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9/27/93 - Cleveland, Ohio

Sunday, October 30, 2011

9/27/93 – I got the headlights fixed in Medicine Hat Monday AM – new headlight switch and new dimmer switch for $75 Canadian. Then we made Moose Jaw, Winnipeg (the Stampede was still going on). Dryden (trees, lakes, and rocks), Thunder Bay (rode our bikes 2 ½ miles to town – had a supper break at a 7/11 store with a super sub and cake). Wawa (still rugged and remote), then Indian River on Sunday (Michigan) and Hartland on Monday. Tuesday we made it to Joanne’s house and parked in her front yard. She wanted us to drive between the houses and park on Lake Erie, but I didn’t think I could get back out again.

Someone lost a muffler on Lake Shore Drive (I90) about 1 ½ miles before the 152nd Street exit, and all five lanes of traffic stopped. I locked the brakes, and we had eight wheels screaming – fortunately the guy in front of me decided to go again, but I got it from 55 down to about 30 in fairly short order. I guess it’s good to know that everything works.

Looking back, it doesn’t seem possible that we skipped nine days between entries – I did laundry in Moose Jaw (Monday) and again in Hartland (another Monday). We got a booklet with a local map of Wawa from the campground, but there were lots of visitor centers that we skipped.

We ran into an Escapee yesterday, in Hartland, MI. He has been full timing for 13 years and was complaining that it gets harder every time he has to hitch up. If he retired when he was 65 he would be 78 now – and that’s about how he looks. He said “No hugs” - and I said – “The thought never crossed my mind,” which was exactly true. He didn’t think much of the idea of driving to Alaska – and the service manager at the Chrysler-Plymouth dealership that fixed the headlights couldn’t understand why I would want to go. “It’s just like here” was his comment (Medicine Hat).

It was cool in Canada compared to here (Cleveland – 15 degrees warmer), and even Michigan is 10 degrees warmer than were we have been.

The BW called Betty Jane (another sister) at home with Jeff and got her. Joanne and the BW were both dismayed that Betty has gone back to Jeff one more time.

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MS.ELENI 10/31/2011 10:50AM

    I can't imagine traveling like you did. My brother does it for several months every year now and loves it.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

When I was in high school, I went to a school that wasn't as small as the one in Hoosiers, but still was small by the standards of the big city schools. I played ball during the same years as the story in Hoosiers is set (1951 and 1952) and I remember a lot of basketball games where the final sore was 101 to 102 (or 103) or 61 to 62. I always thought that there really wasn't a clear victor when the scores were so close, but I guess that is what made the games so exciting - much more immediate than football or track.

Anyway, I took back three books to the library today, and realized that there are three huge walls of DVD's and Bluerays, covered with the disks on edge from floor to ceiling, and along a lot of feet of "bookcase". I looked along one, and checked out Hoosiers just to see how it looks on our living room TV. I watched it this afternoon, and even though I had seen it a couple of times before, I had forgotten the details of the story - just that it is an exceptionally good movie, at least for me. It is copyrighted in 1986 but the story is about the 1952 state championship. If you haven't seen it for a long time, it is really worth watching.

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MS.ELENI 10/30/2011 9:32AM

    Sounds like a good day

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Medicine Hat on 7/18/93

Friday, October 28, 2011

7/18/93 – We’re in Medicine Hat tonight – spent last night in Calgary because the BW A) didn’t want to stop after 125 miles, and B), didn’t like the looks of Alpine Park Resort. The night before was in Golden, which was a lot like Vail but not quite as fancy. I stopped at the pass in Glacier National Park and took some pictures.

On Saturday I didn’t stop at the pass (Kicking Horse – continental divide) to look at the scenic overlook and the “Spiral Tunnels.” There was a large parking area that looked full, but before we got to the entrance there were a couple of gaps where I probably could have parked. My mistake was asking the BW if she was interested – she never is. The pictures might be a waste of money, but they make me happy – and we probably won’t be back this way, at least not soon.

The BW was complaining that we should have stayed and visited the Stampede in Calgary today – but when I suggested it yesterday she said “No!” Drives me nuts. Just a few minutes ago she was saying how ironic it was that we are passing through the Straits of Mackinac without stopping. If I knew what was important in advance I could probably deliver anything. With only ex post facto desires I ain’t got a chance.

Moose Jaw tomorrow – oh yeah, the van has no headlights and the dimmer switch doesn’t work.

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DANCINGGRAM 10/29/2011 11:03AM

    Road trips are beautiful,but can be exhausting! My hubby isn't into driving too far,from home,but the kids love going to the Outter Banks,for their Summer vacation,so we drive the 10 hours to spend time w/them. Even the 4 yr old said he didn't want to do that again when he got back home Sounds like his grandfather. LOL!

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OURELEE1 10/28/2011 8:31PM

  Your blogs remind me when we use to travel. Can't right now we take care of my 89 year old parents and 86 year old aunt. Have a good weekend.

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LINDA! 10/28/2011 6:33PM

    Have a safe trip!

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/28/2011 6:31PM

    LOL! Sounds like my road trips with the missus, which is why we don't really do road trips any more.

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Bridal Veil Falls

Thursday, October 27, 2011

7/15/93 – Made it to Bridal Falls, BC by 2:00 PM. We left about 8:30 AM and did not stop for lunch. The BW bought two sweaters for $12 total yesterday – then spent $4 washing them. She claims one is a $100.00 sweater, but I wouldn’t know. It has been raining off and on all day today, and the sweaters aren’t dry. It’s cold, about 60 degrees, but 87 per cent relative humidity so I sweat copiously, both while hitching up this morning and while setting up camp here. We’re about to hike up to the falls – a 15 minute walk. More later.

The falls were truly impressive – 80 meters (195 foot) trop, and you get right up to the bottom of them. The path up to the observation platform, however, is a real killer. It seemed like several hundred feet up, and it took 30 minutes to walk back down, too. Very steep. I didn’t take my camera along because the BW said “not for her” and because it was raining a little. Also, the spray at the foot of the falls was heavy enough to soak my sweater. The temperature was about 56 degrees on my little mirror thermometer, and it was probably 100 per cent relative humidity. I also didn’t take any pictures from the ferry this morning. The ferry is one reason (Port Townsend to Widby Island) that we only covered 135 miles in six hours – first wait, then go slow, then waid some more. We had to turn in the apples the BW just bought and my can of Halt (pepper spray) to get into the country. Were we got off of I5 (exit 256) I stopped at a bank and traded $100 US for $126.36 Canadian. The teller told me that if I gave her the Canadian money back I would get $97.22. With that three per cent loss it is obvious that you don’t want to bring back a great deal of Canadian money.

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DANCINGGRAM 10/27/2011 5:29PM

    Wow,it was probably beautiful. Too bad it wasn't nicer out. Sounds like you certainly got your exercise too!

Have a safe trip home. emoticon

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Getting Ready to Leave

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

7/13/93 – Got reservations for three more nights and a promise from first-come first-served campground at 5,000 feet just a few miles over the continental divide (before you get to Calgary). That takes care of a total of five nights out of 12 planned on the way to Cleveland.

Then we went into Port Townsend and took the Keystone ferry. It turned out that the only thing on Whidbey Island at the landing was a state park, and a little town was four miles away. We explored the state park on our bikes (left the van on the mainland) and then started for town. Unfortunately it was on the water on the other side of the island. By the time we walked up to level ground the BW decided she didn’t want to climb that high twice. We turned around and came back – stopped at an upscale bakery in Port Townsend for donuts but got macaroons and little lemon meringue pies instead (they were too high-class to make donuts).

I called Everett twice (left messages) – had stew for supper and froze three quarts. After that we washed the rugs.

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