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Driving to Happy Valley-Goose Bay Aug 10, 2011
Port Hope Simpson Gas Station Next Services 410 km

After returning from the Battle Harbour, I continued my travel by gravel roads to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The last town on the way is Port Hope Simpson, where I filled up a tank of my car. I could not afford to bypass the gas station in this settlement, because the next one was 410 kilometers away. My Jeep had the original stock Goodyear tires. They are not too good and easily get punctured when driven on sharp rocks. I was expecting a puncture at any time, so I kept my tire repair kit on hand. I had my first flat tire precisely at the junction with the road to Cartwright. The nearest town and services were 125 km behind and 285 km ahead. It took me half an hour to repair a tire. A local resident of Cartwright, who was passing by, stopped to check if there is anything, I might need.

  Truck is coming
Endless Road My first flat tire on this trip
Nice outfit More Dust

The next section of gravel road was in surprisingly good condition. I was able to drive at a speed of 90-110 km/h (55-70 mph). I reached Goose Bay before sunset. I felt tired and covered with a big layer of dust. On that day, I spent over 9 hours behind the wheel driving 475 km (295 miles) distance on gravel roads.

Drifters On the road to Goose Bay
Highway in Labrador
Sand Island on Churchill River