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Old 07-05-2013, 08:17 PM   #46
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La Romanine and Harrington Harbour

Steamed into the harbor of La Romaine at 2245 hrs which is a strong hold of the Innu tribe. Taking Emma for her nightly relief stroll there were about about 76 Innu families disembarking. Hundreds of relatives came to the docks to pick up members of their families but it was too dark to take pictures or might not be appropriate without asking for permisson?

I like to study, observe, mingle, break into conversations and of course bring up politics, education, health with all peoples. This is part of my/our travels. On occassion some people prefer not to discuss certain issues but none so far have avoided my diplomatic reguest for frankness.

No offense to the Innu tribes culture.... I do find them very obese from children to adults..very close knit; prefer to speak their own dialect; disdain the Government even though they're subsidized by them. Are not fond of the white race. Those on the Bella voyage did not disembark nor visit or explore other Towns unless there is a presence of Innuit in that Town. Alcoholism is a problem not so much drugs. Perhaps someone more knowlegeable could correct me and chime in about this wonderful, colorful native peoples of Canada.

I have nothing to show how the Town of La Romaine lives and prospers, but after having seen a Innu conclave in Natasqhuan........! Or my observations have been duly exagerated.

La Romaine dock....



Having arrived at Harington Harbor around 0700 hrs. We were told to not miss seeing the Town. Oh, yes..what a Town. Build primarily atop rocks, boulders, etc. This Town is strongly primarily English and not a Innu in sight. English is spoken here, bar none, nohing French and the Canadina Maple Leaf is proudly flown mast high!













Upon these rocks sits Harrington Harbour











This is their drive way...everyone drives ATV's. No cars..





Bank













Storage of gasoline and bunker oil..











Where do the fish go..??








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Old 07-05-2013, 09:18 PM   #47
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Tete a la Baleine and La Tabatiere

Arrived at Tete...both Tete and Tabatiere are primarily French with a bit of Innu infusion...all but hidden!









After a fwe days these passengers from Quebec did their Tai chi on the rocks of Tete..



Not much to see in Tete as the Town is spread wide open and one must go a good distance inland to see more of the Towns life.



The Bella ready to steam away. Can you see our home-away-from-home on the high perch?



Next tiny Port..

La Tabatiere...





In this Town is where we experiences the real onslaught of Black Flies. Had to immediately climb a hill in order to catch some breeze. Woooo..Sharon got stunk and Emma again. Me..nah, got leathery skin and don't wear colognes! I just brushed them off... a rather short visit in Town.





This giant Newfie had some amore for Emma. But her amorous lick would have somersaulted Emma. So she was kept at Bay by the friendly owner.



Back on the Bella...



We had our last Dinner aboard as the arrival in Blanc Sablon, QC would be at 0630 hrs.





Adieu La Tabatiere.. Meric..



Next and last port: Blanc Sablon/Labrador...

Good Night

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Old 07-05-2013, 11:11 PM   #48
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Bobbie and I are enjoying "our trip" through your eyes! Great RR...

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Old 07-06-2013, 05:55 PM   #49
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Blnc Sablon, QC > LABRADOR...

Hola Mes Amis...

A bit more about the Bella. She has a heated bathroom floor..



for your cold feet and wet floor towel.. cool inovation. Much appreciated at these latitudes.



Our room..getting ready to disembark...



Arrived at Blanc Sablon, QC where we waited about an hour for our home to be lifted off the Bella. Great job, nice doing!







Then we entered the sacred grounds of the barren, treeless, stark landscape of Blanc Sablon, QC and Labrador.





We're still in QC...I guess the French won't let go...then finally Labrador..



Ahem...welcome to Blanc Sablon...



Another few miles hence and then..... the Big Country...



It got cold...cloudy...drab..... and finally we drove into a refrigerator.



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Old 07-06-2013, 06:14 PM   #50
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Labrador welcomes you....

Been here once before, about 5 years ago on my BMW 1200GS doing the Trans Lab Highway dance to Baie Comeau. Some things I remember, some are new. Prices have gone up... the friendlinessof the people are the same; my favorite Bakeapple(cloudberry) preserve is still intact and tastes even better at my age!

Oh, God...icebergs...none were there when I transited Lab 5 years ago. Been told that there has been a proliferation of these bergs lately. Hmmnn...Global Warming...



Typical Lab Town environment..



Didn't catch any breakfast on the Bella...so ate here. Being served by a super nice lady.



And ate what....?

Bakeapple...



And looking outside across from the restaurant is a Labrador Senior Citizens retirement home. The waitress Mom's in there for a mere $300 per month; visits her for lunch... Try that in the USA?



On down the last stretch of rt. #138



Most telephone or power lines poles are supported by a box that contains heavy stones.
Due to the permafrost changing climate.



Where we went to see L' anse Amour Lighthouse that I missed during inclement weather years back.












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Old 07-06-2013, 06:52 PM   #51
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Lab. continued...













Typical landscape of Labrador...



On the way to Red Bay(68km) paved road ends and turn left to the Trans Lab Highway which is all gravel. On a rainy day I traversed this road on my motorcycle.



Red Bay was our days destination for some photo opp and lunch in a fishermans cove before returning for the night in Anse au Clair.



More icebergs trapped in the cove. Sharon went beserk!!



Even a sailboat from parts unknown came all the way to this forbidden land.



Remnants of days gone past...



This is the highlight of the trip...

We always wanted to take a boat ride to an iceberg and chip off some history...

Inquired about getting to one of these behemonths and found this fisherman who was willing to take us there for a mere $2.00/pr person. The Bergs were about 300' from shore...so off we went.







Got him to collect a chunk of iceberg and here it is...



Sucking on 5000 years of History!



Tongue lickin' good...



Now, Ladies and Gentlemen... these Bergs which break off from Greenland and come here through the Labrador current. They are estimated to be 15,000, 10,000; 5,000 years old. Pure water, hard like granite. The age has been determined by iceologists to be that old, but I'll take 5000 years, or even 1000 years, doesn't matter..they're old and pure, pronto. Whether BC or Anno Domini, or even Intelligent by Design ... again they're old!

So to celebrate our furthest trip up there and to all our friends down there... We wish you well and good health..

Genuine Newfoundland Screech cooled by a 5000 year old iceberg chip...







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Old 07-06-2013, 07:07 PM   #52
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Too bad you wasted fine berg ice on Screech.

No nice single malt around?



























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Old 07-06-2013, 08:40 PM   #53
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Awesome trip...keep it coming

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:37 AM   #54
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:43 AM   #55
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Looks great! Vans are awesome.
Glad you were able to try the Screech, b'ye!

Feel free to come out west! When you get to Alberta lets fit some off road tires on your bus! Then I'll point you toward BC!

You might be in time for the Buskers in Halifax. Anybody know when the Peer fills up?

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Does the sun ever come out? Looks very grey.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:23 PM   #57
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Awesome trip...keep it coming

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Hello Amigo...likewise I followed your build. Fantastic...wish I had your skills.

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:26 PM   #58
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Does the sun ever come out? Looks very grey.
Well I was about to post this "greyness" tonight but you spilled the beans. You see there's been a forest fire in Labrador and Quebec..which was quite large..the Quebec one with the addition of strong NW winds send the smoke our way. Dunno when it clears... Gros Morne was hardly visible.

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:31 PM   #59
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Looks great! Vans are awesome.
Glad you were able to try the Screech, b'ye!

Feel free to come out west! When you get to Alberta lets fit some off road tires on your bus! Then I'll point you toward BC!

You might be in time for the Buskers in Halifax. Anybody know when the Peer fills up?

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Would like to do that, maybe next year! Need to raise the Van another 1" and get some 235/60/16 tires then I might go offroadin'.

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Yep, there is one in Nova Scotia; Glennora Inn & Distillery. Great single Malt Canada's one and only? Am afraid that the 5000 year old chip might be gone by then...however I might get another chance for a chip when in Twilingate, NL? Holing up at Deer Lake now.

Lousy WiFi...can't Canada do better??

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