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Out for a little run a while ago in what we call the Tractor Road. Took a bunch of pics along the way for a semi-virtual tour....



1. First up, man-made skating rink:



Basically this area known as Blubbery Mish. For some reason or another the bog never really freezes much during the winter-hence the blubbery I guess.

A little digging with excavator made a nice little rink. Luckily, that does freeze.



2. Rounding the "Snarbuckle".



Basically an uphill S turn that causes a bit of grief when trying to haul wood/lumber up through.



3. The old millyard:



Used to be a couple mills and and a planer shed here once upon a time. A lot of lumber was produced here.

Random Island fact: Back in the early 1900's the main industry was fishing and lumberyards, about 50/50.

There was also a brickyard once upon a time as well.

Anyway, on with the show....
 

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4. Heading up 4th Pond Ridge:





5. A couple up on 4th Pond Ridge:









6. Guess which Pond?



Did you guess 4th Pond?...Correct!!!! Your some smart!



7. Sexton's Pond Path, or something resembling that :





8, Sexton's Pond. (the path name wasn't just a clever name):





9. A Picture of a Pitcher Plant. It is our provincial flower and all:







10: A place called Tree Arches:



Let me guess, you can't understand the name... well to be expected.

A few years ago there used to be a cherry tree that arched over the path (if you look closely, you can still see half of it stuck up on the left)

When going down this path, you would have to drive under/through.

So, naturally we called it Tree Arches. Big Mac's may have been on our minds at the time. Started as a little joke at first, but we always use it as a reference point now.



11. And lastly, just past Tree Arches, there's a spot where you can see Hickman's Harbour Big Pond.





That's all for now.



Oh yeah, best thing about the morning was that all the grass, weeds and goobidy were wet. Dunno if I would go to some of these places if it were dry

. Would be too easy to catch something afire me thinks.
 

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Alright, headed in towards Bluff Head Pond for some more pics.



First a little detour down to Bluffy Cove. Practicing my panoramic skills.:





Nice little beach around shore just past Petley. Nice road going down there now:





It is a bit hard to find tho. Basically there is a little path/road right by the driveway of the last house on the right before the pavement ends.



Ok, back on the pond road again, little ways in.



Off to the left in the pic, there's a valley (marshy area) that we call The Valley. Clever name huh....



Little further in:



Don't look like much. We call this spot Whitening Bridge. Bridge has been gone for about three million years, just a pipe now.

I think a long time ago, a lot of wood was whitened here, hence the name. What the heck is "whiteneing' you ask?

Well, it's where ya strip the rind (bark) from trees while wet to help it dry faster. Bit of trivia for ya.




And a little further in, The Gravel Pit. Not sure where that name originated from.... :





Alright, now the feature for the namesake of Bluff head Pond---- Bluff Head:





Tis a big cliff. There used to be a path you could climb off to the side to get on top. It's been 20 years since I've been up there.

Also several years ago, a crowd from up over the island drove an old skidoo up there (accessible during winter).

Then they tied off the throttle full open, pulled the start cord, and shot it off the top. It was quite the spectacle.

I also remember a few years ago the Army Cadets (?) were doing a rappeling exercise there. That was cool also.





Anyhoo...onwards again. A little side road called Sunday Drive brings ya up around Bluff Head Pond so far.



High Mish:



If a bog is fairly big, we call 'em Mishes. Some parts of Nfld call them Mashes. Some go all out strange and call them Marshes. Strange...



End of Sunday Drive gives a back view of the Pond. Bluff Head can be seen in the distance.:





Quad path brings ya up to the end of the pond:





The TW is a lot more fun on these than the KLX. Sure is nice being close to the ground on the slippery rocks and roots,sloggin' around in first gear
 

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Alright, Back through Apsey Cove a bit to turn off for 1st Pond.





Anyways a shot of Apsey Cove 1st Pond:



Some good memories here. Used to be a regular swimming spot for us growing up.

Best part was holding the towel for the girls to change

. We had to close our eyes and promise not to peek! Hehehehe. I think some of us may have peeked. Oh, to be young again...



Heading out another path from the pond, I go up Sheep hill for a shot of the upper part of Apsey Cove (Petley):







Ok, final destination, Middle Lance Cove, between Brittania and Petley. Another nice beach:





Little bit of useless trivia: Petley used to be called Upper Lance Cove until 1914 when it was renamed in honor of Reverend Noah Petley.

There is still a community called Lower Lance Cove. Ok, enough history....



At low tide you can go on up around shore quite a ways. Watch out on the kelp, tis some slippery!.

Once down to an almost unpassable point you'll see a little cavelike indentation:





And in the roof of this cave is a hole that goes on up:





This is what we call Devil's Hole. The fact there's on old unused graveyard almost directly above may have played a part in this name.

There was an elderly couple from Conneticut just climbing around the point while I was taking pics. Had a little chat with them and the lady offered to take my pic, so

I happily obliged.




That's all for my local virtual tour. Hope ya enjoyed. I had fun.
 

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Thanks for the great tour and history lesson. You couldn't have picked a better bike for where you live. You've got some great areas to explore!



Brian
 

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Thanks for the brief ride report. I have a 1987 TW and a 2009 KLX250S and appreciate your choice for this ride. I posted a ride report earlier this year riding from Ouray over the pass to Telluride Colorado. TW was superb. Can't beat a TW when the situation calls for one.
 

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Very cool, thanks for sharing.
 

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Beautiful area! thanks for the trip report! Newfoundland? didnt I hear on the news you guys have some nasty weather coming in off-shore? if so, I hope all is well with you.
 

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I've never been to Newfoundland, so your tour was quite enjoyable. I enjoyed the history as well. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
 

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Beautiful area! thanks for the trip report! Newfoundland? didnt I hear on the news you guys have some nasty weather coming in off-shore? if so, I hope all is well with you.


Hurricane leslie is hitting tomorrow. Some strong wind gusts....60 mph. But we are quite used to strong winds. The heavy rainfall is usually the biggest concern.
 

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Being a west coastie it nice to see some pics of the east, nice pics and thanks for the report. woof
 

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Great ride report, Klxrelic. Newfoundland is an awesome place, but best of all are the people who live there. You are a lucky man!



 

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Great report! I especially liked Sexton's Pond Path. My first thought was "What path?" Somebody better get in there and cut it back or very soon it will be gone all together. Thanks.
 

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Really nice picture's. You have a great place to live and ride. Thanks so much for sharing.
 

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Really nice picture's. You have a great place to live and ride. Thanks so much for sharing.


Can't say it any better than this. You might want to ask Gun-ship about 'these'. As well, the Admiral sometimes uses a serious set of chains. looks like you live in an area where traction in the mud could use improvement. Gerry









 

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I don't get into this part of the Forum too often, but looking at Newfoundland through the eyes of a fellow TDubber, sure was a lot of fun. Reading your slang for things is interesting too !!!
 
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