Trans Labrador Highway (Labrador 500 and 510)
Have been in Labrador for three weeks and thoroughly enjoying it. We see one or two RV'ers heading the other direction each day but we were unable to find any information on the fora on the travel here. We have been able to "boondock"/dry camp/free camp the entire way. The tourist bureau in Labrador City lets you spend the night behind their building (with 120 V AC) and the city council in Churchill Falls suggests using either of two parking lots (with 120 V AC). The Tourist Bureau in Happy Valley/Goose Bay suggested Gosling Park, and that is where the other RV'ers stayed as well. We are now in Mary's Harbor after 290 miles from Goose Bay. There is a 250 mile stretch without fuel between Happy Valley and Port Hope Simpson. Highway 510 is 50 miles of paved and then 300 miles of gravel. The gravel can be excellent unless it rains and it has been a very wet year. They are grading it every day. However, there is a stretch of about 40 miles (130 to 80 miles to Port Hope Simpson) that we drove between 3 and 15/20 mph. It all depends on the weather. The local work trucks did 50 mph over this stretch but figure our solar panels and interior cupboards/closets in the Roadtrek were not designed for that kind of bouncing about.
The folks at the hotel suggested spending the night at either the school or the recreation center parking lots. We asked the folks at the recreation center and they said to please stay there.
We have noted down about 10 or so good spots to spend the night between Happy Valley and Port Hope Simpson and will put them in a later posting.
Reed and Elaine