I consider myself a "year 'round" motorcyclist, but that comes with certain qualifications -- chiefly, that the roads are mostly clear of ice and I believe there's a 99.9% likelihood of not dying of exposure. That makes me a huge wimp compared to nutso motorcyclist, tour guide and author Paul "Iceman" Mondor
, who had already crossed Canada twice in the winter before deciding to lead a group of motorcyclists on a trip from Baie-Comeau, Quebec to Goose Bay, Labrador, and back
, in the dead of winter
Mondor (BMW F650 Dakar), a select group of 3 other riders (F650 GS, F800 GS and a KLR) and a support truck departed on February 1st for the 1,800+ mostly ice-covered mile journey to Goose Bay and back. When all arrived (mostly intact) back in Baie-Comeau on February 7th, having survived temps as low as the negative 20s F, I'm sure they were warmed a little by the fact that had become the first group of motorcyclists known to have ridden the Trans-Labrador Highway in winter. They are also the first motorcyclists to ride certain portions of the frozen Atlantic Ocean.
Read the entire story on the Frozen Butt Tour
forum. Mondor's Feb. 7th post says this was the first and last Frozen Butt Tour, but one has to wonder if the call of the (frozen) wild will again beckon...perhaps after he thaws out a bit, anyway.
(All images courtesy of Paul Mondor. Click to enlarge.)