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I Came to a Conclusion Today

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Peter keeps track of all kinds of statistics each year with the Sprite, the Alfa and the 4 bikes. He likes to end the season with each vehicle at an exact # on the odometer. The goal this year with the Sprite is to end at 53,000 miles. Last week he needed to put on another 490 miles, so because today’s weather forecast called for sun and a temperature in the mid-teens, we decided it was a good day to add another 250-300 miles.

We left home around 10, heading for Prince Edward County, a peninsula sticking out into Lake Ontario between Belleville and Kingston. Prince Edward County is an agricultural area which, over the past 20 years, has become the home of probably 20 wineries with all the accompanying tourist businesses. There is also a provincial park with beautiful beaches and campgrounds.

At 11:30, on our way to Belleville, we stopped in Port Hope for a burger. Olympus Burger, housed in a former KFC building, won a contest for the best burger in Canada several years ago. The sign today says they have served more than 264,000 burgers to date. Run by a Greek father and son, the burgers are named after Greek gods. As well as beef, there are lamb, chicken and salmon patties available. Today I chose the Zeus with carmelized onions, mushrooms, tomato, lettuce, their homemade sauce and added my favourite, 2 pineapple slices. Absolutely perfect!

Even with Covid-19, Prince Edward County was busy. There are several small towns and villages, restaurants, craft shops, antiques, and cycling trails. There were actually too many people, so we just enjoyed the scenery and stayed away from the shops.

With the Sprite or the Alfa, we stay away from the major highways, so we took small highways north and west from Belleville to Peterborough, then home through Bethany and Port Perry.

The sun went down about an hour before we reached home, and I was getting nervous. The Sprite is a very small car, 61 years old (it was Peter’s very first car and he has kept it all that time), and even though it can keep up to all the proper highway speeds, it is not always treated with respect, especially, it seems, by pick-up truck drivers. I was very glad to get home, and need only about 225 more miles.

Which brings me to my conclusion... I no longer enjoy travelling at night on roads that we don’t know well. I’ve decided that I will no longer drive outside of town at night. At 77, I think it is a wise decision, and I hope I can convince Peter to do the same thing. He’s 80, and I know his eyes aren’t as good as mine, and I’m beginning to worry that his reflexes are slowing down too.
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  • DESIREE672
    I hope the fact that you no longer enjoy it actually makes it easier to give up, but it can be tricky to get our DHs to see things the same way. 61 years!! I was so surprised, I took a closer look at the screen!

    Olympus Burger sounds delicious, and the day out sounds great.
    104 days ago
    This is fun life and quality adventure! So good for you. I liked your BLOG.
    112 days ago
    What a delightful day
    116 days ago
  • NEWNANCY2012
    I'm too nervous to drive at night also!
    116 days ago
    How nice to have an adventure! emoticon
    117 days ago
    Very wise decision, Gail. I don't enjoy night driving the way that I used to
    118 days ago
    I agree about the night driving. I didn't travel on the motorcycle with my husband this summer. He is okay with that. I'm glad you had a nice day. It's too bad it gets dark so early.
    119 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    We also stop off there on our trips to Montreal. Pretty sure we know this diner. I slso do not use the highways in my 18 year old car, but my husband at 81 is totally at home...and you are right about pickup trucks... arrogance in a big vehicle...
    119 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Wow, what a super FUN day!! Your Peter sounds like a kindred spirit to myself! His “collections” and his desire to keep his numbers neat and tidy. It’s so GREAT that the Sprite was his first car and he still has it to enjoy! His love and care for it is amazing!
    And very wise thoughts about not driving it at night on unfamiliar roads. Glad y’all had a safe outing.
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    119 days ago
    What a fun day ...

    It is hard when we realize that some things we never gave a second thought to,
    are no longer something we want to do.

    Safe Travels..
    119 days ago
    120 days ago
    I know what you mean , Pete hates night driving too.

    But hey, what a great day out Gail.

    Our first car was a Lancia, a second hand one bought from our friends John and Vicki. We knew it would last us a while as John was a mechanic!

    stay safe hun have a super duper weekend emoticon
    120 days ago
    I know exactly what you mean Gail. Ken has macular degeneration and his vision is growing more limited. When I am tired, I do not see as well and the bright lights really bother my eyes at night. So our travel is during daylight hours whenever possible.
    120 days ago
  • no profile photo EEJAA70
    What an adventure! I admire your bravery.
    120 days ago
    Sounds like a lovely day and ride...and burger!
    I’m with you about the night driving.
    Our very first car, in 1968, was a ‘64 Sprite!
    120 days ago
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