20080727 Going North

July 27th, 2008 by scott

80 km, 4 h 10 min ride time

We got off to a very late start today, but made good use of the time. We got most of our photo backlog uploaded and tagged, and had a chance to chat more with Rosie and Colby, and get to know them a bit better. We got a better appreciation for some of the difficulties you run into as a fisherman, two principal ones right now being higher fuel costs, and low lobster prices this year due to low demand from the U.S. With the tail-off in consumer spending, much less lobster is being bought (it is a bit of a luxury item for most people). Fortunately, Colby and his partners have licenses for several fisheries, so they’re able to fish Cod, Lobster and several others. In the off season, they also guide hunters who come to Newfoundland to hunt moose.

Their son Keenan was quite fascinated by our bikes, so we got some pictures with him and the bikes, and he took some pictures of us too.Rosie, Colby, Becky and I - courtesy of Keegan

The weather was great for cycling today, with a strong tailwind out of the southwest, which pushed us along quite well. The sun made an appearance after about an hour riding, so it also got quite hot out.

Everyone we’ve talked to so far have warned us about the road to Cartwright, so we may end up hitching a ride from Red Bay to Cartwright rather than riding the 400 km of gravel. That said, people have also been warning us about the Newfoundland roads and drivers, and so far both have been excellent! We have some more time to gather information and explore options, and we want to do some riding in Labrador, so we may just ride to Red Bay and see for ourselves.
First sign of civilization after 60 km.
First signs of civilization after 60 km.

Our original plan had been to get to L’anse aux Meadow today, but with a 1:30 start we decided to stop at the Triple Falls RV park instead. We have a lovely spot right beside a stream, which mostly drowns out the highway noise. It’s nice to be camping in the dry again – hopefully it lasts for a day or two as the forecast predicts.

Our campsite - with babbling stream.

Elevation Profile

2 Responses to “20080727 Going North”

  1. Kevin Smith Says:

    I really like the composition of the photo captioned, “First signs of civilization after 60 km.” With the road stretching ahead, the town (is that Raleigh?) in line with the road, and Becky (?) in the middle distance drawing the eye into the scene, it is very evocative of a journey. Any chance of getting a link to a higher-res version?

    Cheers,
    Kevin

  2. scott Says:

    Thanks Kevin!

    Yes, that’s Becky in the foreground and Raleigh in the background. Excellent guess! (or analysis from the geo-location?)

    I’ve updated that photo so when you click on it you go to the gallery where it lives on smugmug. There you can see it and download it in various resolutions.

    We’ll try to do this for other photos we post as well. (I’m still refining the workflow to go from camera to image in blog – I’m sure there’s an easier way than what we’re doing now).

    cheers,
    Scott

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