Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by murph, Oct 28, 2013.
T'was a nice weekend on the East Coast as well
Work sucked this morning so I went for a ride after lunch. Damp roads in the hills but the sky brightened as I had coffee in Clarenville. Headed north into a NE breeze and am in Bonavista. The hippo hands and electric jacket liner and the Aerostich all made the difference today as the temps are dropping and off the water. Sections of new pavement here and there from Port Rexton.
Went to Cape Bonavista to start my ride in sunshine and cold northerly wind. Took the CCW route around the loop with Keels and Tickle Cove tossed in as side roads. Had coffee and apple flips for breakfast at Beths store in Princeton. Met the famous owner (CBC did a piece a while back) who reopened the local convenience to live better than the big city mainland lifestyle. The roads were still damp in the shade on the return north so I was careful of the black ice possibility. The road into Elliston is so rough so after a loop of Maberly I came out through Spillars Cove. While going past Spillars Cove to view the rock spires in the back cove I was breaking ice in the puddles. I hung the right on the way back out of there through the Dungeons amongst the cattle to complete the loop.
Beats working any day.
Rode in to town from Bonavista yesterday in 1c temps. Ice on the gullies and small ponds and cloudy skies made it a get it done, point to point day but the 300+kms took the last bit of rubber off the Tourances. They are done.
Glad to see that you have made the most of the end of the riding Season, murph!
I always enjoy the different viewpoints offered by leafless trees and the lower Sun angle.
Winter jumped us early here, and with snow on the ground, has given no indication of relenting.
Trying to stretch the last few rides as my mileage is down a bit this year and the winter blahs were starting to get to me early because of it. Lots of day rides and loops of the Avalon but the best riding is off the the east coast.
I had a pretty fair year for mileage but not great. Season was slow to get started but the fall weather up until a couple weeks ago was spectacular. I haven't been out in the last dozen days and not sure if I will manage another decent ride before the salt hits the road.
Between two long trips with great friends, and a whole lot of day rides, I was able to accumulate over 18,000 miles between the bikes this year, which is a record for me. I could only imagine the mileage I might accumulate if I lived further South. On the other hand, my part time neighbor Mike, who also rides, tells me that I am much too “one dimensional”. He’s right I guess.
I get that "one dimensional" thought process. I don't golf or play hockey. My employment networking needs are minimal. Over the years I have come to rely on a select social group of long time friends and family. The newer people I know are riding related and most have been very positive experiences.
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