Adventures of Blaster and Dorito--Trans Lab 2011

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

  1. furtledurt

    furtledurt PACMULE

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    Hey Willys!
    Imagine finding you on this thread. Thinking of making this trip? I've been drawing out one from North Carolina to Newfoundland/Lab since I got back from Alaska. This looks interesting and might be within my alloted time.
    Take care and if you make it down to NC, shout.
    Mark
  2. willys

    willys Long timer

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    Hey buddy good to here from you.....lol...Yep...I'm hooked on long distance adventures now...funny eh. Wonder why....last year's trip was epic!
    I may be going to BC again next year but this year's run is the trans-Lab and the Rock....Our group is going for sure on the 6th of Aug for a 2 week excursion...hope to see you along the way.
    As for me crossing the border....I refuse to pay the costs now of all the paperwork they require me to buy......frig'in homeland security.....lol:evil:deal
    Maybe once I have seen all of Canada....in 3 or 4 years....lol
    The Yellowknife area is enticing....hmmmmm....?
  3. willys

    willys Long timer

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    Hey Mark....I just spent the day reading your blog and looking at your great pics of the trip...what memories! I have to force myself to take pics from now on!
    Nice3 to see a familiar face....hope to meet up with you again one day.
    You have a need to go back....yet?...I do.....lol.:huh:freaky
  4. Highwood

    Highwood Been here awhile

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    I did the trip you fellows are speaking about in June last year on a 2007 R1200GSA. Ran Heindau tires, but I ran them from Calgary, across Labrador & NFLD and got fresh ones in Halifax, NS. You could make this trip on Tourances or Ankees, but if it gets wet or if the "rough patch" hasn't improved, you'll be clenching your sphincter the whole way.
    In terms of "how far in a day," I road from about 1 hour north of Baie Comeau to Churchill Falls in one day. Biggest challenge was multi-mile dust plumes from b-train gravel trucks. Full sensory deprivation.
    HVGB to Port Hope Simpson is a full 400KM, including something the locals were calling the "rough patch," 50kms of gnarly, muddy, rock-strewn goo. You'll need enough fuel for a full 400kms, plus some extra in case the rough patch bites you.
    I stayed at Red Bay, about 45 minutes east from Blanc Sabon. It is where the gravel turns back to pavement. They have refurbished a wee building into thee nicely appointed hotel rooms with a beautiful view of the bay. Good restaurant, low key and bloody picturesque with an unobstructed view out to iceberg alley.
    Camping is no problem, especially if you wish to camp between cities.
    Early June was my timing, which meant no bugs & no black flies. You'll need some severe frosts to kill those things, so later August is likely the next best bet. Otherwise DEET bug juice and head nets.
    It is a very cool trip. There is nothing terribly technical, but keep an eye on your mirrors. The truckers and locals drive fast (110 - 140kph). I'm no superstar rider and my speeds varied depending on conditions from about 50kph to 140kph. I expect I averaged something like 80 to 90kph.
    Other nuggets; Yes, the north shore of the St. Lawrence is way better riding. It can get cold and wet - heated vest and proper sleeping bag & tent are critical items; Gross Morne is a jewel; Never drive past a gas station - ever. Carry extra water & some powerbars or something like that, it's 300 to 400kms between towns; Carry a tire repair kit as some of the road can be very sharp. Always be kind, polite and considerate to the locals, because it is the right thing to do and because they can help you.
    I rode across the entire country last year: My favorite bits were Quebec City, Labrador, NFLD and the Cape Bretton Highlands (Meat Cove).
    Best of luck. Keep the shiny side up!
  5. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I just found this thread.:clapThank you for compiling so much useful information here.

    I am hoping to do a version of this trip in mid-August on my Ural, and I would camp almost the whole time. I would probably shave off some of my time in NS in order to be back home to CT a bit sooner.
  6. RFlagg42

    RFlagg42 One hoopy frood....

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    With all this ice and snow on the East Coast, this picture from Labrador doesn't make me want to go riding at all......

    Really, no desire at all to go tearing down that road at 60 mph to get down to the shore of that lake..... :norton

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  7. willys

    willys Long timer

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    Me either!!!! I love freezing while going shopping with the better half!!! Couldn't imagine what horrors I would run into worse than going shopping on that dangerous looking road, 60!!...hell I would risk that speed....maybe 50 maybe even 40....just to make it safe and sound to that water.....Damn!!!:huh:lol3
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    That part of the road's been finished. It's all loose gravel now.

    --mark
  9. 4badboyz

    4badboyz Been here awhile

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    I firmed up departure dates with the wife this weekend. I'm leaving Toronto Sunday August 28th. Solo so far... if anyone else is thinking of taking a run at it around that time, let me know:freaky.

    Mark
  10. willys

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    Our group of 6 will hopefully have been back for a week before you leave.....will post what we find.......total enjoyment I expect!:clap
    We have firmed up Aug 6 for a 2 week adventure that we hope doesn't turn out to be a SS Minnow adventure.....lol:huh...not that it would be a bad thing.....constantly riding around lost.......lol:evil
  11. 4badboyz

    4badboyz Been here awhile

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    thanks Willys. if I don't see the report, I'll be sure to keep an eye out for you on the side of the road:evil
  12. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    A quick question for veteran Trans-Labbers:

    How much of a hinderance is not knowing French? :earI can read it a bit, but I cannot speak or understand it.
  13. willys

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    AUGH...do what I normally do when a french speaking person doesn't understand English.....remind them who won that deciding battle to whom would take control of the colony....lol plus most french speaking people usually can speak better English than you think.
    Seriously.....you shouldn't have an issue....most non urban french people have no issues and will help all they can without attitude. So I have found. They treat you as politely as you treat them as most people would. Just stay out of the cities......lol Can you tell I have issues...??? LOL:evil:huh:lol3:wink:
  14. lakota

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    not a problem at all
  15. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    did you say you wanted fast gravel and wide open spaces...?

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    Semper Fi Runs with Scissors

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  18. blaster11

    blaster11 Challenge X-cepted

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    Well I think I have most of the details on the hard stuff has been worked out, like gas and ferries. So now maybe I will just fill in some more interesting stuff like places to sleep and a few sights to see.

    Dorito is working on some offroad trails in Newfoundland so that should be interesting. Some of it will be the old railroad lines but their seems that a few of the bridges have washed away so hopefully we can work out a decent trail or just get good at water crossings. Either way I don't think the adventure will end after leaving Labrador.

    As usual just check up front for all the information, I haven't found the limits of how much information can be added to a single post but I am trying.

    If you haven't read the linked ride reports on the first page please do so their is a lot of good information, experience, and insight which will hopefully save us TLH virgins from making as many mistakes.
  19. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  20. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    Will USA cell phones work in these parts of Canada? I know it's an ignorant question, but I have not traveled in Canada since before I became a cell phone user (and I was late to that game).