We’re now less than 100kms to Cape Spear and I think we’re going to aim for Cape Spear tomorrow.
I was up pretty early, packed up quickly and told them I’d meet them at the Tim Hortons down the highway. Of course there was a big hill in the way. I stopped at Tim Hortons, got breakfast and waited for them. We sat around for a bit, had breakfast and chatted with a few people about our trip. We’re so close now!
We set off and were aiming for Whitbourne. There were still a few big hills in the way but nothing we couldn’t handle. We spotted our first moose of the trip and stopped to have breakfast.
Man there were some big, long, steep hills today. The past 2 days have been characterized by some big hills but the end is near! It was hot out at times today but the clouds rolled in over the course of the day and made the riding easier.
There was one especially long, steep hill that went right through the rock. I came up to the cut in the hill and saw Jason had climbed up to the top. Of course I had to go up to take a look. I climbed up to the top and the view was well worth it!
It was a good climb but the most interesting aspect of it was the shoulder. For most of our trip across Newfoundland there has been a nice paved shoulder and occasionally the rumble strips have taken over but not for long. The rumble strips took over on this hill and pushed us into the road. There was a lot of heavy truck traffic and a few close calls.
About 20kms from Whitbourne Jason pulled over and had another flat. His tire was pretty worn out and had a few cracks in it. Lucky that Chris had been given that spare tire and tube because Jason needed it.
We fixed the tube and set off again. The sky ahead of us didn’t look too inviting and we were waiting for the heavens to open up. There were some heavy showers but for the most part we avoided the rain.
We stopped at the information centre in Whitbourne and played the same song and dance as last night. They closed in an hour so we went to Subway to get dinner and kill some time.
We headed back to the info centre and I noticed a pathway at the end of the parking lot so I went to check it out. It was a perfect spot to camp! It was secluded, on a lake, near services and quiet. We set up camp and played some cards for most of the night.
We’re so close to St. John’s and Cape Spear that we’re going to make a dash for it tomorrow. Our original plan was to stay in Manuels tomorrow and head to Cape Spear on Thursday. Manuels is only 65kms away and Cape Spear 105kms so we have to go for it!