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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by motobiko, Jul 15, 2019.
Nope, 640 is not done yet but in the last 3 days an R1100 S is just coming into my possession!
Day 14 7/27/19
I camped at a gravel pit in gros morne the night before. Got up and made some oatmeal and coffee on my jetboil then headed west. Went out to trout river on the coast then back in a little inland and hiked to Green gardens. Nice little hike to the beach. The wind was howling but it was sunny and warm.
Sheep were out in numbers.
After that I rode down the road east a little bit to the Tablelands. This part of the park was rocky and brown. Very different than anything else there. I hiked up like a mile to the end of the trail. Still super windy.
Rode south and saw another moose towards Stephenville. Camped by a river there.
186 mi today
Day 15 7/28/19
Another nice day in NL. Rode out to the west end of the peninsula to the French beach. Free camping and fresh bread is available after lunch.
Looked like a nice place to stay. Watch whales from the cliff edge.
I did the 13 mi road to the north end of the spit on the peninsula as well. Most of it was bad potholed gravel.
Stopped for lunch in Stephenville at Tim Horton’s. Didn’t even finish ordering before being greeted by the locals. Had about 8 people talk to me while I was there. Mark and Wanda invited me to come check out the tree fossils in the riverbed by their house just north of town. And try some homemade dandelion wine lol. So I went up there. Had some wine. Walked up the river. Came back. Had more wine. Ended up just camping in their yard. Newfoundlanders are extremely friendly.
Day 16 7/29/19
Had a proper egg and bacon breakfast compliments of my host(they also do Airbnb), and hit the road with a fresh bag of strawberries from their garden.
I took the shortcut through Buchans to get closer to the east side of the island. There are roads on east side of Red Indian Lake, but I took the north one since I didn’t have enough fuel to make the south one and around. At times the road was closer to a four wheeler trail but didn’t have any trouble riding through.
Mirror fell off at about 40mph on the washboard
Got gas in Buchans and went up to Badger to get back on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Had some locals recommend Twillingate and Sleepy cove just north of there. Got up to the lighthouse at the north end of North Twillingate Island just before the sun started going down. Got some nice sunset pics.
Black fox in road.
Sleepy cove is right next to it. Be a nice place to camp.
Had a local on a Suzuki 350 tell me about music at a the pub at Anchor Inn back in town.
299 mi day
Day 17 7/30/19
I camped outside of twillingate half a mile or so by the water. Nice little grassy spot. Hit the road towards St. John’s.
Swing by a provincial park but there wasn’t much to see.
Went to port Rexton and hiked the Skerwink trail. Not a bad little hike around the peninsula. You can see the rock columns coming out of the water. It’s like 3 miles I think.
Started to rain so I heading out for St. John’s. Tent space available @damurph.
The Tablelands are unique in the world, it's a part of the earth's mantle that was pushed up to the surface. Good backcountry skiing there.
DAy 18 7/31/18
I made it to damurph's place near St Johns the night before. He hosted a few people i know back in the states, so it was interesting to hear about their former travels as well. Peter(peter640) and Jules were there as well on their GS, so i got the couch in the basement.
Peter had to take his bike to the dealer this day for some work before he went to iceland, so i picked him up and brought him back to murphs in the morning. I had gone 5000mi since my last oil change so picked up some mobil 1 synthetic at Canada Tire since walmart didnt have any. $59 for 3 liters plus a can of brake cleaner. I have a SS oil filter so i just blow it out with brake cleaner when i clean it. I bought 5L of the same oil a few days ago in the states for $24...
I changed the oil back at murphs, then he came home from work early and jumped on his Tiger to give me a tour around the area. Local cuisine for lunch-
Bell island in the background
capelin fish wash ashore by the billions during a certain time of year. people scoop them up and take them home for dinner, or garden fertilizer, depending on the freshness of the fish.
Went to Cape Spear, the easternly most part of north america. Was also heavily armed during World Wars.
Then had some authentic home cooked Newfoundlander food for supper, including seal, which i had not previously tried before. It had a unique texture, the flippers are the only part of the seal with any real meat to harvest. Tasty!
Big 98 mile day!
Day 19 8/1/19
My tires were getting pretty bald so I checked the dealers for tires the day before. Not much around for 150/70-18s. Most adv bikes run a 17” rear. 90/90-21s are easy to find though. The Honda dealer said they could get me a set of Shinko 804/805s Friday for $207 cad. Cheaper than I could get in the states, so I decided to stick around until Saturday and take the ferry out of Argentia to Nova Scotia.
My right mirror had fell off a few days before so I stopped by murphs work in the morning and welded it up. Went downtown and parked the walked up Signal Hill. Lot of history here, battles had been found here, the hill was armed during wars, the first trans Atlantic wireless was received here in 1901. There is a trail that makes a loop on the edge of town around it and goes along the coastline.
The Rooms is a neat museum in St Johns. $10 to get in. 4 floors to explore.
If it’s a good day on the clothes it is a good day on the bike
Little bit of everything here!
Rode up around Grates Cove further north.
Stopped to watch 10-15 whales feeding In the bay.
Got a few pics at the point before sunset.
Took the backroad south. Found some water. And mud. 990 ain’t no 450 that’s for sure.
Buried the front end and went over the bars haha. By far the worst I’ve buried a bike. That peat moss is some soft stuff!
That was fun getting out. Had to pick the back end up and put it on a pallet then rock the front end over, pivoting on a log, then stick some boards under the front tire.
I stayed with skibum69 for a couple nights near New Melbourne. He still hosts bikers off tentspace, but is fixing his place up to be a biker bed and breakfast, with bedrooms, tent space, and outdoor showers! He has a cool place right off the highway with flower gardens everywhere, apple trees, and vegetable gardens as well. Should be pretty successful once they are open for business.
Mike's bikes were both torn apart while i was there. He had me help him take the motor out of his 525, and set the motor in the frame on the 640 adventure. So he took me around a little bit in the area via one of those 4 wheel vehicles. Only the second time of the trip i had been inside a car/suv.
I had to wash off the bike, there was still plenty of peat moss stuck everywhere.
Shed culture is a big thing in newfoundland as well.
Thanks again for letting me crash here Mike!
Day 21 8/3/19
I left Mike's place right away in the morning and went back to St Johns to pick up my stuff at damurphs. Peter and Jules had already left so i missed them. Talked to murph for a while then went to the honda dealer to see if my tires had come in. No, sadly not they sent them from ottawa via ground instead of air. So im running on worn out tires. ill have to see if i can find some in Nova Scotia or New Brunswicks.
The ferry left Argentia at 5pm, so i wanted to be there by 330. Left st johns by 130, just drove there non stop. I was going to stop for lunch but never got around to it. Rolled into the ferry terminal around 3pm. I never made any reservations and had no issues getting on. It was $243 cad for me and the bike for the 16hr ride. I thought about riding 8-9 hrs to the port aux basque ferry since it was $106 for me and the bike and it was more like 7 hrs, but didnt feel like riding that much more just to save a few bucks.
There was a long line of bikes waiting to get on. 38 total i think. 36 more than on the ferry coming into newfoundland from Blanc-Sablon. Mostly harleys but a few ktms/bmws/ and a tiger explorer. Bikes load first. Got er strapped down and went upstairs to get some food. I was pretty hungry. They had like 10 decks onboard. Restaurant on deck 7 had a buffet but was $30 for supper and $21 for breakfast with a drink. I sat in the common area and talked with other bikers while i had my sandwich. Found another ktm rider to play a few games of cribbage with too that evening. They had a guy with a guitar singing as well.
Around midnight i went up to the air cabins and laid down on the floor behind the seats with my sleeping bag. Didnt want to pay for a private cabin and they were all booked up anyway.
Wow what a great trip!!! im headed for the trans lab in 5 days cant wait to get started
You coming across the island?
I always get the Ketchup chips when in Canada, but Ketchup Doritos, that was a score!
Great trip! I’m really impressed you got your bike out of that bog by yourself!
This has been a great trip and with so many amazing photos, but you're gone off the radar...... hope all is well.
Yeah that was a bit of a bugger. The front was just buried in the bog so lifting the back end up on a pallet and rocking the front end over was a ton of fun haha. But made it out ok in the end.
Thanks! It's been fun so far. Yeah I need to catch up on this. I'm 3000+ mi behind!