince Jack he would be a good pillion.



Both grandkids




We left the restaurant and arrived in York about 9.
Tomorrow the adventure begins in earnest.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:53 PM   #2
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:59 PM   #3
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:16 PM   #4
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:43 AM   #5
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:26 AM   #6
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:01 AM   #7
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Glad you liked Markbvt's Trans-VT route! He's one of the better route-makers I know - I followed him for 3000 miles this spring down to TN/VA/NC and back without looking at my own map once. He's up there on the TLH with you as we speak, so I hope you get to meet face to face.

I'll be following you up there in a few weeks, so am eager to hear your reports on conditions, etc. Safe riding and hopefully there will be no repeats of the mattress incident... ever, as in, in the history of motorcycling from now going forward.

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Old 08-30-2010, 10:22 AM   #8
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I'm in too, wish I could be doing this too

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Old 08-30-2010, 02:56 PM   #9
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. Safe riding and hopefully there will be no repeats of the mattress incident... ever, as in, in the history of motorcycling from now going forward. -Paul
A big +1 well said.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:00 PM   #10
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Day 4 Baie Comeau to Labrador CIty

The weather forecast was promising as we saddled up for the ride north and the start of the Labrador Highway. Wandering out of town we found the sign we were looking for.





This is what it looks like at the start of the highway at 0600



Since we had a picture of Manic 1 yesterday we stopped to tag Manic 2



When we tried to get Manic 3 we found a locked gate so here is the sign at the intersection with the main road



The road passes lots of lakes like this



Lots of construction areas along the way



Obligatory latitude sign



A view of the road before it turned to dirt



Eventually it began to look like rain so we pulled out the rain gear. It started to get heavy and we spent a lot of time getting out of the way of cars who wanted to go faster than we did. Speed limit is 90kph. We were going about 110 and were the slowest folks on the road. We were so worried about being overtaken safely that we missed the turn for gas and breakfast. We got to Manic 5 and asked where to get gas. We overshot it by 4km. Manic 5





After Manic 5 the road is primarily dirt (with a few short interludes)) all the way to Fermont.



The conditions in the dirt, even with the rain,were such that we could do 50+mph with no worries.
Stopped and bought gas again at Relais Gabriel, which is the last service stop till Fermont - that’s about 180 miles.


More dirt road.



Bridge over one of the many rivers along the way. Note that one must stay on either the right of left track. There is no riding the center line.





The money shot. Tried to get back on the bike after the previous 2 pix and just went right over. Shut the bike down and took the pic before we picked it up.



Gagnon is a town along the way but it no longer exists. It is obvious that something was there. Unlike Centralia, the mining company picked up and moved out when the mine closed and they took everything with them but the pavement.



The road is paved for a good while from here.



Bikes at a rest stop on the side of the road. Gotta love the dirt.





Just after this stop the road crosses a railroad track and turns back to dirt with LOTS of loose gravel. The road and tracks run parallel to one another and cross one another many times (lost count).



A picture of an engine and rolling stock a friend asked me to get.





The road in the background. It is very dusty and when the big trucks go by (in either Direction) your world is reduced to the inside of your helmet - there is nothing on the other side of the face shield. The road and tracks together just before it’s back to pavement. Note the mine on the right and what’s left after strip mining on the left.



Finally the Labrador half of Newfoundland Labrador.



A long tough day. Tomorrow east across Labrador
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:09 PM   #11
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I heading up there next year so I am following along with your adventure. Hope to pick up some tips! And not tip overs!
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:22 PM   #12
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You guys are going to have coronary issues long before the trip is over if you keep eating like this.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:16 PM   #13
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:57 PM   #14
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Great pictures on the way up to Labrador City....

I found the section which kept crossing the train tracks to be tons of fun...and like you, I am always in such a rush to pick up my bike, that I forget to take the obligatory "napping" picture.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:45 AM   #15
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I am having a really good time following Y'all. Thanks for all the work.

These photos are my favorites. My Archaeological sense is tingling!!
I had no idea that there were intact burials in the New World from that long ago. Also the distance from the Bering land bridge is interesting. Asian folks crossed the land bridge +- 16000 years ago. Uh... Discovering the New World. Europeans love to claim the discovery of countless places that Asians have occupied for thousands of years.
The expanses of time are what get me... The fact that this burial predates the Pyramids is understated. :) This predates them by 2500-3000 years!!! The Pyramids predate Christ by 2500-3000 years... The mind boggles.
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