Shakedown Trip – Part 1

May 30th: Rivière-du-Loup, QC to Miramichi, NB – 400km

I left my hometown around 3pm. It was cloudy and we were expecting showers. About 30min later, it was pouring down and my waterproof gear got its first test. Road was fairly easy. I saw a deer about halfway and arrived at my hostel by 9pm. I was amazed with the amount of dead bugs in my windscreen!

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May 31st: Miramichi, NB to North Sydney, NS – 700km

Left around 9am and headed south towards Nova Scotia. Sun was up with no clouds. I rode through cool small villages and decided to stop at a visitor center. They recommended to take the road north of Antigonish. I am glad I did as it was scenic. I then followed the southern road to Sydney which was also scenic as it was along lakes. I arrived at the ferry around 8.30pm and got my reserved spot. We boarded at 9.30pm and I had a beer! Even though it was strictly prohibitted, I slept on the floor in my sleeping bag until 6am.

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June 1st: Port aux Basques, NL to Terra Nova National Park – 625km

It was really foggy coming out of the ferry. At 4 degrees Celcius, I was really happy to turn on my heated grips, soles and vest. I was able to see the sun an hour later, just after a moose came out by the side of the pavement. The road was awesome: twisty, well maintained, fast and scenic. Corner Brook was my favorite spot for landscapes. It is right by a bay up high. The rest of the day was more boring as I was making my way to Terra Nova National Park to camp. I tried my camping gear for the first time. Everything worked great and I was able to shower before going to bed.

 

Ferry behind the fog

Ferry behind the fog

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Snow

Snow

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Camping ground with heated showers and batrooms

Camping ground with heated showers and batrooms

First camping dinner

First camping dinner

 

 

June 2nd: Terra Nova National Park to St-John’s – 300km

I packed my stuff to be on the road by 9.30am. I headed to Cape Spear as it was the most Esternly Point you drive to in North America. There was a cool hollow iceberg in front of it. I then came back to St-John’s to explore the city.

What's that white, icy, floaty thing behind?

What’s that white, icy, floaty thing behind?

Most Easterly Point in North America

Most Easterly Point in North America

Cape Spear

Cape Spear

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Cool iceberg

Cool iceberg

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9 responses to “Shakedown Trip – Part 1

  1. Allo François j’ai été bien content de te lire surtout que toi tu as l’air heureux dans tout ces belles photos .je sais que ce n’est pas ton grand voyage ,tu reviens à Rivière du loup dans 15 jours j’espère que l’on se reparlera avant que tu partes. Bon voyage Dominique

    Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 22:24:34 +0000 To: dombonne@msn.com

  2. Wow! Ça fait rêver Frank! J’ai l’impression d’être une participante à ce beau voyage! Have a safe and enjoyable trip! X

  3. Wow! C’est super de pouvoir te suivre et de voir un peu ce que tu vois tout le long de ton parcours. Profites bien de ton voyage!

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