Bay de Verde: September 22, 2013

It is now officially fall in Newfoundland, and because our seasons are roughly one month behind the calender we can still luck out on good weather for a day-trip. This past Sunday was quite breezy but warm (20ish Celcius) so we headed out to ride the Baccalieu Trail on the north-west Avalon.

We hit the TCH from St. John’s and decided to take a different route to Carbonear this time, through the town of Makinsons. Apparently we took the wrong exit though, because we had to ride about 5km of gravel road through cabin country before we got to the actual town. The potholes were enormous and impossible to avoid, so I was very glad to be on my Vstrom!

Once we were back on pavement it wasn’t long before we encountered road construction…lots of it. For some reason, fall is the high time for road construction in Newfoundland. It being Sunday we weren’t affected by traffic delays, but we did hit a section of road in the Clarke’s Beach area that was ground down and waiting to be re-surfaced. I really don’t like riding on pavement in this grooved state, it’s a bit unnerving to feel the bike wobble back and forth. Riding safely on grooved pavement is similar to riding on wet pavement…no abrupt braking or acceleration, and easy into the turns!

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These are the signs warning of grooved pavement. Even the government knows that us bikers don’t like it!

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Great day, great road!

Once we passed Carbonear the construction was just about nil, so we settled into a comfortable pace and enjoyed the turns between Salmon Cove and Spout Cove. Whenever I ride the Baccalieu trail I’m amazed at the sheer number of side-roads leading to small communities. It’s so easy to stick to the main road, as most people do. This is why I have decided to set off from the main road more often, to take in all I can of this island.

When we reached Old Perlican, instead of taking the left and heading south as we usually do, we turned right and headed for Bay de Verde, a community I hadn’t visited before.

Bay de Verde was settled in 1662, and is the northernmost community in Conception Bay. It’s still a fishing community, and made headlines last year when workers from Thailand were flown in to staff the town’s fish plant. It’s a picturesque town, nestled between two hills.

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Heading down into Bay de Verde

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Downtown Bay de Verde!

We left Bay de Verde and continued along Route 80, until we veered off at Heart’s Content, taking Route 74 back to Victoria. I would’ve liked to have stayed on Route 80 and continued along the coast to the TCH at Whitbourne, but time was against us as the evenings close in early this time of year.

All in all, it was a fantastic day for late September! 😀

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Posted on September 29, 2013, in Roads of Newfoundland and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nice to see you hit my home community! Surprising we never seen you guys? My wife and I rode out there to visit my family Sunday.

    Brad

    • I didn’t know you were from Bay de Verde…very nice place! That’s one of the many things I love about riding…gives you an excuse to visit out of the way places 🙂

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