Life part 2....New Brunswick Dirt Tour 2010

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  1. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    I worked on this RR for over an hour last night only to lose it for techincal difficulties. So I will start and go slow on posting pics....

    2010....year of the 30th anniversery...our honeymoon was a cross country trip on a 77 BMW R100s which is still is in active service as is the wife. We were going to do a week tour in the Maritimes especially New Brunswick, since we have been to NS, the Gaspe, and Newfie land in our before kids touring days.....
    Tragedy struck on May 23 of this year when our middle (of 3) son was killed while riding his KLR. While the birth of children certainly changes your life, the death is something we still struggle to comprehend and certainly brings a major dividing point in life..hence Life part 2.
    While the wife has nothing against bikes, she is not able to ride at this point and so with her blessing my kLR got the nod for a 4 day ride around NB. After planning routes all winter and being in touch with members of the NBDSC I was ready to take it on by myself with some guiding by NBDSC members....well 1 NBDSC member went down and was sidelined so I went to plan B which was crossing NB on a northern route solo and then get a guided tour in the Fundy area. It was an emotional trip riding such great countryside and not being able to plan on bringing Nathan along some time. and the tears really came when UB of the NBDSC asked me to sign the door, and I had to add Nathan's name too. Thanks UB for giving me some time to get through that and for the great riding around Fundy.

    I did pavement thru Me. from Bangor to Van Buren where I crossed the border after 3 hrs in showers and mist and finally breaking out in nice sun.
    I took the rail trail from ST Leonard to St Quentin and the following pics are from that trail with the first being beautiful sunny Aroostook County, Me.

    This one is for Nathan who inspires us to take the best in life and live it, and yes, Nate, the God you loved is getting us thru

    clearing skies in Aroostook County, Me.

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    The rail trail begins....
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    Moving on to Irving land where the trail gets a little wider...
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    scanning the clearcut for some large critters...never saw any but 1 fox...met beaver trapper paid by Irving to keep the trail from being flooded

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    a little rest stop....
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    and the road goes on....
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    breaking out into farmland near St Q
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    more later....
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  2. Indochine

    Indochine 'Bikes are OK, but . . .

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    I'll be keeping my eye on this trip since it's my home province. Unfortnately, I can't help guide you, BKMLWR, because I wasn't biking way, waaayyyy, back then and I don't live there anymore.

    All the best on your journies.
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    Looks like you had a good time Dave...it is good to see you out going again, you know it is what he would want you to do.
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  6. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    keep waiting...I'm off to Lilybay until Tues. sorry....best is yet to come
    rail trail is just a warmup...:D
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    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    how do you keep a bunch of inmates in suspense..:lol3
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    Hope you are having a great camping trip!
    Can't wait to see the rest of the report!!!
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  9. BKMLWR

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    on the way from St Quentin to Mt Carlton, we get a little preview of what is to come by a following a little sign which said "Bella Vue"


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    we reach the destination for day 1

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    this is not Mt Carlton but would still be a good hike.....

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    remote site 8 in Williams Section..glad I got a new tent..the one I used at Mattawamkeag would not have fit on the platform....:deal

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    time for a little chain cleaning an oiling....
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    felt really alone with no chance to share this with Nate, didn't even want to build a fire so I went down to the lake and listend to his ipod for awhile....
    very strange when all you have left is the music....

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    But couldn't let the memory down....
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    always enjoyed riding the cool morning shadows for about 15 miles south out of Mt Carlton..

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    then a left turn onto a logging road and headed east...

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    and so this is what you find between Mt Carlton and Miramachi area....
    and lots of it...:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    not every road was big and wide....after many miles of riding this I came to a sign which said "Bridge Closed 5km".....I decided to believe the sign...
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    lunch break area....:D I was at a bridge which a moose had walked under and scrapped a lot of shed hair off on the bushes in the springtime...
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    sign...NBDSC members might know where this is....

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    I met the driver of the truck kicking up dust later in Sunny Corner at the Subway...he walks up and says "were you the one taking pictures out in the woods today?" we were at least 80miles from where the pic was taken.....

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    glad the KLR is a tanker on wheels......sign says closed Mon-Thurs....pic was taken on Tues....:deal

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    more to come.....
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    nice ride and report! :clap

    Fantastic looking dirt roads up there.

    hmmmmmm............

    I don't suppose they go West - East do they?

    :ear :evil
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    Looking good Dave you really know how to pick them...

    Glad to see you are still working through things...you are an inspiration to a lot of us.:thumb
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    zaner32 In over my head

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    Looking good Dave, lotsa familiar sites.

    Mark, the owner of Governors lodge is usually closed during the week in the summertime because that's his slow time of the year. I just happened to be scouting some trails in that area last year and was pretty near out of gas. Stopped in, knocked on his door, and he came over and gassed me up, no problem.

    Sorry I missed you on your way by.

    Looking forward to read more of this RR :lurk :freaky
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    tommythecat Vive ut vivas

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    moving on...
    stopped at the 44 mile stream
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    in the pic you can see where the 44 mile stream joins the Nepisquit River , (not sure I spelled that river right..) gps says there is a picnic area there....

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    complete with fire ring...wondered if anyone would mind if I camped there...

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    and so ends day 2....
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    next day was a bit of a slab day (the other side of dual sport) ran from Sunny Corner area headed to Elgin. in Moncton area took the Homestead Rd to avoid the TransCanada highway and the road ran this nice ridge which overlooked the TransCa somewhere in the valley.. Nice bypass..seat on KLR did good, never stopped from gas station in Sunny Corner until I got off the Homestead Rd except for this pic of fishermen...approx .2 1/2 hrs
    but first a pic of the fishermen in Renous River area.
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    view from Homestead Rd....
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    stopped at Elgin General Store for lunch snack and headed to NBDSC headquarters......

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    starting to wonder what a FART trip would cost with license fees...

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    off I go with Uncle Brad for an afternoon trip to Alma....UB is very patient with my KLR as I try to keep his KTM450 in view....the landscape is different from the north and spectacular in its own way...

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    got to get a boat pic in Alma...

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    on the trip home we pass thru this covered bridge built over a waterfall with windows for viewing....

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    downstream...
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    upstream...
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    back thru the highlands and blueberry fields and blueberry snack...

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    and so ends day 3 for riding....UB finds out I'm a vegetarian (except for when there is ony 2 half pieces of cheese in the sandwich) but we both get all we can eat for supper....sorry UB, never occured to me you would be buying something special for the visit. I do appreciate the thought. I was having a good day , even the flat part of 126 was interesting in its prolonged flatness....when I got to UB's place he aske me to sign the "door"....(something NBDSC members know about) I signed my name and then realized Nathan's name should be there with mine...it was quite an emotional ambush...just want to say thanks for all the support I get from the Maine ADV riders and NBDSC riders...means alot to me. Didn't mention him before but I stayed with "saddletramp". Another great visit. Having never met before, we talked past midnight on mutual interests..(hopefully you have most of the movement back in th shoulder by now) and sometime get back to ride the areas you had planned...
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    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    hey, glad you find my little report
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    Great reading for us and riding for you :thumb


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    Nice Dave!

    Thanks for sharing. :thumb
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    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    one more post for the 4th day and we'll have this done...been trying not to run off to the computer in the evenings and leave the wife alone
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    Thurs. Uncle Brad, Youngbuck and myself headed for St Martins at the south side of Fundy Nat. Park. Just got a couple pics at rest stops, keepen up with those little bikes on home turf keeps the over 55 rider on a loaded KLR on his toes....came to a washed out snowmobile trail, the kind with clay banks and a wiggley line of rocks running up the middle of the V shaped trail. Well I was doing ok till I tried to ride the high side of the bank and found the kenda 270 on the rear was out of grip. I stopped as I headed towards the trees but there was no place to put feet down....:huh So I wound up down on the right on a slightly downward slope with as mentioned a loaded KLR...I flipped off the high side saddlebag and gave it a try...no go. The gas was not running out very fast so I waited....I must commend the riding of NBDSC, they both (UB and YB) frequently gave a glance back to make sure I was still in the picture. and so I knew help would be on the way soon and here comes UB for the extra lift. And with UB's assurances that continuing up was better than heading back to the other road showing on my gps. I continued up and over the hill... my only question is ...is the trail into Martin's Head any more rough than what I was doing Uncle Brad?....

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    finally we get to the town of St. Martins
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    though I usually try to eat healthy, I went for the poutine...no better than Governors in Bangor.....but eating out on the deck on a great day in a beautiful place, with 2 riding friends made the day....
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    more of the beach..high tide, UB says when the tide is out there are arches you can paddle thru just like the ads we see in Maine from the NB tourism bureau...
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    here you can see 1 of 2 covered bridges which can both be in the picture if in the right place...
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    getting late in the afternoon so we must part Ub and YB head back to Elgin and I head for St John and the kind wife at home...

    beginning of the famous "airline"

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    sunset in Aurora, Me on Rt9

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    after sunset with a sliver of the moon showing on Rt 2 in Herman, home is just a couple more miles....
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    gps says I'm home....
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    Just want to end with a thanks to the NBDSC riders for all the help and hospitality...give a shout when approaching Bangor for a visit when possible.
    Thanks to the wife of my youth who stands with me thru thick and thin and understands when I need to go ride...
    and Thanks to the riders of ADV Maine Riders thread for being friends when friends are needed..in good times and bad...I've scouted the territory and it is good, lets go!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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