The Year of the Second Circum

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  1. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    <o:p></o:p>[/FONT][FONT=&quot]What, you might ask is the Second Circum? Well, it’s a circumnavigation of….in this case, the [/FONT]<st1:country-region><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]United States[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:country-region>[FONT=&quot] by me, solo, on a BMW R1200RT. I’m starting from my home in [/FONT]<st1:place><st1:city>[FONT=&quot]Indian Harbour Beach[/FONT]</st1:city>[FONT=&quot], [/FONT]<st1:state>[FONT=&quot]Florida[/FONT]</st1:state></st1:place>[FONT=&quot] the day after my 70<sup>th</sup> birthday and riding up to [/FONT]<st1:country-region><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]Canada[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:country-region>[FONT=&quot] where I’ll ride the [/FONT]<st1:street><st1:address>[FONT=&quot]Trans Canadian Highway[/FONT]</st1:address></st1:street>[FONT=&quot] (or other more scenic routes) from [/FONT]<st1:city><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]St. John’s[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:city>[FONT=&quot],NL, to [/FONT]<st1:place><st1:city>[FONT=&quot]Victoria[/FONT]</st1:city>[FONT=&quot], [/FONT]<st1:state>[FONT=&quot]BC[/FONT]</st1:state></st1:place>[FONT=&quot]. After that I’ll ride the [/FONT]<st1:street><st1:address>[FONT=&quot]Pacific Coast Highway[/FONT]</st1:address></st1:street>[FONT=&quot] to [/FONT]<st1:city><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]San Diego[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:city>[FONT=&quot], and then across the southern [/FONT]<st1:country-region><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]US[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:country-region>[FONT=&quot] border and around [/FONT]<st1:state><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]Florida[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:state>[FONT=&quot] to return home some 2 months later. Grandiose Plans? I think not. Just an excuse to get out of [/FONT]<st1:state><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]Florida[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:state>[FONT=&quot] during part of the hurricane season. And, since I’ve already visited a National Park in all 49 states this just seemed like the logical next step. There will be numerous diversions, such as The Polar Bear Express to Moosomee. And, I hope many of you will keep up with me. I’ll have SPoT tracking and lay down a position report every 20 minutes at my [/FONT]http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0Ylg9Im6Yinx4J8Qo2RCVL85IXzZokDvh[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]<o:p></o:p>[/FONT][FONT=&quot]Now, the First Circum. It’s different. Two years ago my wife and I set out from home on our 32 foot Nordic Tug in April and cruised North through the [/FONT]<st1:place>[FONT=&quot]Chesapeake Bay[/FONT]</st1:place>[FONT=&quot] to the [/FONT]<st1:state><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]Delaware[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:state>[FONT=&quot], then up the [/FONT]<st1:city><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]Hudson[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:city>[FONT=&quot] to the Erie Canal System and across [/FONT]<st1:place><st1:placetype>[FONT=&quot]Lake[/FONT]</st1:placetype><st1:placename>[FONT=&quot]Ontario[/FONT]</st1:placename></st1:place>[FONT=&quot] into [/FONT]<st1:country-region><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]Canada[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:country-region>[FONT=&quot] where we cruised the lakes and canals to [/FONT]<st1:city><st1:place>[FONT=&quot]Chicago[/FONT]</st1:place></st1:city>[FONT=&quot]. She jumped ship at that point (I would have too, if I had 2 herniated disks like she did). So I was solo again, South down various rivers to Mobile, AL, where I followed the coast to Marathon Key and North to the house, 9 months later.<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]<o:p> </o:p>[/FONT][FONT=&quot]The adventure begins tomorrow, July 6<sup>th</sup>. More to follow (MTF).<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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  2. Jedediah

    Jedediah Been here awhile

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    Best wishes on number 70. A milestone for sure! Ride safe and keep the report coming. That's quite a "Circum" you have planned.

    We look foward to more,

    Jed.
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  3. dawggawn

    dawggawn Nihilist . . . maybe

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    Damn, you gotta Nordic Tug! C'mon, links to that adventure please. :D I head on up to Skipper Cress and dream every couple years.

    Have fun on your current adventure.
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  4. GB

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    Happy 70th and best wishes for a safe 2nd Circum!! :thumb
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  5. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Happy Birthday, and safe riding! Can't wait to see the pics and read the report!

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  6. gregg

    gregg gregg

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  7. faylo

    faylo Adventurer

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    Good luck! You're gonna have a blast!
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  8. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    Preface: This is a WORD document into which I have pasted some pictures, then copied the whole thing to the ride report. I&#8217;ve not tried this before, and if it doesn&#8217;t work I&#8217;ll do it another way next time.
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    Many thanks to those wishing me fair winds and calm seas for this trip.
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    <st1:date month="7" day="5" year="2008">July 5, 2008</st1:date>
    Here are a couple of shots from the &#8220;KickStart&#8221; birthday bash/send-off party:
    Yours truly, plus some guest&#8217;s bikes&#8230;.ALL BMWs
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    The cake was a work of art!
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    The tour bike as the centerpiece at the party
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  9. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    The Rock in Seven Days
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    To summarize my 7 day visit to <st1:state><st1:place>Newfoundland</st1:place></st1:state> and <st1:place>Labrador</st1:place> doesn’t do it justice. But, these are the highlights, day by day..
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    Tuesday, <st1:date year="2008" day="15" month="7">7/15/08</st1:date>, Day 1. After a brief sleep in Placentia I set out to do the Avalon Peninsula and Irish Loop but the weather was terrible, zero-zero visability and very strong winds, an unusual combination in the States. All I could see was telephone poles. I was able to get a picture of Cape St. Mary’s Light to start my hunt for Lighthouses.
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    I cut the ride short by not going to <st1:place><st1:placename>Trepassey</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>Bay</st1:placetype></st1:place>. and instead, rode from Salmonier to Signal Hill, where Dougger met me and shepherded me to <st1:place><st1:placetype>Cape</st1:placetype> <st1:placename>Spear</st1:placename></st1:place> and dinner that evening. Old and New <st1:place>Cape</st1:place> Spear Lights were captured, albeit poorly, again due to the weather. It was a 300 km day.
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    Wednesday, <st1:date year="2008" day="16" month="7">7/16/08</st1:date>, Day 2. On my own today for the Great Lighthouse Hunt.. I may get the names wrong….how would I know? From Brigus I think I got a long shot of the Brigus Head Light. Then I stumbled upon what I believe to have been the Trinity Cove Light, down a long gravel road. But the real lucky stumble was an iceberg sighting in Dunfield. Overnighted at Bonavista, for another Lighthouse. A 400km day today.
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    Brigus Head Light
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    Bonavista Light
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    Thursday, <st1:date year="2008" day="17" month="7">7/17/08</st1:date>, Day 3. All this time I’m seeing wonderfully scenic coves and mountains, which I can’t even begin to describe. But today is billed as a transit day to get me to the West Coast. With my SPoT beacon Hot, anyone watching my tracking website can see where I am, and wonder of wonders, in pops Rod while I’m catching a bite to eat near <st1:city><st1:place>Gander</st1:place></st1:city>. Some steady rain today did not dampen my visits to Terra Nova and <st1:place><st1:placename>Gros</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Morne</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>National Parks</st1:placetype></st1:place>. Overnighted in <st1:place><st1:placename>Rocky</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>Harbour</st1:placetype></st1:place>, and got another Lighthouse. Today’s ride was 410km.
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    Friday, <st1:date year="2008" day="18" month="7">7/18/08</st1:date>, Day 4. Transiting north today. Overnighted at Flower’s Cove and nabbed another Light. Before shutting down for the night I visited the National Historic and World Heritage Site of L’ance Aux Meadows. Have you noticed that I’m trying to get all the corners of the island (The Rock)? 317km today.
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    <st1:place><st1:placename>Flower</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Cove</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>Island</st1:placetype></st1:place> Light
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    L’ance aux Meadows, where the Vikings landed
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    Saturday, <st1:date year="2008" day="19" month="7">7/19/08</st1:date>, Day 5. From Flower’s Cove I rode to met the early ferry to <st1:place>Labrador</st1:place> in St. Barbe. While there I rode up to <st1:place><st1:placename>Red</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>Bay</st1:placetype></st1:place>, the end of the paved road, and visited the Red Bay National Historic Site. On the way back to the ferry I bagged another lighthouse, the Point Amour Light. Spent the night in Port au Choix. 194km today.
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    Point Amour Light, <st1:place>Labrador</st1:place>
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    Sunday, <st1:date year="2008" day="20" month="7">7/20/08</st1:date>, Day 6. Leaving town I pictured the Port au Choix, or Port Riche, Lighthouse and visited the Port au Choix National Historic Site. I rode through the southern branch of the Gros Morne NP to reach the end of that road.. I found the Woody Point Lighthouse along the way. Spent the night in <st1:city><st1:place>Corner Brook</st1:place></st1:city>. 257km today.
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    Port Riche Light, Port au Choix
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    Woody Point Light
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    Land Fault, Lush Green on Left, Parched Brown on Right (2<sup>nd</sup> shot)
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    Monday, <st1:date year="2008" day="21" month="7">7/21/08</st1:date>, Day 7. <st1:time hour="0" minute="0">Midnight</st1:time> ferry tonight, all day to ride! Rode the Port au Port loop and tried to ride out to the lighthouse on Long Point, but the road became unsuitable for anything but an ATV so I didn’t get to that lighthouse. The highlight of the day was a surprise meeting with CoolHand in Stephenville. It was a privilege meeting ‘da Boss of the “Ride the Rock” website and we shared some quality time. The ride to the ferry through <st1:place><st1:placename>Table</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>Mountain</st1:placetype></st1:place> territory was beautiful and very windy.
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    So I did get all 4 corners plus <st1:place>Labrador</st1:place>. It was not just all about lighthouses, either.

    Tonight I'm in Quebec, and tomorrow I move to Montreal for a few days. I'll post here again when I start west and you can track my SPoT progress around the USA. I'm going to try to keep this as near to real time as web access and fatigue permit. The bike's to be serviced andnew tires put on in Montreal. I got about 8K out of my Pilot Road II's. I had hoped for better.
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  10. Coolhand

    Coolhand Puck slapping maplesucker

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    Good Stuff Chuck, good meeting you, and good luck with the rest of the trip. ill be checking in on the ride report and spot page.
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  11. Jedediah

    Jedediah Been here awhile

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    Wow Chuck,

    You just started a following of the ADV community. Nice prose and photos. Looking forward to your thread.

    Ride safe,

    Jed.
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  12. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Looks as though you're having a great ride, Chuck!
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  13. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    I'm in Rawdon, a far suburb of Montreal, and trying to catch up on this paperwork. Plan to back track tomorrow to Quebec and play Tourist. For you IBA guys, I've posted a Canadian National Parks Challenge on their site for those interested in a National Parks Tour similar to the one sanctioned in the US at http://www.ironbutt.org/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2118.

    I'll start moving westward in a few days. No pictures of the ride from Newfoundland to here. Maybe some tomorrow when I go to Quebec.
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  14. DRZ400SK4

    DRZ400SK4 Long timer

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    First class ride report, Chuck. Bravo, my friend!


    We missed you on the West Coast of Newfoundland by just one day...

    Doh! :cry


    Here's a photo of our bikes, taken at Flowers Cove, just 24 hours after you were parked at the very same spot...

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  15. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    Yesterday was a quick trip to see Quebec City. I walked the Old city and took a few pictures. It was a beautiful day.

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    Buskers always draw a crowd
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    Vieux Quebec
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  16. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    Today's ride through the park was beautiful, if you like to see trees. The road reminded me of the Blue Ridge Parkway, only tighter turns and not so many vistas. The many lakes are one of the parks strong suites.

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    Canoeing on one of the Lakes
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    Tomorrow is a logistics support day, then it's off to Cochrane and the Polar Bear Express.
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  17. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    Here are a couple of shots from today's ride.

    Beautiful Lake
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    And, a bank-full white water stream
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  18. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    I’m going to try this again. Yesterday I got knocked off the server because I was too slow, so this time I’m using WORD and will paste to the server.
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    From Rawdon I went to <st1:City><st1:place>Val d’Or</st1:place></st1:City>, a mining ant tourist city to spend the night on my way to Cochrane, Ont. When I arrived in Cochrane I was met by Betty Beadman, a good friend Marty and I met at Hippocrates Health Institute. I spent 2 nights at her son-in-law’s house while visiting. The first day there I was taken to the Cochrane Polar Bear Exhibit by Haley, Betty’s granddaughter…what a sweetheart!
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    We watched the Polar Bears swimming and diving and being fed. Fascinating.
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    The next day I took a 15 hour round trip train ride on the Polar Bear Express to Moosonee, Ont., close to James Bay/Hudson Bay. I never in my life thought I would ever be in a position to visit this area! And by motorcycle, all the way from <st1:State><st1:place>Florida</st1:place></st1:State>, yet!
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    After a short ride on what I used to call a “Bum Boat” in the Navy I was in the <st1:place><st1:placeType>village</st1:placeType> of <st1:placeName>Moose Factory</st1:placeName></st1:place>. I believe it is a First Nations Reserve. Interesting housing.
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    This is the boat that took me over. It’s called a freight canoe.
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    The name “Polar Bear Express” was coined years ago as a joke, and it has stuck. I don’t think a polar bear has ever been sighted from the train, and, if you want the train to stop and let you off….well, that’s OK too. This gent is a regular. He lives alongside the track with his 100+ wild dogs.
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    There’s not much change in the scenery along the way. Just a couple of rivers and lots of trees.
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  19. cberry

    cberry Been here awhile

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    For the past 2 days I’ve been riding westward. Tonight I’m in <st1:City><st1:place>Thunder Bay</st1:place></st1:City>, and tomorrow I’ll be in <st1:City><st1:place>Winnipeg</st1:place></st1:City>, where I hope to visit Roger Handel’s daughter Naomi.
    Last night’s stop at a 1 star (I’ll be kind) motel and a 1 fork restaurant really bumm’d me out. That, plus the total loss of this submission to the ride report left me down and out. Today’s ride was beautiful and all the bad memories are erased! The ride along the <st1:place><st1:placeType>shore</st1:placeType> of <st1:placeName>Lake Superior</st1:placeName></st1:place> is superior. I made an early morning visit to <st1:place><st1:placeName>Pukaskwa</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>National Park</st1:placeType></st1:place> and shot this picture from the high spot along the path to the beach.
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    Another very interesting geologic site way this gorge.
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    This brings me up to date. I hope to not get so far behind for the rest of the trip. If anyone along the way is tracking my SPoT positions and can rendezvous for a cup of coffee, please do so. I’m headed for the Canadian Rockies and then Vancouver.
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  20. alzyck

    alzyck Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the Bday. Nice ride.

    Quick question. What seatbag/backrest you are using?

    Ride safe.
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