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A few shots from Labrador
« on: October 03, 2013, 04:35:01 AM »


Here’s a few shots of some roads in Labrador. We flew to Goose Bay then continued north to the Aboriginal Community of Natuashish……where the only way in is the coastal boat or plane.

There’s one main road about 8km linking the wharf with the airport.






 


 

 
 

 

 

 
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013, 04:44:00 AM »


On the way back, we had an overnight stop in Goose Bay so rented a car and did a little touring on the Trans Labrador Highway


 














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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2013, 09:43:36 AM »



243.5 miles must be close to a record for next services signage in North America.  I've seen 162 miles in Nevada, but this is much further.
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2013, 09:50:25 AM »

Oscar has a picture of his website of a "Next Services 244 Miles" sign on the Dalton Highway, although he says it's been replaced with a new sign reducing the distance to 240 miles.
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 11:19:59 AM »


What is the First Nations language on the octagon above?
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2013, 12:39:11 PM »


What is the First Nations language on the octagon above?

interesting that Wikipedia's gallery of stop signs in various languages does not include this one.

it may be related to Mikmaq stop signs, with "Negaasi" legend.
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013, 12:40:25 PM »

also: these pictures are awesome.  I was there in 1988 and don't remember much at all.
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2013, 12:46:12 PM »


243.5 miles must be close to a record for next services signage in North America.  I've seen 162 miles in Nevada, but this is much further.

I'll bet there are larger gaps in Mexico, but I'll also bet they are unsigned.

if you want to expand the discussion away from North America, then Patagonia is the place to go.  500-600km is to be planned for.
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2013, 06:59:40 PM »

243.5 miles must be close to a record for next services signage in North America.  I've seen 162 miles in Nevada, but this is much further.
The other end of that gap, at Port Hope Simpson NL, has a sign warning of no services for 410km, or about 255 miles.  See http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=5335.msg116556#msg116556  This includes the extra distance between the sign ghYHZ posted, and the nearest gas station in Goose Bay. 
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2013, 07:03:53 PM »

What is the First Nations language on the octagon above?

It’s Innu/Montagnais.
 
While working there, everyone I dealt with was bilingual......easily switching between Innu and English.

http://www.innu.ca/
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2013, 07:52:58 PM »

What is the First Nations language on the octagon above?

It’s Innu/Montagnais.
 
While working there, everyone I dealt with was bilingual......easily switching between Innu and English.

http://www.innu.ca/


Thanks. Your pictures are superb. 

From previous reading, it sounded to me like much of the "old" Trans-Labrador Highway (500) was gravel surface, but I see blacktop in the shots you took.

Do you know if that blacktop runs all the way to the Quebec border?
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2013, 05:44:37 AM »

Thanks. Your pictures are superb. 

From previous reading, it sounded to me like much of the "old" Trans-Labrador Highway (500) was gravel surface, but I see blacktop in the shots you took.

Do you know if that blacktop runs all the way to the Quebec border?

Thanks.

According to this quote from the linked .PDF……..it looks like most of the route from Goose Bay thru Churchill Falls to Labrador City is now paved. I did ask a couple of the locals last week how much was paved and they did say quite a bit but it will probably be several years before the paving is complete east from Goose Bay to coast and the ferry to the island of Newfoundland .

"320km of route 500 is paved (204km on the Lab West side, 116km on the Goose Bay end). Construction will be ongoing each summer, with the remaining 206km scheduled to be paved in 2013, some final touches may be required during the summer of 2014”

http://www.destinationlabrador.com/guide/files/travel_trade/the_trans_labrador_highway.pdf

I did this loop from Nova Scotia in 2010 and plan to do it again next summer.
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2013, 07:15:05 AM »



243.5 miles must be close to a record for next services signage in North America.  I've seen 162 miles in Nevada, but this is much further.
I dealt with 480 km from Fort Liard to Fort Providence in the Northwest Territories. Fort Simpson to Fort Providence is only 320 km, though. Neither of the two forts were on my main route (7 to 1), but I wasn't going farther than that for gas.

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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2013, 04:04:06 PM »

What is the First Nations language on the octagon above?

It’s Innu/Montagnais.
 
While working there, everyone I dealt with was bilingual......easily switching between Innu and English.

http://www.innu.ca/


Not quite the same Innu-aimun dialect as spoken on southern coastal Nitassinan. Natuashish speak a language closer to what Mushuau-innu («men from the inner land», literally) people spoke before their settlement.

Innu from Québec speak a language in direct parenting with Atikamekw and Eastern Cree. The stop sign is different; it says "Nakaï/Arrêt" (although i highly doubt that this form ending with an "ï" is recognized by the standardized spelling) in some communities, or simply "Nakai" in others. On the other hand, Cree stop signs are either bilingual cree, trilingual Cree/French/English (ᒋᐱᐦᒌ [tjeepee'tjyee]/Arrêt/Stop) or trilingual Cree/Inuktitut/English (ᒋᐱᐦᒌ/Stop/ᓄᕐᒃᑲᕆᑦ [nu'hrgaritt]). Despite those differences, some Cree, Innu and Atikamekw elders have reported understanding and conversing cross-nation.

Speaking of Cree, Baie-James road has a 233-mile stretch without service ― I thought that it would qualify.
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2013, 03:16:55 AM »

Speaking of Cree, Baie-James road has a 233-mile stretch without service ― I thought that it would qualify.

Better still is the Trans-Taiga branch of that road.  This sign is at the exit from the service area (gas/food/lodgings) at km 375 of the Baie-James road, with a distance topping the 381 km service gap on the Baie-James road:



I understand that fuel might be available at a store on the Trans-Taiga between 400 km and 500 km from the Baie-James service area, but availability is iffy and needs to be confirmed before you head out there.
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Re: A few shots from Labrador
« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2013, 05:13:43 PM »

500 km/310 mi. must set the record for posted service distance (Trans-Taïga sets pretty much any farness/isolatedness record anyways).

Nouchimi Tourism is said by jamesbayroad.com to sell gasoline, 447 kilometres from Relais 381 (at Baie-James road kilometre 381). Their website is down, so if they still operate, the real distance is less than 500 km; but on the other hand, if the place is closed and SEBJ/Baie-James municipality maps tell the truth, the closest gast is 63 kilometres north of km 395 junction, near Laforge-1 power generating complex, 620 kilometres away from Relais 381.

EDIT : The most plausible relais routier that sign is referring to is Pourvoirie Mirage, whose website clearly states that gas & diesel are available. They are located at km 355, which is 520 kilometres from Relais 381.
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