Most of the day was spent waiting to get onto the 3.30 ferry. For some unknown reason they wouldn’t sqeeze two bikes onto the Apollo at 10.30 although they did have room. Met a couple guys that just rode the same route we did. After docking at St. Barbe NFLD we rode to see Ed in St Anthony. Ed had a spill off the ferry after riding the trans lab and broke his leg. He seems in good spirits but wont make it back to Flint Mich for a while. After that we went for a short ride to look out at the Atlantic. Long day of waiting and short ride on the rock.
After a late start in Goose Bay and after having breakfast with Freeman Poole we left Goose Bay for the south coast of Labrador. The gravel was hard going, sometimes easy and fast sometimes at a crawl, the road and weather conditions warried from sunshine to rain, to fog. Mud, hard packed, rutted, pot holes that beat on you and the bike and loose gravel that had you skating all over. After about 425 km of this it was eveident that we would not make our destination L’Anse-au-Loup so we stopped for the night in Port Hope Simpson. Lucky to get a room we slept like dead men in a bed. Something almost foreign to us lately after camping wild and sleeping on floors. In the morning we started for the coast and once we reached Red Bay an old whaling station, 600km of gravel was behind us. We met a nice couple from New Zealand biking across north america and we and the locals had a good chat after the cruise ship of 1300 people left this hamlet of a couple hunderd. After Red Bay it was bumpy asphalt and rain and fog like pea soup in places. Now we are in a kitchenette and made dinner rather than eat out again. So we survived route 389 in Quebec and all of the trans labrador hiway, and we have the stickers to prove it.
So it’s been a few days without internet connectivity. Hard to believe how most of us have become so used to it that it seems a great inconvenience without it. So I’ll try to post pics and start in Montreal where we holed up during a storm and ends in Churchill Falls Labrdaor. Quebec has been in a word wet. Another word would be cool. Very different than the weather out west. Tomorow we will be in Goose Bay. Pics may appear out of sequence but I’ll try to sort that out some time.