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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Traveling With Murphy.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

While watching the evening News last night the weather guessers assured us we would have a few showers early in the night and it would be clear for our departure in the morning. The temperature did drop down to 43 F (6 C) but we survived by running only one of our cube heaters. 

When we got up around 8:00 there was a familiar tapping sound on the roof but we kept our fingers crossed that it would end soon. We worked together closing up the inside of the trailer before I dawned my raincoat to start closing things up outside. 

The first thing I did was drain the waste tanks. Since we never unhooked the other day while the tanks were draining I raised the rear stabilizers then the front landing gear. Surprise only one of the landing gear came up. We’d had this happen before on our old Cougar so I basically knew what had to be done. Unfortunately the rain intensified so the repair would have to wait until we had no rain. I simply hand spooled the cross bar and manually raised the second jack all the way up. 
We liked the License Plate.
We barely pulled out of the park by 11:00 and within five minutes we were on I-75 northbound on the final day of this trip. We travelled about twenty miles before traffic went to a crawl. Five miles later we passed a broken down truck and the slowdown was due to Gawkers. 

Just before noon we stopped at one of the Rest Areas before going through Toledo. Here we used our own facilities as well as having a picnic lunch inside the trailer while we listened to the still falling rain. 

It was only 12:30 when we got back on the road and were we glad we had stopped. Not a mile down the road we entered a construction zone that lasted all the way through Toledo. That was over thirty miles of two lanes of traffic barreling between cement barriers on both sides through a snake like road. 

Just as you exit the north side of Toledo you enter the state of Michigan. Now Michigan has a bad reputation for having the worst roads in the country. Over the last few years they have made great improvements at eliminating the potholes on their interstates. The problem is the contractor who built the road added natural waves into the road which means if you are towing a trailer whether it’s a Semi or an RV you feel chucking from the trailer. (Chucking is when the two vehicle and the trailer are hitting the dips in the road out of sync and are pulling in opposite directions.) We pulled into their first Rest Stop. After just over fifty miles from our last stop we needed a rest. 

The rain had stopped the last twenty miles before the border, the traffic thinned out and the roads were slightly better. At the Ambassador Bridge Duty Free we took advantage of the low cost fuel prices and topped off our tanks. Crossing the bridge we were at Immigration less than two minutes where we were welcomed back to Canada and told to have a good day. 

We cleared the border by 2:30 and were heading down Huron Church Road to the Expressway. What we didn’t realize is that while we were away construction season had started early on rebuilding one of the expressway bridges. We crawled along for another two miles and had just cleared the construction when it was time for our exit. 
Back in Canada. The same everywhere.

We had the trailer parked in its spot by 3:00 and then we started loading the truck with things to bring back to the apartment. I’d hung my apartment keys in the trailer the night we left for Florida in December and forgot to get them today. Luckily Kathy had hers. After the first load we didn’t feel like cooking so we went to Taco Bell for a satisfying meal. We returned to the trailer for my keys and filled the truck with a second load. 
Our trailer back home.
It was after 8:00 by the time everything was in the apartment and set up to use. We towed the trailer 162.5 miles today. We’ll return to the trailer tomorrow to start getting ready for our next trip. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Why did the clock get sick?

It was run down.


  1. Glad to read you are home safe and sound. I do have to say this though, yes, our Michigan roads are not the best but after riding through Oklahoma we have decided not to complain ever again. We never stopped bouncing and it is the only time we had something break inside the trailer.

  2. Home sweet home, always a good feeling.

  3. Good to see you are safe at home, you had a great winter, Maybe we will see you this summer , trying to talk Donna nto getting off her butt and getting a passport.

  4. Seems like you hit every construction zone there is! ;c)

  5. Yipeeeee. You are home. Over it felt good to get off the road. Relax and enjoy.

  6. We lived in the Toledo area three different times. I am sure it was good to be back home.

  7. Glad that's the worst of Murphy that you had to deal with. It looks cold and dreary up there.....might be time to head south again. :)


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