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post #1 of 23 Old 07-27-2018, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Since retirement 3 years ago (finally quit taking consulting money) I started taking long trips in June.
I hate riding in heat and most of the places I want to ride are still cool in June. I'm in Northern Michigan, so its easy to get to Canada. 2016 was a trip to the Seguanay Fiord in Northern Quebec. 2017 was up to Alaska. Both trips were on my trusted 2004 KLR.

This year I went to Newfoundland. I decided my old bones could use a little more comfort so I bought a 2012 Vstrom 1000.20180605_105843_1532695144240.jpg First day took me just East of Subury. I didnt take any pictures because, although its a great ride, I've done it many times and I was just trying to get to new territory quickly. I stayed at my favourite kind of motel. Doesn't look like much on the outside, but ma and pa keep it nice and clean on the inside.20180606_081646_1532697188012.jpg I don't have any idea the significance of the ice dancers in the front yard, but it seems very Canadian.20180606_081717_1532697367911.jpg

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Second day was uneventful. Crossed over into Vermont just south of Ottawa. The picture is of Lake Nipissing by North Bay, ON. My ride reports tend to have few pictures because I don't like to stop riding to take a picture. This trip is even worse because my knock off GoPro took a dive the day I left.
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3rd day was a great ride. I took 68, 56 and 3 across NY to Lake Champlain. I went to the norther ferry because it was longer and I like ferry rides. Unfortunately, it was closed so I rode down to the southern ferry. 20180607_173748_1532782491286.jpg The ride on the ferry was fine but too short. 20180607_173742_1532782544162.jpg Very calm conditions. 20180607_173737_1532782574594.jpgAfter that I made my way to Montpelier for the night. I know I should have taken more pictures through the Adirondacks, but the riding was just too much fun to stop.

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Hey Kkoro, looking forward to reading more about your trip. I'm planning 2 weeks in early September to either Newfoundland or New Brunswick/Quebec.
Which ferry are you taking to Newfoundland?

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Hey Kkoro, looking forward to reading more about your trip. I'm planning 2 weeks in early September to either Newfoundland or New Brunswick/Quebec.
Which ferry are you taking to Newfoundland?

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First, I should let you know the trip is done.

I took the North Sydney ferry as I was going to stay on the west side of the "Rock." I took the overnight because in the long run it was cheaper than getting a cabin on the ferry than getting a motel room on both sides of the ferry ride. I didn't want to ride at night because of all the cautionary tales of folks having collisions with moose. One sign said "100's" of moose collisions. That being so, a motel room the night before the day ferry and a motel room after the ferry added up to more than the cabin on the ferry. Everyone told me to book a cabin way early because they fill up. That would put me on a schedule and that's just not the way I ride. So, the day before I got to North Sydney I booked passage and put my name in line to get a cabin if someone cancelled. Both going and coming I received an email the day I booked that I had gotten a cabin. It's not a guarantee, but it worked both times for me. The worst case scenario is that you'll have to sleep in a seat all night. The regular seats are very nice -- much better than an airline seat, even business class. If you wanted a little more comfort you can get a reserved seat that is very luxurious.

Hope you have a great trip. Newfoundland is unique and has very good riding.

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I crossed over to New Brunswick at St Stephens. Stayed in a unique 400 ft. Cabin that was off the grid. Very interesting and bright folks. The picture shows their garden which they have to build up because of the poor soil, and their new house being built with stone. 20180609_092605_1533128870795.jpg20180609_092553_1533129004403.jpg20180609_091939_1533129096762.jpg

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When going north in New Brunswick, you can either take hwy 1 (freeway) or stay to the east and follow the Bay of Fundy. Of course, I followed the bay of Fundy. The tides along the Bay of Fundy are the highest in the world. 20180609_122043_1533387188444.jpg If you look closly at the picture you can see how high the tide is. It's 30 ft.

Instead of staying in New Brunswick the first night, I decided to cross the bridge over to Prince Edward Island. At some point I might get one of those maps that show the provinces and state I've visited by motorcycle. I crossed the bridge, got a room and the next morning crossed back. Now I'll be able to colour that one in.

There's a road called the Sunrise Trail that will take you north of the freeway to Nova Scotia. I think it was highway 6. It's a nice 2 lane that runs along the ocean. One of the scenic little towns along the way was Pugwash. 20180611_110105_1533388316575.jpg All I could think of was that folks will travel a long way to give their dog a bath.

As I approached Cape Breton, I took of shots before crossing the bridge.20180611_170322_1533388745953.jpg20180611_170315_1533388668932.jpg Finally, Cape Breton.20180611_153904_1533388880900.jpg

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I motored right through Cape Breton to North Sydney and the the ferry to Newfoundland. I plan on more riding on Cape Breton on my way back home. I was told to make a reservation early if I wanted a cabin. I don't make plans that way as I like the freedom to go where and when I like. What I did was call the day before I got to the ferry and put my name on the waiting list. Both going over and coming back I received notice I had a cabin the day I made the call. Because of all the warnings about moose collisions at night I didn't want to ride at night. If I had taken the day ferry, which is cheaper, I would have to get a motel room the day before in North Sydney and a motel room in Channel-Port aux Basques. It was less expensive to get a room and sleep during the ride over. Be warned, you will read in some literature the ferry ride is 9 hours. It really is only 7. I set my alarm to get up, shower and be ready to disembark in 9 hours. I woke up to an announcement telling me I had 30 minutes to disembark. I ended up being the last one off the boat, and with no shower.

There were a few other bikes on the trip across. I had my own tie down straps, but there plenty straps provided on the ferry. 20180611_213401_1533557828555.jpg 20180611_213802_1533557897213.jpg The cabins were very nice. 20180616_223307_1533558153632.jpg
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After a good night's sleep I went to the info center that sits high above the town of Channel-port aux Basques. 20180612_082256_1533647190853.jpg I could feel the difference in the air. It wasn't just that it was cold (locals said it had been a cold Spring) but the air felt, somehow, crisper and cleaner. Coming from Michigan, it was the difference between being near Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. 20180612_081203_1533647236710.jpg The snow wasn't just in the mountains, but also down lower where I was riding.20180614_104950_1533647313179.jpg I knew I was probably in for some cold riding. I eschew electric gear as I would always be worried about failure just when I really need it. So, my 3 layers on my legs, 4 layers up top and 3 layers of gloves will have to suffice. My entire time in Newfoundland was spent riding in the 40's, with one day never getting out of the high 30's. I always felt comfortable, but, admittedly, bulky.😉

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I was exploring the western peninsula in NF when my (borrowed) '88 K100rs starter died. Good memories though. Pulled over for speeding (RCMP) and we chatted awhile then I was given a souvenir ticket. I learned 2nd gear is best when push starting. At the ferry terminal I made friends with the MC folks in the bar and got a push start unto the ferry. I followed them up to the top deck where they pulled out a bottle of whiskey and another of ginger ale, looked at me and said I needed to find a cup. Spent a nice evening sleeping under stars as the boat crossed the channel.
Another time just off the ferry in North Sydney, early am still dark out I was cruising the main street in the unfamiliar town looking for any sign of coffee. Of course the police cruiser came by and stopped opposite me so I explained I was just off the ferry and looking for coffee. Follow me he said and he took me to Tim Horton's (kind of Canadian starbucks) for coffee and conversation. I like the slow pace of the east.

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