A Langford, B.C., motorcycle shop worker plans to ride across the
country and up one of the coldest roads on the east coast – in the
middle of winter.
Paul Mondor rode across the country last winter and plans to do it again in January, but he’ll add 1,500 km of Trans-Labrador Highway to the trip this time, according to an item in the Prince Albert Daily Herald.
The long-distance truck driver and motorcyclist once trained in cold-weather survival with the military, but he acknowledges that the Labrador ice highway in particular will be dangerous. He’ll ride a 650 BMW with a sidecar loaded with survival items.
Read more at www.paherald.sk.ca or check out a CBC news report about his last trip here .
First, it’s not an “iceway.” It’s a gravel road, snow-covered all winter – no “open ocean.” We drive back and forth all summer, without paddles.
12-15m snow walls? Yes, we get snow, 17-20′ of all-natural snow – which we clear as required, same as Aspen or Vail.
While we get low temps, -30 is average, though wind chill can push it lower. Riding makes it’s own wind, which is why most people don’t ride in February!
No cell coverage for 500km, so we use province-provided sat phones. Started as a community program!
See http://www.labradorwest.com for the real deal.
I’m sure the riding community will be following Paul’s daily progress,even more so than last time. GO,PAUL,GO!!
And people think I’m crazy