Newfoundland and Labrador from ND

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  1. motobiko

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    Day 10 7/23/19


    For up and went to the town office by 845am to see if I could get a tour of the hydro dam in Churchill falls. They didn’t have a tour in the morning but had two at 1pm but they were booked. I could have waited until 7pm but didn’t want to hang out all day for that. One of the guys there offered to show me the exhibit and video later on the morning though. Pic of a pic of the dam inside
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    I went to the only restaurant in town at the hotel. They had a lumberjack breakfast for $13, and surprisingly enough was enough food to fill me up. I eat a lot. This meal was similar to the tremendous twelve at Perkins in the usa. Very good. Met another biker there. Pat was riding His tiger 800 from Pennsylvania. I chatted with him a bit then left to go back to the town hall.

    The dam there had 11 generators about 480 megawatts each. Would have maybe stayed to see the tour but I saw the dam at Radisson, So saw something very similar a few days before.
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    Rode out to Goose bay/ Happy Valley. Went around town a little bit, got some groceries. Ran into Pat by the police station. We asked about a military museum in the area, and were told it was in goose bay. Went over there and it was in a department store on the military base. Was cool to see, small, but worthy it. Goose bay was a large base used during wwll. Lot of Americans there during that time. good area for airplane training since there’s nothing there.
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    After the Museum I got some food and headed out. Pat stayed in town, he wanted to stay the night.
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    I rode about 7 miles back to the turnoff for the Labrador coastal highway. It’s about 260 miles to Port Hope Simpson, the next gas stop. I have 5.3 gallons in the stock tank then a 2.5 can on the back so I can do 300 miles if I have to.
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    The toad was paved about 52 miles off the turnoff then turned to gravel for about 150 miles before going back to pavement. I rode til dark and set up my tent at a construction camp. Most of the gravel was pretty good. I did 50-60pmh on most of it.
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  2. motobiko

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    Day11 7:24/19

    The construction crew started work at 7am so didn’t allow me to sleep after that time. Rolled things up and hit the road. Didn’t have to go too far before the road turned to pavement again. Had to put all my extra gas in to make it to port hope Simpson. Filled up the bike there and had a coffee and breakfast sandwich. Camping-
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    Stopped in red bay for fish and chips. Really good there. Can’t remember the restaurant but it was right by the national historic site. It was a museum you had to pay to get into but showed a lot of history about whaling back in the day. Neat little place to see.
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    Got to Blanc-Sablon around 2pm. The ferry left at 6pm so I rode west of town 30 miles. Not to the end of the road but close. The coastal highway is really nice. I’d ride it again.
    There was a large iceberg in the bay.
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    Iceberg in the strait
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    Got back to town by 430 and fueled up then went and paid $18 for me and the bike to go across to st barbe. Ferry terminal-
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    Was super laid back there. I had no issues getting on at all. They want you to pay/reserve before an hour before departure.

    Also, ferry is on Newfoundland time. Which is 1.5 hours ahead of Blanc-Sablon time, since it is in Quebec. And 0.5 hrs ahead of Labrador time. Crazy.

    Ferry ride was like 90 min. Got off and rode north to a dirt road and camped-
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  3. motobiko

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    Few pics from the late evening post-ferry coast ride north.
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    Hey Luke, Wayne here in Wabush, looks like you're having a great ride! The pictures are great, watch the moose on the island!
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  5. motobiko

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    Hey Wayne! Been a few kms since I saw you in lab city. Pretty cool ride so far. Only 5 moose and 2 bears sighted to date...
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  6. motobiko

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    Day 12 7/25/19

    Went up to L’anse aux Meadows in the morning. There was a Viking settlement here around a thousand years ago. Vinland is what the Vikings called it. Supposedly it where Lief Erikson landed and started a settlement.
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    There is a visitor centre you can see and they have hiking trails along the beach and a few old houses/ buildings with sod roofs and whatnot.
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    There is also a private exhibit with a replica Viking sailing boat on it. Both places had interpretive people walking around answering questions.
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    Both of the official visitor centre and Nordstead charged $11.70 and $11.80 for entry. Worth seeing if you are on the north end of the island.
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    I was also informed that polar bears come down on the icebergs to Newfoundland in late spring early summer. They follow the seals on icebergs up to 5 miles across in the spring. Also, the strait between Labrador and Newfoundland freezes over from January to March according to the locals, so the bears can come around on the ice too. Gotta be careful when you are snowmobiling the the winter here.
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    There’s a stuffed bear at the library in st Anthony.
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    I rode down to Englee and Conche too on the way down south. Both nice little towns in coves along the bay.
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    Saw a moose cow/calf pair down by Daniels Harbor. Must have been heading to the beach for a midnight stroll. Had to slow down to avoid the calf. Camped around there in a nice little pull off in the trees.
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    Found your RR nice work! Stay well and safe travels from here ...

    Peter and Julie
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    Hey, nice to have you stop in, hope you enjoyed the visit. How long did it take you to realize you forgot your water bottle?
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    When he was packing up at my place around noonish before making the dash for the boat.
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    Yeah, he said he was headed to you from our place.
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    Hi
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    Great report
    How many miles on your bike?
    looks new...
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  13. Paddygfw

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    Been riding since I was 13 and I'm 66 now..
    My wife and I spent 13 months travelling around the US and Canada when we retired..A GL 1800 Goldwing and a Aspen pop up trailer..
    We're in Musgrave Harbour if you're coming our way stop in for the night and a great Newfoundland meal..
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    i'll check it out
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    I send alot of people up your road Paddy.
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  17. motobiko

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    Day 13 7/26/19
    Hey thanks. Bike has 44000 miles. WAiting for the shops to open in Fredericton in New Brunswick now to get a new tire. Thanks for the offer though.
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  18. motobiko

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    Haha about 2 hours. Packed everything up when I got back to St. John’s and realized it wasn’t no longer in my possession.
    Thanks for hosting me. That’s really nice place you goin there. GOt the 640 done yet?
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  19. motobiko

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    Thanks again for the place to stay and the tour around the area. That was really interesting to hear the local history.

    If anyone travels through St. John’s be sure to stop @daMurphs. He is the local guru.
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  20. motobiko

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    Day 13 7/26/19

    Secret campsite.
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    Spent the day in Gros Morne National Park. Really scenic place. Don’t miss this if you are in NL. I did a hike Into Western Brook POnd.
    You can take a ferry ride up in the fjord but it is like $65 or so. I elected to hike alongside the beach instead.
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    Also hiked gros morne peak. NL high point at 806m.
    Took about 4.5 hrs round trip.
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    Saw a grouse? Hen with chicks on the north side of the peak.
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    Great view of the fjord below.
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    Beach pics

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