Sunday, September 04, 2005

At the Locks

We’ve made it to Sault Ste. Marie. Thanks to Sharon for updating our trip – Northern Ontario is certainly tricky. You actually have to pay attention to the road! Winnipeg to Thunder Bay was mostly bush and a few rock cuts, things you’d have to go pretty far north in Saskatchewan to see. Thunder Bay was a nice stop, though I am glad we did not spend more time there. We saw my grandma, who’s doing fine with the exception of the loss of my aunt, but otherwise TB is a town I’m happy to leave in my past. Saturday morning we headed out for the Soo, and we quickly realized that we weren’t in SK anymore. The road follows the lakeshore and thus is an up and down rollercoaster of rock cuts and cliffs. At one point we ascended to 600m. We stopped in my dad’s hometown, Scheiber, and ran into an old friend of his (Texaco Joe); it was neat to see where you come from. By the time we stopped in Sault Ste. Marie, it was 10:00 and dark – as you know, the lack of a moon makes the highway quite dark. The scariest parts of the drive were the downhills that turned to the left at the bottom, with a semi headed in the opposite direction, thus blinding you for that split second when you need to turn. It was a little tense. Of course, the U-Haul doesn’t “haul” ass so much; there was constant line of impatient vehicles behind us. Yet everything has turned out fine so far and we are excited to arrive in Ottawa today. Inexplicably, Bonnie is still on Saskatchewan time, insisting that she needs to sleep because it’s “only 6am”. I’ll go wake her and we can be on our way

6 comments:

Bonnie said...

I'm up! I'm up! Now get me some coffee...

Boyd said...

Good to see you managed the North Shore of Superior. And the high point of course, was Schreiber. You must be in Ottawa by now. Terrific! A new adventure.

s-dog said...

Texaco joe hey? Is that the same as bill's friend 'boner'? nice to see where we came from, but glad we are the hell away from there.

Scott McC said...

Nice work, guys. Congrats on the classic U-Haul trip across Canada.

amie said...

Hopefully the last leg of your trip was good and you two are getting settled in! Have fun unpacking!

Jamie said...

Texaco Joe! haha. Great stuff. Sounds like you've had an interesting journey thus far.