Wednesday, June 22, 2011
We were packed up and headed out to drive clear across the island by 9:45. It was still spitting and about 5 degrees. We are a little nervous about our next trek, no gas for 130 kms. There are only a few communities at the end of this road, so hopefully the road is maintained well enough for Elbroko. We sure don’t want the name to take on a whole other meaning. We have asked several people about the road and they have assured us we can make it. They warned us of several steep hills and to be careful of some of the potholes and watch for moose. YIKES! Well we did make it to Harbour Breton 3 hours later. We did manage to avoid the big potholes, didn’t see a single moose, only a bear, and they were right, there are some very steep hills. Hemi will have to work to get Elbroko back to the Trans Canada. There is not much happening for the first 130 kms, just like driving through northern Ontario, lots of trees. It then goes to mountainous and the tops of them are pretty barron with a few scrub trees and lots of little ponds.
It sure looked like Caribou country to us. But not a one! As we got closer to the ocean we were on top of the mountain looking down on some beautiful fjords. And then one final long, steep hill and we were in Harbour Breton. It is actually sunny here and about 13 degrees….Yahoo! I was a little concerned that we did not phone a head to make sure there was a campsite available, especially after driving 200 kms. There are only 9 RV sites and a bunch of tent sites at the one campground in Harbour Breton. But guess what…we are the only campers in the park. There was a note on the office window to go to the town hall to pay. They were so surprised to see campers, they had nothing organized for this year. They felt so bad they only charged us $15 a night for our site. Our campground is a 2 minute walk from Deadman’s Cove, and a lookout with gorgeous views over the ocean where you can see the 2 small French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
We are in this quaint little community of about 1500 people surrounded by mountains and water. We will definitely be happy here for the next 5 days.
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