Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tourism & Potholes

Last Monday was Discovery Day (formerly St. John’s Day); that weird pseudo-holiday that is observed by the provincial government and only a fraction of businesses. We lucked into good weather, and went for a ride around the Cape Shore loop.

The Cape Shore consists of Routes 92 and 100 on the southwest Avalon, and is roughly 100km of beautiful coastal scenery. The road is twisty and hilly, and is lots of fun on a bike – correction – WOULD be lots of fun on a bike if it weren’t for the ubiquitous potholes plaguing the highway. I don’t mean little bumps, either. Many of these were large, deep craters, and would take a delight in ruining your day. I’m happy that we had the GoPro camera set up to take a picture every minute, because it captured this tire-eater between North Harbour and Branch.

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This is disgraceful.

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Bike & Hike on the Southern Shore

“Let’s ride to Port Kirwan, park the bikes, shed layers/change footwear, and hike to the Berry Head Arch”. It seemed like a good idea at the time, so good in fact that I convinced several people to follow me in this endeavor. I’ve since apologized profusely, and I think it might be next summer before anyone goes along with my ride plans again. Read the rest of this entry

Iceberg Hunting on the Baccalieu Trail

After a truly miserable week weather-wise, we were all looking forward to the forcasted warmth and sunshine on June 14. By 8:30 am, the temperature was at 12 Celsius (54 F.), already higher than we had experienced in a week. We decided to head out of town early, and hit the highway to the Baccalieu Trail; a wonderfully twisty road that winds its way around the north west Avalon.

The first stop was Salmon Cove Sands, a beautiful sandy beach about 10km from Carbonear. It’s been rated one of the top 15 beaches in the country, and I can understand why. Read the rest of this entry

Mad Rock, Bay Roberts

As I have mentioned previously, I’m endevouring to explore areas that are a little off the beaten path. On May 31st, we decided to set out for Mad Rock, part of the Bay Roberts Shoreline Heritage Walk. To get here, turn off by Jungle Jim’s in Bay Roberts, and keep going until the road ends at the tip of the peninsula. Read the rest of this entry

How To Layer for Riding

May 2014 in St. John’s has been the coldest month of May in about 20 years, with a daily high temperature of only 8.2 degrees Celsius (47 F). This weekend it was actually warmer in both Narsarsuaq, Greenland and Reykjavik, Iceland than it was in St. John’s, so gearing up for a day on the bikes took some thought and planning. You may have heard of “ATGATT”, standing for “all the gear, all the time”. I propose a new acronym, “ATGYOAAO”: “all the gear you own, all at once”. Read the rest of this entry

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