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Day 1804, Heatherton – Corner Brook: Looking for the Newfies

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Dec - 23 - 2015

Distance: 110.2 km
Ride time: 6:29:15
Average: 17.0 km/h
Max speed: 49.7 km/h
Total: 42989 km

It’s remote cycling up here on Newfoundland! Not really as remote as the Australian outback or the Andes mountains, but getting close; since leaving Port aux Basques yesterday I have only seen a few houses. In fact I was running low on food on my way into Corner Brook so my lunch consisted of oats with water. I was starting to look forward to some civilization again.

Newfoundland has an interesting history. There is a strong English influence, and in fact the island only joined Canada as late as 1949. The Newfoundlanders (or Newfies) are supposed to be among the friendliest in the world – the only thing is that I have hardly met anyone yet 🙂

Instead I had all the day to enjoy the beautiful rolling hills. It’s always either up or down.

I started to rain as I entered Corner Brook, and I decided that it was time to go looking for a motel. The cheapest one was full, so I ended up in a proper hotel. At 70$ a night this is one of the most expensive nights on the whole trip. On the other hand I haven’t payed for accommodation since Georgia almost two months ago, so there should be room for a room in the budget 🙂

Time to dry all the wet stuff!

The history of Newfoundland is not only British and French. In fact the vikings came all the way over from Greenland some 1000 years ago. Tomorrow I’m planning to rent a car and visit L’Anse aux Meadows – the viking ruins located at the northern tip of the island, some 500 km away.

Categories: Canada
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One Response so far.

  1. Newfoundland is so picturesque. One of my favourite bands, Great Big Sea, came from Newfoundland. 🙂