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

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  1. moto-treks

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    The ferry dropped me off in North Sydney, Nova Scotia and I was able to find a hotel and get a real tasty pizza before darkness. The following morning I took off for the famous Cabot Trail.

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    The Cabot Trail runs along the north west part of Nova Scotia and through Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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    Near Aspy Bay you can turn off the main road and take a small detour to Meat Cove, the most northerly settlement on Nova Scotia.

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    There's not a lot at Meat Cove - I guess they go fishing and handle the tourists that want to see the end-of-the-road.

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    Riding down the Cabot Trail I ran into Joe and his Scarecrows
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    This place had 20-30 scarecrows of all different types, so well know figures like Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, members of KISS, etc.
    A few years back there was a massacre at the village. Some of the crows still showed signs of the violence or asked for donations to help - strange place.

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    I had made arrangements to meet fastfreddy so I pushed on down to St John, New Brunswick.

    Passing Pitou, Nova Scotia
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    or just waiting for the rain to stop new Moncton, New Brunswick.
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    That was the second time I had ever stopped just to let the rain pass. I pulled off just before the downpour and in about 10 minutes, it was done.

    FastFreddy put me up for a few nights in St John. We went for a few rides

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    Stopped off at the local Farmers Market

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    and then, took off for the US via Dear Island

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    Thanks for the great time Fred!
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    I rode down the coast of Maine stopping at a few attractions like, Acadia National Park

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    before making it to Albany NY to visit my daughter. Years ago, the family and I spend the better part of a day visiting the Gettysburg battle field - something they will never let me forget. So, the next day my daughter had a surprise for me - a visit to Saratoga National Historic Park. Turns out back in 1777, this was the site of a major victory for the US during the Revolution. And, true to form, the east coast folks don't want to forget

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    gota love those reenactments :nod


    I had another "tire" incident in New York. Some of you may remember my experience in California when I stopped at a BMW shop that refused to change my tires because I hadn't purchased them from the shop. Well, it happened again, but this time at a Yamaha shop. What's all this shit about not wanting to mount tires unless you buy the tires from the shop? :huh The next day I stopped off at Max BMW near Troy, New York and after a little sweet taking they agreed to change my tires. Thank you Max, we need more shops like this one :thumb

    After a few days or RnR I was off to the "family farm" in Indiana.
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    The actual house my dad grew up in had been torn down, but my cousin Mark had taken up residence and runs a thriving Lama business as well as grows corn and soybeans on his 1,400 acre farm. If you're ever near Crawfordsville and want a Lama, stop by and say Hi.

    At this point, I was in a got-to-get-home mood and pretty much rode 800 mile days until I arrived back in Spokane. I did make one stop at the Badlands National Park just east of Rapid City, South Dekota

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    Well, that's it, my ride to New York via Labrador. While I really enjoyed the trip, I think I'll stay on the west side of the country this year.
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  4. Newfie Rider

    Newfie Rider Been here awhile

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    Excellent ride report. I am from the West coast of the island and have travelled extensively throughout the island and Lab.

    Great photos. Do you have more??? to post?
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  5. Omar

    Omar Muddling thru

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    Really enjoyed reading your trip description.

    I am hoping to go to Nowfoundland the way you did, but much more modest version: starting from Vermont and back. Thanks for much needed info and really nice pics.
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    Wish I did :cry The trip was a little hurried so I didn't find myself stopping as much as I'd like. Once it started raining I stopped even less. Now, I wish I'd had stopped more often. Not really for the scenery, as in Labrador it seemed to take miles (or kilometers) to change, but because when I stopped, I notice more of the little things and got a sense of how "in the middle of nowhere" you are.

    I also missed the coast of Labrador which I'm guessing is outstanding. For that matter, I missed a lot of Newfoundland too. Guess I'll need to return when I have about 3 to 4 months :D
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  7. ozmikl

    ozmikl Been here awhile

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    Great RR thanks
    If your ever up there again do Battle Harbour out of Mary's Cove worth every minute.
    I really have to get back to NS and Newfy, I like you rode through too quickly.... well there is always the next trip.
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    Man, I guess that now-a-day motorcycle dealership will not replace a bike tire if not purchase from them. It must be because of their internal regulations, lidigation, safety and ignorance on their part. And of course, you did not bring in any profit to them. I also find it very distastefull, that they will not service a bike if it's over 10 years old. This bull crap, is enough to make you brain explode in anger.....:becca
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    I've not run into the 10 year problem but I do all the work on my own bikes - just can't find a dealer that can keep a good mechanic. The tire problem is more of an issue especially on a long distance trip. The first time it happened to me I was speechless :huh I thought they where kidding! I mean, who says I should trust the way they handle a tire. If there is a catastrophic failure with a tire, theirs or mine, I'm still the one riding the bike! Lucky, it's only been in the good old USA that I've had this happen and lately, I've been doing most of my riding outside of the US :thumb
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    just found this great RR
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