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We are still totally loving Newfoundland, but we have had three unfortunate events happen to us…. read on to find out.

This post commences at Mile 0 of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. The magnitude of this Man’s accomplishments can be seen all across Canada. I doubt there is a Province in the Country without a street named in his honour, or a monument / statue, or plaque.

(We are in St. John’s, the capitol of Newfoundland)

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I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try; dreams are made possible if you try.- Terry Fox

 

When we meet people on the road, and explain our one year travel plans, most people are shocked that it’s possible. Most people say “how can you afford it” or “you must be rich” or “did you win the lottery”. We had a dream and worked hard to achieve it. Anything you set your mind to- you can do. So now, I quess we are living the dream.

View of St. John's from Signal Hill

View of St. John’s from Signal Hill

Signal Hill has a rich Military history. The French and English have battled for this hill many times. Now it is a National Historic Site.

Signal Hill looking East (Next land is Europe)

Signal Hill looking East

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Military training on Signal Hill.

Military training on Signal Hill.

Next up was a foggy viewing of Cape Spear.

Land on the left, Mighty Atlantic on the Right. Can you see it?

Land on the left, Mighty Atlantic on the Right. Can you see it?

Cape Spear Historic Lighthouse (decommissioned)

Cape Spear Historic Lighthouse (decommissioned)

When Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949, this lighthouse did not meet Transport Canada requirements. A new lighthouse was built 500 feet away and opened in 1955.

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Tip: Do not stand in front of the Fog Horn.

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As Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America, it would have been the first place a German U-boat might show up. Well good thing they fortified the area. The ferry that was running the Sydney Nova Scotia – Port aux Basques, Newfoundland route was sunk by a U-Boat during World War II. We took that same ferry route to get to Newfoundland. So there were U-boats in these waters.

Bunkers, guns and more guns hidden in the hills.

Bunkers, guns and more guns hidden in the hills.

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a few Kilometers away from Cape Spear- Sunshine

a few Kilometers away from Cape Spear- Sunshine

Our luck was holding out until we decided on a gravel road to see a nice viewpoint. We had 3 hours to burn before our appointment for New Tires on the car. We checked out Back Cove.

Well 2

These tires have safely carried us across the country and 2 hours before retirement one springs a leak.

But the view was worth the roadside tire change

But the view was worth the roadside tire change

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After new rubber on the car, we hit the hay… Bacon and Eggs in the Morning

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As we are cooking breakfast we can both smell propane, an investigation ensues. During the night a rat or squirrel has chewed a nice size hole in our propane hose. Thanks, so now we are just waiting for number 3

We left St. John’s and headed south for Cape Race. The road follows the coast, and was spectacular.

Near the Colony of Avalon

Near the Colony of Avalon

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someone with too much extra time.

someone with too much extra time.

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Cape Race is famous as the first location to receive the distress call from the RMS Titanic. Marconi had a wireless operation set up at Cape Race.

21 KM of gravel road out to Cape Race

21 KM of gravel road out to Cape Race

Cape Race lighthouse.

Cape Race lighthouse.

We spent the night off road near St. Vincent. We are in such a remote location, there are no campgrounds for miles.

We spent the night off road near St. Vincent. We are in such a remote location, there are no campgrounds for miles.

Further down the gravel road…..

This does not look good.

This does not look good.

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A snapped weld on the frame brought this dog and pony show to a screeching halt. Bad luck always comes in groups of three. As we do not know the area, we relied upon the tow truck drivers recommendation of a welding shop in Dildo, Newfoundland. (no laughing!)

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As our humble abode was laid up with a busted spine, we booked a room at the Inn by the Bay in Dildo.

We don't even have a bathroom, this joint has a sitting area in the bathroom.

We don’t even have a bathroom, this joint has a sitting area in the bathroom.

Dinner at Dildo Dory Grill.

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This restaurant takes full advantage of the towns name.

This restaurant takes full advantage of the towns name.

We settled for the Cod! and it was amazing

We settled for the Cod! and it was amazing

Beer apparently made with Iceberg Water.

Beer apparently made with Iceberg Water.

Blueberry Crisp. We saw someone else order this, and well how could we not.

Blueberry Crisp. We saw someone else order this, and well how could we not. look at it.

After dinner we strolled around Dildo Harbour.

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And we wait….. hopefully our home can be fixed soon.