TransLab in Two Weeks

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by mystery jig, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. DukeMButu

    DukeMButu Minister of Culture

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    The truck stop hotel in Relais Gabriel and the Black Spruce Hunting Lodge in Churchill Falls will MORE than satisfy your Adventure Jones...
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  2. John F

    John F Been here awhile

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    I was up there first week in June 2016 and the Esker Road was blocked by snow at the 40 mike mark and the Orma Lake Road was blocked by snow at about the 15 mile mark.
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  3. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    Makes sense . They’re snowmobile trails in the winter. We shall see!


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  4. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    T-minus five days till departure. Listening to the Red Sox play Baltimore and choosing my tools for the trip. Getting a little help with that task.


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  5. Busy BoB

    Busy BoB Dress for the slide not the ride.

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    This was taken August 26th just outside Labrador city, heading east. The temp was 1 degree Celsius.
    The day started off cool, but turned into a picture perfect sunny weather of a day.
    The only two hazards I would warn about (should you have the same weather) would be road grading and mosquitoes (and all manner of blood lusting bugs). They may not be in full force just yet, though. Still, I could not envision camping with the hordes I fought off at every road side bladder stop.
    The essentials...... a tire repair kit, first aid kit, copious amounts of spare fuel, a loaner Sat phone (though they had none available when I went), and something to eat and drink.
    The road from Manic 5 to Baie Comeau (route 389) is a very fun ride, paved and twisty.
    Enjoy your trip!
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  6. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    I think we’re in for more cold weather than bugs but we take the warning seriously!


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  7. 52wrench

    52wrench Adventurer

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    x 10 on the bugs. I was in Newfieland on the Harley in August 2011 and decided to take the short ferry over to Blanc Sablon and rode up to the gravel. I have never ever seen black flies like I saw there, I mean they will damn near pick you up and carry you away, just freakin miserable. I cannot believe people live there with them. So make sure to pack a head net or two and deet.
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  8. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    My riding partner, Dean, gives us a quick glimpse of his Tiger. He’s ready to leave on Friday. I’m still packing.


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  9. Busy BoB

    Busy BoB Dress for the slide not the ride.

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    Hi Dean,
    Looks like a good set-up. I was wondering if the Roto-Pax water container will impede clearance when banking left?
    Safe travels, and have a great trip.
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  10. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    Dean, who is not an inmate at this facility, says: no. Clearance is fine. His bags sit up quite high.

    Though, I suppose if he goes down hard on that pannier, it could rupture.


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  11. jlambo

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    Mystery Jig, You're gonna dig this so much! This is our north, and theres something so special about it. The people are open, and helpful. The landscape is big, different and amazing. And you're guaranteed to see all varieties of weather, and the aurora also, if you get some clear nights.
    Enjoy!
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  12. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    I’ve only seen the aura once before. Fingers crossed!


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    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    Vacuum sealing some vittles for the trip this morning. Got a triple batch of jerky in the dehydrator.


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  14. John F

    John F Been here awhile

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    August 26 of what year? It’s all paved now from west of Fremont to HVGB. And as of the summer of 2016 about 40 miles were paved south of HVGB. I regret not getting up there sooner when virtually nothing was paved. Won’t be too long before you’ll be able to ride from Baie Comeau to Blanc Sablon without ever leaving pavement.
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  15. GravelRider

    GravelRider AKA max384 Supporter

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    There's always the completely unpaved Trans Taiga Road.
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  16. John F

    John F Been here awhile

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    I’m riding the TT the week of Labor Day this year! 103 days and counting.

    I’m still trying to find info on the road south from Brisay. Out and back would add 100 miles to my required range out of Mirage Outfitters. I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth it.
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  17. GravelRider

    GravelRider AKA max384 Supporter

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    I'm riding it mid-July this year. I was under the impression that that road was one of the private Hydro Quebec roads, but some Google searches seem to suggest otherwise, but I couldn't find anything definitive either. If that road is available to ride, is definitely like to.

    Anyhow, I don't want to clog up this thread with TT talk, but I started a trip planning thread the other day here

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...bec-north-road-james-bay-trans-taiga.1315858/

    Feel free to repost your question there. Or discuss this more.
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  18. striker3636

    striker3636 Been here awhile

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    So... This is what I was talking about. The Trans Lab is now better travelled by snowmobile...
    https://www.theweathernetwork.com/n...foot-of-snow-late-may-shovels-snow-day/102225
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  19. The Haymaker

    The Haymaker Testing Newtons Laws......

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    There's fuel in Brisay, but you need to time it right.
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  20. John F

    John F Been here awhile

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    What’s the timing in Brisay? Who sells gas there? I know at Mirage it’s Mirage Outfitters, and they’ve got gas mainly for their clientele, but others can buy. But what’s at Brisay? Reliable gas there (even only a couple hours a day) would mean I wouldn’t have to carry any extra gas. And it would open up the whole area for a few days’ exploring rather than a straight out-n-back.
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