Day 1: Deer Lake to Trout River 87 km (54 miles). We begin our tour at the inland town of Deer Lake. We start off by going westward. By late morning we will reach Gros Morne National Park. Taking the southern option of the two routes into the park, we will cross the "tablelands", rocky barrens formed by the wearing down of very old mountains. The far end of the road at Trout River offers us an incredibly spectacular vista.
Day 2: Trout River - Rocky Harbour 42 km (26 miles). Today we return through the tablelands to take a boat crossing to the northern side of the park. After a ride from Norris Point to Rocky Harbour, there will be time for a short hike, a swim at the pool, or perhaps some photography at the Lobster Cove lighthouse.
Day 3: Activity day in Gros Morne National Park We will take a day to explore the National Park, viewing its magnificent fresh-water fjords, and many pleasant trails.
Day 4: Rocky Harbour to Cow Head 54 km (34 miles). Turning northward at the ocean, we negotiate the park's immense fjords. There is plenty of time today to take in some exploring. There are several short hikes, as well as boat tours of the fjord at Western Brook Pond.
Day 5: Cow Head to Hawke's Bay 102 km (63 miles). Enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. There are several scenic look-offs today, as well as an ecological reserve. The prevailing tailwinds are usually very strong at this point. Our campground offers a boardwalk, which crosses typical island marshes and follows an active salmon river.
Day 6: Hawke's Bay to St. Barbe 88 km (55 miles). We wind around numerous bays and harbours. People have lived along this shore for over 9,000 years. Port au Choix National Historic Site is the location of one of the most important archeological sites concerning the history of aboriginal people. The lighthouse stands at the furthest point west on the peninsula. It offers spectacular photography.
Day 7: Day Ride to Labrador (various distances). Today we take a boat ride to Labrador. The icy channel between the island and the mainland is home to whales, seabirds, and occasional icebergs. Remarkably different from Newfoundland, Labrador's coast is treeless and extremely rugged. We return back to the island in the late afternoon.
Day 8: St. Barbe to Pistolet Bay 128 km (80 miles). We turn north-east along the top of Newfoundland. A long lonely stretch of Newfoundland's northern interior barrens lies between us and Pistolet Bay. The vegetation and conditions here resemble that of Canada's north. A diversion allows us to go to the far northern tip of Newfoundland. This, the longest day of our tour, goes through a wilderness area, will very services along our route. The usual prevailing tailwind should lessen the effort in rounding the tip of the island. As done everyday, and again for this long day, we will be offering rides in our support vehicle for anyone desiring to shorten the distance. We camp in an attractive forest setting.
Day 9: Pistolet Bay to St. Lunaire 54 km (33 miles). Today we go to L'anse aux Meadows, site of the discovery of Viking life in North America. A UNESCO world heritage site, we will experience what life was like 1000 years ago. We stay in the traditional Newfoundland fishing village of St. Lunaire It is our last night together - let's party!
Day 10: St. Lunaire to St. Anthony 33 km (20 miles). Transportation from St. Anthony to Deer Lake. Our last day. It is on to St. Anthony, and the end of our tour. Today we take arranged transportation back to Deer Lake. Note: The transportation from our end point of cycling at St. Anthony back to Deer Lake is included with your registration. It leaves St. Anthony early in the morning and arrive sin Deer lake in early to mid afternoon. We manage to get a few hours of cycling in before departure.
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