My Eyes Are My Ears: A solo journey thorough the USA and Canada by a deaf Adv rider

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Abenteuerfahrer, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. VespaMamma

    VespaMamma Shutterbug

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    Oh yeah, I agree with KRASHDRAGON, your frau deserves a big hug for letting you experience the ride and sharing you with the rest of us your reflections, pictures and standing by you. Whatawoman!!
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    Enjoy your time and thanks for all the pictures you've shared so far. Eat and rest well til the next ride.
  2. Old_Lion

    Old_Lion Crotchety Biker

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    quote:
    When I tour I am such a nice guy, my enemies wouldn’t believe.

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    You have enemies?
    I find that hard to believe.


    Motorcycle Touring does indeed bring out the best in those who ride.
    Looking forward to the remainder of the journey.
  3. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    OLD_ LION......."enemies", oh, well...people that don't like me..can't stand me or something like that. It's a figure of speech!

    CHEERS
  4. der_tobe

    der_tobe Adventurer

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    hello and THANK YOU for this fantastic RR. I am absolutely hooked and really try to share your philosophy of travelling as an ambassador of goodwill...

    one meets so many (an rough estimate of 99.9%) friendly and good people by being decent, friendly and modest...
    that is the essence of travelling - apart from eating new delicacies like bake-apple jam and the like :tb

    So DANKE again (you seem to know German, strewing in some vocabulary here and there...)

    bye and keep showing us that the HEART is the most important sense.

    der tobe
  5. Nan-Lo

    Nan-Lo Been here awhile

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    AMAZING RR and wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing!
  6. Scoop

    Scoop runs with scissors

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    "hearies". I love that term :rofl
    It is great for me, getting the ride report and the additional insights to Deaf culture. Keep it coming. Ride safe!
  7. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Dear Readers:

    Many thanks for your encouraging well wishes. I hope that you come here one day and meet the people, its land....believe me it is rugged and not for the fainthearted especially some of us who are cityslickers. Nature here is at it's best. Things stand still....since I don't hear, if there's nothing moving for miles..to me things are then STILL. The horizon has never been this quiet(?). The depths of the Grand Canyon are painted with people and even Alaska feels overpopulated. Labrador is the only place left where you can have this much space to yourself. But this sense of FREEDOM doesn't come easy, you'll have to fight for it. So come here and surrender to the stillness in your hearing senses-climb Fjords carved from the ocean floor. Whatever your adventure, Labrador patiently awaits.



    To ....."der Tobe" you wrote.....


    hello and THANK YOU for this fantastic RR. I am absolutely hooked and really try to share your philosophy of travelling as an ambassador of goodwill...

    one meets so many (an rough estimate of 99.9%) friendly and good people by being decent, friendly and modest...
    that is the essence of travelling - apart from eating new delicacies like bake-apple jam and the like :tb

    So DANKE again (you seem to know German, strewing in some vocabulary here and there...)

    bye and keep showing us that the HEART is the most important sense.

    der tobe

    Ja, bin Deutsch-Amerikaner. Kann gut Deutsch sprechen und verstehen. Deutsch war meine Muttersprache. Stamme von Hanweiler/Bad Rilchingen..neben Saarbruecken; SAAR. Willkommen zum lesen und schauen meiner motorrad Reise durch die letzte und einige "Hochstrasse" Labradors.
    T'schuess, ELMER(Elmar)
  8. hondachopper

    hondachopper Adventurer

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    Jeepers Harmut...Speak English---I don't read german...

    I do look forward to your thoughts and pics...

    How are things with you---are u getting the rest you need or are you already getting restless to move on?

    Now what is a cod tongue? I didn't know that cod fishes had tongues!!! or is it from a cow?? Chuckle...

    I'm sooo jealous!!!

    Hondachopper...
  9. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    This is my last night in Cartwright before I get delivered 12 hours by sea to Goose Bay/ Happy Valley. The day today was not too bad, overcast but no rain for a change. Decided to explore the village of Cartwright and also find out where I am to embark on the ferry ; the good ship MV/Robert Bond.


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    Ticket Office for the Ferry crossing...

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    Then I spied a ship which I recognized from my sailing days years hence...I couldn't believe my eyes of what he's doing here. It's a 60' Deerfoot of the the Steve Dashew fame, his Deerfoot sailboat design, but this is a Deerfoot fast trawler based on the proven sail underbody design. Verified this at the Crafts store here..It's Steve Dashew and his mate, been sitting here for a week and am sure are waiting of what hurriacane Bertha has in store.

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    The Town....

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    Town Hall

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    Yes, the town is a bit bleak, forlorn...but the people are the friendliest I have met. Hardy people of fishermans descents. Many are aboriginals. I noticed that the men are sinewy thin and muscled from hard labor of fishing, while the average woman is on the heavy side.

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    Garbage is kept in home made containers like these: prevents wildlife from scavenging it and the coldness here keeps the odor nonexistend! Clever..

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    Probably the prettiest home in Cartwright

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    I have a melancholy fear that the new 250 km by-pass route 85km south of Cartwright will hurt the towns economy and attraction...SAD, necessary ???

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    Visited this Arts and Crafts hut here for some mementos of Cartwright. Told the lady that I was deaf and she mouthed the conversation with me smoothly. In a second word got out that a deaf customer was in the store and bought something. While trying to take a walk down to the jetty getting a better picture of the Deerfoot Yacht in the harbor a lady chased me down and some conversations began.


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    She said that she met a deaf biker sometime ago in Newfoundland. She herself was pretty deaf until the Canadian Doctors did something to her ears and now she "hears". Her brother, she said, "Is deaf-mute". I politely acknowledged that the word "mute" is pretty ancient but here up north it's still the norm. When you can't speak well you are mute..pronto. Lovely Lady.

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    Steve Dashews ship in the distance..

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    Towns Clinic...

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    Clinic staff Housing..

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    This ends my report from Cartwright, Northern Labrador. My next report should be from Goose Bay/ Happy Valley...see you then.....good Night.


    YOUR MAN ON THE ROAD
  10. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    HondaChopper......my man; rest assured that COD(the fish) has tonques and fish have tonques like we do...eh. Us Americans throw everything away that's indeed edible. We don't like to look at unsightly foods, yet we eat it so long we havent seen it. YES, I am restless in moving on but am at the mercy of nature and the slow pace here in regard to the ferry. The ferry runs only 2 times a week, got here too early and now I pay the piper.:lol3 :freaky :1drink :deal
  11. VespaMamma

    VespaMamma Shutterbug

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    You keep putting out great stuff on your site....can't help it but follow you!! Wishing you good sail on the ship to Goose Bay/Happy Valley and may the wind gods stay behind you gently as you take on the gravel through Labrador. We anxiously await for your next ride report/pics
    :ricky :wave:beer :super
  12. hondachopper

    hondachopper Adventurer

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    Good am. Today is saturday and from what I've read---you're leaving
    Cartwright and hopping on the ferry today...

    Ride safe---after a while the gravel will become easy to ride on. I grew up on gravel all my life and it becomes 2nd nature...

    Looking forward to your next installation!!

    Hondachopper
  13. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    You look "at home" at sea :devildog
    I see a bit of Hemingway in the beard

    Thanks for the report, keep it going!:thumb
  14. tagesk

    tagesk Tuscan rider

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    Sir, you must be joking.
    Newfoundland is about 60°N. The Hudson Strait is about 63°N. Nuuk on Greenland is about 63°N. The northermost point on Iseland is about 66°N.

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    This is taken from downtown Tromsø, Norway. At 70°N. About 50.000 people lives here, and you'll find a fine university together with everything you expect from a university town.

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    Including proper cappuccino. Well, admittedly not fresh fruit :-)

    [TaSK]
  15. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    I'm really enjoying the photographs. They are excellent!
  16. hondachopper

    hondachopper Adventurer

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    Well what happened today??? I guess you're out of contact at this time.

    I'm enjoying this ride report and hope all is well with you...

    Hondachopper
  17. D-Mac

    D-Mac Been here awhile

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    Amazing report! Great photos and descrptions. Labrador is my dream ride (I grew up in the Maritimes, but never made it that far north).

    Everytime I read about the road it gets a little closer for me.
  18. Scoop

    Scoop runs with scissors

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    I suspect that he has run into some bad weather, we had a nasty system sweep through northern Ontario that was headed north east. The radar map does not cover all of Labrador, but I think that they will get a couple of days of storms.
    Hole up with some good brews and soup! Stay warm and dry. Let us know how you're doing!!
  19. EsquireTed

    EsquireTed Been here awhile

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    I've spent a lot of my life on the island across the water from this beach, great pic!

    Enjoying the ride, looking forward to more!
  20. laxpol

    laxpol Been here awhile

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    Fantastic
    Thank you for sharing!
    if you could send your daily mileage/kms and routing, I'd love to see it.