49.2 km - Total so far 3,284.30 km
Today the plan was to follow a route proposed to us by Gilbert Penney, from Springdale. The route would get us off the TCH at the earliest opportunity and onto the Conception Bay Highway (the old TCH). This is because we are within 100 kilometers of St John's and there is a lot more traffic.
We did not know what to expect in regards to terrain and winds so we identified three places along the route to stop and spend the night. As we left Whitbourne, it was overcast and foggy with visibility out to a few kilometers.
|Nice quiet road with rugged scenery that we can't see well|
|The other strawberry was HUGE!|
|Newfoundland Wild Vinegar bush with a fruit on the ground|
|One of the bigger fishing boats in Cupids harbour|
|The hills surrounding Cupids. The Union Jack is still very prominent |
|Monument honouring Great Britain's and Allied war dead of both World Wars|
|The wharf in Cupids|
|A gorgeous yellow tree in Cupids|
|Leaving Cupids. Not a long climb but a pretty steep one. Look at those cliffs|
From Cupids we got to the historic village of Brigus. Brigus reminds me of a small British village, with narrow lanes and with a small brook running through it. We did not see any stone homes but many historic clapboard ones that are well over a century old. We decided to spend the night in Brigus which gave us an opportunity to walk about and visit.
|The 'Tunnel' in Brigus, dug by hand with the help of gunpowder.|
|A sailboat the other side of Molly's Island|
|Houses on Harbour Pond|
|The Brigus brook|
|The narrow lanes|
|Fishing for cold beer in the brook|
It was a nice change of pace being off the TCH. Once again we got treated to incredible scenery and got to learn a bit more about Newfoundland history. As we slow our arrival to St John's, we look forward to more scenery and small villages.
30.57 miles - Total so far 2,040.77 miles