Three years ago, my mother and I ventured on a cross country trek in my brother’s Jeep across Canada. We drove west from southwestern Ontario to Vancouver, BC over the course of two weeks, and then down to northern California to meet up with the men in our family. The following are taken from emails I wrote to family and friends.
Day 27: Sunday, August 26, 2012
More driving than I possibly care to mention. Crossed through: Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and finally New York State. I was hoping to cross into Canada via Windsor, ON, but alas, the parentals had other plans…
- A Wegman’s grocery shop in Orchard Park (I did benefit from this) because groceries bought in the US are a bargain;
- A visit with mom’s cousin in West Seneca to pick up all the ridiculous things the men took off their motorbikes and sent after day 1 of their trip (a power strip for example, and chairs. Yes, chairs. My brothers envisioned sitting on chairs around a campfire (after lugging said chairs on their motorbikes?!) holding their power strips for comfort because that’s all they’re good for when you’re camping);
- Home to Fonthill to offload only my stuff and put into a non trailer toting car;
And finally, a 2 hour drive to Toronto. Phew.
Besides having a numb bum, the trek home was enjoyable – not as much as the drive going out west though of course. Now all I have to do is sort through the 1000’s of pics I took.
And so, here we are. Present day Julia (hi!) has taken a year to re-post her write-ups to re-live her and her mother’s trip across Canada. The re-telling and going through my archived photos, long since forgotten about really, has been a lot of fun, and I’m glad to have taken the time to do it. While the trip had its trials, it was one my mom and I can reflect on with warm and fuzzy thoughts and feelings. I really would like to hop in a car now and drive east. Want to come with?
Kilometres achieved: 1007
Total kilometres of whole trip: 14,646