Sunday, September 22, 2013

What is the Newfoundland T'Railway?

It's probably the most unique 883 kilometers of ATV trail that exists anywhere and it spans the Province of Newfoundland, Canada. The Newfoundland ATV Trip packs in enough scenery to impress even the most enthusiastic ATV adventure seekers. Cliff-side ocean views, mountains, flat lands, rivers, lakes, beaches and waterfalls are some of what you can expect to see in one week from coast to coast.  If you enjoy long haul ATV riding, beautiful scenery and friendly people... this trip is for you! 



Welcome to my Blog
It's meant to provide you with enough information to cross the Island without a guide.  I hope you find it useful planning your trip. Don't forget to download the GPS tracks below!

A bit of trail history:
In the late 80's the trains stopped and the tracks were removed, leaving behind a scenic multi-use trail for hikers, ATVs, snowmobiles, country skiers and pedestrians.

In 1997, the trail was re-named the T'Railway Provincial Park. Thousands of ATV enthusiasts across Canada and the USA have visited the trail and some return annually. I made the trip several times and I'm not done. 

Here is a link to a video of the trail. It's an interesting 50 minutes and worth checking out.
Why I created this site
While searching for information about the trail I came across a great book written by Sue Lebrecht called Trans Canada Trail - Newfoundland. It's a wealth of information and a great resource but I found  it lacked details specific to ATV's. So I decided to document everything I learned online for others to find. It's too good an adventure not to share! Also, I figured there were others as frustrated as I was. 

Keep in mind this blog is a work in progress and I update it often.

Rick Noseworthy of the T'Railway Association is a wealth of knowledge about the trail and he answered a lot of my questions on the phone.  Thank you Rick!



 



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Beautiful Serpentine Lake - Click this or any other image to see full size


First Time??
I suggest viewing the following pages:
(the links are also at the upper right side of every page)
2013 Photos and Videos
Get a feel for the trail with pictures and videos. There are also links to downloadable GPS tracks for each day and daily outlines showing distances traveled, costs, duration etc.

Should I take a tour guide?

My humble opinions on guided tours.

Planning your Newfoundland ATV Trip 

-where to leave your car/truck and trailer before getting on the ferry
-where to find the trail when getting off either the Argentia or Port Aux Basques ferries
-how to get around the 32 km gap in the trail between Pasadena and Corner Brook 
and answers to 20 other frequently asked questions

Entire trip map 

This shows an overview of the entire trail in Google Maps. Don't bother downloading this track, it's old, you're better off downloading each daily track below under the GPS Tracks section.

Trailway official website 

The T'Railway Provincial Park official website. Look for the handy kilometer guide, save it and print it. 

GPS Tracks
Thanks to Darryl Perrin for making available daily tracks from his Garmin GPS in 2013. He posted them Garmin's website. Here they are:
Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6

Do I need a tour guide and a Trail Pass?
No you don't need a trail pass. Also, you are under no obligation to hire a tour guide. 

What do I need to legally travel the trail?
You have to wear a helmet, be insured, and have current vehicle plates and registration in your home area.

Accessing the Trail
There are a few important things you need to know about accessing the trail if you don't have a guide. I cover all you need to know on the Planning Your Newfoundland ATV Trip Page. 

Check out the tourism commercial below highlighting some of the nicest parts of Gros Morne National Park located on the Western Coast of Newfoundland. It's one of my favorite places anywhere. Unfortunately you can't take ATV's through the park.

          

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Should You Take A Tour Guide?

I created this Blog to provide people with enough information to do the trip without a guide. I don't think you don't need a guide but the trip is nearly 1000 km (600 miles) and about a week. If you feel it's beyond your comfort level you may want a guide the first time.


PROS
  • You don't have to research the trail. Guides have their trips planned in advance.
  • They know where to stay, where to eat, where to get fuel, etc.
  • Typically, guides arrange everything - Ferry crossings, meals & accommodations, and fuel. 
CONS
  • Some guides run groups on sections of paved highways, this is illegal.
  • It may cost you a lot more money. I did it on my own this year for about $900.00
  • You are always on someone else's schedule.
  • Don't have the satisfaction of knowing you did it on your own.

ask your potential guide how many miles they plan to drive on paved roads and highways. I mention this because it's illegal to drive on the paved roadways. Sometimes it's unavoidable for washouts and the like but usually only for short distances. I know of at least one guide from NB that takes his tours over 50 km on secondary highways that have little to no shoulder, this is dangerous and illegal.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Planning Your Newfoundland ATV Trip


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FAQ List
I want to map out a trip across the Island - where do I start?

Can I do this trip by myself?

How long does it take to cross Newfoundland by ATV?

Do you have to travel the entire Island or can you do just a portion of it?

Why do some people travel from Port Aux Basques and back instead of going across the whole island?

What is the best way to get there?

How long is the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland?

Should I start the trip on the West (Port Aux Basques) or East (Argentia)?

How much will it cost to take the Marine Atlantic Ferry?

Where can I leave my car/truck and trailer?

How much gas will our ATVs use? 

How much for motel/hotel rooms?

How about the cost of food?

Can you give me an approximate "total cost" for the entire trip?

Can you ride an ATV directly on the ferry or do you have to haul it? 

What is the condition of the trail? 

I heard there is a GAP in the trail around Corner Brook. Is it difficult to get around?

Can you drive your ATV right off the ferry to the trail in Argentia? 

Can you give me directions to the trail from the Argentia Terminal? 

Can you drive your ATV right off the ferry to the trail in Port Aux Basque?

CROSSING NEWFOUNDLAND -  WHAT ROUTE  -  HOW LONG  - HOW FAR
Q.
I want to map out a trip across the Island - where do I start?


A. take a look at these GPS tacks:
Day1, Day2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6

These tracks show where we started and ended each day, how many miles we travelled and where we stopped for fuel. You can download them and save them in your GPS to follow along when you arrive in Argentia.  

Optional - purchase "Trans Canada Trail" by Sue Lebrecht. This book is fantastic. It contains a detailed map broken into sections and has a lot of information for each section of the trail. I bought my copy online through Amazon.ca.


Q. Can I do this trip by myself?
A. Sure, but I wouldn't suggest it. It's more fun with other people. More importantly, if you have a mechanical breakdown or a medical emergency your life could depend on having another person with you. It could be a long time before someone found you if you needed help.

Q. How long does it take to cross Newfoundland by ATV?
A. From coast to coast it's 883 kilometres and a week is all you'll need. This allows for a moderate pace and you can still stop and enjoy the sights.

Q.
Do you have to travel the entire Island or can you do just a portion of it?

A. You can go for as long as you'd like; a few days, or a few weeks - it's up to you.

Q. Why do some people travel half way and back instead of going across the whole island?
A. I've gone across the entire Island East to West (Argentia - Port Aux Basques) and also half way from West to Central (Port Aux Basques - Grand Falls) and back. I enjoyed both trips but I suggest half way and back for the following reasons:

  1. Port Aux Basques, Wreck House, Serpentine Lake, Georges Lake, Deer Lake, and the Gaff Topsail are all on the West/Central Regions. I feel those areas offer the nicest scenery. Once you pass Badger (heading East) you don't have as much scenery.   
  2. The ferry from Nova Scotia to Port Aux Basques is 6-7 hours vs. 15 hours to Argentia, and it costs half as much. Those are both important considerations to me. However, if you're determined to do the whole trail you will still have a great time.
Q. What is the best way to get there?

A. If you're taking an ATV, there is only one way - the Marine Atlantic ferry. They have a few ferries making the journey. One heads to the West Coast and the other to the East Coast. They both leave the mainland from North Sydney, Nova Scotia. 





Q. How long is the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland?
A.  
North Sydney to Argentia (east coast) 15 hours. 
North Sydney to Port Aux Basques (west coast) 7 hours

I suggest renting a room for each trip, especially the 15 hour trip. You'll thank me.

Q. Should I start the trip on the West (Port Aux Basques) or East (Argentia)?
A. You can start your trip on either side and return from the opposite. Keep in mind the ferry to Argentia is 15 hours - most start there to ensure the shorter ferry back at the end of the trip.

BUDGETING - FERRY

Q. How much will it cost to take the Marine Atlantic Ferry?
A. Complete Ferry schedule and pricing can be found on Marine Atlantic's website www.marine-atlantic.ca. Quick break down below: (prices as of April 2013).

North Sydney to Argentia (15 hrs)
$112.02 - 1 adult ticket 
$112.56 - per ATV 
Total $224.58 (including tax) 
Optional Room Costs $171.55 (same price for two bed or four bed room)

North Sydney to Port Aux Basques (6-7 hrs)
$42.25 - 1 adult ticket
$55.61 - ATV
Total $97.86 (including tax)
Optional Room Costs $122.67(same price for two bed or four bed room)

BUDGETING - PARKING
A. A&L Parking (902-561-0011) across the street from the ferry terminal.

It cost $40 to park my pickup for a week. $60 if you have a truck & trailer.
let them know you are coming a few days in advance. They will arrange to have someone there to greet you. Cash only!


BUDGETING - ATV GASOLINEQ. How much gas will our ATVs use?
A. I took a Polaris Sportsman 500 loaded with gear.

Total distance driven - 858 kms (533 miles)
Total fuel used - 92 litres (24 gallons US)
Average Mileage - 10.8 litres per 100 km (22 mpg US)

Total spent - $138  -  $1.42 per litre ($5.36 per US gallon)  


BUDGETING - HOTELS
Q. How much for motel/hotel rooms?
A. In 2013 we stayed at motels every night. It cost each of us $365.38 total for the week. We had two occupants per room each night. If you spend some or all of your nights camping you will obviously spend less.
BUDGETING - FOOD
Q.
How about the cost of food?
A. What you spend on food depends on your taste and budget. You can spend a lot if you eat at restaurants every day. It's relatively easy to find groceries and supplies if you want to cook for yourself. It's also a lot of fun to cook on the trail.

I paid $226.91 for food in 2013 including all restaurant meals.


BUDGETING - TOTAL COST
Q. Can you give me an approximate "total cost" for the entire trip?
A.  In 2013 I spent $1,400.00 total - that included ferry tickets, food, gas, liquor, hotels, parking, etc..Keep in mind we stayed at Motels each night and food costs were higher because we at restaurants every breakfast and supper. Other years I did it for around $1,000.00 by camping some nights and cooking some meals on the trail. 

TAKING YOUR ATV ON THE FERRY 
Q. Can you ride an ATV directly on the ferry or do you have to haul it?
A. You can either haul your ATV with a truck/trailer or simply drive it on the ferry. I suggest driving directly on the boat, you really have no other choice if you're covering the entire island anyway. Simply park your vehicles at A&L Parking in North Sydney and pick them up when you get back.

A&L parking (902-561-0011) are conveniently located across the street from the ferry terminal. 


Marine Atlantic Parking Lot - waiting to board the boat
TRAIL CONDITIONS - GENERAL CONDITIONS & THE GAP
Q.
What is the condition of the trail? 
A. Most of the trail is in good condition and is an easy ride for ATV or side by sides, even for beginners. There are long sections with 'whoop-de-doos' as well. Some people don't enjoy those but I do.

There are sections of trail that are narrower than others but you just need to adjust your speed. A beginner would have almost no problems. Anyone with any experience won't have any issues - unless you are taking a trailer for extra gear. I don't suggest a trailer as it would slow you down especially in sections with whoops. Having said that, I know people that have taken trailers. Just make sure they are tough as nails and can handle the abuse of the whoops. 

Q.
I heard there is a GAP in the trail around Corner Brook. Is it difficult to get around?
A. One section is missing between Corner Brook and Pasadena. You can get around the 32 km (20 mile) 'gap' but you have to drive several miles on the highway which isn't legal. This stretch of the T’Railway was taken up several years ago to allow for highway expansion. The most popular way around the gap is to hire a flat-deck tow truck to haul you and your ATV's to the next part of the trail. It'll cost you about $40 per person.

Cecil & Florence Anderson, Pasadena side, (709) 686-5534. The Anderson's can take four ATV's or three ATV's and a side by side. Cecil has a pickup truck with a flat bed style trailer. He is very knowledgeable about the trail and helped me out of a jam with a single phone call. He's a very gracious fellow.

Conway’s Towing Service on the Corner Brook side of the gap (709)634-2338. Call Conway's if you have more than four ATVs. They have multiple flat bed tow trucks that can fit a about a dozen or more ATV's.
Near Corner Brook 
FINDING THE TRAIL & TRAIL ISSUES
Q. Can you drive your ATV directly from the ferry to the trail in Argentia?
A. Yes, it's only 2.5 km from the Argentia Terminal. Technically you are not supposed to drive an off road vehicle on the highway in Newfoundland but for these short distances you won't have a problem.


Directions:Drive straight down the highway when you get off the ferry and in 400 metres (yards), you will see a road on your left, Charter Road (it comes up fast). Take Charter Road and take it for another 2 kilometres (1.5 miles). It runs parallel to the highway. If you miss Charter Road for some reason keep going down the highway you can turn left in another 2 km at the trail. 

Charter Road is shown below splitting left off the highway.


Next, keep an eye out for the small white building on your left. Look for the trail about 100 feet to the right of the building. There is a aerial view (from Google Maps) below.

 
The section of trail you pick up after getting off the ferry isn't considered the T'Railway. It is an auxiliary trail that meets up with the main trail in Placentia Junction - which is approximately a 30 km ride (18 miles). It's an easy ride but can be slow going. Don't miss the sign in the picture below when you get to Placentia Junction. Turn left or you will keep heading East to St. John's!

Heading West to East  (Port Aux Basque to Argentia)
Q. 
Can you drive your ATV directly off the ferry to the trail in Port Aux Basque?
A. Yes you can. The trail is only 1.5 kilometres (or 1 mile) from the terminal. You can ride your ATV directly off the boat and go straight ahead until you see an Irving Gas Station on your left (below). Shortly after the station you will see a break in the road. Cross over to the gas station side of the highway and head for the Orange Train. (shown in the far right of the image below) That is where the trail starts.  BE MINDFUL OF TRAFFIC, it can be a busy stretch of highway. Click on the image to make it larger.


Below is a map of the entire trail. Click on the link above it to open a separate large window. If you zoom in close you can see where you can pick up the trail. Switch to Sat view when zoomed in and you can actually see the trail!
I also included places we stayed on our trip and found gas and other supplies. 





Thursday, September 19, 2013

Preparing Your ATV

You will put almost 1000 km (600 miles) on your machine in a week and put about 50 hours on it. Getting any required maintenance completed before going would be a good idea. 

I listed some ATV accessories that might help make your trip a little more comfortable:

  • throttle extender - if you're like me and experience thumb pain after riding for a few hours you'll want one. I bought a Kolpin throttle extender online from Royal Distributing for about $25.00. It was shipped to my door in about four days.
  • hand guards - helps keep wind off your hands which is not really important in warmer summer months but could be handy in the fall, or rain. A good set of gloves help too.
  • windshield - I've done the trip with and without one and I find they can be helpful in rain. Some windshields act as hand guards as well so that's a bonus. The trail is dry and a windshield will get covered with dust but if you have one you're probably used to it. You could always take it off if you decide it's getting too dirty.
  • winch - you most likely won't need one (luckily I never have) but it could come in handy if you experience a breakdown or go off-trail and explore a mud bog or something.
  • tool kit - good to have, but hopefully you won't need it.
  • air compressor - in case of a flat or slow leak - hopefully you won't need it
  • tire repair kit - in case of a flat.
  • heated hand/thumb grips - I've never used them but I hear they are pretty comfortable especially if you run into rain or cool weather. 
MURPHY's LAW - If you don't get your machine serviced, something will probably break.
I take my ATV to the dealer and have them change the oil and check everything over including the belt before going to NL. You never know what they may find, it's better to catch it before it's a problem.  

Last summer the rear differential on one of our friend's machines gave out. Luckily it was on the last day and we were not far from the ferry. A kind gentleman from Nova Scotia happened to be close by with a pick up truck and a trailer. He hauled the ATV to the ferry for us. If it makes you feel better it was a very old ATV and was on it's last legs.It probably should have been put down long ago.

If you're driving a machine that is belt driven (everything but Honda) have the belt inspected especially if you have high miles, drive hard, or plow snow. If it's worn, replace it. I've never seen anyone blow a belt on the Newfoundland Trail,  but I'm sure it's happened. 

Packing Tips and What to Bring

If you plan on camping you'll need space for gear. Don't let that stop you from enjoying a night under the stars near a beautiful lake. Just split the extra gear among the people with you. You'd be surprised what you can tie onto your ATV racks with bungee cords. Check out Day 2 and Day 6 of my 2011 trip for camping pictures.

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Packing Tips:
  1. Storage space is limited on ATV's but Side by Sides can carry quite a bit. For ATVs consider buying or building storage containers. 
  2. Try not to over pack - you'll probably use way less clothing than you think. 
  3. If you forget something you can probably buy it on the trail - food, propane tanks, beverages and other items isn't difficult.
  4. If you need to bring a lot of gear you might want to consider a trailer although it will slow you down. Also, make sure it's up to the challenge. Atlantic Outdoor Solutions in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia sells the toughest looking ATV trailers I've seen. I know people that have used them and they were problem free.
Suggested Items:
I know it's a big list! Don't take everything, adjust it to your needs. Share items
to save space.
  • Make your own list  -  check items off the list as you pack. It's easy to forget things.
  • Air Compressor  - in case of a flat tire. It happens.
  • Tire Patch Kit  -  in case of a flat tire. It happens.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tool kit
  • Water and Food -  frozen meat will last days in a good cooler and you can buy food on the trail. Make sure you have water, you'll get thirsty out there. Freezing your water before putting it in the cooler will help it stay cold longer and also keep other things cold, like frozen food.
  • Gasoline - I suggest 5-10 litres per machine. You may or may not need it. 
  • Cell phone - You'll get good signal strength in a lot of places.
  • Water proof bags - MEC has quality waterproof canoe  bags and duffel bags
  • Storage - I strapped a 10 cu ft waterproof cargo bag and built inner walls with plywood. Worked like a charm. Here is a smaller similar  Tow Ready bag Here are smaller similar bags if you don't need that much space.  Some people use plastic storage bins from Walmart strapped to the racks with bungee cords or ratchet straps.
  • Ratchet Straps & bungee cords - you never know what you'll need to strap down
  • Cooler - I've seen people use hard coolers for general storage as well as food.
  • Fire Items - lighter, waterproof matches, old newspaper, lighter fluid and fire sticks (for campfires)
  • Pain Meds - Ibuprofen, Robaxacet etc. (a sore back or shoulders can ruin your day)
  • Camera/Video - batteries and 12v chargers to plug into your ATV while riding.
  • Duct Tape - As Red Green would say "Don't leave home without it"
  • Mini fire extinguisher - at least one person in the group should have one.
  • GPS - or detailed provincial map
  • Portable BBQ or gas stove - only take a few fuel tanks as you can buy more on the trail. 
  • Pre-Arrange Transportation for the gap in the trail near Corner Brook.
    Cecil Anderson, Pasadena, (709)686-5534 or Conway’s Towing Service in Corner Brook (709)634-2338. I know this isn't exactly considered packing but it's important. Bring those two numbers with you.
  • Camping Supplies - Tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow etc. if you plan on camping. 
  • Silicone water proof spray works great for your tent, rain fly, and clothing. Wal Mart has it for about $12.00 a can. Use it before you go!
  • Lights - Flash Lights, lanterns and batteries.
  • Bug spray - In my experience the bugs aren't bad.
  • Dust Mask - in dry weather the trail can be very dusty especially with groups. 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Dishes - Camping Plates, cutlery, pan, camp kettle etc.
  • Water Proof gear - boots, gloves, pants and jacket. If you happen to hit rain you could get cold if you aren't dressed properly. You might hit sun and rain within the same morning/afternoon so make sure a clothing change is within easy reach.
  • Change of foot wear (boots for trailing and sneakers for everything else)
  • Garbage bags


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

2014 Trip - Photos, Video, and Details


Day 1
Thursday August 21: 
Nova Scotia - Port Aux Basques, NL

We parked our vehicles at A&L parking across from the ferry terminal. Then we rode the ATV's right on the ferry.

Time:
8 hour over-night ride 
23:45 - 08:00 the next morning.
**Pay the extra cash for a bunk room!**

Ferry Cost
$43.43 adult ticket
$47.35 for ATV
$145.48 for two or four bunk room (it's worth it to get a good sleep)
$26.00 for supper (excellent buffet)
$12.00 for breakfast
plus miscellaneous expenses

Newfoundland ATV Trip
The entire trip West to East 


The weather was warm, the sun was shining and we had a smooth crossing.


Packed and ready to go to the Newfoundland Ferry

Stopping for coffee in Baddeck 
Getting organized before heading upstairs
Bracing the winds on the ferry crossing
Midnight chilli - man, it was good
Exploring the outside decks
Day 2
Friday August 22 : 
Port Aux Basques to Robinson's

The first day on the trail and it was great. Blue skies, sunshine, and spectacular scenery. We took pictures of some beaches at the start of the trail and rode to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for more pictures. We stopped for gas and finally stopped for the night at Pirate's Haven in Robinson's. It was a great first day on the trail!


They day's trip from PAB to Robinson's
The view of Port Aux Basques from our cabin window
Gerry taking a photo while the rest of eat our ferry breakfast
We stopped at the nearby Irving after getting off the boat to get organized.
Getting my video camera ready before hitting the trail
The Trail starts on the other side of the train
This view was only a few minutes ride from the start of the trail. What 
a way to start the trip.
Bob and I  capture the view

Panoramic view
We drove to the top of Sugarloaf near the table mountains.



A great panoramic shot taken by Duane
We came across an old concrete house near the trail and stopped for a few pictures
The outside view
Trail break
Trail view near Wreckhouse
Gerry takes in the view
An old bus converted to a trail-side camp
The first washout we came across.
Luckily Bob had some caution tape we used to make it more visible

Pirates Haven was the destination for our first day on the trail. For Bob and I, it was our second time 
staying here. The cabins are roomy and comfortable and the service was second to none. The owners 
Paul and Ruth made sure our stay was perfect. The food at the restaurant is great too.
The inside of one of the cabins.


Day 3
Saturday August 23rd: 
Robinson's to Serpentine Lake

Our second day on the trail and the weather cooperated once again.
We took our time and averaged about 40 km/h (25 mph) and stopped for lots of pictures. We didn't hit the trail until about 10:30 and arrived at the lake around supper time. We set up camp, had a BBQ and made a great fire to sit around and tell stories.

The day's trip from Robinson's to Serpentine Lake
Our first pit stop - Fishell's bridge
Enjoying the trip
Under Fishell's bridge
A curious coyote came to check us out
Another pit stop


We filled up at Stephenville Crossing and grabbed a coffee.

We arrived at Serpentine Lake and set up camp
Duane is enjoying his favorite drink - coffee!
Gerry and Bob cutting up the veggies
Tent city. I hadn't stayed at this part of the lake before. We rode through
some pretty deep water to get here but it was worth it.

A group shot minus Duane, as he took it. Next time we need to bring a tripod.
The ATV in the background belonged to a local guy was fly fishing just out of frame.
When he returned he had  a 10 lb salmon!







The old driftwood burns well

The sky was clear and the when the stars came out they were bright.
In fact I haven't seen stars that bright anywhere. It's so far away from any towns

that there is no light pollution to spoil the view. 
I wish my camera was capable of taking a good picture of them.
The temperature started to drop a bit but the fire kept us warm
Day 4
Sunday August 24th: 
Serpentine Lake to Howley

Our third day on the trail and we were getting spoiled with more blue skies and sunshine. It was a chilly morning but it warmed up quickly to about max temperature of 23 degrees. We packed up the tents and hit the dusty trail. Again we averaged about 40 kmh (25 mph) and as usual, we stopped for water breaks and pictures.

We got a ride from Cecil Anderson (709)686-5534 from Corner Brook to Pasadena because that section of the trail is out.


The day's trip from Serpentine Lake to Howley

Morning view of the Serpentine Valley Mountains
It was cool in the early morning but the sun quickly burned the mist away
Two early morning fellas out fishing
The fishermen passing our campsite

Cecil Anderson transported us from Corner Brook to Pasadena to by pass
the 30 km gap in the trail. I put his phone number on the Planning Your Trip Page.
We stopped in Deer Lake for gas and food
The trail was very dusty this day. The box used to be camo instead of brown.
You can see how much dust we were accumulating
And a coffee break in Deer Lake before hitting the trail again
Deer Lake
A beach on Grand Lake in the Howley area. It was a beautiful spot
to spend the night.



Gerry is taking the front box off the old 2008 Sportsman. The air compressor caused
a little panic when it melted a fuse and the fuse block. The fuses were a little
corroded and caused the issue. Apparently it is a common problem on the Sportsman. 
Note to self: check all fuses for corrosion before going on a trip in the future.
Duane and Gerry patching the fuse block. Luckily it worked fine
for the rest of the trip. The fuse block will be replaced with inline fuses
with water tight caps to prevent this type of thing in the future.
Our Howley camp site on the beach. What a spot.
Tent city
The view of Grand Lake from our camp site. The water was warm enough (barely)
to take a dip and get cleaned up.

Day 5
Monday August 25th: 
Howley to Badger 

Our fourth day on the trail. Blue skies and warm temperatures again.  We ate breakfast then packed up the tents and hit the dusty trail. We stopped for pictures at the top of the Gaff Topsail then continued on our way. 



The day's trip from Howley to Badger
Approaching the Gaff area
View from the top of the Gaff
Duane and Bob take in the view


Duane had enough photos taken already
This is the living area of Trailblazers in Badger. It's only a few feet from the trail.
It's a comfy place with several bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fully stocked kitchen,
patio deck with BBQ and a washer and dryer that came in handy. We were really happy to
finally get here after two days of camping.
Day 6
Tuesday August 26th: 
Badger to Gander

Our fifth day on the trail. It was sunny, and overcast but no rain. Temperature was about 22.  We traveled slower than any other day because this section of trail is rough with pot holes. It needs a bit of work. We stopped at a restaurant called Rosie's which is only a hundred feet from where we spent the night at Frosty's Trailside Units. We rented one unit, which has two rooms but a rather cramped kitchen area. In the future I would recommend only two people per unit at Frosty's. Otherwise the accommodations are nice, and very conveniently located right on the trail.


The day's trip from Badger to Gander
Fuel pit stop

The coffee was good too.
We were creating a lot of dust on the dry trail.
If you don't have a full faced helmet bring a dust mask
of some sort.
Bob's machine was picking up a lot of dust as well. I wrote BOB in his tail lights.


Day 7
Wednesday August 27th: 
Gander to Clarenville

Our sixth day on the trail. We had a mix of weather, sun and overcast but again no rain. Temperature was about 22 celcius.
We stopped for gas in Gander, bought some water and hit the trail.
We stopped at St. Jude's Motel in Clarenville for the night. It's a nice spot with a good restaurant. There is a sign on the trail pointing to St. Jude's and it's only a few hundred metres.



The day's trip from Gander to Clarenville

We enjoyed supper at Rosie's so much we stopped for breakfast
before hitting the trail.

Getting gas in Gander before hitting the dusty trail
We stopped in Gambo for a break and a snack.


Terra Nova National Park. The trail runs over the bridge.


Duane was loaded down but good. 

Day 8
Thursday August 28th: 
Clarenville to Argentia 

Our seventh day on the trail. This was the only day it rained.
We were on the trail at 5:45 a.m. Yup, early. We had to be at the ferry terminal by 3 p.m. at the latest so we left really early to make sure we would be on time. By 10 a.m. we were way ahead of schedule so we took longer breaks to eat and chat and still arrived an hour early at the ferry terminal.

The day's trip from Clarenville to Argentia
It rained on our last day. We can't complain because we otherwise had good weather

I didn't take many pictures this day because of the rain. This is a view of the trail
almost at the end.


Hitting some puddles on the last part of the trail. 
Gerry hitting the water
There wasn't much water left in the puddle after Duane hit it! 
Good thing we had rain gear

Welcome to Argentia - Should be saying Goodbye Argentia.

Getting your bike sprayed down is mandatory. Something about trying to
prevent the spread of a beetle harmful to agriculture. 
This guy seemed determined to force water into Duane's knap sack.
All loaded on the ship and ready for a shower and a change of clothes.
There are no videos posted yet. I will try to get them up soon.