Eastward Bound

When I started this blog in 2017, it was with the intention of capturing our journey across the country on the Great (Trans-Canada) Trail.

My long-time friend and hiking partner, Helen, had infected me years ago with the need – and even ‘responsibility’ – to be outdoors exploring our great country. The Trans-Canada Trail seemed like the perfect way to do that.

However, after a year and over 800 km (500 miles) travelled into this multi-year project, Helen had to back out and I was left wondering what I would do about this goal we had set.

I ultimately decided to persevere on my own with a modified goal – to explore selected sections of the trail in each of the provinces and territories.

Last summer I journeyed twice into Quebec and covered over 200 km of trail by bicycle. This year I have my sights on Newfoundland.

Newfoundland is our most easterly province and one of only two provinces I’ve never visited. This will be a hiking trip rather than cycling and while I was prepared to embark on this adventure alone, I really wanted to share this experience with someone.

If you’re wondering why I didn’t ask my husband, I did. However I wasn’t surprised by his lack of enthusiasm. This is not his kind of adventure and he would be bored to tears.

So I put the suggestion out to Deb at The Badass Widow … and she was all over it in a heartbeat.

Deb & I planned this adventure on a rainy weekend back in March.

In the end, going off on a journey like this one with someone who shares the same sense of awe with nature and the wilderness is the perfect way to go.

So this is really a very long way of saying that next weekend, Deb and I will be heading to St. John’s, Newfoundland for a seven day adventure on the East Coast Trail.

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The weather there is quite unsettled right now – cold and wet – but I have a secondary agenda which dictated travelling at this time of year. I am hoping to see icebergs and this time of year is ideal for it. I couldn’t be more excited.

I’m going to try something different on this trip. I plan to post a single photo here on my blog each day of this adventure, starting next Saturday, but you can be certain that both Deb and I will eventually be posting longer versions of our travels.

I’d love to have you along for the journey so please stay tuned!


    • omg – a video crew!

      Did you know that such a thing exists now where you can hire a photographer/videographer to shadow you on a vacation? Just when you thought the selfie couldn’t get more narcissistic.

      … but it would be fun πŸ˜‰

      I’m trying so hard not to let my expectations get out of hand!

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  1. Sounds exciting and you are going to the one place in Canada that I would love to visit – the Atlantic Provinces! Maybe. One day. Meanwhile I shall enjoy your adventure. Hope you visit Truro — that is my county capital πŸ˜€


  2. I am one big goosebump right now, Joanne. I am excited about your Newfoundland trip. Even my husband has been hearing about it. I do like the addition of maps as a frame of reference. I have heard about the icebergs and seen photos. I will be following you and Deb along the way. Fun! πŸ™‚ Erica


  3. Woohoo! I’m sure you two will have a blast together in Newfoundland. Looks like there will be icebergs aplenty, apparently they’re having a bumper crop this year. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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    • I’ve been hearing the same thing about this years icebergs and I’ve been following the progress on Icebergfinder.ca. So far, it looks like luck many be on our side! Now I’m just hoping for some luck in the weather department.


    • Thanks Mick. This is actually one of those dream trips for me. I hate getting too excited about it and building up expectations. Reality rarely lives up to it, but fingers are crossed πŸ™‚

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  4. This sounds like a fabulous adventure, Joanne, although I would prefer warm and dry weather over unsettled. I’ll be checking back in during your trip, waiing for the iceberg photos. Have fun and be safe!


  5. So excited for you both! Can’t wait to see & read of your adventure. A wee bit envious as this magnificent part of our country is on my list as well! Safe travels & have an amazing time!


  6. Staying tuned for sure. Good luck and good hunting (icebergs). I know it’s not a close match but your title has the theme from Smokey and the Bandit stuck in my head (eastbound and down).


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