|Obligatory old spike picture|
After reaching Carbonear, we turned back on the Southside road which rapidly became an unpaved path, rode back until we crossed the track and followed a series of backwoods paths back to Bristol's Hope.
And then down to the Barachoix, which was great fun to cycle. Officially it's called 'Beach Road' and if you look closely at the pic on the right, there's a stop sign, and everything.
Beach road turns out to have been closed to motor traffic on the other side, we had a lovely traffic free route up to Bristol's Hope, then followed another lane up behind some houses over onto the Barrens - formally called 'Mosquito Hill'. This took us past the one definite land mark in the area:
We know its WW2 vintage, but does anyone know what it is?
This part of the ride was probably the easiest terrain - mostly logging trails, with some tree roots, but fairly clear over head. (although also the most confusing if you don't know your way around). We saw patches of raspberries everywhere, and large chanterelles growing along the path for ages.
And then the most awesome grassy run downhill into Bear's Cove, and Harbour Grace.
This was the start of it, and then it widened out into thick turf running along the shore, and the sun came out. Just glorious.
Neither of us had ever ridden off-road before, but this was fun! A lovely Birthday ride. Thanks Michael for the suggestion, and to my folks for the babysitting.