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Old 08-15-2016, 05:15 PM   #1
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Took ferry from Labrador Saturday. First two nights we found great places to boondock right on the beach/shingle. There are dozens of great spots. Used "Ioverlander.com" today and are at a great spot with panoramic view of the ocean. This is between Parson's Pond and Cow Head (Three Mile Rock). Should do most of our 4 to 6 weeks here boon docking
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:11 AM   #2
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We are on the other side of the island. We took the North Sydney to Argentia ferry over on Sunday evening.

We drove our coach down to Cape Saint Mary's Park Reserve immediatly after getting off the boat. Hwy-100 and 92 around the Cape are some of the worst I have driven our coach on. They are narrow, the pavement is very badly broken up with huge holes and dip and some of the grades where steeper than I've driven our coach on before. I have drive a 18% grade before but this seamed steeper but no grade degree was posted.

We're about 30 km outside of St. John's now and plan to spend about 5-7 days here. That will give the 21 coach caravan, that came across on the same ferry, a chance to get ahead of us so we're not competing for the same RV sites and space at attractions along the way.

We plan to stay 3 or 4 weeks here before taking the short ferry back.
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:50 AM   #3
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We just spent a week in Newfoundland, beautiful but rugged country. One highlight we enjoyed was two days in St. Anthony watching icebergs float by about 150 yards from the lighthouse. No boondocking, we were part of a 22 rig caravan.
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:17 PM   #4
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We are at Cow Head and have reservations for the local Little Theater for the night. They told us just park behind their ticket office for the night after the play. A friend in Holyrood (near St. John's) said that this (boondocking) is called "rock quarry camping".
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:36 PM   #5
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Boon docking continues to work well. We did spend last night an RV park in La Scie on Baie Verte Peninsula as it was time to wash clothes and take a long hot shower (Roadtrek has limitations). This park has the best views of any we have ever seen and was only $20 C. Folks have been known to spend six weeks there and explore the many coves and old towns. Went to King's Point near Springdale today and visited the two museums. They let us park for the evening and use their WiFi. View of cove is great
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:40 PM   #6
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We are near Springdale and will be in Twillingate area tomorrow or next day for a week or so
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:52 PM   #7
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We spent the entire month of June on The Rock. Less than perfect weather but icebergs were plentiful especially at Twillingate. Allowed extra days for weather & paid off for a great day for the iceberg boat tour.

The roads are worse than anything experienced going to Alaska. Broke 2 spring leaves coming south from Lanse aux Meadows. Got great assistance from the folks at Deer Lake Municipal CG sourcing & help replacing springs on site.

Don't know where the month went. Could have done 6 weeks easy.
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Old 08-19-2016, 03:30 PM   #8
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We have found the roads on Newfounland fairly decent; but we had just done Labrador 410, the Trans-Labrador with 350 miles of gravel: some of it quite good and some execrable. Two weeks of heavy rain had developed some very large and extended fields of potholes. We did several hours of 3 to 15 mph. We have 415 W of solar on our Roadtrek and did not want to shake it loose.
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We are at the Peyton Woods RV Park and a large caravan just came in. Are you with this? We are the white Roadtrek parked on the grass. Will be here for two nights and then over to Fogo Island for a few days and then to Dildo Run Provincial Park for two more or so.
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Is that the Adventure Caravans group? There 22 rigs came over to Argentia, NL on the same ferry as us.

We're currently parkes at the Walmart in Clarenville with 16 other RVs.

When we get nearer to Twillingate we'll be staying at Woolfrey's Pond Trail & Campground in Lewisporte, NL and do a day drive the 90 KM up in our tow car. The overnight rate at Woolfrey's is 1/2 that of Peyton plus we'll save 200 KM of diesel fuel.
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it is the Adventure Caravans group and there are 29 of them.

We are paying $15 C/night at Peyton's. As noted in earlier post, we have 415 W of solar and about 4.5 kW-hr of LFP so we do not need electricity - and there is a water connection. It would be $35 if we wanted full hookup. We are parked on grass at the tenting section (a bicyclist from Quebec spent the night - he did want a shower) and it is quite nice. We to wanted showers and needed to do some laundry. This is our first "off" day in quite a while. Plan to go to Fogo (if possible) and then stay at Dildo Run Provincial Park for a few days. It is on a bay and should like to get out the blowup kayak and paddle about. Figure there is a lot to see out here.

Then will spend a few more days on this peninsula. Ioverlander.com has GPS for a number of "free" sites on the S. side of the peninsuala right on the water. Ioverland has been quite good so far for Newfoundland.
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We are on Fogo Island at the end of the road at Tilting. We spoke with a few long term locals (ancestors built homes here in 1840s) and they suggested wharf where fire station is, Sandy Beach, and over in next cove:
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A number of the folks walked or jogged by and made us welcome to include local land owner. All talked with us for a bit. This is one of the most beautiful spots ever in nine years of boondocking.
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Boondocking continues to be quite successful in Newfoundland. Spent a night on Bonavista peninsula after discussing possibilities with personnel at lighthouse. Was told to use the lower parking lot at John Cabot statue or anywhere at Dungeon Provincial Park. This turned to be perhaps the most spectacular camp site in nine continuous years of full time rv'ing. Now at Bauline South across from Witless Bay Ecological Preserve, the home to 250,000 Puffins. Spoke with a 68 year old fisherman who was born here and was told this was the best place to spend the night. Many leave vehicles to do the trail along the Eastern Shore. We will be doing the rest of the Irish Shore over the next several days
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Five days in Holyrood (near St. John's) parks in the driveway of a friend who is the sister of a Canadian that also served in N Ranger Company (I was in the unit when it was 173rd LRRP). Went down the Irish Loop. We stayed in two fishing villages after asking the local fisherman if it was permissible and it was. One 68 year old fisherman at Baulin South dropped by about 8 am to drop off two pounds of fresh caught Cod fillets. He had gone out a 2 am. We went on boat tour to Witless Ecological Site and spent the next night at Brigus South. The fishermen there told us of the best place to spend the night. The Information Center at Portuga Cove told us to use their parking lot - and that the young Beluga at Admiral Beach should be seen. The fishermen there said the light would be better to photograph the Beluga (it stays under Mike's boat when the Beluga is not out fishing - it will not accept dead fish). We we spent the night there. Mike asked if we liked crab, and after we said we did, went over to his house and gave us a pint jar of crab meat. Spent last night at Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserva aka "Bird Rock". You can get within 20 or so meters of nesting Gannets.

Newfoundland is definitely a great place to visit and to boondock.

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