So, a few weeks ago we ended up getting in touch with two local riders who are going on a trip to western Newfoundland and Labrador. That’s right, the same trek that ‘Arris and Jim attempted back in 2011, spectacularly unsuccessfully.
The riders, middle-aged average guys named Terry Burt and Peter Oxley, are on a KLR650 and V-Strom 1000. They’re doing periodic blog updates from their trip, and they’re also taping their adventures along the way; they’re planning to produce video webisodes when they get back, with help from Hemmings House.
They left for their trip on the weekend, and right now, they’re bombing around the Newfie mainland.
If you think this sounds fun, check out their blog here! Here’s some excerpts from their first blog update on the road:
“Monday was the grand kickoff, and turned into a crazy morning. It was kind of surreal that we were leaving, adding to that, the neighbours were beginning to show up in my yard to send us off. Did I say it was hot, ya it was hot, JC, I was sweating my bag off in all my Olympia riding gear trying to pack everything on the bike. Kim and the kids were milling around, then Pete and his family showed up, with their dogs, plus our dog and the neighbours dog, it was pandemoneum …
… We did eventually make it to North Sydney. It was a long boring day on the highway, or slab as we like to call it. The weather was incredible, warm sunny with light winds, perfect riding conditions.
… We rode the last half an hour into North Sydney in the dark. All our senses alert for the nocturnal creatures of the night, especially the moose. Thankfully the Vstrom has a set of headlights that light up the night, and they guided us to the ferry uneventfully.
… Chief Engineer of Blue Putees, Mark Lewis, took us on a tour of the bridge, and upgraded me to an outside room with a queen sized bed. Plus he arranged for us to be allowed on the bridge the following morning while docking. Awesome or what? The dumbass that I am, I never even got a picture of Mark, or interviewed him. Some videography I’m shaping up to be …