Halifax-->St. John's (August 2004)
1400km, 8 full days of cycling. That's it for numbers 'cause my Cateye was acting up and it got launched into the great unknown while bombing down a pot-hole ridden shoulder in the rain.
I mostly camped on the side of road but stayed in a couple campgrounds when it was convenient and not too expensive.
NS roads suck and are badly marked. Even the TCH often lacks a paved shoulder! If you try to avoid the main drag, be prepared to get lost and make unnescessary detours. In NFLD the Trans-Canada Highway has a wide paved shoulder. The West Coast and the Ismuth of Avalon are the most beautiful parts of the TCH in NFLD. Hills are worst on the Ismuth of Avalon but are generally bearable, specially with a nice tail wind.
Pics (please excuse WalMart's shitty scanning)
- Hitting the open road after 6 months of office work
- Christening a new tent with frequent rain and bug guts
- Waking up to the glacier-scoured landscape near Port-aux-Basques, NFLD
- Glacier fjords where I least expected to see them
- Scoring a ride up a steep hill from a selfless park ranger
- Being offered beer by random newfie campers
- Not understanding half the Newfies I met
- Having to politely explain to the locals that as beautiful as their "mountains" are, they are not that hard to cycle through
- Hangin' out with a long-lost buddy and his awesome family
- Finding piss-cheap pulpy sci-fi novels in St. John's
- Kayaking into a sea cave on the Great Island off Newfoundland
- Meeting a huge Cariboo stag on the summit of Gros Morne
- Getting picked up by a cute sociology student
- George Street's awesome pubs, bars, women and live music
- Catching WCH games in random bars throughout Newfoundland
Bras D'Or Lake, Nova Scotia
Gas stations along the Trans-Canada made for good lunch spots
Always keep an eye out for prime camping spots near the road
Sunrise in the tent.
The Millenium Falcon was the only company I had in the barren highlands
Qidi Vidi is a quaint part of St. John's
Houses in St. John's are very colourful for some reason
The Narrows protect the St. John's Harbour from the Atlantic Ocean.
Signal Hill and a frigate.