Hack'n The TLH (U.S.C.A. National the hard way)

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by DirtyDR, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    I guess I may as well start this now while I am sitting at my desk at work waiting for the day to end so I can hit the road. Short ride this evening, about 250 miles to Sterling, CO. I was going to leave tomorrow and blast to Des Moines but I figured I would get through Denver this evening and avoid morning traffic and then I'll have an easy 560 miles or so to do tomorrow.

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    I have to be in Ottawa on Sunday morning to meet a bunch of the Canadian bretheren for breakfast at their local Local Heroe's Bar and Grill so I guess I have a schedule to meet now.
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  2. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Sterling it is for the night.
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  3. Spat

    Spat Been here awhile

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    Damn Dana this looks like a ride report

    Have a fun trip. The rig looks sleak and eager to eat up the roads
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  4. tony the tiger

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  5. angysdad

    angysdad 2 kids = 1 sidecar

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    At the risk of sounding lame...what's the 'TLH'?...for me it's the Trans Labrador Highway. Really fun road.

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  6. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    A ride report it is indeed..woooweee...First Hack on the TLH=TransLabrador Highway that is...., especially Phase III. I am so excited and of course jealous.....wooo....you da Man:clap Write, write....:wink:
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  7. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    TLH is the Trans Labrador Highway to me too.

    No pictures today, if you want to see Nebraska then go there yourself. Nice and comfy in my room for the night in Des Moines so I guess I'll figure out where I'm going tomorrow.

    There have been several hacks on the TLH but hopefully I get the cherry on Phase III.

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  8. KHJPHOTO

    KHJPHOTO Old Man and the Road

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    Have a safe and phun adventure! Looking forward to the photos/report.

    Hey, anyone have any input on the TLH with a start date later in the year...say around early September? Or is it better to go in late Spring? (Elmer I know - Bergs... Bergs :D )
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  9. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Have fun Dana.

    I wish I was going along.
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  10. angysdad

    angysdad 2 kids = 1 sidecar

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    About 50km east of Labrador City, you may (I was there about 10yrs ago) see a small hand written sign saying 'water' on the right (south) side of the road. Stop and check it out. Finest H2O I have ever tasted!
    Have a blast!
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  11. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    September is still fairly good...if you don't like the Buggies(Black Flies) then they're pretty much history at the first sign of frost. Can start to bet a bit nippy in the day and cold at night....daylight hours are starting to become a bit shorter.....BUT, hey, Man it's an ADVENTURE ..go Man go...We wanna you tell us about September on the TLH....:clap
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  12. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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  13. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Real long day chasing ferries and such yesterday and I just got a shower and settled into my room in Ottawa since I need to meet the guys tomorrow or breakfast so I'll sort things out and get some stuff posted tomorrow f I get a chance.

    One of the Canadian guys from British Columbia did a Winter ride on the Trans Lab on a hack, ride report on ADV. The C.U.R.D. folks do it every year on their Urals and such.
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  14. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Oh, yeah remember now...the "IceMan" Paul Montor on his F650....:D
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  15. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Thursday night sitting in the room I started thinking and looking at maps and decided that I could make the 389 or so miles to Milwaukee in time to make the 12:30 high speed ferry run across Lake Michigan. I was on the road by 06:00 and pulled into the port in Milwaukee just in time to see the ferry taking off.

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    So a little break and a quick map check and it's North to Manitowoc to see if I can catch the afternoon ferry ride on the SS Badger. I forgot to check the times on the Badger but I knew it ran 24 hours a day so I ranup there. I pulled in just in time to see the Badger sailing away, strike 2. Next ferry trip is at 00:55 so it is going to be a long night.

    Since I had a lot of time to kill I rode back down to Sheboygen for a good old Sheboygen brat for lunch and a cruise around Sheboygen. On the way back up I decided to swing by the Manitowoc Harley dealer to grab my brother a shirt and kill some more time.

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    Back by the ferry dock I was hanging out in the park at the maritime museum looking at the submarine and a parade started. Seems that the next town up was having their annual car show and the police blocked things off so the cars could parade through town.

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    When the parade was wrapped up I went back to the bike and there was a guy standing there looking at the rig so we started talking and he invited me over to the local American Legion Post for a fish fry for dinner. Nothing like good fresh Perch and Walleye fried up with cold German potato salad.

    Back to the ferry station and a real long night.

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  16. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    After trying unsuccesfully to find a comfortable place on the ferry to sleep we pulled in to Ludington Michigan at 06:00 Eastern time zone and iy was off to Ottawa. Long ride with several short breaks to keep from falling asleep on the road I pulled in to Ottawa at 23:00 and grabbed a room for a few hours sleep before I met the Ottawa guys for breakfast. The crossing at Port Huron into Canada has to be the easiest crossing I have ever done in to Canada. The Border guard didn't even ask meto take off my full face helmet, just a couple of are you smuggling anything questions and a look at my passport and have a nice day. I do have to say that the people who designed the highways through Toronto should rethink their designs before they build another one.

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    A quick cat nap in the hammock.
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  17. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Day 5 was up and out to meet the guys for breakfast and I pulled in to the wrong Local Heroe's. Fortunately it's only a quick 7 mile ride to the correct one and I pull in for breakfast. These guys have some nice rides but it's off on the road again after a little BS in the parking lot.

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    A couple of stops for pictures and I made it through Montreal and Quebec City so it's off of the road early and a relaxing room on the St. Lawrence seaway for the night. Tomorow should be Labrador City for the night.

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    Now I am caught up and tomorrow morning I head up from Baie Comeau to the Trans Labrador highway.
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  19. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Wooooweeee...you're making time. Landing in Baie Comeau this afternoon from Matane...too bad we missed each other. Could have a really good cuppa Java there and at all placed...MacDonalds (they had the best premium coffee when I craved for good coffee after the TLH ride).

    You won't be reporting till Relais Gabrie(Wi-Fi); practice your French!... unless you camp in your hammock.
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    Good riding and be safe...:freaky
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  20. BMWzenrider

    BMWzenrider The Road Scholar

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    If I had known that you were going to be in my neighborhood I would have tried to connect up with you.

    I am only about 20 minutes from Sheboygan, and even closer to Milwaukee.

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    Have not taken the High-Speed ferry across the lake, but they do have two sailings per day this time of year, and three in the peak season.
    If you had waited around there was another sailing at 12:30pm. You would have arrived at Muskegon, MI at around 4pm rather than waiting till the 1am sailing of the Badger...

    http://www.lake-express.com/schedule/index.aspx

    And while you were waiting around you could have checked out Harley's new museum in Milwaukee. It really is pretty nice!
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