Adventures of Blaster and Dorito--Trans Lab 2011

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  1. blaster11

    blaster11 Still having fun!

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    My phones last year worked fine in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia but did not work in Newfoundland so I ended up buying a calling card at the gas station. I was told by the locals that you need their service provider. I use AT&T and Verizon.

    I also had a real problem finding a cash machine that worked with my ATM system.
  2. blaster11

    blaster11 Still having fun!

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    Got my Labrador/Newfoundland map yesterday, so if you need one use the link on the first page to order.
  3. sailer

    sailer trained Cirus Bear

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    where did you get map from? which link? could you repost the link please?

    btw this is great thread, guild book to trans-lab.

    some local advice, rt6 (sunrise trail) which runs along the north coast of NS next to Northumberland Straits from Amherts to Picto is a great road and you can make the same time as the trans-can which, besides Cape Breton is a super slab
  4. blaster11

    blaster11 Still having fun!

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    sailer,

    Thanks for the kind words. I haven't done much in a few weeks but maybe this weekend I can add a few more items since its going to be cold here.


    Travel Information
    I would strongly suggest that everyone use the link below and get a map, travel guide, and visitor information package!
    Newfoundland/Labrador: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlanYourTrip/TravelBrochures
  5. High Side

    High Side Squidventurer

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    Hey Guys,

    I was able to update the tire wear segment of our ride report to include the Mefo's and TKC's after shots. They are on page 5, post 75 of Squidventure Trans Lab if you were interested in seeing how they compared to the others.

    Chow
  6. wolftrax

    wolftrax Been here awhile

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    Hey blaster, thanks for the thread. You've got me totally jazzed about the TLH. Going to plan a 14 day blast up there during the last part of August this year.
  7. sailer

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    hey blaster how long did it take for you to get the map from Canada.
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    blaster11 Still having fun!

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    About 4 weeks...
  9. 6USMC6

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    I asked for the map

    and

    four weeks later I received the fishing guide.

    Go figure.
  10. willys

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    Good...I was wondering about the fishing.....seriously! I plan on taking my rod to drop into a few lakes or rivers just to see what's there for supper...
    You don't need no stink'in map man.....there is only one road! Get your ass to Bae Combeau and turn north...done deal!:deal
  11. 6USMC6

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    I like maps. They're good to plan with and they keep you from missing things that you otherwise might never find.

    I have 3 four piece fly rods. One or two will make the trip. Probably my 7 weight 'cause it'll work for big and little fish. If I have enough room once I'm packing, I'll bring the 4 wt too. A couple of boxes of flys, a spare spool with a sinker or a long sink tip and I'm in business. The only thing better than fresh fish (fresh venison, squirrel, rabbit, etc, etc) is fresh fish/venison/squirrel that you caught/shot. I can have the backstraps in a skillet before you finish skinning it!
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    You just don't want to cook fish or meat where you plan on sleeping....or should I say try to sleep at....lol
    I'm not the professional fisherman you sound like are, I just have a small light weight collapsable rod that can catch anything I need, hopefully not too big, but the thought of having something on bigger than I can handle would excite me enough to not worry about losing it, I think.....maybe...?
    As for the maps....seriously...after the turn north....there isn't much to plan...I don't think.....only one way to go, stop when you see something of interest to you. There is a huge canyon just south of Churchill Falls that needs a look see, plus a camp site possibility just north of it. I found all this on google earth using sat imaging. I have a map of the road....nowhere near what you can see using Google...IMHO. You could get the topo maps for the area but that would cost a small fortune. I have them on a stick someone sent to me...not sure how to duplicate them yet but will forward them to anyone who is interested in them.
  13. 6USMC6

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    I'm no pro - I'm just old and I've been doing things for a long time. I started fly fishing because I got sick and tired of the bass guys who need 200 horsepower engines to move a mile up a creek. When I fish from a boat it's usually a kayak.

    I generally use maps to plan and I may mark one up and use it for routing. I just started using a GPS so that may change things.

    A stick is a miniature hard drive. Put it in a USB port, put a blank (empty) stick in a second USB port, go to my computer and copy and paste the data across.
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    Thanks I'll try that...:freaky
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    Hey 6USMC6: I am the one that sent the flash memory stick to Williws.
    If you want I can send you the topo map of the TLH I made based on screen shots from the Canadian Resource department.

    PM me for details.
  16. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    Thanks for putting this thread together. :freaky

    Name OMG_WTF
    2.) Steed of choice for trip
    2011 f800gs
    3.) Tires you plan to use (really just curious)
    knobbies, dont know which. i have to do some research on this.
    4.) Do you have any helmet communications gear (FRS, SCALA, etc.)
    no. i don't want to buy one unless i really need to.
    5.) Preferred lodging (camping, hotels, don't care, or would like some combination of camping/lodging)
    i can just camp wherever. i prefer to camp at sites with running water, however. i've camped by the side of the road in west virginia. that gets old pretty quick.
    6.) Maximum length of trip you can do (14 days, 21 days, or unlimited time)
    21 days. I won't go for an unlimited time unless it was a truly epic trip, like to south america.
    7.) Preferred dates for trip (15 September - 02 August as an example)
    july/august. but, based on the trip reports, when is the best time to do this trip? i have to do some research on road conditions throughout the year. i think road conditions is the biggest deciding factor. i learned that on another trip.:cry


    I'm looking to do another long trip, this time with my new bike.
    I am getting the bike ready for a long trip....somewhere.....
    I am re-doing my camping gear setup from my last trip as well (better tent, more compressible sleeping bag, etc.). I'm getting my riding skills up to do some more trail riding, but I have a lot yet to learn.
    I haven't done a lot of research on this trip, so some of my answers are tentative.

    But based on what I read:
    400 miles a day sounds fine. Camping when it's cooler is fine. I don't need to eat a lot, so I don't care about planning every meal. I think going in a small group is better. A small group moves faster, especially when you are camping. We should go on some weekend rides to test out touring/camping gear and get some practice in. (Even if I don't go on the trip I'd still like to do this:ear:ear:D.) Maybe you all have done that already over the years. I'm still working on getting my riding skills up and my bike ready (I don't even have a luggage setup yet --backordered).
  17. willys

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    I'd like to go with more experienced people and learn as much as I can, plus my bike is awfully heavy to lift up on my own. :evil

    I would forget about practicing your camping skills and get to the gym......lol
    I came off on the Dempster with my KLR and a single wheeled trailer and it took me all my nuts to get it up again! I was with someone, but they were behind me in a fog, pea soup London style, thick....I came off in 4" of black beaver snot as we call it up here in Canaucklestan, I was leading the pack of vehicles , ok maybe a bit too quick, maybe, for the conditions, maybe, So any way....I slide to a stop sideways across the road.....I couldn't see 50 feet in any direction....all I could think about after the initial surprise was.....I'm going to get T-boned!!! Like I said it took all my strength to get it to my knees, waist then chest and finally all the way up, just in time to see the first pair of headlights! My bike is light in comparisn to your beast.....just saying.....somehow try and figure out how to get it up if you can....no pun intended....lol Try any way you can, even try and get someone who knows to teach you the fine art of getting it up....just in case....

    I do agree with trial runs.....our group of 6 is already planning a few weekend camping trips for the same reasons. It's easy to do one over night excursion and ride home with everything stuffed into any nook and cranny, but do a night and then move to another location to force you to pack correctly to ride for another day's ride.

    Practice makes perfect....for all things ......lol....practice practice practice.....enjoy.:deal:freaky
  18. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    Well...I was partially joking about someone doing the heavy lifting.....but yeah trial runs are helpful and fun.

    I like what you said (quoted above). That made me chuckle.:lol3 That's exactly what my friend and I did last year for practicing for our Alaska trip. We were kind of cheating by just heading home on Sunday morning. Add another night and now you're getting some real practice!
  19. willys

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    I reread your post....I misread it the first time...I instantly read 1200GS.....DOH! A 800 should be much easier to hoist up. It's easy when you are pissed at what happened and a bit in shock....don't sit and look at the bike for long before hoisting it back on it's wheels. Strength comes from being pissed....take advantage of it. There are ways to lift bikes and there are video clips posted on how to do it best. I have seen them on YouTube last year IIRC......it was interesting to see how to do it correctly, but when it came down to it...I just did it the old fashioned way and Popped my back again. Luckily I carry some good meds so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.....a damaged back could sideline you for the trip and up there.......there isn't much in the way of assistance. IMHO...I would take some sort of meds to help pain.....just in case something ever happens to you.:deal
  20. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    Yeah I've seen those vids, too. Ladies picking up Harleys, etc.
    It's all about technique.
    You've convinced me I need to practice lifting my bike up. I'll lay my bike down in the grass and give it a few tries. I'll have to wait for the snow to melt first.

    As far as meds, I usually take:
    -advil gel caps
    -benadryl for allergies and for sleeping through a a restless night at a camp site (it makes me drowsy:D). I've slept soundly near train tracks because of this stuff.:evil
    -centrum multi vitamin are always good on a long trip


    Are you planning to do the same trip starting from canada?