Finally finished the move to Nova Scotia! As I was driving a 53′ rig there wasn’t really much opportunity to shoot and photos along the very scenic Trans-Labradorian Highway. But! I did manage to grab some videos for your enjoyment.
As mentioned, the TLH is definitely a once in a lifetime drive. My parents even made the drive but came up to Goose Bay via the other side through Baie-Comeau and Labrador City.
A Satphone or SPOT device is highly recommended when travelling either side of the highway. You are literally in the middle of nowhere for a very long period of time. No coverage for any services.
The South Coast section is unpaved until Red Bay and maintained to varying degrees throughout the year. Vehicle damage is fairly common. The first time I traveled the highway, my friend’s truck sheared a shock from where it was bolted to the box.
In fact, I was informed by my Girlfriend’s Father only after we arrived in Nova Scotia that a 12′ ramp from the car trailer is missing. We have no idea where or when that departed my company. So… if you’re driving somewhere along the TLH and find it, maybe let U-Haul know where it is with some GPS coordinates? haha
The Weather was rather windy so drifting snow was an issue as well as the wind against all fifty three feet of rig I was driving. Combine that with the tires that were less than satisfactory for regular conditions… you can imagine how impressed I am with U-Haul. Oh yeah! They also provided me a truck WITHOUT A DIPSTICK! Apparently it was the Dipstick that dropped the truck off in Goose Bay. Lucky for them, I’ve operated these vehicles before and prevented it from becoming a billboard on the side of the highway.
About two minutes after I finished that clip, my Girlfriend disappeared into zero visibility. Continuing on as it had happened before, unfortunately she appeared only two car-lengths in front of me as it was a large snowbank that decelerated her little Kia nearly to zero. Now, with twenty tons of orange striped death doing 70km/h toward her… thankfully I managed to swerve, drop it to low gear and avoid killing my family. Needless to say, the trip was a little more exciting than I had budgeted or planned for.
Thankfully the remainder of the trip was relatively uneventful save for almost getting stuck on the loading ramp of the MV Apollo. These last seventy two hours have been an extreme test of my patience. Murphy’s Law was in full effect.
But! It’s all done! Now to get the photo gear unpacked!
Look for some Aviation content in the coming weeks as I get settled in here and then head off home to British Columbia for April.