Posted by: TheAuthor | 15/10/2011

Days 27, 28 and 29 – Bored and Trapped

Days 27 and 28: The nights were long, very uncomfortable and difficult to find anywhere to sleep for even two minutes. Couple that with one of the top five worst snorers of all time next to us on the first night. The second night was better, being told we were allowed to sleep on the floor we didn’t hide ourselves from doing so plus the snorer had vanished much to our delight. However, the heating was not turned up so it was a very chilly night instead.

We are restricted to the ferry unless we disembark on one of the courtesy shuttles provided every two hours or so. Not that it matters; the weather is yet again wet and windy consistently. Escaping for a couple of hours to the town of North Sydney isn’t the most inspirational of excursions, especially in wild windy conditions.

The days are spent watching films on the laptop or arranging photographs from the trip; bumping into very Irish sounding Canadians who perhaps haven’t met many outside of the Maritimes; braving the elements on shore with the minimal local shops; or attempting to use the broken/1990’s slow connection speed of the internet aboard.

 Hardly anyone is aboard the ferry, named the ‘Blue Putties’ after a local First World War company of men. Those accompany us aboard are over 50 for the most part, all-waiting for a green light to sail, a feeling that not many young people want to visit Newfoundland.

I feel like a squatter, evicted from my home because it has been demolished from high winds and waves. Setting up camp in the same seats nightly, minimal clothing and food. All part of the fun of travelling though, I just hope we leave soon so that we can experience Newfoundland (pronounced New-fin-land) as best we can before we have to return back on the ferry.

Day 29: Dan left this morning at 0630; he had to change his flight from St John, Newfoundland to Halifax, Nova Scotia and then book a bus from our ferry port in North Sydney to Halifax in order to get there. A difficult decision to make, however had we made it to Newfoundland he would have been truly stuck because the airport there is closed due to high winds. So, remaining on our road trip from the eight that set out from Banff 29 days ago are just four of us. Shell and myself, accompanied by Falk and Claire.

 It has been a subdued crossing, with the loss of Dan in the morning. A crossing, which has been very rough indeed for us aboard the ferry. A perpetually rocking and rolling floor, creating Shell and Claire to feel terribly seasick. It felt to me like the gravity was ever-changing on board, one second it had doubled as you walked along and the next it had halved. At least we were making it across, only 70 hours late by now.

Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s stops – 10

Kilometres driven – 0km

Total distance driven – 8416km

Car faults – Found out Speedometer is inaccurate by 10kph

– Speakers starting to refuse to operate

– Tail Light Casing Broken



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