Thanks for the expression of your kindness to us. How do we say thank you to you ALL for playing your own individual part in making it an unforgettable trip.The trials and misfortunes seem few when compared to the friendships that we made.Thanks also for your patience with the planning detours along the way. We carry the many great memories with us until we meet again.
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COAST TO COAST with Ron & Chick Buck
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Some good news, I now have two writers for the journey. Many of us take different routes along the way. Tom Denis has kindly alowed me to use his writting and these will compliment Karen Ramsey's, who has helped a great deal with this journal. Karen's is written in this font.
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 –
We woke at 6:30 this morning to the voices of excited Coasters already saying good morning to one another, talking, laughing and trying to see everyone one last time on this, our last full day together as a family. It was a beautiful bright and warm morning as everyone made their way to the main building for a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausage served up by the Field family. We next made our way up the little hill to the Farmers’ Market set up next to the trailers in the fairgrounds to check out the displays of fresh fruits, vegetables and handmade crafts. After a quick look through, we made our way to the upper parking area where two large coaches awaited to take us on a very interesting and informative four-hour tour of Victoria and the surrounding coastal areas. Everyone was in a wonderful mood joking and laughing with one another as the bus crawled up the narrow winding road to our first stop at the top of Mr. Tolmie overlooking Victoria where we were let out to take pictures of the city far below. We next stopped at Mile “0” for more pictures (if we had only known this yesterday) and then at noon were dropped off in front of the Royal Victoria Museum where we were given an hour to grab lunch and look around in the many unique shops along the harbour front. Back on the bus we headed out of Victoria and back towards the Saanich Fairgrounds for a couple of hours of visiting and resting before we again made our way to the main building for a 5:00 p.m. Chinese Buffet and our final goodbyes. What a wonderful adventure we have had, where did the summer go? Tomorrow with mixed emotions we will head home. We are both sad and excited about our long and most likely fast trip back to Ontario. Perhaps we will even find a laundry mat along the way . We have traveled some 12,400 miles with over 3,000 more miles to go (roughly 25,000 km) as we take the morning ferry across the border into Washington and travel home through the States. As of this morning 54 vehicles had already signed up for the 2017 Coast to Coast Tour, the 50th Anniversary of the Centennial Tour of 1967. In two short years we will come together again in Ontario for a week long reunion where plans will begin for Coast to Coast 2017.
Friday, August 20th, 2010 - I was quite excited about getting to sleep in this morning, a free morning I was told, until I got the word to come on, get up, get moving, we have a lot of stuff to get done today. After tidying the trailer, gathering and sorting the laundry, all in between talking and visits with other Coasters, we headed into Brentwood, a little town nearby, to dip our wheels into the ocean and find a laundry mat. There was no laundry mat to be found in Brentwood, so off we went to Victoria. We searched the coastline for Mile “0” a long time before we finally found it and after a quick few pictures we were off again to find a laundry mat. We were hungry now so we made a quick lunch stop and then it was off again. By 3:30 p.m. I admitted defeat so we picked up a case of beer and some ice and headed back to camp to get ready for our windup celebrations set to begin at 6:00 p.m. The banquet was wonderful, the tables were set with linen and real silverware and most dressed in their matching green shirts making for a most beautiful setting. A delicious buffet dinner of roast beef, salmon, vegetable lasagna, salads and cheesecake was served and after a few jokes and short speeches, several draws were held with Archie and Ann Maxfield winning the very beautiful keepsake provincial wall hanging created by Coaster Doreen Rogalsky. To everyones surprise RCMP Officer Susan Phillips then arrived and took Earl Weishuhn into custody, the result of a long list of accumulated vehicle violations. After negotiations, it was agreed that Earl would have his head and beard shaved in order to secure his release if sufficient bail monies could be raised. Over $2,700.00 was raised and will be donated to a young man with Chrones disease. As Denise, our official Coaster hairdresser did her magic, everyone howled with laughter and watched in disbelief as Earl’s ponytail and long scruffy beard fell to the floor. A new man had emerged, most agreeing he looked 10 years younger. It was a most enjoyable evening filled with much talk and laughter as memorable events of the tour were discussed and debated. Fraser again took the stage and provided details of the tour. He advised that 120 vehicles had registered for the 2010 tour, 45 of those had been on the 2000 tour and 30 of those had gone coast to coast. Fraser further advised that 83 vehicles had gone coast to coast on this tour. Calculations had been done and it was estimated that $300,000.00 in fuel had been pumped into our tanks and about $1,000,000.00 into the Canadian economy. As well, it was estimated that together these antique vehicles had driven an estimated 1,162,000 miles. Tears could be seen as many emotional goodbyes were said as several Coasters will be leaving in the morning to begin their long journeys home.
Thursday, August 19th, 2010 – This morning was a nice 65F as be packed up and got on the road by 8:00 a.m. With black clouds overhead we left Hope heading for the ferry to Victoria, BC. Some Coasters leaving later were caught in a short but very heavy downpour. We drove along Route 7 in the drizzle and wondered why dozens of cars were parked along the sides of the roadway until we caught a glimpse of fishing poles in their hands. Beautiful hardwoods and softwoods, some beginning to take on their fall colours now lined the roadways as the land flattened out making for a much less stressful drive. This area is very fertile with fields of corn and blueberries scattered amongst dairy farming operations. The roadway is narrow and winding with steep hills followed by severe curves. Homes once again have beautiful green lawns and flower beds, something we haven’t seen for awhile. Our first stop was at the farm of Harry and Tina Baar and sons on Nicomen Island were the Central Fraser Valley Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada greeted us with coffee, muffins and donuts. Our next stop was just up the road at Fraser and Dorothy Field’s where we took a tour of their interesting farm. After filling our buckets with blueberries from the fields of tall bushes which lined their long laneway we were off again to catch the ferry. We arrived on the dock at Tsawwassen at 12:45 p.m. and quickly loaded for the 1:00 p.m. sailing. We landed at Swartz Bay at 2:45 p.m. and made the short drive to our campsite at the Saanich Fairgrounds, the final stay of the tour where we will be camped for three nights. We had several interesting visitors to the grounds throughout the evening. Jay and Pat Burbank from the central coast of California drove their 1910 BSA 60 miles per day to come to Victoria and visit with the Coasters. They generously took three Coasters at a time on short rides and the line ups would have continued but the fellow doing the cranking got tired. Norrie and Rose Spencer who live nearby drove in in their 1931 one-ton camper truck at the top speed of 35 mph for all to see. The Spencers had been on the 1980 coast to coast tour with this camper and wondered if they might meet up with others from that tour. The evening passed quickly with visiting from campsite to campsite until all eventually retired to their trailers.
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 –
We pulled out from our campsite in Kamloops at 8:00 a.m. to begin a 170 mile hard drive through the mountains to Hope. Our drive was along Route 5A which passes by several famous ranches so we took a break from the heat and stopped at the Nicola Ranch to check out its gift shop. The mountain road was very windy with steep grades and tight curves. The landscape was very dry and burn up as there has been no rain in the mountain area for some time. We arrived at our scheduled lunch in Merritt at 11:00 a.m. where two local car clubs, the Merritt Vintage Car Club and the Nicola Valley Cruisers hosted a delicious BBQ beef lunch including baked beans, salads and watermelon. We left Merritt at 1:00 p.m. and continued on towards Hope. We passed through Lytton where the Thompson River and Fraser River meet and flow south through the Fraser Valley. The scenery was most beautiful as we followed along the river flanked by railway tracks on both sides and mountains ranges towering in the background. Suddenly two helicopters flew overhead and started their descent into the Fraser River right beside our vehicles. We quickly pulled into a lookout and jumped out to take pictures as they hovered over the river, filled their huge water buckets and rose up again into the sky and disappeared over the mountain. In a very short time while we were still standing there wondering where the fire was, they were back to reload. We carried on down the road and stopped at Hell’s Gate where some of the braver ones took the tram down the mountain and over the scenic Fraser Canyon. It was there that we heard of the fires near Kamloops and in the Lytton area. We arrived at our campsite in Hope at 6:30 p.m. and set up camp. We were still eating dinner when we could hear lots of laughing and talking close by outside so we quickly finished and joined in with our Coaster friends. It seems we are gathering together more in the evenings now as our tour gets into its final week.
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 –
It was 56F this morning as we packed up and headed towards Kamloops some 195 miles west. This was another very scenic drive as we drove along through the Monashee Mountains following rivers and valleys with small farms and homes scattered along the way. Very steep laneways would drop off the roadway causing you to wonder how these people ever get out in the winter. Signs indicated grades of 11 percent but I am sure these laneways were steeper still. We spotted deer grazing alongside the roads and osprey in nests high above on hydro poles. We arrived in Fauquier at 10:00 a.m. and boarded the small ferry to Needles at 10:00 a.m. On reaching Needles we set off for Vernon where the Vintage Car Club of Canada and the Nicola Valley Cruisers provided the Coasters with a wonderful luncheon of chili, a bun, drinks and watermelon. It got very hot in the afternoon, over 100F, and several cars vapour locked and overheated traveling through the mountains making it a slower tour today. We arrived at the campground in Kamloops just after 4:00 p.m. and quickly set up camp and got ready for the 5:00 p.m. dinner at Valley View Park. The evening was very hot, so most everyone just sat around in the shade talking and trying to keep cool.
Monday, August 16th, 2010 –
It was a cool 53F this morning as we left the beautiful Fort Steele campground. Just minutes later as we drove down the main street in Cranbrook a deer ran across in front of us only to turn and go back and then cross behind us. We weren’t expecting to see deer in the center of town. Our tour this morning found us winding through beautiful valleys with small lakes and mountains on both sides and train tracks running alongside the roadway. As we begn our journey up the mountains and through Crow’s Nest Pass the forests were very dense with tall black spruce. There were many logging trucks on the roads, some with a second trailer attached and traveling faster than we weree along this winding two lane highway with its steep hills, long up and down grades, tight curves and no shoulders. Needless to say I am scared, I am no good with heights and looking down into what looks like a deep black hole is not my idea of having fun. The land flattened out somewhat as we passed through Yahk and followed along the Moyie River only to start another climb up the mountains . There were no guard rails just steep drop offs and our electric trailer brakes squealed often as we tried to slow down on the steep downgrades leading into some very tight curves. I question if I will survive the day. After passing through Wynndel we followed along the beautiful Lake Kootenay and again we began another steady climb. It was a beautiful drive, the forests and mountains, rock cuts and breathtaking scenery as we followed along the lake far below. Some guardrails now, although that doesn’t make me feel a whole lot better. We finally arrived alive at the ferry dock at Kootenay Bay at 11:40 a.m. We waited in line and boarded the small ferry at 1:30 p.m. for the short 35 minute crossing. We came off the ferry at 2:05 p.m. and were on the road only a short distance when a deer came up out of the ditch into the path of one of our Coasters driving a 66 Chrysler Newport. Several Coasters pulled over to help straighten out the hood and grill and tie it together with straps so it could be driven to the campsite in Nakusp. This highway was every bit as stressful as the last as we again started an upward climb through the mountains, with its high rock cuts, winding road, no shoulders and deep drop offs. I was never so happy to see a campsite as this one in Nakusp as we pulled in at 4:15 p.m. Too much stress for one day, I am not really looking forward to tomorrow’s tour either.
Sunday, August 15th, 2010 – This morning was sunny and bright and 70F, quite a difference from yesterday morning. Our trip is short today so we stayed and enjoyed our view of the mountains until 10:15 a.m. We stopped and took pictures of the pretty Columbia Lake as it followed along the roadway together with the railroad tracks on the other side of the road and the mountains in the background. There is no farming here, just hills and more hills, forests, mountains and rivers, a most picturesque drive. We passed through a large burn area covering both sides of the road. A house sitting on the very edge of the burn was spared, causing you to wonder. There were also large logged out areas leaving the landscape dotted with a tree here and there surrounded with the beginnings of new growth . We arrived at the Fort Steele campground at noon, set up camp and pulled out the BBQ. After lunch we headed across the road to the Fort Steele Heritage Town where we toured the pioneer village, rode the steam locomotive, enjoyed a wagon ride pulled by a team of Clydesdale horses and took in a live theatre production. What a wonderful display with so much to see and do, we just couldn’t see it all in one afternoon. We hurried back to the campground at 5:00 p.m. to get cleaned up for our outdoor dinner set to begin at 6:00 p.m. Coasters had begun to gather at the picnic shelter just after 5:00 p.m. visiting with each other and with local car club members and enjoying the show of old cars. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner of smoked pork loin, roast chicken, salads and apple strudel. A local storyteller provided entertainment for the evening as we sat around on the lawn after dinner. A rainbow auction was again held during the evening raising over $400.00 tonight with a total of $2,500.00 having been raised to date in support of a young man with Chrones. As darkness fell many slipped away to their trailers to ready themselves for an early morning as tomorrow is a high mileage day that will include a ferry crossing.
Saturday, August 14th, 2010 – It was a cool 46 F this morning as we packed to get an early start on our 470km tour. Today we follow the Rocky Mountains and cross the border into British Columbia. The forests are changing, more evergreens and less softwood and we can see the outline of the Rockies off in the distance as we continually climb. We pulled into the little town of Nordegg for gas and took a tour of the original schoolhouse which had been transformed into a beautiful little museum, café, bake and craft shop with antique displays inside and out. Our next gas stop was at Saskatchewan River Crossing where we paid a harsh $1.38 per litre, ouch! Going through the mountains was hard on the old vehicles as we steadily climbed upwards. As we crawled over the top of one long grade we were down to 28 miles per hour. We decided to give our vehicles a rest so we stopped and took a walk up to Bow Summit to view the beautiful Peyto Lake, the most photographed lake in Canada. This walk was a hard windy uphill grade, rising to 6,840 feet above sea level. We did that right after lunch and it darn near killed us. After resting a few minutes and deciding we wouldn’t be doing that again any time soon, we were off to Lake Louise. We couldn’t get parked anywhere within a half a mile so we eventually managed to get turned around and got out of there. We stopped at several lookouts along the way to take pictures of the breathtaking snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, forests, wildlife and streams. We arrived at our campsite at 5:30 p.m. and settled in, two and three to a site. The evening was warm and sunny, another evening of visiting and joining in with a sing-song as we watched the beautiful sun set over the Rockies.
Friday, August 13th –
It had rained very hard all night and was still raining as we hooked up in the puddles and mud at the stampede grounds. We left at 8:00 a.m. and headed back to the Royal Canadian Legion for a delicious buffet breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes and French toast. We left Ponoka at 9:30 a.m. and headed the short distance to our first stop in Lacombe where the Lacombe Vintage Machinery Club hosted the Coasters with cookies and coffee as we toured the museum with its several out buildings and displays of antique machinery, tractors and working sawmills. We traveled on to Sylvan Lake were we drove along the lakeshore and toured the beautiful little tourist town. As it was a shorter day, only 126 km to Rocky Mountain House, we arrived just after lunch. We quickly set up camp, gathered up the laundry and headed into town. Once finished we joined other Coasters and headed over to view the 50’s Memorabilia Display and the Country Classics Car Collection of Terry and Judy McCaw. Judy’s display is set up to resemble a 50s diner and was truly unbelievable. Terry’s collection included 67 restored vehicles as well as a hundred or so in his “graveyard”. It was still raining as we returned to the campground and continued to rain throughout the evening, making it rather quite around the campground as most sat out the wet evening in their trailers.
Thursday, August 12th, 2010 –
We left our campground in Okotoks at 9:00 a.m. to head to Ponoka and rejoin the tour. We turned 10,000 miles or 16,000 km
We were the first to arrive at the stampede grounds so we quickly dropped our camper and set up as the rain clouds closed in. We had lunch and headed off to a viewing of Howard Lengert’s collection of 17 Rolls Royces. Although is rained off and on during our walk-a-bout, we had a wonderful time visiting and looking through some of his 30 or so outbuildings filled with cars, airplanes and a large display of stuffed and mounted animals. Howard’s farm was beautifully set in off the road amongst trees and antiques and to our delight, the surrounding farmland had been sown in peas so many of us filled our pockets for a tasty treat while driving back to Ponoka. We left and did a quick trip into the Leduc area where we found the newly constructed replica of the original Hooper building in England and which is the building where Howard’s cars will eventually be put on display for all to see. We arrived back at the campground at 5:30 p.m. and quickly cleaned up as we were to be at the nearby Royal Canadian Legion for dinner at 6:00 p.m. What a wonderful evening it was, lots of delicious food, roast beef, ham, chicken wings followed by a social time and rainbow auction, all before the entertainment began. We eventually moved into the lounge were Bob Short played and sang for us as did a lady named Hazel who entertained us by reciting her poetry about her car named “Old Blue and this new computer language which she is having trouble with, leaving everyone in stitches. We ended up closing the Legion at 11:00 p.m. and having to be told to go home. We slowly finished our drinks and made out way out into the pouring rain and back to our muddy campsites.
It rained quite heavy throughout the night and with the strong winds, thunder and sheets of lightening, several people hustled out at 4:00 a.m. to pull in their awnings. It had stopped raining by the time everyone had packed up camp but many wet items had to be wiped off before being put away. After a quick stop for gas and Tim Horton’s we set off on our 279 km tour to Rosetown. Our first stop was in Kenaston “the blizzard capital of Saskatchewan” where we took pictures of the large snowman in the center of Town. The skies darkened again and more rain fell as we proceeded on to Outlook where several Coasters stopped for lunch and then proceeded on to the Sky Trail Pedestrian Bridge which spans 3000 feet across the South Saskatchewan River and is 156 feet above the water. After walking across the bridge and back we headed west to Rosetown. We arrived just after 2:00 p.m. and set up camp. As we had a couple of hours before dinner, some went into town and picked up supplies while others cleaned their cars or just chatted. We left camp at 5:30 p.m. and drove to the nearby arena where the Dusty Wheels Car Club hosted a wonderful roast beef dinner for the Coasters. The showing of antique vehicles out front had gathered quite a crowd by the time we were leaving, so after thanking the local car club for their generous hospitality we walked around the parking lot for a time chatting with many of the local people and checking out their cars. We headed back to the campground around 8:00 p.m. where many could be seen moving around from campsite to campsite visiting and sharing stories for the remainder of the evening.
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Monday, August 9th, 2010 –
Our drive today was from Estevan to Moose Jaw, some 240 km. Our first stop was just down the road in Weyburn were we were served Tim Horton’s coffee and donuts in the Canadian Tire parking lot compliments of the Weyburn Antique Car Club. We continued on route 39 through the little town of Rouleau, otherwise known as “Dog River” where the TV show Corner Gas was filmed. We stopped and took pictures of the vacant set and then continued on towards Moose Jaw. The land looks flat with long fields of grain, corn and round bales as far as the eye can see but we were told yesterday that we have climbed some 1,200 feet in elevation since leaving Winnipeg. We passed colourful fields of blue flax and yellow canola and noticed that John Deere is the choice for farm machinery in this area. Some have spent the last two evenings picking cream coloured butterflies from their grills, they are everywhere, flying up from the ditches as you drive and up out of the grass as you walk. Some Coasters took in the Claybank Brick Plant in Claybank today and saw how bricks were made, while others toured the six acre 600 antique car collection and antique memorabilia of Bob Jones a short distance from the campground. We arrived at the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village just after lunch and set up camp for the night. What a wonderful and interesting stopover. The restored buildings were bursting with antiques and many Coasters spent the afternoon trying to take in everything it had to offer. Three long fields behind the village were filled with even more antique vehicles, wagons and farm machinery to snoop through. What a great time we had exploring all of the old treasures. The local Moose Jaw car club arrived with their vehicles after dinner to visit and welcome us to the area. Many Coasters joined in an evening sing along with Hazel Coupland on keyboard and Willie and Barb Goertzen on guitar and mandolin. This was a very full and enjoyable day and many of us wish we could stay here longer.
Sunday, August 8th, 2010 –
Our morning began with a most wonderful breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausage and pancakes served up to some 250 Coasters and local car club members by the Cypress Motor Inn in the arena next to our campsites. We left Cypress River at 9:00 a.m. and paraded on to Redvers where we were provided with a delicious bag picnic lunch by the Town. We sat down under the shade trees in the beautiful Town park and spent an hour or so visiting while we enjoyed our lunch. We traveled on to Estevan arriving just after 2:00 p.m. We quickly set up camp at the Woodland Campground and tried to get into some shade as it was already 90F. Most of us spent the afternoon sitting together in groups under the few shade trees to be found, visiting and trying to keep cool. Our tour today was 320 km and some of the cars really felt the heat. It was fortunate that our travels took us over a very flat and easy stretch of farmland with fields of hay, corn, sunflowers and ripening grain. We enjoyed the sweet smell of fresh cut hay as we traveled along. Large farms with many silos were set far back from the roadway and each surrounded by a windbreak of trees. Large herds of beef cattle and horses could be seen grazing freely on the range land. At 6:30 p.m. we walked the short distance to an outdoor BBQ bison dinner put on for the Coasters by the local Estevan Antique Car Club. The dinner was excellent and for those of us who had never tried bison before, is was delicious. Everyone enjoyed a leisurely evening of visiting and viewing the local club’s cars. As the sun went down and the campers cooled, people began disappearing one by one back to their trailers.
Saturday, August 7th, 2010 –
We left Winnipeg this morning at 8:00 a.m. and headed towards Cypress River some158 km south west. Hydro and telephone poles still line the roadways as we travel along the flatlands with their ripening grain fields and fresh cut hay. Our first stop was in Carman where we viewed a collection of rare and very old cars. Mr. Heaman led us through his beautiful collection and related stories about each one of his treasures. We marveled over his 1910 Case Car, the only one left in existence in the world, the 1910 Reo that had been in the movie “A bear called Winnie” and were given the opportunity to sit in his 1915 Packard, a beauty which Clark Gable had rode in. He has collections in other locations as well and stated that he didn’t really know how many cars he has. We arrived in Cypress River just before 2:00 p.m., dropped off our trailers in the arena field and were quickly directed to a large area beside the railway tracks where we lined up to be in the Town parade celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Cypress River. We returned to the campground following the parade, finished setting up and spent the remainder of the afternoon visiting and taking in town celebrations including the craft and quilt shows. We later gathered in the arena next door where Danny’s Whole Hog catered to 450 hungry Coasters and Town’s people and served up a most delicious feast of BBQ pork and beef. After dinner many sat outside the arena on the lawn in the shade and visited until the evening entertainment began. Ken Gordon, Hazel Coupland, Gordon Brown, Willie and Barb Goertzen once again entertained us with their many talents as did several local musicians. 50/50 draw tickets were again sold during the evening with Coasters Mary Swain and Vic Rogalsky each winning $80.00
Friday, August 6th, 2010 -
Today we took as a down day. We slept in until 9:00 a.m., only the second time we have been able to do so on the tour. We had five optional tours that we could have participated in this morning, but we decided to stay at the campsite, clean the trailer, do laundry, fill the propane tanks and just take it easy as this will be our last chance on the tour to do so. Several Coasters spent a wonderful afternoon on a Paddlewheel Riverboat cruise while others visited the Mint to see where all of our Canadian coins are made as well as those for several other countries. Others went on a walking tour through the Old Market Square district, visited the Manitoba Museum or had a shopping day at the Forks Marketplace. We could even attend Forklorama or a Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball in the evening. You could make this day as busy or as restful as you wished.
Thursday, August 5th, 2010 –
This morning we met in the campground parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and after receiving our instructions, paraded out. Our first stop was at the large and beautiful Roman Catholic Church in Lorette where we gathered in the great sanctuary, welcomed and then taken on a tour of the basement with its low ceilings and dirt floor and where the original timber pillars and floor joists remain in use since construction in 1894. We next paraded off through Landmark, the exact center of Canada, east to west, and then on towards Steinbach, our scheduled lunch stop. It rained very heavy at times as we drove south through the farming communities dotted with painted barns and silos and long flat fields of ripening grain and corn. We arrived at 11:00 a.m. and toured the Mennonite Heritage Village with its costumed workers and storytellers giving us glimpses of life long ago. We went back through time as we wandered through the barns and houses, church and schools and marveled over the steel wheeled farm machinery and antique tractors, trucks and cars. After a lunch of traditional soups and breads, we were off again heading west and south to St. Pierre Jolys where we visited the nunnery to see how prairie nuns lived many years ago. We next drove north and west to Headingley and arrived at Jim’s Vintage Garage and wandered through the amazing collections of antique vehicles and petroleum and automotive memorabilia of Jim and Vivian Pearn. The Pearns recently generously donated their very large and valuable collection to the Municipality of Headingley and it is now displayed proudly in the Headingley Community Centre. After a dinner of pork on a bun and fries and musical entertainment provided the local car club, it was back to the campground for a quiet evening of visiting with other Coasters. It came as a wonderful surprise when Blake Whittleton showed up to begin his tour with us and brought muffins and donuts to the campground for all of the Coasters. Several boxes were set out on a picnic table and then driven around by Doug Lester and delivered directly to our campsites. Blake was on our 2000 tour and will now be joining us again for the remainder of this tour. We all know what we are having for breakfast in the morning.
We left camp at 8:00 a.m. and made our first stop at the Terrace Bay Legion where they served up breakfast for the Coasters before we set off on our 535 km trip to Dryden. Visibility was almost zero as we left the Legion. Heavy dense fog hung over the lake area making the first hour or so of our drive a very slow and tedious one. As the fog eventually lifted, we caught a glimpse of the sun, brief as it was. We were able to take in the beautiful rock cuts once again, now in brilliant shades of rust and red. We made our way westward on Highway 17 running between the shoreline of Lake Superior and the never-ending railway line. We stopped for our first fill up of gas in Nipigon and paid a surprising $1.24 a litre, today could be costly. We decided to take a short break mid morning so we pulled off into the small Town of Nipigon where we headed down to the government dock for Joe to throw in his line. We toured on and joined many other Coasters just outside of Thunder Bay at the Terry Fox Memorial where we took a few minutes to read the moving inscriptions on several stone monuments while visiting with each other. We continued on for another hour or so before stopping and pulling out the BBQ to cook burgers. Our third gas stop was in Upsala where we paid a shocking $1.35 per litre, that hurt, I hope it doesn’t get any worse. As we continued on towards Ignace we noticed that the land was becoming much flatter with rocks and soil covered in a gray/green moss, scrub brush and stunted little trees. Many areas have been logged out leaving a tangled mess of stumps and fallen trees behind. There are no pretty rock cuts now, the lush and beautiful hardwood forest has given way to softwoods and straggly evergreens. The sky became quite dark around mid afternoon and the winds strengthened rocking the truck and trailer and pushing us around on the road making it quite scary at times. We were told later that some Coasters were caught in hail, heavy rains and strong winds just outside of Thunder Bay, we were lucky as we missed all of that. Our campground was another story. It had been hit with heavy downpours the day before and many of us had to set up camp straddling small ponds and ankle deep water. After set up and before starting dinner some Coasters went in for a quick swim in the pretty little lake just below our sites to refresh and cool down. I don’t think many of us will be doing much visiting tonight as most of us are tired from our long day on the road.
The tour left Picton this morning heading west towards Peterborough with a scheduled lunch hour stopover at the Peterborough Lift Locks to view the highest hydraulic lift lock system in the world. After leaving Peterborough the tour traveled along Highway 7 and stopped just outside of Little Britain at the farm of Graeme and Audrey Little to view their extensive collection of antique tractors, bicycles, signs, oil cans and other farm related items amassed over their lifetime of collecting. The Coasters were warmly welcomed by Mayor, Ric McGee and Ward Councillor, Donna Villemaire as well as were provided with souvenier pins from the City of Kawartha Lakes. The Valentia Church and Community Centre set up for the welcome, parked vehicles and served refreshments and goodies to everyone. The tour then traveled on to McLeod Park in Cannington for the night and for an evening BBQ of hamburgers and hotdogs, cake, goodies and drinks which were generously donated by the Country Car Club to which Joe Taylor and Barry Ramsay are members. A big thank you goes out to the Country Car Club for organizing our day, for directing and assisting with parking at Peterborough and in Little Britain and for generously donating and serving up a most wonderful and delicious BBQ dinner at Cannington. A 50/50 draw was held after dinner and Carl Keifer of Lindsay was the lucky winner of $165.00. Another full and most enjoyable day was had by all as we continue our tour westward.
We left the Campground at 8:00 a.m. to head home for a few days while the tour passes through our area and to ready ourselves for the scheduled stops on our part of the tour. We arrived home at 2:00 p.m. after stopping it at three of my brother’s homes to say hello. We immediately began clean up of the trailer and repairs to the truck before having dinner and heading over to our daughter’s and son’s homes to see how our two little granddaughters, Colsyn and Isy, have grown and to visit with our children. We were given the exciting news that we are not just expecting one new grandchild, but two, our daughter and son-in-law are expecting in October and now we have learned that our son and daughter-in-law are expecting in January, how great is that! We had hoped for some rest and a time to re-group before catching up with the tour, but that didn’t happen. We were kept busy visiting family and friends, cleaning the trailer, getting ready for the Little Britain and Cannington stops on the tour, re-packing – you get the idea. I already have weeds in my flowerbeds taller than I am and I am sure they will still be there when I get home after the next half of the tour.
July 25, 2010 Sunday
Drove to Ottawa via JP and Nicolle’s place near the border. Nicolle, bless her, passed out directions the day before – “the scenic route” Pat and I giggled as we sped through greater Montreal transferring from one auto-route to another – but after a while the road took us into the country – We were surprised at how flat a large part of the area is. Except for the lane into JP and Nicolle’s place – holly smoke it was not much more than a pasture road but over a 100 cars with trailers went into their place to enjoy coffee, cake and muffins! What a fantastic couple! Took our time after we left their place but are in another comfortable campground just south west of Ottawa. Tomorrow is a free day so will try to see the Museum of Man. Now it’s time for supper
Drove the last day in New Brunswick on the Transcanada – I just couldn’t bring myself to spend unnecessary time on their lesser roads. My general impression of the maritimes is that they will provide signage saying where a town is but they don’t tell how far – because distance is deceiving – a lot of times it will take as long to go 30 miles as it takes us to travel Olds to Calgary.
Stopped at the Quebec information centre nearest the NB border – they gave us skimpy little maps – the normal maps (e.g. that AMA provides) are available but at a cost! Anyway took the scenic route via highway 132 along the St Lawrence river – very nice – touristy area – but very nice county side with quaint villages that all have churches with gigantic bell towers! We are at the KOA in Levis just across the St Lawrence river from Quebec (city) Rain over the supper hour so are eating in the trailer and is it hot!
Tuesday, July 20th – Today our parade of antique vehicles left Lester and Millie McKay’s just before 9:00 a.m. and paraded through St. George’s and then on to beautiful, historic St. Andrew’s By The Sea. We arrived at 10:30 a.m. and paraded down through St. Andrew’s. We were parked along both sides of several streets which had been blocked off by the Town to accommodate us. We made our way down to the main street where we were given coffee and cinnamon buns and then allowed to walk throughout the beautiful old Town and visit the unique little shops, beautiful historic churches and other historic sites. We were led out of Town at noon past the Algonquin Inn, a most beautiful Tudor style hotel built in 1894 and often referred to as “the jewel by the sea”. We proceeded on through St. Stevens and then on to Fredericton on our way to Hartland New Brunswick. We arrived at 4:45 p.m. just in time to set up camp and gather inside the Hartland Arena for a wonderful dinner of salads and rolls, baked beans and cake. We were entertained after dinner by a live band and then with a wonderful and entertaining fashion show put together by Carol Body and displaying all of the latest in fine fashionwear. A great evening was had by all.
rove to Hartland. On the way the group drove to St. George and then to St. Andrews for a viewing (by the people of St. Andrews). The Hartland club put on a ham and beans supper with live entertainment. And get this – they somehow arranged for a 5 cents per litre price reduction for gas the next day at St. Leonards! Needless to say I ran the gauge down below 1/8th of a tank by the time we got to the gas station. – It started off that only Shell was doing this but apparently all the stations lowered their price within ½ hour of when Shell did it!
Monday, July 19, 2010 – Today our tour was to Deer Island, a small Island in the Bay of Fundy some 9 miles across and located a short distance from Pennfield. We left the campground at 9:00 a.m. and caught the ferry at 9:30 a.m. after the locals had crossed by ferry to go to work on the Island. It was a beautiful drive along the coast with its winding roads, fishing villages and wharfs as well as the boats hung up at noon because of low tide. We sat on the cliff side and ate our box lunch as we watched Old Sow, the whirlpool action caused when the incoming tide meets the flow of the St. Croix River. Here the tide rises some 29 feet, the highest tides in the world. On the other side of the Peninsula was the Canada Customs Office, an arrival site from the State of Maine. On our return to the mainland we headed off to Comeau’s Restaurant for a delicious fish and chip dinner. Our evening was spent in the garage, some of us enjoying the sing song while others doing some much needed repair work to vehicles and trailers.
Drove to Lester and Millie McKay’s place in Pennfield, NB. They are hosting the entire caravan albeit with “dry-camping” only for tonight and Monday night. Hotdogs and beans and cake were provided by them on Sunday night and then they paid for a fish and chips supper for everyone on Monday at a local restaurant just up the road from their place! The restaurant was closed to the public from 3:00pm!
Saturday, July 17th– This morning we left Cavendish and after stopping at a gift shop for last minute souveniers, headed towards Confederation Bridge and our exit from PEI. It was a beautiful morning and we enjoyed a wonderful scenic drive across the Island. We saw fishermen in their boats just off shore, long fields of waving grain and cattle grazing in the most picture perfect meadows. We crossed the bridge at 10:30 a.m. and proceeded on to Exhibition Hall in Port Elgin where the Cumberland Car Club generously provided a lunch of fresh mussels, hot dogs and drinks to the Coasters. After looking over the local antique cars on display we journeyed on to Camper’s City campground in Moncton, NB, arriving in the early afternoon. The temperature had soared to 93 F and after setting up camp and sitting for a while trying to cool down, we were back in our cars and on the road again at 4:15 p.m. being led to the Riverview Baptist Church for a real treat of pizza and home baking for dinner provided by the NBAAC South East Club. It was a wonderful evening with much laughter, many door prizes and two more 50/50 draws. The winners tonight were Paul Thomson with $250.00 and Jim Sauder winning $157.50.
Stopped at Canadian Tire in Summerside, PEI to see about a new starter – well they had one in stock and they could jump on the job so got the starter replaced just like that! – Car starts great now!
Friday, July 16th– Those of us who hadn’t opted for the early deep sea fishing trip and scenic tour out of Stanley Bridge or New London Harbours gathered in the Marco Polo front parking lot and set off to tour the coastal towns and villages and to view the beautiful PEI shoreline. Our first stop was at the birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the writer of Anne of Green Gables on Route 20. We wound our way through the scenic fishing village of French River and then on to historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River. This majestic wooden Church with its tall steeples is the largest wooden church on PEI. It is now decommissioned and used as a concert hall for artists from all over the world. We next passed through Kensington where Rudy and Ruth Croken call home and on to Summerside known for its architectural beauty, heritage homes and buildings. After pictures and stops at local gift shops we returned to Bell’s Garage in Kensington as we were invited to be a part of the first National Automotive Heritage Week Celebrations. We were served lunch and drinks as we were welcomed by the Mayor and other officials prior to the cake cutting ceremony. Earl and Shirley Weishuhn were the lucky winners of the $200.00 gift card donated by Bell’s Irving Gas Station. This was probably the most traffic congestion Kensington has seen in a while. We returned to the campground for a brief lull in our busy day before heading on to a wonderful and well attended BBQ dinner provided by Rudy Croken and his local PEI Antique Auto Club right at our campground. Our cars, together with local cars were parked out front making for quite a display and attracting a rather large crowd. Soon after 8:00 p.m. we proceeded into the camp hall for a dance featuring live entertained and prizes awarded to each Coaster and determined by their spin of the Crown & Anchor Wheel. The winner of tonight’s 50/50 draw of $200.00 was Don Richards. Some $2,500.00 was raised for the IWK Children’s Fund through donations at Bell’s Garage in Kensington and at our evening car show. We definitely packed alot into this warm and sunny day and we thank Rudy and the PEI Antique Auto Club for arranging our days and making our stay on the Island a most wonderful and memorable experience.
Pat is coming down with a cold so we went to Summerside to find a pharmacy. Today at 1:30 we went fishing on the ocean – Pat has always wanted to go deep sea fishing - I caught a cod (Pat didn’t catch anything). Reeling it in was like dragging a rubber boot out of the water. This evening there was a car show/meet and greet with PEI club who put on a great supper. Pat was upset she missed it. The car has been acting up – the starter needs to be replaced – will try to find one tomorrow.
Thursday, July 15th – Today’s agenda included a road rally tour of historic Charlottetown, Victoria by the Sea and western PEI starting from the front parking lot of the campground at 9:00 a.m.
Spent a lazy day getting an oil change at Walmart and resting. In the evening was the Buddy Holly Story at the theatre in Confederation Hall in Charlottetown. We agreed to take another couple in our van – what a struggle – we had to unload about a ton of stuff into the trailer to empty the back seat – When we returned at 11:30pm we had to load it all back into the van before we could go to bed! – But it was nice to have another couple to travel with. And the show was superb – we have all seen the movie on TV but the music was live and well done.
Wednesday, July 14th – We left camp early this morning traveling on to catch the ferry at Caribou, N.S., and cross over to PEI for three days. The fog was heavy but lifting as we drove past the beautifully well kept farms, scenic valleys and silt river beds. We arrived just as the ferry was about to leave but did manage to board the 11:15 a.m. ferry to Woods Island, PEI. The fog was heavy and it rained the entire crossing. We took in the Rossingol Winery tour on Route 4 after leaving the ferry before heading on to Cavendish and the Marco Polo Campground. The red dirt, sideroads and highways are something to see as are the long fields of grain. The countryside is so picturesque with its shaker shingle homes, large dairy farms with herds of grazing cattle as well as fields and fields of potatoes in flower. We saw several bee colonies and fresh cut hay fields as we traveled the pretty countryside. We arrived at the campground just after 3:00 p.m. and had just enough time to set up camp and change before it was time to leave again and join our fellow Coasters at the Fishermen’s Wharf in North Rustico to enjoy a much anticipated lobster supper. Another full day of travel and site seeing as we inch our way westward.
Drove to Cavendish, PEI from Dartmouth, NS – would you believe 412 km?! The maritimes are surprisingly big. We planned to take the ferry to PEI but realized we had a later start than we should have had and could be late for the lobster supper at Fisherman’s Wharf. So we took the bridge to PEI – it was quite ok. Had time to take a shower and get to the parking lot to wait ---then we went to a great supper! (Afterward I noticed there was a table of “us” that were late! But they still got fed, after all Fisherman’s Wharf is a private operation.)
Tuesday 13th – From our agenda today we can choose from five different guided tours including Peggy’s Cove and the historic sites of Halifax, all hosted by the local antique car clubs. We chose tour #2 which left Shubie Campground at 9:15 a.m. led by Coaster Garth Scott to his hometown of Hantsport where we viewed his beautiful collection of 40’s, 50’s and 60’s memorabilia as well as antique vehicles. We were provided lunch, entertained with yodeling and kept in stitches by Uncle Jack and his jokes and funny stories. We were then led across the street where we stood on the banks of the Avon River and viewed low tide, We enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the tides. We left Hantsport and ventured on to the Grand-Pre Historic Site where we toured a beautiful Memorial Church before having lunch and heading back to the campground. We re-grouped and gathered back together at 4:00 p.m. in Shearwater at the Airforce Training Academy for a show and shine and then at 6:00 p.m. we moved into the Sea King Lounge were we joined together for a wonderful sit down BBQ buffet dinner hosted by the Halifax Antique Car Club and the Nova Scotia Mustang Club. Each coaster was presented with a Certificate of Membership to the Order of the Good Time from the Government of Nova Scotia. The winner of tonight’s 50/50 draw was Joan Brown winning $175.50. After enjoying a wonderful BBQ buffet dinner followed by an evening of live entertainment, we headed back to pack, take down camp and hook up in preparation for tomorrow’s journey to PEI.
Went to Peggy’s Cove in the morning. The waves were higher than any seas this landlubber has seen that close up! I walked on the rocks to a point just above the damp point. As I stood there marvelling at the tempest of the sea a big wave came in --- and the damp point moved up – I got a little wet! Then we went for a boat ride to see Peggy’s Cove from the ocean – but the fog came in and we couldn’t see the shore! But we sure enjoyed the Nova Scotia roller coaster ride!
In the late afternoon we were in a car show at Shearwater that was followed by a nice buffet supper. The local car clubs attended.
Monday, July 12th– We woke up to more rain this morning, heavy downpours at times. Our drive was a slower one today as we took route 7 winding its way along the Eastern Shore with its rocky coastline and numerous little harbours and inlets. The scenery was beautiful but our view was very limited due to the heavy fog and drizzle which kept up for most of the way. I’m sure that this must be one of the more scenic routes in Nova Scotia. The highlight of our day was a stop at the Old Anderson House in the little village of Musquodoboit Harbour with its Craft Shop and Art Gallery displaying quilts and other local handcrafted works of art. The rain stopped and it got quite warm as we arrived at Shubie Park Campground in Dartmouth. I suppose we will be complaining about the heat next.
Took a wrong turn coming out of the campground at Sherbrooke so spent extra time on the road again today. But we ended up leading a convoy (through the fog) on to Dartmouth. Stopped for lunch at what we thought was a small restaurant beside the road – a couple from across the road were waving at the cars – when we stopped he insisted we look at his 1946 Ford ½ ton! It was nice. Got to Dartmouth and set up the whole camp (kitchen/patio tent and all) – tomorrow we will go to Peggy’s Cove. Need to find a fast lube again
Sunday, July 11th – It rained all day and with the wind gusts and fog, made for a difficult drive. As the fog was very heavy when we left North Sydney, we chose to travel Cape Breton’s Route 4, a rough secondary highway which ran along the Bras d’Or Lake shoreline passing through Big Pond, the home town of Rita MacNeil. We stopped in at Rita MacNeil’s Tea Room, took pictures and spoke briefly with her. She is truly a lovely lady. Several Coasters enjoyed lunch in her elegant Victorian dining room. We traveled on in the rain towards Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia and stopped in at Baird’s Tradesmen Museum for a tour of their private collection before moving on to the Nimrod Campground for the night. Half of our crew were booked at the St. Mary’s Riverside Camp due to our numbers. Setting up was a challenge as it poured most of the evening and the water was ankle high in places. It was our first rather quite evening in the campground.
Drove to Sherbrooke, NS via the east side of Bras d’Or Lake, a short ferry ride and the west side of Bras d’Or Lake with a stop for lunch at a Scottish Heritage village and a stop for low tea at Rita’s Tea House where we had a delightful waitress, Charlotte, who assured me I would like the coconut cream pie (because that was all they had!) – I did! We wanted to just travel roads that we missed when we were here with Kim, Sandi and friends.
Roads with a 3 digit number are generally less reliable – can be chuck full of pot holes/breaks or pretty good if recently repaired – you don’t know until you venture upon them. But those 3 digit roads can lead through some very interesting/beautiful countryside as we discovered today – spent about 8 hours behind the wheel to travel less than 300 miles! Will continue on the shore road to Halifax tomorrow.
Saturday, July 10th – We left Cornerbrook this morning at 8:00 a.m to catch the Port aux Basques ferry to the mainland. We were fortunate to be one of the 57 chosen vehicles to be on the 2:15 p.m ferry as the remaining vehicles were scheduled for the 6:00 o’clock run and would not be off the boat until well after midnight. After we said our good- byes to Ed and Elaine Bannister, who had joined the Coasters and camped at the Park with us last night, the early group set off for the ferry. It was foggy and misting for most of our two and a half hour drive, but it was much warmer than it had been for some time. The fog closed in even thicker as we sat on the ferry dock waiting to load. Once loaded, many of the Coasters spent much of the afternoon in the lounge enjoying the wonderful Newfoundland music and hilarious jokes of Kevin Beanland and Paul Comeau. Several Coasters were invited to sing along, including Ken Gordon who once again impressed his fellow Coasters with his talents. We came off the MV Caribou at 8:00 p.m. to a lovely warm evening and the campers paraded the short distance to the campground where the staff were awaiting our arrival and had us organized and parked in no time. As most of us had eaten dinner on the ship, once parked and set up we gathered in the recreation barn and were entertained once again by the musical members of our group. The late arrival group will have to find the campground and a site by themselves as no staff will be available at that time and direction signs are few making it often quite a challenge.
Up at 6:00am to drive to the ferry – have to be there by 12:15 – we made it by 11:30 after stopping to gas up and have breakfast on the road. Time for a snooze! Oh but how can you snooze when everyone is around & besides I needed a shave and shower which were available at the port! There was good entertainment on the ferry.
We are parked at “Arm of Gold” campground at Sydney NS – set up and watching the “watchers” by 8:00 – beautiful warm evening – time for a rum with Bill Chadderton & another couple whose name escapes me. – Afterward a fellow came around to say there was a sing-song in the “barn” – so Pat & I went up – Did I mention I bought an ugly stick at Rocky Harbour?( - I think the Newfies say “hhhhugly” It’s a stick with 4 sets of 5 bottle caps nailed loosely to a thick branch (in this case Alder is the wood) and you stamp it on the floor and/or beat it with a beater stick to make a beat (like a drum?). So I took it up to the sing-a-long and bold as you please I sat with the musicians and proceeded to learn to “play” the ugly. By evening’s end “the band” were joking as to the proper key for the next song – ha!
Friday, July 9thToday was a wonderful day. We were able to sleep in. The men visited and tinkered with their cars while the women did laundry, groceries and whatever other housekeeping jobs that needed to be done. At 1:00 p.m. we gathered for a tour around Cornerbrook and surrounding area. Ed and Elaine Bannister, who were with us on the 2000 Coast to Coast Tour and call this their area their home, joined us at the campground and led the procession. A 15 minute drive took us along a winding upgrade which weaved its way up the mountain to one of the most beautiful and breathtaking lookouts in Newfoundland. We stood on the cliff’s edge and looked straight down into the ocean. You could barely see the little harbour below. The scenery was breathtaking. We proceeded on taking a scenic coastal drive to the beautiful little fishing harbour of Bottle Cove. We then continued on to Little Port, a fishing dock protected by mountains. This little inlet, we were told, is the most northern part of the western part of Newfoundland. The winds had to be blowing at more than 100 mph, you had to brace yourself or be blown away, probably the reason why no one lives there. We returned to the campground around 5:30 p.m. after a most enjoyable afternoon. After dinner we grabbed our lawn chairs and made our way to the front entrance area where we enjoyed an evening of musical entertainment arranged by theWestern Newfoundland Antique and Unique Auto Club. Our own Ken Gordon joined in playing and singing for the crowd. Tomorrow sees us leaving this beautiful rock as we set off to catch the ferry back to the mainland and perhaps warmer weather.
The windshield washer started squirting water to the front instead of on the windshield. Discovered the hose had cracked at the windshield end. Found a NAPA outlet in Cornerbrook and bought a length of hose. On the way back to the campground spotted an emporium so went inside to look for a replacement holder for my jack knife. Inside was a beautiful Labrador dog stretched out on the floor. Of course we had to take its picture so I went back to the car for the camera. Pat asked the proprietor if we could take a picture of the dog. The proprietor said he wasn’t sure - we had to ask the dog (the dog agreed). After we fixed the windshield washer we left the group to take in the entertainment at the “Anchor Pub” in the Oceanview Hotel at Rocky Harbour. Remember this is where our favourite restaurant is located. The people remembered us from June 20 when they screeched us in. The waitress she was the one that “mummied me”. It was just like “old home week”. Anyway for $20.00 a ticket we took in the best entertainment of the trip!! This group of 5 guys played and sang Newfie songs and told stories about their songs (read Nfld) – they kibitzed with the crowd from 8:00 to after 11:00 – great fun!
Thursday, July 8th – Thursday was a traveling day. We left The Country Inn RV Park just outside of Gander and traveled to Grand Falls Windsor where we had a stop over from 11 till 1 for lunch and a car show put on by the local Botwood Car Club. We were provided with a wonderful and quite filling luncheon of sandwiches, home baking and drinks. The reception was held in the spacious Windsor Pentecostal Church Hall. The parking lot area was huge and many of the local cars joined the show. Fraser presented our hosts with a limited edition print for their hospitality. At 1:00 p.m. Fraser led the parade slowly through the parking area of a local retirement home where the seniors thoroughly enjoyed the old cars, a step back in time for them. After a slow exit from Grand Falls Windsor we headed on to Cornerbrook and to the Prince Edward Campground where we will camp for two nights.
Uneventful drive to Cornerbrook – good! We were the first to arrive so we had our pick of the serviced sites that the group would stay at. The second to arrive asked us if we enjoyed the lunch. We found out that the Central Nfld car club had lunch arranged at Grand Falls-Windsor – apparently we missed the announcement the night before! Anyway there were 19 serviced sites for the group (>80 units) so people crowded around – there were extension cords everywhere! We brought out our little portable table and set it up in front of our trailer. Later in the evening someone brought out a bottle of wine – we finally crawled out of the sack to join the party – there was too much fun going on to try to sleep! Met more good people from the 2000 tour!
Wednesday, July 7th – Morning came early as we were up by 6:00 a.m. packing and making ready to leave Pippy Park. We arrived at the RCMP grounds at 8:00 a.m. and lined up with some 120 other cars and trailers ready and excited to be starting this long awaited journey west. Dash plaques were handed out, the Mayor welcomed us to his city and wished us well on our journey, Fraser gave us his instructions and then we were off parading out of town and on to the Trans Canada for our 335 km trek to Gander. Cars began arriving at the County Inn RV Park just outside of Gander at around 2:00 p.m. and many were set up two to a campsite. Laughter could be heard as games of newfie horseshoes began, cars were looked over and any little irritations taken care of. A relaxing end to the first day of what we can only hope will be a wonderful and memorable journey.
Up at the crack of dawn (6:45) loaded and on the way to mile zero at 7:30 – where we sat and waited for the greeting from the mayor of St Johns – finally left at 9:50 – ugh - breakfast was a ham sandwich in the waiting area! Still we got to Gander in time to travel to Twillingate – a quick check in at the local tourist information booth and --- no icebergs! Ohhh – that “icebergfinder.com” was misleading – the only icebergs were still up at Labrador – groan! (you fill in the exblitives). Campground is a bit wet and it’s sprinkling. We just overnight here and we will be off to Cornerbrook tomorrow am. Uneventful journey to here – good!
Tuesday, July 6th– Today was a free morning and afternoon to make ready for the first leg of our journey across Newfoundland. In the early evening we ventured off to the University of St. John’s where we eventually found the dining hall and gathered for our beginning get acquainted banquet. We were served a delicious traditional cod dinner, including cod tongues. The food was wonderful and enjoyed by all, well maybe not all, there were a few who wouldn’t try the cod tongues). Excitement grew throughout the evening as Fraser entertained, welcomes were received, helpers were acknowledged, presentations were made and a 50/50 draw was held. Barry Ramsay held the winning ticket which netted him $250.00 of much needed gas money. Fraser did however get a groan out of everyone when he announced that the cars and trailers had to be at the RCMP Headquarters the next morning between 8 and 8:30 a.m. to pick up their dash plaques and to line up and be ready to begin our car parade out of St. John’s at 9:00 a.m. As everyone was tired and wanted to be ready to hit the road early in the morning, the coasters soon disappeared back to their trailers once Fraser bid them goodnight.
A lazy day planned. Only event scheduled was a kick off supper at 6:00pm in the Main Dining Hall of Memorial University. All day long we tried to strike the patio tent we had set up for 3 days. It seemed that every time we thought the tent was dry it sprinkled. Oh well there was no rush. We went to “The Rooms”, a provincial museum. About 5:00 we meandered over to the dining hall --- everyone was there already! No matter, we found seats and enjoyed a cod supper –again well done with good service. Discovered we have to get to the starting point at mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway by 8:00 tomorrow morning. So we rushed back to the campground, struck the tent and got the car in position and ready to drop the trailer on the hitch all in about 30 minutes!
Hey - “icebergfinder.com” shows there might be bergs moving down the coast. Tomorrow we will try to get to Gander (the next scheduled stop), leave the trailer and hot foot it up to Twillingate – maybe, maybe ---??!!! Last night in St. Johns!
Monday, July 5th, – Today started off raining and cool but cleared by the time we met at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot across from Pippy Park. We received our day’s instructions from Fraser and headed to South River for registration and a bag lunch at the Anglican Church of the Resurrection and then on to Cupids for a day of tours, historical background and site seeing. 2010 is a year of celebration for Cupids as it is their 400th anniversary and our car parade was incorporated into their celebrations. Harold and Glennis Akerman, who call this little piece of paradise their home, lead the car parade through the streets of Cupids and we were made to feel like royalty as people lined the streets waving and giving us the thumbs up. The day was concluded with a crab dinner, the first meal to be served at the newly built Legacy Center, served to some 210 hungry and most appreciative coasters. We had a great time trying to crack open the crab legs and the ladies serving had to help many of us or we might still be there with our pliers spraying each other. A great traditional meal served by the great people of Cupids. After such an enjoyable day of true Newfoundland hospitality, I believe the bar has been set very high for the rest of Canada. Thank you Fraser for planning such a memorable day for everyone.
Cupids! (ku’ bids). Second tour - left at 9:00+/-a.m. and had a wonderful day – The Nfld antique car club did a great job of organizing the day! Again many people stopped their cars or stood by the roadside to wave and admire. We ended up parked on a dock, oceanside, and were loaded onto school buses (100+ cars with 2 people each, loaded into three 48-passenger buses – you do the math) for less than 5 minutes per shuttle to 3 separate historical aspects of Cupids. Each group received a guided tour of the archaeological site where excavations are being made of the original August, 1610 settlement . Then to the Masonic lodge where a naturalist gave an excellent slide presentation of Nfld geology, continental drift, fauna and wildlife. Lastly, we were taken to the legacy center which was a museum depicting the early years of the settlement. At this building we were treated to a lobster supper! When I first saw the preset plates with a scoop of something mustard coloured, a scoop of potato salad and a jelly square all covered with a piece of wax paper, I thought oh oh. But when I tasted it I quickly decided this was phenomenal! Before I was done I had seconds of everything (I could have even had seconds of the crab!) – alas they brought out dessert so I had to stop the main course there! And the service --- this lady kept the salads coming and our coffee cups were refilled over and over --- Letos in Lacombe have to move over! During the supper there was a young (read good looking) lady fiddler played Nfld music – I wanted to jump up and dance – the only place available would have been on my chair! The mayor of Cupids brought a welcome from the town. John Guy gave a declaration along the lines of a town crier circa 1610. The chairman said that Cupids started planning this 400th year celebration 20 years ago! Our group was the first to have a supper/event in this legacy building that was started 1 year ago! It was built on time and under budget! Was it fun!
Sunday, July 4th, 2010 - Today marks the beginning of a time which will see us sharing together in a most amazing coast to coast trip as part of a coaster family. We have looked forward with much anticipation to this trip which will see us cross Canada coast to coast from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia. Our sincere thanks goes out to Fraser and Dorothy Field, together with their dedicated helpers, Rick and Linda Orza and Mike and Judy Guido, who have spent in excess of three years putting together this trip of a lifetime, and who, without their hard work, planning and dedication, this trip would not be possible. Although we have lost a few participants due to recent cancellations for one reason or another, there remain some 120 vehicles registered with 90 intending to travel the entire distance. 60 are return Coasters from the Coast to Coast 2000 tour. 100 will be camping while the remaining 20 will be motelling it. Our journey will take some two and a half to four months for those who will be doing the entire trip and cover close to 15,000 miles. We will be traveling with many old friends who we met on the 2000 Coast to Coast Tour as well as many new friends that we will make along the way. We spent yesterday and today getting registered, picking up our jackets and t-shirts, setting up camp, acquainting ourselves with new campers and tracking down and visiting with former Coasters. We were each given a Tour Book containing our agenda, maps, camping information as well as pictures of all the participants and their vehicles. We have already spent much time going through the Book to pick out those we know and tracking them down to say hello. We are a sea of matching black Coasters jackets and green Coaster t-shirts. It has been a wonderful couple of days spent reminiscing and catching up. This morning, the first day of our getting acquainted pre-tour days, we gathered at 9:30 a.m. to cruise through some of the wonderful sites of St. John’s and the surrounding area. The Newfoundland Antique & Classis Car Club led the way to beautiful Petty Harbour where we took some lovely pictures and had a brief walk-about. We then drove on to Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America. We climbed up to the light house, took pictures of the ocean from the cliffs and wandered through the ruins of the old war barracks which jutted out from the barren hill sides. The tour wound its way back through old St. John’s with its beautiful heritage buildings and structures. It is quite something to see as a hundred or so antique vehicles slowly wind their way through the steep and narrow winding streets of the old city. Our late afternoon was spent gathered for a meet and greet reception held at the near by Remax Centre and sponsored by Toromont Cat. After Fraser gave us instructions for tomorrow’s tour to Cupids we were free for the rest of the evening to walk about the campground, visit fellow coasters and admire their cars or just to do as we wished. Truly, a wonderful first day as we prepare ourselves and gear up for this long awaited tour.
Our first tour of the trip! – in the morning we went to Petty Harbour and Cape Spear – both were great destinations! Petty Harbour was quite picturesque and Cape Spear is the most easterly point in Canada! – 214 steps to the top but worth every one! – Have I mentioned before how difficult touring in St Johns is? What with the poor street signage and the way this street “blends into” the next one even though you haven’t turned a corner, it is quite tricky! Well today the tour was to proceed through downtown – Water St to New Glover to Longs Hill to Duckworth – we missed New Glover --- finally I resorted to my “dead reckoning” and turned off Water St --- but at a most unfortunate choice of cross streets because immediately we came upon an intersection that forced us to turn left if you were in the far left lane and go straight or take the right fork if in the centre lane and turn right if in the far right lane. The left lane put us onto A, the center lane put us onto B or C depending which fork you chose, and the right lane put us onto D (A and D are the same street except one goes e
ast and one goes west!) Well the cross street was so short that I had to make a decision (now) I turned left and it wasn’t correct – I knew immediately so I stopped and hauled out the maps ... there I was slouched over the centre console mumbling away when a car pulled alongside (Pat saw it first) and I rolled down my window and the lady passenger asked if were we trying to be in that group of antique cars. I shook my head and she started to tell us how to get back on track then thought better of it and said “Follow us!” So we did and they led us all the way up to the shopping center that we were to be at for lunch! What a life saver!
In the afternoon we toured to Torbay and just around – people stood at the roadside and waved. I told Pat to get out her Queen Elizabeth wave!
Gerry – your Chev truck would fit right in here! Our 1990 suburban stands out like a sore thumb because it is too new (20 year olds are nothing in this world).
Haven’t yet seen the Chaddertons or MacDonalds – I hope they are ok!
July 1, 2010
Met more of the people on the tour – Fraser, Rick, Vic, Gary and Willy – he has 2 dogs with him! Fraser said he had shipped 1200 pounds of stuff to be handed out at the start of the trip.
Went to the Geo Building up on Signal Hill. Very interesting learning experience about the earth – continental drift – and how Nfld is almost the center of it! Fascinating. The earth is about 4.5 billion years old -- Canada’s debt is about $100 for every year the earth even existed! - the US debt is about $900 for every year the earth even existed! - good thing it started when it did! – ha!
Not a bad day – cloudy but no rain until supper time and it is still raining!
July 2, 2010
Spent the day shining the car – have to try to keep up with the jones-ha
Beautiful day but had rain in the night – went for supper at Velmas – very expensive – Pat & I had clam chowder and an order of mussels with water to drink – all for $36 ! –
July 3, 2010
Woke up to a beautiful sunny day. Did the laundry downtown. Pitched our screen tent. Had supper in the tent, It was really nice. Almost like being at home! Chatted with some of the coasters. This George said he and his wife Hazel went to Velmas – their supper was $64! Tomorrow we take our first tour with the group – looking forward to it!
Here is the first part of Tom`s story, up until the start of the tour.
May 28, 2010
Spent last week or so painting white on topper and top half of trailer. At last – there are four strong people to lift the topper onto the truck! I had to caution them to not scratch the paint job...but we put two stretchers across the box and place the topper on them to test the fit of the topper to the box.
But the topper is too narrow – by about 3 inches outside to outside - damn! Well we had coffee and discussed the problem. After several alternatives were brought forward I decided to put a 6” strip of metal along the top of each side of the truck box lag-bolted to wood plugs in the stake pockets. Then I would bolt the topper to these strips. Fortunately we bought an extra roll of cushioning to go between the topper and the truck box. Now have to wait until Monday to get the metal strips.
May 31, 2010
The strips are painted to match the truck and now they are on. And the guys helped me lift the topper into position. I bolted it to the strips and stood back to admire the package – sure looks good! Glen is concerned
June 8, 2010
Truck has been heating up. Can’t resolve what the problem is – radiator/water pump?? We have decided to use the suburban instead and just go! Can’t wait anymore. Loaded and gone! Stayed overnight at Rosetown, Sask. Muddy campground but only $20.00 About 8 hours on the road.
June 9, 2010
Decided to travel Highway 13 through southern Sask. Stopped at Assiniboia to see people who sold us the air conditioner. Gave us a 5 blade fan and recommended we get a shroud for behind the radiator to force fan to pull air through the radiator. – Sounds logical.
Decided to travel Highway 13 through southern Sask. Stopped at Assiniboia to see people who sold us the air conditioner. Gave us a 5 blade fan and recommended we get a shroud for behind the radiator to force fan to pull air through the radiator. – Sounds logical.
Should have filled up at Assiniboia as we ran short at about Ogena(sp?) – Went to the restaurant in the local hotel. Told four young guys my plight – they said they were not locals and couldn’t help. The waitress/cook/bottle washer couldn’t help – suggested I try the bar – so I asked if “that” door would let me into the bar when these four guys piped up and said I should use this other door ... (but they said they were not locals – still they knew the way to the bar!).
In the bar I found four more guys enjoying a brew (or nine). One of them volunteered to get his cardlock but it wasn’t in his vehicle. However he knew this Brian who was filling up at the Coop cardlock right now and he would give us gas on his card. Stupid me ---Brian could buy at $101.90 when the normal price was $110.90 and I only took $50.00 worth! Opportunity only knocks once!
June 10, 2010
GM dealer at Weyburn, Sask. got us in to check our poor mileage – they said it was a missing “tube” going to the air intake and it could cause icing up and poor mileage as well as n’t help – suggested I try the bar – so I asked if “that” door would let me into the bar when these four guys piped up and said I should use this other door ... (but they said they were not locals – still they knew the way to the bar!).
In the bar I found power – which kind of fit the symptoms of yesterday. $230 +/- later we were on the road. But had an enjoyable time at the dealership visiting with another customer. Weyburn dealership work improved the mileage to 12 mpg – ugh!
Crossed into the US at North Portal south of Estevan. Drove to Rugby, Minnesota. Stayed here where we struck up a conversation with the owner. Told him about the car problem. He said I could disconnect the battery (both terminals) for a couple of minutes. And when I reconnect the battery, the on-board computer would reset itself which would fix the mileage – So I jumped up and left the room to do that. We’ll see how the mileage goes tomorrow.
June 11, 2010
Battery trick seems to have changed the mileage – now getting 13.5 mpg (Canadian). Long days drive to Grand Rapids. Stayed in American Legion campground.
June 12, 2010
Parked at the Gumegitche campground on the south shore of Lake Superior. For the last couple of hours Pat has been wanting to stop but the campgrounds along the way (if they exist) are not marked . Finally pulled over at a rest stop (this a good feature of this area of the US) where Pat got a list of campgrounds. We used Garmin (gps) to find an address that was supposed to be a campground – actually it was a hardware store – so we went in (it appeared to be after hours as the only person there was a janitor’s assistant who said she didn’t know about the campground but highway 28 was left just down at the light. Still the address said 2048 M28. So, on we went – now we are noticing the numbers on the mail boxes out at the road (in town there are no numbers on the store fronts?!). Finally we we pulled into this campground and lo and behold if it isn’t the same one we stayed at in early September, 10 years ago! I asked the owner if he remembered me – of course he said he did!
– truck ran fine just wish the mileage was better – but we are travelling at 60 mph with a trailer and a full inside ---
June 13, 2010
Crossed back into Canada at Sault Ste. Marie (named by Catholic priests) – stopped at Ontario government tourist information booth and picked up maps and campground info etc – on my way out I saw a chance to win a trip (or?) and filled out the raffle ticket. Later as we were driving to Sudbury, Pat asked, “where did I put the map?” – I left it all at the info booth! – some days ---
Anyway we found a provincial campground just west of Sudbury and spent the night – first hot late afternoon on the trip – I changed into shorts and a T shirt for the rest of the day. – We did the laundry !
June 14, 2010
Found a Chev dealership and enquired into mileage – service manager thought 14 mpg would be about tops for us, so decided not to ask them to change the plugs and do a tune-up. Filled up before leaving Sudbury – mileage was 14.65 mpg- slightly better yet - but we will do a proper tune-up before leaving Ontario. – Stopped at Northbay YMCA to take in an aquasize class from 2-3 pm .
Sans map and guide books, but with the help of Garmin (gps), found a nice private campground south of Pembroke. Had TV dinners for supper and now getting ready for bed. – Don’t mind helping with dishes when only have 2 plates, forks and a fry pan!
June 15, 2010
Camping in Alburg, Vermont – another “resort” that costs US$38 plus showers – but internet is free – yeah! Uneventful day except stopped twice to talk to dealers and repair people about our mileage – they all say that we are getting about as much mileage as we can expect. Maybe will enquire in the US. Countryside is beautiful here at Lake Champlain.
June 16, 2010
Camping about 30 miles west of Bangor, Maine @ US$24.25 (even here the showers are extra). Good day on the road except ran into construction on Maine #2 that slowed us down. Spent at least one day too much in Ontario – but wanted to see Perth area as it was reported to be exceptionally nice. – it was nice but – anyway the trip is great – we will just be later getting to Newfoundland - warmer weather so truck is getting 14+ approaching 15 mpg – wishthe guys were here to discuss the problem – I’m sure they could fix it! – This morning discovered we had left cooler plugged in so truck battery was dead – no problem...I’ll just hook up the battery charger while we have breakfast and we’ll be off – wrong – battery charger didn’t work – fortunately a fellow traveller from Florida had one (only had to knock on the second door to fibefore all this went to make porridge for breakfast and spilled a big part of the bag all over the cupboard, stove, and floor ... but the day was still a good one?
June 17, 2010
Wanted to see the reversing falls at St. John, NB so let Garmin find it for us – except we were left somewhere on the river. After much frustration and lost time driving around St John gave it up and left the city. What a pathetic city for street signs – in fairness, from what we did see, there are many intersections with more than 4 streets !! Drove to Amherst, Nova Scotia where we stayed at the Loch Lomond. On the way (about at Moncton) decided to have lunch/supper so again let Garmin find us a seafood place – turned out to be a small father/son cafe – I had the cross-rib steak special – what a catastrophe that was – never order steak in the maritimes!
Anyway we got to the tourist info centre just inside Nova Scotia – very, very helpful - they had a computer so we booked the ferry to Nfld for Friday at 4:00pm. That meant we had to be on the road by 10:00 am Friday! – We had kind of been worried about booking soon enough but didn’t feel comfortable about booking too soon (say week in advance) . Who knows what road trouble there might have been. Remember, we decided to use the suburban at the very last minute, so no preparations were taken with it before we left. But now we have to keep that 4:00 departure or pay an extra $25.00 to alter the booking.
June 18, 2010
We woke up early and got on the road without incident by 8:00 am – say now we have time for a oil change! OK found a WalMart and got the job done at Truro – it was right along the way – perfect. The clerk thought it would take about 2 ½ hours to reach the ferry (at the top of Cape Breton). Four hours later we pulled into the ferry terminal after lead footing it all the way (wherever there wasn’t any construction)! But the ferry was now scheduled to leave at 6:00pm –groan! It seems that the winds wreck havoc with their ability to maintain their schedule.
Anyway, now we are on the ferry! Nice ride, and as we were having supper, darned if there wasn’t a peculiar white shape on the horizon – An iceberg!! – wow and just behind that another one! We were enthralled and so were the Swiss couple at our table. As luck would have as I went back for seconds at the buffet I saw one of the ships hands and I asked him if those were indeed icebergs – alas they were two ferries going from Nfld to Nova Scotia. – what a disappointment – Anyway after supper we wandered into the card room where a lady happened to be sitting – just for the fun of it I asked her if saw any icebergs – Oh yes she said (but they were the same two ships) –
Finally docked at 1:00 am – way past our bedtime – and we still had to find a campground. Got onto a side street in Port au Basque where I saw a RCMP car so I pulled over to ask for directions to a campground. Now picture this – it’s 1:30 am or so and it is black outside - this Mountie is stopped at the side of the road so I pull into the curb, park and walk back to the car, and as I walk back I see this Mountie is interrogating someone (from what I remember it appeared tobe a young man and we are in the parking lot of a local pub – so ok I keep walking up to the scene to within about 10 feet and the mountie says “walk away” - but I need to ask him for directions – so I stop – but again the Mountie says “walk away”. Well hell – so I shrug my shoulders and turn –but I guess the mountie read my body language (because I really was pissed) and asked if I needed help – so I ask for directions and he tells me and I leave! And that’s how we found the campsite at Port au Basque!
June 19, 2010
Want to see Gros Morne park so headed north on trans-Canada highway #1 – About 3:00 I asked Pat if she would drive but she was sleepy too so decided to pull over for a snooze – At 5:00(!) we woke up and continued our drive - guess we were still tired from the late night before. Bought groceries at Cornerbrook. Staying Saturday night at Deer Lake. Beautiful drive through the “Table Mountains” and “Twin Mountains”.
June 20, 2010
Weather has been cool – had rain overnight – stayed at Cow Head national gov’t camp site. Left cooler in suburban plugged in and ran the battery down
We stopped at this neat restaurant in Rocky Harbour where I just had to have moose meat pie – was it ever good! Got invited to be “screeched in” at 4:00. So we got camped at Cow Head and came back. What a ceremony!!! Enjoyed every moment – kissed the cod – downed a drink of screech - even got “mummied”!
June 21, 2010
Now having an early lunch back at our favourite restaurant in Rocky Harbour. Will head out for parts east – ‘till then.
Same day 10 hours later at Gran Falls-Windsor, Nfld. Drove up to Rattling Brook where road dead ended – falls were beautiful – I walked to the top of boardwalk/steps and took several pictures – then drove up to Harry’s Harbour (yes these really are places) where we saw a lady waiting in a car to pick up her dad/husband(?) – told them we were looking for icebergs – she said there was one last week! Asked themwho was Harry (to have this place named after him) – she didn’t know but he proceeded to tell us about a Harry who made antique furniture and lived just up the road past the church...but there would be no point in going there now because he would be out looking for antiques – ha.
Tonight we went to the YMCA to inquire into swimming hours, when the acquasize class was... only to learn the pool was closed for maintenance. Oh well. Then we wanted to buy some groceries so we stopped a couple along the road to ask where downtown was. He said “turn right at this corner go under the highway and go on up around” in a Newfie way with arms waving and all - so I repeated the directions back to him and said yes and away we went ...Pat said why do I ask these people and I said so I could hear that Newfie patter --- it is so funny to my ear - -- That sounds snobbish I guess but I sure get a laugh when I hear them talk.
June 22, 2010
Went up highway 350 to Birchy Bay then drove up highway 340 to Twillingate – “iceberg capital of the world” – along the way stopped at an information booth, rushed in and asked where are the icebergs – almost in unison the 5 girls said there were NO icebergs! “God dam I said” – they were shocked but I was/am disappointed – we left the west coast because Pat read in the tourist books that Twillingate was the place to see icebergs so we hurried to get over here---
Anyway went to dinner theatre here at Twillingate which we enjoyed – it was slap stick but got a few laughs so the $29.00 each was worth it – included salmon with potato, veg’s and dessert with coffee. Met Jack & Heather from New Brunswick who also were previous antique auto fans. Wireless doesn’t work in this campground so will have to forward at a later date. Stayed at Twillingate.
June 23, 2010
Drove to Gambo – stayed at a municipal campground – saw a lot of coast line – it’s all beautiful as can be when the sun shines.
June 24, 2010
Suburban wouldn’t start this morning – but this time we had a booster cable and were able to get a boost readily . Drove to Bonavista where John Cabot is thought to have landed. Along the way stopped at Balbour Village. This was a family of merchants who catered to the fishermen. For their time they were rich, especially the grandfather. But by the time the grandson assumed the head of family role he went into receivership (shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations?) This was a guided tour of what was an entire village. Part of the story being told was an episode where the Balbour ship was returning home from St Johns with store supplies and was blown off course by a sudden storm that came up. When the ship reached land it was in Toberlay, Scotland! So I said the captain couldn’t have been much of a navigator – ha! Our lady guide took exception saying that all aboard were safe and indeed returned to Canada safe and sound. I made amends by saying the captain was certainly capable, just not a good navigator. – she seemed pacified.
From John Cabot’s point of landing we decided to see the “dungeons” a natural phenomenon of eroded cliffs. To see them we had to take a gravel road across this pasture – yes a real pasture with cows and horses – on a whim we decided to see where this gravel road would take us so we continued on and stumbled on a little place called Elliston – “root cellar capital of the world” very interesting community – also saw puffins – a great finish to the day – camping in an out of the way spot on the way to Trinity Bay.
Another campground without internet. You will have a lot of reading to catch up when we finally forward this update – ha! I have really been bouncing the trailer down the road – broke some of our corelle dishes!
June 25, 2010
Car wouldn’t start – got another boost and drove to a local cafe for breakfast – should have let car run – had to get another boost there. Drove to Clarenville to a Canadian Tire store and got a replacement battery which I installed in the parking lot. Drove to Trinity Bay area – it’s a beautifully restored village of mercantile stores, etc for fishers etc. Had an Anglican church with a beautiful stained glass window – especially as seen from the inside with the bright sun outside.
We took in an open air play last night. Just 2 characters outside one of the restored residences.
June 26, 201
Had a lazy day today - Fixed the frame around the front window shade. Went for a swim at a private “community pool” in Clarenville. Paid $7.00 each! Kim & Meagan would have been proud of us “ acquasizers”.
Drove to Whiteside where we are camped on a new site in a campground without internet – there are a lot of these it seems – Will golf at Pitchers Pond tomorrow at 1:10! Hopefully in nice weather.
Now within 100 kms of St Johns. The trans Canada Highway extends east-west from Port o Basque to St Johns, basically running through the middle of the island with highways that run up the “arms” that are separated by channels of ocean. These arms all have interesting places to see – Pat says we have been up all but one of these arms!
June 27, 2010
Stayed last night at Backside Pool RV Park here on the south shore of Trinity Bay. The was in a state of expansion – rough roads – the stall we selected was a new one with a clay base and no gravel/surface preparation. Some 70++ stalls - Ok – having a shower required getting the key from the front desk but no extra charge over the $30 fee – sounds great right? – so in the morning we drove up to the lone showers, got the key and entered the shower where there was a small counter with a mirror above it – so I needed a shave – no sink! Ok shave in the shower but that was an exercise let me tell you...Before we showered we needed to use the bathroom (read toilet) – there was the outhouse! The owner didn’t waste the worlds lumber supply as the sit-upon part was only as big as the toilet seat you have in your bathroom at home! Overall it gave me a migraine! And I don’t get headaches! – “Backside Pool” RV Park should be renamed “Anal” RV Park. The lady was nice almost apologetic. It probably isn’t the worst RV Park in Canada but it certainly is one of the worst. Enough complaining.
Today we had “Sunday “ dinner at a local restaurant - turkey with salt beef and pea pudding – a full meal deal let me tell you – good wholesome food.
Then we went golfing at Pitcher’s Pond – sunshine would have made the course phenomenal – I would love to golf it again sometime.
I was saying to Pat that the roads in Nfld all have curves on them (to say the least!) that do not have a preceding sign. So when you do see a sign pointing out the upcoming curve you better pay attention because that curve is either particularly tight or quite long (like all the way around the mountain)!
After the golf game we continued to drive up this arm and found another local campground – this time there is pavement, beautiful showers, lovely parking sites – at a price of $25! But guess what – I locked our keys in the van- many bad words – walked down to the office for help but nothing available on a late Sunday evening.
June 28, 2010
Walked back down to the office and phoned AMA for help. Trevor answered for AMA and within the hour a fellow handed the keys to me! – wow – at no cost!
Drove around the last arm before the St John’s arm – so we saw the rest of the south side of Trinity Bay and the north shore of Conception Bay. At the end of the Trinity Bay we drove into Grates Cove – I doubt there were 100 people there. Pat had read that there was a profusion of rock walls built by their ancestors that were used to separate their land from the “common” for gardens and separate pastures for their animals. Very interesting – stopped and had one piece of fish and fries – very good! The restaurant had this history book we could persuse while we waited for our order. Apparently there was solid evidence to show that John Cabot had landed here and not at Bonavista like those people claim! Left the restaurant with a piece of seaweed pie that we (read I) ate at supper tonight.
Once we got back to the “main” part of NFLD we decided to drive to St. John’s where we discovered that we seem to be the first of the “Coasters 2010” people to check in at Pippy Park. – The girl in their information booth said not to leave valuables in the van overnight – everything we own is in the van! Don’t know what to do about this. First outing in St John’ is a favourable impression. Will explore more tomorrow!
June 29, 2010
Spent the day in St Johns! First found a Royal Bank – this is a bit of a feat because there aren’t that many of them in the province. B of Nova Scotia, Montreal, Credit Unions but few Royal Banks! Then booked appointment for a tune up for tomorrow and then went to Signal Hill! Garmin led us on an interesting tour – got some pictures of those colourful houses - even saw a couple that had a definite tilt! I was really thrilled – it was just like you sometimes see on TV! – Came back to the campground and did the laundry. Got beat at crib too. – Garmin has been faithful, thankfully.
June 30, 2010
Got a tune up done at City Tire(!) – because chev & gm dealers here were booked into 3rd week of July! – Tune up cost $239.99 – that’s for spark plugs, rotor cap, fuel filter and rotated and balanced tires – at that price it pays for itself even if the improvement is only 2 mpg – but not at the $600-$700 wanted in Ontario! While we waited for the work to be done we went to the mall across the street – surprisingly large mall – nice too! Last night drove downtown – found George St (the entertainment centre of St. Johns) but Pat wasn’t comfortable stopping so we found our way back to the campground –That’s a major accomplishment for me as my navigator had given up looking at the map in the dark!
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Traveller's R.V. Resort
Woodlawn Regional Park
Sukanen Ship Pioneer Park
Prarrie View Park
Macklin Lake Regional Park
Frank Mickey Stampede Park
Rocky Mountain House
Riverview Campground E
Spruce Grove Resort
Ft. Steele, BC
Fort Steele Camp ground
Three Island Resort
Silver Sage Campsite
Telte Yet Campsite
Saanichton Fair Grounds
Saanichton Fair Grounds
Saanichton Fair Grounds