Labrador-Newfoundland Circle

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  1. Mr. C

    Mr. C I need more bike time!!

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    Hi all.

    I am planning a trip around the circle this summer on a KLR650. It will be my first real road trip (with camping etc.) and need some advice.

    Is there an advantage to going clockwise rather than counterclockwise? I know this sounds like a silly question, but things like ferries, sun in the eyes, etc. can make a difference.

    Here is a map of the intended trip:

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    Any information/suggestions would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks.
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  2. djmase

    djmase something catchy.

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    Looking to do same trip with my dad this summer. I am all ears for info as well.
    Cheers
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  3. B.E. Coyote

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    Check out thr ride report by ldiekis if you haven't already. Very good and he did it with his Dad on KLR's.

    We met him on our trip. The title of our report is called "goosebay and beyond" which is another good read our trip and Ldiekis's were both clockwise.

    I might consider going the other way just because N.S. was a let down after Newfoundland and the Translab.
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  4. Dave Noel

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    Lots of good info in B.E. Coyotes RR. Lukes is definately worth a read as well Lukes report.

    If you want some specific info on the Labrador and Newfoundland have a look at Ride the Rock a forum made up of mostly local riders.
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  5. Global Rider

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    I took that same exact route in August of 2003. I only had time for the run up the west coast of Newfoundland as you've marked on the map. I took it CCW.

    You better check ferry schedules because they are going to dictate your tour schedule.

    Nova Scotia - Newfoundland: Marine Atlantic

    Newfoundland - Labrador: Provincial Ferry Services

    Order up a map and guide from the Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism site. My 2003 copies were both excellent.

    I know of good B&Bs to stay at in Flower's Cove (NF), Englee (NF) and Red Bay (Labrador). I stayed at the old AF base in Stephenville as well. PM me if you want the info.

    Tour pics of my 2003 Eastern Canada Tour (still have to add captions). A few pics from my B&B in Englee.
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    BTW, there are a total of 1100 kms of gravel between Red Bay and Manic Cinque. HV-GB, Churchill Falls, Labrador City are paved and the section between Labrador City and Manic Cinque alternates between sections of pavement and gravel (237 kms of gravel).

    The longest distance between gas stations is 285 kms. I did it on a KLR 650 as well...you have plenty of range.
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  7. Mr. C

    Mr. C I need more bike time!!

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    Thanks for all the links. I must not be using the search function properly, because I tried to find the trip reports on my own, but couldn't find them:uhoh

    The more I read and see, the more anxious I am to go on this trip.

    I know many people have done this trip on their own, but is it advisable? I don't know anyone who can get the time off to go with me. I would love to travel with others, but there is something to be said about travelling alone (lots of time to think...and go crazy).

    Thanks again for the information. Please keep the tips coming.

    Peter
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Colleen and James did this trip in the early days when the road from Red Bay to Cartwright was just finished. It was easy in dry weather, but I bet it would be awful in the rain. We went anti-clockwise. Missed the ferry from Cartwright to Goose Bay by 15 minutes, and had to stay I think two nights to wait for the next one, so I would definetly co-ordinate your arrivals to co-incide with the ferry departures. The ferry rides were really nice and we enjoyed them as a nice break from riding gravel! We didn't stay in the 'Wall' but stayed in a hunters cabin on the road, it was crap. We camped just off the highway at the strange concrete paved bit closer to Manic 5, we always felt safe, I wouldn't worry at all about going solo, not at all. We rode two BMW R1150RSL's with street tires!, so your KLR is more than capable.
    james the tucker
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  9. alwayssummer

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    my first post here! :1drink i've been lurking for a while though, to see who will be on a similar route and what i can learn. thanks to everyone for all of the great info. i would have been lost without this forum. :clap

    ok, down to business...

    @mid life crisis - i'm planning a long solo tour this summer, coming up from ohio, into new york and then into the east coast of canada, on to quebec, and we'll see how far west i make it after that. if we can find each other and if you decide to go CCW it would be great to ride a few miles together.
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  10. alwayssummer

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    +1 ... Specifically ldiekis

    EDIT: Found it here.
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  12. Global Rider

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    Consider yourself lucky that they can't get the time off.

    The experience will be totally different going on your own. You'll have nobody to fall back on. You start to think about safety and self sufficiency.

    Unless you have gobs of time to wait for help, bring some basic spares and basic tools and know how to work on your bike. Can you change a tire tube on your own?
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  13. Global Rider

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    I use Google instead of forum serach engines.

    Here are a slew of links that I've come across and bookmarked...

    Deane & Norm's 2001 Labrador Motorcycle Trip

    Driving the Trans Labrador Highway

    Gov of Newfoundland & Labrador - Highway Driving Conditions

    The Goose Bay Trip

    Goose Bay or Bust - Touring the Trans Labrador Highway

    And after all that, you'll be ready for a month of touring Iceland. :wink:
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    Here is a ride report for you
    Labrador

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  15. Mr. C

    Mr. C I need more bike time!!

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    That would be great. Although I am planning on going solo, it sounds like there are plenty of riders to hook up with on the trail. I will certainly keep you posted on my plans (and you could do the same). :freaky
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  16. BMWGScott

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    I did this trip solo this past July. It was a wild feeling knowing that it was just me and the bike in the middle of nowhere. However there is enough traffic that you wouldn't be stranded for long should something happen. Everyone I met on this trip were very friendly. Definitely plan your trip in coordination with the ferries. It was a day to Labrador City from Beai Comeau and another day to Goose Bay. The rest of the ride is a piece of cake. I had no trouble getting on the ferries without reservations. The trip was a blast and one of the neatest things that I have done to this point. I do recommend getting gas, on the Trans-Lab, whenever you come to a station. I did carry a gas can with about a gallon and a half, but never needed it. I have a range of about 220-250 mpg, but never had to push it past 180 miles. I also think that on the gravel portion of the ride, about 600 miles, you can't really ride with anyone anyway because of the dust. You would have to be spaced about 1 mile apart, to avoid eating their dust. Good luck. You will love the trip.
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    Check to see if you can still get the free sat. phones. You can pick one up at a hotel on either end, leave a c.c. deposit and turn it in on the other end of the Trans-lab. Might be even a better idea if your alone.

    We didn't have any run ins with people or animals, but the graders can leave some surprises for you on the road.
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  18. Dave Noel

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    I know many people that met up with other riders along the way. they rode together as much or as little as the wanted. The ferries is where you will usually meet these other riders doing the route.
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