Posted by: TheAuthor | 16/10/2011

Day 30 – Newfoundland at last!

We docked at Port-Aux-Basques around 6pm (on day 29) and immediately started to drive towards St. Johns on the eastern most shores of Newfoundland, the closest we will get to home (without actually being home) on this trip. The journey would take all night, the four of us swapping over every couple of hours until we arrived the next morning. We chose the option of driving throughout the night as a contingency plan for being so delayed by the ferry, get there as soon as possible and take time to come back to the port.

The drive was long and windy, the threat of hitting a Moose was on our minds as we drove – we had been reliably informed that the province was teeming with them. Alas, we saw none during our drive. One of the most noteworthy moments of the drive was being pulled over by the police for our broken tail light, a producer was received to ensure it being fixed. We took a break for a couple of hours in the small hours of day 30 in a car park by the side of the road. The light pollution was non-existent and the stars were incredible to stare at, not for long, as it was bitterly cold though.

Arriving at St. John’s we went on the hunt for a place to stay the night, but not before breakfast. Hungry, tired and weary we went for a café and ordered a large hearty breakfast that went down a treat.

Our first point of visiting was a local brewery in the small adjoining village of Quidi Vidi. We went on the tour, including free samples and a free beer at the end all for only $10, which was a bargain. The whole location the brewery is set in is beautiful; homes built right on the shores of a cove. The tour, although not as lively as the one in Halifax, was equally fun.

Shell and myself went for a walk around the town by ourselves, and were amazed by the colourful buildings. Individual homes were painted any colour, as a street this created wonderful viewing – something I have never seen before on such a scale. It really created a communal feel that every one participated in. The town is the oldest in Newfoundland and still holds its fishing heritage in its heart. Although there is not much to see, everything you want to look at is on a few streets very close to each other. The locals are all just as friendly as well; I was even informed that you could bag a flight to England for as little as $500!

We didn’t spend long in the town; we were too exhausted from the drive over night. We set sail for our hotel, which we had managed to get as cheap as a hostel because I said I worked for the Government, and fell into a deep sleep soon after.

Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s stops – 11

Kilometres driven – 951km

Total distance driven – 9367km

Car faults – Found out Speedometer is inaccurate by 10kph

– Speakers starting to refuse to operate

– Tail Light Casing Broken

– Console Handbrake light always ‘on’

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