JULY 29 – AUGUST 4 – SUMMARY OF HIGHLIGHTS
Conversations with fellow campers include sharing home base locations, RV lifestyle preferences, recommended stops along our route, and help resolving issues most of us encounter at some point in our travels. Have seen some large caravan tours, as many as 25 rigs in one group who are out for a 7-week trip through the Maritimes. They meet at various campgrounds along the way, travel to their next stop on their log either independently or with one or two others. The overall trip is planned with time between stops for personal, preferred stops enroute. Some visits to museum, historic sites and other points of interest are included with chartered bus tours from a particular campground. Not our preferred mode.
Motoring from Truro to North Sydney we stop for two nights in Baddeck, NS, home of Alexander Graham Bell national museum with an extensive display of his life and artifacts of his work. Prime example of creativity, innovation and collaboration with many firsts and accomplishments of which the telephone is only one. His work with the deaf is legendary.
On to North Sydney to catch the Atlantic Marine ferry for a 7 hour ride to Port Aux Basque, NF.
The “Blue Putees” is a very large Ro-Pax ferry that carries vehicles of every size and combination on several lower decks plus several upper decks for passengers, nine decks in all and probably 600 passengers. Arriving at Port Aux Basque, everyone scrambles below to drive off and onto “The Rock” as NF is known. We motor on up the road about 25 miles to Codroy Valley for two nights at a lovely campground where we will plan out the rest of our 10 day adventure in NF. Opted out of the long trek to St. John and back and will instead spend the 5 days on the western coast of Newfoundland, plenty to see and do. This small village, Rose Blanche, at the end of the road beyond Port Aux Basque is also home to an historic granite lighthouse that has been restored and preserved and a nice hike out to the point to see it. Still impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of people here and most with a cheery disposition.