Newfoundland and Labrador from ND

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  1. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Very nice. Any recommendations for hiking? I don’t have my big backpack so can’t really overnight backpack, but don’t mind doing up to 20 mile day hikes.
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  2. motobiko

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    Day 5 7/18/19

    I camped by the Rupert river off the James bay highway. There’s a bunch of rest stops along the way with picnic tables and outhouses. There was a lot of moisture in the morning so I had to put away the tent with dew along over it since it was cloudy and calm when I left.
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    Originally I was just going to go up the James bay highway 20 miles then turn east and do the route du nord down to Chaumagau, but Pat talked me into goin yup north to see the dams. The tour started at 1pm that day. I had about 237 miles to go to get to Radisson. Fortunately the highway was pretty good, so I drove 70-75mph most of the way. Stopped at km post 381 for fuel quick then hit the road.
    Got to radisson about 1140. They had some cool signs in town.
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    The tour didn’t start until 1pm and was in French. I could have waited until the next day to go to the English one but didn’t want to wait around that long. The guy at the desk at Hydro Quebec said I could ask questions in English if I wanted to during the tour so I decided to go for it.
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    They made a huge earth dam to hold all the water. I had no idea these were up here. 99% of Quebec’s electricity is hydro. It’s like 6 cents a kw hour to produce. At this dam there were 16 350MW turbines spinning away. Total there is 37,000 mw of hydro generating potential in Quebec if my interpretation of the French presentation was correct. We couldn’t take pics of the underground part, but it was worth the time to go see.
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  3. GravelRider

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    There's a short trail, maybe thirty minute hike, to an American reconnaissance flight that wrecked in Newfoundland in the eighties. It's a cool trail and a piece of history.

    Here's a link
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    And my Newfoundland ride report in my sig has some pictures of it too. Definitely worth it.
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  4. motobiko

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    Later that day I went to Chisisabi. It was like 50 miles or so off the James bay highway. All paved. Drove out past town 6 miles to the beach. Went out in the water a little bit. I’ve heard the water is Nunavut, so that means I drove to the last territory? Get the full tour in I guess. According to maps.me app I was In Nunavut.
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    Went back to town had some wingsand got somebody groceries and hit the road. Camped along the James bay highway. 442 miles today.
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  5. Hakatan

    Hakatan quality > quantity

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    I am traveling this weekend and checking ADV on my phone. I’ll try to send you a PM tonight with trail info. My day hikes were all fairly short - I think the longest was 3 hours r/t.
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  6. damurph

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    The RB36 Bomber near Burgoynes cove is 30 minutes uphill. It crashed in 1953 IIRC.
    The Gros Morne hike sounds about your length but the Tablelands and Green Gardens are quite good as well I hear.
    Then comes the East Coast Trail which you can take small segments or big chunks. Google is your friend on this.
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  7. Jayell

    Jayell Been here awhile

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    I took this ferry last summer. About 90 minutes, $18.00 for bike and rider. Tie downs are provided. Bacon, eggs, toast, and coffee was about $20. We were lucky and boarded without reservations, though they are recommended.
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  8. motobiko

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    Day 6 7/19/19

    I camped right off the James bay highway near a lake, which unfortunately made the bug population even more dense. Started to rain about 6am and didn’t let up. I had to pack everything up wet with bugs everywhere.
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    Stopped at km 381 for a burger and gas. Parked the bike under a big tent outside. Set my gear out to dry a bit as it was windy out at least. Rain wasn’t coming down really hard but it was persistent.
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    I went back down the James bay highway to the turnoff for Route du Nord, which is all gravel. Only town was Nemiscau, where gas was $1.81/ liter for premium. Which is like $5.06/gallon. Most expensive gas I’ve found so far this trip.
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    I went by more transformer stations along the way after Nemiscau. There were additional dams along this route, but weren’t really visible from the road. The last half of this road was really scenic.
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    Finally hit pavement again just before Chiboumagou. I stopped there to get fuel and a beer for later. Rode on another 60 miles and stopped by a lake in reserve ashuapmushaun off highway 167. Found a nice spot to camp and called a day around 1130pm.

    559 miles today.
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  9. motobiko

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  10. TRoberts

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    Note as well that there is a different vessel operating on the run this year... the old boat, the Apollo, is permanently retired.
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  11. motobiko

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    Okay thanks. I’ll check into that. I saw you were on the tent space map. You still host people?
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  12. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    I just sent a couple from Ont west and have a couple of Aussies incoming. If I am home you have a place.
    I forgot to mention the Skerwink trail.
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  13. motobiko

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    Okay cool. I’ll let you know when I’m closer. In Churchill falls now. Probably won’t be in St. John’s before Monday.
    Also, this chick I know from sturgis says hi.
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  14. motobiko

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    Day 7 7/20/19

    It was a nice spot I camped by the lake off highway 167. My stuff was a little wet from the previous day so I hung it out on the bike to dry in the morning sun. There was another couple there from Illinois in a camper. Jerry came over and talked for 20 minutes. He was super friendly and excited to see another us traveller out exploring world. He did tell me about a couple who was traveling in BC a few days before had been found dead. Warned me about the dangers of the road. I appreciated his concern, but I’ve done 24 countries, most of them solo. And 100,000+ miles around the USA and Canada solo on the bike. I’ve never had any issues with people. Not to say that there aren’t bad people out here, but there’s also a lot of good people out there. Most people I meet traveling are curious and friendly. They want to hear about your travels and where you are from and where you are going. South America was amazing. I’d do that trip again in a heartbeat. You just have to be smart about things. There are places in the states I wouldn’t want to be at 2am, the same applies to other countries.
    Jerry said I needed to be educated in the ways of the world when I Said it was unlikely someone would bust out his camper windshield at night to break in. I mean it’s possible but the chances of that happening out in the middle of nowhere are extremely low. I understand that there’s dangers in the world but I’m not going to live in fear and stay home. Too many wonderful places to see.
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    After packing up I rode down to ST Felicion and had some lunch at Tim hortons. I tried about 7 different stores and gas stations but couldn’t find any wd40. I use it to clean my chain off the oil it with pj1 blue label lube. Napa closed at noon, the dollar store didn’t have any, or the grocery stores or the gas station so I just left town.
    I crossed the river by Saguenay and got on 172 and took that down to 138. That section of 172 was really nice. I’d totally do that section again. Didn’t take any pics sadly. Found some ketchup Doritos though.
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    I got gas at Les Bergeronnes, no wd40. missed my exit and turned around to find the on-ramp blocked to to construction. Good thing I have a two wheeled vehicle capable of being pushed down the sidewalk.
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    Found some in Baie-Comeau for $13.80. Would be like $4 in the states. It was raining so I Rode up the Highway to Labrador about 40 miles and camped courtesy of hydro Quebecs communication station.
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    419 miles today.
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    Smashy Been here awhile

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    Dollarama has WD40 for $4, I see there's one in Baie Comeau.
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  16. motobiko

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    Day 8 7/21/19

    I got up around 8am went for a Jog and hung stuff up to dry as it was still a little soggy from The day before. The flies and mosquitoes were awful here. If the wind wasn’t blowing I had to run around while packing to avoid the bites.
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    I stopped in Axco, about 146 miles in for fuel. The road turned to gravel a little after this. At the Manic 5 dam the road goes up at like 18% grade on gravel. Then it doesn’t go back to pavement for 50-60 miles. The dam is pretty cool. You can do tours of it if you get there in time. I didn’t because I saw the one at Radisson.
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    DC81D560-BD3A-46B7-9347-245F66CC418A.jpeg There’s another fuel station between Axco and Fermont. I stopped there for a burger but didn’t get fuel. It was about 230 miles in between Axco and fermont. The other station was about halfway inbetween I think. I met Wayne on a bmw 1200 gs at both stations. He was going back to Wabush, right past Lab city. He worked at the mines there for Caterpillar. There were also a couple guys from Fermont on Ktm 1290 super adventures. I met them at the ghost town of Gagnon and we rode into town together. I got a flat near town. Half a staple in the rear tire. I pulled the tire off and replaced the tube and put a patch on the inside of the tire just in case. Took two pliers to get the staple out. It was imbedded pretty good. There’s 11 railroad crossings in like 30 miles. The road turns to dirt again and is really windy through here.
    Got to Fermont around 8pm. Frank, one of the guys on ktms let me stay at his place. Had camped 7 nights in a row up til now. We got some beer and Unloaded the bikes. Had about 3-4 other people on bikes stop by. Not a lot of riders up here, so it’s a tight knit community.

    334 miles today.

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  17. motobiko

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    Ghost town of Gagnon
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    Otter track by the river?
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    Staple
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    Iron ore mine from the road.
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    You can do a tour of the mine during certain days of the week. Gotta check with the office in Fermont. They didn’t have any the day I was there so I skipped itz
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  18. Bigguy136

    Bigguy136 Been here awhile

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    Thanks!!
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  19. motobiko

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    Yeah I arrived an hour and a half before departure and had no issues getting on last Wednesday night at 6pm. It said it was a dangerous good run too but they let everyone on. There were tie down straps for the bikes. One other couple from Quebec on a gs 1200.
    I had some food from the cafeteria but it wasn’t that great. About an hour and a half ride.
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  20. motobiko

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    Day 9 7/22-19

    It was really nice to sleep in a bed last night. Frank didn’t have to work so we hung out around his place til early afternoon. He had a pressure washer so I washed off the bike. then I headed out towards lab city.
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    789 cat end dump
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    Stopped for gas there. And got some food at McDonald’s. Shoulda stuck to Tim Horton’s. Cheaper and better tasting. The same amount of food was like $8 at TH vs $12 at McDonald’s. I thought the WiFi would be better too. But it wasn’t. Met Wayne, the biker on the gs I met the day before twice on the ride up. He was getting off work then stopped to talk for a bit. He was a customer Service rep for CAT. Worked with the 4 iron ore mines in the area. I came from a coal mine in Montana, I weld, so we had a lot to talk about.

    I left lab city and rode to Churchill falls that night.
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    There’s a dam that you can drive up on just north of town. Pretty cool.
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    I also rode down southeast of town to the river to see if I could find the afterflow from the underground dam there. Couldn’t find it but did find a sandy four wheeler trail that I could barely drive back up. I had to take all the stuff off the bike and dig it out about 5-6 times before I got to solid ground to get a run at the hill. Then I rode up 200 yards til I got away from the sand and went back for my stuff. Had to make two trips to carry everything back up. The panniers were fun. I put a bungee cord on each one and caries them like a purse haha. Tons of bugs out too to make the experience even more enjoyable.
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    Got back to Churchill falls and camped out by the radio tower.

    202 mi today
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