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donnymoto 07-03-2011 04:42 PM

Visions of Newfoundland & Nova Scotia
So my planned ride to photograph parts of Newfoundland last year was postponed last year due to an Atlantic depression that pounded the Maritime. So this year itís finally is underway. 2 weeks off work and a fairly good handle of my new camera. I didnít know what I would encounter on this ride, it was 5,000 miles roundtrip. I did grab some cool shots, saw a lot of moose, plugged 3 holes from nails in the rear tire, before the tire wore out completely and I had to get a new one. Came within a second of death when a semi crossed the line on the Cabot Trail road, I got a small bruise on my elbow from??? the truck??? Well Iíll tell all this in the report.

Iíd been reading on the history of Newfoundland from the fishing industry POV, and it was really interesting. I took this book along for the ferry ride and rain stops. I did order Cod Au Gratin in NFLD, quite delicious.

I used this luggage setup so I could lock up my stuff when away from the bike for extended times. Manfrotto 190XB tripod is in the same bag as the $12 campchair and the tripod went with me on most of my hikes. Halfdome tent under that. Camera and lenses in the tank bag. Sleeping bag, rain gear (used a lot), cookset, clothes, towel/toileties, parts/tools, chargers/batteries, journal and maps in the luggage. Nice thing is that I had a lot of extra room.

So I took off Saturday morning under a warm sun. Mrs Donnymoto gave a nice escort out to the highway. Bye!!

On i95 crossing the George Washington Bridge into New York it backed up and got HOT. I knew it would be about the only warm riding Iíd get on the trip. Was right about that. In Maine after some chowder, I saw a little rain that night. 14 days on the road, only 4 had no rain. But several days had sun.

Here's a little jump forward to some of my photo grabs... Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.

Next: onward to Nova Scotia!

GB 07-03-2011 05:52 PM

Bring on Nova Scotia :thumb


Bob Tosi 07-03-2011 05:57 PM

Stunning first photo.:lurk

donnymoto 07-03-2011 07:25 PM

Thanks guys, yes here we go. Nova Scotia has some great roads, and views. Although fog was definitely the challenge, it's also the reason I went in June. So the cold Atlantic waters would create cool lighting and fog. I got what I wished for, and then some. But today's ride was mostly wet, until I got to Baddeck.


You know you're up north when you see the Birch,

Oh yea, I also came up here in search of seafood; especially mussels,

GB 07-04-2011 05:14 AM

I'm heading to Baddeck in Aug, so I'd love to see more of that area... great pics :thumb


Deadly99 07-04-2011 05:48 AM

Gidday Don


donnymoto 07-04-2011 06:35 AM

Hi Ted! :wave

Gadet B; I didnít get a lot of shots right in Baddeck but I did get this lighthouse. And a few shots around St. Anns Harbour which is right up the road.


St. Anns,

This eagle was coming in screaming fast, I was lucky the photo wasnít more blurred that it is. Somewhere around the Baddeck/St. Ann area,

I'm assuming you'll be riding the Cabot Trail.. and the Bras d'Or Lake drive has some very cool sections; pavement is a little rough on the SW part but little traffic, nice views and cool twisties;

avc8130 07-04-2011 06:47 AM

Great to see you made it back to NOVA. I was one of the guys you found at Carriage House just west of Port Jervis, NY on Friday.

Pics look awesome. Looks like you had a beautiful journey.


donnymoto 07-04-2011 06:53 AM

avc8130, alright! I didn't even ask if any of you were on ADV but yes, I headed south across the bridge. I have to say I almost liked that road better for.. um 'riding' than the one along the river. Hope you guys had a good run.

Dave, you should come over for the slideshow! (there is cold beer in the fridge, :1drink)

donnymoto 07-04-2011 08:42 AM

So as Iím writing this I realize there are 2 parts to this report; 1) landscape photos I captured, and 2) the ride itself. So Iíll do the landscape shots first, then the ride info. I need to process the GoPro video for that part anyway and I havenít done that yet.

donnymoto 07-04-2011 08:51 AM

First I visited Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park. Iíd seen pictures of this and it was top on my places to visit. So after getting off the ferry early this morning, I headed north. I was elated to get such good light and partially clear skies. Especially since the weather had been so bad. I shot pics thru the afternoon but clouds obscured the late day sun, so these were the best I captured. Newfoundland, or The Rock lives up to itís name here. Ultramafic rock, peridotite, is thought to originate in the earth's mantle and was forced up from the depths during a plate collision several hundred million years ago. Very cool and it does stand out differently than the surrounding landscape.

This waterfall shot from melting snow was a bit of a hike, but nice payoff,

Self portrait taking the shot above, my better side :D

Motojournalism 07-04-2011 08:58 AM

Saaweeet! :thumb
Great stuff, keep bringing it on, that's one of the most photogenic areas on the continent.

donnymoto 07-04-2011 11:40 AM

Wow that's quite a cool site you've got there, I should have looked through that before I took my trip! :thumb

Originally Posted by Motojournalism (Post 16316214)
Saaweeet! :thumb
Great stuff, keep bringing it on, that's one of the most photogenic areas on the continent.

Radioman 07-04-2011 11:43 AM

Go Donny Go subscribed. Will be heading up in August

Motojournalism 07-04-2011 07:40 PM


Originally Posted by donnymoto (Post 16317105)
Wow that's quite a cool site you've got there, I should have looked through that before I took my trip! :thumb

I think your doing just fine! :ricky

I've still got loads to learn, particularly when it comes to landscape photography.
I really think that Gros Morne shot is fantastic.

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