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Old 07-28-2007, 05:00 PM   #1
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Discovering Southwest Arm Newfoundland

I had every intention of riding the 700+ kms down to, and back from, Grand Bank Newfoundland today, to snag a few lighthouse photos, but I crawled out of the hay a little too late for such a long and ambitious journey. I still had a burning urge to ride somewhere I hadn't been before, however. Route 204 got the nod.

Route 204 follows along the southern shoreline of Southwest Arm, just north of the Avalon Peninsula. It runs through more than half a dozen scenic communities, including 'Little Heart's Ease', 'Gooseberry Cove', and finally 'Southport' where the road ends in some guy's front garden. And you would not believe how twisty and hilly Route 204 and the secondary road through Little Heart's Ease actually are. The road engineer must have either been a fan of roller-coasters, or motorcycles. That's all I can figure. Well worth checking out, for both the twistiness, and the scenery.

The trip was 450 kms from my house in St. John's, and back, in total.


Here's a half dozen snaps from my very enjoyable afternoon spent exploring a new area of Eastern Newfoundland in the sunshine...













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Old 07-28-2007, 05:25 PM   #2
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it's often the road NOT taken that holds the most rewarding journey
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great thread... beautiful pictures
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Old 07-28-2007, 06:41 PM   #3
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Beautiful scenery and beautiful pics, as always!
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Old 07-28-2007, 06:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the continuous NFLD pictorial tours! It's very inviting!
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Old 07-28-2007, 08:13 PM   #5
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DRZ... You need to publish a coffee-table picture book! You've got a catalogue of some brilliant photos, covering a considerable percentage of The Rock. Beautiful stuff, all of it..

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Old 07-29-2007, 06:29 AM   #6
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Thanks, guys. Wish you coulda been there.

Clearwater...

You are so right about the road less often taken. I have passed by Route 204 dozens of times, over the years, and never thought to ride down there. Being a route which doesn't form a loop, and it doesn't go to any large communities. I must have only seen four or five cars on the road, during the couple of hours I spent exploring down there, despite it being a sunny Saturday in peak tourist season.

John...

I've actually thought about the feasibility of publishing a book of photos. I'd love to entitle it 'Newfoundland By Motorcycle' and include a mix of shots with the bike in the frame, and many without. But I think it would probably have more general appeal as a collection of photos without bikes in the frames at all. Being a media career man, what do you think?

I've ridden nearly 9,000 kms around the island in the past four months, just exploring and taking photos. I don't even use my bike for commuting, and I haven't left the island on it. So that's all just scenic pleasure riding in Newfoundland. I'm strangely addicted to it, me thinks.

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