The great es‘cape’

Part 7

Beautiful sunrise, having coffee on the beach this morning! Sun is shining but rain is expected later today.

We left camp at 7.30 heading towards Baddeck, stopped at a quaint little spot for breakfast called “Clucking hen” an all chicken theme!

We picked up some butter tarts, almond tarts and a few other delectable goodies and drove towards Badddck to gas up.

Isaak from cape Breton overland gave us a few hot places of interest to visit and camp at, so we headed out to our first destination. Another trail leading to a gorgeous lake. We hurriedly setup up camp in anticipation of the rain.

Once setup we headed out for a hike, but the rain had other ideas and sent us scurrying back to camp. We saw tons of fresh moose tracks, maybe we will actually see one this weekend!

Opting for a nice hot cup of tea we chilled under the bundutec awning and walls, thankfully it’s a huge dry space!

Once again no cell reception and not a soul to be seen!

The rain came down in buckets and it was absolutely relentless. So we stayed inside drinking coffee, tea, making dinner, (if only we had moose steaks!) drinking ciders doing whatever we could, waiting for the rain to abate which unfortunately it did not and it continued its vengeance though-out the night!

The next morning brought more showers And strong winds on the lake so kayaking was out of the picture again!

We went for a great hike, beautiful forest however I did manage to face plant and swallowed a horse fly but other than that it was great 😂 the woods were so thick, it always amazes me how easily a moose walks through with such ease and yet we stumble around!

We decided to pack up and head out to brighter skies and to top up with supplies.

On our way out we spotted a big black bear with her two babes, absolutely awesome!

Out of the bush into civilization for a day to catch up on work, supplies etc. So far driving 63 hours at an average of 22 km/h pretty speedy eh 😂

Stopped at the red barn for a great lunch managed to avoid chasing all the locals away with our camp smell! Bought some great wool socks there too so no more cold feet

We found a great campsite for the night a little more civilized today! We had a shower, did some laundry and topped up our water tanks!We made stuffed peppers in the travel buddy oven which turned out fabulously and enjoyed by all!

The great es‘cape’

Part 6

After a great sleep, strong coffee and a quick pack up we left Cape North at about 8.00 am

We headed to Meat Cove, a beautiful sunny day, with the roads winding snd twisting along the shoreline which made for a beautiful scenic drive.

Barb and I took a walk to the beach and saw a chap stuck on the beach in his van, a local fisherman was trying to help pull him out, however his diff was stuck on a huge rock so his tires were just spinning. We called the guys and told them to drive down with one of the trucks so we could try the treads. Unfortunately this was not enough.., so out came the bottle jack again to try lift him off the rock. Finally with a lot of gas, effort and a pull forwards from local fisherman we were able to get him out.

After all of that we needed some food, but nothing seems to open here before 11 😂 finally we found a very cute restaurant called Danena’s great food and atmosphere and very cute to boot!

On the road again we drove along the coastal loop towards Ingonish, stopped at a Co-op to pick up fresh veggies and a few munchies.

We decided to look for a spot so we could have an early afternoon camp. We found a great place between Ingonish harbour and South Bay Ingonish for the night, even though the wind was ripping at least the sun was shining! We finally were able to dry our towels and air out our tents!

We spent the evening sorting out our gear flying the drones and sitting by the fire!

Peter had an oopsie moment with his drone crashing into a tree. It was stuck up high in a wild cherry tree, all to the rescue but still unable to get it down so we had to use our katana boy to cut the tree down!

Drones saved, drinks served, fire roaring, beautiful view what more do we need!

The great es“cape”

Part 5

Our trip so far.

Today was a whole new beast, we were up early had our coffee packed up and headed out on the road by 7.06

We decided to head out to Cape Clear although the weather was rainy and very foggy. the dirt road lead us easily to cape clear however by the time we reached the area it was so misty and rainy, so that plan was changed as we wouldn’t see any view in this weather.

We turned around and headed towards Cheticamp via the back roads, and back roads they were! More like driving on a goat trail ..amazing with all the water, steep inclines and sharp rocks thank goodness we didn’t blow a tire or something worse.

The defender got to play off-road for the first time and boy was she a happy gal! Splashing in puddles, easing up rocky terrain and down steep wet hills, she was a beast in disguise! thanks again to landrover halifax for getting my rig to me in time!

A couple of times I thought we may not be able to get through to cheticamp due to the trail starting to close in on us and get extremely rough, no pics of that as we were all too focused on the trail!

Finally we came out the other side to the relief of us all! How brutal would it have been to have to backtrack along all that craziness! We topped up with gas, had some lunch and headed out once more, this time in the direction of meat cove.

Driving along the Cabot trail was beautiful. Lots of hiking trails, waterfalls and scenery for days!

It was getting late so we started searching for a spot to camp. We ended up on a woods trail heading towards cape north not finding any open spots, all solid brush and trees! Finally we spotted a possible place big enough for two vehicles but not three! So the guys got their chainsaws and axes and cleared the spot so we could get in all our rigs. Barb and I decided our best option was to turn to Steinhart Irish cream with ice, while waiting on the guys to get the site sorted!

Once setup and dinner made the wind picked up and the cool air blew in. The black flies were hungry so we made a fire to try and get a little relief from them! What a pleasure it is to be able to just push a button and the tent is ready, especially when it’s been a long day!

Camp for the night

Finally relaxing after a very long day on brutal trails we thought we heard a moose in the trees across from us… maybe we will get lucky and see one!

Ever since the Noco charger has been added to the 100amp lithium battery that Alberta lithium rushed to get to us, thankfully all our gear has been running well! Thanks guys

Many thanks go out to Isaak Cape Breton Overlanding for helping us find some great spots in Cape Breton. He offers a self drive vehicle and will be offering tours too. He is extremely knowledgeable on Cape Breton so if you are heading up their way give him a shout!

The great es‘cape’

Part 4

Eeek… Started off the day with a empty battery for the freezer on top of that the unique fridge/ freezer crashed and left us with one fridge down, thanks to the two Snomaster’s which saved the day! We changed the 67EX SnoMaster into all fridge and the smaller 42 into a freezer, managing to fit all our food into both, thankfully we had packed light on the frozen goods! However our cold beverages had to pay the price. We needed a new battery charger for the one freezer in the defender so we packed up and took the first road into Sydney to find a Noco genius battery charger as our last one was fried! Luckily there was one left in Canadian tire.

We decided to have breakfast after the mad dash around and then headed out towards Englishtown. We crossed over on the Torquil MacLean ferry and headed up towards Wreck Cove. Thereafter we took highland road out to the middle of nowhere Rough roads and scenery unmatched, no one but us on these roads. Huge pot holes and loads of washboard sections, but well worth the slow drive.

We found Chetticamp lake at the end of a road while looking for a camp stop we saw lovely cloud formation over us. Almost looked like angel wings!

We made camp for the night, had a quick supper and hung out round the fire pit watching an epic chain and bolt lightning storm very close to us. The wind suddenly picked up and the sky darkened even more so we all dashed to get all our chairs put away in case of a down pour but the storm seemed to move around us not one drop of rain and an early night has by all! Lucky us!

We also saw fresh bear scat, and an abundance of wild strawberries ….so we may have visitors tonight!

The great es“cape”

Part 3

Today started off as a stunning day however the good weather did not last long, the rain and mist soon set in, so kayaking was off the menu.

We decided to stay one more night in the same location as we didn’t want to head out to Cape Clear on a foggy/rainy day! We setup the walls of the awning so we would have a little extra dry space to hang out. Life of luxury here.

So today became a bit of a ‘catch up day’ a bit of work, tidying up and a quick trip into Baddeck to pick up a few groceries, we had lunch at a little pub on the waterfront, which was great to escape the rain a bit!

After having checked out a spot for kayaking tomorrow, we got back to camp made a big fire to warm up, thankfully Peter offered his services as our local wood splitter. Sandy had his personal hair stylist give him a buzz. Barb and I caught up with some work and had a fireside manicure 😊

For supper we cooked wings and drumsticks on charcoal, not slumming it here.

So now we are cleaned up and ready for the next few days 😂 or so we keep telling ourselves.

Tomorrow we head out to Cape clear and up the highland road, hope to post more then if we managed to find a bit of reception again.

The great es ‘cape’

Part 2

The day started off early, dropping off the rotties for their vacation 😊 we then headed towards Stewiacke where we met up with Sandy and Barb.

Our convoy then headed towards Cape George, where we had to stop to see the lighthouse and of course the scenery.

Cape George lighthouse

Next we found Steinhart distillery where we decided we had to stop for… you guessed it lunch, ok ok.. so we caved in and bought a couple of bottles but who can blame us, this stuff is so good! The view from the site was simply beautiful too.

We headed towards Tracadie. Driving along all the backroads made today an easy, gorgeous drive reminding me how lucky we are to be living in such a beautiful place.

We were fortunate to be offered a great spot for the night on an older farm. We setup early, cracked open a cider and chilled for the evening.

Day 2 starts off waking up to a stunning morning, making our coffee snd prepping a pork roast and veggies to put into the travel oven.

Roast ready in a turkey roasting bag!

We packed up and headed up towards Cape Breton with roast in oven and coffee in hand.

We found some gorgeous spots along the way as we ambled along. A stunning morning filled with endless beautiful scenery.

We headed up the Ceilidh trail stopped at another …you guessed it the Glendora distillery, this time for lunch. Absolutely beautiful.

Heading out after lunch towards Cheticamp we found a number of dirt roads leading to no mans land! Big Bertha aka the Ram 3500 dually got a little feisty in a few of the muddy cow patties but she revelled in her new shoes and swung her hips out of those muddy ruts! 😂 now of course all we smell when setting up the tent is a delightful “farm fragrance”

After a long day of driving and exploring we decided it was time to find a spot for the night. Driving inland towards the Margaree Forks, we came across the stunning Margaree river and decided to stay at a off grid campground called “live life in tents” a small business offering camping as well as river tubing and kayaking.

By now our roast had been cooking all day in our oven as we pulled up into camp and opened the oven, viola our food was ready!

We are hoping to go kayaking tomorrow even though it is supposed to be a crazy rain day! Reception here is awful so my apologies for a delay in updating!

The great es’cape’

Part 1

(credit to Barb for the title 😂)

Landrover Defender x 110 -2022

Finally we are able to head out for some much needed R&R. This year we are still treading carefully after all the covid restrictions etc and have decided to stay in Nova Scotia and head for Cape Breton! Fortunately our backyard is very beautiful and we don’t have to go too far for a great adventure!

We are travelling in a convoy of three vehicles comprising of:

1. Ram Dually 3500 – King Bundutop, added canopy and room and Square back bunduawn with walls.

2. Ford F150 – Standard Bundutop, added canopy and half wing bunduawn.

3. Landrover Defender x 110 (2022) Standard Bundutop

All three vehicles are totally rigged out for off grid travelling and exploring., with fridges, travel ovens, hot water systems, solar panels, dual battery setups, kayaks and so much more.

We head out tomorrow for two weeks, to explore the hidden gems of Cape Breton.

Dropping off our two rotties early and head towards Cape Breton, meeting up with our great mates on the way up. First night stay not planned, in fact nothing is set in stone, let’s just see what hidden gems we will come across.

As we go along we will be posting hopefully every two days or so if we have reception and hope you follow along and enjoy this adventure with us…


Thanks to Landrover Halifax for their excellent customer service and help getting me my Defender before our trip!. The best customer service and what a fantastic rig! I just love it.. contact them for your defender 🙂


Many thanks go out to Isaak Cape Breton Overlanding for helping us find some great spots in Cape Breton. He offers a self drive vehicle and will be offering tours too. He is extremely knowledgeable on Cape Breton so if you are heading up their way give him a shout!

Travel Buddy 12v Marine Oven

These incredible little ovens are on their way to us, super excited to be able to offer this incredible product in Canada made in Australia for multiple uses i.e. 4X4off roader, marine, camping and travelling enthusiasts!

After a long day exploring no need to worry about cooking dinner when you arrive, just cook a delicious meal as you travel to your destination.

The Travel Buddy is a sturdy oven that you can take anywhere. The stainless steel makes it easy to use and to clean. If your vehicle has a socket for a cigarette lighter, then there is nowhere that the Travel Buddy can’t go! Or add an Anderson plug for a more permanent setup in your rig.

Heat or cook a meal while you travel, it doesn’t matter if there are no shops around, your meal will be ready when you arrive. The Travel Buddy’s heating temperature reaches approximately 190 degrees Celsius+ after the initial warm up.

Foil containers, oven bags or small oven proof containers will all work in this oven. We are also going to have a few stainless steel trays manufactured in the near future for the buddy oven as an option.

Lasagna, pies, roasts, croissants and even apple pie, lets get creative and see all the deliciousness we can conjure up with this great little oven!

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Herewith Some Helpful Cooking Tips To Get You Started from Travel Buddy Ovens Australia

“Of course if you remember or if you have the time it is always good to pre-heat the oven so pop it on for a half hour before placing food in. However most of us are not that organized and the following hints for a cold oven (pre-heating the oven will change the heating time by approximately 15-30 minutes depending on what is cooking)

Another hint is the fuller the oven the longer it will take. That is, if you have 8 pies (4 on the top and 4 on the bottom) you won’t have as much room for the hot air to move around. It may take slightly longer and you will need to rotate the pies from top to bottom at least once. With the element at the bottom of the oven it is hotter on the bottom tray.

Pies

Frozen Pie – a frozen pie placed into a cold oven will take approximately 90min.
Thawed Pie – a thawed pie placed into a cold oven will take approximately 45min.
6 Frozen Party Pies – will take approximately 45min.

Left-overs or Casseroles

One of the most common reasons people use a Travel Buddy is to heat left-overs casseroles that have been pre made. We suggest you place left-overs or casseroles into a foil baking tray (easy to get from the supermarket) and cover. The length of heating time will vary depending on what you are heating but below is an approximate guide to go by.

Thawed Left-overs – placed into a cold oven will take approximately 60min.
Frozen Left-overs – placed into a cold oven will take approximately 90min.

A Roast for 2

Yes you can cook a small roast in the Travel Buddy. Something to go by is this following –

700g rolled pork roast – ours came from the supermarket already in a foil baking dish.
2 med potatoes cut into 6-8 pieces (and we put slits into the top of each one)

Place the potatoes on and around the roast and sprinkle your favourite seasoning. Cover with foil. We put this into a cold oven and cooked for approximately 3 hours checking it once mid-way and turning the roast over. We remember to turn the oven on again when the 2 hour timer clicked off. When we got to camp we boiled some peas and dished the potatoes and extremely tender pork up. Great start to the holiday.

TIP – When cooking a roast or anything that has or will make juices, place it into an oven bag to prevent spillage.

The main thing to remember is to experiment with your cooking times, checking as you go.

Product Description

Fast Food takes on a new meaning with the Travel Buddy. This portable, lightweight, 12 volt oven can cook, bake and warm foods while you travel.
Simply load the Travel Buddy up with pies, pasties, sausage rolls, pizzas hotdogs or a pre-prepared meal and plug into your vehicle, set the timer and while you are driving or parked, your meal is being heated or cooked.

Please Note: As this unit draws 10 amps, it is suggested where possible, to hardwire directly to the power supply. We have found that the female plugs in a number of vehicles are different sizes and without a firm fit, this can cause overheating in the plug.  This will NOT affect the warranty.  

Features

– Heat a meal on the move
– Fitted with a 2 hour timer to protect from battery failure
– 12 Volt DC 10 Amp
– Insulated stainless steel
– Manufactured and designed in Australia
– 190 degrees Celsius+ after initial warm up

External Dimensions

Height 190mm
Width 320mm
Depth 280mm

Internal Dimensions

Height 100mm
Width 265mm
Depth 250mm

Specifications

– Insulated Steel Body  
– 12 volt DC 10 amp 120 watts
– Fitted with 2 hour timer
– Free standing or mounted

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A great review from Wild touring on the Travel Buddy

Full Circle

A new member just joined Wild Coast Camping Gear… Land Rover Defender 110!

Dad always had a land rover and growing up in the bush in Africa it was a good thing he did! Remembering times of being hauled through raging rivers by oxen just yoked to the Land Rover, little shepherd boys wielding whips on the rivers banks, to guide the oxen through, how we were not washed down the river oxen and all still amazes me. We had to sit with our feet on the seat as the river water rushed into the Land Rover, at times dad sat us on the tire on the bonnet as were were pulled across the river… seat belts were not a thing back then!

My siblings and I would sit in the back of the defender bouncing off those little metal seats and banging our heads on the side windows as dad picked his way over a trail which we considered a “road”! At times dad would tell me to push down the “yellow gear” to keep our Landy in 4 wheel drive as it had a tendency to pop out at the most inopportune moments.. but that was not so easy for tiny hands!

Our Land Rover raced us to the hospital when my brother fell with a reed in his mouth and almost slit his jugular, hauled us to boarding school on those very early dark mornings getting us past rock falls and slick roads. Bounced a very pregnant mum to hospital to deliver a brother, not to mention being told to jump out of the moving Land Rover as it was sliding down the pass on ice!

Memories of our Landy conjure up the most wonderful, albeit a little scary, moments of my childhood living way off the beaten track, far from civilization, bush babies we really were! Each day was an adventure, memories that will always be treasured.

And then of course there was my first driving experience in the defender on a very muddy, slippery trail and even though i was sitting on my dads lap, that was an ultimate moment for me, so much so it has stuck with me all these years later, it is no wonder I am “stuck” on Land Rover Defenders!

So here I am years later, full circle! Finally I get my defender and although it is not the “old school” defender, it is a defender 110 which has exceeded all my expectations, I am beyond thrilled!

This Landy is going to be “topped” off with a Bundutop automatic roof top tent and a Snomaster fridge/freezer. This combo will make a very convenient, cool rig to head out into no man’s land for a night or a couple weeks! The ease of setup, with the bundutec combined with this epic Land Rover Defender X110 , will be able to take you anywhere you dream! And dream you should, we all need a time to press pause and escape this crazy world and a defender with the bundutec will make this simply a breeze.

In Dr Seuss words “oh the places you’ll go… Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way”

Stay tuned for photos and updates on this rig.

A huge shout out to Land Rover Halifax for getting me setup with this epic 2022 Defender x 110 and a specific thanks to Bill Lyon for dealing with a hundred and one questions from me! If you are in the market for a Land Rover contact Bill, he has been great to deal with and will get you in a Land Rover that will steal your heart!

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BEREG AIRBOAT

Bereg Airboat

The airboat from Bereg had its maiden voyage on the water yesterday!

We headed down the bear river which is a tidal river, a river with some of the highest tides in the world.

We launched the boat as the tide was coming in and started it up. The props flew in to action as we idled away from shore we hit the gas and with the incoming tide and the wind at our back we flew down the river with ease.

The gas pedal some may like we prefer the gas lever on the side, the windscreen was fantastic with no wind or water splashes hitting our faces., it even has a windshield wiper. The padded front bench seat with a backrest is comfortable and easy to adjust forward or backwards if desired, gear pockets on back of the backrest. The back bench has no backrest but a huge zippered under bench bag with multiple side pockets for gear. The steering is a breeze and maintains good control even when just idling.

The USB ports and 12V plug are great for hooking up your GPS or other gear, and it even has coffee mug holders! The two lights on the sides would be handy should you find yourself on the water at night and the two paddles are great as a backup option. Optional complete cover is available.

We clipped 48KM/H on the water, however on ice this boat tops much higher however we have yet to try it on ice

Heading back up the river against a strong incoming tide and headwinds was much slower, but to be expected and still enjoyable. The beauty of this boat is you do not need a lot of water in order to go anywhere, so in shallow rivers this boat will still get you where you want to go.

All in all this boat handled well and would definitely be an asset to get out into those unknown spots for fishing, camping or just general exploring.

These boats are continually under going improvements and development, currently we also have a Bereg catamaran for class six rapids to which we are attaching a 6HP motor so we can haul gear to a remote locations. We are very exited about these products as the Bereg gear is high end and durable, from tents to stoves to boats!

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