Sunday, August 24, 2008

(M+M) Dipping the wheels in the Atlantic

We have finished a week in St. John's Newfoundland with our old friend Rod. We hiked a chunk of the East Coast Trail (from Bay Bulls to the Spout), went up Signal Hill, visited an archeology dig at Ferryland, the Ocean Science Centre on Conception Bay, and rode out to Cape Spear (furthest east you can get in Canada). Dinner theater, and a few nights out with friends filled our evenings.

But, the thing that indicated the trip was complete with goals met was dipping the wheels of our bikes into the water in St. John's. But where to do it? We had already visited Mile 0, but it was quite a ways from the water, so no dipping there. The St. John's harbour is hard to get to, and, frankly, not the cleanest place in Canada (it will be a lot cleaner soon -- St. John's is getting sewage treatment). We selected the small harbour at Quidi Vidi, just to the north of St. John's proper.

We had to cross private property to gain the Quidi Vidi water, and were invited to do so by the land owner. He then had us into his house to look at photos of others who used his harbour side to launch, finish, or carry on their adventures. Nice to know we are in good company.

We'll be back home in Victoria tomorrow (Monday,Aug 25). Even now it is strange to think that the adventure is coming to an end -- what a great ride it has been! Frankly, I'd do it again in a heart beat.

ttfn and happy trails!


Jan Brown and Alan MacLeod said...

Put four gold stars on your charts and platinum commendations on your performance files. We're pleased and proud as can be on your behalf. We're at the North Sydney library having just read your latest posts and checked the Flickr additions -- all excellent. Maybe you're airborne somewhere near us right now. We shall look forward to seeing you somewhere close to Halloween. All hail M-cubed.

--Alan & Jan

Mark Weston said...

I dipped my wheels at the one point in St John's harbour where you can actually access the water - the appropriately-named Harbourside Park. I had to carry the bike (fully loaded) over big harbour rocks to get to salt water. Photos were taken though! The other Mark I met on the ferry was there at the same time so we took turns taking pictures of each other dipping our wheels.


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