Friday, June 22, 2012

Petty Harbour Loop

Today's recommendation: it's the famous Petty Harbour Loop. Most cyclists in the St. John's area cut their teeth on this one, or a variation of it. The version I rode last Tuesday evening goes out the Waterford Valley to Heavy Tree Road, then takes the Robert E. Howlett to Bay Bulls Big Pond. From there its back in through Goulds, a right turn onto Petty Harbour Road, and over "The Brow" via Petty Harbour and Maddox Cove. I tacked on Fort Amherst as a bit of a cool down after the climb; a good decision because the humpbacks were breaching just off Freshwater Bay and I caught two or three spectacular leaps! For some extra climbing (and some lovely views) this is sometimes extended to include Cape Spear.

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