Seaside drive to the end of the line.

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Grand Codroy Tent &Trailer Park

Flag of Canada  , Newfoundland and Labrador,
Friday, August 28, 2009

Plan A: Get up. Drive to Gros Morne National Park. About 300 kms. 3.5 hours.

Plan B: Drive back to where I came in on the ferry and continue to the end of the road in that direction and see a lighthouse.

Got up and went for a walk around the campground. Decided to stick around for another day. I felt bad for the campground owners. Don't know why. It felt like showing up at a relative's place for a visit, arriving late, sleeping in their guest room, then taking off early the next morning. Just bad manners. So I stayed.

The other, and most probable reason was that I doubt I'll ever be back this way. Might as well see (actually SEE, that is) the ferry terminal and start my tour of Newfoundland from the furthest point west possible. I don't have a schedule. I'm in no rush. Might as well see as much as I can.

And so, I drove back towards and past the ferry terminal, made a few stops along the way to take some pictures, saw the lighthouse (almost got blown away...the wind was very very strong), ate some lunch at the "Friendliest Fisherman's Cafe" in Rose Blanche, met a couple from Alberta who are permanent travelers (heading south after seeing more of Nova Scotia), drove around Port-aux-Basques (took all of 5 minutes), then back to the trailer.

Updated a few blog entries, then went for a walk around the campground. Met a couple from Port Alberni, British Columbia. They've traveled a lot. Been in Newfoundland for almost a month. On a 5 month cross-country trip this time. Chatted about their cruise experiences to Israel and various third world countries where safety was a concern. Talked about how traveling opens up your eyes to other cultures and how North Americans are really spoiled.

"The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see." G.K. Chesterton

"Tourists know what they are looking for long before they know what is really there. An experience that is knowable and containable and packagable. But these are mere parts of the puzzle. A traveller, on the other hand, seeks the truth of a place, the essence that can only be appreciated by seeing the puzzle as a whole."  Newfoundland traveller's guide
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