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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by sakurama, Aug 1, 2009.
Great trip and even better photos, I'm subscribing to this one
You guy's are Adventuring in Style!
I like how the HP2 is packed with luggage... very tidy.
Good photography, cool bikes, good writing and pretty women on a route that I want to take eventually - I'm in...
I'm on board -
Great shots, of course. Enjoying the story-line as well. I love how you're capturing the fun y'all are having. And congrats on impending fatherhood - you're definitely making the right choice in taking the ride now.
I am (was?) planning to do the same route this fall. Not sure it is going to happen this year though.
Great report so far! I can only imaging how much fun it would be to ride along with Gino on his first "camping" trip. Gino is a riot!
Great professional pics, 2 great competing bikes, 2 beatiful women and 2 crazy "local" ADV riders. Perfect R.R. combination :slurp
Love this one:
is this thread really just an add for revit?
Subscribed - great writing and pix to boot-at somepoint you gonna have to explain the gear you are shooting with. Those pix are phenom! Keep it rolling rubberside down, orange side up!
So last night we rushed from the library to the ferry and of course waited in line.
Lauren has gotten used to my constant photographing of the trip and is now actively making fun of me. Here you can see the incredibly compact nature of the HP2 with the soft bags and gas tank. And a little bit of a view of the seat that James Renazco made for Gino on a rush. Of all the people that Gino ordered gear from for this trip James is the only one to come through and he did it in less time. He also made my saddle and the one before - all four of us can't praise him enough.
I have to say that I really love the way that Canadians treat bikes. We're always pulled to the front of the line and given a bit of extra attention which is really nice. So we got the call to roll in and we approached the ferry which is massive with the whole nose open in the air.
I think there that there are two ramps to load the additional levels but we didn't see it. Here you get a sense of the scale of the ship.
The ferry workers are incredibly nice and they stack the bikes all in a row against the left wall.
At the front of the line there is a wheelbarrow of giant tie downs that are kinds I've never seen and I've seen a LOT of tie downs. The are like a fast draw with a half clamp lock action and while they don't really cinch the bike down too hard they're not supposed to. Mostly they just keep it from falling over in rough seas. Some tips for those who plan to do this trip - the deck is really slippery as it's steel and often covered in oil and when you park the bike it's best to leave it in gear to keep it from rolling.
Next we hauled our gear up to our bunks. You're not allowed to go back to the bikes once the ship leaves the dock so you have to take all you need. My top case is loaded with 60lbs of camera gear (which as some of you may know is what I do for a living) so that case is a huge bitch to carry especially up the stairs, with a tank bag and a helmet.
This trip has been my foray into working with video so I'm carrying two Canon 5D Mark IIs and three lenses; a 24-105, a 24 TS-E and a 45 TS-E. The last are tilt shift lenses which are great for perspective control but I use mainly for doing panoramas as they create seamless and perfect shots. If anyone is really interested I'd go through the gear but that's the gist of it. The 5D's do great video so I'm playing with it on this trip and hoping that I can someday replace Claudio. Those guys need someone who can ride...
Anyway, one of the things I've been toying with is doing some time lapse and I really wanted to do one of the big hatch closing so I rushed up to the top deck and set up one of the cameras with a intravalometer to catch the sequence. Here's the setup:
And here is the result which I'm pretty pleased with:
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After that Judiaann and I went to the dining hall and had a very brown diner of roast beef and chicken fingers and we learned what "poutine" is. I'll update you on what that is in the next post when I can post a photo. While I was up on the deck doing my time lapse Gino and Lauren had literally passed out in the bunks by 9pm. We also discovered another interesting fact which is that Newfoundland is one half hour ahead of Nova Scotia which is one hour ahead of NYC. Never heard of a half hour before but it certainly suites the place.
We turned in by 11 or so and while the bunks looked like torture they were actually really great and I slept pretty well until about 3am when I woke up and read Canada Cycle for a bit and then decided to take a look around. The first thing I noticed was all the feet sticking out the ends of the bunks - funny stuff. Here's me reading in the top bunk.
Then I went up the to the very top of the boat and did a panorama with the 24mm TS-E. I love shooting at night and I love the erie look of the mist. There was no one up and the fog horn blew every 5 minutes and when I looked over the rail I thought how completely lost you'd be if you fell over board. I like things that scare me but the ocean isn't really one of them - it's just too damn incomprehensibly large.
Here's my pano of the top deck.
That is all for now. We're in Newfoundland and met an ADV rider named, I may get this wrong too, Jeff Smith? Just after we got off the ferry. He'd met up with a friend who was on our boat and in talking with him we told him how much we wanted to ride some of the rail trail system. He told us there was an entrance just down the road and led us to a narrow, gravelly double track and gave us some directions.
That is a subject for a complete other post - holy cow is all I have to say. The internet is wildly slow here - slower than dial up so I don't know what more I can get done tonight. The last video has been uploading for 3 hours and is only at 15% so it doesn't look good for video today. I'll try to put up another report after we hit the pool and have a scotch but I'm making no promises.
As said by all, fantastic RR, pix AND company.
I've read a heap of RR's from that part of the world, funny thing is .. they're all different !! IT"S FANTASTIC .. it's like .... 15 witness descriptions of a suspect = 15 different descriptions .. unreal !!
I was keen to watch the time-lapse vid .. .. NO ACCESS .. can this be fixed at your end ??
I have to sympathize with the luggage situation ... it sucks .. bit of a raw deal for sure. I haul a purpose-built trailer, no drama.
BTW .. I'm now subscribed and await the next installment
Enjoy every minute but most of all ... be safe.
Oh .. congrats on the pending parenthood
Hey guys, call me!....or I will call you..!
good luck on the rock!
So a brief day six report:
We got off the ferry around 1pm and then sat in the parking lot for the usual 30-45 minutes of Gino doing his RocStrap dance. Everyday he tries to find a better way to lash the luggage.
Those of you with actual panniers should take a moment to offer silent thanks for something you probably take for granted. I have to lash down four bags on top of my panniers but that's a pretty quick process. Once we were loaded up we rode 200 meters up the road to the obligatory "Welcome to..." sign. Notice I'm saying meters - just trying to fit in here. It helps that the new speedo I put in the bike has turned out to be just as flakey as the one I replaced. It switches between k/hr and mph every hour or so which, I have to say, is turning out to be a great learning aid.
And, yes, we're all wearing new Revit stuff - I've been a gear tester for them for years and they thought the trip would be a good proving ground for some new stuff which we're supposed to abuse and then return for evaluation. It's nice to not have to abuse my own gear for a change.
Just down the road we met up with Jeff Smith as I mentioned and here's a shot of us together just before we jumped on the trail. Of course it's blurry because I didn't set my complicated pro gear to "easy" before I handed it off to Jeff's friend to snap the shot - you get the idea though right?
Jeff was riding the beautiful FZ1 in the background but not on the trials. We were told the trail wouldn't be too bad but there would be some sections we'd probably want the girls to walk through - yup. Here's an idea of what the start of this adventure looked like as we got ready:
That is some narrow trail. Gino and I ride single track all the time but we do it on dirt bikes not two up with luggage and passengers! I was sure we'd drop the bikes 10 feet off the trail as Jeff was photographing us leaving but we managed fine. The trail is loose crushed rock with some sections of what we call in Colorado "baby heads" which are round rocks about the size of grapefruits which are a real bitch. The first few hundred meters were sketchy as we got the feel for the big bikes on the loose stone and it took a while to relax and let the bars just dance in your hands as the front wheel wandered in the gravel. Oh, and water - did I mention the water?
The trail was a bit whooped and we learned the best way to handle it was for us to stand as a couple so the girls got a very fast lesson in the technique of riding whoops with your legs and pushing the bike down into the bottom and absorbing as it bucks up. There was no way to go fast enough to skim them as the bikes were just too damn big and heavy so about 20-25mph was about the fastest we could go. It was one of the most beautiful trails I've ever ridden and made the entire trip to Newfoundland completely worth it. Here's a pano that gives you an idea of what the scenery was like.
And, hopefully, here's a video to give you an idea of what riding it was like. In a word - challenging.
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After an hour or two of the trail we thought we'd perhaps made a wrong turn as we were getting farther and farther from the highway so when we crossed another road we decided to get back on and look for some food and fuel. Around these parts the two go together.
I love a gas pump in the middle of nowhere. It's just so damn big and empty here.
While Gino was topping up and the girls were zipping in liners I was discovering my collection of loose or missing fasteners. The trail had vibrated the pannier mount loose and I'd lost the lower engine mount completely. I'd felt the bike shudder when I'd feather the clutch and now I knew why. An 8x150mm bolt was going to be difficult to find and I decided to forego more railbed until we fixed that little problem. While working on the bike I was hit on by one of the local ladies. Betty loved the way we looked and asked to come along and didn't care a bit when I explained I already had a girlfriend, "Oh, too bad for her - your mine now!"
The locals have been beyond friendly and kind and I don't think we could feel more welcome here. We've noticed a lot of waving and it's hard to take off the helmet without getting into a conversation of where we're from and where we're going.
After all the damp trail riding we needed a good warm meal and this brings us to "Poutine" which is the Canadian way of one upping the American heart attack on a plate called cheese fries by adding gravy! Judiaann is a chef, food writer and the culinary director for a company called iSi so food is her passion and so we try everything we haven't seen before which includes poutine and cod tongues. We liked poutine better.
I also finally figured out the difference between Labrador and Newfoundland since the maps have both written on both the island and the mainland. I'm dim perhaps but Newfoundland is the island and Labrador is the mainland but they're both part of the same province called Newfoundland Labrador. Glad that's settled.
So we jumped on the TCH (Trans Canadian Highway) and gingerly headed into Clarenville where we found a Canadian Tire - the Canadian version of Home Depot and Pep Boys wrapped up in one. I was hopeful that there'd be this massive collection of metric fasteners to choose from but no such luck - the same pre packaged cheap SAE fasteners you find in the states. Needless to say there was no 8x150mm bolt but I found some 3/8" all thread and some nylocks and washers and bought a cheap hacksaw to cut it down to fit. While I don't consider this a permanent solution it should get me home. We have a saying back at our shop - once you bring out the vise grips you've already lost so you might as well just get the hammer. I think fixing the bike with all-thread, a cresent and a pair of vise grips was a good save all things considered.
Oh, and xbdx the 17/19 wheels with the Distansas are working just great. Judiaann and I managed to drag the pegs a few times on the Cabot trail which would never have been possible on knobs and yet, as the video shows, we did just fine on the dirt. I'm really impressed with the tires. Of course it doesn't hurt that I've got an extra 200-250lbs on the back wheel for traction. Let me publicly say that more than half of that is cameras and luggage - Judiaann may be gaining weight but she's still not much over 110lbs.
Well, I have more video but it doesn't look good for this trip since the internet gets slower as we head north and this connection is truly glacial. I'll do what I can.
Simply awesome! Keep it coming--can't wait for more.
can't wait to ride with you all tomorrow....if you want to up load some vids/pics etc, then we can stop by the house so you can hardwire into a fast connection.
if you had time, we could goto buchans and get a real burger...2 lbs of meat, homemade buns, 6 strips of bacon all flame broiled.
heres what it looks like, this is me trying to destroy one!
well, I hope you have a good trip to twillingate and see lots of 'burgs....
talk to you all tomorrow!
The internet is working this morning but very slow so I thought I'd post up a video from the Cabot trail. The 950 is a joy to ride and this sort of behavior, while never done intentionally I swear to you, can happen accidentally.
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that bike is sweet. its def on my top 5...maybe even top 1....ha ha...i love it.
can't wait to see it in person!
As you may have heard the mosquitos up here are ferocious but we've found something much stronger than DEET. It's made in Italy and is nothing to be trifled with - we call it Gino:
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Let's hope Gino is just as effective at warding off the black flies too......