Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"The Trans Lab" - An epic journey

In looking through some of the blog entries today, I realised that our single biggest adventure to date does not yet have its own write up. Until Peter gets a chance to write-up one of his great accounts of the trip, you can see a slideshow with running commentary here.

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Briefly, the trip was a 5000km loop of eastern Canada. We started out from Ottawa/Montreal, ran the north shore of the St. Lawrence, shot way north from Baie Comeau to Fermont, QC, sped fully across the Trans-Labrador Hwy. to Happy Valley-Goose Bay and on to Blanc Sablon, QC. After a quick ferry ride, we sputtered the length of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula, whipped around Cape Breton Island in a morning, and cruised along the Northumberland Straight to Sackville. Following a couple of days reliving our youth in Bag Vegas, we rode on north through New Brunswick, enjoyed some Meredith hospitality at Riviere-du-Loup on the Saint Lawrence before finally returning back home.

If we can cover this distance in about 11 days, surely we can do ~12,000km through Africa in about 45 days... This was a trip filled with testing the limits of the KLR, old friends, and new friends (cue Farmer Bob).

Peter keeps talking about trying to do the whole loop in 72 hours. I'm game, but maybe only once we have better bikes.

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