Moto Trek'n to New York via the Trans Labrador Hwy

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    It's a 4+ hour ferry ride from Port aux Basques, Newfoundland to North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Good thing I grabbed my laptop after strapping the Beast down

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    as it gave me some time to start my RR.

    This ferry is not like the ones in Washington. There are cabins for rent, game rooms, gift shops, a restaurant and bar, movies, some guy singing country music, an exercise room and even Wi-Fi.

    The night before, I had decided to skip riding the 200 miles needed to get to the ferry terminal. Instead, I was going to get a late start and spend the night at Port aux Basques, catching the ferry the next morning. However, about 5AM I woke up and after about 30 minutes realized I wasn't going back to sleep. When I left Rocky Harbor it must have been in the high thirties becasue I had to crank up my electic vest and grips just to stay warm. But, it wasn't raining and the road was paved, so, making the trip in 3 hours to catch the ferry would not be a problem.

    Pulling up to the ferry termial at 10:20AM I was told that the ferry was delayed by 2 hours. Oh well, the early ride was great, with little traffic, no moose sightings, no rain and by the time I reached the terminal, my right index finder had finaly thawed.

    But, this trip didn't start at the Newfoundland ferry terminal. It started 12 days ago when I left Spokane to head for Albany to visit with my daughter. I thought about making a side trip to Nova Scotia, but then I remembered that the Trans Labrador Hwy was in the area. A quick look at google maps confirmed that it was indeed, on the way. In addition, Phase III from Goose Bay to the Cartwright junction, had been completed this year so I could ride all the way across Labrador without needing the ferry system.

    To Albany by way of Labrador City (the start of the Trans Lab) east to Goose Bay, down to Blanc-Sablon, across to Newfoundland, down to Nova Scotia and then to New York - that's the plan :nod

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    At it again already, good on you:clap

    I think I am still closer, if you like damns I would overnight in Churchill Falls and do the free tour, do some free laundry(buy soap) set in the sauna and take a swim in the indoor pool.

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    Yup, I figured I could get one more trip in before the snow start to fly :D
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    Pretty cool now and I guess you're getting some of hurricane/tropical/t-storms IGOR coming your way....rains by the gallons?? Ride safe...take your time.
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    Guess I should start from the begninning....

    About 2 weeks ago I got my normal early start when I pulled out of the AAA office in Spokane at 1PM with a map of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces . I had asked for a map of Labrador and Newfoundland and after looking at the map I asked, "where's Labrador?" Oh" the lady says, "its right here", pointing to the map. What she was pointing at was a small south eastern corner of Labrador. I told that Labrador was much larger than that and she said, "Yeah, I think its out of proportion." :eek1 Well, there's only one road in Labrador that runs west to east so I wasn't too worried. I had previous loaded the Canada Provinces into my GPS, so I figured I could at least get pointed in the right direction.

    That night, I made it to eastern Montana and after failing to find a state park in the area, I settled on a KOA campground. Having not been at a KOA, I was a little surprised when I was told about the live entertainment till 10PM, a pool and hot tub, showers, and even a well defined yard to park and put up my tent.

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    Wow, camping has changed a bit.

    The following day was spent heading east in the rain and cold. Not much to talk about in eastern Montana or North Dakota. I'm sure the areas are nice, but I needed to get to Saint Catharines by Saturday to get new TKCs mounted on the Beast. That night I ended up west of Fargo in some small town hotel - sure glad I had some tequila with me :1drink

    Another day and another campground later and I was at Baldone1's house :freaky The following day, I had new tires on the Beast. Balsone1 took me to visited Niagara Falls as well as a few fine gentlemen establishments in the area. Yeah, Baldone1 knows his way around the roads of Saint Catharines! He had me totally lost most of the time as we rode from attraction to attraction.

    The next day, we took off towards Montreal. Baldone1 showed me the best roads of the area, and we ended up at the pub in Brokeville before heading back to the hotel and being told we were too loud while talking in the parking lot. What's up with that? it was only 4AM and I couldn't see any other cars in the area . What had we done, woke up the front desk person?

    Badone1 took me to within 20 km of Montreal before deciding to head home. I made it past Quebec and camped at Mont St-Anne Provincial Park. As I lay in my tent listening to the rain, I was glad I was within striking distance of, Blanc-Sablon, the kick-off point of the Trans Labrador Hwy. Well, not exactly the Trans Labrador, but the start of 580 km of gravel road that would take me to Labrador City, the start of the Trans Labrador Hwy.
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    Yup, You should have the 800 ready for another trip by now too :clap How about the WBCDR?
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    It's a great road :thumb and yes, it was cold..... but I can't get ahead of the story
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    Yeah man, my bike's ready, I'm ready, but my wallet is not ready. I'll settle for living vicariously through you :lol3

    No pics of the Baldone and the settings he brought you to? :deal
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    No worries, by the time get home the WBCDR will be snowed in :cry

    I didn't really start taking pictures until after Quebec. But, just think of Guatemala without the bathing suits and you'll get an idea :nod oh, and I wasn't on the stage :evil
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    I woke up early to a nice sunny day, rode 360 km to Baie-Comeau and was greeted by this at the start of hwy 389

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    It's going to be a fun day!

    Early that day, I'd had my first ferry crossing of the trip too

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    Jeff,

    Another trip I will have to live through you. Stuck again in Spoklahoma working. I gotta figure your method out. Also let Wendy know if she needs anything just ring me. Hope you are doing well and I assume you are getting plans rolling on Mongolia???:clap Stay safe.

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    1) Pack bike
    2) Point in desired direction
    3) Twist right hand

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    Oh goody, another Moto-Treks adventure to follow. :clap :lurk
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    Yup, Now I just need to get some pictures uploaded and write another update :D
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    The road is paved for the first 216Kms so I had a nice day riding the twisties with little traffic to speak of. Around 5PM I started looking for a place to camp and found this great clearing just off the paved road. I was glad that I had not encountered the infamous black flies and started thinking maybe it was just too cold for them.

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    The next morning, I was up early and on my way to Labrador. The road was going to be paved for a while longer which made me start thinking that maybe the TKCs would not be needed. For sure I could have waited until Baie Comeau before having them mounted.

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    When I crossed into the Quebec Province, I was amazed to see that ALL the signs where only in French. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised having been warned, but it was strange seeing only French writing. What also surprised me was that I could read some of the words – must be the Spanish I learned while riding to Terra del Fuego.

    Later that day I passed the Manic-5 Dam and the start of gravel roads.

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    The Manic-5 Dam is what creates the Manicougan Reservoir. The reservoir is part of a crater from a 5 km diameter asteroid that smacked into the earth about 214 million years ago. It’s the 5th largest impact crater on earth.

    From Manic-5 the road stops being twisty and turns into a gravel road with long straights.

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    The gravel road is good and the straight sections allow plenty of time to spot oncoming vehicles. However, I’m guessing I only saw about 5 vehicles on this section until I reached Labrador City.

    Occasionally, you pass a side road that can take you off Hwy 389.

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    This is the first view I had of the Mont-Wright mining complex. The whole mountain (on the right) is basically being strip mined for its iron ore. On the left are mining tailings, which almost make a mountain themselves.

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    And being carried away with these guys

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    From what I could tell, it’s the only reason Labrador City exists. I guess if you need to have an open pit mine, this area of Labrador works because I can’t think of any reason to live here – it’s a pretty bleak place.

    After 585 km, I finally reached the start of the Trans-Labrador highway.

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    Strangely, all the signs I saw in Labrador were English only - no French. Other Provinces seem to support both English and French signs. Do the Labradorians and Québécois have some history :evil
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    This started to be a live RR, but I got lazy and decided to wait until I got home. :huh

    I also wanted to to attend the Skibum Soiree but time just didn't permit :cry

    So, while I wait for parts for a bike tuneup, I'll finish up the Labrador trip :deal


    Edit: Plus, it was just getting too damn cold up north :nod
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    Oh goodie you are finally getting around to this. :clap
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