and I made it to North Sydney, NS on the first day and stayed the night
in a nearby hotel. The ferry schedule had changed three times in as
many days. Finally we boarded and departed for Port-aux-Basques,
Newfoundland - a 6 or 7 hour trip.The first glimpse of Port-aux-Basques is always impressive. There are no trees, just rock and ground cover. It's a no-nonsense town. We
headed north on the only road there is to take - the TransCanada
Highway. The views of the Table Mountains are always awe-inspiring.
They go on and on, and seem unclimbable. Winds can whip down this ridge
of mountains at up to 160 kph, derailing trains and toppling
tractor-trailers. The railroad line was finally abandoned.There
were occasional villages off toward the coast from the highway. We
stopped at St. Fintan's for gas and some yummy molasses cakes. This
grocery store is also the gas station and post office.We
stopped at Corner Brook for the night. This city is at the end of a
large bay, of which only a small pocket can be seen here. We knew it
was civilization because they had a McDonald's and a Tim Horton's.