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 ATV riding, beautiful scenery and friendly people... this trip is for you! 

I have 10 pages on this site - read this first page to get an idea of what posts might interest or help you the most. You might just want to read them all. 
NEW click here for the  step by step quick guide.

Think of this blog as your virtual assistant - designed to aid you with the planning of your trip. 

A bit of trail history:
In the 1980's the trains stopped and the tracks were removed, leaving behind a scenic multi-use trail. 

In 1997 it 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've been there 5 times. Three complete and two partial trips.  

Here is a link to a 50 min video of the trail. Also, here is another video of the trail focused on Port Aux Basques to Corner Brook.
Why I created this site
Frustration set in after not being able to locate any information online about this fantastic trail and how to access it or use it. I was determined not to hire a guide so, I kept track of my research and decided to make a blog to share the information with others. Many people have emailed me asking questions or to let me know they found my blog and did the trip.

Another good source of information is the book by Sue Lebrecht called 

Here is an article about the trip in Go RIDING ATV Magazine's website. They even used my blog as one of their references! 


First Time on the Blog??
At the top right side of every page on the blog is a link to all the pages. Feel free to read through them all. If you are short on time I suggest viewing the following pages: 

2013 Photos and Videos and 2014 Photos and Videos
Get a feel for the trail with pictures and videos. There are also links to downloadable GPS tracks from the 2013 trip for each day and daily outlines showing distances traveled, costs, duration etc.

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

Trailway official website 
The T'Railway Provincial Park official website. Look for the handy kilometer guide, print a copy and take it with you.  

GPS Tracks
These tracks are from 2013 traveling from East (Argentia) to West (Port Aux Basques)
Thanks to Darryl Perrin for making them available
Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6

Do you 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 but my humble opinions on the pros and cons are listed here if you want to read them.
Should I take 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. Also, Newfoundland Law required you to have a fire extinguisher. One per group is probably fine.

Overall Trip Map (click the title to open in a larger window)
Take a look at my overall trip map. Zoom in to the start of the trail on the East Coast and follow the trail as it works it way West. You'll see where I stopped for gas, motels, camping, food and more. You can click on any of the icons for more information.

Tourism Southwest ATVING, Newfoundland. from on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Should You Take A Tour Guide?

I've done the trip six times and I've never used a guide. I wanted the freedom to take my time and explore. I winged it! But, the trip is nearly 1000 km (600 miles) and about a week long. Attempting it without a guide the first time could be higher than your comfort level will allow for, and that's okay. But, if you're a little adventurous and want to go it alone please read the rest of my blog. Seriously, it's not that difficult. Dozens of people have emailed me and told me they did the trip because of my blog. If you absolutely want to hire a guide I recommend Cecil Anderson of Newfoundland Outdoor Adventures. He knows the trail like the back of his hand.

Guide PROS
  • You don't have to do any research i.e. reading this blog 
  • Guides already know where to stay, eat, get fuel, etc.(all of that is on this site)
  • Typically a good guide will arrange everything for you - ferry crossings, meals, accommodations, and fuel stops. You can easily do that yourself if you're so inclined.
  • Your days are scheduled by someone else
Guide CONS
  • Some guides run groups on long sections of paved highways instead of trails. Not only is this NOT what you're paying for, it's dangerous and illegal.
  • Cost - it will cost you more. I did it on my own in 2014 and it cost about $900.00 with a mix of motels and camping. A guided trip will cost more than double that.
  • Don't have the satisfaction of knowing you did it on your own.
  • Your day's are scheduled by someone else
Ask your potential guide how many miles they plan to drive on paved roads and highways. Sometimes it's unavoidable for washouts and detours but usually only for short distances. I heard of a guide from NB that takes his tours over 100's of km on paved highways that have little to no shoulder, it's dangerous not to mention 100% illegal. If someone were to get hurt while doing something illegal you will most likely not be insured for any associated costs or damages. That is something important to keep in mind. At the end of the day it's your decision and you may be fine with that but it's something to be aware of. Besides do you really want to pay a guide that takes you for hours on a paved roads. You could take your car and drive those same roads.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Planning Your Newfoundland ATV Trip

Contact me:

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?

Q. I want to map out a trip across the Island - where do I start?
A. Take a look at these GPS Tracks. They start in Argentia and end in Port Aux Basques
Argentia to Clarenville, Clarenville to Gander, Gander to Badger, Badger to Deer Lake, Deer Lake to Robinson's, Robinson's to Port Aux BasquesThe tracks shows how many miles we traveled each day, how long it took and where we stopped for fuel. You can download them and save them in your GPS to follow along when you arrive in Argentia. 

Also check out the Entire Trip Map in Google Maps. You can zoom in very close to the icons I placed on the map so see where we stopped for motels, gas, food, and camping.

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

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 approximately 900 km and 6 days of traveling is all you'll need. You can take more days or less depending on how fast you ride and if you like camping.  

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, a week, 10 days - 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 very much. I can’t really suggest one over the other but I think there are a few reasons some choose the half-way and back option:
  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 nice of scenery, in my opinion.
  2. The ferry from Nova Scotia to Port Aux Basques is 6-7 hours vs. 16 hours to Argentia, and it costs half as much. If you are on a budget, and don't want to be on a 16 hr ferry those would be important considerations. If you do the whole island I suggest East to West as the scenery continually gets better and better and you take the short ferry home after a long trip, which is nice.
Q. What is the best way to get there?
A. If you're taking an ATV with you 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?
North Sydney to Argentia (east coast) 15-16 hours. 
North Sydney to Port Aux Basques (west coast) 6-8 hours

I suggest getting a room, otherwise known as a berth, for each trip, especially the 15 hour one. You'll thank me, many have.

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. Plus I feel the nicest scenery is on the West coast so it's nice to end the trip seeing the best the Island has to offer.

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 Quick break down below: (prices as of August 2015).

North Sydney to Argentia (15 hrs)
$112.52 - 1 adult ticket 
$113.05 - per ATV 
Total $225.57 (including tax) 
Optional Room Costs an additional $176.75 + tax (same price for two bed or four bed room)

North Sydney to Port Aux Basques (6-7 hrs)
$42.43 - 1 adult ticket
$55.89 - ATV
Total $98.32 (including tax)
Optional Room Costs additional $126.50 + tax (same price for two bed or four bed room)

Heading to Argentia and returning via Port Aux Basques would cost $323.89 per adult without a room. It would cost another $175 per person for a room with two people to a room for a grand total of $498.25 per person - by far, the single biggest single expense.

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

It cost $40 to park my pickup for a week and $60 if you have a truck & trailer I think.
There is almost always room, just show up. If no one is there just leave your cash in an envelope in the booth drop box. Cash only! Call in advance to double check pricing.

How much gas will our ATVs use?
A. I took a Polaris Sportsman 500 loaded with camping gear.

Total distance driven in 2013, sometimes it varies - 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) 
***Gas is about $1.17 a liter as of August 2015***

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 much less.

How about the cost of food?
A. I paid $226.91 for food in 2013, that was all restaurant meals.
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. Bring a cooler for drinks, meat and ice if you're camping.

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. 

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. 

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 most beginners. There are long sections with water ruts or 'whoops' which could get tiring if you have an older machine. You will have to slow down in those sections. There are also sections lined with tall alder bushes that make it difficult to see around corners and that could be a bit dangerous so be sure to slow down on corners. You don't want a collision on the trail. Safety first!

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.  This year 2015 I heard of a guy that brought a trailer and it popped off the hitch ball and when he stopped the trailer came forward and broke his rear differential. His trip was over. NOT GOOD.

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. 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. I've heard some people ride the highway but that is dangerous and illegal.

Cecil Anderson (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 and also offers week long tours and day-tours at Newfoundland Outdoor Adventures

Conway’s Towing Service (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.

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. I just drive in the center of the lane with traffic. ATV's are usually the first off the boat anyway.

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 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 after the building. Here is an 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!

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. Turn left 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. It's a fantastic reference. 
Bookmark it in your browser on your smart phone when you go to NL so you can use it there. 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, ate, found gas etc.  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Preparing Your ATV

This page goes hand in hand with my packing tips page.

Make sure you have your ATV serviced before and after the trip. You will put almost 1000 km (600 miles) on your machine in a week and you'll put about 50+ hours on it. It's fairly easy riding but a break down in the middle of no where would seriously ruin your fun. I recommend the following:

  • an oil change before and after the trip.
  • a new air filter, before and after the trip. The trail is very dusty, trust me.
  • if you have grease fittings be sure to grease them
  • check your tires - if they're old and cracked or extremely worn you might want to replace them.
  • make sure your brakes are in good condition
  • 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. I've never seen anyone blow a belt on the Newfoundland Trail,  but I'm sure it's happened. 

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

  • throttle extender - if you're like me and experience thumb pain after a day of riding you'll want one. Remember, you're doing seven days of riding. I bought a Kolpin throttle extender online from Royal Distributing for about $25.00, not a bit discomfort all week.
  • hand guards - good for chilly days or rain. A good set of weather proof gloves help too.
  • windshield - I've done the trip with and without one and I find they are helpful in rain and cool weather. Some windshields act as hand guards as well so that's a bonus. In summer the trail is dry and windshields get obstructed with dust which can be annoying if your shield is tall.
  • winch - you most likely won't need one but it could come in handy if you experience a breakdown or go off-trail and explore a mud bog or something. If you are travelling with people that have winches you'll be fine.
  • tool kit - if you don't take one, you'll need one - Murphy's Law. 
  • air compressor - in case of a flat or slow leak, they happen no matter how new your tires may be.
  • tire patch kit - A MUST! Don't even think of doing the trip without plugs. Bring at least 25 plugs. One good size hole could required several plugs more than once.
  • heated hand/thumb grips - They are pretty comfortable if you run into rain or cool weather. 
MURPHY's LAW - If you don't get your machine serviced, something might break. Why risk it? I always take my ATV to the dealer and have them check everything over including the belt before going. You never know what they may find, it's better to catch it before it's a problem.  


Packing Tips and What to Bring

If you plan on camping you'll need more storage for your gear. Don't let that intimidate you from enjoying a night under the stars near a beautiful lake. Just split the extra gear among the people with you. Besides, you may be surprised what you can tie onto your ATV racks with bungee cords. Check out Day 2 and Day 3 of my 2014 Trip for camping photos.
Packing Tips:
  1. A Trial Run - Pack everything a week or more before you go to make sure you have enough room for the items you want to take.  
  2. Try not to over-pack clothing- you'll use way less clothing than you think. 
  3. Don't worry if you forget something, you can buy it on the trail - food, propane tanks, beverages and other items aren't difficult to find. There are lots of gas stations and stores along the trail.
  4. Pack your storage boxes full so items don't bounce around. If you have extra space stuff a blanket in there to keep items tight.
Suggested Items:
I know, it's a big list! BUT a lot of items listed are camping related. Don't take everything, look through it and adjust it to your needs. Share items with your compatriots 
to save space, and don't duplicate items!

General Items
  • Make your own list  -  check items off the list as you pack. It's easy to forget things.
  • Goggles and dust mask. Don't do this trip without either. The dust can be insane at times.
  • Air Compressor  - in case of a flat tire. Trust me, they happen.
  • Tire Patch Kit  - they happen  
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tool kit 
  • Spare Fuses
  • Gasoline - I suggest 5-10 litres per person. Fill up at every gas station you pass and you shouldn't need it. BUT take it anyway in case you happen to miss a station.
  • Cell phone - You'll get good signal strength in a lot of places.
  • Water proof bags - MEC has quality waterproof dry bags and duffel bags for your clothes. 
  • Ratchet Straps & bungee cords - you never know what you'll need to strap down
  • Pain Meds - Ibuprofen, Robaxacet, Voltaren 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 - "Don't leave home without it"
  • Mini fire extinguisher - at least one person in the group should have one.
  • GPS 
  • 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.
  • Bug spray - believe it or not the bugs aren't bad, seriously. I've gone in July, August and September and they've never bothered me once while camping. Certain spots on the trail they can be bad but you don't notice them when driving.
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Change of foot wear (boots for trailing and sneakers for everything else)
Camping Items
  • Water and Food -  freeze meat and water before putting them in a cooler and they'll stay cold for days. Make sure you take water breaks or you might get dehydrated. 
  • Storage - If you're camping you'll obviously need more storage space. I use a huge 10 cu ft waterproof cargo bag with plywood inner walls to keep the bag from sagging. I use ratchet straps to secure it to the rear rack. Works fantastic!
    Here is the bag I use from Tow Ready
    Here are smaller similar bags if you don't need that much storage.  
  • Cooler - I've seen people use hard coolers for general storage as well as food. I use a soft sided cooler and keep it my home-made storage box.
  • Fire Items - lighter, waterproof matches, old newspaper, lighter fluid and fire sticks (for campfires)
  • Portable BBQ or gas stove - only take a few fuel tanks as you can buy more on the trail. 
  • 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. Spray your tent before you go!
  • Lights - Flash Lights, lanterns and batteries.
  • 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.
  • Garbage bags

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

2014 Trip - Photos, Video, Daily Details

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

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 1
Friday August 22 : 
Port Aux Basques to Robinson's

The first day on the trail - 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. 

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.

Video recap for Day 1 on the Trail
Day 2
Saturday August 23rd: 
Robinson's to Serpentine Lake

Our second day on the trail - once again beautiful weather! 
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. We set up camp, had a BBQ and made a great fire.

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
Video recap for Day 2 on the Trail

Day 3
Sunday August 24th: 
Serpentine Lake to Howley

Our third day on the trail  - getting spoiled by more blue skies and sunshine. It was a chilly morning but it warmed up quickly to 23 degrees Celsius
(73 degrees Farenheit)

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 - Serpentine Lake - 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.
Video Recap for Day 3 on the trail

Day 4
Monday August 25th: 
Howley to Badger 

Our fourth day on the trail - blue skies and warm temperatures AGAIN.  We ate breakfast, 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.

Video Recap for Day 4 on the trail

Day 5
Tuesday August 26th: 
Badger to Gander

Our fifth day on the trail. A mix of sun and cloud, no rain. Temperature was about 22 Celsius.  We traveled slower than any other day because this section of trail is rough with pot holes and chop. 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 conveniently located 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.

Video Recap of Day 5 on the trail

Day 6
Wednesday August 27th: 
Gander to Clarenville

Our sixth day on the trail - a mix of sun and cloud, no rain. Temperature was about 22 Celsius.
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 7
Thursday August 28th: 
Clarenville to Argentia 

Our seventh day on the trail - 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 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.
THE END: Another fantastic trip. I can't wait to go back in 2015!