Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wayne, Jun 30, 2020.
Four week vacation/staycation starts Thursday at 3:30pm. Anyone else?
I retired May 29 - every day is vacation! Seriously, haven't taken a day off since then but will take a short chunk of time in late July (I hope) and go somewhere. Perhaps most of my house projects will be done by then.
Started my 2 month Vaca Monday past...
Although been working from home the last three months... And not back into building till Jan... Long Vaca... Lol
The job I thought I was going to on the 13th went away so back to not knowing when I'll work again.
Yup. One whole week,starting Friday. It's my time on my bike. Leaving Sunday. Thought.about bee line to labrador but I only have a week. Now considering camping around our great island. There must be places I have not seen yet. Tent,sleeping bag and spork. And new rear rubber!
I should say I am then back for a week then off for another week plan for that week is to take my wife on bike to the west coast. Big trip for her!
Then I get another week in August. Was planning horizons unlimited,I assume that's cancelled.
I'm working 4 days a week until Aug. 6 - then going to spend 3 weeks camping within the province. Gotta start making reservations for some parks... especially for the weekends. I'll post once I have some dates to see who else is going to be out and about but distancing lol.
I consultation with my usual travel companion I have decided to go to bay verte on Monday travel that area for a few next week. Anyone in that area?
If memory serves, there are some free tent sites in Middle Arm at what is known localledy as Gaze Point. Likewise I seem to remember a tent platform or two on the trail leading to the lighthouse in Westport. It’s a bit of a lug from the bike to get your gear there tho as you aren’t getting the ST up and over the steps at the trail head.
Travel to La Cie and enjoy the view from the look out above town. There were some camp sites here the last time I visited. A beautiful view on a calm summers evening but it can get quite brisk when the wind picks up.
If you’re looking for some stealth camping, hang a left just past Flatwater Pond Park onto Rte 411. Travel maybe 5-6 kms and hang a right towards Bear Cove which is a resettled fishing village located at the end of ~10 kms of dirt road. There were 2 seasonal residents the last time I heard, and many old family homes turned into seasonal cottages. Shouldn’t be any problem to find a piece of grass to pitch a tent.
Speaking of abandoned fishing villages, Round Harbour was also resettled a few years back and I hear allot of the homes were left “as is” when the owners moved. There was one guy that elected to stay back in 2013 but I don’t know his status currently. Also shouldn’t be hard to find a pice of real estate for a tent. Don’t confuse this place with Harbour Round, which is located just around the corner and still have habitants to this day.
There are lots of side roads to explore around the Peninsula and I must admit I have not been to the end of them all despite spending quite a bit of time on the Peninsula from 2007 - 2013 for work. I’ve met, worked with and keep as friends many people from Middle Arm. You are reminding me how rugged and beautiful the BVP can be and it’s a shame more people don’t visit and spend some tourism dollars there. I’m thinking I’m going to have to visit for an overnight ride sometime before the end of summer and finally get to the end of all those roads I’ve been putting off for the past few years.
No vay-kay for me again this year … despite working from home as opposed to the Office, this summer the deadlines are relentless … last holiday I had was in May of 2018 when I spent 3 wks in the PH. Time-off is waaaaaay overdue
Though, could be worse I s'pose …
Well... looks like I need to spend a week on the Baie Verte Peninsula.
So, what in particular is worth seeing on the Baie Verte Peninsula? Several years ago, I did an out-and-back from Sheppardville to Fleur-de-Lys but never explored any of the many side roads and villages.
I can see taking a couple of days just covering the roads without much stopping - would have to find something interesting to do if I was going to spend much more time than that. Free camping at Rattling Brook but not central enough for a base camp to spend a few days.
Have you ever stayed at Flatwater Pond Provincial Park? (I didn't even know about that one until I looked just now) Centrally located!
Edit: Website says RV and Day use but nothing about tenting. Quick search mentions tent sites but no detail. Wonder if it is one of those places where people park their big RV's for a month (or more) at a time.
"The Gathering" in Burlington will not happen this year due to having baby.
Now that the work I thought I was going on has gone away I'm back to looking at a side trip to the Base Verte Peninsula as well. I've never even taken that turnoff before and I want to see what's up there. I'd also like to see what they had as a ski hill back in the day. I regret never getting up there when they were still open. Actually I want to hit all the roads between there and Lewisporte just to say I did.
Base Verte Peninsula seems to getting attention here now. Maybe this could be the makings of a RTR Rally 2020?
Ok, is it going to happen in a week? If not I'd be willing to ride with someone else if anyone was interested.
You got to take in Tilt Cove. First mine in Newfoundland.
Ty so much backdraft for those wonderful suggestions. I'll probably do most. I love resettled places. Hope my ST can stay upright in the gravel!
This is why l love this place.
I'm looking forward to my ride. I'll report back on my experience.
My choices right now are my R65 or my 1100S, I'm guessing the 1100S won't like dirt too much.
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