Hmmmmmm ...looking for destination for next jaunt ....never did the area sufficiently
If you have never visited Canada's newest province, I suggest you consider Newfoundland and Labrador. I have not seen Labrador, but I had a too-brief 3-day visit to Newfoundland in 2007. As in any province, the greatest attraction is the people who live there, as I can readily prove:
1. When I visited RideTheRock
I was welcomed, and the locals were pleased that I would be visiting their wonderful island. I participated in a game, the point of which was to upload a picture of your motorcycle with a Newfoundland lighthouse in the background. Not being there yet, I could not do that, but I did find an object that had been a lighthouse, but had tumbled into a mess that looked like broken onion rings (yes, it did), and I think they gave me partial credit. (Florida's St. George Island lighthouse, which has been rebuilt using much original material.) That competition had an odd result which takes too long to explain, but resulted in two Newfoundlanders finding each other in beautiful Terre Haute Indiana. Because Indiana has only one lighthouse (IN has a tiny shoulder on Lake Michigan), they sent in pictures of Indiana outhouses instead; there are plenty of those. They didn't get points either, but they got plenty of compliments.
2. When I arrived in Newfoundland (by ferry of course), three members of the web site rode about 90 kilometers to meet me and show me St. Marys, the SE corner of the island. I finally got a point for a lighthouse! They entertained me the whole day, and I got to know them ... and 3 more points.
3. A few days later, an observant gent spotted the head of a screw protruding from my front tire. Not a lot later, I was led to a collection of people working on bikes and cars, and several people were eager to be the one who plugged the tire of a biker from Florida. The plug got me back to Toronto, where I bought a new tire.
4. Two members of RideTheRock have visited Sarasota Florida, and I have loaned them a motorcycle to ride for the duration of their visits.
5, 6, 7 ... I look forward to finding out what the next illustrations of Newfoundland hospitality will be.
Maybe they will involve you, Macdoc. You will probably be mightily pleased if they do.
So will I.
P.S. (as if this post is not long enough already ...)
I recall a vignette that happened on my Newfoundland ride, when I was scarcely an hour east of my Toronto starting point. I entered the village of Wellington ON, and needed a washroom, so I headed for the Lake Ontario shore, and spotted an outhouse. Behind that, I could also see a lighthouse, so I parked, lined up bike, outhouse, and lighthouse, and took a picture.
A few minutes later, I exited the outhouse and was facing west, and by gosh, I could see the flag of Newfoundland and Labrador flying near a house downtown (on highway 33). I headed there, and parked near it to take a photo, and the flag's owner came out and greeted me. He is a biker who hails from Come By Chance NL, and he wished he could ride with me.