Ride to Harbour Mille, July 20, 2014
I’m at the point in summer when I’m getting weary of riding the same roads on the Avalon weekend after weekend. With the forecast for this past Sunday looking spectacular, we decided to wander a bit farther from home and made the trek to Harbour Mille on the Burin Peninsula.
On Sunday morning we set off bright and early from St. John’s and hit the TCH, riding the 160km to Route 210; the Burin Peninsula highway. A word of advice: no matter how hot it is where you might live, bring extra clothing if you’re headed through the isthmus because 99% of the time it’s foggy and cold. Sunday was no exception and we arrived at the intersection of Route 210 in dire need of coffee.
Once we warmed up it was onward towards Harbour Mille, down the well-kept-up Burin Peninsula highway. It’s an unexciting ride for the most part, except for the picturesque town of Swift Current. After droning for about 95km we finally saw the Route 212 turn-off, then it started getting interesting.
I absolutely love the feeling of excitement that I get when I ride through a place for the first time. Everything is new, and it’s almost a sensory overload to try to take everything in and control a motorcycle at the same time. This is why frequent stops are needed! I’m glad Mark had the GoPro set up on his helmet to take pictures, because this area is just so beautiful that we couldn’t possibly stop often enough to capture it all.
And then there’s the road itself…so full of twists and turns that it made BestBikingRoads.com. The pavement is a little rough in places, but all in all it’s in great condition.
At the end of the road is Harbour Mille, a tiny community in an incredibly sheltered harbour.
After some picture-taking, Mark managed to navigate a very steep ATV trail where Eric was waiting with the kettle on. I chose to venture to the top of the hill on foot instead, not wanting to ride my Vstrom toboggan-style (ie on her side).
We also stopped in the community of Bay L’Argent for a photo-op before hitting the highway for the return trip back to St. John’s.
By the time we got home that evening, we had put almost exactly 600km (375 miles) on the bikes. That’s basically the same as a round-trip to Gander, or almost the distance from St. John’s to Deer Lake. It’s the longest amount of time I’ve spent on the Vstrom since I’ve owned her, and to my delight she performed wonderfully and kept me quite comfortable all day. My only regret is that we couldn’t spend the night down there, as I’ve heard there are other spectacular roads in the area. It’s difficult to fit so much riding into such a short summer.
If you’re a motorcyclist in eastern Newfoundland, you owe it to yourself to spend the day in the Harbour Mille area, you will not regret it!
Posted on July 23, 2014, in Roads of Newfoundland and tagged bay l'argent, burin peninsula, harbour mille, harley-davidson xr1200x, honda varadero, Kawasaki Versys, motorcycle touring, newfoundland travel, Suzuki Vstrom. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.