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Discussion in 'Canada' started by MattF44, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Thanks for the support my friend, it was great to have you two stop by. :thumb
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  2. MR X

    MR X MOTORCYCLE MADMAN

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    Check out Ride The Rock motorcycle forum .
    May give you some ideas and contacts :-)
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  3. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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  4. Kawazacky

    Kawazacky Mad Typist

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    I think I saw you guys on the highway yesterday maybe?
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  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Yeah Fred not Fred, we got it and Sarah is stoked to finally have her name up in the shed!

    Thanks a bunch for that, looks great!
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  6. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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  7. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    I should be in/on NL around the 25th give or take a day or two. I was going to take the rail line but sounds like I better give it a miss, solo on a Wee-Strom may not go well, lol. I already bit it hard once on this trip, I don't want to push my luck!
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  8. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Take some of the logging roads on the west coast, not superhard riding and the scenery is spectacular. You can ride from Cox's Cove to Gros Morne park through the woods.
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  9. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile

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    Given all the rain on the way up we've rerouted to Port au Basque and will likely stay on the western side of the island.

    Are there any sections of the rail bed on that side that folks think might be a little more big bike friendly? We have the GPX files for what seems to be a whole network, but don't have much context beyond that. Well, outside of the alders and ballast that is.

    Loading onto the ferry shortly...can't wait to get out there.
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  10. billll

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    @skibum69 we've re-routed to Port aux Basques to try and avoid the rain, and I don't think we'll have time to make it out your way. Hopefully next time we're up... in the meantime, have a great birthday bash!
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    KLR, 990 adv, and a f800gsa? That's us. Where was this?
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  12. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    There are other trails/logging roads that are better than the trailway. you need good gps files, or a backroads mapbook. In July we went up to the Tablelands in Gros Morne through the woods from Cox's Cove just outside Corner Brook. There are lots of roads to explore, many have signs for the snowmobilers so it's not difficult to find your way out if you get turned around. The trip through was fantastic, much better than the trailway. Remember, trains don't like hills, or corners.
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    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    The section of rail bed from Corner Brook to Stephenville is definitely big bike friendly. Getting on in Corner Brook can be an issue, and most people will go out to Logger School Road and take the rail bed where it crosses the road. It's a nice section of trail with some nice scenery, especially going past George's Lake and following Harry's River.

    Beyond Stephenville Crossing the rail bed is not bad, but there are some trestle's that are sketchy. Some people might whizz straight across a rail bridge with no railings, but my fear of heights kicks in, and I'd just rather not.

    East of Corner Brook the rail bed has largely beeen converted to road, and east of Deer Lake the trailway is not so great for bikes as there are long sections of really deep, loose, crushed stone.

    As someone else mentioned, there are other options for riding dirt when crossing the island, but a gps track would be recommended.
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  14. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile

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    Thanks, Guys. We arrived this morning and are already blown away by the beauty and quality of riding. And that was just based on a quick trip out to Rose Blanche.

    We're jumping on the trail at Port aux Basque to see how it feels. If it's as expected we'll like bail out and get on up to Stephensville and start back up there and then hit that woods ride starting at Cox Cove.

    We heard that some of Gatt Topsail might be washed out, but we may head that way ultimately anyway.

    If anyone has and gps files they're willing to share we'd be grateful. Otherwise we'll do it the old fashioned way and just sniff around.

    What an amazing place -- we're lucky to get to share in it.

    Thanks, Matt, Bill and Nat
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  15. fredgreen

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    From Howley towards Gaff had some pretty thick alder growth on the trailway, worth a look though as this is a beautiful area.
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Pm me with an email address, I'll send files
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  17. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    never mind, files attached

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  18. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Ok lads, I get it as it's been raining for 2 days. Have fun and go ride the Gaff Topsails.

    Cowgirl I may already be flying out by the 25th. I will be in town for sure from the 21-24th.
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    I'll let you know when I get closer. I'm somewhere between Thunder Bay and Wawa right now.
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  20. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile

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    Fred: Thank you so much. We've found some amazing riding up to the North and West of Corner Brook. The Lomond Sinkhole was one of the coolest things I've seen -- really, all of it has been spectacular.

    We're in Deer Lake for a late lunch / early dinner and are striking out for Gros Morne to find a place to camp the night. We're downloading the tracks now and will definitely check them out -- thank you again.
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