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Old 06-29-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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We've completed our 6 week trip to Newfoundland, one of our best trips anywhere. We coverd 6,372 miles, more than we had planned. Of course it's about 750 miles one way just to get to the ferry to Newfoundland. I estimate that we towed the trailer for about half the distance, a little over 3,000 miles.

Most of our highway driving to Newfoundland and across Newfoundland was at 60 +/-5 mph. The highway driving in Newfoundland was wonderful, very little traffic. Interesting our last hour of our drive home, from Portland, ME to Hampton, NH about 50 miles, we saw more cars than we saw in our entire drive around Newfoundland.

The interesting thing is our average speed for the 6,372 miles was 37.1 mph. We always drive all the side roads in Newfoundland, out to the little outports. Since we averaged 37 miles per hour for the entire trip it's obviously we drove slowly on these very often, well pot-holed roads. Of course, we also drove many dirt roads.

Over our trip we purchased 289 gallons of gas averaging $4.56 per gallon. Overall we averaged 22 mpg, it didn't seem to matter if we were towing or just driving about.

Go to Newfoundland if you can.
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Sounds like you kids had fun!
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'Delighted to hear you had another amazing adventure! Do show photos and tell us more!
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These kids are now 70. If you'd like to see pictures drop me a pm and i'll send you copies of our newfie newsletter.

The kids are already thinking of returning to NL next spring.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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Hi ... sounds like an awesome trip . I was wondering - how long ( and rocky ) is the crossing really . We are planning a trip to the east coast for fall , but do have a time restriction , so not sure about NFL . Would love to .... but expensive for a quick visit we think .
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The ferry crossing is normally very smooth. The ships are huge and loaded with freight. Our round trip cost was about $600 for 2 plus our Scamp 16 and Honda CRV.

The cost encourages 6 week visits.

People who go for shorter visits always regret it. We met a couple from BC on their second trip, really a long ride and said one needs to stay at least a month. We've now spent 10 months in Newfoundland and I'm planning 2 more aiming at the Fogo and Change Islands.

You'll never regret going.
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Thanks for the feed back ...... for sure we would not have 6 weeks . We were also thinking spring/early summer might be a better choice for NFL , but we do have this fall planned for the east . If we can work in 2 weeks we'll likely go ( who knows when the next chance will be ) ... with the understanding we'll only see very little of coarse .
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Bec,
We usually go in mid-May thru early July, a good time to catch the icebergs. With a 2 week time interval I would concentrate on the west coast called the northern peninsula.

The west coast trip could include 3 World Heritage centers. Gros Morne, their world recognized national park where one can almost never see it all, l'Anse Meadows, site of the Viking landing and even a quick hop over to Red Bay in Labrador, a whaling center from the 1500s.

If you decide to go we can send you more tips.
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Sounds like a great trip. Glad you had fun with no problems.
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We had no issues on the trip. Everything worked just fine though as you can imagine every trip is the catalyst for change and improvement.

During one evening rainstorm we had a tiny drip leak at the rear window and a similar small leak at the front window. They only happened that once even though we had a number of strong rains, though it seemed to mostly rain at night.
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We usually go in mid-May thru early July, a good time to catch the icebergs. With a 2 week time interval I would concentrate on the west coast called the northern peninsula.

The west coast trip could include 3 World Heritage centers. Gros Morne, their world recognized national park where one can almost never see it all, l'Anse Meadows, site of the Viking landing and even a quick hop over to Red Bay in Labrador, a whaling center from the 1500s.

If you decide to go we can send you more tips.
Hi .....thanks for the info . Have you always gone over in the late spring early summer . One of our concerns is late summer/early fall storms . This has been in our plans for a long time " our east coast trip " most of the areas we will travel through are not new to us . However the Maritimes are and with the bad storms that have hit the Nova Scotia/ New Brunswick area the last few years has us wondering whether late summer/early fall is perhaps not the best time choice .
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Did you get any pictures of vikings?
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Pictures of Vikings..... Actually we avoided the Vikings this year.

We have gone to L'anse Meadows in the past to see rhe Viking site. It is very well done with full time people portraying vikings.

Well worth a stop. Amazing that the Vikings made it to the NA, more amazing that some one took a Viking saga, followed the clues and found where they landed.
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