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New England and Eastern Canada / Re: Trans Labrador Highway
« Last post by OnionDumper on March 21, 2020, 04:07:43 PM »
nice trip and the photos are great... :thumb
New England and Eastern Canada / Re: Trans Labrador Highway
« Last post by Traveler on March 21, 2020, 06:29:15 AM »
So, now that we're can't create any new adventures, it might be a good time to remember the old. Here's a link to a couple of pics taken during my Trans-Labrador highway adventure.

@ FromMaine "Just riding up either side of the St. Lawrence is a nice ride." I've been up both sides now but the 138 on the north side is spectacular. For my 1st big adventure, I took the south side, then pealed off at the 85 (Canada 2) for a run over the Nova Scotia. My turn-around was at Cape Breton's  Meat Cove. I thought I had reached the most easterly edge of North America. But the locals said "No way! Cape Spear in Newfoundland is the Real Deal." So I went back via the Trans Labrador Highway. I started my coast to coast run in Prince Rupert, BC with my final destination as Cape Spear (with a short detour to Yellowknife, NT).

One day I want to run the New Brunswick coast all the way up to Gaspe then all the way over the top. PEI is always a wonderful destination. From LA, my ingress to the area has always been straight north to Canada, then via the Trans Canada highway (Canada 1 or 16), then along the Canadian north shore of the Great Lakes. 1st the Rocky Mountains, then the great plains, then the forests . . . That's a magnificent run too.

"In 1983 I tried a similar ride, though I planned on turning back at Goose Bay. About 50-60 kilometers on 389 quickly challenged the merits of trying it on my 78 CX500, so I turned back."

Did you get to the Motel Energie? That's about where the pavement ends. The Manic 2 dam may have been your turnaround. Locals say Quebec will Never pave the 389 to Lab City cuz it's serving a city in Labrador. However, it's the closest, most direct lifeline to the Lab City and Happy Valley. Otherwise, tomatoes to toothbrushes must ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, then ferry again from Newfoundland to Labrador, then endure miles of dirt road to get up into Labrador.

About 30 miles north of EOP (end of pavement) above the Manic 5 dam the road turns into a muddy hole for about 100 yards. At that point I paused and thought 'How bad do you want this?" I continued but about half way across an 18 wheeler passed close enough for me to reach out and touch his lug nuts . . . then another came blasting by. My concentration was so intense I just carried on. As I came out of the mud hole, I noticed one of the trucks stopped on the road about 1/4 mile ahead. He had stopped to make sure I got out. When I got to Lab City, I discovered the main coffee shop was the single McDonalds in town. As I rolled in and sat down a guy came over and said "You were that bike with that orange tail bag, weren't you?" It was one of the truck drivers.

He said the mud hole was a known hazard for the rig drivers and the only way for an 18 wheeler to get through it was to to get up a full head of steam and just plow in. He said his truck got loose in the muck and he had to 'back off' to let it settle into the hard-pack still not soaked though . . . I guess just as he was passing me! That orange tail bag turned into my Lab Highway I.D. I was often approached on the road "You're the bike with that orange pack."  Even more often I was approached by folks wanting to relive the days, 30 years ago, when they had their own Gen-1 V4. That bike still has a lot of fans including me.

The trip was in late September: The northland's Fall sweet spot. For we southerners, the Labrador wilderness is a whole new world. I saw a bit of this on my northbound trip to Yellowknife, but nothing compared to the fall colors on the leg from Happy Valley / Goose Bay to Red Bay. The pics tell the story.

It looks like it's gonna be a while, so for now I'm just enjoying the memories.
Bike of the Month / Re: March 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by Stretch on March 06, 2020, 09:12:15 PM »
Good choice Michael and great job Alalien!!!
Bike of the Month / Re: March 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by OnionDumper on March 06, 2020, 09:10:31 PM »
Congrats looks great.. :thumb
Bike of the Month / Re: March 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by klopperg on March 06, 2020, 06:14:52 AM »
Very nice, congrats.  :thumb :thumb
Bike of the Month / March 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by FromMaine on March 02, 2020, 03:27:38 PM »
Had to do a little digging around for this months bike, but I think I found a winner.

Congratulations alalien, your 1984 VF1100C Magna is March's BOTM.

A link to the post.
Bike of the Month / Re: Febuary 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by EV on February 16, 2020, 05:43:07 AM »
Nice choice Mike!   I think that's more chrome that I have ever seen on a V45 lol, and you know how much I like chrome  :bike: Congrats on the great looking new to you bike! PO obviously  took good care of her.
Bike of the Month / Re: April 2019 Bike of the Month
« Last post by CruisingRam on February 11, 2020, 07:45:32 PM »
Well, sad news- I have to decide what to do- the thief ran it hard, fucked it up, and has water in the cylinders, cleaned it out, super low compression now. I am not sure if met it's end or will try a phoenix from the ashes yet.
Bike of the Month / Re: Febuary 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by TarHeelV4Rider on February 08, 2020, 04:56:59 PM »
Nice bike!!
Bike of the Month / Re: Febuary 2020 Bike of the Month
« Last post by klopperg on February 06, 2020, 02:00:52 AM »
That bike is awesome  :beer:
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