Trans Lab Express!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RockyNH, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Thursday June 25th, me and Yigal departed from Merrimack NH to Run the Trans Labrador Highway, a remote gravel road that spans Labrador from West to East across the remote province. I on my F650GS and he will be on a 1200GS Adventure.

    SPOT tracking was activated Thursday morning and we planned to Depart from my work in Merrimack at approx. noon. You can see the SPOT tracking followup at this link...

    http://jasonjonas.org/spot/tripViewer.do?id=1434

    We planned to return on Sunday the 5th of July. Its a 3500 mile loop with over 1000 miles of unpaved roads. I was especially looking forward to Day 9 where we will encounter and explore some of the Newfoundland T'railway and coastal trails on our way south.

    Day 1 Troi Riviere Quebec (motel) (thu)
    Day 2 Begin traveling north on QB 389 No Cells, no towns - Camp at Manic 2 Dam (Fri)
    Day 3 Continue up 389, visit the Manic 5 dam and proceed up north further, hoping to camp North of Gagnon Ghost Town (Sat)
    Day 4 Get on Rte 500, Trans Lab Highway... Stop in Labrador City for any supplies, Continue to Churchill Falls to camp (Sun)
    Day 5 Final leg of the Trans Lab to GooseBay. Get a room and clean up (Monday)
    Day 6 Day of rest.. maint on bikes... explore a little as we board the Ferry at 3 for a 5pm Depart Tues, sleep on Ferry
    Day 7 Exit Ferry in Cartwright run highway 510 (Gravel) down to Red bay, then Blanc Sablon... Ferry to Newfoundland (Camp) (Wed)
    Day 8 Head north to Lanse Aux Meadows, old Viking Settlement, then back south to Gros Morne Nat Park (Camp) Thursday
    Day 9 Leave Gros Morne for Deer Lake... we will be looking up and old abandoned rail trail and some other coastal trails on our way to Port Aux Basques... Plan is to catch a Late night Ferry to Nova Scotia
    Day 10 Riding pavement ... through Nova Scotia to New Brunswick (Motel) Saturday
    Day 11 NB, into Maine and Home to NH early evening Sunday

    This is the most extensive trip I have attempted, especially on my DS to a remote area.. I have been planning to do this for almost a year and it is almost here!! Excited and nervous at the same time, I am all packed and ready to roll

    That was the plan... and our excitement was building as the day drew near..

    Pat in NH
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  2. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Day 1... Our first day!

    Hi All,
    Our adventure got underway today... turned out to be a beautiful day... especially after all the recent rain!
    Packed my bike upand headed into work for a 1/2 day.... THe Grasshopper is full

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    Yigal met me about noon, and we were able to get on the road about 12:15..
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    We covered a little over 300 miles today, arriving in Trois Riviere Quebec about 6:30 pm...
    Stopped at Franconia Notch in NH's White Mountains for a short break.
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    Yigal took the opportunity to check in..
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    We continued up past St Johnsbury, VT and my gas light came out, about 25 miles too soon!. This would happen later too. I suspect it was tthe highway speed, heavy load and wind. We stopped for gas and grabbed a snack.
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    We got back on the highway and continued on up to the border. There was no line. one car ahead of us. It was smooth passage through the border. The fellow we had was very civil.
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    After crossing, it was about 4pm, we continued on to our destination.... we made one more quick rest stop about 30 miles out.[​IMG]
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    The last 30 miles was peaceful & uneventful.. as was the rest of the day.
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    Approx 6:40 we arrived at our destination!
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    After checking in, we met Lutz, from Germany, riding an 1150 GS and headed for South America. We spent as bit talking and then the 3 of us ended up going out to dinner together. It made a very nice evening.
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    To wrap up day one notes.....

    The weather was great all day... we traveled a total of 310 miles on Day one, from Merrimack NH to Trois Riviere Quebec...
    Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
    Riding Time 4 Hours 58 Minutes
    Moving Average: 62.2 MPH
    (Overall with all stops) 47.4 MPH
    We had some photo stops, gas etc...

    Had a nice dinner with Lutz from Germany who was traveling to South America and staying where we were.

    Next..... will be Day 2....

    Pat in NH
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  3. GB

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    Nice, thanks for the intro :thumb
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  5. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Day 2....
    We awoke reasonably rested. It had rained very heavy overnight (thunderstorms) but it was dry now. Got our gear packed up and we were ready to get underway at about 7:20 am. Our plan was to get a bit down the road and then stop for breakfast. We were all fueled up from the night before. We would travel 138 out through Quebec City, to the ferry at Tadoussac, Quebec then on to Baie Comeau. 138 is quite scenic and winding, especially East of Quebec City.

    Yigal ready to depart
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    Our breakfast stop...
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    Yours truly....
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    Views along the St Lawrence on 138
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    the Grasshopper resting....
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    The St Lawrence was very pretty... somewhat overcast & foggy day..
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    more St Lawrence...
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    Roadside scenery....
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    Here is our gas stop.. the Grasshopper gets fueled.
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    Fog really settling in here at the gas stop...
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    It was at this stop that we decided to check the siphon as to it's ability to get fuel from Yigal's GSA Tank.
    Too my surprise, it did not work, almost as if we could not snake the hose into the compartment correctly.
    As I was using fuel at a higher rate, we were gonna look for a couple off fuel bottles for later to carry.. More on that later..

    Day 2 will be continued in the next post...

    Pat in NH
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  6. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Continuing with day 2...

    some more scenery along highway 138..
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    a rest stop along a lake, grabbed a snack and fluids..
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    overlooking the ferry (in the fog!)
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    Oh, There She Is!!!
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    here we are, loaded on the boat..
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    Yours Truly, waiting to get underway...
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    boat is underway....
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    Pretty foggy.. is he using a Garmin???
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    arriving at the other dock....
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    the Grasshopper watching the ship dock..
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    back on the road again....
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    running the 389 North out of Baie Comeau
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    the Manic 2 Dam
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    Manic 5, goal for tomorrow.. 195 k away..
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    Our stop for the night, Manic 2 Campgrounds.
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    This completes Day 2... 138 was a very scenic route out of Quebec, and the 389 out of Baie Comeau was a nice twisty route.

    We fueled up in Baie Comeau and grabbed some supplies. This included a couple extra plastic bottles for a possible fuel need.

    It was a great day of riding... Stats were

    Total miles today 353 (Overall is 663)
    Total Time: 12 hours 14 minutes
    Riding Time 7 Hours 22 Minutes
    Moving Average: 47.9 MPH
    (Overall with all stops) 28.9 MPH

    Next up will be Day 3... we will travel up to Manic 5, then continue on up to Gagnon and points North..

    Pat in NH
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  7. schismatic

    schismatic Been here awhile

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    great pics of some beautiful country!:D
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    Great Start. :lurk
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  10. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Thanks! This was my first time up this far and I was in awe... So glad I did this trip!

    Pat in NH
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    SWEET!!!!! :D

    .....keep it coming....


    I'm planning for the same trip when they finally open the Goose Bay - Cartwright Connection.
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  12. ClearwaterBMW

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    what a great ride this has already become
    such pristine scenery
    thanks for taking us along on your journey
    great pictures

    thank you
    ride safely
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  13. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    I am "guessing" that the connection will not be completed at least until the end of next year.. they said 2009 but from what I and a friend saw a few weeks before me, they are a long ways away from finishing...

    Pat in NH
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    :lurk Great pics and report I am headed up that way later this year!!
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  15. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Thanks VTBeemer... Let me know if you have any questions etc ..

    More photos and stuff to come..

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  16. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Day 3...

    It was damp in the morning when we got up to break camp. It had rained fairly heavy over night.
    The tents etc were packed up wet but not a major issue as we would be setting them back up again
    tonight. The plan for today is to head up to Manic 5.. then continue on up to Gagnon (ghost town)
    and camp somewhere north of Gagnon.

    Yigal breaking camp in the morning....
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    my "grasshopper" is all packed up and ready to go...
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    heading out to the road.. notice it is a tad damp....
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    The scenery here is great, Yigal stopping for a photo op...
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    Lots of lakes along the road....
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    more water......
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    Quebec Rte 389 is a nice "up & down" and twisty little motorcycle home....
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    100 kilometers or so north, we came across a transformer station...
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    Yigal admiring the power.. and wondering how we could harness it! <GRIN>
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    scenery has a rugged beauty.....
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    did I mention fuel sources are scarce?? we typically topped up at each opportunity.
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    50th Parallel - wanted to be sure you got your bearings for our location...
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    my "grasshopper" taking a break...
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    Yigal heading north on the 389.... wondering what the next turn will bring for scenery..
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    The water (lakes, rivers & streams) was very picturesque....
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    The rivers with rapids were fantastic.. This is just one example..
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    Here it is also, from the other side of the road....
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    all of sudden, we round a corner and there it is... Manic 5 No warning, it just appears! It is massive...
    I stop in awe, as soon as I see it.....
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    Yigal riding to get a closer look.....
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    You have to see this to believe it. Pictures just do not do it justice.
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    Notice Yigal at the foot of the dam..... did I say massive???
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    At this point, we took a break and rode over to the Motel/Restaurant/Fuel location near the dam. We had our
    breakfast and filled the fuel tanks for the next leg. We headed off to the Visitor Center to check into the Manic 5
    tours. It was 11:50 am and the next tour (2 hours long) begins at 11:30. Factoring in all of that and then actually
    getting back on the road we estimated it would involve 3 hours. After careful thought, we decided not to give up
    the 3 hours of road time so we just browsed the visitor center displays and photo's. Then we headed out
    to get back on the road, as here it where it turns to gravel.

    To be continued ......

    Pat in NH
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    Looking forward to Day 4!!!!! :D
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  18. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Thanks! I still gotta finish day 3! :evil

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    Pat,

    Thanks for posting your ride. It looks great already. We can't wait for more! :clap

    Mike and Kim
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  20. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Thanks guys... that means a bunch coming from you both... and Tracy as you all have the Ride Report Supremes... I am just learning...

    Pat in NH
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