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!