Adventures of Blaster and Dorito--Trans Lab 2011 (Execution phase)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by blaster11, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    I had a glorious day today. Blaster not so much, which is strangely intriguing since he was was the route master for the day. I figured since we were crowding the Harleys for tarmac, the roads were the best scenery in the area. The area of White Moutains is very beautiful, and I would consider looking further into a White Moutain area trip only, with the glimmer of hope there are some nice dual sport areas.

    For Blaster, who was in the "homing" mode, the roads ate too much time up. We spent nearly 12 solid hours in the saddle, and ended up mileage wise the same distance from home.

    We did get a very nice impromtu tour of the hurrican Irene damage. And boy she unleash some fury. While the White Moutains got 20 inches of rain, vs the 13 inches in Maryland, the hilly terrain did focus the monsoon. Here's the only photo we took, but there was much more. It even closed 2 stretches of Interstate I-91!

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  2. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Just like the sun sets on the ocean at Meat Cove, this Ride Report is coming to a close. We've got some housekeeping to add to the front pages (e.g. cleaned up routes, suggestions, highlights, etc), but for the most part this should be winding down.

    I will say the only thing I hate more than I-95 in the Northeast, is the New Jersey Turnpike. I will remember to avoid both at all costs in the future, as they were just.pain.ful today with the labor day traffic. Nonetheless, everyone got home safe and sound. Thanks for following (especially all you lurkers--We know you are out there!)

    Here are some mental stats:

    5878 Miles covered
    22 days duration
    6 Team Turtle Recovery Units (TTRU) events occured
    5 Nights camping/3 free hotel nights using points/14 paid hotel nights
    4 SMIBs completed the Translab
    3 Natural Disasters at home (Buffalo Stampede, Earthquake, and Hurricane Irene)
    2 Riding Days in the Rain
    1 year until the next epic journey begins!
  3. pbharvey

    pbharvey Tagoholic

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    Thanks for taking us along. Checking this thread has been on my to-do list everyday. I admit I worried a little on days when you didn't post.
  4. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    Hey Dorito!

    I go to Maine quite often and I despise New Jersey so I have routes that keep me off the Turnpike and away from 95 until I hit New Hampshire and it only adds 30 miles to the trip. I'd be happy to elaborate next time we meet.
  5. blaster11

    blaster11 Challenge X-cepted

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    No problem, it was a lot of fun for us as well. We really did our best to keep the ride report up to date in real time but sometimes locations just didn't have connectivity. Did you follow along with the SPOT link?

  6. blaster11

    blaster11 Challenge X-cepted

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    Here is the final mileage for the trip with 1000+ miles of dirt/gravel
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    F798 tires
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    Overall I am very pleased with the tires I chose, I probably beat them a bit harder than I should have considering I needed them to last but it was a good test of gravel/off road and high speed asphalt. I would use this combination again if going on a similar trip. TKC fronts and K60 Scouts on back in case you were wondering.

    Finally arriving home picture...actually we both have a lot of mixed emotions about getting home. Its good to be home, but I would rather be somewhere else. The sites we saw and the things we experienced and the people we met were awesome! The people were great everywhere except along the I-95 corridor/urban areas...imagine that! Every trip I take like this helps me refocus what I am working for and hopefully makes me a better person. Some day I will escape the rat race!!!!!
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    I am working on my SPOT adventures page at present so when it is complete, with pictures, I will let you all know. Also in the coming weeks I will be downloading the GPS tracks and making them available to anyone who wants them, I will post when they are ready for dissemination.
  7. AtlantaViking

    AtlantaViking Long timer

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    Great Report, looks like a great journey!
  8. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Welcome home Dana and Bruce, thanks for bringing us all along for the ride! :clap:freaky
  9. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 RIP Baby Girl

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    Great RR! Really enjoyed following along. Thanks!
    Bob
  10. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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    Welcome home and thanks for the ride report
  11. CDCSlim

    CDCSlim Rock On

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    Great ride report. Thanks for sharing.:clap
  12. badguy

    badguy Susan

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    Welcome back!
  13. TPD

    TPD Serious Dreamer

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    Bruce, Dana,

    It was great meeting you at the Ferry in Argentia. Was fun following
    you up to Meat Cove, nice twisters.

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    I made it to Inverness, NS after I left you at Meat Cove and next day overnighted at Fundy NP, which is beautiful. Walked down to the sea floor at low tide which is always an experience. Tire change in Bangor at Bangor Motorsports next day who kept my Tourances from my way up to the TLH.
    Very nice people at Bangor Motorsports, definitely the place to go for new tires before hitting expensive Canada.
    The TKC80 on the rear was pretty much done after 3400 miles. Have to try the Heidenauers next time as Bruce did.
    After changing tires I killed this guy at a restaurant near Ellsworth, Bar Harbor
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    Made it to Gettysburg today after spending almost two days in Vermont to find a way out :puke1. My GPS lead me without hesitation to Rutland, VT were most of the road closures currently are and I ended up in a maze with closed roads, running into the National Guard fixing bridges and disobeying many Closed Road signs to get out. Never in my life I stopped so many police officers to ask for the best way out.... wow.
    People were extremely polite in Vermont despite of all the losses and damages. A beautiful state! I run up Mount Washington to make pictures in-the fog, yeah. Was fun but the stern lady at the toll booth was repeatedly saying: 20mph and no passing...sigh. I like the dirt road near the top.
    Stephen at the Killington Motel on Route 4 East, which is closed near Rutland, was given me a Special Stranded Biker price (good location to stay), is roasting his own coffee and was extremely helpful. Thanks Stephen!

    Rain most of the time today. Will try to get back to Florida tomorrow. Clocked 6800 miles today so far since I left Florida a couple of weeks ago.
    So far the TLH500 killed my front left fork seal and it is leaking. Not a real problem though. Other than that the Bumblebee just runs and runs...
    Thanks for SMIB sticker, will post more pics later.

    Thomas
  14. sailer

    sailer trained Cirus Bear

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    Bruce

    I just wanted to thank you
    I'm in Lab City this morning heading east.
    I have been reading road reports for one year trying to prepare and learn what is needed to do this trip.
    Your planning thread was the best of all of them, as far as detailed usefull infomation.

    you also planned the timing of your trip perfectly
    as Im getting ready to suit up for today's ride east. it is 39F degress (4 C) w showers
    at least it will keep dust down.

    I know, I know

    "'SUCK IT UP " ( I wanted to be the 1st to call myseft out ) :tough

    the trip has been great so far, the twisty, both on payment and dirt coming up from from Baie Comeau yesturday were a blast. :ricky

    besides the grader berms , IMHO I thought the1st gravel section of road is in great shape ,
    Alot faster then I ever thought t was going to be,

    Thank You again
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    have fun out there today
  16. blaster11

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    Thanks and I am glad I could help out. Enjoy the ride because it will be over sooner than you think and then you will want to turn around and do it the other way. Dana and I really considered getting back on the ferry and going back counterclockwise, we really enjoyed the ride that much. I thought the section going to Manic 5 (asphalt) was really fun to ride, lots of turns and elevation changes. Most if not all of us found the first section of gravel, 389, to be the most challenging. Probably because we were just getting started and had no idea what the day/road would bring. We made it through fine but we did have a few interesting moments, and that's where I realized that what everyone said about staying focused was dead on. Stay focused and the trip will go well, although a little fast. Go out to Esker if you can that was one of the more memorable rides! Keep us updated when you can.
  17. blaster11

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    There are 10 parts of the GPX as ridden. It has been cleaned up of extraneous u-turns, however is largely original. It has been separated into 10 files, to meet the upload requirement of <1.9M.

    ****NOTE: Please don't blindly download these to your GPS and leave for your route without first verifying your GPS can use them. There are variations in number of points, etc that each GPS can use*****

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