Day 28: Quarry to Chain Lakes

View from the summit

Distance: 23km (14.3 miles)

We are walking east to west just because we had a flight to St. John’s. This means we often have a headwind, and that can be a bit unpleasant at times, especially if the wind is strong, like today.

According to Floyd Spracklin, who has a cabin at the Gaff and who conducts a sort of research on the people passing his cabin, the number of people going east and going west, be they hikers or bikers, is more or less equal. But now that we have walked more than half of the track, we would definitely recommend people to start in St. John’s, because we find the trail is becoming more scenic with every day that passes.

Today the scenery was absolutely stunning. This section is open, rugged, windy, remote, and incredibly beautiful. The Topsails are four separate mountains, positioned in a more or less straight line, and named after the four sails of a ship: the Main topsail, the Mizzen topsail, the Gaff topsail and the Fore topsail. One of the highlights of this trip, that’s for sure!

Main topsail and Mizzen topsail
Two of the ‘sails’ in the distance: the Main topsail and the Mizzen topsail.
View from the summit
We just had to stop and admire the surroundings from the summit.
The Gaff topsail
The Gaff topsail.
Cabin at the Gaff
Floyd Spracklin and his wife Betty in front of their cabin at the Gaff.
Photo at the Gaff
And this is the picture they took of us.

3 thoughts on “Day 28: Quarry to Chain Lakes

  1. Enjoyed your visit. Wish you could have stayed longer. So much to do and so little time to do it in.

    1. Thank you, we enjoyed meeting you both too. And nice surprise: when we had a meal today in the Crown & Moose we saw our picture in the paper!

  2. Please contact me at so we can finalize content for my soon-to-be-released book about The Gaff. I’ll be including information about you both and your Newfoundland T’Railway adventure.

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