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!


Point Lance, on the Cape Shore. I’ve heard that the beach is fantastic


Bauline East, on the Southern Shore


Grates Cove, on the tip of the North West Avalon

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:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.



Posted on May 27, 2014, in Roads of Newfoundland and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I highly reccomend the Grates Cove studio. Enjoy lunch, and buy something wooden from a true artisan.
    For a real adventure get to Francois on the south coast.

    • I’ll definitely be making a trip to the Grates Cove studio, thanks for the recommendation! As for Francois, I don’t know if I’m quite that adventurous. Is that where you took the picture of your bike being loaded onto a boat in a sling?

  2. Krista:

    we were on the Burin Penninsula 10 years ago in 2004. We also made it to Grates Cove but all of this in our Rental car. We flew into St John’s and drove around to the tips of a few penninsulas and up to Fogo Island

    I am planning on riding my bike to NL next summer 2015 and hope to bump into you.

    Riding the Wet Coast

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