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Old 09-03-2010, 04:54 PM   #61
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So Yamaha is importing them into the US in 12? Sorry about the hijaX

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I just put a deposit on a Yamaha Super Ténéré and will be getting the bike sometime in May next year. I was planning on going to Labrador with my brother but now will probably do the route you guys are doing.
Love your pictures and description of the roads.
Wow, 240 miles, not sure if the Yamaha will do it, my current Concours would do it easily with it's 7.5 gallons but the Concours is not the bike to travel on those roads. I guess I will have to carry fuel or I will just siphon from my brothers BMW GS1200A
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:58 PM   #62
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no problem - it's a good question

fyi the ferries are cancelled for tomorrow so what that means for me on Sunday is another good questions

photos uploading to photobucket as we speak
day 7 ride report soon
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:46 PM   #63
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Day 7 Port Hope Simpson Labrador to Plum Point Newfoundland

First a shout out to the Alexis Hotel in Port Hope Simpson. Carol, Jessica, Jodie, and the rest of the staff made our stay a most pleasant one. A great place to stay if you are in PHS. An ancient mariners 4 thumbs up recommendation.
The were 9 ADVers at the hotel, Jack and me, + 5 guys from Mass, and 2 from Newfoundland doing the TLH CCW.
We managed to keep ourselves under control and actually eat breakfast before leaving the hotel at 0700. We were to be tourists today and visit a number of places we found in the Labrador Coastal Highway guidebook.
First stop was St Lewis, the easternmost permanent community on mainland Canada.
The road to St Lewis













And it is the place where you can drive a vehicle the farthest east in mainland Canada.




The next stop was Mary’s Harbor, a picturesque fishing village 30 km up the road.





Had a drink and nice talk with Mr Ackerman, whose family has owned this store for 50 years.



Back out on the highway we had 30 of the toughest miles so far this trip.











I thought the hard stuff was done yesterday and had a hard time keeping my mind in the game. Lots of loose gravel and speeding cars were not a good combination this morning. The ride was exhausting. Talked to 6 other riders later in the day and they all agreed this ride was a bear. You probably heard my sigh of relief when we finally reached pavement at Red Bay.
During the 16th Century Red Bay was used by the Basques as a whaling port



Red Bay was our lunch stop at the Whalers Restaurant


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Cairns like these were used by the native population to mark trails and to show friendship



Harbor entrance



Now we were going 60 or 70 mph on pavement till we got to L’Anse Amour. We went down a dirt road for about 1km to see this burial site.





This burial site predates the Pyramids

Then back up on the road to our hotel. Since it was so early in the day we thought we would go find the ferry terminal in Blanc Sablon and have an idea what to expect in the morning. The 1530 ferry was just arriving so we decided to see if we could get on. Success.
Waiting for the ferry



On the vehicle deck secure for sea. I used my own tiedowns but there are some available on board if you need them






Leaving the pier



Town of Blanc Sablon Labrador



The crossing of Strait of Belle Isle was uneventful.
And now we sit in the Plum Point Motel for the night.
Tomorrow the Vikings.
And maybe worry about what Earl will do to our ferry ride to Nova Scotia,
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:23 PM   #64
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Day 8 Plum Point to Shallow Bay

Day 8 Plum Point to Shallow Bay
The first rule of travel, adventure or otherwise, Read the brochure or other information so you know what time your destination opens so you don’t waste an hour - or read the restaurant signs so you find the one that is open and can et the wasted hour back.

We were up and ready so we decided not to wait for the hotel restaurant to open but rather to head down the road toward L’Anse aux Meadow and the Viking settlement National Historic Site
On the road north



At the park entrance - for the misadventure getting here reread paragraph one.



100,000 years ago our ancestors began to leave Africa and migrate to the east and west. 1,000 years ago the descendants of those who went east and those who went west met when the Vikings encountered the native people of Vinland. This sculpture represents the meeting of the “Two Worlds”.



Reproductions, using local materials, of the types of building that were here 1000 years ago





A docent in the large building can fill you with lots of interesting information. For example, all the dead were taken back to Greenland for Christian burial; the settlement was used about 8 years over a 25 year period.; the settlement was not intended to be permanent because there were no privies.

The sites of the actual buildings





Visitors Center



The view the Vikings would have had waiting in the summer for the boats to arrive from Greenland



Finally breakfast



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On the road south







In Port au Choix. At one point there were 500 fishing boats here







The wind really blows here



Back on the highway



Stopped in Shallow Bay for the night. About 240 miles to the ferry tomorrow. All ferries for tomorrow are cancelled. How that will impact us on Sunday is the next question. We will know soon.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:45 AM   #65
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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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Old 09-04-2010, 10:13 AM   #66
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Day 9 Shallow Bay to Port aux Basques

Earl is coming, Earl is coming!

We are up and out the door at 0630 heading to Port aux Basques. The plan is not to dawdle and get to the hotel before the wind and rain begin in earnest. We are concerned somewhat as to how the ferry schedule will be impacted.
One of the best sunrises of the ride



Along Rte 340 south











What’s in your rear view mirror?



Clouding up thanks to Earl



The road after Corner Brook looks like most any road you have ridden - sometimes 2 lanes, sometimes 3, sometimes 4. Pretty but nothing that made me want to stop and take a picture.



This sign was different - it is not related to Earl. And it was true. Very high winds made riding difficult, as tough as anything on the ride. Then we saw cars with wipers on so we stopped and put on rain gear. The wind died and the air was damp. I was told that road gets closed sometimes due to wind.



The road is in great shape - only two construction zones in 240 miles. One interesting thing about eastern Quebec, Labrador, and Newfoundland the speed limit must be advisory and are posted only to keep the sign painters employed. In one section today we were in a line behind a LEO. The speed limit was 80kph and all of us were going 125kph. If you drive the limit you are a hazard.

Wildlife report

Quebec - one porcupine who tried to take out two Harley riders we were following

Labrador - 3 wolves between Churchill Falls and Happy Valley. One about 50 yds from a construction worker and two sleeping on the road till we woke them up. Talking to a local later he surmised that they were being fed by the work crews. Probably not a good thing for the future.

Newfoundland - three moose too quick for me to get a picture.

Ferry update. The first potential ferry is at 0200 Sunday depending on the weather. We will go there about 0100 and see if we can get on. If not we are probably stuck here till 1600 Sunday at the earliest.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:26 PM   #67
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up the road at cape st. george also waiting out the storm. i got a reservation for monday but it might be screwed up now. maybe see you down there.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:15 AM   #68
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great pictures and detailed report lakota.

that last section north of red bay is definitely different geology...pretty cool....we loved it....
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Old 09-05-2010, 07:45 AM   #69
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:52 PM   #70
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spot says that they have been ferried>
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Day 10 Port aux Basques to somewhere west of Port Sydney

Earl came and went. There was more wind than you can imagine and about 3 hours of heavy rain. Since we were hunkered down for the duration we got the executive suite at the Hotel Port aux Basques in order to have more room and not trip over each other. We kept following the ferry schedule updates on-line and revising our plans accordingly. The last schedule we saw had a ferry leaving at 0600 with no passenger info and another leaving at 0800 with loading passengers at 0600. Therefore we decided to get to the ferry at 0400 and see about the 0600 boat. Turns out that one was for commercial vehicles only but the good news was they loaded us immediately onto the 0800 one. When we got on board we asked about and got a cabin and went back to bed. The boat left on time and crossed in 4 ½ hours. Some folks got sick- Jack said the boat was moving around but I felt nothing - professional training. Was too lazy to take the camera to the room so there are no pictures of the crossing.

We were lucky as the boat that was to leave from North Sydney broke down so the next boat leaving Port aux Basques wouldn’t be till about 2000 tonight.

On the auto deck waiting to leave.




After we disembarked we headed over to Louisbourg to see the fort there that was built in the 18th century. It was closed, presumably because of the hurricane.
The sign



We tried to find an alternate way in but this was a close as we could get






We are now in a hotel somewhere west of North Sydney. They got the power restored at 1130 this morning.

Tomorrow the Cabot Trail.
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Day 11 Somewhere west of Port Sydney to Charlottetown PEI

We were up early but then had to wait to leave since there was not enough light in the parking lot to see to get the bikes loaded.



Shortly after 6 we finally got moving. This bridge was on the cover of the menu in the restaurant where we ate last night and I had wondered where it was. Little did I know it was 2 miles down the road.




Then it was over to Englishtown and the first ferry of the day- a 10 minute ride for $5.



This got us to the Cabot Trail.



I have heard lots about this ride, mostly good with some negatives. From my point of view it is mostly good. The negatives are all because there are a few sections where the ride is like riding in any number of places. But those spots are the necessary evil that gets you to the good places.

Shots along the Cabot Trail

Sometimes there are signs in both english and celtic



thought Lady Lakota, my daughters, granddaughter and the distaff readers would enjoy this sign



Looking back along the east coast



Scenery



Thirsty Hiker - recommended



Looking back





More east coast







a replica of a Sheppard's hut built to honor Angus MacDonald, who donated a chunk of land to the park





A photo of a post card showing part of the ride through the park. The previous picture was taken at the third switchback up the hill.



Headed to the west coast



The road south along the west coast







What's wrong with this picture?



Right after I took this we left the National Park and continued south. There are two construction zones in the park - one at the east entrance and one at the west.

At a gas stop


More along the west coast





After the Cabot Trail the ride did get a little dull. We were heading to Prince Edward Island and the road to the PEI Ferry is mostly slab. But we prevailed and got to the ferry landing 10 minutes before they were ready to load. And the motorcycles were loaded first. And more good news - you pay only to get off the island so the trip over was free.

The ferry




Waiting



Ready for sea





We used our own tie downs as the ones the boat provided were too big

Looking down the auto deck



After arriving on PEI it was 28 miles to the motel - and 20 miles to the first gas station. Be forewarned if you go via the ferry.

A great day of riding

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Old 09-06-2010, 07:28 PM   #74
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Thanks For The Great Pics. Glad Earl Didn't Mess You Up Too Much.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:13 PM   #75
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Nice report and thanks for sharing, i'll be taking my Super Tenere to Labrador around September the 15th, so really enjoyed the picture's, so did you guys go to the legion in Port aux Basque?
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