Our route. Yellow blobs mark where we camped.
Paul and I headed out recently to ride both the Cape Shore and the Irish Loop – 500 km in 4 days. We were blessed with wonderful weather and often favourable tail winds. Summer has finally arrived in Newfoundland.
Leaving St. John’s I’d suggest riding out to Witless Bay and then cross the Witless Bay Line to gain access to the Trans Canada Highway. There’s less traffic, it’s more scenic and it leaves only 10 km of riding on the TCH.
Next exit for Salmonier Line.
I’d suggest Route 93 for Colinet vs. Route 91. Again, more scenic.
In Colinet there is a store and nearby is this Newfoundland pony, a breed of pony unique to here.
Between Colinet and Placentia is 21 km of gravel road. It’s in generally good shape. I’ve ridden it with 28c tires, fully loaded (the bike, not the rider, though that’s not a bad thought), with no issues.
The section between Point Verde and St. Bride’s is very hilly for 40 km. You’ve been warned.
The roads on the Cape Shore are in good shape and have very low traffic.
The view as you cycle along the shore.
These magical cows in Ship Cove produce…
Gooseberry Cove. This is a provincial Day Park, though I’ve camped there without issue.
The long and winding road.
Near the turnoff to Cape St Mary’s Ecological Reserve is this restaurant and campgound.
We didn’t go to the Cape this trip but it is worth a visit.
This is part of what you would see if you went there.
This is where we spent our 2nd night, in Harricott.
In St. Vincent’s, now on the Irish Loop, Day 3, where we saw lots of humpback whales.
We spent our 3rd night in Chance Cove where it is free to camp.
The road to the camping area is 6 km of gravel.
It is worth every km to get there.
On the way out the next morning.
We spotted this caribou.
For those on the run.
– we did this in 4 days but 5 would be more pleasant, especially if you were to take in Cape St Mary’s
– we saw moose, caribou, grouse and humpback whales
– resupply was easy as many towns had small stores
– traffic volume is low except when you get close to St. John’s