TLH2010: Return to the Trans-Lab and Newfoundland

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by markbvt, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. sailer

    sailer trained Cirus Bear

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    hey mark

    hope ur paws heal up quickly

    I nother great report ( well all the pre crash stuff)
    you by far are favorite RR author.
    the pics, end of day statis, and daily route maps are so cool

    as well as always answering all my stupid questions that I PM you.

    I plan on doing the same trip next year

    thank you again for nother great RR
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  2. markbvt

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    Update: I only lasted 9 days till frustration and boredom overcame common sense and I went for a short ride. Got out the XR650L on Saturday, put a Throttle Rocker on the right grip, and rode to a friend's party 15 miles away and back. It worked out fine -- I could actually control the throttle and front brakes very well. The only problem was operating the clutch -- my left hand is still weak, and I can't use my middle finger, so I had to adopt more of a full-arm motion for pulling in the clutch lever.

    But it was just too damn nice out on Saturday, and I was too pissed off at being cooped up inside. No, this won't be a regular occurrence -- I want to heal properly -- but mental health is important too. :D

    --mark
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  3. lakota

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    Mark
    It was great to meet you, Jason, Roman, and Martin up on the TLH.

    Excellent ride report. Wish I had your talent with the camera.

    Sorry to hear about your crash. Hope you heal quickly and are back on the road soonest.

    Thanks again for your input on the ride across Vermont.

    While there are lots of Alaska ride reports here i"ll tout mine (in my sig block) as having potential for helping you plan next year''s ride.

    Ride safe

    Marty
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  4. Martincito

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    Hi Mark,
    I'm glad that you are healing and already starting to ride.
    It was really a pleasure to ride with you, Jason and Roman.
    We should do it again just to take a Cindy's picture instead of just buying a bunch of t-shirt and stickers :lol3

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  5. markbvt

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    Haha, works for me! :D

    I had my followup orthopedic appointment on Monday, and the doctor put a hard cast on my right arm, mainly to protect the pin sticking out the side of my hand. I only have to wear it for three weeks though. And I'll probably try to go for a ride tomorrow anyway.

    --mark
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  6. markbvt

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    Update: I put a new clutch lever on the V-Strom on Saturday (delayed due to the wrong part being sent the first time), and ended up putting almost 250 miles on the bike this weekend. Right arm is still in a cast, but fingers are free and have no trouble working the front brake, and a Throttle Rocker made it easy for me to work the throttle as well. Left hand is healing quite well, and I've got no trouble at this point with the clutch.

    Gorgeous autumn weekend with foliage in full swing, so I was really glad to be out on the bike. And the cast kept my right hand warm. :D

    --mark
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  7. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    This is an awesome Ride Report, and I'm doing this route next year.

    What did you guys think of the collapsing grill, and would you buy one again?
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  8. markbvt

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    My only complaint with it is that the rods that make up the grill are weak. They quickly sagged under the weight of the food once heat was applied, and stayed that way once they cooled down.

    Still, it's a really convenient contraption to have along, especially since it takes up almost no space when disassembled and packed.

    --mark
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  9. shaweetz

    shaweetz Been here awhile

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    Great report Mark, shitty about the wrist. See you in June. :freaky
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  10. tedmarshall

    tedmarshall Been here awhile

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    Hope your hand heals up like mine. i use mine as a weather gauge now. I can sense a low pressure system 2 days before it arrives. :roflI cannot get over the weather you enjoyed. Maybe I should try a late summer trip.
    Ted
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  11. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Definitely, Mike, see you then!

    I've heard several times from locals and others that September tends to be the driest month in Labrador and Newfoundland. The cooler temps and corresponding lack of bugs are nice too!

    Those of you who get the AMA's American Motorcyclist magazine, check out the upcoming March issue, which features a distilled version of the Trans-Lab portion of this trip!

    --mark
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  12. Hulked Up

    Hulked Up Been here awhile

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    Mark, just got American Motorcyclist in the mail today. Thought those pictures looked familiar! Congratulations on the story's publication! Your ride reports were the inspiration for my own trip on the TLH in August. Now, there'll be a few more people up there, I'm sure.
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  13. MonkeyboyVT

    MonkeyboyVT Been here awhile

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    Great photos and report:thumb I know what you mean about the Lab draw, It's pretty cool up there. Congrats on your article in AM.
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  14. TheMule

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    Mark,

    Missed this one earlier. Planning to drive some parts of your route in 2012 (except in the opposite direction). Great write-up and photos, makes me want to take the trip this year. Thanks for taking the time to put this together, these reports are invaluable for trip planning and make for great reads at 2:00AM when insomnia strikes. I trust the wrist is doing better by now?

    take care,

    Todd
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  15. markbvt

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    Yep, wrist is doing well. Still gets a little sore sometimes at its outer ranges of motion, and it doesn't bend backwards all the way yet, but range of motion is back to normal bending forwards and to the sides. Left hand is back to 100%.

    --mark
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  16. sergey78

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    Mark,

    I did the Trans Lab on my Wee Strom this August and ended up at the same RV park in Port Hope, you guys stayed in. For some reason it got extremely cold that night. I arrived after dark and mentioned to the owners that their place has been in the magazine and that article said it was possible to stay in the washroom. They were laughing hard. Their response was: "...and they put THAT in the paper!!" They told me that they allow people to stay in the washroom from time to time. Guess where I stayed that night. Right next to the hot boiler!. I gave them the AMA magazine article as a present.


    BTW, to anyone planning Trans Lab from Quebec. Instead of taking 389 from Baie-Comeau, keep going on 138 to Port Cartier and take the old logging road from Port Cartier to Relais-Gabriel. For some reason that road is not on Google maps, so majority of people have no idea it exists. It exists, however, on free tourist maps that you get from Quebec tourist information booths, or they will mail them to you if you email them. Road goes through some king of wilderness reserve park called "Reserve faunique de Port-Cartier - Sept-IIes" I think. If follows a railroad and "Riviere MacDonald". Locals go to this reserve for fishing/hunting/sighseeing. Fishing there is amazing. You'll be riding through a park on dirt, gravel, sand, etc.. There are no logging trucks, or any kind of other trucks! Road is yours. Some equipment vehicles can be seen here and there (i saw 3 whole day). You can also meet some locals going fishing/hunting. About 300 kilometers. There are no gas stations/service. There is a campground right at the beginning of the route near Lac Walker. $28 CDN, but you can camp anywhere. Last stretch of the road (about 70km) is not maintained anymore :clap, as the logging company has moved out. Mostly sand. One 4'x5' pothole. You will be kissing gravel on 389 when you are done with that road.



    Have fun.

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  17. apexal

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    Are you serious? Somebody from Boston criticizing Maine drivers??
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  18. markbvt

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    He's from Vermont, has just been living in Boston for school. So he has an excuse. :D

    --mark
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