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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by sakurama, Aug 1, 2009.
wait till they get in labrador! they think its bad here...ha ha!
Geoff's pics are in this thread:
I love it when paths cross!
its awsome....I have a little gift for them as well....nothing big but a little token of newfoundland. ha ha...good stuff that is "distilled" here..he he
any newfies or people who have been here for one of our famous screech in sessions will know what im talkin about...
Geoff the local NL guy here, checking in on you. I finally found your thread...
It was good to meet you all in Argentia. I'm glad you enjoyed the first section of the trail that I got you started on, and I hope that nasty wash-out I warned you about didn't give the big bikes too much trouble.
Here's some shots I took of you, and a short clip of you riding your first few hundred feet of off road in Newfoundland...
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Here's a couple of shots of that wash-out you had to deal with, soon after you hit the trail, so people on here can better see what you were dealing with. These were taken just last week, so the conditions would have been the same as when you passed through there.
This is great, I'm in.
Never thought of passenger and rider both standing in whoops...
My first thought, as I watched them ride off down the trail, was that those passengers have done this before.
I'm Geoff's friend that you met on the ferry to Nfld.
Great RR so far. Hope the TransLab treats you right.
I'll be following your RR whenever I can get internet access as I'm on the road for the next two weeks without a computer.
This is an awesome RR!
After living and working on the Cabot Trail for two years, its nice to see some familiar places! Enjoy Newfoundland and Labrador! If you meet a guy on an '07 Triumph Tiger in that Yellow color and don't understand him...that would be my buddy Rod..enroute from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Clarenville... Tell him Craig says "Hi!"
If you dont call me before you leave twillingate, there is a severe thunderstorm warning comeing up for us. its heading right towards us...if you have time, might want to stay put for a day....
hopfully I will talk to you this morning!
Okay - day 7 and it's getting better every day.
Steve Adams, aka Kojack, had suggested we check out Twillingate and since it was always my intention to let some of the trip have no plan and let things just happen as they will we gladly ditched our route and headed up to Twillingate.
Before we did though we got on the rail trail again in Terra Nova. I was getting out my gear to shoot a cool bridge and when I turned around I was all alone. I looked around and saw the whole crew neck deep in raspberry bushes. They were ripe and sweet and made for a great break - this sort of thing just doesn't happen when you ride a Gold Wing.
While this section of the trail was certainly less technical it was actually FAR harder as it was a narrow double track with an 8" high crushed rock center and edges so if the bike wandered more than an inch or two it started to weave and the front would start to tuck so the trick was to keep the speed up around 35 or so and not let the wheel out of the track. At one point a black fly flew into my eye and I took my left hand off to wipe it and instantly the bike started to tuck and I grabbed it again - that black fly stayed in my eye for about 10 miles.
After about an hour we found another gear and some more confidence and edged up to about 40-45mph and let the bars wander. We did the whole thing all standing and even caught and passed a pair of quads. The racer in me can't let go when I see game ahead of me and as soon as I saw the dust I put my head down until we passed them. Good fun.
While neither of us have gone down Gino did drop the bike while attempting to turn around for a missed turn. The deep gravel and the tall bike combined for a standing still tip over which was aided when Lauren decided to abandon ship early on the high side and used Gino for traction. After waiting a while Judiaann and I turned around to find them and it took us both to lift the HP2.
We then grabbed a quick lunch at A&W and some fuel and the stress of the several hours of gravel just wiped me out.
Since this is a lunch update I won't have time to do any video but that's okay - the still shots will tell the story. So, on the road up to Twillingate where we rode through town and out to the very end of the island by the lighthouse. We had seen a camping icon on the map but didn't see anything as we passed through the little fishing town. At the lighthouse we asked at the tourist shop where there might be camping and he told us there was a city park that they'd quit maintaining and it was free game: camp anywhere you want - there's no services but no one will bother you. Sounded perfect.
We rode into the site and looked around and then Gino and I saw a steep rutted 4x4 track going up a hill and we gunned it up. At the top we found a camp site that was the camp site to end all. On the edge of a 200 foot cliff overlooking an island and the setting sun. We ran back into town for steak and wine and headed back to make camp. As Gino and I did the he man fire thing the girls prepped the meal.
We found enough dried driftwood for a good bunch of coals and wrapped the potatoes in foil and buried them in the fire while the steaks grilled.
This was by far the best meal of the trip - t-bone steak, sautéed asparagus, baked potato, tomato salad and sauteed onions. Amazing.
After dinner I climbed up the hill to get a panorama of our site and the view we enjoyed which was nothing short of spectacular. I've camped since I was 2 years old and I've never in my life enjoyed such a perfect place. I think you'll agree:
This, we all agreed, made the whole trip worth every sacrifice we've made to get here. Gino hadn't taken a vacation in three years and declared last night more than worth the wait. After dinner we sat around the campfire toasting marshmellows, eating chocolate we got from the local fudge shop and polishing off the last of our Nova Scotia scotch. It was perfect.
So a HUGE thanks to all those who encouraged us to go to Twillingate - no icebergs but the best camping I've ever experienced by a large margin.
We just finished lunch with Steve here in Grand Falls and our gear is almost dry from the torrential rains we rode in this morning and we're off to who knows where tonight. We had planned on camping in Gros Morne but if it's wet we'll look for a motel instead.
Here's a quick clip of the rail trail:
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these people are great...i enjoyed talking with them for the time they were here...best of luck on the rest of your adventure and keep in touch guys and gals....
Fantastic report ! I'm in
I'm so in on this one. That steak made me drool...
I'm off to find dead meat.
if you need anything, please call. I will get it for you guys!
let us know when you can that you are doing well.
Glad to hear you made it to the Twillingate area. As I mentioned when I met you, you would never regret taking that little side-trip.
There are hundreds of beautiful coastal areas in Newfoundland, naturally, but the three places which alway stand out in my mind, are Gros Morne National Park, Trinity Bight, and the Twillingate and New World Islands, area.
Anyone who visits all three, will not only never forget Newfoundland, but is sure to return.
For sure, they were asking about iceburgs, i told them twillingate for sure...even though its a little late for them....they were blown away by the experience of the area.
They probably won't be able to update any more for about a week. once on the trans lab, no internet....
On your ride it may be worth your while to come into Corner Brook and the Bay of Islands great scenery. Route 450 on the South Shore is a nice ride also. There is a KTM dealership in Stephenville if you need anything specific and several other dealerships in Corner Brook. I am just outside Corner Brook if you need anything.