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Leaving today for a 3-week trip, starting in Montreal, then NE through New Brunwick, to PEI, Nova Scotia, down through Maine, to NH and Vermont (maybe Newfoundland and Iceland along the way?). Am taking my laptop, but not sure I'll be anywhere to connect, as we're going to try camping on this one.

God bless those of you who are attending Brian's funeral today, and those of you were close to djoyce. Everyone, ride safe and be kind to each other.

XOXOX

Val
 

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Be safe, Val!
 

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Have a great trip and eat lots of lobster for me. BTW, you'll love PEI if it is still anything like it was 25 years ago.
 

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well, we didn't get very far. Took 2 days to get to Montreal and have been doing the jazz festival. WHAT A PARTY!!! 8 different stages with different groups and artists playing concurrently, all different kinds of music (15 guitarists all plucking - not strumming - some strange atonal stuff, groups from Oz, Denmark, New Orleans) and lots of buskars and other madness going on on the streets. Saw Keith Jarrett last night and decided to stay another day to see Cowboy Junkies tonight.

ummm, the riding part? We rode 2-up around Montreal today and saw the sights. Had crepes for lunch. :)

Back on the road tomorrow.
 

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Welcome and hope you enjoy it here!!!!
I wish I would have read about you coming here sooner.
It would have been nice to go for a ride with some 1130cc members.
 

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EXPLETIVE!!! I wrote a looonnnggg report of what we've been up to and seen and just LOST IT!!!

We're in Newfoundland now, heading up to Labrador. After we left Montreal, we stopped at Quebec City, then on to the Gaspe' Peninsula, to PEI from there, a quick trip through Nova Scotia (saving the Cabot Trail for the return), my right footpeg broke again, so we spent the day at Ramsey's HD in North Sydney, got to the ferry and rode 6 hrs over here. Saw a pod of whales on the way and something with a very big, dark fin swimming alongside the ferry.

What adventures we've had!!! Even tenting has been great. Very glad for the rain gear and electrics, however, and think we'll be even gladder as we head as far north as we can go. Turns out Labrador has 100 miles of paved road, so we'll ride a tankful there.

Actually found a t-shirt with a v-rod on it at Ramsey's today, among other models, but at least it's THERE.

Yippee!! This cold, rainy, watery, grey place feels just like home. Can't believe I lived on the East Coast for 14 years, homesick for the PNW the entire time, and never got up here before.

The pics are all still in Peter's camera, so those will have to wait until we get home.
 

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Wow, sounds like a great time. I'm here in DC for a couple of nights - you aren't missing nuttin here - hot humid and rainy.
 

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Best adventure yet

Unfortunately, we got home yesterday, mostly in one piece. What a trip!! No pics yet, but will post them when Peter gets them processed. It ended up being just short of 5000 miles, which was a little more than we had planned for a "sightseeing" trip, but every mile (except the last 2 days) was gorgeous. We did the Gaspe' Peninsula, Prince Edward Island, the ride up the Northern Peninsula in Newfoundland, Labrador, then the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton on the way back.

Three absolute necessities for riding the maritime provinces in early July:

1. Gallons of insect repellant. We had 2 new bottles we bought for the trip, went through those, went through another bottle I had in my saddlebag from last year, and ended up going through about 1/2 a bottle of combination sunscreen/insect repellant, and I even used the head net I got for the trip one night. In Labrador, one woman told us they don't let the kids play outside in the summer unless there's a stiff breeze blowing -- the mosquitos and flies were the biggest and nastiest there I'd ever seen!

2. The best shocks you can buy and the heaviest fork oil. Most of the side roads and many of the main roads were pitted, potholed, scraped up, and bumpy as hell. I had thought our PA roads took a prize, but these were the absolute worst ever. I needed a neck brace! We saw quite a few riders riding 2-up and I have no idea how those women survived.

3. Your winter riding clothes. Even on a sunny day, that breeze off the Gulf or Atlantic is COLD!!! The thermometer on my bike didn't get to 80 until we were back in Maine and heading home Thursday. There were places on the Gaspe' Peninsula where some of the trees hadn't leafed out yet, and the lilacs were still blooming on PEI -- definitely only late spring yet up there in places.

What made it so fabulous was the miles and miles of riding alongside the water in so many places, so little traffic, and so much emptiness. But, in NFL in particular, it got a little challenging to ride along whale watching, watching for moose (we saw ALOT of them), and trying to avoid the worst of the potholes...

And the FOOD!!! This was NOT the usual convenience store hot dogs and BBQ kinda trip. We ate so much lobster that we actually had ENOUGH, not to mention the huge fresh mussels, snow crab, oysters, maple cake and syrup, crepes, caribou, wild strawberries by the side of the road, bakeapple and partridgeberry preserves and pies...YUM!!!!
 

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Had my first accident - Friday the 13th

We were at the top end of Newfoundland and were heading out to L'Anse aux Meadows to see the first Viking settlement, riding through the little town there and following a taxi driver. On NL, the drivers are VERY courteous on the 2-lane roads, and when they get sick of you following them, they will pull over to the right side of the road when it looks ok to pass, and slow down to let you by. So, we came up a little hill and the taxi driver slowed down to a stop and pulled over onto the right-hand side of the road, which led me to believe he was letting us pass him. I moved to the left and started to go around him, still going about 10 mph, when I saw his bumper starting to come at me! I hit the throttle and swung into the other lane (luckily it was empty), but not fast enough to avoid him altogether. His bumper hooked on my engine guard, bent it and my right foot peg and brake pedal backward, then scraped off the entire outside pocket of my FPOS bag. I am not sure how it happened, but the bumper somehow didn't even touch my right leg (I think I may have raised it up high enough to get out of the way) and I kept the bike up -- didn't go down!!!! Of course, he swears that he signaled for a left turn, but neither Peter nor another guy who were behind me saw nor I saw any kind of signal, so that was bogus.

So, we exchanged the usual insurance information and about 4 people stopped to make sure we were alright and ask if we needed any help. The most helpful guy was a local artist, Bill, who also doubles as a re-enacter at the Nordsted tourist site there, and who rode up on his bicycle, heading to check in on his 91-year-old mother. Bill regaled us with stories about the history and people of the place, including Norm, the taxi driver's, entire life history, the economy, the state of the environment there, and so on for at least an hour. His main message, however, was that he wanted to make sure we weren't freaked out, would have all the help we would need, a place to stay, and would get home one way or another. Bless him -- by the time he stopped talking, I had stopped shaking and he had us laughing. Sent us to the Hillier's Auto Repair shop up the road (the bike was drivable, brake still worked), where we met the gang there, and most special, Gary, a fellow HOG member and owner of a 1976 Electra Glide.

Gary spent most of the day fixing the damage. He straightened out the engine guard and put it back on. Pulled out the brake pedal/footpeg and got them back into position. Then welded shut the hole in the frame the footpeg had made when it bent in. Only that one side piece of the frame took any damage, and he welded it up so well that I wasn't even worried about riding it the 2000 miles to get home, even over the unbelievably bumpy roads. Had no problems with it getting home, even at high speeds, bless the man!!!

We had planned to get together with him at the local pub that night, but as we were coming back into town for dinner, we saw him and his son getting his bike out, so we stopped for a ride, they came and had dessert with us while we ate, then took us on a short hike up to the top of a hill near the local high school that gave us a 360-degree view of the whole top of the world. We scared an 18-point moose off the path on the way up -- they are definitely big fellars up close. And from the top of the hill, we could see 5 different icebergs from up there, and just as the sun was going down (turning them all pink), a little squall came by and made us a rainbow from one iceberg to another! (Pic to follow.)

His wife found us up there, so we got to meet her, too, but decided to pass on the pub and/or the pig roast that was happening that night, as we were getting worried about the moose and had to get up fairly early the next day to get to the ferry to Labrador. And, we DID see 5 moose on the way back to the campground, which was only about 8 miles or less from town. None in the road, tho, and they didn't seem to like our pipes, so ran away from us, rather than towards us like the stupid deer do down here.

Both Gary and Bill were talking alot about the death of the fishing industry up there and what it's doing to them. All the young people are moving away, including 2 of Gary's daughters he had just put on the plane to Alberta the day before, to go get jobs out there related to the oil fields. Bill was telling us about one town of 600 that lost 50 young people in one summer, in a caravan heading for Alberta. The population of the town (St. Luniare-Griquet) we were in has dropped from 1500 to about 800 now. A big, empty place getting emptier, and hard, hard lonely for the people who are left. It's a long way to Alberta from NL and there's not alot of money to go visit your kids who have moved away. Gary's wife was really feeling the loss of her 2 daughters, naturally.

We talked to alot of different folks while we were standing around, waiting for Gary to get the bike rideable. One guy was actually flabbergasted when Peter told him we had never seen icebergs before. I guess he hasn't been off the island much...

So, when it was over, my small crash ended up being the highlight of the trip -- would never have met these people otherwise and sure did enjoy them.
 

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All I can say is wow. Better plan on a new rear tire.....
 

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Silly stuff --

I've been dealing with my insurance co. and the taxi driver's since getting home. My claims adjustor this morning told me there was a problem with my coverage, since my policy only covers me in the US and Canada. He was quite surprised to hear that Newfoundland has been a Canadian province since the 1940's. OTOH, even my Mom had to get out the atlas to find out where Labrador is.
 

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WOW Val, sounds like you had a heck of a trip. It is a shame to hear about the fishing industry and the hardships that the East Coasters are feeling at this time. Someday I plan on doing the Cabot Trail ride..
 

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Val said:
Silly stuff --

I've been dealing with my insurance co. and the taxi driver's since getting home. My claims adjustor this morning told me there was a problem with my coverage, since my policy only covers me in the US and Canada. He was quite surprised to hear that Newfoundland has been a Canadian province since the 1940's. OTOH, even my Mom had to get out the atlas to find out where Labrador is.
There are those, of course, who are still in denial about Newfies and the rest of Canada thing.....:deal:
 
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