|Joe and I have spent the last 3 days travelling across Newfoundland on the TCH (Transcontinental Highway).The terrain of this country is so diverse (thousands of evergreen trees cover hillsides, huge expanses of the sea are visible, bays, creeks, small fishing villages and stark gray mountains appear out of nowhere). Our photos give you an idea of the majesty of "The Rock". The population of Newfoundland is about 500,000; the moose population numbers 125,000. Did you know that the life span of a moose is 12 years? As we began our journey from east to west across the island a sign indicated that this year alone there have been 600 collisions with moose. The TCH cuts through their habitat and there can be problems when they decide to move around. We have been told that during very warm days the moose will be on the move because of the flies. Drivers are warned not to drive at dark (or at dusk or dawn). I am constantly on moose alert (this means NO napping for me on the bike).I am very happy to say that after covering about 700 miles we did not see any member of the moose family. It would have been great to see one (but being on the bike puts a different perspective on a sighting). We took a lovely side trip to the fishing village of Salvage. In our quest to see an iceberg we once again went down a dead-end street. This was a huge problem since the road was dirt and gravel and very narrow. None of this is good for the Goldwing. Joe had to disconnect the trailer from the bike. Fortunately a very kind villager (Larry) offered to help us negotiate the bike and trailer off of this hazardous road. Joe came close to dropping the bike but with Larry's help(and my many words of encouragement) everything worked out fine. After we regrouped we did see an iceberg in the Atlantic. It was a few miles offshore but visible to the naked eye. It was an AWESOME sight. We parked the bike and walked up to a viewing platform to get a better look. You will need to look closely at the photo (the iceberg is on the right side of the picture). Unfortunately we missed an accordion festival that was being held in the village later that day. For the most part the weather has been perfect (low sixties). We did get into some rain yesterday and today. This morning it was 52 (windchill on the bike definitely lowered that number). Newfoundland is God's country. We have loved every minute of being here and seeing the fishing villages, men fishing for salmon in the streams, watching for moose, seeing an iceberg in the Atlantic, talking to some wonderful Newfies, and enjoying a beautiful motorcycle ride that will always be a special part of the memories that Joe and I will keep with us.