The Route We Took: Rte 510 S & 514, 514-01, and 513 / Iceberg Alley
Lodging: Riverlodge Hotel, Mary’s Harbour, NL, CA
Food: Restaurant within multi-purpose building in which the hotel is housed
Joke of the Day:
Why did the elephant stand on marshmallows?
He didn’t want to burn his feet in the hot chocolate.
These are the jokes, folks.
We thought we might spend the morning taking a ferry ride. If you look online, there’s a ferry that services Charlottetown, Port Hope Simpson, Norman Bay, and Williams Harbour. A call to the ferry company confirmed what the waitress had shared with us the evening prior, ferry service had not commenced even though the website indicated it started in June.
Ferries in Newfoundland and Labrador are tricky. Pay attention, call for reservations, and plan accordingly.
We experienced another search party in an effort to check out. Honestly, the gruff, miserable woman who is supposed to man the front desk is almost never there. And, frequently, no one knows where she is.
Once found, we asked to check out. In the process, she asked, “Did you have any meals?” We were startled. Our dinner’s hadn’t been inexpensive, and had been charged to the room. Why wasn’t the front desk aware of this given the 12-hour delay. Oh, right. The woman was never at the front desk!
Finally we were free of The Alexis Hotel.
Before getting back on the “highway”, we stopped at The Moulder of Dreams, which is a local pottery studio / sheltered workshop for Myotonic Dystrophy, which is located in the building with the town’s offices. I didn’t notice street signs, but a short drive through town should suffice to find it.
The pieces are interesting and several have Inushuk images painted on them. You will find Moulder of Dreams pottery throughout The Labrador Coastal Drive, but the studio itself has the greatest variety and the best prices, including a discount bin!
With our purchases in hand, we were back on the road. Before resuming our southbound journey, we headed back north briefly to Charlottetown and Pinsent's Arm.