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May 17, 2009 - Day 1

Left this morning at 9am. Drove to Mentor Rv in Ohio to have some minor problems with the TT looked at and fixed. Stayed the night at Indian Creek Campground near Ashtabula, Ohio. Campground was pretty empty. Seasonal trailers mostly with two or three overnighters. Weather was cold at night. Minus 2 celsius. Both heaters working overnight. Buddy the dog happy as a clam as he is getting lots of walks.

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Cross Country Trip

Apr 17, 2009 - Barrie, Ontario (End of our trip, Mom L)

April 17/09 We drove on Highway 401 then north on 400 to Mom’s driveway in Barrie for a couple of weeks until the Bee Happy Campground opens up. It is really great getting together with family and friends. We had hardly anything on our calendar for six months and then we get back and it gets filled up pretty good with appointments, friend and family get togethers. Campground Notes: Mom’s driveway, free/night 15-E/W, back in, paved site, easy satellite, free laundry.

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Oct 19, 2008 - Barrie, Ontario (Start of our trip, Mom L)

We've been camping in Mom L's driveway for a week making final preparations for our departure. No matter how organized you are there is always a mad scramble to get things completed before leaving. On Sunday night we organized a surprise birthday party for Mom G for her 70th. It was held at a local buffet restaurant (Country Market) and everyone had a great time. She was very surprised as she thought it was a going away dinner for us. Photos (click images above): First we have a photo of our trailer parked at our summer seasonal site at the...

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Jun 8, 2008 - Barrie

Barrie Ontario another overnight stop staying at a beautiful camp ground would love to stay a week but we have places to go things to see so must leave in the morning for Hamilton, from there we will tour both Toronto an Niagara Falls so we will be staying awhile. While I am adding to our journal we just got a rain of all rain storm it's coming down in buckets Norm is in the camp ground shower and needs to come back to the trailer. There is rain and tornado warnings for tomorrow hope we get neither.

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Jun 6, 2008 - Departure at last!

Weather today: Slight rain when we left this morning but quickly cleared up with sun and hot temperatures. It seems like we have been waiting forever to begin this trip. At last the day has arrived. Woke up this morning to some light rain but by 9h30 when we were ready to leave the skies started to clear up. Turned out to be a great day for driving. First destination is Barrie (Ontario) as we are guests at my cousin's wedding tomorrow in the town of Penetanguishene. The drive was really smooth and we stopped a few times to relax at several...

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Apr 16, 2008 - Barrie, Ontario (End of our trip, Mom L)

April 16 - 30/08 We got everything ready to go through customs and made sure we didn’t have any meat, vegetables and fruit on board. The border crossing wasn’t that bad, we got through in minutes not hours. We took Hwy 402 to the Hwy 401 then north on the Hwy 400 to Mike’s mom’s driveway, where we will hold out until the campground opens on May 1. May 1/08 - Fall of 2008 (when we start again) We are in our new spot for the next six months. We are enjoying being home seeing both families and friends, work, and get back into life in Ontario....

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Nov 7, 2007 - Barrie, Ontario (Start of our trip, Mom L)

We were going to leave on November 7/07 to start our great adventure, but we woke up to 5 to 6 inches of heavy, wet packing snow. Good thing, we were in mom's driveway to have the use of shovels and brooms to dig us out. So, we decided to stay another day due to the snow and we changed our plans to pick up the entertainment central armrest from the manufacturer in Millersburg, Indiana. Photos (click images above): We visited friends (Wendy & Graydon) for our first road trip. We stayed at the Cookstown KOA campground for a few days after we...

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Aug 21, 2006 - Barrie

After a great visit with Tessa and John it was off to Barrie to visit Jacquies Aunt Pam and Uncle Bob. Picking up the trailer on our way we pulled up to Bob and Pams in a style that would have made the Klampets jealous. If you ask Jacquie the highlight of the visit was taking a bath. It was the first tub she had had access to since we sold our house in June! Myself it was the "Thirty Thousand Island Tour" aboard the Island Queen in Georgan Bay. Wow what a way to live! just go out and buy yourself and island and then build a house thats...

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Jul 15, 2006 - Orangeville, Ontario - Jan's cottage, Toronto sailing

Stopped off at Steve and Diane Kozlowski's for a few hours over lunch. Was good to catch up with them again. They had met us in San Antonio during our trip and we spend a few days with them the last time we passed through Toronto. Dropped the motor home off at Cummins to have a small oil leak checked out. This was good timing to have a problem, as we were passing right by on our way to the cottage and I wanted to get an oil change anyway. We've had some really warm weather (low 30's) and spent some good time with Jan (Jill's sister) and...

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Sep 17, 2005 - Casting Off

After several years of preparation Captain John and I finally cast off the lines from our dock in Keswick on Lake Simcoe in Ontario and set off on our first boat trip to the sunny south. We travelled north and then east on our lovely lake for 29 miles and entered the Trent Severn Waterway where we tied up at the free wall just before Bridge #50 (Lakeshore Swing Bridge) for the night. I have been experimenting with our new handycam, something I have always wanted. It's hard to believe after all the planning that we are finally on our way! As...

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Aug 9, 2005 - Owen Sound to Alliston/Toronto, 117 km

Toronto, here we come!! We can practically smell it as we roll out of bed around 5:30 after a very mediochre night's sleep (quite warm). It's as if the headwinds know we're about to have a rest day, and a neat one at that, because they're at full tilt well before the usual mid-morning. The Bruce Peninsula area of Ontario is a topographical nightmare in of its own, too; the glaciers of the Ice Age, specifically in spite of bicyclists, piled up endless chains of short and shockingly steep little hills. Add a dash of stifling heat and you get...

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