Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Frozen Butt Tour


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.)

5 Comments:

Blogger Torch said...

Yes, they are nuts. But, Looks like fun!

February 10, 2010 at 7:32:00 AM EST  
Blogger Doug Just Doug said...

Agreed!

February 12, 2010 at 2:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger Capo Sakke said...

WELL DONE AND CONCRATULATIONS

SS 1000 ICE BUTT" to ARTIC CICRLE AND BACK 5-6.Feb.2010 1639,8km 23h:48min

http://sites.google.com/site/dustywobblssnow/home

February 20, 2010 at 9:12:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iceman Mondor here.
Looks like i thawed out and that there will be a 2011 Frozen Butt Tour. This time, why be happy with what I did!? I will take some riders from Baie-Comeau to Blanc Sablons. 4000 kms in 8 days.
This WILL be the ultimate.

Cheers

February 28, 2010 at 9:31:00 PM EST  
Blogger Doug Just Doug said...

Good to hear that news Iceman! I'll be watching your site.

March 1, 2010 at 7:18:00 PM EST  

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