Windy, cool morning sightseeing in the Iles
de la Madeleine. Unusually clear day in Newfoundland and St Johns with
great views of the wild south shore of the island.
Upon arrival in St Johns, we met a ferry pilot
who was on his way to Denmark with a brand new Cessna 182. Besides
ferrying little planes, he also delivers Boeing 747's and flies in air
shows with a DC-3 called Duggy. We
dined with him in the 'Hungry Fishermen' (more lobster…).
We stayed at The Roses, a charming b&b run by an Irishman whom we never
met! We’d pre-booked the room and found a note waiting for us on our
arrival to help ourselves to the room – which was very cosy and had a
spacious bathroom. And, more important, we had internet access.
We had been in touch with to Mrs. Maria da Conceição Amaral at INAC (the
Portuguese aviation authorities) in Lisbon who had granted us permission
to land at Flores, the westernmost island of the Azores, despite the
fact that it is not a generally accepted port of entry. Flores is one of
the most beautiful of the Azores islands and this would shorten our
flight across the Atlantic by a couple of hours. However, to our
surprise and dismay, on our return from dinner, we received another
email from Mrs. Amaral, apologizing that it would not be possible for us
to make Flores our port of entry after all since there was no customs
and immigration to receive us. We would have to land in Ponta Delgada
(São Miguel island) after all, adding another 2 hours to the journey.
Most of the flight to St Johns was over wilderness like this.