Wasn’t planning to be off today but some locals suggested that even Newfies wouldn’t drive the TransCanada through Wreckhouse this morning. I had to Google Wreckhouse to find pictures of transports and RVs turned over because of the high winds. Winds have been recorded upwards of 200kph in this area and today weather advisory was for winds in excess of 100kph! Add to that about 10mm of rain it seemed like the common sense thing to find a hotel room. Checked in to the St Christopher’s Hotel in Port aux Basque about 9am NT and caught up on some sleep. The Ferry ride was a rough one even from the view point of the boat staff, the bow of the Ferry continually crashing down in the large swales, the ocean water splashing over the deck and hitting the windows on the 9th deck! The bartender (I found my reserved seat first, then the bar) was expecting the evening route to be cancelled because of the high seas. Needless to say I didn’t get a lot of rest.
Walked the wharf for a bit and learned the history of the area, including the sinking of the SS Caribou in October of 1942, about 40km offshore by a German UBoat that drove home the fact that Hitler was not just a European problem.
It is evident once you land why they call the island “the rock”. Rock outcrops and cliffs everywhere you look. I answered a question that I have had for a while now…how to pronounce Newfoundland? I was leaning towards “New-fund-land”, didn’t think it was as written “New-found-land”…but a Newfie schooled me, it is “New-fin-d-land”. Now I know, am I the only one who didn’t know this?
Was called “my love” twice by store staff (ladies) and learned a few Newfie sayings. Many true Newfies don’t pronounce their ‘h’ ( hold becomes old etc) or their ‘th’ (math becomes maff), the use of ‘to’ for location as in ‘where’s you to?’ meaning where are you from, ‘ay’ for yes and ‘B’y’ can be used for several terms usually between friends…Tundering Jesus I may come back to and no one will understand me b’y.
The afternoon finished with a perfect rainbow crossing the bay. First time I think I have ever seen the end of a rainbow, no pot of gold unfortunately.