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Discussion in 'Canada' started by Deadly99, Jun 28, 2010.
I'm pretty sure I've been in that mud puddle........ was that on a "shortcut" to Serpentine lodge?
Proud to say... WOOHOO to the boys travel's! Outside Chicoutimi tonight, with minimal issues. Awsome!
Why, yes it was... we spent about 30min to decide if that was really the way to go as the trail got pretty tight for 2kms. It was a hard bottom so no issues to cross. I`m sure it would get pretty deep during the rainy season. And another 30 minutes to find the lodge. also 2km away from that. so 1 hr of desions and a 4 km ride...
Honey is posting..... Have you voted on the roaming rally yet?
many thanks to 'Fab' for puttin-up the boys (Shipwrek12001, Deadly99), givin a good meal and a warm bed..
Nice! I'll be giving Fab a call in the next few days
He mentioned he was going to meet you for a ride. Dress warm as its getting colder by the day
Fab is welding Shipwrecks skid plate as it cracked loose on the tcat just outside of Chicoutimi. Once finished my bike is getting a new rear, then we're heading home. Looks like cold rain for today's ride.
Had an amazing trip in the north. Woke up to hail and sleet outside of ear falls. It's. Real fun bombing 65 mph down a logging road with close to zero visability
Told you you'd need that heated gear
Wow! Gotta camp in that spot someday!
Looks like a great trip, Ted. Wish I could have gone too - even with 100 km of rain in the dark.
the weather is warming up again by Saturday
Yeah, yeah. I owe you for that totem of knowledge
Ted and myself are back now, got back yesterday afternoon. approx 3350km's in 8 days. We met some great people along the way, awesome sights, lost some shoes and other stuff. Plenty of laughs, very scary moments, lots of sun, rain and plain cold runs. A welding lesson, learning that shitty gear should be left on the trail. Learning that 10litres of fuel can get you over 200km's when your bagged.
I just woke up now, asleep by 9pm.... full 12 hrs of sleep..... I can't get away from the pictures, I can't even come up with something to say on the net... Awesomw awesome trip... thank you for taking me along and putting up with the small tank.
This will be something that will stay with me for ever..
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A couple of ride reports to follow
Left work Friday and met Shipwreck down the road.
Seems like always I forgot to pack some stuff and shortly after finally getting on the road I realised I forgot to go to the bank. Back to Ottawa we went and now fought rush hour traffic on a hot day. Hours later we finally left the city and headed east. It doesn't seem to matter how many trips I do, the leaving always becomes stressful.
Left Ontario and crossed into Quebec
A quick stop on a freeway pulolover for some grub and the sun set as we ate
Hit the highway and grabbed a motel room in some town near Troisi Rivierre. The town seemed lively with tons of pirates around and only one hotel. Seemed odd that they provide locks out front, suppose bike theft is an issue. Made me nervous but what can ya do.
A little disclaimer, this trip wasnt quite as hardcore as others. We stayed in motels more than we camped and rode more slab than I would normally choose to. That being said we rode some great roads and saw some amazing parts of the country
The next day was a slab fest to get to the start of the route near the bottom of New Brunswick.
Small town Quebec, they have some very impressive churches.
Flew by Quebec city and crossed the St Lawrence river.
Got off the highway for a bit and followed the St Lawrence river heading west. Some amazing scenery and the sun was shining
I assume this was roadkill as moose season doesnt start for a while :huh
Like any good Canadian we did our fair share of Tims stops. We even went so far as to pick up some thermos to bring the bean on the road with us
We phoned R-Charger, we had exchnaged some emails last year and I was going to stop in on my return from Labrador, then again this spring and then again this summer. This became the trip that kept getting delayed and I am sure he was shocked when I emailed and mentioned I was finally going to be in his neck of the woods and was the tent space and beers still on the table. We made a meeting spot and Shipwreck and I made some miles heading to a small town near where he lives.
All in all it was a long day. We had left early, rode many miles and finished in the dark. A warm welcome, an awesome home cooked meal and a couch to sleep on, oh ya and a few beers until quite late
When we met R-Charger he and his wife met us on a pair of klr's with child strapped to the back. I always find it very cool to meet families that ride together. East coast hospitality lived up to its reputation. Great people with great attitudes towards life. THANKS AGAIN
Everyone loves a camera first thing in the morning don't they
Did I mentioned that R-Charger is a genius? Check out this 6 pack holder with custom foam holders to reduce vibrations. Water tight in case one breaks and just enough room for an ice pack. GENIUS
Played around with the gps units and in the morning we headed out on the intended route. R-Charger joined us for the morning and it was great having the company.
Pavement quickly turned to gravel and we were cruisng along when we came a washout. I am informed that last December the province recieved a record rainfall that flooded almost every creek and river in the area and blew many bridges right of their mounts and left them a few dozen meters down stream. The province seems to be making great progress on the rebuild but sadly this one wasn't finished.
No worries, we picked some other gravel roads and continued north. Somewhere along the way I lost most of my electrics (Speedo, lights, signals, etc). We stopped for gas in the small town of Boise and I discovered a broken fuse. Bought some spares and changed it out and voila, back in business, 1 minute later I loose the lights again and then I loose the ignition. Both fuses blown.....ah crap. As I was just beginning to tear into the bike I noticed a cable tie had come loose and my speedo cable was frayed. The ground was touching one of the leads and causing fuses to melt. Some quick electrical tape and reconnect the wires and reroute them and we were off. Said adios to R-Charger and we headed north. Some fun logging roads and we were really enjoying the afternoon.
I really enjoyed New brunswick, it seems like everyone lives around the outside perimeter and the middle is a vast wilderness with miles of gravel roads and some nice hills. A few secondary paved roads and not much else. Gas was a concern and my gps was missing chunks of the track, something odd had happened whiole I was playing with it the night before. No worries we thought, find a lake called Serpentine and the lodge on the lake has gas. R_Charger had called in the morning to confim. Sounded easy enough......
After a couple of hours we found Serpentine Lake but no sight of a lodge. We poked around ono some different roads before giving up with the thought that we were just wasting fuel going back and forth on logging roads. Nort enough gas to turn around and go back we did the only reasonable thing we could, charge on ahead and hope the next spot we had earmaked on the map had fuel and that it would be open this time of day as it was getting on in the afternoon.
The road began to get narrower and narrower until eventually it turned into an atv trail. A few small water crossing and a couple of funky bridges and after about 5-10 km's we popped out on another gravel road. I always get a bit anxious riding through unknown water with a loaded bike a couple of hundred km's into unknown wilderness. Turns ouot it was fun and althogh a bit slick in a couple of spots was no big deal
After a bit of checking the maps and the gps units we headed north east to the next spot we thoght might have gas. Along the way we met some loggers in a truck and I flagged them down. They were real nice and told us we should have turned left after getting off the snowmobile trail and there is a lodge up that ways. We turned around and headed back.
We found the lodge and low and behold its the Sperpintine Lake Lodge and it is nowhere near the lake, like maybe 30-50 km's away. Very freaking odd and weird that it didnt come up in conversation, maybe it did and the beers clouded my memory...who knows ?
Cool lodge with high grade fuel
The owner gave us instructions on how to get out of the bush and back to some pavement (about 60 km's away witha left, right, left, right, right kinda directions)
The lodge has some cabins to rent, food, fuel and beer A waypoint was certainly taken as this is a must do stop in these parts and the only fuel for miles around.
Stoked to have full tanks again we headed out. We stopped at Moount Carelton Park and brewed up some Tims in the parking lot and enjoyed the view. Thsi mountain is the largest in the province and for 8 bucks you can take a gondola to the top (I think).
Another hour or so of gravel and pavement brought us to a small town where we thankfully grabbed a cheap motel room for the night just before it got dark.
I was pretty stoked the route worked out. The TNE across New Brunswick is a great 1-2 day ride depedning on speed and time on the bike. Lots of cool scenery, friendly people and some amazing wilderness. The roads have tons of hills in them to make it interesting. We were pretty exhausted as we had been on the bikes for many, many hours in the last two days and sleep came easy.
I'll take a break and let Shipwreck catch up. I only had a point and shoot camera wheras he had a nice zoom lens and got some great photos
I hope you didn't drink any of that shit beer called Alpine. I'm pretty sure it's just beer bottles filled with buck urine.
Well here is my photo's and such... As Deadly said I only took out my camera when we stopped, and we would take a moment...
We meet up....
Great view from the first stop....:huh
The views starting to get better...
Say hi Deadly!!
The longest covered bridge....
We meet up at R-Charger's home.... Great to meet you guy's and girls.... Great family you have,
The doctors at work over the electrical mystry
A couple of money shots, as we would call them,,, through New Brunswick
Feeding the wild life at Mount Carleton...
She actually had this fox coming to her and following her around like a puppy dog.
It seemed this hill or mountain was in the middle of this town
Right in front of my favorite store... Where I picked up a hockey neck protector whick worked wonderfully for the rest of the ride...
Another Church moment.... Churches were not just impressive but plentyful through the entire coast.
Here is our first real stop at the ocean, for someone that does not ever see the ocean, the pictures do not do justice to how big that water really is....
Keep in mind we stopped for me at every 150-200km for gas.
So another ocean side stop...
We started down our first attemped trail on the Gaspe 50km or so just to find..... bridge out...
Finally made it to the ROCK... What a camp site, what a view...
it Is much bigger than it looks
tent side view....swwweeeet
Other veiws from the picnic table...
The town of Pierce
The Next morning... view of the Rock.... But Really Ted should tell you about Dinner and the events that would lead you to being awake to see the sun rise.... Its sure not what I wanted to do after 3or4 days of 8+ hrs a day of riding.
Lots of sweet pictures like this can be found a 5 am...:eek1
Carry on Deadly I know your dyin to tell this part...