Adventures of Blaster and Dorito--Trans Lab 2011

Discussion in 'Americas' started by blaster11, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. willys

    willys Long timer

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    I have given 4 days to go from Manic 5 to the first ferry and then 3 days to get from top to bottom on the west side of the rock and catching the night ferry off.
    Too much of a rush?.....????:ear
  2. lakota

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    4 days from Manic 5 to Blanc Sablon is not a rush, at least not the way I ride.
    We did day 1 Baie Comeau to Lab City, Day 2 Lab City to Happy Valley, Day 3 Happy Valley to Port Hope Simpson, and Day 4 Port Hope Simpson to the afternoon ferry to Newfoundland. Didn't feel rushed at all.
  3. willys

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    That's what I was thinking......too....but I will have to see what everyone else thinks. That gives me a good starting base to work from.....thanks:deal
  4. blaster11

    blaster11 Challenge X-cepted

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    I think we are all pretty much on the same track other than I am planning on a side excursion out to Esker.
  5. willys

    willys Long timer

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    I have wondered about that too.....what is there that demands the attention? I'm curious...? Maybe it's something our group would like to do too...?:ear
  6. blaster11

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    Absolutely nothing important, just some nice riding as I understand it!
  7. jessehere

    jessehere Ridin'

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    i recommend hitting Iceberg alley just 25 miles or so out of you way. we went in July 2010

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    another quick video of trans lab

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    Also Camp at Meat Cove if you can:clap

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  8. chilango

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    I am still working the details for the Newfoundland - Labrador ferry, but below is the map I am hoping on doing next year. Yes, that on top is the trans-taiga. Why? Well, the remoteness is part of the appeal.
    A group did the James bay and North Road last year, before the last of the wild rivers was damned. Quite the experience. We camped next to the river on the North Road. Shooting stars and Northern Lights.
    I plan on doing this thing counterclockwise.

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=U...4625028209059147676.00048e59488178873916d&z=5
  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    rode the Trans Taiga in late august/10. quite a road.
  10. 6USMC6

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    Can I assume that there is adequate gas on these remote side trips? or do you need to carry extra.
  11. willys

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    From what I've heard......even a KLR needs to carry fuel.:huh
  12. chilango

    chilango super-user

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    For James Bay I had an extra two gallons on my 12GS.

    For the trans-Taiga there is a hunters lodge that will sell you gas. Fuel quality gets worse and worse the further north you go.
  13. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    mike, the baie james onto the trans taiga (actually going either direction), has one of the longest stretches of road without reliable fuel that i know of in north america. maybe 325 miles from relais 381 on the baie james to mirage outfitters on the trans taiga-either way. it's a little less coming down from radisson to mirage. there are plenty of roads in the 250-275 mile range, over 300 and you know you're way out there. anyway, it's a bad place to run out of fuel.
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the fuel in northern quebec was great. i don't think it was blended fuel, although i couldn't get a definitive answer when i asked.
  15. 6USMC6

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    Thanks JD.

    BTW, may have a solution to running the SMR on gravel.

    I have a possible trade for the SMR brewing. If it comes off, I'll still be Orange but it'll run better on gravel (and hold more fuel too)!
  16. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    be interesting to see what ya come up with!
  17. blaster11

    blaster11 Challenge X-cepted

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    The real question is can you touch the ground? Or can it be lowered?
  18. 6USMC6

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    I've already lined someone up to lower it (or the SMR if I can't sell it or trade it). Apparently, lowering it two inches is easy and will not only not affect handling, he will improve the ride considerably.
  19. blaster11

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    Sounds like you have it worked out...glad to hear it.
  20. blaster11

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    Updated the map using Google, I will take the other one down later after some more beta testing of the Google map. I would like to add the gas stop locations in Labrador just for general information, I assume all the major towns but are their others? Also if you find the thread useful please give it a rating, it will let me know if you appreciate all the work so far. :ear

    Also looking for hotel information for the trip, let me know where you stayed, cost, opinions, addresses, and phone numbers. All information appreciated and PM's are fine as well.

    Thanks!

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