Day 90 September 7, 2014
Clarenville to South Brook, Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Damn, it was super windy all night long, and hard to sleep ‘cause the wind was so loud! But at least we had found a safe haven for the night in the Walmart parking lot.
Prior to getting back on the highway, we went to a gas station to put some air in one of our tires. The air machine seemed broken, so we went to a second station, where we also had problems. Finally, at the third station, Mark was able to get a little air into the tire that was low. Something wasn’t quite right. It was still early on a Sunday morning, and nothing else was opened, so we basically just gave up and got on the road.
It began to rain, but our cruise west was fun. We discovered radio station OZ FM 105.3, playing traditional music, lots of jigs and reels…music to make you happy. Great road trip music!
There’s a memorial in Gander that I was hoping to stop to visit. It’s a memorial for some American servicemen that were killed when their plane (taking them home to the US) crashed just after take off.
We followed a small wooden sign that pointed down a dirt road. Since it was raining, the dirt road was actually a mud road. And the road was pretty narrow. We weren’t even sure we were on the right road, and were beginning to worry that we might get stuck. When we got to a spot where we could turn around, we did. Mission aborted.
Although we were long past iceberg season, we did drive out to Twillingate. Twillingate is one of the primo spots for iceberg watching in the spring and early summer.
We drove to the end of the road, to Crow Head, where we enjoyed the spectacular views of the coastline.
The rain had finally stopped, and we were able to enjoy a nice outdoor lunch at the Crow’s Nest Cafe, followed by a little photo time at the Twillingate harbor before continuing the journey west.
It was the end of the camping season in Newfoundland, which made it easy for us to have our choice of sites in all of the campgrounds we visited. It was a treat to pull into the almost empty Kona Beach Campground in South Brook, and park in site #9…right on the beach! It was a pebbly beach on a lake, but it was a beach and it was sweet!