Headed to NFLD in a couple of weeks

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  1. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile

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    My brother, a friend and I will be headed up to Newfoundland for a week and a half after labor day. We're just getting our ferry tickets and the like squared away, but thought I'd make a quick post to see if anyone could give us an update on the black fly / mosquito front. Will the worst of it be past by the second week of September, or should we soak everything in permethrin?

    Any other advice is appreciated. For now, we're just planning on riding the old rail line a good bit and generally exploring around. We'll be camping as we go and maybe doing a little fishing within the regulated zone around Provincial highways (which I trust we'll get a feel for when we buy our licenses).

    We're still figuring out if we stay to the Western side of the island and head North (which our friend has already done -- albeit in a car) or if we head West from St. John and spend our time traversing the across from the East.
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  2. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Recently spent 3 weeks there (i go every summer) travelling around and didn't need to use any bug spray at all. Hardly a black fly or mosquito to be seen.

    I think it's best to go from one side to the other. Port au Basque one way, Argentia the other. Doen't matter which way first.

    Good luck...
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  3. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Bugs should be gone by sept.
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Good luck on the rail bed! It was a bona fide shit show on our tour. overgrown with alders, waist deep railway ballast, lots of washed out bridges, and just a few whoops!
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    There is a good woods road run from Cox's Cove near Corner Brook that goes through the woods to the Tablelands area of Gros Morne. That was a good ride with an overnight at Goose Arm.
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  7. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile

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    Awesome info and RR -- I just read the whole thing and can't wait to set out.

    We'll keep an eye for that woods road, it sounds perfect. And the rail bed, well it sounds like a mistake we'll have to make for ourselves. Luckily we'll be on big heavily packed bike that'll be easily extracted from the alders.

    Appreciate your help.

    Matt
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    In the middle of summer I don't find bugs in NFLD bad at all, and very, very rarely use bug spray of any kind.

    Of course that might be a result of having spent too many summers in northern Ontario and Labrador, where the black flies and mosquitoes can literally drive a man insane.

    But by September, you won't have a thing to worry about.
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    Thanks for all the Intel.

    We're buying our ferry tickets this weekend. Once we know which end we're arriving at and our basic plan, I'll post it up and see if anyone has any advice or tracks or the like. We'd love any input that anyone wants to offer.

    We've had this ride planned since last summer and can't get over the fact it's almost here. Last year we had to scrap plans for Quebec at the last minute -- this year everything is looking good. One of our little team has already ridden all the way East from New Mexico...
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    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    A little sound advice. Don't just drive across the trans Canada Hwy, get on the side roads and go visit the outport villages. The people in NL are beyond friendly. Start a conversation and you'll be invited for supper, taken fishing, or at least invited for tea. Don't forget to visit @skibum69 and @damurph, both top shelf people who are proud of their province.
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    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    This is the most important advice you will ever get when it comes to visiting NFLD. If you come here and just drive the TCH, you really haven't seen NFLD at all.
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    MattF44 Been here awhile

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    We'll definitely try to get off the beaten path and meet as many folks as we can along the way (Short of being annoying anyway).

    Appreciate it...
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    I think I remember there is really tough drinking and driving laws in NFLD, just so you're aware of it. Be aware of moose at night, lots of moose in some locations. It is always colder in NFLD like 10 deg C so dress for it during the day and night if camping. It is expensive in NFLD, easily $100 a night or more for a room plus gas is about double the US price. Sept can be the best weather, depends on the year. I would say consider NFLD as three parts, choose a section and stick to that, it is a large place. West Coast, middle and Saint John's east coast. The outports are the best scenery in NFLD, the people of NFLD are really great as well. There is a ferry from Maine to Yarmouth N.S. that would save you a little time, not cheap but worth looking at.

    EDIT: I should add. Do not bring a hand gun into Canada. You will end up behind bars fast.
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  14. billll

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    @skibum69 we'll be up your way around Sunday 9/10 and might want to get out of the rain. Will you have camping spots and/or a room available? Thanks
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    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    I'm home tomorrow, there's going to be a pretty good party in the shed for my 50th on Friday night so you may want to rearrange your travel plans. :photog:freaky

    There may be a couple from BC ahead of you booking the one room that's not being renovated. Always tent space.
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    Thanks @skibum69 and congrats on the imminent five-0. We'll be on the ferry Friday night arriving Saturday am. I'll plan to give you a shout back re: room/tent space and hope to raise a glass with you belatedly!
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    Sounds good
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    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Yeah, drop me a line or call 709 586 2643. We'll be here or somewhere close by.
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    Terrible idea.

    Mike doesn't stock any beer, has no food and tends to be surly.

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    Seriously. A night at Mike and Sarah's was one of the best we had on the Rock. Top Shelf folks all the way.
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