Possible Newfoundland Trip in August...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RossKean, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    OK. I am going to try to get to Newfoundland this year. Going to start looking at ferry and campground reservations this week and taking a look at long term weather forecasts. I will see if I can make some definitive plans (maybe week of August 16). I will know by the end of this week if this is going to happen or whether it might have to wait until next year.

    I was last there in 2017 but only managed a six day trip – almost not worth it. Started with an ambitious plan but ended out going home several days earlier than expected due to a crappy long-term weather forecast. Before that, I did a ten day trip in 2014 – about ideal for me. (Three or four other bike trips to NL in the previous ten years or so.) I think I would like to see some new (to me) regions and revisit some old favorites. I tend to do far more riding than stopping and probably don’t give some areas the attention they deserve – a lot of these are just quick stops along the way. I hope to camp most nights and will be looking for some suggestions. I have stayed at a number of provincial campgrounds in the past but might consider some cheaper (or free) alternatives. I would arrive and leave via Port aux Basques.

    New:
    · Saint Barbe , ferry to Blanc-Sablon, camp at Pinware spend a day or two riding paved roads in Labrador
    · Baie Verte Peninsula – I a did a quick run up to Fleur-de-Lys and back maybe 10 years ago but did no exploring in the region. Needs at least a day and I would welcome suggestions on the most worthwhile places to see. Free camping at Rattling Brook or paid at Flatwater Pond.
    · Connaigre Peninsula – I expect a day and a half or so to go down and back visiting St. Albans, Belleoram, English Harbour, Harbour Breton and Seal Cove. Will have to find suitable accommodations in the region for one or two nights.
    · Eastport Peninsula
    · Random Island. (camp at Lockston Path in Bonavista if I can get a reservation.)
    · Chance Cove
    · Southwest Avalon Peninsula (Cape St. Mary’s)
    · I would like to do Fogo as well but don’t think I will make it there this trip

    Old Favorites:
    · Port au Port Peninsula
    · Lark Harbour (camp at Blow-Me-Down)
    · Trout River and Norris Point
    · Port aux Choix
    · Twillingate (camp at Dildo Run, if available)
    · Bonavista Peninsula circuit. Up to lighthouse in Bonavista and stop at Trinity Bay (Lockston Path)
    · Burin Peninsula circuit – Camp at Frenchman’s Cove
    · Irish Loop – side trip to Saint Shott’s?
    · Burgeo and Sandbanks if I have a spare day
    · Rose Blanche

    This is all very tentative and I still have to figure out the order as well as which places I would see on the way out to the east coast and which ones I would visit on the way back to the ferry. I would like to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a change in plans due to finding something especially interesting (or hitting some bad weather). Hard to do if you are completely constrained by reservations.

    Anyway, I'll post some maps once plans have gelled a bit more. I would very much welcome suggestions for places to see and/or places to camp.
     
  2. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    If you're doing the Bay of Islands... And riding a dual sport bike... Hugh's Brook to Glenbournie is a N CE ride... Cut off Pasadena deerlake wiltondale run so you won't have to backtrack...
     
  3. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Riding a sport-touring bike - Yamaha FJR - not likely to happen this trip.
    Satellite view looked interesting.
     
  4. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Come on... Be adventurous... Lol... Whack a set of TKCs on her and give'r

    When you are coming over... Let e know... Can hook up for a bit of riding...





    Rick
     
  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    If the plan comes together, I would most likely be leaving here around August 16 or so. Itinerary looks like 10-12 days total (including a day from here to N. Sydney and a day back) but it will depend upon routing, reservations and weather. Still working on a plan.
    Would not mind meeting up with anyone who wants to ride a bit (and/or share a campsite) but I tend to be "on a mission" for these trips, especially if I am committed to campsite/motel non-refundable reservations. Typically 500-700 km per day. While plans are currently pretty flexible, they will firm up before I hit the road.


    I had friends who put TKC-80's on their FJRs to do the TransLab a number of years ago.

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    Last edited: Aug 4, 2020
  6. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    On the Connaigre peninsula the ride down is long. Fuel up in Bishops Falls.
    Jipujijkuei Kuespem Provincial Park
    The great thing about this park is it is far enough back from the coast that you can possibly avoid some of the fog that rolls in in the evening further south. I have come up from Hr Breton in the night in the ground fog and it was nothing short of scary thick. First gear looking for the yellow line or the edge of the pavement. Great riding in the daytime in the sun with no traffic.
    If I was doing this area the ferry at Pooles Cove would be the way out. They put the bike on a platform and put you in Roncontre. You could camp there and offload in Bay L'Argent in the morning if you play the scheduling right. If you just want to do a day trip load on in the morning and be on the Burin for the afternoon.
     
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  7. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Unfortunately, the park is closed to camping this year. It would have been an ideal stopping place for the Connaigre. There is Trout Hole Falls Municipal Park near Saint Alban's and Harbour Breton Camping.
    I thought about the coastal ferry and will look into it. They don't mention motorcycles on their rate schedule - I guess a phone call would be in order. It certainly saves a repetitive ride and a lot of km between Burin and Connaigre.
     
  8. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    If you do it this way be sure to ride to Hr Mille, English Hr and Petite Forte. The side roads are what makes the Burin worth the mileage.
    The cost of the ferries are extremely low. Leave Pooles Cove in the afternoon, put/leave your bike on the boat overnight, camp in Roncontre and do the Burin the next day.
     
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  9. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Good tips. Really nice roads. Also if you google it, Hr Mille had a UFO sighting at one time. Oh and there’s also an older gentleman that might come up to you on the wharf....he will smile and nod, but I’ve been told he can’t hear or speak.
     
  10. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I doubt I will ba back that early from work otherwise I'd say you could tent at our place. We figure we can do some campers and keep the social distancing pretty easily.
     
  11. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Not to hijack... But heading to Burgeo in the morning to do just that... Right over to Burin.

    Pics will follow...
     
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    fun fun
     
  13. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Hope you get some good weather while you're hear. Forecast for this week is really nice, hopefully it holds out for you.
     
  14. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I'll be watching the long-range forecast up until the day I leave. I have done enough riding in the rain to last a lifetime and if I never have to camp in heavy rain again, I would be OK with that. I would bail on the trip rather than be wet (or cold) for the duration. Just not worth it; especially if it is for several consecutive days.
     
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I have plans for the B&B to have all the amenities you need if you've been out in the rain for days on end. Places to clean and dry everything including your tent.
     
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  16. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Thanks. Looks like I would be in the area sometime between the 21st and 24th, if the plan comes together at all. If reservations aren't an issue (probably not bad on weekdays), I am more flexible with respect to what I see when - I can do my side trips off the highway on the way from the ferry toward the Avalon or going back. A modestly rainy day is good for covering kilometers on the highway but lousy for touring coastal roads and villages. I remember doing the Irish loop one year and I hardly even saw the ocean - cleared just at Bay Bulls as I was heading back into town. Apparently had been nice in St. John's the whole day.
     
  17. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    The weather looks nice around St. John’s for the long range forecast....temps below 25

    Central and West looks to be mid to high 20’s....and everyone is different, but I hate anything over 21 degrees. Too damn hot on bike or in tent!

    My ideal temps is 15-21 and I love cold nights in tent. You can dress to keep warm much easier than you can dress to stay cool.
     
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  18. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Can't get too excited (or hopeful) about a weather forecast two weeks away anywhere in Atlantic Canada - especially coastal regions. I'm pretty happy riding at temperatures anywhere from 12 to 30 °C as long as I have the right gear. Colder is fine if I have my heated liner. My camping gear needs some stuff replaced, especially sleeping bag. Generally OK to maybe 8 °C (and I have to be dressed for it) but terribly uncomfortable if it gets colder. (Much worse if wet.) Going to be cooler in the Northern Peninsula and at Pinware.
     
  19. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    The 24th is my birthday.:p
     
  20. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Happy 55th
     

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