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Aug 18, 2012 - Gander to St. Johns, NF

I’m going to get out of order here. We’ve had a frustrating couple of days and now that we’ve dealt with the problems, I can talk about it. I heard on the radio while in Gander that one of the ferries had a problem and would be out of service the coming week (Marine Atlantic has 3), but there should be no real inconvenience. Yeah right! When we got to St. Johns on Saturday and called to book our voyage for Tuesday (they only run Sat., Tues, Thurs. on this end, every day from Port aux Basque), they said there will be no ferry on Tuesday,...

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Jul 20, 2012 - Notre Dame Provincial Park, NL to St. John’s, NL

Today is Lee’s birthday and we‘ll travel to Saint John’s. We woke up and since it had been late last night we let Heather and the children sleep while we pulled out. In Gander, everyone was awake so we stopped at where you can find a Tim Horton around every corner. Some good hot tea hit the spot. Gander is where in December 1985 the 101st Airborne went down losing every life. Gander is called the Crossroads of the World. Before there was even a town, they put an airport there. We still haven't seen a moose really clearly. Newfoundland is a...

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Jul 3, 2012 - Newfoundland – Week One

On Tuesday, June 26 we were up early as the sun shone brightly; a good driving day across Newfoundland. Gerald, our B&B host, was in the kitchen preparing our breakfast. By 7AM the car was packed and we were ready to hit the road and head for Trinity on the east coast. Most of our drive was on the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) aka Hwy. 1. I erred somewhat in my last report when I said “no Interstate system here.” Actually, the TCH was quite adequate with a 100Km (62mph) speed limit. With relatively light traffic and numerous sections of...

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Sep 2, 2011 - Whitbourne to Saint John’s

September 2 - Final day – Whitbourne to Saint John’s K’s 99.04 Time 4h 40m Average speed: 21.24k/H T to d 7717 Total tour k’s with the Victoria mile zero included 8002 We left Whitbourne early after a light cold cereal breakfast as we continued to worry about the chain on Terri’s bike. We also had to make a stop at a TransCanada highway (TCH) service station for water as the water at the arena did not look fit to drink, a nice orange color with an off odor smell. The morning was very cool with a fairly heavy fog. This is not really a...

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Aug 29, 2011 - St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

We toured the peninsula that separates Conception Bay from Trinity Bay. We left at 10 am and returned at 7 pm, a long but wonderful day. We drove through Avondale, had a late lunch in Bay Roberts at Lynda's were we had liver, onions and bacon, just like mother fixed. It was delicious. Our Friends Kay & Marlin said we had to see Brigus, we were not disappointed, the town is situated on a beautiful harbour, the homes are colorful and there is a tunnel carved out of rock. The tunnel was built especially for Capt. Bob Bartlett, the arctic...

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Aug 28, 2011 - St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

Continuing our tour of St. John's. We went back to the Geo Center. The geological exhibit was tremendous, it put into perspective how old the earth is and how the continents were once one and then broke apart. We saw a very large piece of Labradorite, a beautiful blue green gem. We touched rock that were hundreds of millions of years old. In fact, one rock was over 1 billion years old. We was an exhibit on "Sands of time", columns of sand representing the age of earth, end of dinosaurs, end of the ice age and humans inhabiting earth. We...

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Aug 28, 2011 - We made it all the way East!!!

The rest of Newfoundland Aug 25-27th We did it!!! We made it all the way across Canada from the West coast, to as far as we could go on the East coast!!! To say that this was a momentous occasion is an understatement!!! The Newfies say things quite differently, have a thick accent, and pretty much have their own language. For example: A male is called a bye, they use a ‘t’ instead of ‘th’, leave of the ‘h’ at the beginning of words ‘igh scholl’ high school, and then put them on where they don’t belong ‘hice burg’, and they put an ’s’ on the...

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Aug 27, 2011 - St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

We toured St. John’s and came across a monument to commemorate Pope John Paul II presiding ove a mass on at Quidi Vidi Lake. We walked around the waterfront area saw mile zero for the Trans-Canada Highway, we bought two Tilley hats (made in Canada) at The Bird House from Babs the owner. We really love our new hats. We bought our first ones in Virginia Beach many years ago and got our second ones from Reggi's brother Frank and his wife Connie Mae. We then visited the Newman Wine Vault, this is the location where the wine maker of Europe...

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Aug 25, 2011 - St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

Today we went to Cape Spear, some students from Memorial University had a sea creature exhibit, we were able to see and touch live creatures from the waters around Cape Spear. Cape Spear is significant for many reasons two of which are it is the eastern most point in North American and it was the home of USA World War II batteries that were never fired. There are now two lighthouses there, the original and the current. We went into the Coast Guard Building to have a postcard sent to ourselves from the eastern most point in North America. We...

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Aug 24, 2011 - St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

Today we went to Signal Hill and the Eco Center. The Eco Center is a neat place that has many rocks native to Newfoundland and Labrador that are between 500 million and 1.3 billion years old. One has blue flakes in it, they are Labradorite, a rare stone. It is a semi-precious stone that calls to mind the colors of the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) greens and blues as the light strikes it. We found a pendant for Reggi in L’anse au Meadows near St. Anthony. We visited Signal Hill - a historical site - this site goes back over 150 years...

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Aug 23, 2011 - St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

Today started by us pulling our 5th wheel to get the brake controller (an electronic device that engages the brakes on the trailer when the truck brakes are engaged) fixed. We met Harry the service manager at Islander RV, a truly wonderful man who fit us into his schedule. We got the issue resolved and we now are less stressed about our brakes. We then went to Ches’s restaurant that is famous for its fish and chips, they were the best we have had right there with our Halibut fish & chips in Homer Alaska and our Haddock Fish & Chips in...

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Aug 21, 2011 - St. John's Newfoundland, Canada

we drove to St. John's, the oldest community in North America. We had an issue, the brake controller (it applies power to the trailer brakes when the truck brakes are engaged is not working. We will take it in to have it fixed on Tuesday. On the way we stopped in Gander. At the international airport (formerly a USA Air Force base, Gander was chosen as the refueling base for trans-Atlantic flight because of the lack of fog) to see the Silent Witness Memorial, we met Wendy who allowed us to see the plaques and information about the tragic...

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