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Paul Mondor Completes Winter Journey

Paul Mondor, aka "The Iceman", and resident of Victoria BC, has completed the outbound portion of his cross-Canada journey from Victoria to Goose Bay, Labrador via the Trans-Labrador Highway. Yes, that's a pretty far trip, some 7000 km's - but many have done it before, what's so special about that? Paul did it on a motorbike; in January! When asked why? He say's, Why Not! The road is there.

He left Victoria on Jan 2nd and some 20 days later he's made it to Labrador. He wanted to be the first Canadian to ride from coast to cost in January. He rides a BMW 650 Dakar specially equiped with a sidecar. He's appropriately nicknamed the bike "Frosty". Normally he prefers to ride on two wheels but the sidecar was a necessary addition given the weather and road conditions he was travelling on. The sidecar saved his life at least a couple times he said, once when he slid across the road on a sheet of ice on a large hill. It also allowed him to carry some extra gear and warm up by wrapping a tarp around it with a propane heater inside.

It's really a remarkable and dangerous feat and one that Paul say's he won't do again. Temparatures along parts of the journey forced him to stop every 15 minutes to try to warm up. Many parts of the route he travelled are now closed even.

He's already planning a trip around the world in a few years' time.

You can also follow along his journey along with comments from people from around the world at:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=230898

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