Bike-touring itineraries from some of my trips
Bike Touring Newfoundland, Canada
How to get there and back and where to stay
Getting there: Take the overnight ferry from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Channel Port Aux Basques at the southern end of Newfoundland.
Day 1: Head north on Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway. It’s a 96-mile ride to the campground at Barachois Pond Provincial Park. There are 2-3 stores/gas stations along this route.
Day 2: Ride 60 miles to Deer Lake and the start of the Viking Trail. The Gateway to the North RV Park is about two miles north of town, with a number of restaurants and stores nearby. You’ll pass Corner Brook along this route, which is the largest city on the west coast, with many services available.
Day 3: Ride 43 miles to Rocky Harbor. This includes two steep climbs through the mountains of Gros Morne National Park. Camp at Gros Morne RV Campground. Limited services in town.
Day 4: Camping at River of Ponds Park - about 50 miles.
Day 5: Camping at St Barbe RV Park. (I stealth-camped at a rest stop just east of Eddie’s Cove - pretty rough, but doable).
Day 6: Bike to L’anse Aux Meadows national historic site. Camp at Viking RV Park. There are also several B&Bs and other lodgings in the area.
Day 7: Bike to St. Anthony. Camp at Triple Falls RV Park or stay at Hotel North at the beginning of town.
Getting home: Your best bet is to fly home from St. Anthony Airport, 22 miles from town. Shuttle service includes Norpen Bus Service and Danny’s Airbus. You can mail a bike transport bag to the post office in St. Anthony. Mail early! My bag didn’t arrive in time and I had to scrounge for a box at a furniture store.
Biking North America: Essential Gear
You've got all the basics: camping gear, bike tools, tire kit, etc., but here are some things you might not have thought about.
-- arm sleeves: to ward off biting bugs as well as sunburn.
-- baby powder: for that rash between your legs.
-- padded seat cover: available at any big box store
-- back-up power pack: for your phone and headlight.
-- 50-foot cord and waterproof bag: for hanging your food in a tree.
-- bandanna: to block wind, gnats and to serve as a washcloth.
-- synthetic wash & dry underwear: you only need 2 pair.
-- high quality stand-up bike pump: worth its weight in gold when you need it.
-- lip balm. Bug spray. Sun screen.