Big Surf at Cape Spear

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DRZ400SK4, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. DRZ400SK4

    DRZ400SK4 Long timer

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    My buddy Andrew, from the West Coast, was in my neck of the woods this weekend, so Paul and I decided to show him some of the most interesting coastal roads in our area of the Island of Newfoundland.

    The most easterly point in North America was high on the list, since Andrew had never been to Cape Spear before. As it turned out, Mother Nature put on quite a show for our visiting biker buddy, with some very large surf running in the area.

    Here's a handful of photos...

    Andrew's very efficient sport touring set-up...
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    Our bikes, with the historic Cape Spear lighthouse in the background...
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    Me, Andrew, and Paul, on the wharf at Broad Cove...
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    Paul checking out the big surf, and wishing he'd brought his long board...
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    Big breakers...
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  2. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    :eek1 That is some big surf. Apparently, it's raging at the coast of North Carolina as well.
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  3. DRZ400SK4

    DRZ400SK4 Long timer

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    We suspect that's the same system which caused the big surf up here, since there hasn't been any high winds in our area for days.

    It's amazing how far that wave energy can travel. We're a long way up the coast from Gustav.

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  4. duhgee

    duhgee Been here awhile

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    We were just there a couple of weeks ago on holidays - beautiful spot. It was the exact opposite when we were there, so it's nice to see the contrast. You've got some amazing roads in NL for riding, especially the dualsportin' backroads. You've successfully instilled envy in me.
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  5. GB

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    Great pics of the Rock with surf action! :thumb
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  6. DRZ400SK4

    DRZ400SK4 Long timer

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    Yep...

    The North Atlantic Ocean certainly has many faces and moods. We're very lucky to have so many great coastal trails and coastal roads to ride here, and to watch the show from.

    Never a dull moment...

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  7. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Great stuff!:D
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  8. NewHampWoodsRider

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    Great pictures!

    I really enjoyed them!

    Must be quite the great place to ride!
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  9. DRZ400SK4

    DRZ400SK4 Long timer

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    It is, but my little ride after work on my DRZ today, was a bit more somber than usual...

    I rode down a side trail in the Logy Bay area, only to come face to face with a SARS chopper and crew, perched high on the cliffside. Someone had fallen into the water and had gone missing this afternoon around 3 pm, and their mission had gone from rescue to recovery. You could see it in the crew's body-language, too.

    Apparently a 20 year old had been cliff-diving with friends. They pulled the body from the water around 6:30 our time.

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