Labrador, 202 photos, 0 small talk

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Klasjm, Mar 31, 2007.

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    All photos taken with a Canon A610 & S70 P&S camera and the photos are hosted on Smugmug.
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    Favorites from St.Martins, New Brunswick​


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    When my BMW 1150 GS final drive died,
    it happened outside this Bed & Breakfast in Saint-Simeon, Quebec.

    If you do this trip, and are looking for a reasonable priced room in this area
    stop by Sylvie & Raymond, for a great room and the best breakfast around.​
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    Saint Lawrence to Bay Comeau, Quebec, Start of the Trans/Lab Highway​


    The road to Central Labrador and Goose Bay starts at Baie Comeau,
    which is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, 275 miles east of Quebec City.

    Spectacular scenery east of Quebec City till
    when you cross the Saguenay River at Tadoussac on the free ferry

    From that point east to Baie Comeau the ride is great
    but not as spectacular​


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    Saint Lawrence, Bay Comeau, Quebec; Start of the Trans/Lab Highway

    I saw a whale out in Comeau Bay
    that did not want to be in the photograph​


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    Manicouagan River Dam #2, nicknamed Manic 2.

    Hydro Quebec is the largest hydro producing company in the world
    with over 50 hydroelectric generating stations
    with an installed capacity exceeding 31,500 MW.

    Hydro Quebec not only supplies electricity to Quebec and other parts of Canada,
    but exports power to the USA.
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    The largest hollow-body arch and buttress dam in the world


    Manicouagan River Dam #5, nicknamed Manic 5​


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    A way to look at the Trans Labrador Highway is to divide the ride into two sections

    The mostly north Quebec Section/HWY 389, 350 miles to Labrador City.

    The mostly west Labrador Section/HWY 500, 350 miles to Goose Bay.[/B][/I]

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    The Canadian Tourist Department divides the ride into 11sections

    Section 1:
    Baie-Comeau (Comeau Bay) to Manicouagan River Dam #5, nicknamed Manic 5.
    Distance is approx 135 miles, easy 3 hours, of paved, winding, narrow (Rt 389) road

    Some frost heaves and other surprises
    but in general
    Northwoods Biker Paradise
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    Trans-Lab Highway Section 2
    Manic 5 to Gagnon.

    About 110 miles of nice gravel

    Gagnon is a ghost town
    built for 1,000 employees of Fire Lake mine and their families
    their nearest neighboring town would now be a three hour drive in either direction
    however
    there were no roads connecting to the rest of the world at the time Gagnon was inhabited

    When the mine closed
    the company moved the people out and bulldozed all the buildings
    The only visible sign of the towns existence
    the divided highway complete with side walks

    Gagnon is pictured below.​

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    Section 3
    Gagnon to Fire Lake

    55 miles of pavement
    a short time to relax before the next section of gravel

    The route from Fire Lake to Mont-Wright section is 40 miles of curvy gravel road

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    Many bridges like this are on the Trans Labrador Highway​

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    One of my favorite campsites​


    Shore of Manicouagan Impact (crater)

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    Photo note: I was the only person at the free rustic campsite
    The abandoned beached row boat amazed me

    I wilderness camp

    I took some swims in the cold water,
    found a few showers at truck stop and ferry terminal .

    My biggest camp worry was black bear
    as I seen bear on the roadside at various locations

    I did my cooking in the morning and afternoon
    and remotely bear-proof my supplies,
    as not to attract the hungry animals.

    And remember the TLH was built as a working gravel road,
    not a tourist road.
    You will find very few amenities for miles.

    Supplies?
    I stocked up in Baie-Comeau.

    Language?
    Quebec, no problem.
    Newfoundland, well, if you could understand the lady cop in the classic movie "Fargo",
    then no problem.

    One Newfoundland example,
    a taxi cab in Port Au Basque
    has his phone number painted on the door of his taxi cab.
    The phone number was 699-3333, he had 699 then had four "leafy green trees" painted on the door.

    Time?
    Much of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador are in the Newfoundland Standard Time (NST) zone,
    which is a half-hour ahead of Atlantic Standard Time (AST).

    The island of Newfoundland and southeastern Labrador are in NST
    while the remainder of Labrador lie in AST.

    Most of Qu├ębec is in the Eastern Time Zone.
    It seemed like I was always changing time zones.
    I would not have worried about time zones,
    except for catching the marine ferries.

    Gas?
    I got it whenever available​
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    Section 4:
    Fire Lake to Mont-Wright
    42 miles of winding gravel and multiple railroad crossings

    Section 5:
    Mont-Wright to Fermont (Labrador Border)
    12 miles of pavement

    Section 6:
    Fermont to Labrador City
    22 miles of pavement.

    Section 7:
    Labrador City to Churchill Falls
    146 miles of gravel.

    Section 8:
    Churchill Falls to Happy Valley-Goose Bay
    180 miles of gravel.




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    Labrador Rainbows

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    Before Fremont you can see the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) site for miles.
    The reason the road and the rail lines exist on the north section of TLH is for the minerals.
    The south end of the Trans Labrador was not only built for transporting minerals
    but also for construction of the large hydro dams .

    Labrador City has the largest open pit iron ore mine in the world
    Wabush has another almost as large.


    http://www.ironore.ca/main/index.php?sec=1&loc=112&lng=EN


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    Labrador West is area of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
    The vast wilderness of Labrador West was winter home
    to fur trappers for hundreds of years;
    modern civilization did not begin in this area until 1958,
    when huge deposits of iron ore were discovered in the area.

    The Iron Ore Company of Canada created a town of Labrador City
    to house the workers.
    The town included homes, apartments, businesses, schools, churches, hospitals
    and other requirements for 20th century life.
    Shortly thereafter, the town of Wabush was created to house the employees of Wabush Mines.
    The two towns are about 3 miles apart
    and share many services: hospital, schools, airports, etc.
    Through the years, the company sold off homes, business and eventually gave the schools to the town.

    The towns of Labrador West (Labrador City and Wabush)
    remained semi-remote with access only by train or plane until about 1988
    when Quebec Highway 389 was completed.
    This 354 mile highway starts at Baie Comeau, Quebec
    and ends at the Quebec-Labrador border
    The southern portion is paved and the northern portion is gravel.
    It is the artery for three hydroelectric generating stations
    and the town of Fermont.
    Restaurants and gasoline stations are approximately every 150 miles apart.

    After gaining access to Canada's public highways going south,
    the next transportation milestone
    was the completion of the Trans-Labrador Highway in 1992.
    This 347 mile gravel highway goes by Churchill Falls and ends near Goose Bay,
    where travelers can take a ferry to other parts of coastal Labrador or to the island of Newfoundland.
    The only gasoline or restaurant is at the mid-point of this long road at our closest neighboring town, Churchill Falls
    This town was started by the Brinco Company to house the workers for a new underground hydroelectric plant
    This mammoth project was physically started in 1967 and completed in 1971.

    This town still belongs to the company,
    except for one home that was built by a retiree with permission of the company.
    Labrador West Website
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    http://www.nfld.com/tourism/
    Linky for some Nice Labrador Tours
    http://www.newfoundlandandlabradortourism.com
    Live Highway Cameras :thumb
    http://www.geocities.com/Labrador.com
    http://en.wikipedia.org/Newfoundland_and_Labrador

    How to pronounce Newfoundland :gerg


    The pronunciation varies from community to community like the accent
    But generally, remember that the stress is on the LAND,
    so that NewfoundLAND rhymes with underSTAND
    or `a place so GRAND'

    Also, the first d is very soft,
    and the final d is soft, for flow.
    This can vary depending on how fast you're talking and how much beer you have consumed

    When singing Newfoundland's national :-) anthem, people usually pronounce the Ds more

    The New is pronounces more like Noo or the Nou in Nouveau than Nyu
    The foun is pronounced somewhere between fun and a fast feun, closer to the second.
    The stress is mostly on the last syllable, then on the first, and the middle is like a trough between them.


    So try `Noufeun(d)LANd'


    Do not pronounce Newfoundlander as `Newfie' unless you know the person well.
    :stickSome will take offense.
    `Newf' and 'Newfie'
    are like 'Yank' and 'Yankie'
    but with the added problem of association with derogatory minority jokes on the mainland of Canada,
    more than the US and elsewhere.
    Thanks to www.nfld.com
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    Goose Bay/Cartwright Ferry​



    :type MV Robert Bond Ferry, which is the marine extension of the Trans-Labrador Highway,
    departs twice weekly from Goose Bay in the summer.

    I enjoyed a great Goose Bay harbor sunset. A great sleep,
    and 12 hour later a cloudy Cartwright harbor sunrise.


    I lucked out, as I made no ferry crossing reservation,
    I did some sweating,
    but they managed to squeezed myself and the motorbike on all three ferry crossings.

    After arriving at Cartwright
    I did relatively easy one day ride on the portion of the Trans-Lab 415 kilometers south to the Labrador/Quebec border,
    then a short morning ferry across the Straits of Labrador to Newfoundland.

    In hindsight, if I would of done my homework,
    I would of made this a two day ride.
    A side trip to St. Mary's/ Battle Harbor would of been a worthy tour​
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    Cartwright Harbor


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