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Planning stage for Newfoundland trip (Sept-16')

Hello,
I'm heading from Eastern Mass to Newfoundland around the 15th of September and I'm looking for help on the route and also recommended points of interest. (for the route once I'm up there).

Questions;
- Has anyone taken the longer ferry to Argentia vs the one to Port aux Basques? (on the way up)

- Favorite roads and points of interest? (also good accommodations/food stops in this areas)

- What/where to avoid while there (it's a big area to cover, I've got approx 10 days to get up and back).

The reason I ask about Argentia; I'm planning to visit St John's and also some of the eastern peninsulas, Bonavista, Twillingate and the area around Terra Nova national park. It seems like I would be backtracking a lot if I took the port aux basques ferry.
Gros Morne is another area I plan on stopping.
I'll be camping and stopping at motels (mostly motels).

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
 

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Hello,
Any information on the ferries to Newfoundland, especially the longer one to Argentia, would be great.
Thank you!
 

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Hi, I live in St. John's and have traveled the whole province. The ferry to Argentia may not be in operation past the middle of September. Marine Atlantic's website will help with that choice. I have been on both ferry routes and most often take Port aux Basques because it runs twice daily, so it offers more flexibility. I returned yesterday from a 1000 km 2 day ride to central Newfoundland. I went to Lewisporte and rode some coastal roads with some of the best scenery anywhere. Near Twillingate, there is a great campground called Dildo Run.
I ride a 2014 DL1000 and will be happy to help you plan your trip and might be able to join up with you for part of your journey.
You will love this province. It is definitely worth the trip!
Happy Trails!
Roy
 

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Hi, I live in St. John's and have traveled the whole province. The ferry to Argentia may not be in operation past the middle of September. Marine Atlantic's website will help with that choice. I have been on both ferry routes and most often take Port aux Basques because it runs twice daily, so it offers more flexibility. I returned yesterday from a 1000 km 2 day ride to central Newfoundland. I went to Lewisporte and rode some coastal roads with some of the best scenery anywhere. Near Twillingate, there is a great campground called Dildo Run.
I ride a 2014 DL1000 and will be happy to help you plan your trip and might be able to join up with you for part of your journey.
You will love this province. It is definitely worth the trip!
Happy Trails!
Roy
+1 on that. I just returned on Thursday from a two week trip with my family where we went from Gros Morne to near Twillingate to St. John's. Not on bikes, but I made two trips there when I was in my early 20s on a motorcycle.

It is a stunning place and very large. I highly recommend a trip up the west coast from Port aux Basques to L'anse aux Meadows (where a Viking settlement was discovered). The roads around Gros Morne are fantastic and the ride up the coast to L'anse aux Meadows feels like another world. In the Gros Morne area, I highly recommend a town called Woody Point which is a bit less touristy than some of the other towns in the area. There are hiking trails everywhere - even in St.John's - and it is worth trying a few.

The people are great and there is lots to do and see. I would go back tomorrow on my bike if I could.

Have fun!
 

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Hi, I live in St. John's and have traveled the whole province. The ferry to Argentia may not be in operation past the middle of September. Marine Atlantic's website will help with that choice. I have been on both ferry routes and most often take Port aux Basques because it runs twice daily, so it offers more flexibility. I returned yesterday from a 1000 km 2 day ride to central Newfoundland. I went to Lewisporte and rode some coastal roads with some of the best scenery anywhere. Near Twillingate, there is a great campground called Dildo Run.
I ride a 2014 DL1000 and will be happy to help you plan your trip and might be able to join up with you for part of your journey.
You will love this province. It is definitely worth the trip!
Happy Trails!
Roy
Hi, Roy, thanks for responding and for the suggestions.
I checked the ferry schedule and you're right, the ferry to Argentia only runs on Fridays in the 2nd half of September, still not sure what I'm going to do there.
I'm really looking forward to this trip. I'll post more when my plans have firmed up.
 

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+1 on that. I just returned on Thursday from a two week trip with my family where we went from Gros Morne to near Twillingate to St. John's. Not on bikes, but I made two trips there when I was in my early 20s on a motorcycle.

It is a stunning place and very large. I highly recommend a trip up the west coast from Port aux Basques to L'anse aux Meadows (where a Viking settlement was discovered). The roads around Gros Morne are fantastic and the ride up the coast to L'anse aux Meadows feels like another world. In the Gros Morne area, I highly recommend a town called Woody Point which is a bit less touristy than some of the other towns in the area. There are hiking trails everywhere - even in St.John's - and it is worth trying a few.

The people are great and there is lots to do and see. I would go back tomorrow on my bike if I could.

Have fun!
Hi,
Thanks for all the info, much appreciated. I've definitely got Gros Morne area on my list of places to visit and also north of there along the coast.
At this point I'm trying to figure out a route to St John's and back that wouldn't involve too much returning back on the same road if I take the Port aux Basque ferry and not the Argentia ferry.
 

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I suggest you visit www.ridetherock.com

I spent a lot of time on that site before visiting Newfoundland, and my preparation greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the visit. I received advice on accommodation, roads, ferries, and weather. Indeed, three gents rode from St. John's to near Argentia, and led me on a ride covering the southern Avalon Peninsula.

Newfoundland is immense, and exploring it takes far longer than you have, maybe even more than a lifetime. But the greatest attraction is its people! I asked for advice about a screw in my front tire, and a gent on an SV-650 took me to a place where backyard mechanics were fixing cars and bikes. "Hey, Bize! There's a come-from-away wid a trouble in his tire!" Suddenly four fellows were wrenching tire-plugging kits from their pockets and racing for the privilege of helping me. The only difficult part of the repair was getting my benefactor to accept a gift. The plug lasted for the 2700 kilometers I rode from St. John's to Toronto Ontario.

Dress for a Massachusetts November, and you may be warm enough; The Rock seems largely to be made of ice, and you have missed almost all of summer. Make that December.

If I had more time, and a lot more stamina, I would ask you to take me with you. You will have a great ride!

Keith
 

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Henry,
Gros Morne National Park is certainly worth the visit. If you continue up the Great Northern Peninsula, the scenery is spectacular. You will have the Gulf of St. Lawrence on your left and the mountains on your right. There is only one way up and back on that ride, but don't let that put you off.
We have the same issue across the island, as the Trans Canada Highway (Route 1) is the only way to travel from Port aux Basques to St. John's on the east coast. If you don't mind a long stretch of gravel road, you can cut across from a mining town called Buchans in central NL towards Stephenville Crossing on logging roads. This is not an official route on any map and has no government road designation, and no services. I haven't tried that road yet, but it is on my list of places to explore. So, I can't vouch for the condition of the road.
There are several loops that you can take off of the TCH on many of the peninsulas with some of the best riding in the province.
One more bit of advice, don't pass by a gas station if you are getting low on fuel. The next one might be quite a distance away.
 

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I suggest you visit www.ridetherock.com

I spent a lot of time on that site before visiting Newfoundland, and my preparation greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the visit. I received advice on accommodation, roads, ferries, and weather. Indeed, three gents rode from St. John's to near Argentia, and led me on a ride covering the southern Avalon Peninsula.

Newfoundland is immense, and exploring it takes far longer than you have, maybe even more than a lifetime. But the greatest attraction is its people! I asked for advice about a screw in my front tire, and a gent on an SV-650 took me to a place where backyard mechanics were fixing cars and bikes. "Hey, Bize! There's a come-from-away wid a trouble in his tire!" Suddenly four fellows were wrenching tire-plugging kits from their pockets and racing for the privilege of helping me. The only difficult part of the repair was getting my benefactor to accept a gift. The plug lasted for the 2700 kilometers I rode from St. John's to Toronto Ontario.

Dress for a Massachusetts November, and you may be warm enough; The Rock seems largely to be made of ice, and you have missed almost all of summer. Make that December.

If I had more time, and a lot more stamina, I would ask you to take me with you. You will have a great ride!

Keith
Keith,
Thanks for the suggestions. That site you linked to has some very detailed info that will definitely help my planning.
This will be my 3rd and last tour this year (and also the longest). I was in Nova Scotia/Cape Breton in May then Gaspe Peninsula/Eastern Quebec in June. Both trips solo, so interacting with people is a big part of the fun of touring on the bike for me.
I'll be bringing most of the same clothing as the Nova Scotia trip plus a heated jacket liner. Hoping that helps on the cooler days.
Clearly I'll only get a small sample of Newfoundland on this trip but I've never been there and I am really looking forward to it. My son and I are planning to do the Trans Lab next September so this trip will give me a preview of the NL part of that.
Thanks again.
 

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Henry,
Gros Morne National Park is certainly worth the visit. If you continue up the Great Northern Peninsula, the scenery is spectacular. You will have the Gulf of St. Lawrence on your left and the mountains on your right. There is only one way up and back on that ride, but don't let that put you off.
We have the same issue across the island, as the Trans Canada Highway (Route 1) is the only way to travel from Port aux Basques to St. John's on the east coast. If you don't mind a long stretch of gravel road, you can cut across from a mining town called Buchans in central NL towards Stephenville Crossing on logging roads. This is not an official route on any map and has no government road designation, and no services. I haven't tried that road yet, but it is on my list of places to explore. So, I can't vouch for the condition of the road.
There are several loops that you can take off of the TCH on many of the peninsulas with some of the best riding in the province.
One more bit of advice, don't pass by a gas station if you are getting low on fuel. The next one might be quite a distance away.
Hi,
Thanks for the info Woodro. I am now leaning towards taking the ferry to Port aux Basques. I will probably use the Trans Canada on the way to St. John's and do some of the peninsulas on the way back, time permitting.
I definitely plan on visiting the Gros Morne area and north of there. I found some good suggestions for camping on the site that Keith linked to. I just haven't figured out the timeline for what I do first, go East or North. I have been playing it loose with my planning on the other trips I did this year, setting certain areas as priorities and leaving room for changes, and it has worked out well so far.
Henry.
 

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Henry, Unfortunately, there are few choices when travelling across the province. We just have the Trans Canada Highway and several secondary roads to explore the smaller communities along the coast. The TCH is 2 lane most of the way with only about 75 Km of 4 lane as you approach St. John's.
You will be well advised to limit your night time riding. We have an abundance of moose and with over 600 moose-vehicle accidents per year, they are a real threat to our safety.
Hope this helps.
Roy

Hey Henry,
How are your plans progressing? Is the trip still on? If you get to St. John's you can look me up at Capital Subaru. I work in sales there. Still ride my bike to work most days.
safe travels,

Roy Woodside
 
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