Four Wheeled Adventure in a VW Euro-Van Camper….Trip Report….

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by Abenteuerfahrer, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Drove to Natasqhuan and where route #138 ends. Lingered a bit there...entered the Ferry Harbor and waited for the Bella's arrival.

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    I guess this might be the "suitcase" I am being stuffed into?

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    Yep, according to our width, height, etc...this is it! Kinda old and rusty; hope it hold our 6000# home?

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    Bateaux le BELLA est arrivee......:clap

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    Being sandwiched between all these containers....:eek1



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    I don't think my USA auto insurance approves of this and would be voided should my home take a swim ??

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    Fukez vous, Merde..not at the edge.....:fyyffmight tip??

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    cheers...
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  2. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Our cabin..simple, smart, modern. The Bella's keel was laid in 2008; completed in 2010. Build in Croatia.... has caterpillar drive and 2 bow thrusters. Quiet, smooth....

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    Cafeteria, reading room, lobby, etc.

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    Murals..

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    Sharon is a bit concerned about our home on the edge!:lol3

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    Forgot to mention our dinnero being loaded too..conch !; conch fritters..soupe du jour??

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    Underway...to Kegaska

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    cheers...
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    Hardware02 Long timer

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  4. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    First seaport stop was at Kegaska a all English(british) Town. Clean, organized and mainly based on fishing as most villages are along the St. Lawrence are doing.

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    Emma our 1.5 year old has been around and about. She's a well traveled dog, has brought us joy when were down; makes us go for a walk and see the island, barks at anything that moves... tastes every morsel that we have on the island; from the dinning room, etc. actually expects it!

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    Every harbor call gives all passenger about a 2-3 hour break and encourage us to hit the Town for some history, shopping and eats!

    So a stroll we took with Emma for her daily reliefs.

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    Whale bones in someones backyard...must have been put there for show?

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    Town Parish...

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    Lobster traps..

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    First evening meal aboard the Bella....

    Cod with all thrimmings; Mouton cadet 2010... celery soup

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    cheers.... off to La Romaine and Harrington Harbour
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  5. FOXedupONE

    FOXedupONE Long timer

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    I was informed that motorcycle camping does not work with a 2 year old so the recently acquired eurovan has worked out quite well for family travels.

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  6. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    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....

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    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!

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    Upon these rocks sits Harrington Harbour

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

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    Bank

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    Storage of gasoline and bunker oil..

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    Where do the fish go..??

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    cheers....
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  7. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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

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

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    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.

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

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    Next tiny Port..

    La Tabatiere...

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    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.

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    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.

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    Back on the Bella...

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

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    Adieu La Tabatiere.. Meric..

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

    Good Night:1drink

    cheers...
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  8. hondachopper

    hondachopper Adventurer

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    Bobbie and I are enjoying "our trip" through your eyes! Great RR...

    Tom
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  9. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hola Mes Amis...

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

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

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    Our room..getting ready to disembark...

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

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

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

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    Ahem...welcome to Blanc Sablon...

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

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

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    cheers...
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  10. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    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..:eek1.

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    Typical Lab Town environment..

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

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    And ate what....?

    Bakeapple...

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    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?

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    On down the last stretch of rt. #138

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

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

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    cheers...
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  11. Abenteuerfahrer

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    Typical landscape of Labrador...

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    Remnants of days gone past...

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    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.

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

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    Sucking on 5000 years of History!

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    Tongue lickin' good...

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    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 :huh... 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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    cheers...
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  12. Hardware02

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    Too bad you wasted fine berg ice on Screech.

    No nice single malt around?



























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  13. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider Supporter

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    Awesome trip...keep it coming :lurk

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  14. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman Back in Black!

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    Loving the report, thanks for sharing :thumb :thumb
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  15. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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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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  16. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Does the sun ever come out? Looks very grey.
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  17. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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

    cheers...
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  18. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Well I was about to post this "greyness" tonight but you spilled the beans:lol3. 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.

    cheers...
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  19. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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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'.

    cheers...
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  20. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hardware02

    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??

    cheers...
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