Posted by: TheAuthor | 17/10/2011

Day 31 – Iceberg Capital

We drove part of the way back round to the Port Aux Basques ferry terminal (in the south-west corner of the island) from St John’s (in the west). The drive was deliberately slow, simply to allow us to see Newfoundland in all its glory. A wonderful drive it was; the trees all turning yellow, red and brown as the autumn season draws in.

We first attempted to visit Cape Spear, the furthest Canadian point to the east. With no useful map and the GPS (dubbed Magellan) being equally helpful we were out of luck. After 30 minutes of trying to find either a sign or turnoff we quit looking, few people were out and fewer shops open due to the Canadian thanks giving holiday weekend. We now set off for the Iceberg capital of the world, Twillingate.

The drive to Twillingate became progressively more and more remote, with island filled coves and homes sporadically placed upon cliff tops and coastline. A beautiful place to live, even if it would be a challenge to find a carton of milk first thing in the morning for a cup of tea.

The town itself was quite busy, a few shops and restaurants situated here and there. Homes placed wherever possible but all built together, right on the headland of Newfoundland on the ocean shores.

Never seeing a real life iceberg we had to hunt around the coves to see one, we thought anyway. We didn’t search for long; it was easy to spot a small number of lumps of ice floating un-hindered in the cove and harbour. As summer has already passed these chunks of ice have reduced in mass, but are still pretty large and impressive to see for it’s sheer originality. How many harbours have you been to that have icebergs floating around?

We aimed to camp that night at Dildo Run Provincial Park; it was close by and has an amusing name. Unfortunately we were unable to do so as it had closed down for the season, much to our dismay. As the sun now sets around 7 P.M. (instead of around 8 P.M. 30 days ago) and it was fast becoming 6 P.M. we wanted to find a spot soon.

Hunting around various map locations, each as fruitless as the last, we spoke to a couple of gentlemen in the town of Lewisporte and asked their advice. Notre-Dame Provincial Park (Notre-Dame has appeared in so many locations in the east of Canada) was the first area we could camp. We arrived and it too was closed for the season; however the gates were open so we chose a campsite that suited us, just off the lake to be hidden but still have a great view, and pegged down for the night. It was the first time camping since Dave and Lucy (Aka Team Roxanne) had left us when we arrived in Nova Scotia.

Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s stops – 12

Kilometres driven – 611km

Total distance driven – 9978km

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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