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Old 07-05-2006, 07:17 AM   #1
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Cape Race Newfoundland

We had a very wet and wild adventure down in the Cape Race area of
Newfoundland today. It was myself, Lorenzo, and Shannon on the run.

We started at the community Portugal Cove South, and rode the trail across
the top of the barrens toward Chance Cove Park. We were trying to see if a
loop could be made right around the big point of land to the famous Cape
Race lighthouse, and back to PCS.

The trail across the barrens was a continuous collection of river and bog
crossings, interspersed with very rocky sections of trail. We made it almost
as far as Chance Cove Park, until we hit the bottom of a large wetlands
valley, which was a maze of impassable bogs and rivers. So after 20 kms of
technical trail-riding, we were forced to turn back and ride another 20 kms
back out the same way we came.

After the 40 km barrens ride workout, we headed out the 19 km dirt road from
PCS toward the Cape Race lighthouse. And halfway down that road we took a
detour down the trail to Mistaken Point. This took us through a really
difficult river crossing with steep and slippery trails to climb and descend
on either side of a deep river gorge, next to the beach. And then up some
slippery and rocky trails which ran right along the edge of the cliffs. We
met some campers from Nova Scotia in this area. They seemed surprised to see
motorcycles climbing the goat trails along the cliff edges. But we
Newfoundlanders do our best to entertain the tourists.

After making it out to Mistaken Point, and returning to the dirt road, we
headed down to the lighthouse and continued on past it toward Clam Cove, for
about another 3 or 4 kms of boggy and rocky coastal trail. Shannon actually
lost his GPS unit in this area, when it popped right out of it's bracket. It
took awhile to find it, but we eventually did.

We met another dualsporter at the lighthouse area. He was riding a heavily
loaded KLR650, and had made the trip all the way up from 'Chicago', of all
places. We were impressed, to say the least.

When we arrived back at the truck and trailer, we had completed 93 kms of
off-pavement riding on the day. Dry socks and hot turkey sandwiches were
high on the list, at that point.

We had a few spills and a few close calls during our adventure, but in the
end nothing more than our pride was damaged.















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Old 01-18-2007, 09:33 AM   #2
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I love that first pic - reminds me of the day that we spent with you and Lorenzo on the Rock. Speaking of Lorenzo - his shining bike seems to be getting worked in
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:27 PM   #3
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Looks great Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:08 PM   #4
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It looks beautiful up there. Someday
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:10 AM   #5
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Portugal Cove Ride

The ride looks like fun and had I any idea http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/Norton.gif of how to have rented a bike this past August while staying at Pirate's Peek in the area I would have most definitely been up for all on the ride but the water crossing's - I tend to get nervous http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/bncry.gifand if I can get wet (really wet) in a water crossing that is my current track record. You all make this look so easy with the pictures - thank you for the post.

Perhaps one day I will trailer my Suz 650 DRSE down to try Newfoundland again. I've done the visit to Regatta, and FerryLand Lighthouse, Signal Hill, Cape Spear, and a few kitchens of my in-laws for some home made wine, some fish cakes, and the odd song....Being on the bike is preferred as I don't really sing..http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/clap.gif
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:32 PM   #6
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I posted that ride report way back in the summer of 2006, but glad you enjoyed it. I've been meaning to go back and revisit that trail, since it's been a few years.

Stop by our Ride The Rock website, say hello, and read some more recent ride reports.

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