Canada. A new continent
Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
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After two hours or so I lost VHF contact, and resorted to the Sat-phone to contact "Gander Radio" for the hourly position reports. For fun I contacted the Aero-club office at Sleap, and had a couple of minutes chat with David, who at first probably couldn't believe it ! I was almost 3 miles high 300 miles from land almost 2000 miles away, and the clarity was better than my mobile in Ellesmere ! The call only lasted two or three minutes as this was costing £1.50 a min !!
I could see the Newfoundland coast at 100 miles, and another 150 miles across mainly wilderness to land straight in approach runway 26 /gps.
"123 decimal 45" is said as "23 point 45". I don,t think that would pass the RT exam at home, but, "when in Rome....".
Refueled with 211 lts of Avgas, an offer of local ice-cream (!) at the FBO, a 5 minute ride to the local Hotel and I,m finally on a new Continent.
The Hotel has it,s own restaurant called "Jungle Jim's Eatery". An unusual culture change from the previous four nights in Greenland. I chose the smallest thing on the menu I could find, a Prawn Caesar salad, which was quite tasty, particularly as this was my first meal of the day. The waitress looked at me in an unusual way when I politely refused to accept the "go large offers" of extra fries, extra cheese,etc. The desert menu I studied, but also refused. However, it is worthy of mention the delights which were on offer. There was, "Jim's jumbo jungle hurricane" or "ooey gooeey brownie sundae". I just sipped my local brew beer, with a slice of orange on the glass!, and deliberated the cultural differences.