Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Avondale to Bacon Cove


Easterly winds and a building renovation "to-do" list; prevented my enjoyment of the building swell in Trinity bay. Back in the city for less than 2 minutes I was checking marine forecasts and maps; and things came together today. Looking at my saved Jpeg of the Avalon I figured it's about time to start in where I left off and continue my trek around this wonderful peninsula. While I had paddled in Avondale before I had not explored the western side of the harbour; or the tasty sounding Bacon cove a little further west.
Under the shadow of the SS Sposa with light breezes and sun;  I was pretty happy.



I wasn't disappointed with the western side of the harbour. Glacier boulders lay along cliffs hundreds of feet high perched ready to tumble down to the deep water carved so close to shore.


A gentle swell seemed to be the rising and falling chest of a giant sleeping. While I usually enjoy the pounding waves this bay can kick up from time to time; the sun and lack of concentration on what was going on around me was amazing. And really what I needed.


Rounding the headland into the quaint little Bacon Cove was awe inspiring. Mere minutes away from civilization and it honestly felt as if I was a million miles away.


One boarded up cabin and a wharf is all the sign of human existence in the cove. Windswept hills danced the fragrance of juniper into the air on the mid afternoon heat. The sun quite warm I took off my top thermal layers; letting the sun warm my skin.


A stream drowned the noise of the scatter car driving past the rural road a mere 100m away. Hill's around me blocked the world into a small enclave. I hauled out my thermos and drank a coffee lying on warm cobblestones enjoying the amazing weather for May in Newfoundland.


As the sun began to hide behind the cliffs I decided to head home. My GPS told the story of my day. An average speed of 4.2km/hr and a stopped in place time of 1hr 42 minutes. These are the days I truly love solo paddling. No rush, no  obligations.

 No person to catch up with or wait for. Just time to catch up with myself.


10 comments:

  1. Excellent pictures and enjoyed the blog.

    J.L

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    1. Thanks Johnny! We'll have to paddle together soon.

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  2. That is the joy to be found in paddling alone ... time to stop and smell the coffee!

    Tony :-)

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    1. Indeed Tony! Always time for coffee. Thats a steadfast rule for me~! Solo paddling started out of lack of fellow paddlers in winter really has become my favorite mode of travel.

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  3. Similar experience here, in so many places. Leave the launch and the busy community, paddle around the first point - a maritime wilderness, where nobody is there to know your name. I think I prefer that to "Cheers". :) Duncan.

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    1. It's funny how we end up where we want isnt it? From the edge of one wild kingdom to the other I think we got this stuff all figured out!....well...most of it!

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  4. Yes! In the busy "every day life", its nice to be on your owm. And paddle in your owm tempo. The indians said that that you shouldn`t travel faster, than a horse can ride.. If you did, you had to wait for your soul..

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  5. It sure is Odin. And I fully agree with that mantra...I've found my soul way ahead or way behind my horse many times; it's nice to haul it back to the present moment. Nice way of saying it thanks!

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  6. I've lived in Con. Bay Central for over 50 years but was never familiar with the Bacon Cove area until two weeks ago. My hubby is renovating a small house on the water in Kitchuses. What an amazing scene in front of the house. Beautiful cliffs and fingers into the water as far as the eye can see. Off in the distance is the opening to Holyrood harbour - the Hydro Station marks the spot. The waters were calm the days I was there and it was a scene from heaven!! I saw the boarded up cabin with the lifted 'wharf' and spent some time wishing I had my camera!! Thanks for the views.

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  7. N/P Tru! it sure is a beautiful sight to see. I am amazed at the things I'm coming across out here. While I once considered this place home; I've come to find there is a ton in the backyard I've yet to even see!

    Thanks for the comment.

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