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)
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.
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.
Next up was a foggy viewing of Cape Spear.
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.
Tip: Do not stand in front of the Fog Horn.
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.
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.
After new rubber on the car, we hit the hay… Bacon and Eggs in the Morning
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.
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.
Further down the gravel road…..
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!)
As our humble abode was laid up with a busted spine, we booked a room at the Inn by the Bay in Dildo.
Dinner at Dildo Dory Grill.
After dinner we strolled around Dildo Harbour.
And we wait….. hopefully our home can be fixed soon.