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Aug 21, 2012 - Placentia to St. John & back for the day

Since we were not allowed to stay in St. John's, but wanted another day there, we had to ride 160 miles round trip to go back there for the day. I wouldn't have done that, but I was obsessed with a picture I have seen of mile 0, different from the one we got at the Mile One Center, and wanted to try to find it. I'll show you the picture, but we DID NOT find it. We went everywhere suggested to us...Quidi Vidi Lake, the Terry Fox Memorial, the War Memorial, the Railroad Museum, & all the way across Water St. I asked a construction super near...

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Aug 20, 2012 - St. John's to Placentia, NF

As I previously told you, we had to leave St. John's because of having no place to stay. When the ferry delay came up, our hotel was already booked for Monday and Tuesday nights. We had planned to stay in Placentia Monday night and LEAVE on Tuesday. So our big day today was having to pack all our stuff on the bikes and ride the 80 miles out to Placentia. We stopped at Mile One Harley Davidson there in Mt. Pearl (St. Johns) and got some octane booster, because the highest we can get anywhere in Canada is 91, and the bikes are running like...

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Aug 21, 2010 - Enough Of The Rock, Back To The Mainland

Before checking out of the hotel room I got on the internet and checked Marine Atlantic's website for sailing delays, and sure enough there was a delay on our boat out of Argenta tonight. No idea on how long but it definitely took any rush out of the trip over there. So after breakfast at the hotel we stopped in Sobey's for some items, and then took the scenic route through Conception Bay over to Placentia and Argenta. First thing upon arriving there we headed down to the terminal to get an update, ferry wasn't going to arrive until 8:30...

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Aug 4, 2010 - Placentia, Newfoundland

8/4 – 8/5 Placentia was our next stop, a 147 mile drive from Portugal Cove South (PH10, PH91, PH92, PH100). We camped in an hockey arena parking lot. During our stop we completed a few chores including a large load of wash. It has been difficult to find decent (machines that work correctly) Laundromats on this island. Tom and Ken visited the Castle Hill National Historic Site which features a French fort that was used in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s.

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Oct 2, 2009 - Placentia to St. John's

The reason we were in Placentia was the old fortress on the headlands above the town. Now known as Castle Hill, the fort had originally been built by the French in the 1600s to protech their fishing colony below from the marauding English. In the 1700s the fort (and town) was turned over to the English by treaty, and they had to rebuild parts of the fort, and maintain it during future fights with the French. The walls, which used to be 12-16 feet high, are now only 4-8 feet high, but it is still impressive seeing the cannons pointing out to...

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Sep 10, 2007 - Dildo to Placentia, Newfoundland

Another cold and dreary day. I must sound like a broken record but we really have had a lot of dreary days the past couple of weeks. We basically spent today hanging around killing time as the ferry does not leave until midnight but we do not want to venture too far in the rain. We did replace a tailight bulb that had worn out due to vibration; the contacts had worn down. We also replced the headlight halogen bulb due to the low beam being burn out. I think it is just as well that today is cold and dreary. The weather gives us some...

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Sep 8, 2007 - Trepassey to Placentia, Newfoundland

This was the second day in a row we awoke to sunny skies; a record of sorts for us lately. The plan was to finish exploring the Irish Loop today, then the Cape Route the next day, arriving in Placentia Sunday night to catch the ferry to Nova Scotia Monday night. Unfortunately we covered the entire distance to Placentia in one day, leaving two full days ahead of us before the ferry leaves. The reason we moved so quickly is that the terrain changed dramatically as we approached Trepassey yesterday and it stayed that way for the rest of the...

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