The ferry continuing along the southern shore from Hermitage, NL toward Burgeo only leaves on Thursday so I had two days to kill in the region. Finding the peaceful Hermitage Municipal Park, I set up camp beside a picnic area on the water and went out to find some fish in the lake. Unfortunately nothing was biting for the remainder of my stay but the sound of the surf on the stone beach relaxed me like no other. As night came on, the sounds of music and celebration sounded from a nearby collection of RV's. I met the many youngsters who took a liking to the bike and enjoyed sitting on the diminutive scooter. Accepting their invitation to stop by, I made my way over to Grandpa Morris's 72nd Birthday Party! With 10 children and their many grandchildren about, it was a lively bunch. After an introduction where all eyes were on me, I was handed an ice cold brew and welcomed in to the celebration with a plate of pulled pork BBQ and the best baked beans I've ever had. Making my way around the fire circle I chatted with the matriarch who was interested in my journey, as well as the younger family members collected from all corners of the province. Wrapping up the night with a bright display of fireworks and the freeing of Chinese Lanterns, I finished my beer watching the two glowing orbs float high into the still night sky. Just another perfect evening in Newfoundland with great company and conversation.
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 69'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.