The Great Canadian Road Trip: Part 5: – Day 1 In Gros Morne

Now that we’re in Corner Brook NL, we decided to start with a bike ride through the southern part of Gros Morne National Park along The Viking Trail. Gros Morne is a 1.5 hour drive from Corner Brook and is a must see place if you come to Newfoundland as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a variety of things to do and see. One thing to note is that the park has very sketchy cell coverage. That limited the usefulness of Apple Maps as it needs an Internet connection to come up with a route to get you from point “A” to “B”. However, once it has a route, turn-by-turn navigation will still work if you lose Internet access. But it may not look pretty doing so because it has no way to download the maps to display on the screen.

Now the original plan was to do this route which I plotted out on Strava and downloaded to the Garmin Edge 520 cycling computers on our respective bikes. This route would have covered 50 km in an out and back fashion:

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As you can see, there is a lot of uphill and downhill. All told, it would have been 2700 feet of elevation gain in 50 km which is a lot. But we were thwarted by the fact that there was a lot of road construction on a lot of the roads that were going to ride. Thus we had to cut it short to this:

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This route covered 28 km and had 1165 feet of climbing which is still a lot. It took us about an hour and a half to compete. It may have been short, but my wife and I can say that it was far from easy.

Fortunately, the scenery inside the park more than makes up for the fact that we didn’t cycle as far as we wanted to. Here’s a few shots that I took with the Nikon COOLPIX W300 camera:

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After our ride, we drove back our hotel in Corner Brook, showered and then went out to Jungle Jim’s for dinner. I had fish n’ chips while my wife had pan fried cod with steamed vegetables and Cesar salad. It was all good.

We’ll be back on Saturday to do another route in the northern half of The Viking Trail as we discovered those roads have less construction. But in the meantime, we have two days of hiking ahead. Starting with an attempt to climb Gros Morne mountain tomorrow. Tune in tomorrow to see how that goes.

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