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post #1 of 8 Old Jun 18th, 2010, 7:45 pm Thread Starter
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I'm planning a trip back to the east coast this July. I have toured Nova Scotia, PEI and NB before. Does anyone have any suggestions for must see places or travel advise? I am a bit concerned about the ferry and how they will take care of my bike.
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post #2 of 8 Old Jun 18th, 2010, 8:44 pm
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Re: Going to Newfoundland mid July

We visited Newfoundland by truck last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm sure that you will do likewise.

Excellent ferries and experienced staff - don't think you will have any problem there - saw several motorcycles on board. Excellent highway loop around the island although side roads to shore locations can be more rugged. Fill up whenever you get a chance. You can even take a side trip to France while you are there since a small island off Newfoundland is actually owned by France. Sydney harbour is historic and quaint. Gros Morne park is spectacular and the boat ride up the fiord is definitely worth the trip.

Lots of signs warning about moose on the highways and I'd take them seriously although we didn't see any until two walked through our campsite one evening.

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post #3 of 8 Old Jun 19th, 2010, 7:49 pm Thread Starter
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Re: Going to Newfoundland mid July

Thanks Barry. This will be my first long trip on the new RT. I am a little concerned because there doesn't seem to be any obvious way to strap it down. We'lI just have to wait and see I guess. I did a search on Gros Morne park. It looks spectacular. I've added it to the route. Any thoughts regarding accommodations while there? Did you visit the Viking Settlement? I'm wondering if it's worth the ride.

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Re: Going to Newfoundland mid July

We stayed in campgrounds throughout the trip; all very nice. I believe that there a many bed and breakfast places. Not so sure about hotels outside of St Johns.

We did not go to the Viking settlement just because it was a long way and we were on a schedule.

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Re: Going to Newfoundland mid July

When I did it on the GS I used the B&B's and would highly recommend it as the sites are great and people even greater!

The ferry service will provide large, truck like, straps to anchor your bike so I would recommend you purchase the small individual straps without the metal hooks that will be more manageable to use on your bike and act as a hook for the large strap... you would need two of these.

The short ferry will take you to Port aux Basque, as you know. Going right from there will take you along a nice little ride to some small towns at the waters edge but great scenery. Turn left and you head towards Stephenville and Corner Brook, and onto Gross Morne where I stayed at Norris Point. You can then decide to go further north in the park or get back on the Trans Canada to go further aroung the island. I headed to Twillingate but there are too many nice places, you will have no trouble discovering!!

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Re: Going to Newfoundland mid July

Thanks for the tips Mugzy. I'll look for the straps before I go and try to confirm appropriate tie-down points on the bike. I'll check out the B&Bs around the park. Sounds like a little site seeing around Port Au Basque might be a good idea. I have been to St. Johns a few times on business and know the people there are really down-to-earth. I have a story about an ice storm and a streak dinner but it's not bike related at all. Really fine people on the "rock".
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Re: Going to Newfoundland mid July

I go to the Rock quite often since my wife is from there. Some suggestions are to visit Rose Blanche about a 45 min ride south west of Port Au Basque, Also the Table Lands in Gros Morne Park, Rocky Harbor is a good place to rest.If you want a little humor in your trip check out the band who play there every nite at the hotel. The only thing about touring Nfld is to see some of the out ports there is only one way in and out so you do alot of back tracking. As far as accommodations go, there is no shortage. Lots of places to stay. I find the west end of the island is the prettiest. I wud suggest that you bring your own tie daown straps and tie and tie your bike down yourself. Enjoy your trip and ride safe.

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Re: Going to Newfoundland mid July

Thanks for the input.. The tie downs are on the list now. I checked online for accommodations around Rocky Harbour etc. It looks a little scarce for the dates I expect to be there. Guess the best plan is to arrive in North Sydney check that I can get on the ferry and book rooms for three or four nights. It's a solo trip and I'm not fussy so it should be OK.

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