Newfoundland: Deer Lake to Port Aux Basques

I arrive back at the RV park in a downpour so I head across the street to the Insectarium to dry out and see the exibits. At the park, the owner offers me the cabin and I’m glad to stay dry. My ride the next day is beautiful – there are more deciduous trees on this part of the island and the landscape is lush and green. I restock supplies in Cornerbrook and visit their bike shop for some neoprene shoe covers – warm feet from now on! The highway west of Cornerbrook has very little traffic and it’s often just me and the mountains until I arrive at Barachois Pond to camp.

At the campground, I share a site with Wes, who started cycling in BC in April and has already made it to Newfoundland! We stay up late by the fire chatting about our trips and I’m really excited to see the rest of the country.

The next day is the most intense ride yet. I pedal 153km through rain, wind, fog and mountains but I arrive in time for the overnight ferry to Cape Breton! The boat is technically sold out but Cathy at the kiosk makes arrangements to get my bike and I on board – my final favour from this province of incredible people.

Distance biked in Newfoundland: 1138km

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