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Cross Country Cayman: The 5,000-mile journey begins

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By Mary Williams

A Cayman S, a California destination, and a continent to cross: This is the dream drive. The destination is Porsche Parade 2014 in Monterey. The Cayman S and its care givers live in St. John’s, Newfoundland, an island off the east coast of Canada. We intend to explore scenic highlights along the way and share our adventures through this blog. California here we come!

Km 0/mile 0. Once you leave the urban region of St. John’s, there is only one road across the province of Newfoundland. The route bypasses all the interesting coastal communities, and so the landscape is mostly forest and bog land. However, we took a little detour to check out some of the icebergs currently visiting local waters.

Km 1088/mile 676. Throughout this past winter, the ferry connecting Newfoundland with the mainland of North America was challenged, and occasionally trapped, by heavy ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This had an effect on the entire island, since all of the goods transported by truck must travel on the ferry. This early in the tourist season, trucks are still a large portion of the ferry load. The Cayman S feels very small in such company.

On the ferry, the cars normally travel on deck 2, down in the hold, and the trucks on deck 3, level with the dock. The ramp down to deck 2 has a very sharp angle at the bottom. On the approach to the ramp, one of the deck hands approached.

“Looks like you have a low rider there. Pull over. We will find a place for you on this deck.”

And they did. We were tucked into the bow, with the “frunk” (front trunk) right against the loading ramp. As a result, there were no truck doors opening near us, and no people pushing by with careless luggage. Bonus: We were first off the ferry early Sunday morning, and had the winding road through the Cape Breton Highlands all to ourselves. Happy motoring.

Stay tuned for more Cross Country Cayman, documenting Mary and Christopher Williams' journey in a Cayman S, from the farthest reaches of eastern North America to Porsche Parade 2014 in Monterey, California.

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