The Making of a Cross Canada Route

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Deadly99, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    No, that bridge is no longer in use, except for the occasional ghost train...

    Must read the Siberian bridge story. The tall one can't really be ridden. The ties are too far apart, and there's no railing. Just the stuff of nightmares, in my book.
  2. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Yeah, read colebatch's account, then watch this.:eek1

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    Big, huge, balls on this guy!
  3. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    Yep I don't think I could bring myself to ride that one. Looks like a long ways down too.
  4. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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  5. Fab418

    Fab418 Pig ridin'

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    Thanks. And yes, I did find the ADV out there! but lost some shoes too. Shopping time before it gets too cold to wear sandals:D
  6. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    Should there be a cautious note to that section " beware this trail takes your shoes" :lol3
  7. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Why not go back and look for them? :D
  8. Fab418

    Fab418 Pig ridin'

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    2 pairs so far.:1drink
  9. Fab418

    Fab418 Pig ridin'

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    I did. Couldn't find the pannier in the dark. That trail eats shoes, you've been warned.
  10. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    As things are kind of bouncing around and some great reports coming in from folks involved in the project I figured a map would help folks visualize where we are talking about.

    This is a pretty rough outline of the Eastern TCAT

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    The green line on the right side is Newfoundland. Skibum69 is making this section...not complete but I believe it will involve some slab up the vgiking highway, part of an old rail line and maybe some gravel roads. (approx 2-4 days)

    The black line is the Trans Labrador Highway. Over 2000 kilometeres, about a 65-35 mix of gravel and pavement. Nice big easy to navigate roads. (Approx 2-4 days)

    The yellow line is Fab's section of the route. It could be broken into three parts. Baie Comeau to Labrieville is the first section (heading west to east) and is a mix of logging roads, 380 km between gas. This is the section Fab is referring to in his previous posts. The second part if from Labrieville to Chicoutimi and is about 250 km's of logging roads. Keep in mind that Labrieville is a very small general store and gas stop. Very remote section of the TCAT (the 380 + 250) and from fabs words and from my experience.....way the feck out there and a consistant source of people loosing their shoes, lol. The third part of Fab's section goes from Chcoutimmi to Chibougamua, again logging roads make up the most of this section. (approx 3-6 days)

    The red section is Juames and myself section. The first half (from Chibougamau to Ottawa) consists of logging roads, the second half consists of gravel roads and a handful of trails. (Approx 6-12 days)

    The grey section was built upon sugesstions from Finnidian (Gord). A mix of gravel roads, logging roads and some trails. There are previous posts by SDWebb, myself and Gord on this area. (Approx 2-4 days)

    The pink section was created by myself and parts have yet to be tested, but looks good on paper :rofl Next summer this is on the plate for me. (Approx 1-2 days)

    The blue section is the one that Hardwaregrrl is reporting on and has been kind enough to "test ride" for us :lurk (Approx 3-6 days)







    As you can see it is all coming together nicley. The bulk of this half of the route is complete or very close to being complete. Based on some rough educated guesses I would say this half of the TCAT will take folks between 19 to 38 days to complete.


    The western half has also had a lot of work on it by those involved and looks to be good on paper. The bulk of it has been ridden and from the pics and reports looks to be outstanding. If all goes to plan I am taking the bulk of next summer off (August-Sept) and will be riding the entire western half in one go. I think I am in for something special :thumb


    Sorry about the interruption, keep the reports coming :lurk
  11. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Yellow line shows the TNE route, you can see how Fab's section of the TCAT is also utlized for the TNE route.


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  12. Rider23

    Rider23 Evil Ted

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    That's when you bless the guy who thought of depends :lol3 5th gear wheelie would be cool standing on the seat :rofl
  13. Reconstructed

    Reconstructed Been here awhile

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    I'm only on page 10, many pages to go, but man, this looks to be as good as the TAT!

    :lurk
  14. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    As good as huh??? The TAT would be a good trail run before you attempt something this long.
  15. guymanbro

    guymanbro da Vermonster

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    One on the way out and the other on the way back...:eek1
  16. hardwaregrrl

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    Feexed.:D
  17. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    thks :thumb

    so my shoes are on the middle yellow section somewhere.:lol3
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    :eek1:eek1:eek1 he even looks around a bit
    I was waiting for him to hit the part Tony talked about in his report
    and he just rides over it.......of steel
  19. garry499

    garry499 Race for food!

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    Its an ADV thing. On the Roaming Rallye I was touring along in the rain ( remember? ) and I see a shoe. Ok Ill stop, stuff it under a bungie, ya never know if you will find the owner. A few minutes later, another shoe! Damn a pair of sandles, not mine, under bungies. Turns out its my friends Pete Z's nasty worn out sandles...Just another Rallye story, about shoes...
  20. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Fab and Hardware, outstanding work, thanks for the effort and sorry about your shoes:lol3 And yes muchos cajones on the bridge rider.

    I just got home yesterday, here's a sorry update from me, due to wind and time I was not able to ride the TLH this time either, that's 3 times I've been foiled this year. My original plan was to ride that plus a section from Relais Gabriel to Port Cartier then maybe try to run the T'Rail on my way home so at the very least I could get tracks. As I said earlier the little hurrican sent winds that stopped the St. Barbe ferry for 2 days and by the time they were going to let me on one there wasn't enough time to get to Montreal by the appointed day. I ended up running back to Port Aux Basques to get to the mainland. CroMag was a hoot and my GPS decided to give up the ghost on the Saturday just as I was loading the roadbook to be the 2nd navigator no a big group ride, great. As a result I didn't see much point in running the railbed as I couldn't track it. I did run the north side of Red Indian LAke which was fine in the rain until I got tail whipped in the mud ruts which resulted in my LED driving lights not working, ( I think, I didn't notice them until an hour later when I stopped for gas). Maybe it's all just as well as my subframe cracked sometime yesterday too and that really would have been a pain if it had happened during the week Sue was riding pillion with me:1drink

    So now I guess I'm back to a planning session to try to make this lap as early as feasible next season.:D