The best part about this trip has been the people we’ve run into along the way and the generosity and hospitality we’ve received.
Since we camped across the road from a campground last night we decided to have breakfast there and take advantage of the facilities. We packed up our gear and headed across the road. We made a quick breakfast of cold oatmeal and fruit, filled our waters and were ready to go. Just as we were leaving Jason noticed his rear tire was flat. That was a slight delay, but it was alright because we got some free coffee.
Once the flat was fixed we were ready to go! There were a couple decent hills until we came across Joey’s Lookout. The lookout overlooks Gambo and is absolutely stunning!
We hadn’t gone very far, but ended up sticking around there for a little bit and enjoying the scenery. We got rolling again. There was a slight uphill followed by a nice, long downhill. Jason and I were ahead of Chris and didn’t look back as we flew down the hill. Up ahead someone had pulled over. He stopped us and told us our friend was half way down the hill waving his arms and shaking his head. He must have a flat! We doubled back, dropped our bikes at the bottom of the hill and walked up to Chris.
When we got there, another gentleman had pulled over to help out. We chatted for a while, while Chris replaced his inner tube. The tube had popped and slightly ruptured the tire. We thought we were sunk! The guy offered to drive Chris to Clarenville but he figured the tire would hold. The guy gave him his spare tire and inner tube. The tire would be a tight fit but would work in a pinch. We thanked him and headed off.
We stopped at a restaurant just before Terra Nova National Park to grab lunch. We didn’t think there’d be many options in the park.
As soon as we entered the park the real fun began! Terra Nova is absolutely beautiful but my god is it hilly! It was one hill after another! They were big, fairly steep hills and it was hot! The heat and humidity made things infinitely more difficult and sweaty!
We made it out of the park in 1 piece but we were all exhausted! Port Blandford was less than 10kms away and our best bet to refill our water. We stopped at the gas station but their pipes had burst so there wasn’t any water. We had a short break and decided to continue onto Clarenville. It wasn’t much further, only about 30kms.
We stopped at Lakeside campground about 15kms from Clarenville to refill our waters. We discussed staying there for the night since we were all tired. We were told it was only $25 for a site. We decided to stay but the lady inside was going to charge us $25 per tent for 1 site. That’s absolutely ridiculous and made our decision for us! We left and didn’t look back.
We stopped at the information centre on the outskirts of Clarenville to ask about somewhere to camp. The ladies there told us of a few places until I blatantly asked if we could camp out there for the night. She said you’re not supposed to but once they leave for the night whatever happens happens.
We set up camp and just as we were talking about making dinner Trudy came back and had bought us dinner. She bought us subs, smarties, and chips. People are just awesome!
Today was another great day in Newfoundland! We covered about 115kms and were met by some amazing generosity and hospitality! We’re so close to the finish line I can almost see it. It still doesn’t feel real that this journey will be done in only a few short days. What next?