Quick Trip to the Rock

Discussion in 'Out & About' started by RossKean, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Work is busy as hell, the stretch of fantastic warm weather in Newfoundland is waning and I just finished (I hope) dealing with a cooling system leak on the bike. Obviously, it's time to take a motorcycle/camping trip to Newfoundland.

    Fredericton to North Sydney via Cape George and Cabot trail on Friday. Midnight sailing to Port aux Basques and a quick run over to the east side (Lockston Path PP) for Saturday night. I am going to spend a couple of days doing some rides along the east coast, Bonavista and around the Avalon. I will work my way back to P aux B for a return on July 29 or 30, I think. Burin Peninsula, Harbour Breton/English Harbour, Fogo/Twillingate etc., Gros Morne, Trout River, possibly up to the top of the NP, ferry to Blanc-Sablon for a night if the weather is good. Port au Port and other side excursions if time and weather permit. Riding a 2007 Yamaha FJR (black cherry colour) so it will be almost all paved roads (don't mind short stretches of good dirt). Mostly camping if the temperatures are reasonable and minimal precipitation. If the weather takes a dump, my return might be sooner than expected.

    Not my first trip to Newfoundland but I am hoping to get to a couple of places I haven't been, revisit some of the favorites from past trips and just relax and get away from it all for a week or so. If you see me on the road or at a campsite, introduce yourself. Let me know via forum PM if you want to do some riding or share campsite accommodations when I'm in your area. Other than a definite start time and an approximate end time, I don't have any sort of fixed itinerary.

    If I'm missing something that I should really see, I'm open to suggestions. I have done a fair amount of the touristy things in the St. John's area and I have done the run down to Burgeo (and Sandbanks PP). I have done the "Road to the Shore" (Hwy 330) before but never really took any side trips off the highway. I have also covered most of the the remainder of the Avalon (but not above Heart's Content) and some of the north coast between Twillingate and Baie Verte. Obviously, this is a fairly ambitious plan for a little more than a week and I may have to make some compromises along the way. (I tend to spend a far higher proportion of my time riding than stopping!)

    Spotwalla link for my trip will be:

    VERY rough Streets and Trips map (below) of where I plan to go but not in the order tagged on the map. The Blanc-Sablon ferry was an afterthought so doesn't appear (and may not happen).

  2. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I see a rather strange route between Pasadina and Trout River on your map. I don't think there is a paved road between those points but rather old logging roads. Someone from the left coast can clarify?
  3. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    As is the Cape Race lighthouse. (19-20 on your map)
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Cape Race lighthouse is 20 klms of dirt road, not sure if FJR friendly. Oh and very little if any cell reception. But one of my favourite lighthouses!

    You could skip Cape Race and take a visit to Chance Cove just down the road and see if you can spot any ghosts! Much nicer and shorter gravel road.
  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Quite possible. I use Streets and Trips only because it's the only program I have that lets me put a bunch of spots on the map and it will draw an optimized line between them. It sometimes doesn't pick the best roads but I only use it for a first glance and planning. I do my actual routing in Basecamp (usually) and examine the routes much more closely. In any case, Trout River is in the itinerary but via a conventional (paved) route. Streets and Trips also had me going across the province in one direction via Red Indian Lake (I changed that one). Thanks for pointing it out.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017
  6. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I didn't know what the condition was for the road to Cape Race (not all dirt/gravel roads are created equally). I was told it was worth the trip down there and I knew it was not a paved surface - thought I might see how bad it was and be prepared to turn around. I'm not totally allergic to unpaved surfaces but don't seek them out on this motorcycle.
  7. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I might have a look at that if I don't like the look of the Cape Race road - I don't need a couple of hours of white-knuckle riding; especially on street tires.
  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    My friend owns one of the light keepers houses down at Cape Pine lighthouse, most southerly point on the island. It's 8km of decent dirt down to the light. Nice spot, I've camped down there.

    When are you heading over? I'm on your route south of #26 on the Trinity Bay side. I'll be home on the 27th and I'm expecting RTWPaul, EvergreenE, C-Stain, FedGreen and Maggot12 to show up that day or the next and there may be a few other stragglers including Sphene and Joon who are wandering the island right now.

    This is the little project I'm currently working on: http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...nn-and-campground-under-construction.1234806/
  9. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I did this road last year and it was fairly decent, but the conditions do change. There is one hill that can be a little sketchy, long, a little steep and larger loose rocks.....be care on the decent and on the way back, stand on the pegs and keep on the throttle.

    Google the storey of the ghosts at Chance Cove! Interesting storey for sure!
  10. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I will be at Lockston Path Saturday night (July 21). I expect to do my riding on the Avalon and east coast on July 22-24 (approx.). By July 25, I expect to be off the Avalon. Then Burin, Fogo, Harbour Breton for a couple more days. How far I get on any day will be a function of weather, stopping time and fatigue level; not to mention the proximity of appropriate accommodations/campsites. The Provincial Parks will probably not be overbooked on weekdays but I had better reserve at least a couple days ahead for next weekend.

    Quite the house project you have going!
  11. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Too bad, you're running 2 days too fast! It's shaping up to be a mini Skibum Soiree again when to crowd rolls in.
  12. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Pretty wet day today. Looks like the next few will be OK.

    Sounds like I will be missing a great time! I appreciate the invite but don't think it will work this trip.
  13. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Lining my ducks up so I can drive out Wednesday night and not the next morning.:)
  14. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    A b
    eautiful ride on dual sport from Hughes Brook to glenburnie , then you can head to Trout River.

    Also, if you can get to Burgeo before noon on wednesdays, you can hook the coastal boat to Francios, then Thursday morning onto Hermitage. From there goto pools cove and take a ferry to bay largent
  15. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Already back home (with a weather-abbreviated trip) - maybe next time!

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