TransLab in Two Weeks

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

  1. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    Hey folks. We made it to Relais Gabriel, by the Manicougan Reservoir on Quebec 389. Fine weather except for some rain today. Clear and cold expected tomorrow. Here’s a short photo dump...

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    Still in Maine. That’s the state’s tallest mountain, most plentiful flower and sexiest KLR, all in one photo.

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    Dean and his Tiger hitch a ride across the St. Lawrence, from Matane to Baie Comeau.

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    Dean gets some Bob Seger cranking on his headset as the rain sets in on Quebec 389, just south of Relais Gabriel.

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    Tonight we are drying out and eating well at Relais Gabriel, the last fuel and food for 200 miles.


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  2. fastredbike

    fastredbike back on the loose

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    great start guys, very nice pics!
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  3. John F

    John F Been here awhile

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    I’m jealous.

    Watch out for the bears. They like to knock your bike over in the middle of the night and nibble on the tires. :-)
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  4. GregCo3000

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    Looks like a great trip so far! I'm setting out with a couple buds from Agusta, ME, at the end of June. Did you start in Portland and make it to Relais-Gabriel on your first day? What time did you start and finish? We're expecting to stop down by Manic 2 on day one and in general are planning on about 10hr days of riding. Awesome to see you updating on the road! Can't wait for more!
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  5. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    10 hrs a day in saddle sounds miserable. I’m mores of a five hour man. We rode from Portland to Dexter after work on Friday. Then, to Fort Kent on day two. We then went to Baie Comeau via Matane on Sunday. Relais Gabriel on Monday. Today (Tuesday) we made it to Lab City.

    We’re doing about 200 miles a day. Enjoying the trip. Looking around.

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  6. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Are there any bugs yet?
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  7. DooSki

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    From the snow in the pics, I'd guess it's still a little chilly for the bugs. I can't tell which is worse, freezing to death, or being eaten alive.
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  8. John F

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    I was up there about a week later two years ago and I had light snow from the Esker Road to HVGB. With electrics and heated grips, cold weather is tolerable (but I have limited endurance below 30F). I much prefer that to straining a beer through a head net by the fire at night, and eating cold food because the bugs clog my stove. I’m planning the TransTaiga the week after Labor Day this year. I’m hoping that’s the right balance of bugs vs snow for that end of the summer.
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  9. mystery jig

    mystery jig Van Gogh's Banjo

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    No bugs. Still a fair amount of snow and ice. Road is clear, though.


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  10. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    Definitely not.

    You should be in Goose Bay now. I just found this thread today, or I would've made some comments earlier. If I see you in town this evening I'll say hi.
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  11. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    Update: They made it to Goose Bay. I saw them coming into town so wheeled around and followed to where they were going.

    Sorry I couldn't chat longer. I've had to boost my bike the last two days in a row, so I think my battery is toast, and I didn't want to shut it off.

    Great pics, especially the one from the 389.

    Have a safe trip across. Take the time to do the side roads out to Charlottetown and St. Lewis. Go out to the lighthouse at L'Anse Amour. Ride to the end of the road in Quebec to Vieux Fort. There's not a lot of roads in Labrador, so if you're coming this far, you might as well be able to say you've ridden most of what there is to ride.
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  12. John F

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    I second the suggestion to ride out to Charlottetown, Pinsent’s Arm, and Saint Lewis. Neat little towns. At Saint Lewis, ride up the hill, past the dump, and go all the way to the end of the road. It ends at an old radar site from the Cold War with a spectacular view. It’s also the farthest east you can reach by road in North America. I camped there and drank beer and watched icebergs drift by.
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  13. max384

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    The farthest east you can reach by road in North America is near Saint John's in Newfoundland.
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  14. John F

    John F Been here awhile

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    Oops. I meant *continental* North America. There’s a sign to that effect at the abandoned radar site at the top of the hill outside Saint Lewis.

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  15. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    4C with rain/snow here today, and a snowfall warning in the Straits, so I imagine the boys aren't going to make a lot of progress today.
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  16. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    Trans-Lab this afternoon.
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    Wow. Wouldn’t want to be out there on two wheels today. Seems like a good day to hunker down and kill some beers.
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  18. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    No one's heard from them since?
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  19. John F

    John F Been here awhile

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    Hopefully the weather cleared up and they’re happily out of cell service. If they don’t update within a week or two, I guess they’ll become part of the lore of the Big Land.
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  20. fastredbike

    fastredbike back on the loose

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    Maybe mystery jig is holed up somewhere beside a warm fire working on a new original tune about this latest adventure
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