Possible Newfoundland Trip in August...

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

  1. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Ha!!!
    23rd is mine!!!!
     
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Oh come on! It's only 53!
     
  3. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    I’m starting to see a pattern here and I reckon you’re having too much fun this summer!

    Good on ya, enjoy the year for the rest of us who are trapped away from home working.
     
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  4. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Back on topic...

    I have added Petit Forte and Harbour Mille to the Burin circuit. It could work out well for timing with what I have so far. I hope the coastal ferry works out - not something I have done before. I assume there is no issue with a fairly large bike? - the FJR is 425 kg or so. Does it get tied down like on the PaB ferry? (I assume it is loaded on some sort of pallet.) Do you supply your own tie straps or do they do that? I have to say it makes me a bit nervous but I'm sure these guys know what they are doing.

    Has anyone camped at the Deadman's Cove campground in Harbour Breton? I think it is a municipal campground - tentsites $15.

    I'm already into eleven days without extra to accommodate weather or a detour-of-interest. I will post some maps in a day or so. Trip is fairly "modular" so I can drop one section or another without messing things up too much.

    Edit: How bad is the road condition from the end of the pavement to Cape Race lighthouse? Google maps says 19 km from the end of the paved area - doable on the FJR if road is in good shape but I don't want 38 km of white knuckle riding (100% street tires)
     
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  5. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    We never camped but been there. Rob used the shower facilities and I got our lunch warmed up at another campers RV. The lot appeared more set up for RVs but there may have been a tenting area that I did not see. Personally I would "stealth" it at the Lighthouse. Picnic table and grass is all I would need for a night.
    Backdraft will have up to date info on the bike lifting but everything from Quads to freight goes in and iced fish comes out.
     
  6. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Site says 5 serviced sites $25 for RV and 10 unserviced ($15) for tents.
    Regarding the coastal ferry from Bay L'Argent to Pools Cove, I will touch base with Backdraft about his experience if he doesn't see this.

    Info here on Harbour Breton
    https://www.harbourbreton.com/accommodations
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2020
  7. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    The road to Cape Race light house is 20klms, with 10k freshly paved. The rest is good packed gravel. You won’t have any trouble.
     
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  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    You should do the Mistaken Point tour if it’s running
     
  9. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I looked on-line and the tour is apparently running but pre-booking is required. Don't think I would have the time and schedule isn't tight enough to make reservations in advance for a specific time anyway. It does look interesting but probably not this trip. Sometime, I'll have to plan a Newfoundland trip where I can focus on hikes, tours and maybe even some bicycling. Historical stuff alone could make for a very interesting time.

    Too much to do and never enough time. For this trip (if I make it), I will not have much leisure time. I may have to re-assess my itinerary after a few days. I have found that keeping to an overly ambitious schedule can wreck a trip but also feel that if I'm there, I want to do and see as much as possible.

    Good to know, thanks. I will see how my timing and the weather look when I get there. I already have a run out to St. Shott's in the itinerary and would probably only do one or the other. I was not aware that 10 km had been paved - going by Google Maps which stops the (outdated) Streetview where the road turns to gravel with 19 km left to the lighthouse. (Also a "Rough Road Ahead" sign in Streetview just before pavement ends.) I assume out-and-back from #10 is about an hour (plus stops)
    Looks like the Cape Race side trip is likely to be more interesting compared to St. Shott's.

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  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Is the Drook paved because that would be the only place of concern?
    Not much to see at either but Cape Race is far more historically significant.
     
  11. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    The first 10 is paved, I’m pretty sure that steep hill falls into the first 10. Maybe herrdeacon can confirm.
     
  12. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Cape Race is beautiful scenery on a sunny, blue sky day. Otherwise, it’s just a lighthouse.
     
  13. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    That applies to a lot of coastal riding - wherever you are. Never much fun in cold, rain drizzle or fog (or all of the above).
     
  14. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    True, but I find Cape Race scenery is stunning on a sunny, blue sky day.
     
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  15. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Got a very friendly email back from Harbour Breton regarding camping at Deadman's Cove (and other stuff). Confirmed that they had 10 tent sites and did not take reservations. Also indicated that it would not likely be a problem. Cheap ($15) with showers and toilet. "We have 4 beautiful beaches, hiking trails, awesome scenery, etc., etc. & we think the ‘friendliest people’."

    Also got an email back from Marine Services about the coastal ferry. No reservations (first come, first served) and they are only allowing a maximum of 15 passengers instead of the usual 30. They recommended arriving a minimum of an hour prior to departure. Said they would supply tie straps and that the cost for a motorcycle (500 lb) was likely to be around $13.75. FJR is heavier than that and physical size could be a factor but under $20 for sure. $7.50 for an adult (> 60 seniors rate). Masks are mandatory. Will see how Backdraft makes out with it - he said he was doing that segment of the coastal ferry on Friday.
     
  16. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    They don't weigh them.
     
  17. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    You might be able to book mistaken Point the day before if you find you have a window.
     
  18. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I will keep it in mind. Sounds like it could be an interesting afternoon along with some exercise - something I don't get enough of when on a bike trip. Even if I don't get involved with an organized tour, I think I'll make a point of getting out for an evening walk or jog if the campsite has any sort of decent trail. Works out the kinks and cramps from a long day on the bike. And better for me than sitting in front of a campfire drinking beer.
     
  19. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Yes, The Drook is paved, I think that hill was probably one of the main reasons they started paving anyway. I'm sure that hill scared some people from going out to visit. I miss it though, was fun on the CB and would have loved to do it on the AT. The gravel section has a lot more pot holes this year than last, and deep holes before and after the bridges, but still a decent road if you take your time on the FJR. Its probably my favourite run on the Avalon, rarely pass it up if down that way. It is nicer on a clear day, but I've been out there in all weather conditions and still enjoyed it. Out there in pea soup fog one time, could hardly see the road and couldn't see the ocean at all. Still very interesting to see it in that condition after all that's why they are there.
     
  20. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Someone had a number of small boat replicas in the pond at the base of the hill this year, first time I've seen them there.

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