97.1 km - Total so far 2,927.20 km
So glad we slept indoors last night because it rained pretty hard. It would not have been pleasant to pack a soaking wet tent. The destination for today was a campground in Gander. Gander was made famous on Sept. 11, 2001 when flights from Europe were diverted here to land.
As Hélène and I were making our way towards Gander, we could not help to notice how nice the scenery today was as compared to yesterday. We have only been in Newfoundland for eights days and as best as we can recall, we have had day's of "Wow" scenery followed by day's of "Okay" scenery and the pattern seems to repeat itself. Can't wait to see what is in store for tomorrow.
On the road today we ran into some major construction, a new bridge going up. As you can see in the picture below (looking back after we had passed the bridge). The road leading to the bridge was well signed for all road users. As expected, there were a few signs just before the bridge: a no fishing sign (pretty standard), a no pedestrian sign and the one that caught us off guard was the "no cycling on the bridge". We looked for the shuttle bus to take us across (like Confederation Bridge in PEI) but alas, one could not be found.
|We had no choice but to illegally cross the old bridge.|
What is it like to bicycle across Newfoundland? With the three pictures below we hope to give you an idea. The first picture was taken just before we crossed the bridge above. What caught our eye was the road disappearing over the mountain. From the left side of the picture, follow the tree line and you will see a lighter spot just below the tree line.
|From the left, follow the tree line and see the top of the road |
disappear to the right
In the third picture, we have made it to the top. Looking back, on the left side of the picture you can clearly see what looks like a white silo. To the right and in line with the silo, you can see the road where the first picture was taken from. Only when we had reached what we thougth was the top of the mountain, did we realise that we had still quite a long ways to go before beginning to descend on the other side of the mountain. We would repeat this pattern many times over before getting to Gander.
|To the right of the white structure (left of picture) where we stopped |
and took the first picture
|The mandatory river picture|
|One of the "Welcome to Gander" sculptures|
|If you don't think you should protect yourself from the sun, have |
a look at my helmet. It was red on 21 May. Part of it is tuning white
60.34 miles - Total so far 1,818.87 miles