Friday, July 11, 2014

Labrador and Newfoundland (Aug. 1-10, 2014)

The Trans Labrador Highway (TLH, for short) was in my sights ever since I first heard about it. It’s as far North-East as you can get on any road on this continent, and since it was fully complete in 2010 connects back to Newfoundland. On my unofficial remoteness scale it’s right next to Trans-Taiga Road, another “end of nowhere” road. It’s also mostly gravel and dirt, about 1,000Km of it (figure yet to be empirically adjusted).

Labrador is about the same size as Arizona, the seventh largest US state. The total population is 30,000, with almost two thirds living in two cities (if you can call them that). There are not a lot of people left to fill up the rest of its vast territory.

If at this point you are asking yourself “Why would I go there, especially on a motorcycle?”, don’t read any further. If, like me, you would like to ride it because it’s remote and a big challenge to get there - read on.

I finally decided to bite the bullet instead of waiting for ideal conditions (such as a bike better suited for gravel) and I’m riding it (the road, not the bullet :) ) August 1-10, 2014. I have three weeks to plan and prepare. Most of it, including the ride report will be documented here for your reference and enjoyment.