Trans Labrador Highway/Newfoundland/NovaScotia run 2017

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CavReconSGT, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Tabasco

    Tabasco Freedom Is A Full Tank

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    That curve made me pucker just a bit. I know exactly how bad that crap can be...... :-)

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  2. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Yeah, I was focused like a Navy Seal after that. Made damn sure I didn't go wide again.

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  3. Dirt_Dad

    Dirt_Dad Been here awhile

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    Exact same thing happened to me this year at Banff. Guess it's just the way they do things up there.

    Thanks for the ride report. My wife and I are planning to do this ride next year. Appreciate you sharing your experience.
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  4. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Did almost your exact track in mid June. Bucket list trip for sure. We also just rode down the west coast of the Rock. Another reason to return and really explore Newfoundland.







    and that bridge did suck...almost as much as the Mackinac bridge.
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  5. Dirt_Dad

    Dirt_Dad Been here awhile

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    Hey Mark, did you do a ride report on your trip? I did a search but couldn't find one.

    You guys talking about the bridge has raised an eyebrow. My wife really didn't like crossing the Nisutlin Bay Bridge in the Yukon this summer. She did just fine, but didn't like it. I'm not going to rush to tell her Nisutlin was a warm up to the ride next year.
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  6. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Hey Jon - not yet. Probably this winter. I only took 1500 pics in 2 weeks. Kinda' lite for me...

    The bridge was just a little unnerving. I think cavrecon's vid showed it great. Bike just seemed to move around on its own a bit. Pretty easy ride and beautiful country. Nothing too difficult.
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  7. Yellow Iron

    Yellow Iron Long timer

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    If you're looking for ride reports on the trans lab we have one going. I have to get scareraven to put up the next installment he has been busy working
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/trans-lab-years-of-talking-about-it-and-we-did-it.1250385/

    This one I've been keeping up with nice job kr
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  8. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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  9. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Day 7 July 28, 2017



    Started: 0604hrs
    Ended: 1347hrs
    Today's Mileage: 176
    Total Mileage: 2229


    Today's Route (in RED):

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    The weather today started out cloudy 60 degrees. Only got to 70 degrees. We setup early at the KOA and started raining around 5PM.

    Breakfast

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    The owner – Maggie. She was a wonderful hostess and cook. Runs a very nice B&B. She retired as a school teacher and decided to open this B&B. She has been doing the B&B for 13 years now with no signs she wants to stop. She loves talking to the people and groups she gets. It doesn’t feel like a hotel/motel. It feels like you were in a friend’s house. Somehow, I didn’t get a picture of the breakfast she made for us. Just the table setting with her jams and breads.

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  10. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Plum Point

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    Curt had been on this part of the ride before and told me about the Arches Provincial park. Sounded like a cool place to see stopped off there as we headed south.


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  11. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Went to the Gros Morne KOA and setup for the night.

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    Curt relaxing after the days’ ride. Things have been going well.


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  12. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    My KOA Campsite. Nice little site. Couldn’t get the WiFi signal from here though. Had to walk to the main building and sit in there.

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    After we setup at our campsites we went out for dinner


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    A moose burger with all the fixin’s. Holy cow was it good. I asked the waitress about where they get the moose meat at this restaurant and she told me the owner shot it himself. I liked it better than most beef hamburgers I have had.

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    Went back to the campground. Some rain overnight on and off but nothing serious. Good sleep.



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  13. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Day 8 July 29, 2017
    Started: 0819hrs
    Ended: 1451hrs
    Today's Mileage: 222
    Total Mileage: 2451


    Today's Route (in RED):

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    The weather today started out nice but switched to torrential downpours on the trip down and eventually switched back to nice.



    The rain was the heaviest I had seen on the motorcycle. The rain penetrated my boots. That wasn’t as bad as the water running off my jacket and all collecting and puddling in the crotch of my pants and leaking in through the fly on my pants making for a very soggy ride. I have never had any of my waterproof gear leak before so this was a surprise. The wind was also very heavy. I wound up riding on the yellow line some of the time because the wind was pushing the bike so hard from the left it felt like it was going to blow you off of the road. If you look you might be able to see how hard I was leaning the bike when trying to just go straight. The video doesn’t show the worst of the rain or wind but it gives a little bit of a sampler.

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    Fried Cod tongues

    I saw this before on another menu as an appetizer and this time I had to ask. The waitress explained that it was considered a delicacy in Newfoundland. Didn’t even know that Cod had tongues. Checking after, technically they don’t, this is a gelatinous bit of flesh from its throat but calling it that would probably not convince you to try it. I convinced Curt to share them with me and we got them. Imagine a deep-fried cod taste but as if you were constantly chewing on your own tongue. Its edible but not something I would actively search out again. And delicacy is an awfully strong word to use. I had read that a decade or so ago, you could get it yourself because they use to give away cod heads.


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    Made it to the ferry site queued up with other riders. The ferry doesn’t leave until 11:30PM and sails through the night arriving at 7AM.


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    Ferry Terminal:

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    This was Mary Eve talking with another rider queued up in the line.


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    This was Nancy whose bike had the leaking tire talking with Curt.

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    Curt to the rescue. His fix held.

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    Our ride is here:

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    The ship was called the Blue Puttee named after the Newfoundland regiment that fought in WWI and that wore blue puttees as part of their uniform. In my bad picture, you might be able to see the blue leggings that this unit used.

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    Leaving the port:


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    Curt got one of the last “sleeper chairs”. The next morning, he said they weren’t that good. I wasn’t sure if he was just trying to not make me feel as bad. I was still wet from the torrential downpour that we drove through, and wound up spending most of the night sleeping on the floor with my boot for a pillow. That was more comfortable than the regular chairs and a system used by many of the people I saw on the boat.


    While lining up for the elevator in the morning, we saw the two ladies again. They looked well rested. Found out they had planned well ahead and had one of the sleeper rooms with beds.



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  14. tmills

    tmills Been here awhile

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    Did she treat you to partridgeberry jam?

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    Or Bakeapple jam? Hint...there were no apples and it was orange.
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  16. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    I saw them but didn't try them. I imagine they were all very good.

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  17. 55Chevy

    55Chevy Translab Solo Trip Jul 16

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    you can pick up a Government Sat phone for 911 calls only in Lab City and turn it in on the other end. Free, a copy of your credit card, if you don't return it, it will cost you. I did this same trip (solo) in 16, awesome doesn't beging to describe it.
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  18. Robnoxious

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    Great write up. For some reason I feel I saw a lot of the same things lol. It was a great trip and I had fun looking for those damn stickers. Lol


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  19. 55Chevy

    55Chevy Translab Solo Trip Jul 16

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    My profile pic was taken on the Trans Lab. Met up with three older fellows from Indiana and rode with them for the day. Was kind of funny. saw the bikes at a coffee shop so I pulled in and asked what direction they were headed, East was the reply so I asked if they minded if I tagged along? They asked what king of rider I was, I said intermediate and if I fell behind just keep going as I was running solo anyways. If I see a photo op I would stop and if I caught up that would be great, if not, enjoy your trip. Well I would stop and take a picture now and then and would see dust off in the distance and a while later be back with them. Later at a break the one guy said "I thought you said you were and intermediate rider, I said I am, he said I would be gone for 20 minutes or more and then scare the crap out of him as I was next to him again. My reply was I'm on a 650 and your on a 1200 GS, If I said I was good and you left me in the dust you all would have had a good laugh at my expense, HA HA.
    Don't laugh when You see guys on the Wee Stroms, they are great little bikes. I only hope the new R1200GSA is as dependable.
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  20. Robnoxious

    Robnoxious Adventurer

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    I’m on the KTM 1290SA great bike lots of power but had to do some things to make mine reliable as well. I ran into a old friend on my trip and I met with another inmate Jackoamerica. We all had a great time was a blast. Only bad stretch of road was right after Manic 5. It rained for days and the road was a soupy mess but we made it just fine


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