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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Got Our Car Back, Waiting to Hear From The Ministry Of Transport and Miserable Weather.

Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Waking up to comfortable temperatures is already a thing of the past here in McGregor. It was 39 F (4 C) inside the trailer when we got up at 8:00 this morning. Even after turning on the Electric Fireplace the need to cycle our Furnace to get the moisture out of the air was necessary. Looking outside the rain had calmed to a steady drizzle which meant we didn’t have a stream running down our street. 
What we woke to this morning.
Shortly after 9:00 we were on our way out the door heading towards Windsor with a list of things that we needed to take care of. Our first stop was Henry’s Camera shop on Howard Avenue. This past winter while we were away 95% of the pictures that were posted on our blog were taken with our Canon Power Shot D30. The reason for that was that our Sigma 18-200 Lens would not communicate with the camera. We have two Canon DSLR Camera Bodies and the lens would not work on either of them.

We have other telephoto lenses but they don’t have the close-up abilities that the Sigma Lens was capable of. When we explained the problem to Bill who had to write up the work order how we had lost a lot of pictures due to not being able to use that lens he started asking where we were. When we told him we were “Off the Grid” in the desert of Arizona and California he really started asking more questions and saying he’d like to do that someday. 
It only Drizzled the remainder of the day.
Our next stop was at Windsor Gas and Diesel to pick up our car. Jim was at a doctor’s appointment so Brian took care of the paper work. We were happy the cost was much lower then I had expected it to be.

In Ontario gasoline powered vehicles are required to pass an Emissions Test every two years. After we left Windsor Gas and Diesel we had to bring the car to get tested at one of the test stations on Walker Road. By the time that I had found someplace to park the truck and walked back to the test station the car was already being taken in. Minutes later the manager was handing Kathy her keys with her certificate that the car passed with flying colours.

Using the truck we drove to Guardian Storage to pick up our mail before driving over to the Pickwick Shopping Center on Tecumseh Road. The reason we were there was to have a slightly early lunch at Wendy’s before carrying on with our errands.

As soon as lunch was over we walked across the street to the Service Ontario building to get the new License Sticker for the car which had expired on the 1st of May that was the reason for using the truck. We couldn’t get the new License Sticker before because the car was in the shop for repairs. When it was our turn the first thing we did was to get the new Sticker for the car. I then tried getting them to issue me a “Personal Use Only Vehicle” sticker for the truck. The representative even called the manager into the debate. Twenty minutes later we walked out with the License Stickers for both vehicles but no “Personal Use Only Vehicle” sticker.

I had expected to be turned down like that so we then drove to our Minister of Provincial Parliament’s Office on Tecumseh Road. After explaining the problem to the Constituency Secretary and what we had just happen again they took copies of everything we had accumulated and will be presenting our case to the Ministry of Transportation
VitalAire shares the building with the Red Cross
Our next stop was to VitalAire to place our order for our CPAP supplies. We have to wait to pick them up but just letting them know we are back in the country allows them to gather the supplies before the due date.

We returned to where the car was parked so that I could install the new License Sticker so that the car can legally be driven on the road without fear of being ticketed for an expired tag. A quick stop at Shoppers Drug Mart for a few supplies and we were soon headed back to Wildwood Golf and RV Park. It felt good to be Home even though it was still a windy 50 F (10 C) outside. 

Since it was still drizzling at 5:00 Kathy chose to make us French Toast with Bacon for supper. Tonight the temperature might get even cooler then last night. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

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  1. Hope you soon get things straightened out with the sticker on your truck.

  2. I'm confused. Does your furnace not work? I am trying to understand why you sleep and wake up to 39F (4C) in the trailer. Sorry if this is a dum question but my goal is comfort no matter where I am. We turn our Blue Flame heater on and it keeps our Suite around 18C overnight and 21C during the day on these cool days.

  3. Okay...I have to ask...why is it so hard to convince the powers to be that your truck is a personal use vehicle only. Do people in Canada only by pickups for businesses? I know here in the US we have a lot of stupid laws but seriously, I do not understand what is so hard to understand about your truck being for personal use only.