Riding the Viking Trail – Newfoundland – Part 1
If you are looking for an Adventure ride, think about Newfoundland and Labrador. It will be the experience of a life time. Go prepared for solitude, wind and savage camping. Where else can you ride in July and watch ice bergs wander by? The roads are good and there isn’t much traffic so you will be able to enjoy your ride without the stress of traffic. I have ridden the Viking Trail from the Channel – Port aux Basques Ferry Terminal to St. Anthony/ L’Anse aux Meadows and will never forget that ride.
We picked the trip because we were excited by the though of bicycling to the only proven Viking Settlement in North America, L’Anse aux Meadows, and because we knew nothing of Newfoundland and Labrador. I had met some wonderfully delightful folks from Newfoundland but knew nothing about it.
Our first surprise was how big Newfound and Labrador are and how far away they are. I live in New Hampshire how far can it be to Newfoundland, it’s on the East Coast right? Well it is over 880 miles from Dover to the Channel – Port aux Basques Ferry Terminal at the Southwestern end of Newfoundland. That’s almost exactly the same distance from Dover, NH as Wilmington, NC. The ride from the Ferry Terminal to St. Anthony in Newfoundland is 681 km and St. John’s is 900 km (you will learn to love km’s in Newfoundland, riding at 20 km/hr just sounds so much better).