We are taking off about noon today on a grand adventure exploring Eastern Canada. Martha has planned two stops along the way before getting to 1000 Islands National Park on Tuesday. It’s crazy how many friends we have talked to who are going to the same region. The truck is gassed up and the oil changed. I need to put the bikes in the back of the truck and try to cover them with a tarp, then put Martha’s kayak on. Come along with us as we explore Canada’s national and provincial parks and points in between.
Greg has asked to me to write a few of my thoughts about our upcoming trip. So I will try to do that now. This will probably be the one and only time you will hear from me. Unless it is to correct something he said about me in his blogging or to remove an unflattering picture.
First, let me say that I am very excited about the trip and am looking forward to getting started.
But sometimes I wonder if Greg and I are taking the same trip. Greg has taken an intense, 2-day outdoor wilderness first aid course. He has a first aid kit that would make any EMT proud: splints for every possible kind of broken bone, sutures, bandages, water purification stuff, emergency sleeping bag, emergency tent, and on and on and on.
When I informed Greg that I needed to get a haircut and a pedicure every four weeks I got the eye roll. So you see what I mean about being on the same trip.
We just now decided to not go to Newfoundland, at least on this trip, too far north and east. It would be a lot of long driving and kind of expensive to take the RV on the ferry. I think we are both relieved to have made that decision.
I’m also still trying to convince Greg that it will be cold in Canada from the end of September on and maybe we need to be back in the US by November. I guess we will just have to play that one by ear.
Well, I’m hoping this is a very boring blog. I really do not want any controversial border crossings. You remember from the www.fishacrosscanada.com blog, right? “Hand me your keys and step away from your vehicle.” Also, I’m hoping for no flat tires and no empty gas tanks. I do hope that Greg takes plenty of awesome pictures and you can enjoy what we are seeing and doing.
Please come along with us and enjoy our adventure.
Of course I am very excited to get on the road and launch a new adventure, but we are leaving in seven days and there is a lot to do. I need to go to work today and Wednesday and hopefully finish up some important things. Thursday we are meeting Bobby and Sally, Martha’s brother and his wife, in Williamsburg for the day. That leaves three days to get things done. We are so lucky to have great neighbors and a great helper, Lenore, who are looking after the house. Martha has set up the bills for either automatic payment or email notices. I want to install a rear view camera on the trailer, but I need to order a couple of parts this morning. I want to put a shelf in the front storage compartment of the Airstream. I would like to finish cleaning the garage. I have finished about ¾ of it, but I need a morning and it is VERY hot this week! I know there are a few things in that garage I need, but I can’t find them, as it is such a mess. Saturday we will finish packing and begin loading the trailer. We will turn on the refrigerator Friday evening. I need to go by Verizon and do whatever you have to do to use the phone in Canada. Now the adrenaline is flowing!
Starting a new adventure, we bought a beautiful 2014 25′ Airstream Flying Cloud. My name is Greg and my wife is Martha. At this point I am much more anxious to get going and I could stay on the road for a very long time. Martha is more cautious, but has given us two years to travel. The first trip begins the end of the month, and the plan is to explore eastern Canada. There are eleven national parks in that area and eight drives listed in National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime. Martha has given us about four months for this trip, so we will return home for Thanksgiving, and hopefully we will get back on the road in February. She told me a little break would be OK, since that will be duck hunting season.
There are many things to do to get ready. I’m sure when we leave, we will discover things we forgot to do or things we didn’t take along. In 2013 my best friend, Kelly, and I bought a 2005 30′ Classic and drove across Canada for four months on an incredible fishing trip. It was a great adventure, and we wrote a blog at http://www.fishacrosscanada.com. Kelly has written a book about it, called If the Fish are Bitin‘,which will be published soon. We had a few essential things we don’t have on this trip, the main one being solar power. Three awnings to shade the windows and keep the rain out were nice. Five more feet doesn’t sound like much, but it’s all storage. What we gained is better maneuverability and not so much weight to pull.
I could go on, but you probably aren’t interested in the details. I hope you will come along and join us for the ride. I’ll try to take some good pictures and show you some beautiful sights and interesting places. I love the comments people made on our previous blog. Don’t be shy, we would all love to hear your thoughts and quips, or if nothing else just to know you are there, and I’m not just talking to myself.