Visiting the Canucks again....solo from Virginia to Labrador and Newfoundland

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Brett737cap, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. grubz916

    grubz916 Been here awhile

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    regarding the rainfly, i'd reach out to Marmot when you get back. Ive had the seamtape disintegrate on a rainfly and they replaced it for free. even tho the tent was 6 years old
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  2. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    I’ll definitely give it a shot!
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  3. Sjoerd Bakker

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    Re: carrying tie down straps ""Don’t waste space bringing your own.""

    Au contraire . It is a wise plan to always carry at least two tie down straps when motorcyling long distance as security measure for the unfortunate case when it becomes necessary to secure a load because of a break in a luggage rack , a lock failure on a luggage case or if the bike needs to be trasported on a trailer or pickup truck because of a mechanical failure and the operators of those conveyances don 't have such straps with them .Straps work better than logging chains :D.
    To save on storage space get the less bulky and easier to operate straps with the retaining cam where the strap simply is pulled tight .
    Whether you wish to use the straps provided by some ferries is a decision which might be influenced by the design , age and cleanliness of those straps.
    Judging from his photos I think Brett chose to use his own ratchet straps .
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  4. skibum69

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    My Mosko clinch straps tied down the duffel on my seat, tied the bike down on the Skagway ferry and served as a tow strap to get my bike to the small engine guy. Nice, versatile piece of kit.
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  5. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    Those were the ferry straps and they were fine. I’ve got quite a bit of sea time on my own boat in blue water. I can, with confidence, say that if a large ferry is pitching and rolling enough to break even old straps, there are bigger problems than your bike falling over. And I agree with skibum69 above, my mosko straps are a good standby. Tiedown straps are one of those limited contingency items on a trip like this. There are a ton of nice to have contingency items to carry but at some point you just have to leave them at home and figure you’ll figure it out and improvise if need be. Otherwise you’ll be loaded to the gills.
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    I need to go back. Good memories. All good observations and I agree with everything written. Jealous that the reservoir lake has a new building. I slept with the bears.
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  7. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    I saw those prints and I was like “yeah, no”. I figured you were a braver man than me.
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    Brave? More ignorance than balls. It was a lovely scene to wake up to though.
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  9. Brett737cap

    Brett737cap Life is short... leave with no regrets. Supporter

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    I’m sure I would’ve been fine but I just pussed out. Plus...bugs and sand. I’m not an avid camping fan so any excuse not to....
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  10. 'Bob'

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    Yep, the sand flies of Labrador are a special kind of torture. I lived in Lab West as a kid and we used to chase the DDT truck on our pedal bikes after supper just to get some relief...
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  11. Brett737cap

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    Skipping ahead to Day 15 momentarily because today was awesome! I hooked up with this beautiful woman today in St. John’s.
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    Yep, my wife flew in fromVirginia to spend a couple of days with me up here. I was so happy to see her I Did a little happy dance when I picked her up at the airport, which looks a little like the “I gotta go pee bad” dance you did as a kid. :rayof
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    Saint Johns is a great town.
    Spent some time there in 1984 with two local Harley riders I met In PEI on my 1981 R100RT.
    Met them a couple weeks later for a trip through the NE USA states..they invited me back to Nfld. Very hospitable people to say the least.
    Enjoy your visit with your wife & go to Signal Hill and get "Screeched in" and kiss a Cod fish. Its tradition while on the Rock.
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  13. skibum69

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    It's St. John's, Saint John is in New Brunswick.
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    So my wife and I are sitting in The Battery coffee shop in St John’s (did I get that right Skibum?) and having a coffee and a bunch of black SUVs pull up. Guys with radios and earpieces get out and station themselves outside and inside. And hen in walks Justin Trudeau, the PM of Canada. He ordered a coffee and then sat talking with some of the people who came in with him. It’s not often you get to see the head of state while visiting another country!

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    The guy he is chatting with is Dwight Ball, the Premier of the province.
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    Whoa, that's super cool! As a non-Canadian, I'm a bit surprised to see him in Newfoundland at all. No offense to the province but I would assume he spends 90% of his time in QC,BC and Ontario. It's refreshing to see him in the island provinces.
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    It’s Royal Regatta day here, which is a big deal I believe. Oldest continuously held sporting event in North America. It probably has something to do with that.
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    So glad I'm not there!
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    Also stuffing them with newspapers overnight helps a bit too. It wicks away a lot of the moisture, although not all.
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