Harbour Le Cou To La Plante Harbour
Good by Grand Bruit as we take a group shot before leaving and hello Harbour Le Cou once we arrived in Rose Blanche.
Once we arrived in Rose Blanche by ferry we decided to hitch a ride to Harbour Le Cou a few minutes up the road from which would provide a better launching spot in the morning to finally begin our paddle. Ralph was fortunate enough to coerce a trucker to let us tag along. Once at Harbour Le Cou we set up camp. I decided to lodge in this shed to avoid packing a wet tent in the morning. We also used the shed for our evening cook up and map review with plans for the morning.
Tony at our cook up.
Ralph loading the next day and finally we can begin paddling. Ralph is also seen here rounding Shark Cove Head our first head land of many on the journey. Fog was wafting all around but visibility allowed for land to stay in view which made the early part of navigation easy.
Well under way we begin to creep up on Big Seal Island. Petites was pretty much a fogged out blur. There is an old stone lighthouse there built many years ago but was not visible to us in the fog nor very visible during the ferry ride past Petites the day before.
Just past Hatcher's Cove was a small inlet where this cabin spot provided a nice snack break. Then off again.
Tony darts by Whale Island on the way to Duck Island.
Ralph is passing by Crafty Head and then later resting in behind Duck Island. There were some interesting breaking waves on the exit from the Duck Island area. Kind of fun paddling through.
After paddling for about 25km we arrived at La Plante Harbour. Fro Duck Island was a steady paddle to here in some very loppy waters. My cockpit had taken on a fair bit of water due to a loose piece of equipment on deck that was dragging in the water. I was relieved to get to shore since a lot of drag had been created when it dislodged. Ralph offered to tie it back but the waters were quite choppy and the cove was just ahead. Ralph took on some water as well and we determined that our boats were heavy and allot of wash had spilled over us during the paddle. Boat was nicely rearranged for the departure the next day I'll tell ya!
Tony enjoying some down time.
Our first fire of the trip and with the intermittent sunshine we were able to dry some gear.
A quick shot of some sea shells and some entries in my journal then off to bed for me.