Taking the T’railway: Colchester man paperwork Newfoundland ATV trek on YouTube



VALLEY, N.S. — Patrick Ryan, a resident of Valley, Colchester County, first took to Newfoundland’s T’Railways 20 years in the past. Since then, he’s taken to documenting his journey whereas offering assets to those that need to do it themselves.

Practically yearly, normally in late summer time or early fall, Ryan and a bunch of mates will journey to Newfoundland by ferry with their ATVs in tow. As soon as on the island, it’s time to trip.

It began in 2003 when Ryan travelled to the island along with his father-in-law and brother-in-law, not figuring out a lot in regards to the trails apart from the previous railbed that spans throughout the island had been a preferred, cross-province route for ATV motorists.

“We heard you would take ATVs over on the previous railbed, however we didn’t actually know something about it,” laughed Ryan. “We simply confirmed up and went.”

Patrick Ryan, pictured along with his ATV outdoors of his house in Valley. Contributed

For his or her first 12 months, they travelled from Port-Aux-Basque to Grand Falls-Windsor — a virtually 500-kilometre trek inland to the central Newfoundland city.

On that preliminary journey, Ryan had used his mother-in-law’s ATV. When he arrived again in Nova Scotia, he realized he had caught the bug, and bought his personal machine.

It will be a number of years earlier than Ryan went again to the island, because it was tough to search out others to go together with him, he mentioned. That modified when he began posting images on social media of the trip.

Since then, he’s managed to web round 12 individuals who constantly trip with him. These days, they usually take every week to drive throughout the entire island through the T’railway.

“I simply adore it,” mentioned Ryan. “It combines a bunch of issues for me. I really like using ATVs, I really like using the paths all day. It’s not simply that … you get a bunch of mates to return, so you’ve gotten a variety of comraderies.”

A line of ATVs, all on an expedition across Newfoundland. Contributed
A line of ATVs, all on an expedition throughout Newfoundland. Contributed

Ryan particularly loves the surroundings, noting the West Coast particularly has a few of his favorite spots, together with Serpentine Lake.

“It’s this lovely lake that’s most likely 10 or 12 kilometres lengthy, and it’s surrounded by all these peak mountains, and the view from down there’s simply astounding” defined Ryan. “Even when we’re not tenting, we’ll drive down there and keep there for about an hour or so and simply take it in.”

He additionally enjoys that the paths run by communities all through the province and that these communities present infrastructure to make the journey doable purely on ATV, such because the ATV-friendly roads in Nook Brook that enable entry to the path with out the necessity for a trailer.

Much more than that, Ryan appreciates the those who he meets alongside the best way.

“The persons are so pleasant. All of the enterprise homeowners are so appreciative of ATVers going throughout and Newfoundland makes it really easy.”

Documenting the journey

Since 2011, Ryan has been importing movies of his excursions to YouTube below the title EastCoastATV.

When he began filming his journeys, he simply needed to indicate off the province’s surroundings, however as time went on, he began utilizing them as a useful resource for others who can also need to make the trek. It has greater than 4,000 subscribers to this point.

“They had been (quick), they usually didn’t clarify find out how to do the journeys. They had been simply movies of me driving down the path and exhibiting some good scenic spots, they usually had been a couple of minutes lengthy, perhaps.

“It simply form of advanced. I began making sequence out of them, and I used to be considering that I’ll as properly simply make a video for each day of our journey, after which clarify how we do it so folks can see what we’re doing and what to anticipate.”

Together with this YouTube channel, Ryan additionally created a weblog, stocked with assets on find out how to do the complete journey throughout the province.

“I couldn’t discover data anyplace on-line about find out how to do it so I simply began doing it myself and documenting all the pieces, and I figured, properly, this journey is so enjoyable that there are most likely different individuals who would need to be doing this.”

After some time, Ryan made his personal web site (crossingnewfoundlandbyatv.com) and a Fb web page (Crossing Newfoundland by ATV) to higher join with fellow ATV fans. The web site comprises a number of useful guides, in addition to a path map.

“There’s lots of people that observe (the Fb web page), and a variety of them are from Newfoundland,” mentioned Ryan. “Folks will ship me messages on a regular basis in the summertime, particularly a variety of the locals. In the event that they’re on the paths and are available throughout a washout or one thing fallacious, they’ll ship me a message so I can publish it on there.”

In these instances, Ryan will use GPS trackers to assist riders discover alternate routes. He mentioned his use of social media has made the journey rather a lot simpler.

“That’s the great thing about social media. Everybody talks about all of the downsides, however for issues like this, the pages which can be preserving folks knowledgeable, it’s nice. Folks observe your web page, and as quickly as you make an replace, if any individual occurs to be planning on doing the journey, they’ll see there’s a problem and make notice of it.”

created by dji camera  A drone photo taken by Ryan of Robinsons Head, a popular sight to see in Western Newfoundland. Contributed
created by dji digicam A drone picture taken by Ryan of Robinsons Head, a preferred sight to see in Western Newfoundland. Contributed

It is also a approach of attracting others to hitch in on the enjoyable. That is how Truro resident Bruce Lake, a buddy of Ryan’s, first acquired in on the cross-province ATV journeys.

From Newfoundland himself, Lake had at all times identified of the T’Railway however hadn’t skilled it in its entirety till he got here throughout Ryan’s Fb web page. Having labored with Ryan beforehand, Lake informed Ryan he needed in on his subsequent journey, accompanying him in 2017.

“Understanding Newfoundland had so many trails that I hadn’t even seen, it was fairly the eye-opener,” mentioned Lake about his first journey. “I acquired to see issues I by no means would have seen in Newfoundland earlier than.”

One among these sights was the Gaff Topsails in Central Newfoundland, an deserted railway settlement housing a number of monadnocks (giant rock hills), accessible by the railbed.

“There’s this large raise within the land there, that is principally a giant rock on the rock,” mentioned Lake. “It is over 500 metres, I feel. You may climb the highest of it, and you’ll simply see for miles and miles. It is a actually cool spot.”

This summer time, Ryan, Lake and their mates plan to trip their ATVs throughout Newfoundland’s West Coast with the hopes of getting some tenting in whereas they’re there.

Till then, Ryan has began importing movies of his most up-to-date journey from September 2022 onto his YouTube channel.

Ryan’s most up-to-date video particulars his tour by an deserted amusement park referred to as the Trinity Loop. He additionally makes movies on standard ATV spots in Nova Scotia. His movies might be discovered on youtube.com/c/EastCoastATV.