Serendipity Tour '07 - Indiana to Newfoundland

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by scarysharkface, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Where to start, where to start...

    The plan was to have no plan, other than to:

    a) Deliver a bass guitar to my brother, Pete, in Toledo.
    b) Meetup with the wife, Tracy, and kids in Erie, then spend 6 nights at the Lake George, NY, KOA together.
    c) Visit family in Mira, Nova Scotia
    d) Visit Skibum69 in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland
    e) Be back at work Monday, July 23rd.

    I guess that almost looks like a plan, so I have already failed on one level or another.. :lol3

    Over the course of the past few weeks, I'd installed a new chain, sprockets, tires, auxilliary power and an HID headlight.

    Day 01:

    Friday, June 29th, and I do my last minute packing before heading out to work. Daughter Sarah snaps a pic or two as I depart the compound for a last morning of work before 3 weeks of vacation.

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    Grabbed an excellent spot adjacent to one of the buildings I do desktop computer support for..

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    Had an easy morning of *work* and a nice lunch at The Sonka with Tracy, brother Mark (also a bass player) and friend/coworker Dan, then headed in the general direction of Toledo, Ohio.

    Pete's wife, Shannon, had an outdoor gig with the Lima Symphony in Van Wert, Ohio, so I made a bit of a detour to say hello..

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    I stayed until they started playing, then hit the road for Toledo in hopes of arriving not too long after sunset.

    After 300+ miles of good weather and good riding, as I pull into Pete and Shannon's drive the bike just stops itself. It was as though I'd applied the brakes, but I hadn't. Come to discover that a spoke had broken and had been eaten by the rear brake assembly. Kind of an ugly business, and I was completely unsure if such a thing was a big deal or not.

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    Totally freaking out about my vacation being impeded by mechanical issues, however minor or not, I posted a thread to the collective, asking for wisdom and guidance:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=244008&highlight=spoke

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    Pete and Shannon eventually arrive from their respective gigs, I deliver the bass and we visit over some Honey Brown beer..

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    Then it's off to bed, eagerly anticipating what wisdom and advice the spoke thread will yield in the morning...

    John
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  2. advjackass

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  3. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Day 02:

    After some hand-wringing and thread-checking, I got it into Honda East in Maumee, Ohio, this morning, mostly just to make sure there weren't pieces of metal floating around inside the rim. Lucky thing, too, as they showed me how my new Moose heavy-duty tube was pulled apart at the valve stem. :huh
    Of course, it was holding air just fine when I rolled the tire into
    their shop, but what do I know about such things. They told me it was
    because I didn't have rim locks (at 36 psi?). :lol3 *Luckily* they had one tube (a Kenda) my size in stock that they were happy to sell me to save the day. :huh They did fix me up with a new spoke nub, so I won't have to unmount the tire (again) when I get a new spoke. I think they enjoyed watching me spread my tools over half their lot and dig-in, but were nice enough and seemed genuinely envious of my journey to The Rock.

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    Oh, and Pete, Shannon and I got to watch a guy ride his new sportbike
    off the side of trailer ramp. It only scratched one non-structural
    part of the bike, perhaps because it landed on top of him. He got up
    and walked away, figuratively speaking, and afterward the professionals loaded the bike for him.

    After all was put back together, it was back to Pete and Shannon's to load my gear and head out for Erie to meet the family..

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    I took the I-280 so I could cross the new bridge in Toledo, then followed Route 2 along the lake Eastward. I was invited to "tuck-in" behind a guy wearing a "Zulus" gang jacket on a Harley through the length of Cleveland, after he passed and gave my rig a big thumbs-up. It was nice riding and we blew through there in no time, trading waves as we peeled-off to continue our separate ways...

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    Met up with the family at the Erie KOA..

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    Already settled in and doing what they do most..

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    Took the car in to see the lake, and enjoyed the beach..

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    My daughter has this thing about taking pictures of her shoes..

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    We got back to the cabin a little before dark. The plan was to get to sleep early, sleep well and hit the road early in the morning. What was not part of the plan was that the campground was having some sort of Karoke/Dance event, that seemed to go on late into the night. God, I hate country music.

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  4. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Day 03:

    ...dawned bright and chilly, after a sleepless night in Erie, PA,
    listening to hits from Hell (with a "bygone era" bent, for added
    brimstone factor).

    Colin wanted to trade me places and ride the bike instead of sitting in the car with his sister..

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    The ride to Lake George was glorious for the most part, and I even
    spotted someone on an '08 KLR (in red, the fastest color) just outside
    of Corning, NY. Having taken I-90 across the state a few times, I was
    very pleased with the graceful curves, lovely topography and
    consistently light traffic that the southern I-86 route had to offer.
    I didn't even mind the long stretches of construction and single-lane
    45-mph riding.

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    At rest stops we strategerized a bit..

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    Once off the Interstate, I actually dragged the pegs a
    couple of times! These roads are awesome (where there isn't traffic).
    We arrived as dark was also arriving, and the HID headlamp was
    comforting as we looked for our cabin.

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    Closed the night out with pizza on a picnic table in the dark just down the road from the campground...

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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Not a great start.. hope you got it figured out.. and keep on rolling :thumb

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  6. scarysharkface

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    Day 04:

    ...was bright and chilly as well. After a $35 breakfast in town, we
    headed out to Goodnow Mountain for a 3.5 hour hike to the summit and
    back. We saw snakes. It was an ambitious hike. We all slept well.
    The Adirondacks are lovely and the roads would seem to have been
    created just for motorcycling. Of course, this day we were all in the
    car. C'est la vie...

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    Day 05:

    ...we decided to find a kayak trip. There would seem to be nothing
    that un-touristy along highway 9N by the lake. We ended up finding an
    outfitter along the Hudson river, and booked an afternoon whitewater
    kayak trip. The river is low from lack of rain, so the "whitewater"
    was mostly "getoutanddragyourkayakdownstreaminthewarmwatergoodthingyouworesandals"
    and quite the adventure..

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    We topped it all off with a really crappy meal and really crappy
    service at SJ Garcia's in Lake George. After a tough day dragging
    boats, they looked at us like we were from outer space when we ordered
    water to drink.

    Day 06:

    ...was spent basically hanging out around camp. The Lake George KOA
    is heavily wooded and rather amenable as public campgrounds go. We
    did some laundry and checked some email, thankful for the break from
    the daily grind of work.

    We caved-in to the urge to visit the outlet mall and picked up a
    raincoat for me for cheap $. I can't easily spend the duration of our
    week in my waterproof motorcycle suit; something which I hadn't
    considered when packing. Shoes for Sarah and a lantern for Colin, and
    we could call it good.

    It rained all afternoon and evening, so after steak at The Waterhouse
    we settled-in on the porch of our cabin for some reading and general
    sitting-around. Relaxation is underrated.

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    Day 07:

    ...more hanging out and checking of the emails, followed by a walk to
    a lake some distance behind the campground, another trip to the outlet
    mall for shirts, sweaters and such from the Timberland outlet, and a
    drive/hike up to one of the local mountain peaks.

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    Passed a guy on a black KLR on the way back into camp (with his
    headlight out), followed by a girl on a Yamaha XT225, headed into Lake
    George. Maybe if Tracy sees enough of this sort of thing, she'll be
    into taking a trip on motorcycles some day soon.

    A departing camper from Long Island left us a bunch of firewood, so tonight will be spent in front of it, with a local beer...

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    Day 07:

    Friday I got a good ride in, albeit during a thunderstorm for the most
    part. Rode the twisty roads around Lake George, NY, and Stony Creek.
    Traffic was light, and I nearly ran over a red fox along the Hudson.
    The couple in the next cabin over from ours trailered-in a big Harley,
    which has spent most of it's time here under a cover while they've
    been driving their truck everywhere. As I was gearing up for my
    Friday ride, they were actually laughing to each other about how
    stupid I looked in my Hi-Viz motorcycle suit. And these people had an
    inflatable toucan hanging over their porch. I'm reasonably certain
    they also thought it was funny that I was out on the motorcycle when
    the storm hit. Of course I was dry, comfy and visible, while they
    were probably still stuck in their truck. Different strokes for
    different folks. Of course, I've passed a brazillion Harleys with
    tons of gear on rough back roads, ridden by people who seem to enjoy
    the riding far more than the polishing, and are interesting to chat
    with at stops along the way.

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    The sky started to clear, and it looked like nice weather was on the way..

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    Lots of small businesses with a tourism bent hadn't made out well enough to keep the lights on or pumps pumping, or so it would seem..

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    Some nice, twisy roads here...

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    And cool iron bridges..

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    Parked the KLR in downtown Lake George, just to say I've done it, then back to camp...

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    Just in time for more heavy rain and generally crappy weather...

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    I whipped up some hot chocolate on my camp stove for the kids, then the skies cleared and we had a nice evening by the fire..

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  7. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Day 08:

    Tracy and the kids left for Indiana, and I left for parts East and North.

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    I took the 2-lane roads (for the most part) to Howland, Maine, via
    Lancaster, New Hampshire. The roads were nice and somewhat twisty,
    and traffic was again mostly light. It rained off and on, sometimes kind of heavy..

    Visitor Center in Vermont..

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    Pit stop in Lancaster, New Hampshire..

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    Gorham, New Hampshire...

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    I misplaced my helmet liner and had been doing without all day. I felt naked, so stopped in this shop. They were able to fix me right up with a new one..

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    I passed a couple riding 2-up on a green KLR with black panniers
    somewhere in Western Maine, and had zero luck finding fuel for my camp
    stove at the couple of WalMarts I stopped at along the way.

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    Saturday night was spent under a semi-trailer in a gravel parking lot
    in Howland, a spot suggested by the lady running the convenience store
    across the highway. She thought it was close enough to the highway
    that bears wouldn't hassle me during the night. With that thought in
    mind, I didn't sleep all that well. ;) It rained like hell all
    night, but I was dry and wouldn't have heard a bear over the sounds of
    rain on the truck roof.

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  8. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Day 09:

    I woke up dry and cranky, with a headache. Packed my gear and had a
    wonderful $1.15 breakfast sandwich at the truck stop, and some Advil.

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    Rode the 60-ish miles to Vanceboro (posted 45 mph, but really nice at
    65, with wide shoulders and good visibility in the turns, and zero
    traffic). Stopped for a few pics along the way, when it wasn't raining hard..

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    Arrived Vanceboro in pouring rain, where I had the pleasure of visiting with the same border agent Jerry and I spoke with when we crossed here last summer. He didn't even want to see my passport, drivers license or registration. He DID ask if I had only camping supplies in the ammocan panniers, then told me to watch out for moose along the road. They've had more than 30 collisions with moose already this summer. Snapped a couple of pics along a side road just across the border into Canada..

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    This is my last happy-go-lucky pic for the next few days...

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    Outside of Fredricton, I joined up with the 4-lane Trans-Canada
    highway and tried to keep up with the cars. It was pretty much a
    75-mph ride all the way to just outside of Truro, Nova Scotia, with
    only one stretch of heavy rain in the pass...

    So, I'm passing this truck, with another truck right on my tail, and
    we're doing about 80 mph when the KLR just went black. Total silence
    and no appreciable resistance from the engine. No shoulder on my side
    of the road either, so yikes. I had room to cross over to the other
    shoulder ahead of both trucks, and kept things straight on the gravel
    <SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","between the pavement and the guardrail as the trucks passed and I got\u003cbr /\>things slowed-down and stopped. Oil all over my right leg, from\u003cbr /\>somewhere up high on the engine. Crap, I\'ve obviously blown something\u003cbr /\>up top on the engine.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Reg Berry stops by in his big Ford pickup and helps me look things\u003cbr /\>over, speculating that it\'s a blown head gasket. I don\'t know much\u003cbr /\>about these things, and a blown head gasket sounds entirely reasonable\u003cbr /\>to me. He arranges for a tow to the local Kawasaki dealer, who has a\u003cbr /\>good mechanic.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/171535520-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/171535520-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>$140 later, I\'m camped in the tent on the tarmac out front of Fundy\u003cbr /\>Power Sports on Highway 311, in pretty much the middle of nowhere 10\u003cbr /\>miles from town. At least there is a porta-potty and a convenience\u003cbr /\>store a quarter of a mile away (and it\'s open on Sunday evening!). I\u003cbr /\>sleep well in the pounding thunderstorm, even though I managed to\u003cbr /\>setup camp directly under the only light in the area. And a goose\u003cbr /\>across the road did the goose-equivalent of screaming at me all night,\u003cbr /\>but such is life in the big city in Canada I suppose. The bike was\u003cbr /\>broken, but my spirit was not. ;)\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/171538300-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>http://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/171538300-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Day 10\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Ronnie the mechanic showed me where a big piece of my cylinder head\u003cbr /\>cover should be, but wasn\'t, then began tearing down the motor. I\'ll\u003cbr /\>spare the details, but will say that he is convinced that an assembly\u003cbr /\>defect caused the exhaust cam sprocket to become liberated from the\u003cbr /\>camshaft, thus launching parts (expensive parts) onto the roadway\u003cbr /\>",1]);//--></SCRIPT>between the pavement and the guardrail as the trucks passed and I got
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    Lots of oil..

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    But no obvious damage..

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    Reg Berry stops by in his big Ford pickup and helps me look things
    over, speculating that it's a blown head gasket. I don't know much
    about these things, and a blown head gasket sounds entirely reasonable
    to me. He arranges for a tow to the local Kawasaki dealer, who has a
    good mechanic.

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    $140 later, I'm camped in the tent on the tarmac out front of Fundy
    Power Sports on Highway 311, in pretty much the middle of nowhere 10
    miles from town. At least there is a porta-potty and a convenience
    store a quarter of a mile away (and it's open on Sunday evening!). To add insult to injury, there are 2 new KLRs in the showroom. I
    sleep well in the pounding thunderstorm, even though I managed to
    setup camp directly under the only light in the area. And a goose
    across the road did the goose-equivalent of screaming at me all night,
    but such is life in the big city in Canada I suppose. The bike was
    broken, but my spirit was not. ;)

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  9. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Good times, good story, good pix!:thumb
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  10. infoatnmmoto

    infoatnmmoto with the band

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    Great write up! :clap:clap
    Good to see you made your way after the breakdown.
    I was a little to far to offer help. :lol3
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  11. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

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    Sometime in the night, lovely wife Tracy puts up a thread in JoMomma, and another over at ridetherock.com, stating my dire situation..

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246427

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    Ronnie the mechanic showed me where a big piece of my cylinder head
    cover should be, but wasn't, then began tearing down the motor. I'll
    spare the details, but will say that he is convinced that an assembly
    defect caused the exhaust cam sprocket to become liberated from the
    camshaft, thus launching parts (expensive parts) onto the roadway
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    Remarkably, so Ronnie tells me, the head, while deeply gouged in many
    places, is entirely useable. None of the gouging is in a critical
    spot, and all the valves are good.

    After checking all the parts suppliers in Canada, it happens that all
    the parts are available except for the cylinder head cover. According
    to Kawasaki, they didn't sell a single one of those last year, so they
    don't stock it in Canada. In the USA, there is one, but it is already
    spoken-for. This is becoming a challenge.

    Tracy all the while has been working teh Internets on my behalf. I rented a car (in my fleece jacket, they tried to sell me on air conditioning) and booked a room at The Tidal Bore Inn for the night, then hit the town. Of course, they had already rolled up the streets for the evening.

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    I did meet up with a couple of nice gents on new Wee-Stroms at the local coffee shop..

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    Day 11:

    Geode was by this time enroute on his BMW GS with the cylinder head cover freshly removed from his 2002 KLR riding in one of his panniers, for me to use for the remainder of my trip. Slow Phil from the Digby area called to say he's located one in Dartmouth for $300 and will bring it by this evening in exchange for a beer. Tree has by now offered us a room near Halifax for the night.

    So, by this time if I can reach Geode (who seems hell-bent for a ride and couldn't be convinced not to come up here to deliver the part), I'll tell him
    I've got the part already and that he can return home. If I can't
    reach him (which is what I'm anticipating), then I'll let him keep his
    part and attempt to compensate him for his efforts. At any rate, it's pretty
    cool how my online acquaintances are pulling together to keep me on
    the road. It is truly a humbling experience to be the recipient of
    such generosity in the face of adversity.

    So, nothing to do but wait, and take in the sights and sounds of Truro, Nova Scotia...

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    At some point I realize that I have reached the end of entertainment in Truro. Determined not to lose my mind, I head back to the shop in North River...

    Shortly after 5:00 pm, Slow Phil and Wife of Slow Phil careen into the parking lot, jump out of the car and thrust a bag of hard-to-find part into my hands. There is much rejoicing.

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    Ronnie verifies fit of muchly sought-after part, and there is much rejoicing.

    Right about then, Geode arrives, and there is much rejoicing, even after I break the news that his trip was utterly unnecessary. He takes it well (not much choice, I suppose) , and we depart for dinner.

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    Slow Phil and Wife of Slow Phil then departed for home. Seeing as how the rest of the needed parts wouldn't be arriving until tomorrow morning, Geode and I made tracks for Tree's place in Halifax as the sun fell. Geode's bike should be named "The Sun" because it is lit up like you would not believe. He is easy to spot.

    We arrived at Tree's place and visited well into the hours of the following morning. It was most excellent, and I'm fairly certain I must have snored like a freight train as soon as I hit the most-welcome bed. This is what the fellowship of advrider is all about.
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  12. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Vigo
    Day 12

    Geode and I got up reasonably late (I guess he was up until around
    6:00 am, watching drama unfold down the way with a couple of fire
    trucks..), and I posted a few things over Tree's wireless before
    heading to Tim's for coffee and a pastry, then it was back up to
    Truro/North River to check on the bike.

    Pulled up to find it parked outside and was greeted by Ronnie, Mark and Danny's smiling faces. The bike was back together, and Ronnie had already put it through a few heat cycles for good measure. Danny grudgingly presented me with the bill. After some interesting discussion with the Bank of America folks about getting a lower rate for this emergency repair (and dodging excessive charges for a "no interest/no charges for 12 months" cash advance), we settled and it was time to return the rental car.

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    Spotted this interesting license plate on the way back into town with the car...

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    Geode was napping on the loading ramp by the time I got back. It was
    extremely nice of him to check up to make sure I actually had wheels
    again before making the 12-hour ride back to Maine. He chatted with
    the new owner of a blue 2008 KLR (Tracy, they still have the red one,
    and a new Versys for sale!) while I packed the bike. We hit the road
    around 6:30, him headed West and South, me headed East and North
    towards Cape Breton Island.

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    Chatted with a couple of Toronto guys on Harleys at the Tim Horton's
    in Antigonish about their day riding the Cabot Trail, and made it to
    the ferry terminal in North Sydney to check the schedules by 10:30 pm
    or so.

    Cape Breton Visitors Center at the Canso Causeway...

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    Figuring everyone at Mira was asleep, I tried *camping* at the new
    WalMart at the end of the 125, but gave up after the cops kept
    checking to make sure I was alright, and did I know it was supposed to
    storm in a bit. Of course, I was just laying on the asphalt next to the bike, in my helmet (and very comfortable).

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  13. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    14,137
    Location:
    Vigo
    Day 13:

    At 4:00 am I headed down to Mira, the storm starting as I pulled out
    of the parking lot. Rode slow in the heavy fog, glad I got the really
    bright HID kit for the bike. Slept in my suit out of the rain on the
    porch of the cabin, then setup the tent on the porch after the black
    flies came out at sunrise (after the dozens of bats had gone to bed).
    So I got to go to sleep to the sounds of the Mira surf a couple of
    times! Very good, it was.

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    Visited with Valda Cook and her eldest son, Danny, over coffee for an
    hour or two, then took a long walk on the beach, taking lots of
    pictures. Called Tracy and Mom, and tried not to gloat over my good
    fortunes.

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    Ran into Gwinny and Lester at the end of Marilyn's driveway, where I
    was poaching wild strawberries by the roadside after my strenuous
    beach stroll. They're doing well, "checking on" Marilyn's tomatos
    <SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","daily, and asked about all the family. Apparently the guy Dad spoke\u003cbr /\>with last Spring in Sydney who ran the 50-watt fm station has now\u003cbr /\>increased power to 6 kw and is doing quite well with it. Also, there\u003cbr /\>were two (2) police cars on the Brickyard today! And at two different\u003cbr /\>times! And one of them used his lights and siren! Gwinny and Lester\u003cbr /\>could probably give the names and addresses of everyone in a 3-mile\u003cbr /\>(5-kilometer?) radius at any given time of day for the last 2 years,\u003cbr /\>should anyone dare to ask them.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/172786302-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/172786302-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/172786502-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/172786502-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/172786705-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>http://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/172786705-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Watched a mink work the pigeons in the structure of the bridge for\u003cbr /\>awhile. It finally got one, then, curiously, kept running back and\u003cbr /\>forth quite close to me, as if to try to chase me away from dinner.\u003cbr /\>Such a fearless little creature. Danny checked it out later while I\u003cbr /\>was repurposing wild strawberries (again) and confirmed a total of six\u003cbr /\>mink running up, down and through the bridge. He advised me that they\u003cbr /\>have a family of 6 raccoons (5 babies) that visit and are quite\u003cbr /\>playful and curious, so I might want to put the luggable stuff away\u003cbr /\>before evening. They also have a couple of &quot;pet&quot; foxes. One of them\u003cbr /\>used to play/wrestle with the family dog. The dog has since died, and\u003cbr /\>after that the fox would wait out in the field for his playmate who\u003cbr /\>",1]);//--></SCRIPT>daily, and asked about all the family. Apparently the guy Dad spoke
    with last Spring in Sydney who ran the 50-watt fm station has now
    increased power to 6 kw and is doing quite well with it. Also, there
    were two (2) police cars on the Brickyard today! And at two different
    times! And one of them used his lights and siren! Gwinny and Lester
    could probably give the names and addresses of everyone in a 3-mile
    (5-kilometer?) radius at any given time of day for the last 2 years,
    should anyone dare to ask them.

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    Watched a mink work the pigeons in the structure of the bridge for
    awhile. It finally got one, then, curiously, kept running back and
    forth quite close to me, as if to try to chase me away from dinner.
    Such a fearless little creature. Danny checked it out later while I
    was repurposing wild strawberries (again) and confirmed a total of six
    mink running up, down and through the bridge. He advised me that they
    have a family of 6 raccoons (5 babies) that visit and are quite
    playful and curious, so I might want to put the luggable stuff away
    before evening. They also have a couple of "pet" foxes. One of them
    used to play/wrestle with the family dog. The dog has since died, and
    after that the fox would wait out in the field for his playmate who
    <SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","wasn\'t coming again every day for months. They quit seeing it for\u003cbr /\>awhile, but now the fox returns often with another in-tow. Danny says\u003cbr /\>if he\'s not careful they try to follow him into the house.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Valda fixed a delightful pork chop dinner for us. The chops were an\u003cbr /\>inch thick and likely the most tender I\'ve ever had - even better than\u003cbr /\>what they usually serve at Brodhead Pietenpol Gathering (which are\u003cbr /\>phenomenal). We again spent most of the evening at the table,\u003cbr /\>discussing politics, the ongoing clash of the world\'s many cultures,\u003cbr /\>technology and, of course, religion. It has been a very pleasant\u003cbr /\>evening.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Thursday was a grey and foggy day, with rain off and on throughout\u003cbr /\>(Lester was horrified that it rained Wednesday night and he hadn\'t\u003cbr /\>known about it). I\'ve been able to grab a shower (the first in a few\u003cbr /\>days) and have a reservation for Friday\'s 3:30 pm ferry to Argentia.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Ahhh... As I sit on the porch of the MacLennan cabin, I can hear the\u003cbr /\>surf, the gulls, and a gentle breeze through the trees. No bugs,\u003cbr /\>either (at the moment), and fresh strawberries waiting for me among\u003cbr /\>the springy mosses of the yard...\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Day 14\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Okay, so last night I pack all my warm weather stuff and put the cold\u003cbr /\>weather liners in everything before going to bed (bag, as it were) in\u003cbr /\>anticipation of more cold and wet weather on the bike today. So that\u003cbr /\>means waking up in a sweat, even though the sun was barely up. The\u003cbr /\>sun is actually out for the first time in weeks, and it is hot. Time\u003cbr /\>to strip everything out and repack. C\'est la vie, eh!\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Knocked on Valda and Danny\'s door to bid them adieu, but they\'re not\u003cbr /\>home. Rode into Glace Bay, taking a detour down a rocky beach near\u003cbr /\>Port Morien. I park in front of my intended destination (Tim\'s) and\u003cbr /\>am accosted by old men wanting to know all about my\u003cbr /\>bike/trip/family/job/politics and wanting to tell me same of them, in\u003cbr /\>",1]);//--></SCRIPT>wasn't coming again every day for months. They quit seeing it for
    awhile, but now the fox returns often with another in-tow. Danny says
    if he's not careful they try to follow him into the house.

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    Valda fixed a delightful pork chop dinner for us. The chops were an
    inch thick and likely the most tender I've ever had - even better than
    what they usually serve at Brodhead Pietenpol Gathering (which are
    phenomenal). We again spent most of the evening at the table,
    discussing politics, the ongoing clash of the world's many cultures,
    technology and, of course, religion. It has been a very pleasant
    evening.

    This day had been a grey and foggy day, with rain off and on throughout
    (Lester was horrified that it rained Wednesday night and he hadn't
    known about it). I've been able to grab a shower (the first in a few
    days) and have a reservation for Friday's 3:30 pm ferry to Argentia.

    Ahhh... As I sit on the porch of the MacLennan cabin, I can hear the
    surf, the gulls, and a gentle breeze through the trees. No bugs,
    either (at the moment), and fresh strawberries waiting for me among
    the springy mosses of the yard...

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  14. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2005
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    Location:
    Vigo
    Day 14:

    Okay, so last night I pack all my warm weather stuff and put the cold
    weather liners in everything before going to bed (bag, as it were) in
    anticipation of more cold and wet weather on the bike today. So that
    means waking up in a sweat, even though the sun was barely up. The
    sun is actually out for the first time in weeks, and it is hot. Time
    to strip everything out and repack. C'est la vie, eh!

    Knocked on Valda and Danny's door to bid them adieu, but they're not
    home. I try to practice "leave no trace" camping, and was quite successful this time..

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    Rode into Glace Bay, taking a detour down a rocky beach near
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    I park in front of my intended destination (Tim's) and
    am accosted by old men wanting to know all about my
    bike/trip/family/job/politics and wanting to tell me same of them, in
    <SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","great detail. About an hour after parking in front, I at last get to\u003cbr /\>go inside and order my coffee, chocolate mile and a lemon pastry,\u003cbr /\>which was yummy.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>After Tim\'s, I made a quick trip into Bay Music, where I became\u003cbr /\>entwined in a discussion of harmonics and the twisted things that can\u003cbr /\>be done with them if you use a bit of ingenuity. Nice. We talked\u003cbr /\>about different places on the planet and I left, telling them I\'d pop\u003cbr /\>in next year if I could. Nice folks.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Rode to the ferry terminal in North Sydney, via the Petro Canada\u003cbr /\>station for the last of the *cheap* gas before heading to Newfoundland\u003cbr /\>and Labrador. Turns out that the ferry reservation number I was given\u003cbr /\>is short a digit and invalid. They make room for me anyway, and I\u003cbr /\>queue up with people on bikes from Alberta, Montreal, New Brunswick\u003cbr /\>and Newfoundland. They would be my travel partners to some degree on\u003cbr /\>the boat, and we all get on well.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Once onboard, I offer to take pictures of couples and families trying\u003cbr /\>to get shots of everybody as the boat leaves the dock. I figure I can\u003cbr /\>use the kharma, and meet some interesting people in doing so. Keith,\u003cbr /\>for instance, is a retired Sydney cop who was born and raised in\u003cbr /\>Newfoundland, but hasn\'t been to the island in 30 years. So this is\u003cbr /\>his first trip as an adult, and he\'s greatly anticipating having a\u003cbr /\>barbe and piss-up (barbeque and beer) with some of his childhood\u003cbr /\>friends in St. John\'s on Saturday. I finished Empire by Andrew Scott\u003cbr /\>Card early in the journey, and am now stuck carrying around a\u003cbr /\>hardcover book for what must appear to be no reason.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Oh, and heavy pea-soup fog for the entire trip, once we got out on the\u003cbr /\>open water.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Day 15\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>After docking, I rode the 75-80 miles into St. John\'s in that same\u003cbr /\>heavy pea-soup fog, tailing cars in the hopes that they would block\u003cbr /\>the moose for me. All went well, and as I type I\'m sitting in a\u003cbr /\>",1]);//--></SCRIPT>great detail. About an hour after parking in front, I at last get to
    go inside and order my coffee, chocolate mile and a lemon pastry,
    which was yummy.

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    After Tim's, I made a quick trip into Bay Music, where I became
    entwined in a discussion of harmonics and the twisted things that can
    be done with them if you use a bit of ingenuity. Nice. We talked
    about different places on the planet and I left, telling them I'd pop
    in next year if I could. Nice folks.

    Rode to the ferry terminal in North Sydney, via the Petro Canada
    station for the last of the *cheap* gas before heading to Newfoundland
    and Labrador. Turns out that the ferry reservation number I was given
    is short a digit and invalid. They make room for me anyway, and I eventually queue up with people on bikes from Alberta, Montreal, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. They would be my travel partners to some degree on the boat, and we all get on well.

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    Once onboard, I offer to take pictures of couples and families trying
    to get shots of everybody as the boat leaves the dock. I figure I can
    use the kharma, and meet some interesting people in doing so. Keith,
    for instance, is a retired Sydney cop who was born and raised in
    Newfoundland, but hasn't been to the island in 30 years. So this is
    his first trip as an adult, and he's greatly anticipating having a
    barbe and piss-up (barbeque and beer) with some of his childhood
    friends in St. John's on Saturday. I finished Empire by Andrew Scott
    Card early in the journey, and am now stuck carrying around a
    hardcover book for what must appear to be no reason.

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  15. no

    no dreaming adventurer Supporter

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  16. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Vigo
    Day 15

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    I rode the 75-80 miles into St. John's in that same
    heavy pea-soup fog, tailing cars in the hopes that they would block
    the moose for me. All went well, and as I type some notes on the trip so far, I'm sitting in a <SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","coffee shop in St. John\'s, having left my buddy Mike a voicemail that\u003cbr /\>I was indeed here. It looks like the weather might be nice once sun\u003cbr /\>burns the fog off, and I look forward to a Saturday in Canada\'s live\u003cbr /\>entertainment capital. That, or riding somewhere with Mike and the\u003cbr /\>gang.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Sorry the pics stop halfway through the message. I can only upload so\u003cbr /\>many so fast before the battery dies and/or the world intervenes.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Oh yeah, I also discovered that Baldy, the guy who runs smugmug and\u003cbr /\>the advrider site, is related to Angus McAskill, the Cape Breton\u003cbr /\>Giant..\u003cbr /\>\u003c/div\>",1]);D(["mb","\u003cdiv style\u003d\"direction:ltr\"\>\u003cspan class\u003dsg\>\u003cbr /\>John\u003cbr /\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/div\>",0]);//--></SCRIPT>coffee shop in St. John's, having left my buddy Skibum69 a voicemail to let him know that I was indeed here. It looks like the weather might be nice once sun burns the fog off, and I look forward to a Saturday in Canada's live entertainment capital. That, or riding somewhere with Skibum and the ridetherock.com gang.

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    It seems the guy at the Brittania Tea Room across the street from
    Coffee & Company knows Skibum, or at least knows he rides a KTM. I
    asked directions for Signal Hill as I was gearing up after slurping
    coffee and sending my last email, as he was unlocking his place
    on Water Street in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland. Dougger, from ridetherock.com, left a note in my faceshield that he was working today, but to call him later. Unfortunately, I lost the note before I had the chance to do so..

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    I left Skibum a message on his cell phone and headed up to Signal Hill to begin the sight-seeing in earnest. The streets here are steep (some are 45
    degrees incline, no joke) and fun on the KLR. Signal Hill made a good trip
    and opportunity for me to look around and compare the landscape with
    the lines on the map. Interestingly, I have no idea where North lies
    at any given time. That's unusual for me, and I do find it interesting that the internal GPS isn't working.

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    After Signal Hill, and not hearing from Skibum, I rode out to Cape
    Spear, the farthest East point in North America, to take some pictures
    and see some minke whales (I did, and I did). There are bunkers from
    WWII in the mountainside, and it's possible to walk the dark
    <SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","underground corridors between at least two of them, which I did. The\u003cbr /\>weather, by the way, had become absolutely wonderful.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173341820-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173341820-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173343216-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173343216-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173344740-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173344740-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173345275-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173345275-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>I was scarfing down the pizza sub I purchased at the gas station\u003cbr /\>earlier, and saw that Mike had left me voice mail, so I called him\u003cbr /\>back and we agreed to rendesvous back in town somewhere on Water\u003cbr /\>Street, which is long and full of people and motorcycles and coffee\u003cbr /\>shops and you name it. Mike spotted the bike and before too long I\u003cbr /\>was following him at an ambitious pace back to his mom\'s place to stow\u003cbr /\>some of my stuff while we enjoy the roads and ocean views.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173345916-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>http://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173345916-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>I followed Mike down The Baccalieu Trail, stopping to shoot some\u003cbr /\>lighthouse pictures and looking at his new old 3500 sq. ft. house,\u003cbr /\>located about 1 minute away from his favorite surfing spot. Words\u003cbr /\>really can\'t do the trip justice, at least not until I\'ve had some\u003cbr /\>time to think about it, so I\'ll leave it to you to google it and find\u003cbr /\>",1]);//--></SCRIPT>underground corridors between at least two of them, which I did. The
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    I was scarfing down the pizza sub I purchased at the gas station
    earlier, and saw that Skibum had left me voice mail, so I called him
    back and we agreed to rendesvous back in town somewhere on Water
    Street, which is long and full of people and motorcycles and coffee
    shops and you name it. He spotted the bike and before too long I
    was following him at an ambitious pace back to the designated crash pad to stow some of my stuff while we enjoy the roads and ocean views.

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    I followed him down The Baccalieu Trail, stopping to shoot some
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    Girlfriend of Skibum fixed chicken on the grill when we got back. I grabbed a quick shower upstairs and enjoyed an evening of lively and extremely
    well-informed banter about practically everything. An excellent time,
    followed by yet another spirited ride back to the crash pad on
    <SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","the steep and twisty streets. I love that bright headlight.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>WOT \'07, day 16\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>10:00 am is an excellent time to crawl out of bed, especially after a\u003cbr /\>very restful night\'s sleep. Yes, Tracy, I wore a breathe-right strip\u003cbr /\>and didn\'t keep anybody awake. I threw a load of stinky clothes in\u003cbr /\>the washer and had some eggs (with mushrooms), sausage, potatos and\u003cbr /\>scones with fresh ground coffee that was smooth.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173363349-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173363349-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Mike was able to reach Geoff, so we 3 elected to ride the Irish Loop\u003cbr /\>around the bottom of the peninsula. Geoff had stuff to do later, so\u003cbr /\>we didn\'t stop very much at all, even missing several excellent photo\u003cbr /\>ops of bikes in front of lighthouses. It was a fun ride though, with\u003cbr /\>some excellent no-traffic twisties.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>We did visit the Ferryland lighthouse, which is situated at the end of\u003cbr /\>a very steep and loose-rocky trail, complete with treacherous (60\u003cbr /\>degrees or better slope) dropoffs on both sides (occasionally at the\u003cbr /\>same time) down to the ocean. It was pretty scary then, but having\u003cbr /\>survived, I\'m glad I did it. Mike rode it very, very fast. Geoff did\u003cbr /\>as well, and didn\'t really ever want to ride it on his V-Strom. I\u003cbr /\>rode it medium-speed, standing on the pegs pretty much the whole mile\u003cbr /\>or so of bad stuff..\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173364947-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>http://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173364947-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Coffee & Company was calling our names, and Geoff bought a round of\u003cbr /\>iced Americanos while I tried uploading a few pics. A vagrant\u003cbr /\>referred to my riding suit as &quot;faggy green&quot; while trying to guess\u003cbr /\>",1]);//--></SCRIPT>the steep and twisty streets. I love that bright headlight.
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  17. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2005
    Oddometer:
    14,137
    Location:
    Vigo
    Day 16:

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    10:00 am is an excellent time to crawl out of bed, especially after a
    very restful night's sleep. Yes, Tracy, I wore a breathe-right strip
    and didn't keep anybody awake. I threw a load of stinky clothes in
    the washer and had some eggs (with mushrooms), sausage, potatos and
    scones with fresh ground coffee that was smooth.

    Skibum was able to reach DRZ400SK, so we 3 elected to ride the Irish Loop
    around the bottom of the peninsula. DRZ had stuff to do later, so
    we didn't stop very much at all, even missing several excellent photo
    ops of bikes in front of lighthouses. It was a fun ride though, with
    some excellent no-traffic twisties.

    We did visit the Ferryland lighthouse, which is situated at the end of
    a very steep and loose-rocky trail, complete with treacherous (60
    degrees or better slope) dropoffs on both sides (at the
    same time) down to the ocean. It was pretty scary then, but having
    survived, I'm glad I did it. Skibum rode it very, very fast. DRZ did
    less-so with nearly bald tires on a Wee-Strom. I rode it medium-speed little-girl-terrified, standing on the pegs pretty much the whole half-mile or so of bad stuff, which was most of it as far as I'm concerned.

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    Setting up the self-timers...

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    Coffee & Company was calling our names, and DRZ bought a round of
    iced Americanos while I tried uploading a few pics. A vagrant
    referred to my riding suit as "faggy green" while trying to guess
    <SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","which bike was Mike\'s.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173366738-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173366738-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>After bidding Geoff adieu, Mike and I popped over to the Fort Amherst\u003cbr /\>lighthouse for a few shots, then rode a loop to the North part of the\u003cbr /\>peninsula, seeing more whale action at one of the many coves. Upon\u003cbr /\>reaching his mom\'s place, KLR650 from the \u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://ridetherock.com\" target\u003d_blank\>ridetherock.com\u003c/a\> site showed\u003cbr /\>up, and we had a nice bit of a chat about, once again, pretty much\u003cbr /\>everything. Very nice.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173368067-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>https://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173368067-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003ca onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\" href\u003d\"https://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/173370208-M.jpg\" target\u003d_blank\>http://scarysharkface.smugmug\u003cwbr /\>.com/photos/173370208-M.jpg\u003c/a\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>I plugged into Mike\'s router and initiated another picture uploading\u003cbr /\>session while Mike prepared a couple of steaks the way his father used\u003cbr /\>to fix them up. Along with the meat we had a flavorful mixture of\u003cbr /\>beans and turnip greens, if I\'m not mistaken, with potato salad and\u003cbr /\>raspberry sherbet for dessert. Also split a &quot;Lump of Coal&quot; ale, which\u003cbr /\>was tasty, before turning-in for the evening (at around 1:00 am).\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Day 17\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Mike was already gone to rig a show downtown when I got up, so I\u003cbr /\>grabbed another shower, coffee and bagel, and chatted with his very\u003cbr /\>engaging mother a bit while rearranging my piles of too much stuff, so\u003cbr /\>it\'d somewhat fit on the bike. Rode past the university with the\u003cbr /\>intent of picking up T-shirts for the kids and me, and possibly a hat,\u003cbr /\>",1]);//--></SCRIPT>which bike was Skibum's.

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    As if there was ever any doubt, Skibum's tires are monogrammed for him...

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    After bidding DRZ adieu, Skibum and I popped over to the Fort Amherst
    lighthouse for a few shots, then rode a loop to the North part of the
    peninsula, seeing more whale action at one of the many coves. Upon
    reaching his mom's place (she is really quite a neat lady), KLR650 from the ridetherock.com site showed up, and we had a nice bit of a chat about, once again, pretty much everything. Very nice.

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    Signal Hill... Skibum has skied that slope!

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    Cute kitty on a leash...

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    I plugged into Skibum's router and initiated another picture uploading
    session while he prepared a couple of steaks the way his father used
    to fix them up. Along with the meat we had a flavorful mixture of
    beans and turnip greens, if I'm not mistaken, with potato salad and
    raspberry sherbet for dessert. Also split a "Lump of Coal" ale, which
    was tasty, before turning-in for the evening (at around 1:00 am).
    #17
  18. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Truffle

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2005
    Oddometer:
    14,137
    Location:
    Vigo
    Day 17:

    Skibum was already gone to rig a show downtown when I got up, so I
    grabbed another shower, coffee and bagel, and chatted with his very
    engaging mother a bit while rearranging my piles of too much stuff, so
    it'd somewhat fit on the bike. Rode past the university with the
    intent of picking up T-shirts for the kids and me, and possibly a hat,
    <SCRIPT><!--D(["mb","but decided not to stop. Took a detour past the Qidi Vidi Village and\u003cbr /\>brewery, with the intent of buying a poster featuring Mike\'s dad, but\u003cbr /\>decided I\'d be better off ordering it over the internets instead. It\u003cbr /\>would be hard pressed to survive the journey on the bike I\'m afraid.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Seems Mike forgot his cell phone/PDA/thingy this morning, so I\u003cbr /\>delivered it to Hava Java downtown and waited for him to drop by after\u003cbr /\>his rig gig. Met a few more of Mike\'s friends, and actually had a guy\u003cbr /\>walk up to me and the bike and tell me he was happy to see that I\u003cbr /\>wasn\'t stuck in Truro anymore. He\'d been following the adventure\u003cbr /\>online.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>The forcast for today was for rain and fog, and I hit it about 10\u003cbr /\>minutes outside of St. John\'s on the Trans-Canada HWY 1. I had\u003cbr /\>decided that I would putz around the area some more today, then take\u003cbr /\>the Argentia ferry back to North Sydney rather than spend two days\u003cbr /\>riding in low-visibility and pouring rain back to Port aux Basques for\u003cbr /\>that shorter/cheaper boat ride. Visibility and rain was/is so bad\u003cbr /\>that I decided to simply go to the ferry terminal and catch up on my\u003cbr /\>manifesto while waiting for the boat. I think we\'re scheduled to\u003cbr /\>depart at 12:30 am.\u003cbr /\>\u003c/div\>",1]);//--></SCRIPT>but decided not to stop. Took a detour past the Qidi Vidi Village and
    brewery, with the intent of buying a poster featuring Skibum's dad, but
    decided I'd be better off ordering it over teh internets instead. It
    would be hard pressed to survive the journey on the bike I'm afraid.

    Seems Skibum forgot his cell phone/PDA/thingy this morning, so I
    delivered it to Hava Java downtown and waited for him to drop by after
    his rig gig. Met a few more of his friends, and actually had a guy
    walk up to me and the bike and tell me he was happy to see that I
    wasn't stuck in Truro anymore. He'd been following the adventure
    online, even though he didn't know any of us. How cool is that?!

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    The forcast for today was for rain and fog, and I hit it about 10
    minutes outside of St. John's on the Trans-Canada HWY 1. I had
    decided that I would putz around the area some more today, then take
    the Argentia ferry back to North Sydney rather than spend two days
    riding in low-visibility and pouring rain back to Port aux Basques for
    that shorter/cheaper boat ride. Visibility and rain was/is so bad
    that I decided to simply go to the ferry terminal and catch up on my
    manifesto while waiting for the boat. I think we're scheduled to
    depart at 12:30 am.



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    #18
  19. CHROMEKID01

    CHROMEKID01 Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    370
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Excellent:freaky I really love reading how our ADVrider community alwasy seems to pull together when we have a rider in need.:clap
    #19
  20. Thoreau

    Thoreau hermit

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2007
    Oddometer:
    35
    Location:
    northern ny
    :thumb Outstanding!
    #20