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Old 11-24-2012, 01:56 PM   #16
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You can buy a mesh jacket that has an enclosed hood and long arms that is great for bugs. Your upper body is totally covered/protected from bugs. I just stopped in spots where it was windy and I was fine. I did not camp though. The island of NFLD is thick with moose and they are active at night so that is why people say to not ride at night. For fun count how many times you cross the RRtrack on the last stretch of Quebec road(I use the term loosely) before Labrador border. I would recommend bring gear to be able to patch a puncture in the tire as the rocks can be trouble. I would not pack too heavy on the bike due to the gravel, sand etc your going to ride through. Lighter bike is better. I saw bears on the trip, almost ran over one sleeping on a bridge. Make reservations for the NFLD to N.S. ferry they can be kind of anal but give bikes a break some times. As far as scenery there isn't a lot to see in the Quebec/ Lab part of the trip so you could consider saving time for the island portion and the Cabot Trail portion.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #17
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yeah, we did the cabot trail this past summer. didn't have much time though, would like to spend more time in that area. So you guys believe as long as I make reservations on the ferry (NL-NS), I should be fine?, but not that important if I dont? I believe the one from Matane to the north shore, I can just show up ahead of time, (we were ok that way on our snowmobiles). And as far as the one from Labrador to Newfoundland, just show up early enough and we should be fine?
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We didn't have a reservation for the Ferry coming home. We didn't get on the first boat of the day, but we did make the second one. No problem.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:12 PM   #19
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Did you spend anytime in the Gros Morne National park? If so, what did you think? Worthwhile setting a whole day aside just to spend it there?
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:17 AM   #20
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Did you spend anytime in the Gros Morne National park? If so, what did you think? Worthwhile setting a whole day aside just to spend it there?
Actually - I didn't. I sped by Gros Morne in the passenger seat of a Toyota while my V-Strom occupied the bed of a Ford Pickup. I needed to get to Deer Lake to find a tire...
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:29 AM   #21
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C-Stain, I think Port Hope Simpson to Goose is 417 kms, not 490.
Did it in 2011 on a DR650 with 20 liters, made it ok.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:04 PM   #22
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Did you spend anytime in the Gros Morne National park? If so, what did you think? Worthwhile setting a whole day aside just to spend it there?
My wife is from that area. If you want to take the time climb the Grose Morne mountain and look into the ford. And/or take the boat trip into St. Pauls bay. It is good, never did it myself but it is worth it. The town of Rocky Harbour is nice and there is a ferry ride as an alternate route through Norris Point. I have never done that route either. The route through Rocky Harbour to Deer Lake is a relatively new route, it was built in my lifetime if that matters. There was no land route to Northern NFLD before that, had to use boats when my wife was a young person. In a manner of speaking it is similar to going through mountains and looking at the sea shore.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:26 PM   #23
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C-Stain, I think Port Hope Simpson to Goose is 417 kms, not 490.
Did it in 2011 on a DR650 with 20 liters, made it ok.
I stand corrected. You are right. Although the DR650 and DL1000 have slightly different fuel requirements.
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