2 day's in Newfoundland as part of Gail's Iron Butt Canadian whirlwind motorcycle tour...
Total trip mileage as of this evening: 3,900 miles
Total days riding: 9 (including my ride from VA to the starting point)
Day 7: Deer Lake, NL to St. John's for a Friday night of drinking
We started off the day attempting to take the trail which had been made out of a converted rail bed. It started off fun, but we soon found ourselves in deep gravel that was eating up what little was left of our tires. It soon became apparent it would take us about 4 days to cross Newfoundland on this stuff and we reversed course for a total of 7 miles traveled. I forgot to take pictures of the two naps my bike took while navigating the ATV ruts in the gravel... Besides, it wasn't actually that scenic compared to the paved roads.
Fast forward through 400 miles on scenic highway over to St. John's. St. John's on a Friday or Saturday night is quite a party, and highly recommended. It is also recommended that you already have hotel reservations. The only hotel we could find within walking distance of the bar scene was probably the nicest hotel in all of Newfoundland or Labrador, and out of our budget, but there was no way that was going to keep us from good live music, and Guiness on tap.
At this point, we had to figure out our plan for the departure ferry. Either take a 14-16 hour ferry from St. John's, where we already happened to be, or ride 10 hours to the other side of the island and take a 4-6 hour ferry. We chose the 10 hour ride and the shorter ferry, as we came to ride motorcycles, not slow, smelly ferries.
Day 8: St. John's to Corner Brook.
Early start, and we headed to Cape Spear, which is the Eastern most point of North America (although I think Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine is the first place the sun hits North America).
Again, fast forward through another 450 miles of very scenic highways, and we are a 2 hour drive from the ferry in the morning.
I know the number of pictures I have taken is woefully inadequate and does not meet HBN standards, but here are some of my thoughts on Newfoundland:
1) We had limited time here (as the priority was Labrador), but you could easily spend a week here and spend some more time exploring the small coastal towns. The major highways and roads are all very scenic and pass right by rivers, lakes, and Canadian national parks.
2) It seems very camping friendly. I have passed many national and provincial parks with the camping symbol, in addition to several lakes with RVs everywhere.
3) Extreme weather shifts, be prepared. In one ride, it went from 45 degrees and raining, to 85 degrees and sunny, and then down to 55 degrees with high, almost dangerous, gusts of wind.
4) Unlike Quebec, people are extremely friendly
5) Although there are ATV trails all over the place, not much opportunities for off road if you have a heavy, fully loaded dual sport.
That's about it for now. Monday will be a sprint across Nova Scotia. Not sure where we will ride in Maine, but we are definitely going to try and hit Mt. Washington on the way home.