We once again hosed down our vehicles and trailers that were coated in mud and grime! What a mess!
The Ferry from Baie Comeau to Matane finally left , better late than never! Our French travelling buddies just made it onto the ferry in time. These guys have pretty much been doing the same route day by day as we have been!
These boots were made for walking.. but time for a siesta!
From Matane we headed out towards New Brunswick. Beautiful forests, rivers and hills, fall is on the way, colours are starting to show on some trees. The rain refusing to release its grip on us!
Till next time Quebec hello New Brunswick…
Stopped in at Charlo for a bite to eat, got a cool tip from @fitz_55 who saw our rigs parked outside restaurant to go to the lookout spot downtown Charlo, so off we went! Thanks for the tip @fitz_55!
Wind was whipping but the rain had stopped for now although they grey clouds were still leering at us in disdain! Our trailer connection took a beating on the trans Labrador highway there must be a short in the connection, the truck keeps bleeping signals that the trailer is disconnected… but onward we push on to Kouchibouguac missing the isolation and vastness of Labrador. New Brunswick is beautiful but there is just something really special about Labrador.
Arriving at Kouchibouguac late afternoon to a wet start again, the name of the game is rain!
Setup camp, threw on some supper and made a fire, seaweed gin and tonic on the evening menu, we were ready for some serious R&R it had been an arduous day, rain continued to come down but we stood around the fire pit in our rain jackets steadfast and resilient enjoying our evening … the rain persisted the fire tried to burn, a skunk invaded our campsite and was way to friendly with our garbage.. the boys tried to refill little propane tanks I swear they are both bonkers! We eventually had had enough bedtime it was!
We left Happy Valley Goose Bay after stocking up on fresh groceries and gas to look for a spot to camp for the night, we drove for quite sometime trying to find a somewhere, checked the Ioverlander app and drove to a potential spot. As we arrived there we came across a pow wow with many glares and stares in be-wonderment at what on earth we were doing there, so we hastily made a quick retreat!
It was starting to get late and we finally found a gravel pit to call home for the night!
The evening was beautiful our best yet I think the stars bright in a very dark sky!
The next morning, we woke up to ice on our rtt cover and yes you got it, it started to rain just as we started to pack up, another wet start to the day.
We headed out towards Churchill Falls another long drive with more vast untouched scenery however still no moose or caribou! Chatting, snacking, clicking shots, cut off from society was the order of the day, my new favourite snack ‘blue monkey coconut chips’
Arrived in Churchill Falls filled up with gas and had lunch at a community building which housed hotel school, gift shop, grocery store and a diner! In Churchill Falls you can only live there if you work there,so as soon as you retire you have to leave, one couple just retiring had lived there for 41 years and now have to move out of Churchill falls , pretty sad really to have to leave their home and friend after spending a good part of their lives there. Interesting place!
We were not able to see the power plant as we were there on a Sunday and everything was closed! After filling our bellies with bacon and eggs for lunch we left for Labrador City, we drove for a few hours again the scenery still amazing me and so indescribable.
Reaching Labrador city we tried to find Campground for the night to shower and do laundry but to no avail! So we went to the local community centre to shower! Yay clean hair!
Labrador city is a big mining town so very industrial with trains running round the clock, we decided to press on to find a camping spot.
We drove for sometime looking for a suitable area, left the province of Labrador and entered into Quebec, once more landing at a gravel pit for the night, unfortunately not much in the way of options!j
The air was cold it was about 5 degrees but wind chilll must have been about 2 degrees so we setup quickly made our dinner and sat around the fire pit trying to warm up with a bit of fireball, but the evening kept getting cooler so we headed to bed! The night was horrendous howling wind snow and rain pelting our tents, the trailer dancing to the gusts of wind, little to no sleep!
The morning couldn’t have come sooner and coffee was a godsend! Packed up in flurries and turned our noses towards the impact crater. Dust turned to mud and more mud! Trees and shrubbery dusted in snow. Absolutely beautiful but cold. We traveled on, the trees now bowed their heads to the first snowfall, the snow persisted as did the mud, the road snaked up around the hills as we headed higher, visibility decreased , the grey clouds hung low over the hills. finally we hit a paved but snowy road with a resounding ‘yahoo’ from Peter!. Perhaps we have lost all our faculties to be camping in this weather! Temperature 0 windchill much less 😊
Back on the dirt, mud is the name of the game! Stopped at the only gas stop we had seen since leaving Labrador city, note to anyone travelling through here fill up in Labrador city, at a $1.779 a litre a little pricey to say the least note the date 😊 a little update might be in order!
The impact Crater “An asteroid that hit the Earth 214 million years ago created the immense crater that is now Manicouagan reservoir.”
This crater it is so large it took us at least an hour and half to drive past it and no signs of info so perhaps it is too remote for any interest for tourists. Also looks as though they are desecrating the land for power lines soon all this untouched land will be carved by man
Trees, mountains, rain dirt and mud one stray little mouse hopping over the road other than that devoid of any seen life.
Manic 5 incredible dam!
Herewith a few dam facts for you 🤣
1.Daniel-Johnson dam, the highest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world.
2.If you took all the concrete used to build Daniel-Johnson dam, you could make a sidewalk from the North Pole to the South.
As the wipers continued to work overtime and the clouds reached down to touch the pavement we pushed on through to Baie Comeau, the kilometres trickled by and it was very late when we arrived, with no signs for a dry evening, a soaking rain persisted and the thought of setting up a tent in the rain left us feeling uninspired.
We had been driving since 9 am and felt pretty travel weary, so decided to grab a motel in Baie Comeau for the night, have a decent shower, catch up on work emails since we hadn’t had service for ages, book the ferry and sort out our gear!
Ah a night without wind and rain beating relentlessly on the fly suddenly sounded awfully appealing… we are back in civilization, way too many people 😊
So we are either over tired or just so relaxed we don’t have a clue.. 🤣
We thought we were crossing on the ferry yesterday from St. Barbe so we headed to get organized, only to realize we were only leaving tomorrow… Bonus an extra night in Newfoundland, so off we drove up to St Anthony and stayed the night in Pistolet Campground, the wind was howling and the flames were dancing! The site opposite us had an ember blow into the base of a tree which started to catch alight! Thankfully parks people came and saved their bacon!
We setup the snow peak fire pit and table and enjoyed a perfect evening of red wine, Disarono and music what could be better than sharing this experience with two of our favourite peeps from North-Shore Overland, this adventure would not be the same without you guys!
Later that night or early morning the rain started to bucket down, but the tents held up well and we all stayed dry except when we had to pack up in the rain! Nothing fun about that, just one soggy mess!
We headed up to the L’ans Aux meadows for the morning saw the viking village and hiked around the area, stunning scenery and incredible history. How amazingly hardy those Vikings must have been to survive such extreme conditions in these shelters I sure as heck wouldn’t have liked to live like that. Just the thought of if it rained outside for two days, it would literally rain inside for three days oh no thanks!
After the Viking village we headed back to St Barb having stopped for lunch at a cute restaurant and had a delish carrot and ginger soup with beet and goat cheese salad what a treat!
We stayed at the rv park in St Barb, hardly a park more like a blob of gravel although convenient, not exactly pretty! We setup up camp to let everything dry out from night before and headed inside to eat! Boredom crept in so we decided to do a puzzle only 1000 pieces should be done by bedtime 🙂 not!
The wind howled endlessly, all night the annex and fly flapping away keeping us all awake, Needless to say daylight was welcomed as we escaped the wind, had our coffee and showers thank god we all feel slightly human again!
Now to the ferry to see what awaits us heaven knows it is going to be a wobbly ride…Gravol anyone?
Well let’s see where did we leave off.. we made it off the ferry, got some gas and stopped at the visitors centre to make our bulletproof coffee
Filled with our brain food we headed off towards marble mountain for a little zip lining fun! If you have never been make the time if you are in the area, it is well worth it! Stunning waterfall and beautiful scenery to zip across not to mention such fun!
We ended up spending the night at Trout River in Gros Morne which is simply stunning, driving through the tablelands, they could have filmed Jurassic park here! The scenery is so ancient looking you almost expect a dinosaur to appear!
The next morning was stunning! How lucky we are to be able to have the chance to explore like this!
Day 3 we headed off to western brook pond to see the fresh water fjord! Words are lost on the beauty of this magnificent landscape!
Unfortunately I was made to demonstrate my skill with spoons! Needless to say I will not make a good musician 😂
That night we made camp at Portland Creek, wind was howling all night but the temperature was mild. The next morning we caught up with laundry and showers before we left ahh the power of clean hair 🤣