Ferry to Newfoundland

It took almost two hours for the loading of the ferry and we were close to the last ones on.  I read somewhere these ferries can go through ice so I believe the big umbrella type thing on the front is for ice.  It looked like it had teeth. IMG_4284 The huge trucks were directed to the bottom level and the cars one and two levels up.  We had to go in with the trucks and the diesel smell was so bad in that bay I worried about Molly the whole trip being asphyxiated.   The weather was nice and we had good views leaving the harbor. 



Here’s our cabin.  Very basic but it was great to have a place to nap and keep my leg up. 




It was foggy and rainy when we approached Port aux Basques but I still regret not being on the outside deck to take pictures  because of the colorful houses with the green barren landscape……just like the pictures we’ve seen.

Molly was fine but more excited than usual to see us and then she slept and slept so I think she was awake and nervous the whole trip.  We stopped at a tourist information office just a mile or so after getting off the ferry.  The lady gave Steve a really great detailed map of Newfoundland, a list of dump stations, and the 2010 Travelers Guide that is outstanding.  The map is a must because we have gone off the Trans Canada Highway a couple of times where the GPS went blank.

We stopped for the night at Cheesman Provincial Park, 10 miles or less from the port and 2-3 miles off the highway.  We bought an annual provincial parks pass for $20 so that we wouldn’t have to pay $5 each time we went into one of the parks.  No hookup site was $15, electric $23.  Central dump and water.  No internet and this was the first place we have ever been that we had no signal at all for our Verizon broadband.  Today we stopped along side the highway miles from civilization and we did have internet so the Verizon Global plan is sure worth every dollar while we are in Canada.