The Moose & the Lost Tent: Day 26-27

After three days of heavy rain in Gander I ventured back on the trail and camped near Island Pond. That next morning as I scrambled out of my tent for a morning pee I saw standing before me three small moose. This is a filmmakers dream but my camera was in the tent and my pants were at my knees. I did manage to get the camera though and as my heart raced captured a few moments.

As I head for Norris Arm later that day still smiling from my morning exchange with the moose I caught some loose rock and suddenly found myself flying off the bike and the trail into the forest beside me. Fortunately unscathed but for a few bruises I collected my things, or so I thought, and resumed my journey. Five hours later however I realize I had in fact left something behind, my tent. After muttering a few profanities I saw in a distance one of those side by sides. A lovely couple from Browns Flat, New Brunswick, Beth and Bill Paisley, stopped and said they had seen my lost tent quite a ways back on the trail and offered to double back and go look for it.


So they kindly went to look for it and my disappointment evolved into relief until they came back a while later and said the tent was gone. My spirit deflated like a popped balloon.

โ€œYou know what, you can have our tent,โ€ they said and like the Grinch my heart grew three sizes.

And that is the way on the trail. The T’Railway in Newfoundland is oddly its own Camino, no shrines of saints and church steeples, but a journey of the heart softened daily by the random acts of kindness of strangers sharing a path.

Gander to Norris Arm map



  1. Roxane August 14, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Love reading your posts. This one made laugh and soften my heart.

  2. jenica August 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    awwww thank you peeps for caring for my buddy…it all goes around!

  3. jenica August 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    hey thank you to all you friendly peeps out there, caring for my buddy! May your life be filled with love!!

  4. Tony August 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Hi Dianne my friend Blair and his wife metvyou in Deer Lake. I was hoping to get some info about the trail from you. Would that be possible?


    Halifax NS

    • Dianne Whelan August 23, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Hi Tony
      Just off trail in Nfld now embarking into Nova Scotia. I have limited power and access to Internet but send me your question and I will do my best to be of assistance.

      all my best

  5. Ken Curtis August 16, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply

    I applaud the spirit within you and the courage and intelligence to follow it’s voice. The experiences you collect on this journey are what life is made of and are worth far more than anything the world has to offer. I hope your journey is safe, enjoyable and rewarding. – Cheers

  6. Dayna White August 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Hi from Sechelt grama enjoying your trip vicariously! Beth and Bill, you are awesome! Love the photo of the 3 baby moose (meeces?) and glad you are OK!

  7. Karen Arnold August 19, 2015 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Glad you got out of the rain, and soo cool to wake up to these three! Hope you’re enjoying your new tent ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. john from ontario August 23, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Dianne – my son and I just finished biking the trail…we landed in Argentia August 15th in the morning and picked up the trail at Placentia Junction. We were riding Trek mountain bikes. All was going “well” until just outside Stephenville Crossing when I got a flat on my front tire. When we tried to remove the skewer axle, we found the threads on the quick release were stripped….sigh – so we bailed on the last leg down to Port-Aux-Basques…. seems we might have been on the same ferry (departed Friday night – August 21st) over to Nova Scotia. I would like to hear your thoughts on trail conditions… we found a few places to be brutal – for example heading west out of Badger up the 4+ kms hill and the trail around Georges Lake with the loose gravel…we did not meet one person on a trail bike – which was disappointing – however, many ATVs stopped to chat…..

    Hope you keep you spirits up – and perhaps update your blog more often…..

    Looking forward to when you pass through Ontario as we live close to the Trail here!

    • Dianne Whelan August 26, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Too bad I didn’t know you were on same ferry. The trail was hard, I pushed my heavy bike more than I rode it but it was grand

      • john from ontario August 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

        lol – hard is an understatement – brutal is more like it…. just a heads up – my son biked from Toronto to Halifax two Augusts ago – Ontario and Quebec trail is pretty good…. New Brunswick on the other hand has some pretty bad spots…

        keep those updates coming…

  9. :Jocelyn and Linda August 25, 2015 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Hi Dee. We enjoyed reading your blog this morning as we ate breakfast. It sounds like you are having a great adventure so far and meeting lots of wonderful people. We hope to catch up with you as you travel through Nova Scotia.

  10. Barb MacLellan September 2, 2015 at 5:55 am - Reply

    When are you getting on the trans Canada trail in Inverness county cape Breton? ? We’d love to see you…my mom’s land surrounds the trail.

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