Sunday, September 22, 2013

What is the Newfoundland T'Railway?

It might be the most inspiring 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, and waterfalls are only 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 people 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, ATVers, cyclists, cross 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 planning another trip August 22-29. 

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

A view of the ocean near Port Aux Basques
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 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. 

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?

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I created this Blog to provide people with enough information to do the trip without a guide. Most of the information is from my own experience. If you have already hired a guide you can still use this site for reference. 

The trip is nearly 1000 km (600 miles) and takes about a week. It might be beyond the comfort level of some people to attempt it without a guide for the fist time. 

Things to consider regarding guides:
  • You don't have to research the trail. Guides have their trips planned in advance.
  • Experienced guides can take you on excursions or side trips.
  • Most guides take care of "little details", that if overlooked, can cause head aches. They know where to stay, where to eat, where to get fuel, etc.
  • Typically, guides arrange everything - Ferry crossings, meals & accommodations, and fuel. 
  • Tours of 10-20 people are not uncommon. I think a large group would be rather fun.  
  • Guides create a stress free trip.
You have to decide what's best for you. If you wish to hire a guide and don't know any I have listed a few below after doing a Google search. 
*The above list is for convenience only. I can't comment on any as I have had no personal dealings with them*



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 too. 

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 less clothing than you think. 
  3. If you forget something you can probably buy it on the trail - finding food, propane tanks, beverages and other items isn't difficult.
  4. Fuel -  bring extra. In 2013 I didn't need a drop of extra fuel between fill ups but I had my low fuel light flashing a few times so... bring 5-10 litres (1.5 - 2.5 US gallons) maybe more for a side by side.
  5. 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
  • 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 except only the most remote areas.
  • 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.  Royal Distributing  or Cabelas have nice gear as well. 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.
  • 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

2013 TRIP - Photos, Videos, and Details


Day 1
Friday September 6 : 
North Sydney, NS to  Argentia, 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:
16.5 hour over-night ride 
17:00 to 09:30 the next morning.
**Pay the extra cash for a bunk room!**

Day's Costs
$112.02 adult ticket
$112.56 for ATV
$171.55 for two or four bunk room (divide the cost by the number of people)
$42.00 for supper and breakfast
$$ miscellaneous i.e. alcohol, snacks
approx total $365.00

Newfoundland ATV Trip
The entire trip East to West


The weather was warm, the sun was shining and we had a smooth crossing. Everyone slept well and was ready to hit the trail the next morning. 

Newfoundland Trip Collage
2013 Trip Collage - click for larger size
Unloading the ATV's from the trailers. The furthest
of the two ferries is the one we took

The Yarmouth crew getting organized before loading. 
You can see the ferry in the background. 
Scott, Randy, Daniel, Kerry, Scott, Kelly and Terry 
waiting for the Atlantic Vision
Darryl and his Grizzly are ready to board
Bruce & his boarding pass
Waiting to board the Atlantic Vision
We're boarding the boat... the adventure begins! 
Atlantic Vision lower parking deck
Grabbing my over-night bag before going to the main deck. Once upstairs  
you can't return to the vehicles until you arrive in NL. 
View from the main deck - we had good weather most of the trip.
Atlantic Vision
Atlantic Vision is Marine Atlantic's largest and most luxurious ferry to
make the crossing. It's the only one that makes the 15 hour Argentia run.
Hanging out in the games room 
Darryl, Mike and Bob taking pictures of the ocean sunset


Day2
Saturday September 7:
Argentia, NL to Clarenville, NL
See the detailed GPS track here.

Time:
8 hrs - 10 minutes
10:40 trail start (3.1 km from ferry)
18:50 Clarenville - St. Jude's Hotel


Distance:
146.4 km (90.96 miles)


Fuel:

Gas stop at 115 km (71.5 miles) 
14.73 litres (3.9 gallons)
avg 12.8 l/100 kms (18.37 mpg)

Days Costs$33.20 for Hotel Supper
$21.00 gas
$68.37 St. Jude's Room (per person per double occupancy)
$$$ Miscellaneous
approx total $130.00 


The first day on the trail
It was the first day on the trail and the weather was fantastic. It was long but we took our time, stopped for photos and explored on foot. 

Overall it was a great first day and everyone had a good time. We ate at the Hotel restaurant for supper and gathered in one of our rooms for drinks. 

Bob, Daryl, Bruce and Murray take in the scenery while docking

"Bob Squishing"
The making of Bob Squishing

A view from the ferry when pulling into Argentia




Taking a moment to get organized at the start of the trail
The first picture of the trail

There was a lot of water on the first 30 km (18 miles) of trail due to
heavy rain the week before. This much water is unusual. It looks worse than it was.



A trail break
Newfoundland ATV Trip lunch break
I was able to pack a lot in my home made storage box.
One of many tunnel crossings under Provincial Highways.

Another pit stop - Moosey, and I, opted for a set of Red Bull Wings
Moosey's long lost relative

This part of the trail had a lot of flat lands. There was a lot of different types
of scenery during the week. I loved it all.
Midday sun

One of the inuksuk's we came across
setting up a tripod shot
The tripod shot!
Another Tripod Shot

Arriving at St. Jude's Hotel. We parked out back next to
our rooms. They had a great restaurant.

Day 3


Sunday September 8: 
Clarenville to Gander
See the GPS track here.

Time:
9 hrs 40 mins
09:30 - Trail start
19:10 - Arrived Gander 

Distance:
146.1 km (90.78 miles)

Fuel:
Gas stop - 38.9 km  (24.17 miles) 
we fill up whenever we can
7.62 litres (2.83 US gallons)
avg 10.74 l/100 kms (21.9 mpg)


Days Costs$15.53 Motel breakfast
$10.89 gas
$65 per person for Frosty's trailside Motel
$22.08 for supper and at Rosie's restaurant
$$Miscellaneous
approx. total $120.00
The second day on the trail
Our second day on the trail and again, the sky was blue and the sun was shining. We stopped frequently to take pictures and we found a waterfall we explored for about an hour or so. 

We also stopped at a pub in Gambo, and navigated around a few washouts. This added to the time required to complete the day's journey. If you don't stop as much as we did you could finish quicker - but you'll miss the scenery!
Bright eyed and bushy tailed for another day on the trail







We stopped and explored this waterfall for over an hour.
Turns out there were two other waterfalls above and behind it. 
Mike had to jump in and test the water at waterfall 1
Waterfall 2
Waterfall 3
The Third waterfall, Murray said the water was great






Stopping one the bridge at Terra Nova National Park
A view of the falls from the bridge 





A nice find in the Town of Gambo. We stopped for a beer
before hitting the trail again.


Newfoundland Trail Washout
Our first major washout


Our second major washout. See the video below of how we got around it.











We met up with the Yarmouth crew and spent the night at Frosty's

Frosty's Trailside Efficiency Units
Another view of Frosty's Trailside Efficiency Units. The trail is not in view
but it's about 50 ft directly to the left of ATV's.

Day 4
Monday September 9: Gander to Badger
See the GPS track here.

Time:
6 hrs 45 minutes
10:00 start in Gander (after gassing up)
16:45 arrived in Badger

Distance: 137 kms (85.12 miles)

Fuel:
gas stop before we started out 
12.2 litres (3.22 US gallons)
gas stop at 101 km (62 miles)
11.5 litres (3.03 gallons)

Days Costs
$65.00 Trailblazers motel
$12.61 breakfast at Rosie's restaurant
$17.44 gas
$16.74 gas
$15.00 bbq food for supper
$$miscellaneous - snacks, beer etc.
approx. total $140 

The third day on the trail

The third day on the trail was as beautiful as the two previous days. We didn't take as many photos as previous days and only stopped for a BBQ lunch, gas,  and when we arrived in Badger.

This was one of the shortest travel days we had and there were lots of long stretches where we averaged 55 - 65 km/h (35-40 mph).
Rosie's is a restaurant in Gander, right on the trail. It's only a few
hundred metres from Frosty's. Great food and friendly staff!
We got some supplies at the Wal Mart in Gander before hitting the road
Bruce bought swimmers goggles to keep the dust out of his eyes. They worked great.
A friendly local that approached us during a pit stop (in the middle)
Apparently Newfoundland is committed to improving the trail.
Some sections definitely need some work but are passable.
Unfortunately we saw quite a few vehicles in certain sections

One of several long straight sections encroached with brush

Another BBQ lunch break on the trail.

Burgers and hotdogs all around

The road on the right is a path to an Irving Gas Station
Badger Bridge
Arriving in Badger - Trailblazer's was just down the trail about 1 km (.6 miles)

We stayed here and took several pictures and enjoyed the sunshine
before heading to Trailblazers and making supper
Bob and Murray
Bruce and Murray

Darryl wearing the Wolf Snout to keep the dust out
Patrick enjoying the sun and the break
Bruce, Murray and Bob

Trailblazer's Efficiency Units. It's a great spot with large common area,
kitchen, and washer and dryer that came in handy. I took this picture from the trail.

Darryl plugged my punctured tire in about five minutes.
It was the only tire issue for any of us the entire trip. 
The air compressor came in handy.

Day5
Tuesday September 10: Badger to Deer Lake
See the GPS track here.
Time:
10:00 started the day
17:52 arrived at Deer Lake - Driftwood Inn
approx 8 hours (including a few hours for stops)

Distance:
147.7 km (91.77 miles)

Fuel:
gas stop before we left 
4.9 litres (1.3 US Gallons)
gas stop at Howley after 105 km (63 miles)
12 litres (3.17 US gallons)
top up at Deer Lake
6 litres (1.58 US gallons)

$7.00 gas
$17.16 gas
$8.66 gas
$58.76 Driftwood Inn
$28.58 supper at Motel 
$$ miscellaneous
approx total $130

Approx 8 hours of great riding with sunshine all day. Temp was about 22C (71 F). We stopped at the granite quarry, gaff topsail, and the beaches at Howley area. We took tons of photos this day. 


The fourth day on the trail
Sunrise in Badger. I took this picture walking back to Trailblazers after
buying some breakfast grub at a nearby store.

filling up at the Badger Irving before hitting the trail


The granite quarry. Our group of six met up with the Yarmouth group of 10 for photos.






The bottom of the Gaff before we made the ascent. See the video below.



The view from the top of the Gaff
Both groups making lunch
Big Mike's happy pose






Darryl heats the beans






The beaches in Howley
Another beach at Howley - See the video below to see more of the beach areas


Stopped at a beach in the Howley area

Mike and Bob went for another swim

The Dam at Deer Lake
the top of the dam
Getting our bearings on a local snow mobile map
Pointing out the final destination for the day
The Driftwood Inn rear parking lot is right off the trail
The Driftwood Inn pub
 Wednesday September 11: Deer Lake to Robinson's
See GPS track here.
Time:
09:15 ATV's picked up by Towing company to by pass the gap in the trail
10:30 Transport to Logger School Road by towing company
12:10 Arrived Serpentine Lake for lunch
13:30 Left the lake
18:50 Arrived at Robinson's
10 hours approximately

Distance:
173 km (107 miles)

Fuel:
gas stop at 16:00
14.126 litres (3.73 US gallons)

$20.20 gas
$40.00 for tow trucks
$5.20 Burger King Breakfast - don't laugh the pancakes were great.
$12.00 supper at Pirate's Haven
$108.25 Pirate's Haven Chalets. (3 people per chalet)
$$miscellaneous
approx total $200.00

This was a long day and it rained hard pretty much all day but luckily the temperature was warm. Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time despite the weather.


Early morning breakfast at Burger King - the pan cakes were good.
getting our atv's packed on tow trucks to cover the gap in the trail






Arriving at Logger School Road. It leads back to the T'Railway.
arriving at Serpentine Lake


Serpentine Lake - Too bad it was clouded over that day



Making use of the tarp to keep the rain off









Arriving at the Pirate's Haven Chalets main office/bar/restaurant.
The bar
Fresh cod dinner was an especially nice touch after our long day of rain.

One of the Pirate's Haven Chalets we rented. It was very comfortable spot with
great service and food!

The view of the trail from the Chalets

Aerial view of the Pirate's Haven Chalets (taken from their website)

Thursday September 12: Robinson's to Port Aux Basques
See GPS track here.
Time:
12:15 start
19:25 end of trail (ferry terminal was about 5 minutes away)
7 hours - including side excursion to the Table Mountains

Distance:
130 km (80 miles)

Fuel:
top up before we left
7.386 litres

$42.25 adult ferry ticket
$55.61 ATV cost for ferry
$61.35 per person for 2 bunk room 
$9.50 ferry breakfast
$10.00 bbq supper food (we had in the parking lot while waiting to load onto the boat)
$$miscellaneous
approx. total $160
About another $200 for truck gas, parking, and other miscellaneous items

We didn't have far to go this day so we left around noon and stopped several times for photos and explored the Table Mountains. It was over cast but it didn't rain and the temperature was warm. 

                           
Bruce, Bob and Mike enjoyed the hot tub at the Chalets
before hitting the trail.
Topping off with fuel at Salt Water Joyz (used to be Pirate's Hideaway)




A waterfall on the Table Mountains - We searched for a trail that
might have led up there but couldn't find one.


Exploring a side trail


Crossing a river for the hell of it


Some of us made the climb to the top of the Table Mountains.
Too bad it was clouded over and we couldn't see anything.


The view (or lack of) from the top of the table mountains

Bruce negotiates his way back down the mountain
Mike and Bob went to another mountain and it wasn't shrouded
in mist like the other one.



One of the many beautiful lakes close to Port Aux Basques
One of the many beaches on the opposite side of the trail
from the lake in the above picture
Panoramic with Darryl - click to see larger view


The end/start of the trail on the Port Aux Basques side
The mandatory spray down before getting on the ferry

Later while waiting to board we fired up the bbq and
had some sausages in the parking lot.

Day 8 - Arriving in Nova Scotia and the drive home
I had a 3 hour drive. The rest of our group had about a 4 hour drive and some of the Yarmouth group had a 7 hour drive to get home.
The trip completed and packing up to head home
Our Yarmouth buddies caught hands-up fever