Kedgi Rides the Rock...Newfoundland

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Kedgi, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. Kedgi

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    Hey Guys

    I have traded in Trusty, the KLR 650 I rode to Argentina

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    on a new ride.

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    Got a great deal on this 2012 KTM 990, brand new, from Toys for Big Boys in Moncton, NB.

    I have a week to ride, the forecast is for stellar weather up here in Atlantic Canada until July . I have just broken in the KTM. I am packing some stuff in a bag today and heading for St. John's NF to visit with my buddy, Ken.

    Ken rides a KLR650 and a GS1200. He and I met a couple years ago on the Trans Labrador Highway and have become good friends.

    I can't think of a better excuse to go for a shakedown cruise on the new bike than to ride over and see Ken. I have made reservations for tonight's ferry from North Sydney NS to Port aux Basques, NF. That will put me in NF or the Rock as it is known, tomorrow morning, then it's just a short 900km day to Ken's cabin near St John's.

    Ken has a buddy that has ridden from NF to Argentina. I am looking forward to meeting him, swap some stories, maybe even some true ones!

    We plan to get a little ride in up around Clarenville and Trinity, Bonavista Bay together before I head back to the mainland. I want to be back in time to take my next Spanish lesson. Those of you who have read my "Lobsters to LLamas" report will know I really wished I could speak more Spanish on that trip, so I have been working to fix that.

    I found a Spanish teacher here in Moncton, she is originally from Colombia and I have been enjoying the challenge of trying to learn Spanish with an eye to a ride to Mexico and maybe Central America again this coming Winter.

    I have a long way to go and a short time to get there and I am not even packed yet. I will try to keep this story current and send updates from the road, stay tuned...

    Kedgi
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  2. lakota

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    Nice ride
    Guess you have recovered from the trauma of the CA border crossings?:D
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  3. poolman

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    Great looking bike, have an awesome trip!

    Cheers,
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  4. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Wow buddy, they're gonna see you coming!:D
    That is a plush ride. Enjoy.
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  5. Paul J Statham

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    Kedgi
    We are heading for NFD on Saturday AM June 22. Two bikes 4 people (our spouses) I have been to NFD before with my friend on various other trips but our wives have not.
    One 07 GSA one 09 F650GS We are cheating a bit because of time constrains.
    We are putting the bikes on the trailer behind my truck to north Sydney from London Ontario.
    My friend is coming from BC with the F650GS so look for the BC Plate and and Ont. Plate I hope we cross paths. We will be in NFD from Tues June 25 until Tues July 2 riding from Port Aux Basques to Argentia .
    I read and enjoyed your Lobsters to Lima trip. We will keep our eyes out for you.
    Paul
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  6. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Hey Kedgi. If your looking for anything while your here I will be glad to help. I enjoyed your RR. It would be an honor to ride with you at some point. PM me if you have the time.
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  7. RexBuck

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    Those Newfies get drinking and can get completely out of control - I'm sure you will feel quite out of place. I heard from the cousin of my buddy's sister-in-law that it's real dangerous up there. Watch out for Bandits, make sure you have secure parking, don't drink the water and whatever you do, don't eat the food. :D
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  8. bESS

    bESS Been here awhile

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    have a good trip. We were on "the Rock" many years ago and went up north to Fogo Island. How I wished we could ride our bikes there the next time. The scenery is spectacular around the Burin Peninsula.

    Your bike is looking good. Hard to travel slow with that machine

    See you soon, leaving July 10th and heading your way . . .

    bob
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  9. Hevy Kevy

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    I figure that ride will take you south this winter just fine. Met a guy last weekend that raced his Honda scooter around Lake Erie in under 14 hours.!!!!! Just did 3500 km with my mate on the back. Invite to ride the lakes stands.
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  10. Kedgi

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    Paul!

    Cool!

    We will almost certainly cross paths. I am at a friends gorgeous cottage on Middle Gull Pond, NF this morning. (I'll post some pictures later) I am catching the Tuesday night sailing PoB to North Sydney, so we will be opposite direction traffic. I will likely be the only KTM 990 you will see in NL.

    Kedgi
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  11. Kedgi

    Kedgi Banned

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    Not fully....and that's why I am trying to learn Spanish....to avoid going into shock again.

    This time i won't be on a schedule, to catch a boat, that I ended up missing, I sort of skipped over the Central American countries, in favour of more time in SA, knowing it was easier to return to them and do Central America again.

    Kedgi
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  12. Kedgi

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    Hey Guys

    I left home, just after a nice lunch with Angele on Thursday, Noon, at the "Coast", a new restaurant in Shediac. Had one of the best if not the best hamburgers and poutine in my life:clap Sorry no picture, maybe later, mt friend Tara who is the waitress there took a picture and i gotta get her to email it to me. Nice to have a good restaurant a couple blocks from the house!

    So here I am, ready to go, travellin' very light.

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    Had an awesome day and a great ride to across Nova Scotia to Cape Breton and North Sydney, no wind, sunny sky and 22 degrees. You couldn't order up a better day!

    I rode Nova Scotia's Sunrise Trail to Pictou.

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    At Pugwash, NS you can see the huge salt pile from Windsor's salt mine. Your next box of table salt may be in this pile.

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    It was low tide and a lot of the river estuaries looked like this

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    Saw lots of lobster boats along the way. Next time you have a lobster, chances are it came from along the Northumberland Straight somewhere like this.

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    An excellent ride on the on the winding Sunrise Trail, and then a quick balst up the Trans Canada Highway from New Glasgow eventually brought me to Cape Breton, where you soon ride right along the Bras D'Or lakes, a sailor's paradise!

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    Stunning Cape Breton scenery, excellent roads, no traffic, a new bike that is amazing. Life is Good!:D

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    I stopped near North Sydney, NS for my supper at Lick a Chick. I mean, why wouldn't ya?

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    It was good too. A chicken breast and fries...now you're talking! My kinda food!

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    A perfectly enjoyable afternoon!

    I ended up, eventually at the Ferry to Newfoundland

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    Boarded

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    Had one beer and crashed in my cabin. I gotta tell you, travelling to Newfoundland is not cheap when you go it alone and want a cabin. $475 return. :eek1 An end to a perfect day!

    In the morning I faced a long ride. All the way across NF. It is a huge island. 880.9 kms from the ferry to my buddy Ken's cottage on Middle Gull Pond, just outside St. John's

    Riding across Newfoundland is like crossing the Andes without the elevation changes. It was 7C when i left the boat, 27C in Grand Falls where a vicious southern wind picked up to shake the crap out of me for the next 4 hours and it was 13C when I got to Ken's in storm force winds. Crazy! I spent a lot of time adding and subtracting layers of clothes along the way.

    I met Kyle, a well traveled rider, visiting from the Houston Texas area while we were on the ferry. He rode with me on his BMW 1200 as far as Deer Lake, he headed north from there, up the Great Northern Peninsula and I headed east. Nice Guy! We had a great ride in spite of some pretty chilly temperature in the early morning. If I found it cold I can only imagine how a Texan must feel.

    Here's Kyle

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    I swung through Appleton, NF where I used to live when I was an Air Traffic Controller back in the 80's, which seems a lifetime ago. The house has been all frigged up. It was brand new when I had it. It had a garage and a beautiful Mansard roof, but here it is now.

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    Anyway I pushed on, did 880k in 11 hours in a pretty wicked wind and arrived at my buddy Ken's. Check this place out! Awesome!

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    The view from his livingroom!

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    The view from his deck


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    The view!

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    Ken and his beautiful wife, Michele


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    Ben, the squirrels are driving him nuts!

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    So that's where I am hanging today. Tomorrow Ken and I are going to ride up to Trinity, Bonavista Bay, it is beautiful! Stay tuned.

    Tonight we drink beer and watch hockey

    Kedgi
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  13. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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  14. Clipper

    Clipper Been here awhile

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    Its a very small world here in NL..........myself and Ken were neighbours for years!

    Love the report so far!

    Cheers
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  15. Bear Creek West

    Bear Creek West Been here awhile

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    It was good to meet you in Whycocomagh! We were the guys on the F800gs (West), and the KLR (KaHung). We decided against backtracking to meet the families and had a great night at the provincial campground just down the road.

    Thanks for the advice on the translab! Enjoying your report! Safe travels, West.
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  16. Kedgi

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    Hey!

    Nice to hear from you guys. I'll be in St John's tomorrow morning before leaving for a ride to Trinity, may see you in town...you never know

    Ride safe!

    Kedgi (Dwight)
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  17. Kedgi

    Kedgi Banned

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    Cool

    Ken asks....Is this Wade?

    Dwight
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  18. Kedgi

    Kedgi Banned

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  19. Kedgi

    Kedgi Banned

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    hahaha!

    Part of that's true!
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  20. Kedgi

    Kedgi Banned

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    Thanks Poolman!

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