Down & out in Port aux Basques...

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  1. gpothoven

    gpothoven whatever

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    So I'm here in PaB, kinda scewed. I'm on a ride up north america and down to south america. No job, no car, no house. Crashed in Nova Scotia a few days ago and thought I was ok, but the pain and swelling in my leg just got too bad. Had to park it here and go to the hospital. So I'm in a motel room on crutches, bike is ok, but cant ride. I might have to stay off the bike for a week to 10 days, maybe more. Not sure what I'll do, but any and all help/suggestions will be appreciated.
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  2. vegasphotog

    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    Sounds to me that heading back to the garage and rescheduling your trip is the prudent thing to do...sometimes those slammed doors happen for a reason...imho
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  3. gpothoven

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    Yeah, and I would, if there was a garage to go back to. I left on a year long trip a month ago, and I sold my house, dont have a place. I'm weighing options now, but I guess my choices would be to stay here, or find storage for the bike and go to a friends house somewhere, or i I find one, maybe renting a truck or van and driving somewhere to recoup. Too recent still so I'll see.
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  4. Coolhand

    Coolhand Puck slapping maplesucker

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    A week to 10 days is not to bad. Theres stuff there to do and see....Perhaps not 10 days worth, but if you can rent a car for a few days you can mess aorund the area, take a trip to rose blanche, pick around the valley area. My experience with pab is little more than arriving for the ferry, so i cant say much more than that.
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  5. gpothoven

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    Any suggestions on how I might get the bike to St. Johns from PaB? I am looking into one way rental of truck or van but no luck yet. Also, will need to find someone to load it for me as I am :kurt useless.
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  6. Coolhand

    Coolhand Puck slapping maplesucker

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    this is the Uhaul outlet for port aux basque. site lists them as having trucks and trailers. not sure if they have small trucks, or house movers.



    C&C ENTERPRISES INC
    (709)695-3324
    25 GRAND BAY WEST ROAD
    PORT-AUX-BASQUES , NL A0M1C0
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  7. gpothoven

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    Will ring em in the morning. Cabin fever is making me miss the obvious. Thanks.
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  8. TREE

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    Here's a thought for what it's worth. If you can, go down to the ferry terminal and talk to some truckers waiting in line to go west. They may know someone who is coming east to St John's and have room for your bike in their 18 wheeler. It's a long shot but stranger things have happened to me on the Rock.

    These guys talk to their buddies and you would be surprised how much info they have. If you go to the terminal bldg in a taxi you can walk ( sorry, crutch ) out to the truck line and lots of guys will talk with you. Leave them your motel number or cell phone, cause someone may come up with a solution.

    ( I've been on crutches so I know what you're dealing with. ) :huh
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  9. Coolhand

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    ide bring the thing across the island myself, but im wheelless, coinless, etc....im posting everywhere in Nl trying to find a solution other than uhaul.
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  10. Coolhand

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    give these guys a call and see if they can help.



    newfoundland shippers inc.
    they list as going from newfoundland to ontario monthly, but you might be able to hook up with them heading back across the island.

    709-643-4279
    1-800-345-4279



    Akita movers and storage.
    listed as going from nl to ab and all points in between based on weight and destination. vehicle transportation available, door to door service.
    709-364-8908
    1-866-774-8908
    [email protected]



    GJ's moving - to and from newfoundland and ontario
    we move furnature, quads, skidoos. (they should have no prob with bike)
    1-877-648-2440


    five star moving inc.
    local and long distance moves.
    http://www.atyp.com/fivestarmoving/
    709-834-0070
    866-834-0070



    you should be able to hook up with one of those on a return trip across the island.

    Tree has a good idea with the truckers also....stranger things have been thrown on someones truck just off the ferry than a bike.
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  11. gpothoven

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    Hey Coolhand, thanks for the efforts. Called Uhaul this am and all they have is very large trucks. Went to hospital after that. Doc removed cast, inspected and re-cast. Says if I keep still another week I'll be ok, so I think I'll tough it out here, and ride on in about 10 days. It's tough to sit still, but apparently it's gonna be the quickest way to recovery. Hope you'll have the time to meet and allow me to buy you a beer when I get going.:freaky

    Again, thanks for your efforts and will keep the info you've provided in mind if things change. I think I'd rather see your "Rock" on two wheels anyway!!
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  12. Coolhand

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    No problem buddy, sit still and heal up.

    The weather for the next week is looking bad anyway.
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  13. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    hhmm,
    -learn a new language? spanish? plan route? expand liver? surf porn? be a pain in the ass to the locals?

    one thing learn about your injury, read up on it, as you may have trouble with it on the road and know best way to heal.

    Best of luck, you'll laugh at this later.......maybe
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  14. TREE

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    Hey, Gpot, how you doing ? Good plan to rest up and ride when the foot works better, Nfld is a great place to explore.
    Weather here has been the pits, hopefully July will improve as it often does.
    Been working, finished last night. Will be around more now on ADV.
    cheers.
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  15. gpothoven

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    Still here... still not walking. Figured the less I do the faster I'll heal. That's the hope anyway. Still in some pain when I bring the leg down for long periods of time, so mostly laying around with leg up. Been about 11 days since injury, and 9 since i've been resting, so I figure another week should do it. That is if I dont go insane first. We'll see.
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  16. Steverino

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    Hate it for you dude! I am also crutching it right now and even in my own house everyday functions are a PITA. I can only imagine how tough it must be in an area where you know no one and are unable to get around. Take it easy, you will be on the road soon! :thumb
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  17. gpothoven

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    Thanks, best wishes for your recovery too. To be very honest, it's probably been best. Having no options to do or go anywhere has kept my ass pretty still, which wouldn't have been the case otherwise. I know myself and if I'd been home or somewhere with stuff to do I would not have rested as much. Heal quick and we'll see you on the road!!
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  18. Steverino

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    Yeah see ya on the road soon, very soon for both of us I hope. :deal
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  19. gpothoven

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    By the way. what did you injure? I busted my left ankle, nothing broken, just some pretty twisted and stretched ligaments. Was wearing a BMW Santiago boot. Pretty good boot, but a bit flexible. Thinking I might need to go to a stiffer boot, just for protection for the weakened ankle now. Any thoughts/suggestions? If it's ankle you messed up, are you thinking of any brace or other boot?

    Thanks.

    G
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  20. Steverino

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    YEah I broke the lateral maleolous on my left ankle. Have a plate and screws in it now.

    I am definetly going for the sitffest most protective boot I can find. I was wearing leather work boots and they did me no good.

    I am even thinking about a stiff MX boot to provide support. :deal
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