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    Across Newfoundland by fatbike (X-post)

    The Newfoundland T'Railway is a 900 km long linear provincial park created from the former railway line that ran from end-to-end of the province. I recently rode the entire length on a fatbike in ten days. The T'Railway is the playground of ATV's and snowmobiles - I hope to inspire more people to ride it.

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    I am jealous. That is the best trip/biking adventure that I've read about in a long time. Absolutely amazing.
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    read the blog...fantastic trip!!...loved the pics too! do you ride any of that rail trail in winter too, the sleds must groom it perfectly for the Pugs ?
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    Just went through the blog as well. Great trip!
    I'm craving the trip i have planned in September.

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    BCD - haven't ridden the T'Railway in the winter (yet). The T'Railway is closed to motorized vehicles between St. John's and Foxtrap (about 40km) and we have other places in the city that are good for winter riding. But I am hoping to get out to central NF this winter where they get a lot of snow and give the T'Railway a try.

    To the others - thanks for reading and for the positive comments.

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    Interesting story! The pics are great too.

    I love the old trains and bridges
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    Thats awesome!
    I've been thinking about doing that trail as well. A great way to see a different side of the island!.

    Thanks for sharing
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    Well we finally did it, 12 days across the Island.
    Thanks to Malcolm for some tips, and giving the idea! Met awesome people along the way, had some issues, saw some Caribou and Moose, but all in all a great time!

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    Glad to hear you had a good trip. I made my second trip across this summer as well - haven't written it up on the blog yet but will when time allows. It was a busy summer for bicycle crossings on the Trailway. Two guys from St. John's made solo crossings in June, tyh83 and his group, myself and my two friends, plus a few others I have heard about.

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    Looks like a great trip. I'd imagine a lot of lonely stretches along the way since you said you didn't see a lot of folks. I understand your reasoning for using a fat bike to traverse the railbed.

    That's a pet peeve I have w/ the "work" that is done to some of the railbeds in southern Ontario. "Oh a load of crushed stone will be fine to spread along the trail". NOT! Several years ago I rode the old CPR railbed from Dranoel to Lindsay. For the most part the trail is OK for a typical MTB, but there was one long stretch that had been surfaced w/ crushed. Pedaling along it was like trying to cycle thru the Playroom @ a McD's.

    On your trip would a MTB w/ + sized tires be OK?

    Pretty sure we don't have any routes that long in Ontario, mind you the former CPR line from Mattawa to Smiths Falls is being set up as a multi-use trail. Seeing the railbed (large ballast) north of Deep River last summer, a fat bike would be a necessity.

    Two other longer lines that are currently available are the Hasting Heritage Trail on the old CN Marmora Sub from Trenton to Wallace & the former CPR line from just east of Havelock to Glen Tay. Not sure what the regs say about camping along those routes.

    One rail line that comes up in conversation in Algonquin circles is the former CN Beachburg Sub that runs from the Ottawa River east of Pembroke to just outside of North Bay. A lot of people wish something would happen w/ it, but I don't think anything will ever come of it.

    There is also the abandoned CN railbed from Capreol east to North Bay. The OFSC uses it as a snowmobile trail from Capreol to Crystal Falls. I think the land ownership may be in question east of there, explaining why the sled trail doesn't go directly to North Bay.

    Anyways, some suggestions for folks who might want to do a similar trek in Ontario.
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    On your trip would a MTB w/ + sized tires be OK?
    rvrnd: Certainly a regular mtb would not be much fun for the reason you stated - the ballast used in some sections is large and/or loose and not pleasant. Just got an email from a couple of people who started the Trailway with regular mtb and tires and they weren't enjoying it.

    In discussion with the two fellows I rode it with this summer we agreed a plus bike would be ideal and the ideal bike would be a Surly ECR.

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