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

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

  1. Bear Creek West

    Bear Creek West Been here awhile

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    Thanks C-Stain - it looks like we may stay at the Fundy national park (Yurts anyone!) and drive to Sydney the next day. Our boat leaves at 10 or 11pm so should be a reasonable ride in one day me thinks?
  2. C-Stain

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    Yeah, that's doable. Be warned, it will be a long day.
  3. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    When enjoying the Maritimes, be prepared take it slow. A 300 mile day on a road bike is a big chunk of real estate up there. You'll be amazed by the people who want to stop and talk to you. It's like riding into a different century. Maritimers are genuine and caring. When they ask how you are doing, they are sincere in the question and expect an honest answer. There's a level of community there that's been forgotten down south. If you do the islands as a tourist and just blow through, you'll miss the best of it.

  4. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    :nod :stupid
  5. Bear Creek West

    Bear Creek West Been here awhile

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    Couldn't agree with you more about the genuine nature :freaky of maritimers and taking the time to fully experience the area - our time on the rock will be much more pedestrian - we're spending about 9 days in Nfld - can't wait!!
    Thanks again for the insight.
  6. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    So true Tim! I spent the better part of an afternoon drinking coffee and listening to some incredible stories of a retired RCMP officer in St. Peter's. It was definitely one of the highlights of my ride.
  7. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    And he didn't even bust you, Ace. He would done if he were OPP!

  8. Hevy Kevy

    Hevy Kevy ADDRider

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    A trip's only overdone if you've done it before.
  9. kelsow

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    Fixed.

    I've done lots of rides numerous times before and each time they are different and enjoyable. YMMV I suppose.
  10. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I think you've missed the point, Ace. Given the choice of riding through a place with 500 years or more of culture and history and riding a new, raw road through the trees, I'll take the people, culture, and history every time. I've ridden plenty of "resource roads." They can be fun. They can also drag on to the unending horizon.

    I've been trying to immerse myself in the culture and history of Newfoundland, and it's been a blast. I've read two novels about the place in the past three days, and it's only thing that's kept me righteous and hopeful. I am truly looking forward to this ride, and the people I'll meet there.

    You ought to read a whole thread to get the flavor of it before making snitty comments. If you want to treat us with your Trans-Lab RR, c'mon. We're riding The Rock. We've got some very talented folk along. We'll have us a time.

  11. Antennas

    Antennas Been here awhile

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    Do you have dates planned yet??
  12. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Yep. Last two weeks in August so as to accommodate those who want to end up at the Skibum Soiree.

  13. Hevy Kevy

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    I did read your thread Canuman. Just happened to reply with a comment that has offended you. Sorry...asshole.+
  14. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Your mature and considered reply has been noted.

  15. C-Stain

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    Quoted for posterity. I didn't see anything in Canuman's reply that warranted a response like that. JoMomma is in the basement - we don't need attitudes like that here in Regionals.
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  17. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I've been browsing through Patrick O'Flaherty's Come Near At Your Peril: A Visitor's Guide to the Island of Newfoundland.

    It's a frikkin' hoot, and packed with good advice. For example, on food:

    The general rule is: if you come here with a cholesterol problem, you will be sent home in a casket.

    Car Maintenance:

    You will probably get a flat tire during your stay here. Do you know how to change a tire? If you don't, learn how to do so.

    Nightlife:

    You will see. . .squat, barn-like structures , sometimes unpainted, set in a gravel pit and called "lounges." These are taverns; too often, they are foul-smelling places, dark and dismal to be avoided by the sensible visitor who wants to stay out of trouble.

    A good read.
  18. jackpiner57

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    O'Flaherty sounds like a good read!
    I've found that immersing yourself in unfamiliar cultures can sometimes get you a fat lip, but never have I regretted it. Experiencing the nuances of the local flavor of the region is what it's all about. I could spend the entire trip in a 50 square mile area and still not drink in enough.

    I'd like to get the titles of the other books you're reading too.
  19. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I'll drop it off when I'm done, Tom. I also have a few others that are good reading. Can't wait to get up there!

  20. Emmbeedee

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