Distance: 13km (8.1 miles)
Usually it doesn’t make a big difference for a hiker if there’s a tail wind or a head wind. Of course it is more comfortable to walk with a tail wind, but your walking speed doesn’t get affected a great deal. Today however, it did. We faced a strong head wind as soon as we’d passed the trestle that led us into Bishop’s Falls, and that slowed us down considerably.
This trestle is the longest one in Newfoundland: it’s 282.5 meters (927 feet) long and spans across the Exploits River. Apparently it was very difficult to build this one: several attempts failed before it was finally completed in 1901.
In Bishop’s Falls, the former railway station is still there, now in use as a Heritage Centre. Outside there is a sign that says we’re 267 miles (430km) from St. John’s, this means we’re more or less halfway now! (The complete trail being 542 miles – 873 km.)