Ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time

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event. I saw the map and the road that went to Labrador and then crossed that, and the idea hit me. It took about a year to plan but now it’s hap­pen­ing.”

Most the group ar­rived last Fri­day, and on Satur­day were hosted by the Gate­way Cen­tre. “There was an op­por­tu­nity to find out more about the area, and meet lo­cal peo­ple,” ex­plains Sarah Hal­l­i­day of the Gate­way Cen­tre In Labrador West.

One of the cy­clists, Sami Sauri, had lots of ques­tions about things like bears and mos­qui­tos, and about the lay­out of the route.

“I did Route 66 in April and I had some prob­lems with my knee, but I’m look­ing for­ward to this,” she says.

Rathe told the Aurora you have to be re­silient on a trip like this, and work­ing to­gether with this team will be quite the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dan Craven from Namibia joined the group on Sun­day. He had just com­pleted an event in Scot­land. He pointed out,” This is dif­fer­ent this is not a race, it’s an ad­ven­ture.”

The group, for the most part, will be camp­ing along the way and all are look­ing for­ward to the scenery and the ad­ven­ture as they cross the big land and move onto the is­land.

All are hop­ing for the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time, a chance to maybe see the North­ern Lights and, of course, meet with lo­cals.

The group left Sun­day af­ter­noon and three en­thu­si­as­tic lo­cal cy­clists, Jen Jen­nings, Ruth Cor­bett and Ken Manstan, rode along with them for the first 20 kilo­me­tres or so.

“It was great to meet them and to ride with pro­fes­sion­als.”

Des­ti­na­tion Labrador, along with Que­bec, has branded a route “Ex­pe­di­tion 51.”

The route is 1,700 km long and takes about 26 hours to drive. It in­cludes roads, and high­ways 389, 500, 510 and part of 138, as well as the north­ern cir­cuit which spans from BaieComeau, QC to Blanc-Sablon, QC.

The ex­pe­di­tion will be fea­tured in Mor­ton’s up­com­ing documentary.

Randy Letto, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Des­ti­na­tion Labrador, says they are pleased to part­ner with this group and to pro­mote cy­cling.

He says they did some­thing sim­i­lar with mo­tor­cy­cles sev­eral years ago and the re­sult has been in­creased aware­ness of the op­por­tu­ni­ties to mo­tor­cy­cle in Labrador.

Ac­cord­ing to Letto, when he did a re­cent drive of the trans Labrador high­way, he en­coun­tered a num­ber of mo­tor cy­cle groups.

PHOTOS BY MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

The group as they leave Labrador West.

The start of quite an ad­ven­ture.

From left, Sami Sauri, Nate Sorensen cin­e­matog­ra­pher, Matt Bowne pro­ducer, Ja­cob Rathe and An­gus Mor­ton.

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