REFLECTIONS ON A ROAD TRIP

Aboard the Chi-Cheemaun

Passengers reflected in the window of the Chi-Cheemaun ferry on Lake Huron

Four provinces, 65 days, 10,800 kilometers driven.

One metal roof installed, one garden tilled, one shipwreck discovered and explored.

Twenty different beds.

One fundraising gala, one 25th anniversary celebration, one hospital research building opening, one ferry trip, one cottage on Lake Erie.

Scores of dinners, lunches and breakfasts with old friends and former colleagues.

(Don’t ask about my weight gain).

Five pleasant weeks in Windsor/Essex. Two weeks driving there and two weeks driving home.

Some observations from the road:

  • The smaller the town, the more pickup trucks you’ll see on the roads.
  • The Trans-Canada Highway in Ontario is incredible. The surface is in excellent shape and there are plenty of passing lanes.
  • The Trans-Canada in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, not so good. In need of some major work.
  • Many Ontario cities need to invest in fixing their streets.
  • The price of fuel in Northern Ontario is painful but the scenery more than makes up for the pain.
  • The downtowns of many towns and small cities are empty and dying. Stratford and Grimsby in Ontario and Portage la Prairie in Manitoba seem to be bucking the trend. They must be doing something right.
  • Sault Ste. Marie could kick start their downtown by removing parking meters.

All in all, what a great country to explore.

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