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Discussion in 'Americas' started by gpax, Nov 9, 2017.
Yup been doing well, how about you? What's new?
Well... other than biffing the VFR twice in the last 2 years (with more damage to me than the bike), I've been doing pretty good and hoping to retire in the spring.
I did finally get to NL a few years ago and have managed some other great rides as well.
A return to the Maritimes and Newfoundland are on the radar, but a trek to Tuk this year or next is the immediate goal.
KKORO, I see your tweeked route takes you through Pohenegamook, PQ ( pronounced just the way it looks). You enter the town on a sweeping left handed with a great view of the lake on your left. And if you are on the gas and looking at the lake you will miss the unannounced right hand turn into Maine. Estcourt, ME (pop. 4) is a place most Mainers haven't even heard of and THE place "you can't get to from here" without going into Canada. But one of the few places that you can walk into the United States from Canada without going through customs. The International Park there may be worth a few minutes of your time to stretch your legs on your way through. Safe travels-
Gpax, what brings you your best memories from your prior rides? The turnaround point/destination? The most miles per day? Or an unrushed conversation with a local, or a happenstance meeting/ride with a fellow traveler? None better than the others, just different. I can say that 138, following the NorthShore of the St-Lawrence River, has not yet become a trade route and offers some incredible riding. And if planned in advance allows for a rather unique shoreline excursion to Blanc-Sablon. Safe travels-
Unfortunately this loops misses some of the best parts of these Provinces. In Quebec and would absolutely recommend the Gaspe loop (better than the Cabot Trail!), the north shore of Nova Scotia (starting in Amherst) to avoid the highway, and Route 19 on Cape Breton Island (once again to avoid the slab). In Newfoundland I would say take the extra time to visit places like Rose Blanche, Lark Harbor and Burgeo on the west coast of the rock. Oh yea, make sure to take the midnight ferry for North Sydney/Port aux Basques since it saves a day and gives you extra time to see NL.
My planning was turned on its head. My wife wants to go and she doesn't ride on my motorcycle. So we are still going. However, we will be towing my bike in its trailer behind the car. This means I will suspend my planning of a purely bike ride to the Atlantic Provinces. Instead I am going west in the spring.
So here is my new planning thread on my trip to California in April 2018.
Go on the tour at churchill falls generating station.
I don't know how much of the Trans Lab is still gravel but be careful approaching the graders. As you come up behind a grader heading in the same direction as you, you will want to change lanes and go around him. This forces you to cross the small mound of loose gravel in the center of the road and that moment can give lots of anxiety. Stand on pegs, look to horizon not the gravel and not the opposite edge of the road. You'll get it.
Camping in Gros Morne is a incredible experience in the morning.
In Newfoundland Stop at little villages along the route.
Meet the mayor in Happy Valley Goosebay. He is a great guy and likes the motorcycle travelers going through.
Meet the mayor in Happy Valley Goosebay. He is a great guy and likes the motorcycle travelers going through.[/QUOTE]
Tragic news about the current HV/GB Mayor....
I'm riding the East Coast of the US and into the Canadian Maritimes this spring( or into summer), too. Im into the planning stages. Trip should last at least 2 months. I did Alaska and western Canada this past year. I'll follow this thread to see what people post up. I'm looking for the "cant miss" items to do....
Just a follow up to my post... since Im already chomping at the bit to go... what is the earliest time/date/ month I can go without getting snowed on? When are the mosquitos the worst? Ive read about them....Dave
If you are talking about Labrador there is no definitive date. Every month last year had snow but the ones in June, July and August were insignificant oddities.
Any other month you are taking your chances. They were still using an icebreaker to get across the Strait of Belle Isle in early June of this year.
Inmate John F out of CT was up between May28 and June 7 of 2016 and his ride report would give you some ideas as to clothing etc. Labrador,cold and solo is an interesting read.
Blackflies are the scourge in Labrador. Bring a bug jacket.
If you can plan an day in Sydney (Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia) it's worthwhile to take the 40 minute trip to Louisbourg on the east coast. It's a 1700's restored french fortress that's worth the sidetrip; https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg
Just jumping in I retired yesterday starting to make plans for the summer. My sister has a place in ME and need to get pout of Bama in August- Sept ( while my wife continues to work here) what is the weather like up there in Sept. The last time I was camping at bay of Fundy was about august 45 years ago.
Is this all pavement, noticed mostly Dual sports I am currently riding an ST1300
I'm from Nova Scotia and have lots and lots of recommendations of where to ride around the Maritime provinces. Last year, leaving from Nova Scotia, I crossed the Trans Labrador Highway after doing the Gaspe peninsula, and came back via the west shore of Newfoundland, then rode the ferry back to NS. IT IS my favourite area to ride. But crossing Labrador is a challenge if you're not use to the loose ground under you. Let me know if you'd still like some feed back on travel. Nova Scotia has got specially marked secondary highway routes around the whole province that are easily picked up and on most of their tourist maps. ie, Lighthouse Route, Marine Drive, etc.
If we are talking Newfoundland it will be probably June (but still a chance here maybe..). I would look up a hotel as north as you wan to go and ask them. :) I'm from Nova Scotia, and I travel up north there in early August last year- was some rain warmer temperatures and that's what I prefer. But for bugs, in Aug in NF, in Gros Mourne Park, there was no real amount of bugs. Cross the water to Red Bay the next day, and get eaten alive! I don't think they stop in Labrador!
I didn't make it across the grader edge. Doh! Live and learn... luckily I was able to pick up and keep going thanks to a few helping hands.
I've been on the Cabot Trail. And around Newfoundland. Not an expert.
IMO, the famous Cabot trail is Newfoundland light. Nice - meat cove is especially great and worth the side trip - but NL IMO is more scenic and has much less traffic.
Newfoundland is amazing. But the weather can be an issue, the season is short, resources are limited, camping is everywhere and free, but hotels can be limited. Plan ahead, including booking ferry rides in advance (can be cancelled at no charge).
We went to the maritimes and newfoundland last summer. Starting from Montreal we spent 17 days on the road (we had 3 weeks vacation time). Hopewell Cape is a must see. East Point in PEI was interesting. Old part of Charlottetown is very nice. Cape Breton, also a must. Take your time the scenery is awesome. Book far ahead for the Newfoundland ferry is you want to take it by night. We didn't book anything more than two days in adavnce and ended up taking it during daytime so we lost 2 days just being on the boat. Bring gravol, you'll thank me if the weather turns nasty during sailing and we went luxury style on that one and rented a cabin on the boat. It was really worth it. Warm clothing, we spent a couple of hours in a mix of snow and rain in Newfoundlandin the middle of june! Labrador if you are camping, if not, it is sometimes hard to find last minute accomodations since they are very few options over there. If you decide to visit most of Newfoundland, plan a lot of time, the distances fom one place to another are really long!! In Newfoundland, you have to ride the T'railway, it's where you'll see the best scenery. It is mostly easy gravel and the trail starts just when you get off the boat. (We did it 2up on a full loaded bike without too many troubles). The little piece of road between Port aux Basque and Rose Blanche (not even half a day round trip) is a must. Beautiful scenery unlike anywhere else and small fun twisty road. Louisbourg in nova scotia is really interesting for history geeks like me. Lighthouse road around Halifax is magnificient. Have a nice ride!
I'm also in the planning stage of my trip. I'm thinking mine will be around two months. I'd really like to get up to NL to see some icebergs. Is late May early June a decent time for that? I'm also setting up for tent camping. I have a good Eureka tent, but it is a 3 season. Do I need a 4 season one for cold weather? Is rain an issue at that time? Black flies/mosquitoes? Dave
Mosquitoes probably won't be much of a problem that time of the year but bring repellant nonetheless. As for icebergs you would be pretty early, last year in mid to late june we only saw a couple of the smallest. July is best for iceberg viweing we were told. I think your tent will be fine but bring a good sleeping bag liner. Last year we encountered all sorts of weather there. In the same day we started off with 0 degrees Celsius in the morning up north at L'anse aux meadows with snow and it was about 30 degrees when we got into Gros Morne in early afternoon. Have a good one!