cape shore & irish loop

Cape Shore

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.

CSIL 001

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.

CSIL 002

Next exit for Salmonier Line.

CSIL 003

I’d suggest Route 93 for Colinet vs. Route 91. Again, more scenic.

CSIL 006

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.

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 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 roads on the Cape Shore are in good shape and have very low traffic.

CSIL 022

The view as you cycle along the shore.

The view as you cycle along the shore.

Ship Cove.

Ship Cove.

These magical cows in Ship Cove produce...

These magical cows in Ship Cove produce…

Guinness!

Guinness!

Gooseberry Cove.  This is a provincial Day Park, though I've camped there without issue.

Gooseberry Cove. This is a provincial Day Park, though I’ve camped there without issue.

Gooseberry Cove.

Gooseberry Cove.

The long and winding road.

The long and winding road.

Near the turnoff to Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve is this restaurant and campgound.

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.

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 part of what you would see if you went there.

CSIL 045

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.

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.

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.

The road to the camping area is 6 km of gravel.

It is worth every km to get there.

It is worth every km to get there.

On the way out the next morning.

On the way out the next morning.

We spotted this caribou.

We spotted this caribou.

For those on the run.

For those on the run.

Tors Cove.

Tors Cove.

Random bits:

– 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

Advertisements

12 thoughts on “cape shore & irish loop

  1. Looks like a beautiful trip. Stuff like this reminds me that I need to get up that way at some point.

    And lord knows I may have asked this already, but is that tent a Hilleberg?

      • If I could, I would buy a Hilleberg, but they are a bit out of my price range, and my current tent (Marmot Eos 1) is a good lightweight one-person tent (about 3 pounds with everything.) I can see the appeal of a Hilleberg in a place like Newfoundland, with wind and open camping spots. Haven’t had a chance to really test the Eos 1 in the wind, but will hopefully be better than my last tent in the wind!

    • With your penchant for bird photography I think you’d have a great time at the Cape.

      One of these days I’ve got to make it down to St. Shott’s. As I ride by the turnoff I can never convince myself to add on a couple of more hours to an already tough ride.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s