Sick of people? Go to Labrador...Canada take 2.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by hardwaregrrl, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. hardwaregrrl

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    Journal entry, Nite 3...

    I've forgotten why I'm doing this. Tears streaming down and nite fast approaching. I need to sleep, but where? I hate not speaking the language, or maybe I'm just too stubborn to ask for help. I'm seeing people coming home from work, or wherever, and I'm wishing it was me. Opening my front door to my dogs and my better half, but it was me who chose to leave and do this trip.

    My friends kept asking me "why? Why are you going there? Is there a reason?" I thought there was. To say "I did it!!". To see what I'm made of, to accomplish a goal? No. I'm doing it because I can and because, it's there, and it will help me set things into perspective. My life, my love, my soul. There it is. To stop taking things for granted, and so begins my ride report.
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    This may be epic to some and minor to others, but if you've never done something like this, I highly recommend doing so before you're too feeble to see down the road and too weak to pick your pig up. Just remember back to your first big trip, and breathe the air that you were gasping for the first time your bike took a shit and you didn't know how to fix it.

    I'm lucky enough to have a lot of good friends to make a small trip like this possible. Everyone I know in their own way has chipped in to make me spin the wheels. Whether it be a dollar donated, a shop or a tool to help, or just a pat on the back and a "good luck, this is gonna be awesome!" you helped me along, and I'd like to say thanks. So, first things first. Gotta fix up the bike.
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    A little maintenance goes a long way. The old girl kind of let me down in october, just outside of terrace bay ontario. Won't happen again.
    I've got lots of help this time, for laughs while I piss and moan and bust knuckles is my buddy brett
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    Dude, if you're reading this and you're pissed I posted your mug. I just have to say thats what you get when you mess with my camera and take weird ass pictures of yourself.
    Guru number 1 Nathan Mende at Boxerworks. What a crazy guy.
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    Guru number 2, not in any particular order. Dean Graham
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    Dean was doing some stuff to his crazy purple flake gold wing. That thing has a super weird looking Vetter sidecar and is on its way to Burning Man. So I got the bike sorted, now I need a drink and a going away party. Come on, any excuse for a party is an ADVrider tradition!!!
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    I need more beer.
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    Hey, shove this up your nose, or down your thoat. Whatever?!
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    I planned 3 things on this ride. #1, Get my ass to Goose Bay and make the ferry on tuesday. #2 First nite I'll be camping in Luray VA. #3 Gotta be back by such and such date. Thats it. The less you plan, the more you'll stray and scuttle down a road you never would think to take. The more people you'll meet, have lunch with, and maybe just maybe, ride with for a few days. What could be better. So, be patient, open minded, and happy that any one of us can chose to walk out our front door and take a left instead of that right you always take.
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    In like flinn...

    Great start, interesting pics, great writting...

    Could this be epic?

    Good luck (unless you're back) and be safe.:clap
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    thanks guys. yes, I am back. didn't have the means to RR on the road.
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    Thanks for the intro... looks like you're well prepped... :thumb

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    i'm hooked
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    Can't wait....glad your back
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  10. bgoodsoil

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    glad to see you're on the road! I'll buy ya a beer some time and we can swap road stories.:freaky that's gotta be my favorite smiley

    word of advice: that tab on the Sito exhaust is weak. Mine completely snapped off. To be fair, I was on hard, hard roads for thousands of miles in Central America.

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    If you plan on doing any dirt roads with the boxes on I don't think you should use the pipe as a support for your boxes. I'm about to start my first welding project, building my own box mounts. My little MIG oughta be sufficient to run a brace straight to your sub frame if you ever want to do it. You may want to see how my box mounts turn out before you let me go crazy with the welder on your bike though :D

    oh yeah, I've completely lost first gear so my bike'll be back at Boxerworks too. This'll be the 3rd or 4th time I've had to take it back since the rebuild so don't feel too bad about the breakdown last year.
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  14. hardwaregrrl

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    So I had pretty much decided to stay somewhere within 600 miles of my house. I figured that was a pretty good number to start things off with, so I just searched for campgrounds in NOVA. Some where so effin' expensive, I'm sorry, but $30 bucks for me to sleep on the ground?! I mean really? So I based my choice on price. $8 bucks!! Sounds like a winner, so I headed for Shenandoah River Outfitters in Luray VA. No one was around to take my cash so I set up shop pretty close to someones SUV. As I was setting up the owner walked up to the car and I asked if they minded if I camped here. I mean, I could never imagine someone saying "no. get your shit and move on!!". But you never know. Instead of a "no problem" I got a, "you hungry? we've got an extra steak if you're hungry.". Oh boy oh boy, I love VA!! So my first nite out I get a free, but grisly, steak dinner. I'm not complaining, they even gave me a coke to go with my wiskey!!! Heres my chef for the nite.
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    Sorry about the blurry pick. Too much wiskey, well, too much to operate a vehicle or a point and click camera in my case. Heres the grisly little bastard that filled me up.
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    If you notice on old boys shirt there is a logo. It was an honest to god embroidered shirt with the US embassy seal of Bagdad. He was with an army buddy and they just got away for the day to sit outside and watch "survival TV" as the fire was known. Never got his name, and after a while, I felt too rude to ask. His companion was about my age and would never let me take a pic of her. I got a lot of pics of her back, but I erased them so I would have more room on my card for ones like this:
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    Yes, I am an asshole. Anyway, they never really struck up a conversation with me. Told lots of stories about being out in the field, of which I didn't really understand the army speak, and being guests at Saudi weddings. I felt like a voyeur, and tried to say good nite several times, but they kept brining me back. As soon as the sun set, I said good nite for real. Heres my 8 dollar camp spot.
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    I wear a papa smurf blue 'stich and a yellow icon vest over it. I was thinking back on how I had stopped for lunch somewhere in VA and 3 or 4 people asked me "what do you do?". I thought it to be kind of an odd question. Kind of slang, such as "where you stay?". But the more I thought about it, I had forgotten I had my state ID in the window of the vest, hence the questions. I really wanted to say that I was a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, but then realized that blue would probably be a really bad color for an outfit such as that. Power ranger was also another thought, but I defaulted on "riding a motorcycle". I wish thats what I did. End of day 1
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    Hey Brad, My rack isn't fasted to the sito. But I do need to figure out a better way to mount them. lost a puck somewhere in southern labrador and road the whole way with the bitch tied to the rack. I have to reinforce the back of the boxes, way too much flex for the kind of roads I was on.
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    Good luck and enjoy Canada.......
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    well I don't mean fastened to it really but in the pic it looks like that bar is running down to the Sito to put a little of the load on something other than the sub-frame. My crappy Jesse mounts were made out of sheet metal and it buckled putting more of the weight on the Sito. You're racks look a lot better so it probably won't be a problem. I'll send ya some PMs when I get settled back in Athens. sorry for the hijack.

    btw, I'd have slept down some powerlines, for free but all alone, and would have missed out on that steak dinner. Good on ya for not being anti-social!

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    If they have to ask , they wouldnt understand the answer........
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    So day 2 involved me getting my ass as close to the border as humanly possible. Can I just say that I hate sitting still on my bike. I realize that hate is a strong word, but it drives me crazy to sit in traffic while riding, or not riding I should say. So day 2 saw a lot of traffic on hwy 87. I did get some traffic info from my steak companions as they told me not to go near NYC. I mean, thats just common sense unless you have no choice, but they steered me hundreds of miles away, which probably shaved off an hour at least. So it was boogie time. Haul ass. Move your shit!!! Needles to say, it was a pretty boring day and not much to write home about, I did play with the camera a bit.
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    A little Ramones to get your motor running. Or maybe this was meant for me, personally.
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    I don't know about you guys, but I just don't enjoy riding at nite. I know that it is a pretty unsafe practice as it is, but it just isn't fun for me. I also have a problem with stopping. I love to sight see, but I love to keep moving more. So I had a big problem at the end of my days leaving enough time before the sun set to find a home for the nite. And so begins my constant freak out at 6pm every nite, like clock work. Somewhere in upstate NY, I decided I'd had enough. So I asked the iphone where to camp, hadn't seen any camping signs on the hwy for the last hour. iphone pointed me to "Deer river campground". I think thats what it was called. Anyway, when I finally found it I was pretty pissed. It was not a campground, but a trailer park. Shit, shit, shit. I don't have much choice at this point, I find out that its 30bucks to pitch a tent!! but a rustic cabin is only 50$. Well shit, give me the cabin. So I tent cheated, whatever. Heres my home for the nite.
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    Coffee anyone?
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    Beautiful morning...
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    So on day 3, I made it to the border. It was a bit of a wait.
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    And it took a lot out of me to keep from freaking out. I really did try.
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    Wow, not a flattering picture. But if you can't poke fun at yourself, what good are you to the rest of us? On to Montreal. Man, you can get lost in Montreal pretty easily, eh? Yeah, I got lost and got stuck in more traffic. People were crossing the median, a grassy median to a road that was running parallel to the one I was on. By the time I mustered up the balls to follow, I saw the wreck. It was pretty bad, and I instantly felt like an asshole. You people bleeding on that stretcher made me sit in traffic, how dare you. Giant asshole. So I stayed on the slab and headed for Quebec City, and after a while, I got a bit burnt out on the slab. So I rerouted down to 138 along the river. Man, Quebec is just gorgeous.<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/3811514441/" title="DSC01875 by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2529/3811514441_b36acbf0b9_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="DSC01875" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/3812665415/" title="DSC01900 by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2587/3812665415_64ea8bdcc7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="DSC01900" /></a>
    This house was just so sweet looking, with the sunflowers on the porch. Sue me, I'm a chick I like this kind of stuff. If you were there you would've appreciated it as well.
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    I soon saw something that got me pretty excited. Something that others here have photographed and posted doing the same run as I. And when I saw it I knew that I was now treading on ground that only a few have ridden on for the same prize. It really got me going. So heres my contribution.
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    And again I am forced to look for a place to sleep. I am going to have to train myself or take a damn class on how to find a cheap, or free and safe place to sleep. If you've got any advice, I'd love to hear it. So begins my freak out for nite 3. I called home with worry in my throat and promptly began to wimper. "Have you stopped to ask anyone?" this is what Christan says to me, and I had to answer no. "Just ask at the next gas station, don't worry, the Canadians will take care of you." That was the advice I was given, and it was very sound. Sorry to all you Canadians that have to take care of us adventure seeking Americans when things go bump in the nite for us. But at the same time, thank you from the bottom of my heart. So I stopped at the next station in Saint-Tite-des-Caps QC. 2 young women working the counter, one spoke a bit of english the other one didn't. She scratched her head for a bit when I asked where I could pitch a tent around here. Then the light bulb went on and her eyes lit up. She ran in the back room and brought back a brochure for a place less than a kilometer away. Bingo!!! Hey, this is much harder than it looks. I'm just too big of a puss to camp on the side of the road. maybe if I wasn't alone, but maybe I'll just have to do it one day so I know I can, I just didn't have it in me yet. The place I stayed had a theme. "Enjoy nature with nature." WTF!!?? Okay, it was a giant petting zoo. Each campsite had an animal behind it like a mini zoo!! Bizarre. The family that ran the campground was a young couple with 2 kids and another on the way. No english, but knew what I needed and were just sooo sweet. What a cool life. I mean the place was weird, but beautiful. I had to camp at lucky spot 13.
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    No that is not my trash on the ground.<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/3812335856/" title="DSC01888 by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3500/3812335856_8dbbfe167f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="DSC01888" /></a>
    Well good nite folks. Heres me having fun in a dry toilet at 4am with my flashlite.
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