Neil and Lois 50th Anniversary Trip travel blog

We left Thorburn Lake campground early this morning. Our plan was to drive the 400+ miles to Port Aux Basques and try to get on the ferry a day earlier as our reservation is for Monday morning. The winds started to pickup so we stopped in the Carryville area to get fuel. There were several trailer trucks stopped here. The owner of the station indicated that this area had dangerous and unpredictable high winds on occasion and this was one of those occasions. Winds were reported at a steady 80 kph (48 mph) and were forecasted to increase to 100+ kph (60+mph). This area has a history of trailer trucks and even a train being blown over in one of these freak wind storms. We had already been warned about this area by the Newfoundland couple that we had met earlier in the trip in Nova Scotia. We stayed at the service station until it appeared that the wind had died down a little, then we moved on towards the ferry. The wind got much worse and after fighting the wind as long as we could, we set it down about 30 miles from the ferry in a tractor trailer parking lot. The winds were the strongest winds we have ever encountered in a motor home. It was mostly a head wind, but we would have strong pounding gusts to the sides. The motor home swayed and blew all over our side of the road. It made you feel as if the motor home could easily get blown over and there was no place to get completely off the road until we found this trailer truck lot. We will spend the night here.

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