Google Street View Epiphany
A few weeks ago I noticed that many of my relatives living “around the bay” (rural areas of Newfoundland) were posting pictures of their properties on their Facebook pages. For a split second I thought that everyone had finally had enough of the marathon winter of 2014 and were selling off and moving south. Then I realized that the pictures were taken by the Google Streetview Subaru. “Cool”, I thought, “Google has Street-viewed rural Newfoundland”, and I really didn’t give it anymore thought until yesterday.
Having finally got a taste of out-of-town riding this past Saturday, I found myself quite eager to hunt out new roads on the Avalon for our weekend excursions. Looking at Google Maps yesterday, I had an epiphany of sorts. I can see what’s at the end of all of those sideroads! It was a minor, but incredible realization. You see, I, like many motorcyclists, usually just do the “loops” (Cape Shore, Irish Loop, Baccalieu Trail, etc) and never venture off the beaten path, so to speak. Through Google Streetview, I have found dozens of beautiful, quaint, picturesque little coves that I have never visited, though I have passed by hundreds of times. On these rainy evenings I’m virtually touring by chesterfield!
The pictures above are only a tiny fraction of the beautiful communities that are off the main drag. A challenge I am setting for myself this summer is to visit at least one new community every time I go outside St. John’s. “The Summer of Nooks & Crannies”!
I’m reminded of the The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. Here is the most famous excerpt of that poem:
Posted on May 27, 2014, in Roads of Newfoundland and tagged bauline east, google street view, grates cove, motorcycle, Newfoundland, point lance, road less traveled, rural newfoundland, touring. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.