What a day… we left civilized Quebec behind us this morning. After a 2.6 hr flight, fueling up in Shefferville was a first ‘in the north’ experience. After we filled the plane up with fuel by hand pump, we got a ride to visit the local guesthouse. The hostess, Carol, picked us up and even fed us lunch. She was extremely friendly, especially considering that we we were supposed to stay with her on Sunday night and then maybe even on Monday night. Both nights we didn’t make it because of the weather. Raymond liked the living room area of the guesthouse very much. See pictures.
After lunch, Carol brought us back to the airport and off we went for another 3.5 hrs flight pretty much due north. This flight I didn’t look forward to very much. It has large stretches over freezing water. The first hour of this flight, my heart rate was easily 90-100 bpm. I distracted myself from these worries by listening to an audio-book and preparing for the approach into Iqaluit. The tactic worked since my heart rate gradually declined to a pretty normal 60 bpm.
Leg 1: Chibougamau-Chapais to Schefferville
Fuel stop: Schefferville with real ‘bush flying’ experience… hand-pumping avgas from a barrel
Leg 2: Schefferville to Iqaluit
First sight of icy waters..and the northern tundra
A little celebration at the local Storehouse