33 1/3 N C S + Cuba

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Throttlemeister, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. rjudge

    rjudge Texan from near Muskogee

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    Damn, now I remember that.

    A mind is a terrible thing to lose...misplace...whatever.

    Rick
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  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    I'm planning going over the Great Lakes and maybe UP or International Falls down to the stich. I will be in contact as it draws nearer.

    Cabins in the woods are cool...
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  3. Throttlemeister

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    You don't have to tell me, that day just stuck some how. You up on the big island yet?
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  4. Throttlemeister

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    Aug 23 the mad fun continues:

    A sun-up I tied thanks to Graig,
    My intial attempts, you be the judge:

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    another one:
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    The pano I like it:
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    I'd woke up in the morning this Sunday staying at the surfhouse feeling in top form and ready to go for a ride. The target with a return back to the surfhouse to beat Mr Bill Hurricane was going to be to Bonavista, the pennisula next over to the West of the the New Melbourne pennisula. I ended up leaving for a ride a nice 400+ mile ride. No crazy ass stories just a nice ride covering some ground out of the the Eastern neck of the island.
    Here's the good people I shared the surfhous with:
    We've got Craig, Steve, and Nancy all just super
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    A montage of the rally site, poopers:
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    Some of the riders:
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    and some bikes:

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    There was a sabatour in the bunch, new badge for the mule place during the nightime festivities:
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    So many towns with some many crazy names like; Heart's Desire, Heart's Content, Heart's Delight (most named due to the shape of the bays), Come By Chance, and the every famous Dildo that never voted to change its name unlike a few other another local towns like one formerly known as Gayside and the then the baymen decided to go with Baytona and a Hibb's Hole going to Hibb's Cove. Name can make a place, Dildo has remained possibly only as a known tourist attraction for all the dirty bastards out there that want the picture. Am I really one...
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    A nice day but started out a little hot and sweaty trying to coax the mule up some paths she didn't want to go back to the rail beds off of these route:
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    These can get tight and slimy some time, my rear tire would have been nice.
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    Bout 4 wheeler wide, the mule gets slapped almost continuosly as she goes by the ever encroaching alder bush that's always grabbing for you or by all the piney trees, one or the other and sometimes both.
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    Pretty soon it led to the mule wanting to lay down on me:
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    Not wanting to do much more heavy lifting and went back to the bigger roads and on to the TCH to go up to the next pennisula and see the point.
    Lunch was in order by this time and I spent every C $ I had for it, for 10 it was good and yes the relish works just don't ask me how:
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    from a small roadside cafe/station just South of Come By Chance, nice people working there. After we both got filled we continued on our way as it should be:
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    Moving out in the arm of the island I found a nice gravel road going out to a provincial park that I turned off down:
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    Real nice riding to the turnoff of the park then it got worse, or should I say better for our ride, nothing too wild just lots of pot holes and such. A newer side road going North of the track I was on that the Garmin dosen't know and I would like be familar with but I had an agenda to move on.
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    Came out by the sea on the West side and moved on out to the point.
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    John squared not even trying to.

    In to Bonavista for a look around, the harbour:
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    They have a sailing relic, repo I'm almost sure, that they keep in the big blue shed over there in the foreground on the far side of the harbour. Here's that one:
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    Its a got a gift shop that I pulled up along side and then out come the pretty gift shop lady checking me or the mule out, I'm thinking it was me:evil
    She liked bikes alot and thought the mule looked good and was impressed with all the dirt and scratches, she was a good girl with a little one in the oven but that didn't stop her:
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    I was looking for an ice cream and she was able to direct me to a local watering hole in town for a cold drink:
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    They give you a bell with your beer, the first time ever for me, I only used it to call in the pretty maid to question her, no pics for you of her but my little bell:
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    One was just right and now off to the lighthouse on the point:
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    In the past history of this lighthouse there was a fog horn operator that lived with his family out on the rocky point and had just a small footbridge across this gap as his only communication with the mainland, thankfully in a storm in the first part of the 20th century it got wiped out and was never rebulit, I'm sure the fog operator was not disappointed too much having to walk over a rickety walkway across this:
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    Inside was a nice show and this Sunday it was the freebie day and I took advantage of the situation at hand. The lighthouse structure had 3 main levels and on each level was a host in period dress talking about the daily routine of life at the house. The first level was where a counter weight would slowly fall over a two hour period that would rotate the light assembly much like the pull chains on a grandfather clock work. It would fall and the operator or their assistant would go up to the light house's top level and crank the weight back up to the top to slowly fall again and keep the light assembly turning.
    The first level showing the that counterweight:
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    Tne next level was my favorite level or maybe it was just the host. Megan was a student from the mainland on summer break from university who spend her summer working out at Bonavista Lighthouse. She's a twenty year old sharpy who's wanting to be a neurosurgeon, you go girl. Very pleasant and pretty, typical of the nice women found on the island. She gave me a good tour of the second floor with the flag room and the flume light tubes, the flags used to communicate with passing ships could ask and receive questions with ease just using a combination of flags.
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    Moving on up into the top level where the guts of lighthouse where located, very old stuff that works well over many years, heavy duty construction:
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    Here are the reflectors, and the round spoked wheel can control how fast the lights rotate, never did pick up what the change in speed meant or why it would be needed?? Must be for that thick chewy type of fog needs more speed.
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    Also seems John Cabot made one of his landings in or around this area in the 1497. My attempt:
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    There I got some help to show two famous explorers documented forever in immortality, he made me look short, I think he was embelished somewhat:
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    The info:
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    They had a community farm, and I was trying to set up a shot with the mule and some sheep overlooking the sea but alas my battery failed and I needed to get back to the hurricane hole to wait on Mr. Bill.

    The mutton:
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    The mule is a friend of the moose now:
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    I made my way back to the surfhouse to wait out the storm but before the hurricane came across to the north shore to have the closing ceremonies of the first Skibum Soriee out on the bank of the North Atlantic ocean. It was a nice closing to a great day:
    Dun dun na dun na dun dun, (superman theme inserted here). Reggfoo2's fireworks display photo montage:
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    Good times in New Foundland
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  5. Throttlemeister

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    Currently the plan is now moving more around the making the next ferry to Goose Bay that leaves out of Cartright on the 29th. I came back to St. John's to get some new glasses and a spare fuel pump but unfortunately the fuel pump failed to show like it wasn't ordered in time or something, a dissappointment but a solution to the problem would be to forward the pump to Goose Bay so I can pick it up on the mainland.

    This morning I'll leave from St John's with my new glasses and go West far and fast. Maybe stopping in Gros Morne to camp or figure something along the way. These delays waiting on stuff is putting me back into the rush mode that I try to stay away from but such is life. I'll see what I can do.

    Yesterday I did some service on the bike and got all the fluids changed and welded up a cylinder head guard and nylocked the battery bolts and put on the new rear pads finally, I got my use out of the last pair.

    It been a wonderful break hanging out with Graig D. here in St. John's and at the surfhouse, the guy's just plain super along with his wife Lisa who have just treated me like visiting rolyatly. Thank you guys so much, it was a pleausre spending so much time with you guys:clap :clap :clap

    I'll load up and head out West today and see where the wind and cooler temps now take me.
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  6. Dave Noel

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    Here is some photos of the sabatour or should say sabatours.



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  7. Dave Noel

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    Here is another cool shot of the mule resting for the night.

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  8. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    still trying to get through this from the beginning-more later:ricky
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  9. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Hey John. Looks like ur having a great time. Will forward the thread to all the no lifers here at work. Its great to see what ur up to. Keep it coming. Watch out for a big Ass Moose along ur ways. The pics are great!:clap
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  10. Throttlemeister

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    Look at all the dirty bastids, the culprits I see. No problem here, at least I didn't get branded myself. It was great time.

    Dave I did a loop through Gander and didn't see any Honda dealer, I saw the old one but nothing else. Going to eat lunch with you if I could have found you.

    I left St John's sometime this morning and only stopped for gas and again at Bishop's Falls for a look and road the rr for a little bit then jumped back on the TCH road to Deer Lake where I sit here in the Bar below the Driftwood Inn sucking down beers and the net. No much other than making miles, the falls where nice, looked like Black Horse following out of the gates, ah beer.

    Will work on the updates here at the bar until they throw me out, this spot will be nice if the single girls start coming in, hope its as good as St John's.

    Craig's wife Lisa reported to me that the best place for a women to meet a mate in for here to go to Anchorage, Alaska, like duh and the best place for a guy to meet his girl is St John's, that's exciting news. I shall return to my namesake town.

    Had a little rain today and ran the gerb for the first time and it was good, like riding in a warm bath. I love this stuff, bad news is the pod charger seems to have crapped, I will survive.

    Updates are coming, maybe I'll get to real time with some quality screen time here, we'll see.

    I 'll lay up somewhere around town here tonight and hit Gros Morne tomorrow and up to the Viking grounds before the ferry to the mainland
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  11. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    MarK I've been looking for those moose like crazy and haven't had any luck yet, maybe tomorrow at Gros Morne National Park my moose -luck will change. Hope the work place is doing good and making some money, maybe I saved them a little:lol3
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  12. Throttlemeister

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    Monday the 24th the day after my first wimpy hurrincane, I slept sound through it, no worries from the North shore of New Foundland.

    I got up sometime in the morning with little more to do than straighten up the surfhouse and finish up the first time I did my laundry this trip, it was nice to have some clean clothes again instead of just the right guard bath I've normally been getting.

    Problem here is that when I went to St. John's the other day I forgot to get my SD card put into my camera so all my Aug 24th pictures are stuck on my internal drive of my computer and I don't have a mini usb to pull them off so no pictures yet, will edit it later once I get the cable. *Edit the camera problem was solved today and I can upload the photos from the Eastern most point in North America

    Not much but screwing around today, Ron from NJ (regfoo2)another inmate that came up from the states to Skibum's rally and I had crashed at the surfhouse the night before and me needing to get to the city to pick up my new specs and spare pump thought it best to go Monday afternoon instead of early Tuesday morning. Ron decided to go over since he had yet to go to St John's and we ended up leaving in the late afternoon and didn't get to the city until the early eveing and didn't even go to the eastern most point because we ran out of time.

    *Edit place a little out of orde but here they are:

    Here's what we got up at Cape Spear:
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    There where two lighthouses that where at the point, this was the one farther up the way, this is the most amount of sun it could muster this morning:
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    Got a real nice pano of this one and the flag tree, stitched nicely:

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    The crapper just let it run down the hill to the ocean below:
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    One of the first planes of the morning heading East:
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    Here's the other smaller house, little less impressive, its the current one that's working:
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    Another pano, not as good as the first I think, I miss the stitch by a little:
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    Back to the other one:
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    The sun just neve could make a hole through the clouds:
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    The gun barrels from the one of the two gun batteries bulit on Cape Spear. The took down the mechanism that aimed and help reload the two gun. It was a very impressive solution to help with firing and loading the breech loading guns. They were produced at an amory down in the states long before WWII and most have been retrofitted to use at this location, back when New Foundland was still and independent country before they joined Canada. Seem like I remember them being cast in 1897 or something toward the end of the 19th century. Here's a small picture of the weapons system to give you an idea, I was very impressed with the layout:
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    And what he battery solider whould wake up to each day, the bunkers themselves where very well built and what's left gave a person a strong idea of what life might have been like manning this station:
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    Another angle of the same weapon:
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    The two guns where placed in such a position that the two alone where able to cover the entire approach to the St. John's harbour but to my knowledge if I remember correctly they where never invloved in any conflict. I heard the harbour entrance was netted to keep German uboats out of the bay.

    I then got the madatory far East pictures:
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    I cheated death and paced the in coming waves to get some of these shots, here was a good one from up a little bit but still far East and high above the ranging water below:
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    The mule getting as far East as she could:
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    I got some a little closer to where the stupid people get swept away but they are on Ron's camera because my SD card was not in my camera and I filled its internal memory up quickly.


    Craig arranged to have us stay at his nice home in St. John's so we where hooked up once more by the superhost. We arrived unloaded and had some drinks and tasty toasted sandwiches that hit the spot. I slept well for the little time I was out and then Lisa woke me up as requested to catch the sun in the morning as it lights the eastern most point in North America for the first time each new day.

    So it sucks that the photos for for 24 and early 25 are stuck in the internal memory where I have yet to been able to retreive them. Edit is coming up.

    The next morning the 25th I was excited to go see the sun rise but was slow getting the gear on and leaving for the morning rise. Ron and I made it out there to somewhat cloudy morning skies and I rushed up the numerous stairs to get a view, I had some nice shots and was limited by the internal memory capacity, damn it. I was constantly erasing the not so good and saving my best, I pulled off some nice panoramic shots. Looking forward to posting these.

    After the lighthouse Ron and I spilt off so he could chase down some new fuel line and clamps to fix a small leak and I took off for Vogue glass place to see well again. After getting fitting up and installed I got some directions to the Toy Box where Keith and Trevor hooked me up, except they didn't have my fuel pump which apparently didn't get shipped from somewhere to somewhere else where it should have been.

    After finishing up a few things, rear brake pads, all the fluids, and other little tidbits I went back over to Craig and Lisa's place to load up and head West so I wouldn't waste any more time on the East side waiting. The understanding was that Ketih at the ToyBox wouldn't get the pump until Thrusday so he arranged to have it shipped over the Goose Bay where I could retreive it at the Yami dealer after I got of the ferry so I could continue on my way with spare finally in hand.

    A moment for the ToyBox, this is a well run shop in St. John's that was resonable and fair dealing with, all the parts just cost more here than what we are used to in the states. Keith and Trevor are some good guys and should be able to help out with just about anything, unless you need that special order part and then it just takes lots of shipping to get something here on the island. Check them out if you got some trouble on your trip.

    Here's the guy that can help, Keith in his domain:
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    I showed back up to Craig and Lisa's place and was enticed to stay another night and have some juicy steaks and red wine, it could not have been nicer time, sans Lisa since she had prior plans, they both are very capable cooks and it shows well:
    Craig in the middle, Ron right, and the author left
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    After diner Graig took me for a quick look up on Signal Hill, the site of the first wireless transmission across the Atlantic and a great view of the city below, a lesser light house near the opening of the harbour, and of Cape Spear a ways in the distance:

    Here the harbour from above off Signal Hill
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    Craig helping me out with some for proof:
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    The signal hill building, radio tower?? Hurricane Bill bought with it cool temperatures, it was chilly that night.


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    The lesser light house near the harbour opening:
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    Cape Spear where I bout got swept away, this is as far East as North America goes, the pictures stuck on the internal memory are good of this:
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    That was the two days I spent loafing around in St John's. I did get some new glasses so I can see the moose now, I changed all the fluids in the bike sans the brake stuff, put some new rear shoes on and I DIDN'T get my spare fuel pump so tomorrow on the 26th I load and head to the unexplored West side of the island.

    Looking forward to more of this.
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  13. Mud Butt'n

    Mud Butt'n Been here awhile

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    John,
    Greetings my friend. I have not had time to catch up on all the reading and your undertakings. I however had time to speed read, look at all the pics and grab bits and pieces. Thanks for the thread on your report and sorry for the sluggishness of our computer system the day you were here. Hope all is well and I hope to catch up with your blog. Love and Gasoline
    Jusin/Mud butt'n
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  14. Throttlemeister

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    Up to date for the first time, its crazy typing in real time drinking in a bar thinking about where I will lay down for the night, it doesn't matter, still walking and talking.

    I left the city this morning after nice juice and muffins to fill me up and headed to the West side of the island, left the townie to hand with the baymen.
    One of the neater buildings I liked in the city, the old rr station with the cool old copper roof, there are a few trains left in NF, just hardly any tracks at all:
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    Got little cris crossed trying to get on the TCH but hooked up on it and ran the big road to the other side of the island. Didn't take many photos flogging down the road but did get in a few.

    The road ahead, I don't know:
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    I did stop once I saw a sign for some pizza, I was in the mood. Pizza Delight worked for today:
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    After the p break, pizza and piss that is, I went ahead and pulled out the hot jacket and lit it up, its so nice running down the road and flipping a switch and just starting to feel like someone is pouring warm water all over your neck, back, and arms. Its just a wonderful feeling riding in cooler temperatures with the powered gear, call me a wuss, I rode up in Alaska to Prudoe in Sept 2007 and look the the Michelin man and then is so much easier; you should try it if you have not ever.

    I traveling through the Terra Nova NP but didn't even care to stop, I just continued on up the road to Gander looking for the Honda dealership and Dave Noel to see if he was around and check to the place out, alas all I could find was the old Honda dealer that was closed up.
    Leaving town there was a fender bender that damn near shut the place down, me be the off roader that I try to be pulled down a sled trail and went down near the right of way to get the TCH and bypass all the madness from the little fender bender. I went down a way and no such luck so I didn't want to come back to the crash site so I bush-wacked it the 15 yrds or so to come up by a road sign on a steep gravel pad to get up to the road surface. I guess it looked impressive enough when I kinda launched the front end up enough and flopped over on my right side that a passerbyer in a black late model Chevy stopped to help me out. I think he thought I might have broken my leg beause I kinda knocked up a bunch of gravel coming up from down in the alder bushes. I got it righted by myself and thanks the guy for shopping before I headed back off again down the TCH.

    Next stop was to take a look at Bishop's Falls, a small hydro project that reminds me of Black Horse beer flowing through the flood gates and over the spilway; you really have to be there to appreaciate it, go to NF and look at all the beer flowing freeely, maybe its the tar in all those trees
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    My new specs that I don't care for too much yet:
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    the pano from the area:
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    I loaded up with fuel and ran a little rr trail back to the TCH and then went on down the road. I saw a lot of clearing of the ROW near the TCH and was trying to figure out what was mowing this stuff down, I was figuring on a hydro axe or one of the hydro mulcher type instead I saw these big thing with s swirling blade:
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    Had minimal constuction delays on the TCH due to some minor upkeep:
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    Stopped at another town I already forgot the name of and went to their little logging meusum where they had outdoor and some small cabin static display of logging industry in the olden days when hand saws and axes where used. Nice and free because I showed up at 4 and they closed at half past that hour:
    A pit saw, of the elevated variety
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    An old CAT road grader:
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    And the local internet hub here in Deer Lake where I stayed hooked up for a long time:
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    My refreshments for the evening:
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    And some more others:
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    Now I sit up in the hotel lobby now because the bar has closed and I listen to the wind howling outside the door and I need to find a place to lay down and sleep some time before tomorrow comes.

    I'm thinking of the Bon Tour of Westbrook Pond but have a hard time bringing myself to pay ~50 $ for the 2 hour boat ride, well think about that as I try to sleep somewhere tonight.

    I'm out, and this is up to the minute updated less the pictures that are stuck on my stuped internal camera's memory.

    goodnight and sleep well in your warm beds, I have yet to put up my tent this trip but tonight is looking like it unless I can find me a barn or something nice for shelter like that.
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  15. Throttlemeister

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    Hey dude glad you found it, the net was fine there that day. I finally used the oil yesterday and changed the oils out. I carried them for a long ways, well traveled oils they where. I thinking I was getting synthetic instead of the h-oil for the trans and final but as long as its slick it should be fine.

    Starter is doing its thing, just really happy you guys had one in stock, what luck.
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    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    Dominion Ale how appropriate in Newfoundland.

    Are you taking a ferry to Goose Bay from NF. It's off to my warm bed:lol3
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  17. Dave Noel

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    Ah shit, wrong turn off. You took the last one, you had to take the first exit into Gander. Oh well, happy trails. Looks like you are having a fun time taking in aoll the things most people just blast on by.
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  18. skibum69

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    well that took awhile!
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  19. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    You are having more Fun than one person should be allowed! Glad all is good with ya. Looks like a really fun place. Same old same old here at work. Terry is whinning he is having to work harder. Mary hates you that you left. Think that she just misses you. Passing on the thread to the others. hopefully you will hear from them soon. Be safe, Enjoy, paretake of the local Beers and keep it all coming! Your living life the way it is supposed to be lived. Be safe my friend.
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  20. Throttlemeister

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    Quote:
    <TABLE dir=ltr cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width=624 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=center>Originally Posted by BobLoblaw
    Are you taking a ferry to Goose Bay from NF. It's off to my warm bed


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    You bastard you heard they had snow today in Goose Bay didn't you. Yeah my ships motoring on the Aug 29, I'm ready for it snow or not. The beer is good, Black Horse works alright too.




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    Ah shit, wrong turn off. You took the last one, you had to take the first exit into Gander. Oh well, happy trails. Looks like you are having a fun time taking in aoll the things most people just blast on by.

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    Yeah that's why it took me so long to get over to Deer Lake, I never really got in the groove and was looking for spots to stop and have a look around. Maybe next time for lunch then when I get back assuming I don't get stuck in Brazil.




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    well that took awhile!


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    I was goofing off along the way, but the 400+ miles felt like a good 700 for some reason, I just couldn't get my riding groove on.



    All I can say is I damn glad I took off when I did and I'm one lucky sucker. Maybe if I run out of money I can spell Terry off for a few weeks or something, don't think I will forget my skills anytime soon. Glad your enjoying, gives you something in the down time that you have.