Newfoundland, Labrador, Vancouver Island and Mexico!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by motobiko, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Day 22 8/4/19

    The Ferry landed in Sydney, Nova Scotia around 9am. They don’t let you back down to your vehicle until they secure the boat then it’s a mad dash to get to your vehicle and off the boat before everyone else. I was off by 10am. I had to stop a few miles down the road because by the time I had all 4 straps off and my backpack on the bike, the bikes ahead of me were leaving. So I just jumped in on my shoes and jeans and put my riding boots and pants on down the road.
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    I rode north from Sydney and did the Cabot trail around the northern peninsula of Cape Brenton Island. Pretty famous trail. Very scenic. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Met up with a couple from New York on cruisers that had also been on the ferry and we rode to meat cove, which is on the very northern point on the island and is 7-8 miles of gravel I reckon.
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    Meat cove
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    I get the ass end of the bike getting squishy on the highway and pulled off to find the rear tire flat. Put my patched tube back in and it held so i kept going. The rear Shinko 805 was pretty much bald so didn’t take much to go through it and puncture the tube.
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    Found another moose. #6 for the trip.
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    Ended up camping by Masstown, NS on the end of a bike path right off the highway.
    410 mi day.
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  2. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Day 23 8/5/19

    I get pack the tent up and hit the local Tim Horton’s for breakfast and get some fuel and hit the road. I stop in Moncton, NB to try to find some tires but it’s monday and all the dealers are closed for New Brunswick day or some provincial holiday. Great. That’s awesome. So I dig through their used tire piles outside and score a slightly used Bridgestone trailwing for the front. My Shinko 804 has 10k or more miles on it and is fairly cupped. But no 18” rear tires around. I find out that most adv bikes have 17” rear tires and not the 150/70-18 like the 990 has. 690 runs a 140/80-18, which I would run but can’t find any. Klr, dr, v strom, tenere all run 17” tears from what I can tell. Lots of used 17s. There are some 110,120 18s but that’s too narrow and not rated for that much weight. My crf450x had a 110/90-18 rear if I remember right.
    The rear is slowly loosing air so I need to do something about it. The staple I got in Quebec ripped a tear in it, which i put a patch over but the other tube got ripped somehow as well so I just need a new tire.
    The Harley/KTM dealer wasn’t even open either!
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    Rode down to bay of funday national park. Tide can Be up to like 47’ here. Burn you need to spend 12 hrs to a day there to see the variation. I spent like two hours there. Did a little hike to the beach. Nice area. If I hadn’t more time I would do a bit more hiking here.
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    Stopped at a gas station later and swapped the front tire out. Piece of cake except I pinched the tube putting it back in. Had to take it out and patch it and throw my spare tube in.
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    Then in Fredericton I stopped at all the dealer to see if they’ve had any used 18” tires to get me home, since I had another rear tire in north Dakota. No such luck. Camped outside the can am dealer to wait until morning.
    Maybe I should just get a trike?
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    327miles today.
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  3. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Day 24 8/6

    I checked the dealers when they opened in the morning but they didn’t have any 18” tires close to 150 wide. They didn’t even have any 18” tubes at the kawi or Yamaha shop. The Honda dealer had tubes so I go over there and see they have a Bridgestone spitfire 130/90-18 for $60 cad on the sale rack. A little thin but it will do. So for $45 usd I get a street tire on the back. The tube was $30. I changed it in the Parking lot and continued on my way to maine.
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    Got to Maine early afternoon and went to Baxter state park. I wanted to summit Mt Katahdin, which is in the park but was turned away at the entrance due to motorcycles being prohibited from entering the park.
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    I wasnt very happy about this and rode back to town to the headquarters to see if I can get a special permit to drive in. The lady at the front desk was less than accommodating. I really wanted a permit to ride the 6 miles into the park to get to the trailhead but she told me no, I could hitchhike or rent a car. What a load of crap! I asked for the board of directors address to write a letter of protest but she wouldn’t be give it to me. The other lady working there told me when the former governor of Maine, Percival Baxter, purchased he lands with his own money in the 1930s he deeded it to the state to be used as wild public lands with a few stipulations. No pets was listed in the brochure but I couldn’t find anything about no bikes. I’m still planning on writing a letter of protest to the board of directors and the park director.
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    Eventually I just go camp and plan to hitchhike in the next morning.
    219 Monday.
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  4. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Day 25 8/7

    I wake up early and get to the gate by 630. First few people pass me by then I get picked up by a suburban. They drop me off at the trailhead.
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    Start up the trail through the trees and eventually get to a steep rocky section and boulder hop for a bit until I get tin the top of the ridge and then the trail mellows out for a bit. Easy hike up from there. Lot of people coming down the mountain. They started early from the campground at the trailhead.
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    Baxter peak, or Katahdin, is 5267’ and the high point of Maine. But, more importantly it is the northern end of the Appalachian trail. I saw a few people finish this day. One guy was one his late 20s finished the whole thing. He started like April 2? I think. It’s like 2180 miles. Quite the feat! Another guy was finishing the last section. He was 70 and had been hiking a couple hundred miles everybody year for a long time. Was awesome to see them
    Finish!

    I ran over to the other peak down the ridge just for kicks. Went back down.
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    Only had to wait about 10-15 min for a ride back down. The lady dropped me off at the picnic area at the entrance to the the park. She was with some other people and they had kayaks so I went kayaking around now the lake for an hour. Nice way to relax after the hike! Picked some blueberries that were growing wild at the side of the road and I was on my way!
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    Camped at a college by Mexico, Maine.
    181mi
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  5. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Day 26 8/8

    So it had been raining the night before and I set Up camp when it was wet out. Found a tech school with big parking lot for practicing semi driving. (44.5349540, -70.5054950) They had a liken of scrap wood that i used to make pad to keep my tent off the g round. They started the truck so up at 7am he next day but never bothered me.
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    Hit Mexico on my way to McDonald’s for coffee and breakfast burritos.
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    I wanted to hike mt Washington but it was fogged over pretty bad. No point in hiking when you can’t see anything and it’s all wet from the rain.
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    Rode over to Vermont and hiked mt Mansfield instead. Shorter and nicer weather. Went up hell brook trail.
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    Nice little jaunt.
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    Blueberries for supper!
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  6. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Highway 108 from Stowe to Jeffersonville is really cool. Only a lane and a half at times. Some parts the trees are completely over the road with the their branches.
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    Had the monster burger at the burger barn to replenish depleted calories.
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    Camped by the lamoille river near Milton.
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    232mi
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  7. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Day 27 8/9

    I camped by a turnout for the boat docks on the Lamoille river. Not much but for traffic by here except for one 5am fisherman.
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    I took highway 2 through the Isles on Lake Champlain. Cool section of highway 2 if you are in northern vermont. Cut across through upper New York and went into Ontario by Ogdensburg, NY. I was a bit sore from the hike the day before so I decided to book it back to North Dakota. I would have liked to do Mt Marcy in NY but I would have needed a few days to let my knees recover from the hike in Mt Mansfield. Usually I hike a lot in the summer but for some reason the downhill portions were killing my right knee.
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    Rode up through Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie and camped in Sault ste Marie state forest around (46.3739392, -84.6816345).
    Put a long day in for sure.



    762miles today.
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  8. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Day 28 8/10


    Had a nice little spot in the forest about half a mile off the road to myself. Had a nice quiet early part of the morning to get packed up then hit the road back to my dads farm in North Dakota.
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    Got on the road by 9 and basically drove straight through upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin to Duluth then rode the same roads I had traveled on the way out. All the way to Milnor, ND.
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    Home at last!
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    Soybeans had grown quite a bit since last time.
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    619 miles today.

    Phase 1 complete.
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  9. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Phase 2- ride out to Vancouver Island then head down to Baja California and take the ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan and ride down to Puebla and maybe Belize and Guatemala as well. I didnt go to Belize when I rode through to South America in 2014 and I’d like to see the ruins at Tikal in Guatemala, so Might be a while before I get back home haha.
    I want to hike the wonderland trail in Washington and do some 14000’ peaks in California then Mexico has some 17-18,000’ volcanos that look tempting so should be a good time.
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  10. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Days 29-38

    Spent 4 days at my parents in ND. Changed the oil, put a 45t instead of a 42t rear sprocket on for more power. It was doing 70mph @ 4K rpms with current setup. Hung out wit mom and pops for a bit then rode to Selby, SD to see some friends. I had fun throwing the kids around there.
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    Sunflowers were in full bloom back there.
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    Got back to Colstrip for a few days as well. I’m still trying to sell my place there so did somebody work on it. Had a leaky pipe underneath. That was fun to fix.
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    Saw some old friends. And young friends.
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    724mi on during this time.
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  11. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Day 39 8/21/19

    I left colstrip mid morning to head out to St Ignatius, MT where my cousin lives. She has an A frame cabin in the foothills of the mission mountains. Really nice place, hardly any neighbors and a creek that runs year round in the woods just behind the house. Sadly she leaves for Newfoundland the day after I get there but her son is home and we go do a few things while I’m there.
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    It was 100° the last 30 miles of interstate befor I turned off on highway 93 and mid 90s the 35 miles to her house from there, so soaking in cold creek was a natural course of action once I arrived.
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    Thimble berries were ripe this time of year.
    Huckleberries were ripe and the beer was cold!
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    544 miles today

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  12. motobiko

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    Days 40-43 8/22-25/19

    Hiked up to East and West St Mary’s peaks in the Mission mountains by st ignatius. Hadn’t been up to 9000’ feet for a while, at least on a peak hike. About 10mi and 6100’ of gain, my knees were not happy. Nice hike, but the trail coming up from the lake was basically straight up the side of the mountain and not really any switchbacks so not an easy hike. The ridge was really nice once we got on top though. Clouded over a few times. We could only see 150’ some of the time. Not the best days for views but still was nice.
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    GPS turned off for 3/4 mile and 800’ of gain.
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    There’s an Amish discount store east of town a little bit that has a lot of cheap food that may or may not be expired. Lot of stuff is still good, then they make their own stuff as well. You can get some Really good smoked habanero cheese here, that they were out of sadly.
    I changed out the front trailwing tire too while I was here. I had an old Karoo 3 with 70% of the tread left I had left at a friends in colstrip I took with me to st ignatius. Should be good for a while now.
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  13. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Day 44 8/26

    Packed my stuff and said goodbye to my cousin and the cats and hit the road.
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    Had a good time here. Even took the bicycle out for a spin one evening. My legs were pretty sore from the hike so I didn’t do a ton of stufff outside afterwards lol.
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    Went out of St ignatius towards Thompson falls then continued on highway 471 to Idaho and got back on interstate 90 at Kingston, ID. Went to Spokane then jumped on highway 2 and took that into Seattle. Had a friend there to see before I go up to Vancouver island.
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    Dam by coulee City
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    529mi today
    10821mi to date
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  14. Sal Pairadice

    Sal Pairadice Captain Obvious

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    That's cool. I will be riding Cape Breton Island the week after next. How long does it take to ride from Sydney to the National Park?
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  15. Duanob

    Duanob Been here awhile

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    I'm late to the party but I would've suggested HWy20 from Spokane to Seattle. Maybe next time.
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  16. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Yes I was looking at that but I was in Spokane at 4pm and wanted to get to Seattle before super late that night , so decided not to break it down into two days.
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  17. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    Maybe 2-3 hrs? I was off the ferry riding by 10am and had a flat tire (1hr) got to meat cove by 2:30pm, then back down to Port Hastings by 8pm. I stopped for lunch too and took pics here and there as well. Great ride!
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  18. 907Duc

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    Really nice conversation yesterday, which I mentioned to my brother, who of course is an inmate, and sent the link.
    Enjoy the Island, ride safe.
    BTW the highway to Gold River is one you shouldn't miss.
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