Wheeling in the Land of Icebergs, Caribou and Vikings
Page 2: Viking
Page 3: BYOV
Earlier that evening, we had driven our vehicles onto the ferry and while a few members of the group performed trail fixes in the belly of the boat, the remainder of us had stood on the ship's deck, waving goodbye to our local guide in Goose Bay, Labrador. The ship motored east northeast, casting off under calm conditions, with the early evening light painting its rouge and tangerine shadows over Lake Melville, and on the rugged and earthy Mealy Mountains, as we passed through the straits by Rigotet and the Hamilton Inlet.
Page 4: Goose Bay
After a rough night's journey on the M/V Sir Robert Bond, we arrived in the picturesque fishing village of Blanc Sablon, Newfoundland, and, after a day of rest and exploring, we boarded the M/V Apollo, for St. Barbe. Motoring on calmer seas, we watched the sun's light turn icebergs an opalescent blue, and delighted in watching whales fish and frolic, on our way to L'Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the first Viking settlement in North America. Our tired bodies came to rest in the replica of a Viking long house, sleeping on sheep skins laid atop of wooden planks. Guides tended a fire through the night, cooking venison and bannock bread in a traditional fashion.
Page 5: Tips
1. Get to know your vehicle. Work on it, even if it doesn't need to be worked on, so that you'll know it if it breaks down or needs work in the field. Don't be intimidated!
2. Have at hand (in your vehicle) a set of tools, common parts and an owner's manual-a workshop manual, if you plan to travel far into the backcountry or over really rigorous terrain.
3. Never use a trip to "try out" your new vehicle.
1. Leave your ego behind.
2. Pay attention to throttle control. Almost always, less throttle is more.
3. Pay attention to the environment. Often whatever is good for the environment is good for your vehicle. (not spinning a wheel, getting off the trail, for instance.)
4. Walk over or through an obstacle first before driving over it. Any obstacle has a worst and best case scenario. Plan ahead and don't go ahead if you can't face the worst case scenario.
5. Make your 4-wheeing a method. The more you practice and make it a method, the
more prepared you are for the non-typical things that can happen along the trail or in the backcountry. Be prepared to stay longer and face emergency situations.
6. Impatient, complacent driving is when you let your guard down and can therefore damage your vehicle or hurt someone. Take a break and enjoy the scenery when you are tired or frustrated. .
Page 6: FAQs
How do I make the trip? Overland Experts' driving schools ( for all levels of drivers from beginners to expert) are based at our Hadlyme, Connecticut Course. Hadlyme is near the beautiful towns of East Haddam, with its Goodspeed Opera House, and Essex and Old Lyme. The towns are situated near the mouth of the Connecticut River, listed by the Nature Conservancy as one of the Last Great Places for its great natural beauty and open spaces. The region offers quality accommodations, can be reached by road off Route 95, and is served by the new high speed Acela train. The area is rich in history and 25 minutes from Mystic Seaport.
Page 8: Writer's Notes
1. Almost one and three quarters times the size of Great Britain, Newfoundland and Labrador would rank fourth in size behind Alaska, Texas and California...if it were one of the United States.
2. Newfoundland is the youngest province in Canada. St. John's is the starting of the longest road in Canada, the 4,860-mile Trans Canada Highway. The highway was started in 1962, and ends in Victoria, B.C.
3. Guarding the entrance of St. Johns is Signal Hill, overlooking the harbor. It was on Signal Hill that inventor Marcomi received the first radio message sent across the Atlantic Ocean.
4. Gander, Newfoundland's airport has been called the "crossroads of the world."
5. Some stores sell "canned" Newfoundland air, which is said to be scented with fish flakes.