Last week we shared with you the beginning of Rily and Al's trip through Canada. Now we're stoked to share with you the second part of their journey. This time they ran into some whales, saw where the Vikings first settled and even found some showers! Check them out on Instagram: @rilesdialed87 - @alfarrugia. Stay tuned for part 3 next week!
The views of Red Bay
We camped out at a construction site to plug our flat tire from earlier. After spending 30 minutes the next morning filling up the tire with a bike pump we were off to Red Bay. We rolled into town early morning with heavy fog lingering everywhere. Luckily we were just in time to watch the whales swim into the harbor from the distance. As the sun burned off the fog, it revealed a small town with a population less than 300.
Off to Newfoundland
Red Bay Harbour was less than an hour away from the ferry ride across the Atlantic to the island of Newfoundland. We spent the rest of the day checking out one of Canada's tallest lighthouses and the oldest known burial mound in the New World. We were pretty excited when we found out the waiting building for the ferry had showers. It had been nearly four days of camping, all away from any civilization!
The L'Anse aux Meadows Vikings
Our first full day on the island of Newfoundland we checked out the L'Anse aux Meadows. It is the most northern tip of the island where the Vikings first settled in North America over a 1,000 years ago. The area is rich with preserved Viking heritage sites, and even some that were rebuilt to imitate the area of what it was like when they first settled on the unexplored island.