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Old 05-28-2012, 06:28 PM   #511
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Man, you're seeing some neat stuff! That was quite the, uh, rally in Texas!

And back in Canada - even though you're way out east, does it feel like home yet?

Hopewell Rocks has now been added to my official list of Things I Must See.

Great RR, Brian - been really enjoying reading it!
Yeah, Texas was pretty fun........

It does feel like home, even though I am a long ways from my home still, and they do talk a bit funny (they say I talk funny, but really its them) But, yeah, its definatly Canada here :)

I was going to e-mail you once I was finished posting here. I am going to spend a few days in Newfoundland, then start heading west. I will get ahold of you when I start getting close to your area.

There, now I don't have to e-mail
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:45 PM   #512
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Looks like you're having a great time, Brian. Glad it's going well for you.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:27 AM   #513
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Day 92 May 28 493 kms New Horton NB Canada to Baddeck Nova Scotia

I wanted to head towards Newfoundland, so after a breakfast of eggs and salmon, I set out on the road. In our travels in Randy’s truck, we had passed an old covered bridge a number of times, so I stopped to check it out.



There road to the bridge was blocked to traffic, but there was lots of room for a bike to get through. I walked around, took a few pictures, loaded up, looked for official looking vehicles, and booted it over the bridge. There were no signs saying it wasn’t ok…….. just the blocked road. I get to the other side, and am not sure how to get back to the road. Is it a dead end? I ride a bit farther, and there it is, access to the main road.

I head into Moncton and find the highway to Nova Scotia, and it is cold out. I stop and put on more clothes, and carry on, and it’s still cold, but manageable.

I get to Cape Breton Island and stop at the tourist info booth, and ask questions about the ferry, campsites and rooms. Seems that things get a bit pricey here, and most places are still closed because its not really tourist season yet. It was getting late, so I went to the picnic table area, made myself a snack, and a guy pulls in on a motorbike. The guy comes over, sits down, and we start BSing. Turns out he works at the info booth, rides steady and knows all the best areas to ride and camp. He explains that hotels and campsites are so expensive here because of the short tourist season, and explains that you can pretty much camp wherever you want, no one is going to tell you it’s ok, and no one is going to tell you not to, and tells a story about some bicyclists who were camped right behind the info booth and because they were there after the booth closed(the booth had just closed), no one cared but he can’t tell anyone its ok to camp there because of a liability issue…… (hint hint).

Cape Breton Island


I wanted to get a bit closer to the ferry before shutting down for the night, so I thanked him for all his information and hit the road. As I went further north, the crappy, cheap looking motels were getting pricier and pricier, and it was getting colder and colder. I checked the weather report (I love iPhone apps) and it was currently 8C, and there were frost warnings. Crap. I decided that I was going to have to splurge for a crappy expensive motel. Just then I spotted a sign for a campsite with cabins for $45 a night. Whoo hoo. I pull in, get a cabin, with heat…… and internet…….. and a fire ring, and call it a day.

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Old 05-29-2012, 10:12 AM   #514
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Still following with great interest, Brian. Good to see you are going to do Newfy as that is part of my planned route too. Are you going for Labrador? Someone just told me that the TransLab is now paved.
And, to get you a little more homesick, one shot of last weekends' local Orca Run. The weather was spectacular. Ride safe, bud.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:53 PM   #515
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What a view!!!!



Really been enjoying your adventures and the amazing things you've seen! (thanks for the picture too)

Enjoy the curvy roads of the Maritimes!

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Old 05-31-2012, 04:19 AM   #516
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Day 93 May 29 177 kms Baddeck Nova Scotia to Robinson NL

I didn’t have a reservation for the ferry, so I wanted to get there in plenty of time. I left my warm cabin and headed towards the ferry.

When I got to the ferry, the lads asks if I have a reservation. I tell her no and she kind of goes “oh” gets on her computer for a bit, makes a phone call, and I am thinking “oh”. Turns out it was all OK. Even though I was there about an hour and a half before the ferry, they had closed something down for new passengers ( I guess most people reserve) and all she had to do was check to see if there was room (of course there was) and I headed into line.
I get loaded onto a real nice ferry, get my bike strapped down, visit with a guy from Alberta riding a Hyosung 650, then head up to the passenger deck. There are restaurants, bars, giant big screen TVs, and hardly any people. Seems it’s not tourist season yet, so the ferries are not that busy.

Sydney from the “Sun Deck”


Pulling out of Sydney




It was about a 6 hour sailing, so I spent my time wandering around the big assed boat, visiting with people, sitting out on deck (there is a reason the tourists don’t come yet, it’s freakin cold) ,visiting with people and uploading photos. There was internet, it was reeaaal slow internet, but I had lots of time……..and there were people to visit with while they uploadedJ

We pulled into Port aux Basques about 6:00 PM and…… I was in Newfoundland.

Port aux Basques




I wanted to make it a ways before I shut it down for the night, so I headed towards Corner Brook (pretty much the only choice in roads) I was dangerously low on gas, so I stopped at a little place, and all they had was regular. My whole trip, the only other place I had to buy regular, and that includes some pretty small towns in Mexico and Guatemala, was in a little town in California. I needed fuel, and the Buell does run ok on regular (though it prefers not to) and…. while I was filling up, there were people to visit with J
It seems that this little gas station/store is the 1st place off the ferry to buy beer, and the truckers were stopping to pick some up, I guess for the drive to St John’s…….. just a bit scary, but whatever works, I guess. The conversations all started with “donsha thoink iss a beet coal owt fer raiden dat mo’oseekle, buy?

I got advice from the nice ladies in the store on places to stay (the one B&B in town wasn’t open yet. It wasn’t tourist season yet)

I headed towards Robinson’s Junction where there was a hotel with a restaurant ( I had an expensive hot dog when I got on the ferry, but nothing since) The place was on the highway, and I when I pulled in the restaurant didn’t look very open. Crap. I get a reasonably inexpensive room in the old, run down motel, and ask about restaurants. The one there didn’t open until……. You guessed it, tourist season starts (I am still not really sure when tourist season actually starts)The closest one is about 15 minutes back the way I had come from. Crap. She had some sandwiches in the fridge behind her desk, but she told me they were preeeetty old, and might not be that good anymore.

I head to my room, get unpacked, and decide I am not going to brave the crisp Newfoundland weather for food. I had some food with me for camping, and they had a coffee machine I could make tea with to mix with some of my purchases from the Duty Free store.

I go back to reception to pick up some chips and a coke, tell the lady I am not going to the restaurant 15 mins away….. and then…… I found out…… all the stories you hear about Newfoundlanders being kind were true. She apologized that she had nothing much there to feed me……… and offered to make me some toast.

I thanked her, told her no thank you I have enough food with me and headed back to my room for a hot drink and a hot bath
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:09 AM   #517
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Day 94 May 29 159 kms Robinson NL to Corner Brook NL

When I got up the sun was shining, it was still pretty cold, but the wind had died down. It had been cold last night, though. While I was loading the bike, a guy walked out back to a disconnected satellite dish that was facing up, and dumped out a big piece of ice.
I hung around the motel for a while more, waiting for the sun to build some heat, and headed out. The main road kind of stayed inland, and I wanted to see the coast, so I looked on the map, and saw a road that that took me to the coast and then up to Stephenville.

Saint George’s




I headed down the road towards Stephenville, crossed a bridge beside another bridge



Rolled into town, parked and went for a walk around.


I was getting hungry, so I looked for a restaurant. I wanted a busy place the locals went to, so I wandered around till I found one. It was a typical small town diner, and the waitresses were run off their feet. I sat down and ordered a burger and fries, and listened to the people talking. The conversations jumped from fishing, to kids, to boats to fishing to gossip about other people, back to fishing, to boats, to gossip and then back to fishing. It was great.
After I ate the waitress asked me how it was, I told her it was a great burger (it was). She told me I was pretty easy to please. I said it was easy when the food was good, and she accused me of “not being contrary.” I am not really sure what that means, but I am assuming it’s a good thing J

I have found the people here are really friendly, sometimes almost to a fault. When I was leaving town, I stopped at a light and a guy was walking across the street. A lady was turning from the intersecting street, and they guy stopped and waved the lady in the car to go ahead. She waved him on to continue walking, and he waved her through, and she waved her through, and finally he got mad, waved her through rather abruptly, she went and he looked at me and shook his head. It would appear he was angry that she wouldn’t accept his kindness and that she wanted him to accept her kindness. J

I got back on the highway, and road past a nice inlet.







I got to Corner Brook and tried to find a place I could afford (did I mention it’s not cheap here)

I found a nice B&B that was almost affordable. It’s a pretty laid back atmosphere, you cook your own breakfast, and are welcome to use the kitchen for your own food for other meals. You have full access to the house and washer/dryer facilities. I would say it’s almost like a cross between a B&B and a Hostel.





The owner of the place is a real friendly, talkative fellow, and there are guests from Saskatchewan staying here who are a lot of fun to talk with.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:51 PM   #518
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Great ride report, Brian!

You are a good writer, Man! Ah, Newfoundland! We BLEW that one and you are doing it right. We toured the majority of Nova Scotia, including the famous Cape Breton, but Newfoundland, hey we're from Texas, , was not on our radar! On our way back to New Brunswick we stayed in Amherst, Nova Scotia and during a great dinner at a brewpub/steak place we got to talking to folks and one was from Newfoundland. ERRRR! We blew it. We debated backtracking to Sydney to catch the ferry but we chose to do it another time. We were RIGHT THERE!!!! Newfoundland is definitely on our list and your pictures and comments have us wanting to go more! :) Keep enjoying and don't get in a rush! What a GREAT trip!
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:59 PM   #519
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Did you change your oil filter?

Brian,

It just occurred to me that you didn't mention whether or not you changed your oil filter when you turned that Walmart parking lot into a Jiffy Lube! :) I haven't changed my own oil when on trips, because of the 'where to do it' concern but I'm thinking I might in the future. The filter of course takes longer and creates more exposure. Your thoughts and practice? Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:32 PM   #520
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Looks like you're having a great time, Brian. Glad it's going well for you.
Thanks RockyDS

Its been amazing. I am having a great time.
Still lots of cool stuff to see and people to meet :).

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Old 05-31-2012, 04:37 PM   #521
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Still following with great interest, Brian. Good to see you are going to do Newfy as that is part of my planned route too. Are you going for Labrador? Someone just told me that the TransLab is now paved.
And, to get you a little more homesick, one shot of last weekends' local Orca Run. The weather was spectacular. Ride safe, bud.
Glad you are enjoying the RR

If you come to Newfoundland, bring lots of money, stuff ain't cheap here :)

I looked it up and the TransLab is partly paved and good gravel for the rest of it.

Not doing it this time, maybe sometime in the future...... maybe further into the "tourist season" :)
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Still following with great interest, Brian. Good to see you are going to do Newfy as that is part of my planned route too. Are you going for Labrador? Someone just told me that the TransLab is now paved.
And, to get you a little more homesick, one shot of last weekends' local Orca Run. The weather was spectacular. Ride safe, bud.
Orca run looks great, and warm. Its nice to see trees that are taller than the buildings

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Old 05-31-2012, 04:42 PM   #523
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Really been enjoying your adventures and the amazing things you've seen! (thanks for the picture too)

Enjoy the curvy roads of the Maritimes!

Mrs. SoSlow
Thanks Mrs SoSlow

I have been watching for "loos with Views" but they are hard to come by.

I am not sure if the translation comes through when you ask people in spanish........ or in english

Just did a nice curvy ride to Bottle Cove today. It was awesome :) Worth seeing if you are ever out this way.

See you in a few days, or a week, or something

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Old 05-31-2012, 05:02 PM   #524
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You are a good writer, Man! Ah, Newfoundland! We BLEW that one and you are doing it right. We toured the majority of Nova Scotia, including the famous Cape Breton, but Newfoundland, hey we're from Texas, , was not on our radar! On our way back to New Brunswick we stayed in Amherst, Nova Scotia and during a great dinner at a brewpub/steak place we got to talking to folks and one was from Newfoundland. ERRRR! We blew it. We debated backtracking to Sydney to catch the ferry but we chose to do it another time. We were RIGHT THERE!!!! Newfoundland is definitely on our list and your pictures and comments have us wanting to go more! :) Keep enjoying and don't get in a rush! What a GREAT trip!
Thanks Harley1550

Years ago, I worked in Mining camps with a lot of newfoundlanders, and they all loved it here. More so than any other person from any other province. I said then that I needed to see "The Rock" before I died.

I actually considered not coming over here this trip, as I want to get home one day and didn't think l would have the time to do Newfoundland right. But I was, like you say, right there. So I decided instead of trying to do all of Newfoundland in a short time, I would come over for a couple of days, see a bit of it properly, and maybe one day come back and do it right. So far its been awesome here, and well worth a return trip.


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Brian,

It just occurred to me that you didn't mention whether or not you changed your oil filter when you turned that Walmart parking lot into a Jiffy Lube! :) I haven't changed my own oil when on trips, because of the 'where to do it' concern but I'm thinking I might in the future. The filter of course takes longer and creates more exposure. Your thoughts and practice? Thanks.
I have heard that some people change the filter every second oil change, but I have always figured for the price of a filter, its worth doing everytime.

I found on the Ulysses, you don't have to actually remove the chin fairing to change the filter, just pull the bolts on the filter side and the front 2 bolts and you can get the filter past the fairing. I still have to figure out how to pull the filter without getting oil all over the muffler
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Moncton, Flower pots,.....you were standing where a great person once stood ....ME in 83!! (actually 84, but it didn`t rhyme) My bedroom window looked out over Dorchesters front lawn.,.....(across the valley, 5 miles downstream) Your buddy should send an "Old Shediac Road" sign to make up for the "Hwy 24" one he stole from us. If you get a chance to stumble across a small community dance or talent show or some other event, take it. Really fun, talented, cool people on the east coast.
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