1 year, 2 KLRs, and a whole lot of open road...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by job3-14, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    This morning we were woken up by the sound of children outside of our tent; must be mid-morning judging by the buildup of heat inside. We popped our heads outside and noticed two little girls sitting beside a box, each one of them eating an apple. We introduced ourselves and told them where we’re from, but they were more interested in the mysterious box they were guarding. We inquired what was inside and they revealed it was a box full of apples like the ones you see at the grocery store. I guess somebody must have left it behind from a previous gathering or family picnic here in the park. We examined the apples carefully to make sure they were alright to eat and they were. Just as they were about to take their treasure to their secret hiding place, they realized the box was too heavy for them to carry and offered us to take some. We ended up taking 2 bags of apples, which made the box manageable for the girls to carry. They were very friendly and well spoken.
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    We continued riding east along the Trans Canada Highway 1 and stopped at a gas station to top off on fuel and met the owner who also managed the restaurant next door. He was a jolly fellow and was playing songs native to Newfoundland on his accordion for his customers. Once again, people naturally inquire about where we’re from by the way our bikes are loaded up and the next thing we know, the owner gave us directions to a place where we can camp for free in King’s Point. One of the attractions here in King’s Point is the Humpback Whale Pavilion.
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    We looked around and eventually found a gazebo to camp in. We’re probably not supposed to do this, but if we leave early enough and tidy up; who’s going to know?
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    We had vegetable soup and chopped carrots for supper…
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    ..then gazed out into the open waters hoping to spot a humpback or an iceberg. I doubt we’ll be seeing any icebergs; they’re long gone at this time of year.
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    134 km
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    Friendly encounters.​

    Cache of apples discovered. ​

    Song of the humpback.​
  2. ddavidv

    ddavidv The reason we can't have nice things

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  3. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    August 30th- September 1st, 2010 pt.1

    We had an early start this morning and rode into Grand Falls-Windsor and decided to have lunch at a Chinese restaurant that caught our eye. They were advertising their lunch special for $3.99, which ended up being fried rice, mixed vegetables, sweet and sour pork, and chicken balls; the pride of Chinese cuisine. After devouring our exotic meal imported from the faraway lands of the orient, we were cruising around town when all of a sudden the unthinkable happens; my clutch cable snaps&#8230;again. Seems pretty odd that it took 4 years before the original stock cable gave out back in Grand Canyon and less than 1 for the Motion Pro cable that replaced it.

    This was the exact spot where the cable snapped and it didn&#8217;t take long for help to arrive. You hear all these stories of how friendly people are in Newfoundland and it&#8217;s true; they really are.
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    The man that came to our rescue was none other than the fire chief himself, Vince Mackenzie. Vince went above and beyond the call of duty to help us travelers who aren&#8217;t even from Newfoundland and judging by the way we look; some may consider &#8220;undesirables&#8221;. We followed him to the fire hall, which was down the street from where we were and he took us in his SUV to all the dealerships in town to see if they had a replacement cable. The Kawasaki dealership had none in stock, but can have shipped here in 2 days. Then we went to a Yamaha dealership and they had one that might do the trick.
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    The cable didn&#8217;t fit. We ended up going back to the Kawasaki dealership and placed an order. We now have a couple of days to burn and down one bike.
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    Vince suggested that we keep the bike here at the fire hall until the cable comes in and that we stay at the training facility on the outskirts of town. Wow! That would be so cool! We didn&#8217;t want to inconvenience Vince and suggested we could find some place to camp, but he reassured us that it would be fine. Vince rides a motorcycle as well.
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    The training facility. The building in the center is the barracks and classroom and the building to the right is where they get in and out of their gear. It worked out really well because this will give me the time to fully recover from my sickness.
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    This is where they torch the place and conduct their training
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    Amanda striking the universal pose of being lit on fire
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    Going up the rappelling tower
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    A view from above. The cars are used to conduct their Jaws of Life training and getting people out or simply torching it and putting the fire out.
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    Enjoying the sunset from an unusual vantage point
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    Cooking up a storm on a hot plate
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    Macaroni & cheese with diced hot dogs; a classic
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    Fresh fruit to aid in recovery
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    110 km
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    Cable ran its course.​

    Fireman to the rescue!​

    Arson&#8217;s paradise.​
  4. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    August 30th – September 1st, 2010 pt.2

    The next morning was plagued with wet weather so we decided to stay in, catch up on the ride report, and watched a few movies on the laptop.
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    The following day was fine and we rode out on Amanda’s bike and met up with Vince for lunch at the local mom & pop restaurant. We had seafood soup…
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    …with sandwiches.
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    Vince got a call from the Kawasaki dealership telling him the cable was in so we headed over there to pick it up
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    Not only does the stock cable last longer than the aftermarket brands, they’re much cheaper too.
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    How cool is this? We took a tour of the town in the fire truck!
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    Vince was driving of course.
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    So far on this trip we’ve been in an airplane, boat, submarine, helicopter, and now a fire truck. I won’t be surprised if the next vehicle we ride in ends up being a tank; my expectations have been blown away long ago.
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    Clutch cable replaced.​

    Rainy days are lazy days.​

    Water gun on wheels.​
  5. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    You guys seem to ROCK.

    Like most posts of more than 3 pages, I jumped to the last page and started reading and looking at the maps and pics. Great trip. I now have to go to page 1 and get the whole thing.

    Note to self:

    Order spare clutch cable, hide in tool kit, just in case.
  6. LFD Kansas

    LFD Kansas Been here awhile

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    Be prepared to spend hours. This ride report is hard to close.
    I would love to do a trip like this.
  7. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    August 30th – September 1st, 2010 pt.3

    After our tour of Grand Falls-Windsor in the fire engine, Vince came by later that afternoon on his Honda and took us to see some sights near town
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    Enjoying the view at Bishop’s Falls
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    The port of Botwood became a highly militarized Canadian coastal defense base during WWII
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    Vince let me take his bike for a spin
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    Only fitting to let Vince try mine
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    We stopped at the WWII gun battery at Phillips Head
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    The gun battery was built to defend the airbase from attack
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    Two 4.7 inch guns that had muzzles about 10 feet long were intended to prevent enemy naval vessels from entering the port. The shells alone weighed 149 lbs.
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    There’s a 700 foot underground passage that connected 11 rooms filled with ammunition, secret documents and supplies
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    2 hidden escape passages were also installed
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    Amanda’s turn to ride Vince’s bike
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    It started to get fairly cool at night so we stopped at Tim Horton’s to warm up
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    We went to the local pizza shop for supper…
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    …and ordered a Canadian, which is simply substituting pepperoni for Canadian bacon
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    The extended tour.

    Relics of costal defense.

    Mighty fine pizza.
  8. goodolguzzi

    goodolguzzi Guzzen around the hood

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    :clap Absofreakinlutely wickedawesome...you folks :super
  9. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    September 2nd-3rd, 2010 pt.1

    With the clutch cable replaced, we were back on the road. We thanked Vince for all his help and headed for the provincial capital; St John’s. Vince invited us to drop by on our way back for a proper Newfoundlander meal at his place; fish & brewis.
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    Quick stop at the Terra Nova National Park Visitor’s Centre
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    We came across a couple of dual sport riders at a gas station who were looking for an axel wrench in a size we didn’t have. We did however spot a police cruiser who might be of some help. One of the riders ended up being ADV inmate skibum69; host of the annual Skibum Soiree which was taking place tomorrow near Grates Point. We were invited to drop by if we were heading up that way. The police officer ended up having the right tool they needed.

    The following pictures were taken the next day because it started to rain heavily when we entered the city limits. Cold and soaked to the bone, we were in desperate need for something that will help lift our spirits. We found exactly what the doctor ordered; buffet.
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    Being so close to the ocean, it would be foolish not to favor the fresh seafood. Reminds me of when we first arrived in Anchorage, Alaska.
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    Yep, our spirits were lifted…for now at least. It was here when we found out that our camera had gotten wet while we were riding in the rain and had stopped working. We’ll give it some time to dry out before we attempt to turn it on again.
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    Although we were satisfied with our meal, we now have to find a place to camp which can be tricky in the city. We had the cloak of night to help us out, but we weren’t keen on setting up in wet conditions. Checking into a motel is not an option at this point after refraining from doing so for the past 11 months; we’re just going to do what we have to do to make it through the night. We rode around town looking for suitable places and came across a construction yard with an open field. There was a large garage on the site and an elderly man came out to greet us. We told him what we’re all about and asked if it was ok for us to pitch a tent out on the field. We sensed that the old man was having a hard time making a decision. On one hand he wasn’t sure if it would be safe and on the other he didn’t want us stranded out in the rain. We made it easy for him by telling him it’s not a problem and thanked him for his time and that we’ll be on our way, but he insisted for us to wait until he could think of a solution. Eventually he came up with an idea and put us up in the company SUV. What are the chances of this happening in a larger city?
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    This gives our gear a chance to dry out…
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    …and saves us from packing up a wet tent.
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    The next day we rode around town and saw the jelly bean houses of St. John’s…
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    …and reached the most easterly point in North America…
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    …also known as Cape Spear
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    We lucked out by having great weather…
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    …which gave us the opportunity to take a few nice pics
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    We were hoping to see icebergs, but we’ll have to wait till next time.
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    Another monumental moment in the books
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    429 km
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    Refuge in a truck.

    On the spot invitation.

    The final corner.
  10. Ranger Red

    Ranger Red Team Green

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    So ya, its farily cool to drop down from canada and cruise thru the states. Alaska always good to see, nice to hang out in the pacific for a bit......but to ride threw home, skip haning out for the long run, and make it to the ATLANTIC!!!!! NEWFOUNDLAND!!!!! Are you kidden me, these are places we rarley see.....good to see the sun hasent set yet!!!! Good on ya, and remmeber to keep it rubber side down, and warm side in. :beer
  11. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    Better yet, route it where it goes along side the other one, that way, when it breaks, you don't have to pull the tank, just unhook the old one, hook up the new one, adjust, and go. And yes, this RR is cool, I am more than a little jealous.
  12. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the kind words and the tip!


    September 2nd-3rd, 2010 pt.2

    We’ve decided to head over to the Skibum Soiree and went to get directions at the library. After 145 km and a quick bite at a grocery store along the way, we were there.
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    Dual sport riders from all over congregate here on “The Rock” to ride the trails and enjoy an evening or two with like minded people. First class accommodations were provided; a lush flat patch of grass in the apple orchard. This is the 2nd Annual Soiree skibum69 has hosted.
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    When it came down to the machines, all the major players were in attendance. We met ADV inmate MZcountryboy from Vermont who came with his friend on a BMW GS with a sidecar attached to it. MZcountryboy had broken his wrist recently in a motorcycle accident and had to ride in the sidecar while his friend navigates the GS. What a trooper. MZcountrboy invited us over to his place if we ever pass through Vermont on our way back home.
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    Skibum69’s ride takes the prize for best in show in my humble opinion; a heavily modified KTM. I believe he was planning on using it for either the Baja 1000 or the Dakar Rally.
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    Skibum69 has ridden in a few enduro races including one in Mongolia
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    Good times were had by all in the man cave
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    145 km
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    A weekend of fun.

    Not a rally, a soiree.

    Dual sport bike heaven.
  13. goodolguzzi

    goodolguzzi Guzzen around the hood

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    Glad you folks made your way to hang out with a buncha dirtyhellbillies :freaky

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    It's was an honor to meet ya both...wickedgood report, thanks for making the time :thumb:thumb
  14. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    Two cameras - one moment in time..........

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    great report, thanks for the honorable mention, but I never would have made it there, had it not been for my driver and the Specatcle du Merde. Great to meet up with you two while you're on the trip of a lifetime.
  15. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    No problem! Thanks for tuning in and it was very nice meeting you too! Great pics! Thanks for posting!

    Not a problem MZcountryboy. You're gonna get another mention real soon...


    September 4th, 2010

    Despite the slight hangover, we still managed to wake up at a reasonable hour to make the most out of the day. Today we ride what is known to Newfoundlanders as the Trinity Loop; a scenic route that involves riding through quaint little villages, along the coast, and the beautiful Bonavista Lighthouse.

    “What part of Newfoundland are you from? Get the f*@k outta here! I’m from Spread Eagle, Wisconsin!”
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    We pulled over onto a side road to get fuel and noticed the local volunteer fire hall was having a fundraiser by selling hotdogs. I guess now would be a good time to have lunch.
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    A basket of blueberries and raspberries for a dollar each; hard to say no.
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    Well we didn’t quite make it to Bonavista, but at least it will give us ample time to explore tomorrow morning. It started to get windy late afternoon so it was probably wise for us to quit while we’re still ahead.
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    We managed to find a patch of grass on a side road that led to a trail. When we realized that the trail became too narrow for us to maneuver, we turned back and camped at the opening.
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    253 km
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    Butt end of the joke.

    Enjoying fruits of the land.

    Beyond single track.
  16. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    September 5th, 2010

    This morning we rode at a leisurely pace to Bonavista. Besides stopping for fuel in town, most of our time was spent at the lighthouse.
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    Bonavista Lighthouse was built in 1842 and is now a provincial historic site
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    Partaking in a little rock climbing to get a better view. Was it worth it?
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    Yeah, it was worth it. So beautiful.
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    The seemingly never ending Atlantic Ocean. Who in their right mind would ever dream of navigating a ship through this? It’s a suicide mission if you ask me. Our little 1 year adventure is nothing compared to the explorers of the past.
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    Travelers from around the globe leaving their mark by constructing an Inuksuk
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    The word Inuksuk means “something which acts for or performs the function of a person”. It is a stone landmark or cairn used by the Inuit as a point of reference or marker for travel routes
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    Getting a closer look at a fishing boat
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    Leaving Bonavista
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    En route to Twillingate
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    We stopped in Gander at the local grocery store for dinner and bought McCain’s Deep & Delicious Cake to commemorate Job’s accomplishments as it approaches its 100,000 kilometer marker
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    C’mon Amanda! Use muscle!
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    We managed to find a nook to set up camp off of highway 330 not too far from Gander. Time for dessert!
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    293 km
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    Built on open plain.

    John Cabot, the explorer.

    O Buon Vista!
  17. onmttop

    onmttop Adventurer

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    Great job guys!! Thanks for sharing your excellent adv.

    Safe travels, Ed
  18. job3-14

    job3-14 Been here awhile

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    September 6th, 2010

    This morning we headed north along highway 340 to the town of Twillingate
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    Historically, Twillingate used to be a prominent fishing community and is one of the oldest ports on the island. With the decline of the fishing industry, the town’s economy relies more on tourism
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    Long Point Lighthouse; many visitors come here to see icebergs and whales
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    We met a few friends of Amanda’s grandparents by chance who were touring the island from Strathroy, Ontario
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    Drum roll please…
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    …Happy 100,000th Job!
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    Later that afternoon, we took up Vince’s offer of having us over at his place for a traditional Newfoundlander’s meal back in Grand Falls-Windsor. We met Vince’s wife Paula and their daughter Chelsea. Other guests were invited too; we met Gail, a co-worker of Paula’s. She’s a firecracker and loves to go out snowmobiling in the winter. We also met Sarah from Germany who is an intern at the local hospital. She invited us to spend the night at her apartment which was walking distance from Vince’s house. She’ll finish her internship in a couple of weeks and there’s a possibility we might meet up with her in Montreal.

    Tonight’s menu includes brewis; hard bread that has been soaked in water overnight
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    Dried cod
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    Pan fried cod
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    Scrunchions; salted pork fat cut into tiny pieces and fried. It’ll make your heart stop…literally.
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    Drawn butter
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    Ribs
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    Taters
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    Put’em all together and voila, traditional Newfoundland meal is served. Yum!
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    A good ol’ time was had by all. Thanks Vince.
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    243 km
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    Iceberg Capital.

    An islander’s hearty meal.

    Happy birthday Job!
  19. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Congratulations on the new bike! :D
  20. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    Couldn't the dealer have at least knocked the dust off from storage or something? :lol3