Blue = rideable. Red = hike-a-bike. Pink = section not ridden ’cause I decided to drink coffee and get Amy to pick me up. 🙂
What an adventure! Long, challenging days, got to places I had never been before and time with friends. Here are the details in no particular order:
* total distance was 425 km
* it took 7 days
* we rode at an average speed of 7 km/h and hike-a-biked at 2 km/h (this includes time for stops, food, swims, berry picking, etc)
* the section from the top of Holyrood Pond to Trepassey was a major hike-a-bike
* resupply was easy – we passed at least a store a day and often more
* we ate a lot of fish ‘n’ chips and club sandwichs at take-outs
* a bald Endomorph tire on the rear and a well-used Larry up front worked just fine
* blackflies and deerflies (“stouts”) were an issue – thank god it was windy
* Point La Haye to St. Vincent’s and Renews to Cape Broyle were the highlights in terms of trail conditions and scenery
* we saw moose every day
* we drank beer most nights ( thank you Liquor Express!)
* the trails in and around Renews will make for great winter riding
* locals are disappointed when you tell them you are from St. John’s – by the end I was tempted to start lying
Paul, Amy and myself at the start.
Our rigs – a Mukluk, a Beargrease and a Pugsley.
Relaxing on the beach in Avondale.
Hard to believe Amy is a top-notch Enduro rider. 🙂
The trail between Admiral’s Beach and Mall Bay was some of this…
…and this. That climb you can see in the background (out of Mall Bay) is a killer.
From Gaskiers to St. Vincent’s the ride is through pasture land and the views are wonderful.
The barachois across the bottom of Holyrood Pond.
In St. Vincent’s. The dog was friendly but Skipper didn’t think much of our plan to ride up the shore of Holyrood Pond.
The shore of Holyrood Pond is rideable – but just. After 5 km we got off and rode to St. Mary’s on the road.
On the trail from St. Mary’s to the top of Holyrood Pond.
The start of Day 4, or as Amy put it: “The day we took our bikes for a walk.”
We pushed our bikes up the pole line but once we got to the top discovered that there was a better trail out – doh!
Looking down Holyrood Pond from the top. The hike-a-bike started a couple of kilometres later.
Half way into a 15 km hike-a-bike (7.5 hours) and Amy is still smiling!
A refreshing swim in a pond…
…and a bag of candy can be real morale boosters!
Trepassey is finally in sight. We pigged out at the restaurant and then went to the store to pick up beer and chips.
The trail between Trepassey and Biscay Bay has had upgrades up to this bridge – about the half way point. We found a trail up to the highway and made camp.
The old road from Portugal Cove South to Chance Cove is in pretty good shape, though it peters out near the park boundary, and, you guessed it…
Near the wind farm in Fermuse. This section was lovely for the scenary and trail conditions.
Taking a dip near Cape Broyle.
I said goodbye to Amy in Cape Broyle and rode up Horse Chops Line to Mount Carmel Pond.
The water levels were high in the resevoir so the beach riding wasn’t as good as the last time I rode here. I cut it a bit short and did a hike-a-bike over to Cape Pond.
Sunset on the last night of the trip. On Cape Pond.
Please see Amy’s blog for her excellent write up of the trip.