The Trans-Lab is Overdone. We want to Ride the Rock.

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Canuman, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I attended a wedding some years ago in Buffalo, NY. I'd paired up with my friend PW to go see "Hoss" and Heidi get hitched up. We were in a sporting car with a strong turbo. The roads sucked through NY. NY was going through another budget crisis, and decided not to plow. To my chagrin, we turned a house-cat that was crossing the road into soap. I don't know what the cat was doing out there, but he or she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I still feel bad about it.

    We decided to come back through Canada. At least they still plow the Trans-Canada, and the house cats have the good sense to stay abed at night. We were cooking along on the high side of 90 mph somewhere east of Toronto but not quite to Ottawa. A clapped-out Lada (A Russian air-cooled Fiat copy) with Quebec plates blew by us as if were standing still. PW's jaw dropped. "They can't do that!"

    Quebec drivers are special, and have a unique relationship with God. Everyone else best stand aside.

  2. dresda

    dresda shut up and RIDE!

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    Well that IS where Gilles Villeneuve is from!
  3. Brit711

    Brit711 Been here awhile

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    driving in QC and all of Canada etc... is VERY calm compared to europe ! I remember TRYING to actually move off at a "roundabout" when I was on my old Goldwing, back in the 80s, whilst passing through Paris :eek1

    :norton p.s. I hate that you are not supposed to move through traffic here... we are encouraged to do this in europe to HELP keep congestion down :clap of course I would never dream of doing this nowadays as I trip through Montreal :wink: haha sure...:evil
  4. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I suspect he was driving the Lada. Tabarnac! :huh

  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I remember hitch-hiking with a girl to Quebec city for the Carnaval one year back in the early '70s. We got a ride with a guy in a Dodge Charger, doing 130 mph as he fished in his wallet for his FLQ membership card to show it to us.

    No kidding.
  6. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    That's kind of disappointing. Can you make something up?:ear
  7. ddeitz

    ddeitz Adventurer

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    Rumor has it he wasn't even the fastest guy on his street either!
  8. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    No, the faster guy drove a clapped-out Lada.
  9. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    Ya mon! It was a bitch to put back mon!

    So I'm running out of things to do preparing the bike. What remains is:

    Bleed the front brakes.

    Set the rear (drum) brakes. This is a little task I found reading the owner's manual (long winter) that supposedly makes the brakes perform better. The book says that before tightening the rear axle bolt, depress the rear brake pedal fully. I never did that and my rear brakes are...challenged.

    Redistribute some tools etc to the new tool bag on my front fender.

    Wash the bike. It got dirty about ten rides ago.

    But the biggest task remaining for me is to get the dates on my calendar.

    Being the center of my family's universe :lol3 I'd like to get the time allocated.

    Any specificity on this matter Mr Fearless Leader sir?
  10. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Black Flag: "Family Man"

    Family man, I wanna crucify you to your front door with nails
    from your well stocked garage, family man, family man.
    family man.
    Saint Dad. Father on Fire. I've come to incinerate you
    I've come home.


    Don't you miss the 80's? Big hair? Mohawks? Brit bands of indeterminate gender and very angry punks?

    As stated before, last two weeks in August. That's my call, and I'm standing by it.

    Got my new GPS in. Garmin 78. Reasonably impressed with the unit. Totally nonplussed with the documentation. That's why we got EmBeeDee.


  11. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    Last two weeks of August...check.

    New GPS:
    Will you be using batteries or ship's power? My 60csx is running on a 12v plug stuck in a receptacle I mounted. Just prior to buying it I discovered that some Garmin's run on reduced voltage. The type of reduction that occurs inside the 12v plug. You know, the kind of reduction that no longer occurs when one cuts off the plug and hooks up the wires to 12v directly.

    Yeah, that sucked. But I wouldn't have the 60csx if I hadn't fried my Nuvi.:lol3
  12. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Tim's new gps uses the Garmin 4 pin plug, which can take up to 34 volts. And his cable's on the way, via Canada Post.
  13. dresda

    dresda shut up and RIDE!

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    I can't wait for the last two weeks of August

    :happay :happay :happay :happay
  14. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    That would work work fine for my bike. It hasn't got more than 34 of anything:D.

    I went to the Sportsman's Show here on Saturday. There were several lodges from NF represented there. The folks I spoke with were friendly and eager to converse even after I told them I would be riding, not hunting. While there was an accent, it was easily understood. I suspect any dialect is left for the locals' conversations.

    One lady told me not to pass up small towns that are on the end of the road. She said that those who avoid villages that require back tracking are missing some of the best.

    Oh, and I've never seen so many bear skins, complete with heads and teeth, in my life. It seems they're all dead now so no worries.:eek1
  15. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Geez, I hope it gets here in time. . .:rofl:rofl:rofl

    The really impressive feature of the Garmin 78 happens to be that power plug. I used the Delorme PN20 and 30 series for quite a few years. I thought they were pretty good GPS units, or at least I returned to tell about it. They had a proprietary USB charging connection worked on the road. Somehow, when they went to the 40 series, the USB charger would stop working after a short period. It was waterproof, but positioned up where crud, water, and grime would naturally wash through it. The unit would still work on batteries, but battery life on the 40 series was really underwhelming -- maybe 6 hours.

    The charging plug on the 78 is a beefy, mil-spec looking thing that's well-sealed from the elements. I'm hoping to break my battery addiction. It gets expensive.
  16. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    No, the really impressive thing with that gps is how many maps you can add, and how easily you can create a Profile so each map and its own settings can be changed in half a sec.

    The power plug is taken for granted and forgotten fairly quickly.

    :lol3
  17. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    They're in the mix. I would dearly love to go and visit Great Harbour Deep, but I don't think it's in the cards.
  18. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Alas great Harbour Deep has met the same fate as far too many outports. The Cassels were the last seniors there. Resettlement but this time not because of "The Government Game" as it was called but because of population decline.
  19. Dirt Roads

    Dirt Roads Been here awhile

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  20. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Hell yeah!