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Friday, July 27, 2012

Adventure Wind Down

Our Location Today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.
The last time we posted our blog was from Greenfield, Illinois on Wednesday where we were on a timed WiFi connection. Their bandwidth was also limited so I only managed to upload a single picture and not the best choice either.
After leaving that location we headed in the direction of Wapakoneta, Ohio. Slowly making our way eastward it wasn’t long before the rolling hills of Illinois soon changed to the country side of Ohio. After a short stop for lunch at Bob Evans it only took minutes to pull off the highway into the Wapakoneta, Ohio K.O.A. campground.
We had reserved a pull-through site but the management was having the entire electrical system changed throughout the park so we had a back in at a discounted price. It was easier than losing power when the lines were being replaced.
Even though the temperature was much more comfortable only in the upper 80’s that day it seemed very refreshing to have a swim in the pool before we called it a night. We spoke with a couple at the pool from North Carolina who were traveling in a “B” Class unit. They were telling us of trips they had made across the country including trips to Alaska. The way they described everything was so vivid you almost felt like you had been there with them.
Thursday morning was a somber day because once we reached home our trip that we had shared with Bill and Vera would be over. The mood for writing the post was overshadowed by the looming end of the trip. Slowly the tanks were flushed and equipment stored before it was time to hook up.
Before hitting the highway a not so quick stop for fuel was made. There must have been three new attendants being trained at the desk and the pump kept turning off. Finally after complaining the pump functioned well until the last $5.00 on the prepaid amount where it took almost ten minutes to pump. Needless to say I won’t be filling up at that location in the future.
Two hours later we stopped for our last meal of the trip after passing through Toledo. Cracker Barrel was selected and helped satisfy all our cravings. We even met a bunch of Motorcyclists that were heading over to Windsor for a Rally.
Once more we sat through the washboard ride on I-75 from the Michigan border until we exited to the on ramp of the Ambassador Bridge. The attendant at the booth was upset that I didn’t go through the RV lane but with the construction taking place a compact could not fit let alone a rig of our size.
Immigrations inspection on the Canadian side of the bridge was short and sweet. We were now officially home. A quick rest stop was made before the fifteen minute drive across town to the Guardian Storage yard to park the trailer.
It didn’t take long for Bill’s brother Alex to come around to pick up Bill and Vera. He got the grand tour of the trailer and got to listen to the enthusiastic descriptions of the trip. All too soon it was time for goodbye hugs and Thank You’s.
After our friends were out of sight Kathy and I gathered our belongings that needed to be brought back to the apartment. Once the fridge was emptied and propped open we were on our way.
After putting everything away we stopped at A&W for a light but filling Teen Burger Combo. Back home it was a chore uploading information from the laptop over to my PC and after uploading almost three thousand pictures it was time to call it a night.
Friday was a sleep in day. Believe it or not Kathy and I were up every morning we were away earlier than is normal for us at home. We got up at 8:30 and enjoyed the unrushed feeling. By 10:00 we were back at the trailer taking photos of a few warranty issues that will have to be dealt with for the trailer. By 11:00 we were taking care of banking needs at the Credit Union and we were back at the apartment long before lunch.
In the afternoon I completed my data entries for the trip while Kathy went through a mountain of mail.
The final count was 3,907.2 miles driven of which 3,737.2 were towing the trailer and we used 555.737 gallons of fuel all in 24 days. When were pulling up many of the steeper mountain passes the turbo definitely could be heard.  In 7 days Kathy and I will be back on the road to Frankenmuth, Michigan. Hope you’ll be able to join us. Be Safe and Enjoy!
It’s about time.
Krackers
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5 comments:

  1. Wonderful trip Kathy and Rick, thanks for inviting me along.

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  2. Glad you're home safely, but I'll be looking forward to the pictures and reports from your next trip too.

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  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation, too bad you have to stop for a week and start again.

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  4. We're loving your travels. See you when you're back on the road.

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  5. What a great trip. When you said that four of you would be traveling together, I wasn't sure how that would work out, but it sounds like a good time was had by all. Glad you all made it home safe and sound.

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