Twisting & Turning to Twillingate

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Country Inn Trailer Park

Flag of Canada  , Newfoundland and Labrador,
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Up early for the drive to Gander. Since I said that was my destination, I have to stop there. Though, I'm not really sure what there's to see there other than the North Atlantic Air Museum.

Prior to arriving in Gander I stop at a Visitor Centre and inquire about campgrounds in or near there. During our conversation the lady mentions that a "must see" destination is Twillingate, about 90 kms from Gander.

I arrive at the campground in Gander by 1 PM....should have been there a half hour earlier if it wouldn't have been for that 20 kilometre detour. I'm having major problems with the GPS "crashing" on me at the most inopportune times and I'm also being a complete idiot in missing signs lately.

I'm driving and see the sign for the campground but don't turn. It was located at the end of this cul-de-sac. I thought I had to go a bit further. WRONG-O!...I'm now back on the highway heading out of town. I can't make a u-turn with the trailer on the highway. I can't find a turnoff where I might be able to make some kind of proper turn. After 10 kms I'm getting frustrated about not finding a place to turn. The next town is much further.

I decide to back the trailer up on a "trail" that heads into the woods. Luckily there was no traffic. This was also backing up on the "blind" side of the trailer. Two feet over and the trailer would have tilted over on it's side into the ditch as I would have missed the turn-off off the road. That done and back to the campground.

Quickly set up and off to Twillingate. The 90 kms took over 2 hours to drive. The first part was high speed highway, but the last part was winding and twisting, slow, rough road. This area is mostly small islands with the roads connecting them with bridges and causeways. It was very pretty and scenic...but nothing that the camera could capture.

I get to Twillingate and head to the lighthouse. I've been thinking of renaming this blog the "Lighthouse tour". I make sure I see and photograph all the lighthouses that I can.

I tour around that area for a while and take more pictures. Have supper and drive back to Gander. If it would have been earlier in the year I probably would have seen an iceberg as the town is right along "iceberg alley". The icebergs have all melted by now. So none to see.

A 4 hour drive for a couple hours of touring (and that includes a supper stop). The jury is still out as to whether that "detour" was worth it. I have very few "good" photographs. I was tired from not sleeping so well the night before, so resting in Gander might have been good.

I'll have the memories from what I did see, though not captured on film.

The campground also advertised that they had Wifi. I had a signal for less than 5 minutes and that was it. I could have gone to the office and accessed the internet there but was too tired. This entry had to wait to get posted.

I did have a few good conversations with people I met at the campground...always a good thing.

On the road again in the morning. I've decided to head straight to St. John's for the weekend and tour that part of Newfoundland for the remainder of my time here. I've been told I can't miss the Trinity area which is midway between here and St. John's. But I don't feel like setting up one more time and touring for just a few hours like today. I'm too exhausted.
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