Dead Ends and Gravel
After spending the past ten days exploring Central-ish Newfoundland by motorcycle, I’m back in my own little corner of the city, relaxing and reflecting on our vacation. It was spectacular to say the least, every day I saw something so breathtakingly beautiful that my pictures really don’t do it justice.
But all these picturesque views don’t come easily. Rural Newfoundland is absolutely chock-blocked with dead-ends and gravel. “So what?” you say. Either you have never ridden a motorcycle or are experienced enough to navigate these areas with skill and agility. I struggle with u-turns at the best of times. My Sportster is top-heavy enough, but add a massive Kuryakyn top case stuffed with enough clothing for two weeks and all she wants to do is flop over at speeds lower than 10 km/hr. And then there’s the lovely gravel that’s EVERYWHERE. I didn’t grow up on a dirtbike, I learned to ride in the city. Riding on gravel is completely foreign to me, but after two vacations spent touring Newfoundland I’m getting used to it. Also common around the bay is pavement covered in gravel. That’s a real treat, especially in intersections. Thankfully the low traffic volume allows you to take your time getting through it.
So picture me at the end of a narrow road, making a u-turn in gravel, on an incline. Over and over and over again, because it seemed like every town we visited contained at least two of these dead-ends, and of course that’s where the nicest views were to be found.
This is why I’m extremely proud to announce that I did NOT dump my bike during this tour! I had a few times where I cursed myself for following Mark out to a sketchy-surfaced dead end, and I also had some moments where my heart-rate skyrocketed and I thought for sure I was tipping over but NOPE! I remained upright for the duration. This is one of life’s little victories.
I plan to blog about my trip in detail, once I go through the hundreds of pictures we took with four different cameras. That could take awhile! I’ll be devoting a post to each town we spent a night in: Virgin Arm (New World Island), Fogo, Musgrave Harbour, Eastport and Bonavista.