It was never my intention to ride from Rocky Harbour to Hawkes Bay in a day but we did. 160 km on the road, plus side trips to the boat launch at western Brook Pond and a few side trips off the main road made for a big day.
We spent the night at Torrent River Inn in Hawkes Bay. It was a great decision after such a big day. We were able to get food from the restaurant, there was a convenience store nearby, and in the morning we loaded up on coffee and breakfast sandwiches from Robin’s Coffee.
DAY 2(80 km)
From Hawkes Bay we picked up resource roads and eventually picked up the road constructed to install the Muskrat Falls transmission line.
DAY 4 (105 km)
We camped beside the Humber River near where Taylors Brook Road meets Hwy 420. We followed resource roads to Sir Richard Squires Park, some pavement to Cormack, then back onto resource roads north of Deer Lake, eventually camping beside the lake itself.
DAY 5(85 km, a shitload of climbing)
We biked from our campground beside Deer Lake to Frenchmans Pond. We began on resource roads (lots of climbing), then onto pavement (more climbing) and ended on resource roads east of Cox’s Cove.
DAY 6 (Frenchmans Pond to Glenburnie 75 km-ish)
DAY 7 (Glenburnie to Chimney Cove – losing track of distance at this point)
DAY 8 (Chimney Cove to Woody Point, boat ride to Norris Point, bike to Rocky Harbour – maybe 45 km? Don’t care anymore as there is beer and food at the end)