It’s on! Finally got approval form work Friday for the trip I’ve been thinking about for two years. The trip is a motorcycle, a camera and myself. See, there’s this place called Labrador of which I’ve heard. I’d like to see if it actually exists and what’s there. For numerous reasons, I’ll be keeping the dates to myself, but thought it would have value for some to have me document the preparation, the trip, the outcome.
As it stands, the 6,000km (give or take) route is as per the map below. Each waypoint is a day.
From my Cabot Trail trip two years ago and the Gaspé trip last year, I’ve learnt a few things.
- When travelling for more than four days in a row, keeping to <500km/day on average is ideal to reduce fatigue and allow time off the bike for exploring, photography and random opportunities, any more and after a week it leads to zombie-state with only the destination in mind.
- Never know what’ll happen.
- Think ahead, but don’t over-pack. I’ll find things to bring home with me so need to keep some space on the bike.
- When riding, if I can’t keep a steady speed I’m tired. Time for a break.
- No need to pack too many clothes, I’m on a bike most of the time, clothes can be washed in a sink, fabrics dry overnight.
- Bugs. Expect them. Bastards.
- It will rain. A lot. Deal with it.
The trips I have done in the last two years were accomplished with a 20L tank bag and a 25L tail bag for luggage. Shoes were strapped on top of the tail bag. It wasn’t much, but it got the job done. For this trip, I acquired full aluminium panniers, each with 45L of storage (so !*@#ing expensive!). Along with the 20L tank bag (which will now largely only hold my camera). I’ll strap my tent, bedroll and tripod to the back of the bike (something with which I successfully fiddled when I went camping on my bike last year).
Now, the Trans-Labrador highway is not paved. That means I’m adding the following to my kit:
- Refreshed first aid kit
- Tire puncture kit
- Headlight guard (if behind a truck, flying gravel can do a lot of damage)
- 2 one-gallon fuel containers
- Bear repellent and flare
Otherwise, my camping burner, dried food, hardcore bug repellent, sunscreen and water are with me as always. Starbucks “Via” coffee packs are also great. I was toying with the idea of getting a Personal Locator Beacon, and still might (if my budget allows), but the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has satellite phones that can be borrowed for free. In the next few days I’ll figure out the cost of B&Bs, camping grounds, etc.
More updates in the near future.