2014 Aug 19 – Day 61 – Channel-Port aux Basque, NL to Corner Brook, NL

It poured rain, with thunder and lightning, most of the night and the rain came and went all day.  It is supposed to rain for the next three or four days so our boat tour in Gros Morne might be a little more gray-colored than we had hoped.  Oh well, the weatherman rarely gets it right.  And, the nice thing about Newfoundland is that there is mainly one route you must go to get everywhere.  I figure if we have a poor day on the 21st at Gros Morne we can stop in again on our way back down from L’Anse aux Meadows in a week’s time.

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This isn’t the ferry we came over on but ours was a sister ship.  They are very large boats.

It was boarding for the trip back to Nova Scotia.

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We left our hotel in Channel-Port aux Basque a little after 10 and   we hadn’t been driving for very long before I said to John, “This looks just like Scotland.”  “That is what I was thinking,” he said.  And it really did; high rocky hills covered with brush and grass and no trees.  Perhaps our ferry ride was longer than we thought…

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We were impressed too that Newfoundlanders seem to know the difference between hills and mountains because formations we would call hills at home are called hills here.  Due to the rain there were lots of waterfalls coming down the sides.

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We drove into Corner Brook about 12:30 but carried on along Highway 450 to the ‘end of the road’ at Bottle Cove on the Outer Bay of Islands.  We had made a couple of photo stops along our way, but due to the inclement weather most things were pretty gray.

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It had stopped raining for awhile then just as we pulled into the parking lot at the Bottle Cove Trail it began again.  Undeterred, the umbrellas came out and off we went.  The climb was well worth it too.  We climbed through the trees first to Sunset Rock, then to the grassy plateau at Trails End, before taking the boardwalk back to the parking lot.

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We arrived back in Corner Brook at 4:30 checked in to the hotel, had dinner and then got two loads of laundry done .

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Tomorrow will probably be a blog-free day as I am going to do a bit more laundry  and John is going to find a Quick Lube and get Poppy’s oil changed.  The trip odometer turned over 12,000 km yesterday so she should get a ‘spa’ treatment while we are stationary for a day.

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