American riders enjoying Labrador

Bonnie Learning
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Foursome travelled from Georgia, with plans to visit island portion of province

It was a fair distance to travel —  over 3,000 kilometres — but it was well worth the time and effort, according to one American couple.

Georgia tourists (from left) Renita and Danny Roberts, Douglas Kimpel and Bob Quijano, were very impressed with their drive on the Trans-Labrador Highway. The group left Suches, Georgia, in mid-June, arriving in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on June 24, where they stocked up on supplies before hitting the road again.

Renita and Danny Roberts — along with family member Douglas Kimpel and friend Bob Quijano — stopped in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for a day on June 24 after travelling for over a week from their home in Suches, Georgia, on their motorcycles.

“We've been riding for many years,” said Renita, adding they completed Alaska's Dalton Highway last year, and travelled through western Canada over the last couple of years.

“This is our first time in eastern Canada. We've done the RV thing; but now that the kids have grown up, it was time to park the RV and get the motorcycle!”

This was their first time on the Trans-Labrador Highway, having picked it after doing some research on the Internet and talking to people.

“It was a beautiful drive, beautiful highway,” she noted. “We saw one bear, some porcupine.”

The couple and their friends stayed at hotels and parks along the way, as they travelled from Georgia, through North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont, before hitting Canadian soil in Fermont, Que.

“We averaged about 400 miles (643 kilometres) a day,” said Renita, adding they kept in contact with each other via headsets in their helmets.

“We stayed in touch with family and friends to let them know where we were whenever we got Wi-Fi in a restaurant or somewhere. We also had out GPS and tools and spare parts in case something went wrong, but everything went pretty smooth.”

She said they were grateful to be able to get a nice hot shower at the Labrador Friendship Centre when they arrived in town.

“Someone in town told us about that service, so that was great,” Renita noted, adding everyone they met in Labrador was “very friendly.”

“Everyone we spoke to in Labrador has made us feel so welcome,” she said.

After picking up extra supplies at a local grocery store, the group got their gear packed away once again before hitting the open road.

“We're planning on visiting St. John's and then on through Nova Scotia and the Maritimes,” said Danny, as he packed away some groceries in a small cooler.

“We're planning on being back home by July 18, as I have to be back to work on July 19.”

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Organizations: Trans-Labrador Highway, Labrador Friendship Centre

Geographic location: Labrador, Georgia, Canada Happy Valley Goose Bay Suches Alaska North Carolina West Virginia Pennsylvania New York Vermont Fermont, Que St. John's Nova Scotia

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  • Margaret Etheridge
    August 27, 2014 - 01:07

    Making some beautiful memories !!! So happy for you Renita and Danny !!!

  • Margaret Etheridge
    August 27, 2014 - 01:06

    Making some beautiful memories !!! So happy for you Renita and Danny !!!