Challenge 2: Newfoundland: St John's to Gros Morne
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Congratulations on finishing the first challenge! From Cape Race, you will be shuttled back to St. John’s, where HOPEFULANGE will be waiting with the Party Bus to show you all of St. John’s sights. Fun!
Newfoundland is just too beautiful to leave, so we’re going to hold our second challenge here, too. You will see this beautiful land up close and in depth as we adventure east to west in this 900+mile challenge. If you are still in the first challenge, don't worry - we all go at our own pace. You are welcome to continue on the first route of jump to the start line for the second challenge. However, I should tell you that I have a v e r y special treat for anyone who complete every mile of both challenges. One suggestion - weigh yourself at the beginning to see how much you lose as you walk across Newfoundland. I bet it's a lot!
I'll be totally honest: I picked some of these just because of their great names. hahahahaha! Here's our route miles markers:
000 - St. John's 011 - Kilbride 018 - Paradise 043 - Conception Harbour 051 - Cupids 061 - Spaniard's Bay 067 - Harbour Grace 073 - Carbonear 081 - Salmon Cove 089 - Blackhead 094 - Ochre Pit Cove 106 - Caplin Cove 136 - Hant's Harbour 144 - Turks Cove 152 - Heart's Content 162 - Heart's Desire 170 - Heart's Delight 185 - Hopeall 200 - Dildo 205 - South Dildo 220 - Chapel Arm 240 - Southern Harbour 250 - Come By Chance 265 - Sunnyside 280 - Hillview 290 - Clarenville 295 - Shoal Harbour 315 - Lethbridge 330 - Charleston 335 - Southern Bay 340 - Summerville 360 - Tickle Cove 380 - Bloomfield 390 - Bunyan's Cove 410 - Port Blandford 430 - Charlotteton - Bonavista Bay 460 - Savage Cove 470 - Sandringham 495 - Gambo 507 - Hare Bay 532 - Indian Bay 547 - New-Wes-Valley 555 - Pound Cove 585 - Deadman's Bay 615 - Ladle Cove 623 - Seldom 626 - Seldom Come By 646 - Tilting 656 - Joe Batt's Arm 676 - Badger 716 - South Brook 846 - Deer Lake 871 - Wiltondale 896 - Rocky Harbour 911 - Sally's Cove 927 - St. Pauls 937 - Cow Head
Now for the fun details of what we're going to see:
MILE 000 - St. John's - HOPEFULANGE has the Party Bus www.thepartybus.ca/main.php?id=22 standing by to take us around town! And there's so much to see! Signal Hill - offers unrivaled views of the city and is home to the first trans-Atlantic telegraph of the Marconi Corporation. -- www.ask.com/wiki/Signal_Hill,_St._John's Historic St. John's Harbour Memorial University of Newfoundland The Battery - the small village on the edge of the downtown where small houses are framed by the sheer cliffs. The village was once part of the British Defence for the St. John's Harbour. A trail leads from the end of the Battery around the cliffs and up to Signal Hill. Cape Spear National Historic Site - Great lighthouse and most easterly point in North America. About a 20 minute drive from St. John's. Bowring Park - a beautuful 50 acre park with duck ponds, bridges, walking trails, tennis courts, playground equipment, an outdoor pool and many monuments. The Grand Concourse - walking trails in St. John's Memorial University's Botanical Garden The St. John's Haunted Hike - tour historic St. John's while being regaled with stories of the spooky & strange. The tour begins and ends at the Anglican Cathedral Salmonier Nature Park a 3 km nature trail winds through a mixture of wood and wetlands. View animals in their (enclosed) natural habitats. The trail takes apx. 1 hour to walk. About 45 minutes from St. John's. Fort Amherst - a lighthouse and World War II military fortification. Located across "The Narrows" on the opposite side of the harbour from Signal Hill. Offers unique views of the city and Cape Spear. St. John's old downtown churches - the Anglican Cathedral, St. Thomas Anglican Church, the Roman Catholic Basilica (designated a minor Basilica by the Pope), St. Andrews Presbyterian, and the Gower Street United Church. The Rooms - the major cultural centre at Fort Townsend for Newfoundland & Labrador. The building itself has become one of prominence (and controversy) rivaling that of the Basilica. The Rooms contain the Newfoundland Museum, Provincial Archives, and Art Gallery. From the upper floor you can get an unrivaled view of the area. For the cheap, there is free admission on Wed. 7-9PM. The Johnson GeoCentre - Newfoundland Geo-Science Centre on Signal Hill The Art Gallery of Newfoundland & Labrador The Fluvarium - a partially underground aquatic centre George Street - the core of St. John's busy nightlife The Newfoundland Science Centre The Newman Wine Vaults - historic wine vaults constructed in the late 18th century; one of St. John's oldest buildings The Provincial Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador The Quidi Vidi Brewing Company - tour the brewery and sample specialty beers The St. John's Arts & Culture Centre - art gallery & theatre East Coast Trail - a cliffside trail along the coast north of Signal Hill.
018 - Paradise Did you know it could be found one earth? I found this fun tidbit: 2009 Mayoral election controversy On September 29, 2009, Newfoundland and Labrador held municipal elections in its municipalities. Paradise had two people running for mayor – incumbent Ralph Wiseman and 19-year-old Kurtis Coombs. On September 30, it was announced that Coombs had won the election, making him the youngest mayor in Canada. He had beat Wiseman by three votes, having 1,821 votes compared to Wiseman's 1,818. However, a recount revealed that the two were tied. Under Newfoundland and Labrador's Municipal Elections Act, a draw is used to determine the winner if a recount results in a tie. Wiseman was announced the mayor when a piece of paper with his name was drawn out of a recycle bin that contained both his name and Coombs'. Coombs planned on requesting a judicial recount and recommended that another election be held. On October 6, a judge ordered that the results be recounted again, which took place on October 13. The following day it was announced that the recount resulted in another tie. Joyce Moss, the town's chief returning officer, stated that the result from the random draw will stand, resulting in Wiseman remaining as the town's mayor.
Leaving Paradise, we'll wander up Topsail Road and through many villages along stunning Conception Bay.
051 - Cupids en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupids A special treat for you all: when you arrive at this playfully named town, I've arranged hot air balloons to take you across the water to whimsical Blow Me Down and the more ominous Port deGrave. According to local legends, this towns name was given by Captain Messervay. Messervey was an unusually small captain who only stood at 4’2’ and upon his ships arrival into the Bay of Islands, which is surrounded by huge mountains, he prayed that they wouldn't "Blow-me-Down". portdegrave.com/blow_me_down.htm
This town’s name definitely raises a few eyebrows when people first hear it. No, it is not the Hollywood of the adult movie industry, nor is it a town of perverts. Although residents of the town have tried to have the name changed, it has been to no avail. The origin of the name comes from two possible sources that I could find: 1. It is thought the name came from a place in Portugal/Spain or, 2. It comes from the shape of the headland that forms Dildo harbour.
205 - South Dildo The Party bus will be waiting for you here to tootle you over to Blaketown, where you will pick up the transCanada route 1.
626 - Seldom Come By www.flickr.com/photos/song_of_the_sea/2856613669/
646 - Tilting www.townoftilting.com/
656 - Joe Batt's Arm BONUS: When you arrive here, a helicoptor will be awaiting you to see the sights from a different vantage point. You'll fly over a little town called Jumper Brook as well as Glovers Harbour, where you'll see a life sized statue of a monster squid (yeah - no idea why, but it's fun) before landing in Grand Falls - Windsor. www.joebattsarm.ca/mainbody.htm www.google.com.lb/imgres?imgurl=http://www.bing.com/fd/hpk2/GiantSquid_EN-GB136793461.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.wallpaperdownloader.com/bing-wallpaper/images/name/GiantSquid_20100130&usg=__6qnyU75IcVJnXH8r9WsRFuA6fUo=&h=512&w=958&sz=79&hl=en&start=12&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=Clc9iaf0ZVn0cM:&tbnh=79&tbnw=148&prev=/images%3Fq%3DMonster%2BSquid,%2BNewfoundland%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=iVZaTYqVINC2hAez9JjqDA
716 - South Brook For those who want, there is a ferry that will take you across to Nippers Harbour for a day out before you continue on. www.explorenewfoundlandandlabrador.com/communities/south-brook.htm
This is a long segment. About half way, there is a town called Butts, on Butts Pond. There are many Newfoundlanders with the family name of Butts, which I'm sure makes them the butt of many jokes. hee hee
846 - Deer Lake www.google.com.lb/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thehumberview.com/images/contact.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thehumberview.com/contact.asp&usg=__LFvrDMvJF7v5B3ah2H7VTLdX0SU=&h=248&w=310&sz=82&hl=en&start=5&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=059TadKDNapm3M:&tbnh=94&tbnw=117&prev=/images%3Fq%3DDeer%2BLake,%2BNewfoundland%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=KldaTd2XCdGahQesm4DtDA www.google.com.lb/imgres?imgurl=http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/04/17/realestate/greathomes/18golf_span.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/18/realestate/greathomes/18GH-Golf.html&usg=__LpI3vkY5AG3kYXZdzUHPYOL4jlo=&h=280&w=600&sz=98&hl=en&start=10&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=OUEJDz_h6QbnqM:&tbnh=63&tbnw=135&prev=/images%3Fq%3DDeer%2BLake,%2BNewfoundland%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=KldaTd2XCdGahQesm4DtDA www.town.deerlake.nf.ca/
927 - St. Pauls www.explorenewfoundlandandlabrador.com/communities/st-pauls.htm
937 - Cow Head -- You made it! www.cowhead.ca/ www.google.com.lb/images?hl=en&q=Gros+Morne,+Newfoundland&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=a1haTeyLG9aAhAeil_SMDQ&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCAQsAQwAA www.grosmorne.com/
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