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.