Friday, June 28, 2013

DAY 40 Montreal to Home

June 28, 2013
Heading home!  The end of our 40 day trip to Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick in our 24 foot class C motorhome.

David set the alarm for a way-to-early 4 am.  It is Friday and we wanted to beat any traffic going into montreal…we did!   Had breakfast out and restocked gas to just get rid of any leftover money (definitely not a good value but nothing else was open).  Driving to the border we hit a customs line that was about 20 minutes to ½ hour long…that we didn’t expect.  Arrived home safely with no incidents or dramatic motorhome repairs…yeah!

Welcome home sign and line!

We had a great time…loved Newfoundland and Labrador and its people and wide open spaces, desolate roads, etc.  Quebec, despite the language barrier, we enjoyed passing through and would like to return to see some of the Gaspe’ peninsula on a short trip.  I would bring a French/English translation book though…to help with the severe language barrier.  Nova Scotia was scenic and we would see more of that if we get a chance to return to Newfoundland along with New Brunswick.    We loved the time of year we selected with its crisp cool weather and no bugs until the end.

Total moneys spents were $5400 for 40 days of fun.  We did end up shortening the trip a little along the way because we didn’t need as much time in some places as I had planned (my planning was based on other people’s trip reports).  My trip was done my way.  We only stayed two places for two nights…the remaining places we stayed were enroute to somewhere else….travelling hotel.  There was so much to see in Newfoundland with its 5580 miles of coastline we didn’t know where we would end up next.  We may end up revisiting at a later date but it would not include Labrador (not because we didn’t like it) mostly because of nasty route 389.   Since we are frugal, I can assure you YOUR trip would cost more!

I’ve returned with a true appreciation for the quality of American highways (except Pennsylvania), for a good loaf of french bread (thank you Quebec…) FRESH vegetables and fruits readily available.  Oh, and all the people in Quebec that we spoke with (or actually tried to speak with) were very nice to us and appreciated it when we made big fumbling attempts at French words (not skill level there).

Some STATS: 
Meals out - $714 (almost twice what I expected)
Gas - $2619 (at 10 miles per gallon)
Ferries - $314
Food - $577 (brought our pantry items)
We stayed in campgrounds only 11 nights, 29 nights were free camping spots

Miles travelled from NY to ME to New Brunswick to Nova Scotia (cape Breton) to Newfoundland to Labrador to Quebec to NY - 6002 miles

Stay tuned for our next trip report...the WILD WEST 2013 trip will begin approx. September 30th.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have about travel in Newfoundland or Labrador...we would be happy to answer in the comments section.  Donna

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