September 16, 2010
The “Labrador Labour of Love” Tour!
From Remote Control to Control Remote by Huggy B
Viewers of A Motorcycle Experience and Yamaha bloggers have spoken. It was time to up the ante! So we’ve manned up! It’s time to tackle North America’s Final Frontier!
What’s the deal? From October 3rd – 7th, the much talked about, 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere will transport me the 1113KM’s from Baie-Comeau, QC to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL on the legendary Trans-Labrador Highway. The term highway may be a bit of a misnomer here. As a resident of populous Southern Ontario, I tend to think of a highway as a 6-lane, concrete overpass filled, stop-and-go nightmare for my daily commute. To the residents of Labrador though, the Trans-Lab qualifies as a “Highway” because it’s the one and only road that can take you right through the heart of Labrador. Stop and Go or scenic wilderness? The latter works for me!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a challenge without any adversity. Last year’s rules of no money, no food and no accommodations, (yes that means a tent…in Labrador…in October…. What have I got myself into?) are still in effect. Toss in additional factors like nearly 1000KM of dirt roads and hundred’s of KM’s between gas stations and I think we’ve got quite the trek on our hands!
On the heels of this, I phoned Tim Kryski, our district sales manager for Newfoundland and Labrador to get his thoughts. We gabbed for about 20 minutes but only three of his comments really stuck with me after our conversation. They were, “Labrador in October? I can remember 2 years ago when they had 6-inches of snow in the middle of September”. THEN, “I’ve ridden motorcycles all my life and never once had the urge to do that trip” AND FINALLY “I had a person tell me it would have been fun if they didn’t need to have their feet down the whole time.” (GULP) “Really? Gee Tim, I sincerely appreciate the pep-talk!”
But what is a life half-lived? Let’s cast away the boat lines and get this show started! The tour will start at Baie-Comeau Motorsports on the morning of the 4th. After that, we’ll try and stick to the tentative agenda below. If you live on QC’s HWY 389 or the Trans Lab look for the crew! I will be doing my best to provide updates (as long as wireless internet lets me) as the trip unfolds on the Yamaha Facebook page and Twitter accounts, so if you’re wanting to get all the grisly details be sure to bookmark; www.facebook.com/yamahamotorcanada or follow us on twitter at: YamahaMotorca.
In the meantime, anyone with any tips, preferably those that deal with edible plants, winter camping and how to fight off bears, please be sure to write in!
Monday, October 4
9:00 AM – Baie Comeau Motorsports
12:30 PM – Manic 5 Dam
2:00 PM – Manicougan Reservoir
4:00 PM – Relais Gabriel, QC
Tuesday, October 5
9:00 AM – Gagnon
10:00 AM – 52th Parallel
2:00 PM – Mount Wright
3:15 PM – Enter Labrador!
4:00 PM – Hewlett Minpaco, Labrador City/Wabush, NL
Wednesday, October 6
8:00 AM – Hewlett Minpaco
12:00 PM – Churchill Falls
4:00 PM – Central Labrador Plateau
6:00 PM – Frenchie’s Service Centre, Goose Bay, NL