After passing through the NS border checkpoint we stopped for our first fuel of the trip at Amherst, NS
After passing through the NS border checkpoint we stopped for our first fuel of the trip at Amherst, NS
John fueling his bike.  He only has a 220KM range so we stopped quite often.  There were a couple of close calls finding fuel as he'd not brought any supplemental fuel container.
John fueling his bike. He only has a 220KM range so we stopped quite often. There were a couple of close calls finding fuel as he'd not brought any supplemental fuel container.
A late dinner at Subway in North Sydney waiting for the ferry departure at 11:45pm.
A late dinner at Subway in North Sydney waiting for the ferry departure at 11:45pm.
John eating dinner
John eating dinner
Day One 502 KM - all paved
Day One 502 KM - all paved
We were lucky to get onboard the ferry before the rain started.  The ferry was completely booked - I was the last passenger allowed on.
We were lucky to get onboard the ferry before the rain started. The ferry was completely booked - I was the last passenger allowed on.
social distancing meant an uncrowded ferry - quiet too and I slept well through the night.
social distancing meant an uncrowded ferry - quiet too and I slept well through the night.
first order of business once off the boat was breakfast at Tim's and then an hour spent trying to reset the bead on John's front tire.  In installing the new tire he hadn't got the bead quite right and it was bouncing badly at certain speeds.  Much futzing ensued.
first order of business once off the boat was breakfast at Tim's and then an hour spent trying to reset the bead on John's front tire. In installing the new tire he hadn't got the bead quite right and it was bouncing badly at certain speeds. Much futzing ensued.
boredom photos while John futzed with his tire.  This is the start of the rail trail but we opted to stick to the tarmac for the day.
boredom photos while John futzed with his tire. This is the start of the rail trail but we opted to stick to the tarmac for the day.
Eventually John killed his battery running the air pump, luckly I had my battery powered jump starter.  This wasn't the last time he'd need it.
Eventually John killed his battery running the air pump, luckly I had my battery powered jump starter. This wasn't the last time he'd need it.
in Port-aux-Basques
in Port-aux-Basques
This is a functioning astrolabe
This is a functioning astrolabe
stopping along the way for a stretch.  The weather was a bit drizzly, not much real rain and cool - very windy (into our faces) all the way to Gros Morne NP.
stopping along the way for a stretch. The weather was a bit drizzly, not much real rain and cool - very windy (into our faces) all the way to Gros Morne NP.
Day Two 387 KM, virtually all paved
Day Two 387 KM, virtually all paved
Day Three (rest day) 9 KM
Day Three (rest day) 9 KM
Day Four, pulled the plug - 365 KM
Day Four, pulled the plug - 365 KM
I made my feelings clear several times about the state of the rear tire John had chosen to travel on - cheap bastard!
I made my feelings clear several times about the state of the rear tire John had chosen to travel on - cheap bastard!
Day Five 86 KM plus 253 KM on the ferry
Day Five 86 KM plus 253 KM on the ferry
This is how the tire looked along the way home.  Yes, I ranted.
This is how the tire looked along the way home. Yes, I ranted.
keeping the motor oil reserve close on the aging KLR.
keeping the motor oil reserve close on the aging KLR.
Day Six 469 KM
Day Six 469 KM
The whole trip 2,166 KM incl the ferry
The whole trip 2,166 KM incl the ferry
Found out my clutch cable looked like this when we stopped at Gros Morne.  "a week to 10 days" for a new one in Corner Brook and just another  reason I aborted the trip.  I babied the clutch lever all the way home using it for starts, stops and shifting to 2nd gear only - all other shifts were clutchless to preserve the cable.
Found out my clutch cable looked like this when we stopped at Gros Morne. "a week to 10 days" for a new one in Corner Brook and just another reason I aborted the trip. I babied the clutch lever all the way home using it for starts, stops and shifting to 2nd gear only - all other shifts were clutchless to preserve the cable.
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