Two Beards, Two Beemers: A Canadian Trip Too Short

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by HBN, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    Damn HB, you don't kid around. This is a most excellent and exciting ride report. Nice to experience before my pc screen.

    I feel compelled to mention and for the benefit of others (Not that you were in any condition given your duress at the time) you'll recall there's risk to causing frame damage when trailering - strapped down firmly against sidestand or centerstand down.

    Egads! Such a dangerous place to breakdown and no where to hide. Been there and done that and cringe has I reflect upon and how it must have been for you. You handled this great!
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  2. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    HB - is that an Airhawk I spot on your bike? Whatever it is, it obviously works well for you. You've a Russell on that bike don't you?
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  3. bamagator

    bamagator Adventurer

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    HBN, you got determination and swag bro...nice recovery and balls out approach!

    Keep the story coming gents!
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  4. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Thanks for all the kind words and information. Beard will post his "Day Two" sometime soon with awesome pics for ya.

    :rofl Bike has the stock 1150GS Adventure seat on it. My remedy for any bike is the $25 Wal Mart Gel Seat Pad for a car. I let Beard borrow mine for 10 miles and he was sold. I've ridden cross country on mine with nary an issue. It is falling apart worse than my hat though. Both of them are also MIA at the moment :huh
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  5. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Paging Dr. Beard........Dr. Beard, we need you Day 2 update!? :D:ear


    You boys best not be drinking beer out in the garage! :freaky


    You've got me hooked, and now I need my fix! :deal
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  6. Antennas

    Antennas Been here awhile

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    Wow talk about trials and tribulations! Truly a great pic of Sandy Cove. It really is a beautiful spot though and picturesque. I live just minutes up the road! Too bad I didn't know you were here, I would have liked to say hello. Maybe next time. Take care.

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  7. Burtwer

    Burtwer Adventurer

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    Nothing wrong with garage beers! :1drink
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  8. Dr. Beard

    Dr. Beard Cenosillicaphobiac

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    Night 1 saw me relaxing in a warm motel, having a scotch with a Belgian ale back whilst drying my gear & having a warm shower, having no idea of the fate of my erstwhile riding partner. After sleeping in a bit I check my phone & see multiple messages from said compadre. Whoops. :shog As soon as I pick it up it he calls again. The story is very abridged: “broke down, rain, no tow truck for four hours, Bob's BMW,” and the he ends with “it was the Hall Effect Sensor you rotten bastard.” I take the last to mean that he'd been on the side of the road for the better part of the night knowing how I'd laugh at that particular part failing. We'd often joked about it being part Voodoo & one of the few things we knew we were helpless against on the side of the road. Better on 95 within shouting distance of Bob's than in Labrador... I tell him to let me know when he gets on the road and I'll find us a campsite an appropriate distance north of him on the Atlantic.

    After a quick cup'a I load the bike back up, get into my delightfully dry gear, and hit the road. The plan is to hit some of Vermont's fantastic dirt roads while waiting to hear that Mike was back on the road and then hightail it East. I stopped in a parking lot to switch gloves and had a laugh at this:

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    I carve up a good section of VT9 that is beautifully deserted at this time of the morning and an absolute dream. The I turn left up a dirt road and head towards Somerset Reservoir in the Green Mountain Nat'l Forest. Without a doubt some of the fastest dirt roads I've ever been on; not so much as a divot for almost the entire 8 or 10mi to the reservoir. :pynd I had breakfast with a view:

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    And then headed back down the mountain.

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    And I come upon a killer old damn & a huge wooden water pipe. It was about 10ft in diameter AND MADE OF WOOD. I'd just never seen one like it before.

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    After that I sat in traffic through several towns (Saturday afternoon at the end of summer) and stopped for what would have been one of the best pulled pork sandwiches I've ever had if I hadn't had to wait over 40min to get the damned thing. Then all it tasted like was frustration & bitterness. But it was still pretty good. Somewhere around then I heard from Mike that he was back on the road. At least that's what I gleaned from the garbled message I got that sounded like someone screaming for joy in their helmet with a mouthful of granola bar.

    A little more dirt before I bust east:

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    And then I ran Rt7 East for the rest of the day. No good pics, just lots of small towns, rivers, and beautiful roads being ruined by packs of Harleys going under the limit. Now that I say it outloud, I have no idea why there are no pics. It was beautiful and I wasn't in a hurry. But I was damned well enjoying myself. :deal

    I got to our appointed meet up in Salisbury Beach MA an hour or so ahead of Mike as planned. I bought some beer & chocolate and headed to our water-front campsite. Only to find that it was full. :baldy No matter; I'd passed several others on the way in and I was sure that Mike wasn't going to be too picky about where we slept after his ordeal. The next one I stopped at had 2 open campsites & I rode out to look at them. It was the eeriest sensation of the whole trip rolling through this camp ground. A dirty veil of thick smoke lay over everything and all the sites were right on top of each other. It immediately reminded me of the refugee camps you see in sci-fi movies after the aliens have blown up all the major cities and only the weirdos with RVs got out in time. I'm pretty sure I even heard some small arms fire in the distance through the haze. I hightailed it out of there about 25min later; the damned place was a maze of criss-crossing roads with similar names & no less than three “Main St's”.

    :becca

    I was starting to get worried about finding a decent spot, but the next place was perfect. Great staff, clean facilities, and friendly neighbors. I radioed the coordinates to Goose and he got there just as I finished setting up my tent. I handed him a beer, slapped him on the back, and got down to cooking some dinner.


    Coming up: Day 3! I actually start taking pictures!!
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  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    well Mike, ya got one thing fixed, good thing you're young and handsome in the Mr. Yukon Cornelius disguise.
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  10. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    The soft sounds of birds chirping and the wind in the trees woke me up just as the sun was rising over the horizon. Ahhh I slept like the dead and felt rejuvenated enough to get some serious miles in. We didn't really do anything serious but we sure had fun!

    My first ritual in the morning starts by letting the air out of my mattress while laying on it. A minute later, I no longer have the urge to keep laying there on the hard lumpy ground. Next I stuff the sleeping bag then roll up my mattress, pack all my clothes and have two neat little bags to stuff into my panniers. Done!

    Then Beard wakes up...

    And eventually we're off!
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    Crusing North on some highway before dipping onto some side roads in Maine
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    Riding on Rt.9 to Calais, ME / St. Stephens, New Brunswick, we spotted many blueberry patches, outdoor canoe guided tours and pine trees. Lots of pine trees.

    Eventually we pulled in to Calais and had a quick Subway sandwich and fuel up before making our way to the border crossing. This is my first border crossing on a motorcycle and it went swimmingly. Presently, I cannot wait for some obscure crossing in Asia or South America on a future adventure. I'm sure then I'll wish I was crossing this smooth bribe free zone.
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    Now you may be wondering how in the hell they'd let a dude like Beard into their beautiful country?!?!

    He looks the part :deal
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    GROUP SHOT! (courtesy of a late model Taurus)
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    After meandering through St. Stephens and becoming giddy at the sight of Tim Horton's (TH, Horton's, Tim's, TimmyHo's) we started slabbing it to our ferry. Why? We had hours to be on it but you never know what might catch your eye on the way.
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    The moose fencing lined the highway for about half the trip to St. John. I have some better pics of it later in the RR so sit tight. I know...moose fencing is exciting stuff!
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    We arrived at the ferry and picked up our tickets from the young girls in the indoor booth. Two bearded guys, two young ladies = wonderful. Add one matronly supervisor = go back outside
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    And meet the fellow motorcyclists boading the ferry. She was from PEI and welcomed us to visit and stay at her place outside Charlottetown where she had pet dogs, cats and a raven.
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    DUDE STOLE MY SUIT!!!!
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    All loaded up on our first ferry of the trip. The car deck reeked of bilge water, bacterial drainage, dripping seafood trailers and death. Leaving our gear down there was a mistake we'd smell for days.
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    Some assorted ship shape shots!
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    Drrrrr let's go there
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    The ship eventually set course for Digby and the sun set to the stern illuminating this hill with the lighthouse
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    The sun set and the ship was dark. I snapped a few shots with my iphone while smoking my pipe and exploring.
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    When we finally arrived in Sandy Cove near midnight, my uncle had one of these waiting for both of us. I really missed Alexander Keith's but after a sip, realized how my pallet had changed and this was much lighter and less hoppy than I recalled.
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    Nova Scotia success deserves some nips of bourbon.
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    The view out my window as I fell asleep. My great great grandfather brought back the seed for this copper beach tree nearly 100 years ago and planted it in the yard. Today it is nearly 15-20 ft in circumference and still the only one in Sandy Cove.
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    I drifted to sleep with the window open, the sound of the wind in the pines and the creaks of an old seaside home. Yup...that'll do for the end of the day. I think this trip is getting back on course. :evil
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  11. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Thanks for the updates boys; there's nothing better to start of the day than a cup of joe and a good ride report! :thumb


    Oh, there's nothing wrong with garage beers, just wish I had a little more free time to be able to join them! :deal
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  12. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Cool HBN .. What did the ferry charge .. If I can ask??? :norton
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  13. Kawikazi

    Kawikazi Missing the KLR

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    Did you happen to ask the Border Patrol officer if there would have been anyway they would have let you in the country without your passport. Years ago all you needed was a drivers license. I seem to remember a canadian border crossing in Denis's "Key West to Deadhorse" RR where there was no border patrol. You could have taken the long way around. :lol3
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  14. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Oh which one!? I wound up on 9 ferries or more the whole trip.

    The St. John to Digby ferry was $94 round trip
    The ferry to Newfoundland was about $190 round trip.

    Most of the other ferries were much less expensive.
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  15. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    OK wow x2 that can really add up :eek1

    Thanks HBN.. :smooch


    We had to show our PP back in 08 when we crossed Can...
    They are very nice going in...
    But coming back into the USA ,They need to take more happy pills.. They were real brownspots!!!!
    For sure....
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  16. ecubed

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    My friend was visiting Virgina this week from Halifax and he said that you CAN get into Canada without a passport but you CANNOT get into the US without. Don't know if this is fact or fiction.
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  17. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    :*sip* Got me!! Exciting trip already.

    What's next? :wink:
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  18. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    I recall being told this at the Vermont border several years ago. The Americans were much less congenial than the Canadians I recall as well.
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  19. Elkhound

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    I crossed over to Canada from North Dakota in '09 more or less by mistake. Coming back was in fact a little tricky.

    I'd definitely not recommend that anyone "leave home without it"

    Great recovery in getting the trip back on track HBN :clap
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  20. now it's just Al

    now it's just Al Long timer

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    HBN & Dr Beard, Thanks for sharing.

    Next trip thru Maine stop at an Amato's [​IMG]

    They're almost as common as Subway's up theyah, but oh so much bettah!
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