Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We are home!

We are back home after being gone for almost a month!  How time flies!  We left Friday March 25, 2011 and returned today, Wednesday April 20, 2011.

We left Kissimmee, Florida to return to Canada on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. and arrived home today, Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m.  The direct drive home was 2,382 km.  It took as long as it did because we made a number of stops along the way - we are not yet very disciplined travellers, but we had fun!

We left Monroe, Michigan at 9:30 this morning, travelled about 550 km today and arrived home about 5:30 p.m.  It was really cold there, only about 40 degrees in the van when we got up.  It rained cats and dogs all night, so I was glad to be in a hotel for the night.  And it's really cold back home!  We crossed the border around lunchtime at Port Huron/Sarnia this time, and were through in about 5 minutes, so it is definitely faster than trying to cross at Detroit/Windsor.

"Bridge to Canada" sign at Port Huron.

Bridge to Canada from Port Huron to Sarnia.

Border crossing with Canadian flags!

We did a lot on this adventure - we saw Nashville, Memphis, Tupelo, Destin, and Kissimmee.  We camped, we stayed in hotels, we rented a house.  It all happened so fast, it seems like a dream!  We met up with old friends in Kissimmee, Michelle Hill and Alicia and Jordan Cox, and made new friends there too, Emily's cousin Erin and her husband Glen and their two children.  And we had a wonderful vacation with Rob and Emily!

One of the reasons I wanted to do this trip so soon after last year's was to test drive my new bionic knee, which I had had replaced in September 2010 specifically to be able to walk around Disney.  I am happy to say that the new knee is a peach!  It works great in the warmer climate.

I also wanted to definitively decide if the surgery for the second knee is absolutely necessary or not, given that I have already scheduled the surgery for September 2011.  Based on this trip, I was able to do a considerable amount of walking, severe arthritis notwithstanding, and am leaning towards cancelling the second surgery.  Before I do that though I want to evaluate it in the colder Canadian climate.

Although it is fun to go away, it is good to get back home.  Everything here is as it should be.  The ice on the lake has gone, and it seems funny to be seeing water again!  I am looking forward to putting the dock and boats in the lake, and going kayaking again!

First view of the lake water for 2011!!

Thanks for everyone's support and inquiries, and a special thanks to George for all his interest and value-added suggestions and advice for our travels and the blog itself!

I have already started to plan our next adventure!

Thanks for stopping by, and as they say at Disney, have a magical day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Red Roof Inn, Monroe, Michigan, near Detroit. About 45 degrees now!

We left Lexington, Kentucky wearing shorts & T-shirts.  By the end of the day, we were almost at Detroit, and now wearing long pants and sweatshirts and winter coats!  We travelled 476 km today.

We stopped to have lunch with George & Sue at their campground in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  We were there for about 2 hours, then got  back on the road again.  That was fun!

George at Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Paul & George.


Lou & Paul in the beautiful pool area.

We have stopped in Monroe, Michigan at a Red Roof Inn that gives you dinner (pizza), breakfast, a decent room with king size bed and easy chair and desk, wifi, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and is pet friendly, all for $49.00!  Cheaper than some of the campgrounds we have been in, and a lot warmer!  Apparently they had snow here yesterday!

We drove through a lot of windy rainy weather today, so were travelling a little slower than usual.  I took a photo of the stormy sky at 9 a.m. as we left Kentucky, and that was before the storms started.

Stormy sky at 9 a.m. near Lexington, Ky.

We hope to have a decent day for travelling and to be back home tomorrow.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Days Inn just north of Lexington, Kentucky. Mid-70's today!

It was only 64 degrees in the van this morning when we got up.  Abby crawled into the sleeping bag with me about 4 a.m. because she was cold!  So we put the heater on for a few minutes to take the chill off!

We left at 8:30 a.m., travelled through Georgia (Atlanta traffic is horrible), then into Tennessee and finally stopped at 7:30 p.m. just north of Lexington, Kentucky.  Since the weather is a bit cooler, and Paul has a cold again, we decided to hotel tonight.  We travelled about 745 km today.

Bandit travelled in the sink again for most of the day, funny little guy!  We saw some beautiful scenic mountains in north Georgia and Tennessee.

Sink Bandit, giving me "the look"!

Georgia mountains.

Tennessee mountains.

More Tennessee mountains.

Stinking Creek Road!

Elvis in the Tennessee Mountains.

The weather has been mid-70's today, but cooled off noticeably about 6:00 p.m.

Tomorrow we'll continue heading north on I75, with a plan to be home probably Wednesday.

Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

KOA campground in Forsyth, Georgia. Mid-70's temperatures all day!

"On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again..."

We left our rental house in Kissimmee, Florida at about 10:15 this morning.  As soon as we started stacking things by the door, the kit kats very quietly went into their travel crates and waited.  They did not want to be left behind!

Kit kats are packed and ready to go!

We got an e-mail from Rob at about 2:30 in the morning saying they arrived safely after a delay on the runway in Orlando.  We miss them already!  And are going to miss the hot sunny Florida weather and good times!

We drove 611 km today.  Weather was warm (mid 70's) and sunny all day, beautiful!

We stopped and made our lunch in Ocala, Florida, where we met a couple from Baden, Ontario (Karen & Helmut).  They saw our Ontario plates and came and introduced themselves, and we discussed our RV's for a couple of minutes.  Theirs is a 2004 Leisure Travel 210B on a Sprinter chassis, so a class B similar to ours but a bit bigger.  They bought it used a couple of weeks ago.  They said it is from Manitoba.  I want to investigate this unit a bit more, it looks very nice.

During the drive today, Bandit re-discovered his own little spot in the sink and was quite content to snooze there most of the day.  Abby curled up in her favorite spot in her travel crate and barely said a word all day!

Bandit in the sink!

Sink Bandit!

We were tentatively planning to camp north of Atlanta today, but by 7 p.m. decided to stop at the KOA campground in Forsyth, which is between Macon and Atlanta, Georgia.  Nice little place with a catch & release fishing pond.  And they brought us warm home-made cookies about 15 minutes after we got set up as a thank you for choosing their campground.  They also provide free coffee in the morning, and have a wonderful-smelling pizza place at their office.

Fishing pond.

We will hit the road again tomorrow and see how far we get.  We plan to be home Tuesday or Wednesday.  We don't have a definite route planned yet, we are just moseying north on I75.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!