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Old 08-20-2009, 07:47 AM   #1
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Newfoundland's Beautiful Southwest Coast

I had an interesting five days of touring around the fabulous Southwest Coast of Newfoundland, this week. I started out with a solo ride from as far east to west as you can ride on the island, and in one big gulp. That was a 924 km stretch from St. John's to Cape Anguille. I left at 8:30 AM, and arrived at 5:45 PM. I also had the unique and very enjoyable experience of booking into the Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn, for two nights, while I was down there.

On day two I headed southward through Port aux Basques, and to the end of the road at Rose Blanche, and then back to Cape Anguille for the night. My new official favorite motorcycle road, in the entire province, is the road between Port aux Port Basques and Rose Blanche (Route 470). Nothing comes close. Not even the Cape Shore loop, Trout River, or the road through Gros Morne National Park. The 470 is pure roller-coaster insanity, for miles and miles, and there's only one or two really bad patches of pavement along the way. If you own a bike, don't screw around, just make a plan and go ride that road!

I had beautiful warm and sunny weather for all of day one and two, thanks to my last minute plan to chase the fine weather, and to leave to take this trip a few days early.

On day three I headed up to Robinson's, to rendezvous with my lovely lady 'Renee'. She drove west to hang out with me in a little cottage we had rented there, for a couple of nights. Man cannot live with just a motorcycle alone, afterall!

On day four the weather was sunny periods with showers, so we took Renee's car for a scoot out the Port au Port Peninsula. I figured since my West Coast buddies Jon and Andrew were planning to ride to my hood and sneak around the East Coast for a few days, I'd play the same game, and go sneak around in their backyard for awhile. Sorry I didn't seek you two out in Stephenville, guys, but we were racing the setting sun to get back to Robinson's, when we went through there.

On day five it was time to ride back across the island, but this time it would be in the rain for most of the trip. Not a whole lot of joy in it, I assure you.

Total trip distance door to door for me was 2,152 kms.


Here's a bunch of photos and descriptions...

The Cape Anguille lighthouse, at the most westerly point on the Island of Newfoundland...









The Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn, and my very comfortable bed for two nights. They renovated two of the original light-keepers buildings, to create the inn. And these accomodations come highly recommended by me. I honestly think it's the best place I have ever stayed on the island. Really bright, comfortable, and clean...





I got up around 8:30 on the second morning, down at Cape Anguille, and noticed a red KLR650 parked by the heli-pad next to the lighthouse. It belonged to this interesting dude from Wisconsin, who had quit his job, sold all his worldly possessions (including his house), to ride all over North America on his used KLR. He had put about 40,000 miles on the thing, since he bought it just two years ago. His name was Tim Jones, and apparently he had some correspondence with our ADV Rider buddy Dave Noel, about the ferry schedules here, etc. I made him a cup of coffee, and we sat and had a great chat for an hour or so, before we both rode off and continued our journeys...








I ran into another grizzly old adventure rider while on my trip, too, and I think many of you may know this guy. What are the chances, considering the size of the Island of Newfoundland, that while I was exploring some out of the way backroad, that I'd run into another ADV Rider forum member buddy, while he was out exploring a West Coast segment of the old railbed?! I stopped at a tiny grocery store in a little crossroads village called St. Fintan's, and there was TREE's DR650 parked out front...



The Harbour Point lighthouse, near St. George's...


A stunning sunset, as seen from Cape Anguille...


The Cape Ray lighthouse...


A gigantic piece of driftwood, on the beach at Codroy Valley Provincial Park...


The Long Range Mountains...




The hidden waterfall, on the Port au Port Peninsula...




More beautiful rock formations and waterfalls, on the Port au Port Peninsula...




Renee enjoying her first trip to the Port au Port Peninsula...






The Rose Blanche lighthouse...


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