Burgeo Highway

Discussion in 'Out & About' started by Jim C-G, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I should asked a couple of days ago if anyone had been down it lately. Too late now... I'm off for a couple of days at Sandbanks Provincial Park and will report on the highway when (and if) I get back.
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  2. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I was thinking that it hadn't been all that long ago that I was there - camped at Sandbanks for one night. Just looked in my archived Spotwalla tracks and discovered that it was August 2014!! (Need to go back!)
    Love that park - one of the nicest on the Rock, but some of the inconsiderate neighbours really pissed me off. LOUD generators (and loud music) from a number of RV owners and Park staff didn't want to do anything. Don't understand what motivates someone to pay $60,000+ for an RV and then $400 for the cheapest CTC "emergency" generator available so they can "camp" in comfort. Decent Honda generators can hardly be heard 10 meters away; the cheap ones are barely muffled and bang and clank like they are about to explode. I was told that "quiet hours" were after 11:00 PM (I think) and nobody made any effort to keep volume down. At the very least, they should separate RV's from tent campers. (Maybe I was just unlucky that night but have never had similar noise issues at any other NL provincial park.)

    Seems to me that the condition of the highway down to Burgeo was only fair but that could have changed dramatically (either way) in the last four years. Hope you have a great trip!
  3. TokenBlonde

    TokenBlonde Member

    We were in Burgeo in mid August. The road was brutal...lots of potholes patched up, but it sort of gave a false sense of security because right alongside the patches were more gaping holes waiting to swallow a tire. No trouble to avoid them on bike, but I would not want to drive a car (or RV!) over that road. Worse than the potholes was the fact that they didn't really bother to cut the brush back from the shoulder at all. BUT Burgeo is spectacular and well worth the trip. THE nicest provincial park in Newfoundland IMHO. We didn't have any noise issues like RossKean mentioned, but maybe that was only because we stayed there mid-week.

    We took the dirt road from the Burgeo Hwy to Buchans Hwy on the return trip, and it was awesome. Highly recommend it. The scenery along Lloyd's River is amazing.
  4. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I have a 1000 lumen flashlight I have used successfully a few times to inform people that are too loud after hours. March into camp with it turned on and ask them to keep it down and in a firm vioce and they mistake you for someone with authority. They can’t tell the difference because they can’t see for the next couple of hours.
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  5. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I really need to take pics of some of those craters in the highway on the way back. It could be a spectacular ride if the road was in better shape. Last time I was down was 2015. Very quiet park tonight. Only 4 sites occupied.
  6. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    A little harder to dodge the holes with extra wheels and widths.
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  7. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    So true! I did notice the worst holes were on the other side and will be dodging more carefully on way back. Foggy this morning but was really nice yesterday. 20180914_154602_Richtone(HDR).jpg

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  8. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    and there are 2 generators running already! Bane of camping!
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  9. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    And tonight... I am the only camper in the entire park. Can only hear the waves and the fire crackling.
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  10. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    With the amount of traffic on that highway, you can just ride up on the left hand side for 95% of the trip.
    I agree with murph's observation that it is a lot harder to dodge road craters while hauling a trailer! A road where I would just do a modest slalom becomes one where either the bike or the trailer gets bounced around more than I would like. Gas stations and parking take a little more thought as well. If the spot isn't long enough at a hotel, I disconnect and pull the trailer up ahead of the bike. Not as secure as leaving it attached - might have to get a cable lock for some places...
    Being the only camper at Sandbanks would be a bit surreal - especially if you have a night with decent weather.
  11. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I had two great nights down there with a day just puttering about the beaches. Weather and temperatures were outstanding. Thought I was going to have a little rain this morning but it did not happen. The worst potholes were close to the centre line and although there are some rim busters for sure, I was able to avoid them. I would never do this road at night or when there is standing water on it.
    Burgeo Highway .jpg
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  12. Scooter

    Scooter Member

    Lol, good one.

    Love going to Burgeo. Wish it wasn't so far. But then again, sometimes that's the point.
  13. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Got the first couple of videos edited from Burgeo...
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  14. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Nice vid Jim C-G. And the drone footage is excellent!
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Watching your video you remind me of ITSteve, thanks for the memories.
  16. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Thank you. I'll definitely take that as a compliment.
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