Friday, 28 June 2013

joining east and west and over to Labrador

Yesterday we went to L'Anse Meadows where vikings landed in North America and encountered Indigenous Americans.  This completed mans settlement around the world.  Vikings clearly did not wear glasses otherwise they would have looked like complete dweebs.
Then took the ferry from St Barbe to Blanc Sablon and rode the 1km across the border from Quebec into Labrador.  Whilst waiting for the ferry we met Kevin and Gale.  Kevin is an ex crab and has now settled with his family in Labrador.  They watered us with lots of beer and offered a place for the night but we were quite looking forward to sleeping on the beach.
Today consisted of gravel roads and being eaten by black fly every time we stopped and we now staying in a B&B at Port Hope Simpson and I for one am hoping that the rain forecast for tomorrow fails to put in an appearance.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Icebergs and sunset

Very cold and wet for the last two days and now camping with a big fire after watching the sunset and icebergs near L'Anse Meadow which is a viking settlement close to Quirpon Island where I had my unforgettable whale encounter in 2002.

Monday, 24 June 2013

and the trip begins!

So here we are in Newfoundland scaring myself to death on narrow ATV trails.  We have been riding for 2 days and now in Gander and heading hopefully for Gros Mourn National Park tomorrow.  I must say that it is a very steep learning curve with probably the most technical bit of the journey right at the beginning.  Still enjoying the ride even after 2 days :-)  Was going to do some thinking on the trail but the poor old noggin is filled with trying to stay upright.
Adios until next time.

Thursday, 20 June 2013


I now remember why I bought that alarm clock it has such an annoying ring that it cannot be ignored.  A few too many beers last night and such an insanely annoying clock was definitely needed to get Alex and me out of our beds.  Seems like only yesterday that I posted on Horizons Unlimited for someone to join me on the Trans Canada Adventure Trail and preferably someone who had plenty off-road riding experience.  All in the hope that it might offset my lack skills when it came to riding a motorbike on anything other than asphalt.  My post however neglected to mention these off-road inadequacies.   Alex answered the call to arms and we managed to meet only once before we assembled in Halifax to start the ride.

A bit about the trail then.  15000 km of gravel roads, logging tracks and ATV trails with the odd section of pavement thrown in to ensure that we did not get bored.  Two hopes!!  We would start in St Johns, Newfoundland and ride across the width of Canada to Grant Bay on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

So as I climbed aboard Crazy on that bright June morning there was a feeling of excitement and anticipation in my stomach.  It had been far too long since my last trip and it was great to be back on the road though of course on those rare occasions when you are totally exhausted, cold and hungry the question ‘why am I doing this?’ is never far from your lips.

Tonight we are staying in Englishtown, Cape Breton heading for Sydney where tomorrow we catch the ferry to Argentia, Newfoundland.  For those of you that try to log onto the spot tracker it will not be up and running until we reach Newfoundland.