The Ultimate 2300 Mile 12 Day Big Duelie Ride Thru VT, NH, ME & NB Canada In The Fall

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DockingPilot, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. zaner32

    zaner32 In over my head

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    After I got to Blackville with the guys, I had to assess a situation with my F800GS.

    I noticed I had loose front wheel bearings the evening before leaving (to go to Serpentine) as I was doing my pre-ride check. Kinda peeved me because I really wanted to meet these guys and ride with them. Frank and I had exchanged several emails, and his interest in riding the area was genuine.

    The next morning comes, and I take the wheel off the bike and bring it to the dealer (bearings are warrantied). No bearings and BMW didn't have the parts in stock in Toronto, so at least 3 days out before bearings show up. The dealer assures tells me to put the wheel back on and go for my ride. If I run into a problem, to give them a call.

    So I get home, pop the seals off, pop the bearings seals off, take the crap (mix of mud/grease/dirt) off the internals, and pack them with grease. Pop the seals back on, and re-install wheel. I go to the bearing shop to buy two emergency spares, and off I go to Serpentine. (it's a four hour ride from my place).

    When I get to Sperpentine, the bearings are a bit looser, but not dangerous. When we get to Blackville, they were loose enough that I could feel the play going around corners (almost felt like loose steering head bearings). So I had to go back home and nurse the bike. I felt physically ill at the fact that I had to break from the group and go home because of bad bearings. I wanted to finish off New-Brunswick with them.

    It was also very nice to meet Paul for the first time. a fellow NBDSC'er to which I only live 1.5 hours away. Hopefully I'll get to ride with him next season!

    Frank, Bruce, Dennis, Duane, and Tim, are some of the most down to earth, nicest people I have ever rode with. Alyre was happy to have you all.

    Here are some of the pics I took during that day:
    At Serpentine Lodge:
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    The mmmmmmagnificent SE
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    Duane's 950Adv at Serpentine lake
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    Dennis assaulting a couple of brook crossings
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    Duane in action
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  2. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    The next morning and it's a glorious day. Cool and clear blue skies. Today we make our final assault to the northern New Brunswick coast.
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    But wait..........my cell phone rings. It's Beer Jonny ! Beer Jonny is another NBDSC member from St. Johns down the coast. He assembling another guided escort ! He instucts me to ride the coast down to Adairs Wilderness Lodge in the Sussex Settlement to meet up wth him, Brooksy and once again, "Danbo The Atlantic Rambo" this evening !
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    They are going to show us the only remote coastline on the eastern side of this continent besides NewFoundland ! :clap :clap

    We leave Blackville and ride directly east to the coast of the Northlumerton Strait. After well over a 1,500 miles of interior big woods riding, we hit the "EDGE"
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    Bruce likes this seaside cemetary.
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    We stop in Shediac, lobster capital of the world for lunch.
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    Does it get any better fellas ? I mean we don't even have a clue as to what day of the week it is, nor do we even think about it.
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    After lunch, we beeline it for Sussex and Adairs Wilderness Lodge. We we pull in we imeaditly spot these 3 sorry looking characters waiting on us. :lol3
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    When I come back" We ride the beach.
    No, I mean we really ride the beach !
    :1drink
  3. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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    What do most of you guys use for tie down straps to hold the gear to racks and panniers? Rok Straps and bungie nets?
  4. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    Fantastic Ride report DP. I enjoy all of your ride reports but this one is a classic! Thanks for sharing.:clap:clap:clap
  5. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    I use Rok straps. Bruce used vines from a local tree. :lol3
  6. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks Dan ! This also may give you a reason to come east one year !
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  7. Moosie

    Moosie Citizen of North America

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  8. Moosie

    Moosie Citizen of North America

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    Hey Frankie!

    Just getting caught up on the RR. Great job! Good to see all your smilin' faces again. And the pics and video of you guys on that Dungarvon River section really made me chuckle. Honestly, I didn't know that beaver impoundment had grown that large. Honest. Really. Well, maybe. Hard bottom, at least, right? Too bad it's so hard to get high explosives these days. Having some along would make rides around here a lot drier...and more fun.
  9. byways

    byways byways

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    Dennis was riding the new F650 Chuck Wagon Edition.
  10. Oldcow

    Oldcow Adventurer

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    Now THAT picture should have broken your camera :D.
    Oldcow
  11. zaner32

    zaner32 In over my head

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    Why??? You're not in the picture??:lol3
  12. r3r3r

    r3r3r Wildebeast

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    Love this shot - the entire ride has been amazing. Excellent RR! :clap:clap:clap
  13. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    This just keeps getting better Frank! What a great time! :clap
  14. byways

    byways byways

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    Sigh ...
  15. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    What a lovely journey.
  16. manumai

    manumai detto Pepito...

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    I want to do that too....:huh
  17. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks for all the favorable comment fellas.
    Next installment coming up:
  18. justdrew

    justdrew Triple Powered

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    It was great meeting up with you guys on the best ride I had this year.
    A beautiful day, cool bikes, and friends to ride them with! It doesn't get any better.
  19. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    When I left off, we had ridden down the coast from northern NB to Sussex to rendevoius with next group of NBDSC ambassadors, Beer Jonny, Brooksy and once again, Dan. Dan is really a great guy, I gotta tell you.

    Meet up at Adairs Wilderness Lodge
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    From left to right:

    "Wheelie", ah, I mean "Brooksy"
    "Beer Jonny", give the man a Hannessy Hammock and a 650R and he's gone!
    "Danbo The Atlantic Rambo"
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    We all sit down for a great meal at the lodge
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    This is Dans way of telling me he like's me. :lol3
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    Wake up Redcorn, it's time to ride down the the Bay of Fundy brother !
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    Dan keeps calling me.
    Hmm, what does he want I wonder, and where is he ?
    "Frank", "Frank" I hear. :patch
    I follow the commanding voice of the ex hockey player, looking for it's source location.

    I find it :huh
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    Actually, I surprised attacked the big fock.
    He's a big ole, tuff ass hockey player, but still needs mammas warmth in the form of a hot water bottle, when it get's cool outside :lol3
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    Herculese loadding his sweet 990 Adventure
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    These cabins have radiant floor heating. It was really nice.
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    After breakfast, Dan decides to comment in the guest register :lol3
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    We saddle up, and head for Martins Head
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    The southern New Brunswick coast is unique. It is a wilderness area. Just dirt roads, coastal woods and remote coast. Very unique. We are very close to the ocean here.
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    We stop to re group before we make our assault on the beach
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    But where the heck is Brooksy ?
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    Beer Jonny doubles back to find him. And he does..
    PUNTURE !
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    The odd thing is, Brooksy exclusively rides on his rear wheel. The front never touching the ground until he dismounts. So how the fock, did he punture the front eh ? :lol3
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    Brooksy makes quick work of it.
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    This trail leading us to the beach.
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    Is this cool or what ?
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    More on the beach at Martins Head Bay of Fundy when I come back........
  20. goulou67

    goulou67 Adventurer

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    great trip report guys ! love to see some american folks up this way on motorcycles . you usually see americans up here for fishing atlantic salmon
    "salmo salar" or hunting for black bears "ursus americanus".i drive my bike in northern new brunswick section most of the time, and i am a n.b.d.s.c.
    member. just a little note on your st-quentin to serpentine journey you made a hell of a detour, but i guess you guys probably prefer the woods scenery.
    you could of simply took route 180 "roads of ressources" up to portage lake
    and then in to serpentine lodge you would have saved roughly 150 miles.keep tripin boys and thanks again for the great trip report! give me a buzz or a e-mail if , ever up my way!:freaky