- Day 36, 06.10.17
- Day 35, 06.10.16
- Day 33, 06.10.14
- Day 32, 06.10.13
- Day 31, 06.10.12
- Day 30, 06.10.11
- Day 29, 06.10.10
- Day 28, 06.10.09
- Thanks, Zoe!
- Day 27, 06.10.08
- Day 26, 06.10.07
- Day 25, 06.10.06
- Day 24, 06.10.05
- Day 22, 06.10.03
- Day 21, 06.10.02
- Day 20, 06.10.01
- Day 19, 06.09.30
- Day 18, 06.09.29
- Day 17, 06.09.28
- Day 16, 06.09.27
- Day 15, 06.09.26
- Day 14, 06.09.25
- Day 13b, 06.09.24
- Day 13a, 06.09.24
- Day 12, 06.09.23
- Day 11, 06.09.22
- Day 10, 06.09.21
- Day 9, 06.09.20
- Day 8, 06.09.19
- Day 7, 06.09.18
- Day 6, 06.09.17
- Day 5, 06.09.16
- Day 4, 06.09.15
- Day 3, 06.09.14
- Day 2, 06.09.13
- Day 1, 06.09.12
NYC, NY USA - Red
13 - 19, 2006
| The home stretch.
Sadly, we decided that our road trip was nearing it's end.
We did make plans for a couple more days in NYC though, so
after checking into a Super 8 in MawHaw NJ, we parked our
car in North Bergen and caught the bus to the city. We
did some more touring and shopping, and caught a comedy show
at the Comedy Club. Note to self: $20.00 for 2 pairs
of Comedy Club tickets bought in Times Square does not
include the Minimum $10/ person tab at the club! We spent
the next day in the city as well. This time we took
took the train to the Bronx to see the Yankees Stadium.
On the way back, I wanted to hike through Yorkville to check
out the plane crash site. But, I got off the train a
few blocks too early, in the middle of Harlem. It was
a nice midnight walk through the ghetto with my big camera
and touristy clothes (a t-shirt in NYC at midnight in
October is touristy) before reaching the river road to
Yorkville. (Future reference: 110th & Park Ave is not
the place for some late night site seeing! 72nd &
York? that's ok!) And yes, 72nd is a long walk
from 110th, especially through Harlem. (Central Park is
really big!) I met up with Matt back downtown, and as
02:00 rolled around the clock, we were sure we missed our
bus to North Bergen. And if the driver lady didn't
fall asleep while parked at the pick up point, we might
have! We knocked on the door (there was a good size
crowd waiting by this point) and woke her up. I had to
wake her up again a few times after stopping at lights, and
a passenger had to remind her what intersection we were at
at least once, but we finally made it alive! So, on
the 15th, we checked out, and made our way North West back
to Ontario. Our highways took us from NJ through Pen.,
back into NY and past Niagra Falls into Ontario. We
saw our first snow in northern NY, and there was enough of
it that some truck stops had lost power! We made it to
Hamilton and met up with Matt's friends again, before
checking into the Grimby Super 8. The following day
was all driving, from Hamilton to St. Joseph, Il., with a
long delay at the border because Matt wanted his passport
stamped! Nice one, Matt! It was an experience
worth having, though. The next day we drove through
Chicago, through Wi, and stopped for the night in Fergus
Falls, Mn. Today was our first ever "Taco John's"
experience. Mmmm, good! October 18th, we
continued North, making another Taco John's stop, crossing
into Canada, and making our way to the grand city of Moose
Jaw, Saskatchewan. We spent the night there (Super 8
again) before making the final leg of our trip back to Red
Deer. This part of the trip was sad, and went pretty
quick. We arrived home about 19:30, thus ending Trevor
& Matt's 2006 North America Road Trip! Hope you were
as entertained as we were! Keep your stick on the ice!|
Providence, Rhode Island
| What a band!
Great Big Sea
(www.greatbigsea.com), by far my favorite band of all
times (oh ya!) put on a great show at Lupo's Heartbreak
Hotel tonight. We got to
the venue early, and offered our help to a guy who was
unloading merchandise from the GBS tour bus trailer.
It turned out that guy's name is Glenn McCann, Sean's
younger brother. We helped him unload the gear into
Lupo's, and met Allan. It was kinda neat being there
helping out. Best use of our time that we could think
of. Eventually we had to get in line like everybody
else, and at 18:00 we found our way in to get a spot to
the band from. It was an awesome show. After the
show, we went to the tour bus to try and meet the band, but
they were done for the night, apparently. We were able
to send our souvenirs in for signatures, and we hung out
with Glenn again for a bit. Check out the photo's of
us with Glenn. Whether or not you'd consider him part
of the band as we do, he was a really cool part of our trip.
Right now we're in another Super 8, this time in West
Greenwich RI. And, it's late. Or early rather
(Yikes!). Okay, I'm out! Ciao.|
Halifax, NS - NYC, NY USA
6 - 11, 2006
| So, here's the
basic rundown on the last few days. We left Halifax
Friday Morning (October 6th) and made our way through Nova
Scotia & New Brunswick to the USA, with our only sightseeing
stop at the Bay of Fundy. We crossed the border from
St. Stevens, New Brunswick into Calais, Main. We made
our way through
Main and into New Hampshire (where their license plate
slogan made us laugh), to the HI
(Hostelling International) in Conway. We left
there Saturday morning and headed to Boston Massachusetts.
We arrived early and toured Harvard University in the day
and downtown at night. Sunday morning we had breakfast at IHOP where
we met James & Laurel
feedback to us!). We then drove the short drive to
Salem MA just to see what it's all about. We didn't
stay long before heading towards the Big Apple. We got into New York City HI
Sunday afternoon, but because of the cost we booked a Super
8 hotel in North Bergen, New Jersey, a few minutes away.
So Sunday night we drove around Manhattan to get a quick
viewing, but Monday after we found our hotel and rested for
a bit, we took the bus to the city and rollerbladed around
checking out times square & the Chrysler building (which is
big, but not the Empire State Building, we got corrected on
this). Then we went to see the Empire State Building
(found it!) and the library. We also saw Grand Central
Station from the outside, among other big city sites around
town. Supper at Applebees. Tuesday we toured
around via the subway after taking the bus in again.
After checking out the World Trade Center grounds and Wall
Street, we took the ferry (no charge) to Ellis Island & back
to see the Statue Of Liberty. We then went to Times
Square and had supper at McDonalds. Very fancy!
Wednesday we bussed into the city again with roller blades
and toured central park. We left central park and
headed east into downtown to wait in the "Will Call" line at
the Cobert Report. Once there, we heard the news that
we just missed seeing a small plane owned and occupied by
Cory Lidle, a New York Yankees pitcher, crash into a
high-rise apartment building. And, while in line, it
started to rain. Then it really rained. And,
when we were told all the seats in the Cobert Report were
full, we endured the rain and hiked to the bus terminal to
get back to our hotel. We tried unsuccessfully to get
to bed early in able to hit the road to Providence Rhode
Island. Now it's really late, and we're still awake.
Owell, why sleep when you can stay awake, right? (That
makes no sense.) Okay, good night!|
October 1 - 5, 2006
| We spent the day
around town and hanging out at the hostel, after getting
food to go from Apple Barrel (oh yes, I do like it there!)
Later, we all went to the Palace night club, where Brian
works. The next day was mostly spent relaxing, and
dealing with my car. Spent time at Future Shop,
Superstore, Canadian Tire (got a new shower curtain for the
hostel, gross!) and got to bed early the next morning.
We played taxi again to the airport, this time for a family
we never met before, who had been waiting on a taxi for a
long time, so we offered them a ride. I found a good
free parking lot just off of Gottigen, the street the
hostel's on, rather than 2 blocks away in the dark. I
spent the day hanging out, and took a late night walk to the
harbour with my camera and tripod. I visited with a
harbour seal (I think) before catching the last ferry to
Dartmouth. I took a good walk and came back on the
MacDonald Bridge. I hung out with Brian for a bit
(walked to McDonalds for food) and drove Matt, Patrick &
Andrea back from the casino they were at. The next day
was uneventful, other than being told my car was ready (too
late to get it and get the stereo installed today, so we'll
do that tomorrow), but today is Wednesday Pub Crawl night
(Wednesday Oct. 4, 2006)! I met everyone at Peel's Pub
for some billiards, and than I drove Matt to Wolfville to
see a friend of his. I dropped him off, checked out
the town, and headed back to Halifax and to the hostel.
The next morning (always too early) I got my car from Honda
and made it to my appointment at Future Shop. Finally
got my car all back together, and after a bit of fine
tuning, the car was ready to be loaded for some more road
trip! We got all packed up and ready for a morning
September 30, 2006
| Today Matt & I had
separate agenda's. Mine included bed late last night
this morning), and sleeping in today. His
didn't include either, apparently. So, after I got up
and ready (up at about 12:30), I had brunch at a great
all-day-breakfast restaurant called "Apple Barrel".
Not the first time this week I ate there. Good food!
After I ate brunch, I planned on checking out the sailing
ship that Ben (who's staying at the hostel we're in) works
on. I took the tour of the harbor aboard the Mar II,
and then enjoyed walking around the harbor side and
boardwalk with Nat & Amanda, also staying at the hostel.
We got to watch a peculiar and random show by a couple of
Atlantic Towing's tow boats from the boardwalk. Really
neat. Most of the rest of the day was spent hanging
around the hostel and visiting, other than my 1:30am Tim
Horton's run for a late chilli supper.|
With The Good...
September 29, 2006
My original plan was to start from day one and try to
keep updating this page in order, but I decided today's
events where worth sharing now. I unknowingly donated
my car stereo to someone who apparently really wanted it. Ya. Wanted it enough to smash my window, rip my
dash out, and take off without all the parts. Owell.
So, now we're driving a... white Grand Prix for the weekend.
Oh, and we're spending a few more days in beautiful
Halifax. The extras that the new owner of my stereo
got included my heating & air-conditioning controls, my
rear defrost control, my 4 way emergency
and the console that they all fit nicely in. And,
Colonial Collision Honda, Future Shop, Discount Rentals, &
Speedy Glass are the companies so far in Halifax that get
business from me. It's
good for everyone, it seems!
lol. And I'm really thankful that the Halifax
Backpackers Hostel is being so helpful with this.
The people here are really amazing. So, this morning
was spent running around
figuring all this stuff out. SO, it's 14:14, and I
need to shower, and I need to eat. And maybe see
Halifax from a new perspective, the front seat of a 4 door
Grand Prix. I'll keep ya posted!
Tonight is BBQ night. Matt and I went to Apple
Barrel again, I did some driving around for the evening,
enjoyed the BBQ, and then a bunch of us went to Tribeca Club
for some fun..
St. John's, NF
- Halifax, NS
- 28, 2006
| Up, up and away!
We made it out of our wonderful hostel, and headed for
McDonalds before taking to the Trans Canada Westbound.
We made various stops on the way back, we booked our spot on
the ferry from Port Aux Basque, and stopped for our first
official "Goobies Stop". This stop was at the actual "Goobies"
hwy stop, where we used the facilities and stocked up on
snacks for the drive. Hence forth, all "facility &
snack stops" will be known as a "Goobies Stop". At
12:34, we picked up 2 German hitch-hikers near the hwy 1
"Splash & Putt". They travelled the rest of Nfld with
us to the ferry, making various stops along the way.
The car was a wee bit crowded, as they both had gear and
guitars! We thought we had a full load before that.
Wow. We slept the night on the ferry, and headed
toward the Cabot Trail. Due to hunger pains, and road
construction, we became diverted from the famous trail, and
found McDonalds instead (Port Hawkesbury). Word of
advice: just because the highway is over run with
signs stating there is a Smitty's ahead doesn't mean
Smitty's is still in business. Cause in Port
Hawkesbury, it's not! We made our way to The Halifax
Backpackers Hostel after checking out the HI, and got
ourselves settled in. We got cleaned up, found a
laundry mat, and then had pizza at "Randy's". We met
some of our room mates, and were invited to go watch a local
rugby match. So we drove our new friends (Brian from
Ontario, Nat From Australia, and Kat from England I think)
to the pit, and enjoyed the game. We had a good night
(short) and in the morning Matt and I split up for a bit.
I walked a few blocks to "Apple Barrel" for breakfast
(really good!) while Matt and Zoe (from Calgary) went out
walking. Back at the Hostel I met Matthew from
Toronto, who is also staying with us, and hung out visiting
for the afternoon. I found out that Wednesday's at the
hostel is pub crawl night, so we got ready to go out with
the group. I met Tony (also from Australia) who works
and stays here, and was offered by her and Nat, under
Matthew's supervision, to cut my hair. I also met
Will, who's birthday is today, but who we had cake with last
night. We headed out on the crawl at about 19:00,
starting with Locas for some pool and games, then to
Peddlers Pub so everyone could have cheap drinks, then to
the Ale house, but Deirdre (from Ireland, travelling with
Rita) didn't have ID, so we headed to stage 9. Tonight
is reggae night! I enjoyed the live bands for a while
before heading back to the hostel with Rita & Deirdre, to
have some more cake and visit for a bit. The next
morning, Rita, Deirdre and Matt joined me at Apple Barrel
before we all drove to the airport to see the girls off at
about 15:30. We got back to the hostel and hung out
for the evening. I expected to go out driving again
tonight, so I parked a couple blocks away and left my
faceplate and GPS still installed. Back at the hostel,
Natt and Matthew cut my hair for me (good job, too!)
The night went on, and at about 02:30 I remembered that I
left my faceplate and GPS in the car, and decided to move my
car. That's when I realized what had happened...
(See 06.09.29 entry above)
NB - St. John's, NF
- 24, 2006
| We left Moncton,
PEI bound. We crossed the confederation bridge after
stopping for photos around noon-time. We made our way
to Charlottetown and found the Salvation Army church.
We visited for a bit before heading south to catch the 16:30
ferry to Nova Scotia. From there we headed East,
stopping in Antigonish, and then to North Sydney for the
long ferry ride to Newfoundland. We set sail at 23:30,
and slept on the chairs for the duration of the trip.
We had to change our watches in the morning, and drove onto
the island at 07:14. We wanted breakfast, but
neglected to stop in Port Aux Basque, so we had to make a
long side track to Stephenville, and to McDonalds. I
was glad we detoured, it was a nice place to see.
Besides, it's a road trip! Our main destination today
was St. John's though, so we ate our food and continued east
just before 10:00. We continued driving, with pit
stops in Deer Lake (Gas & Tim Hoton's), Bishops Falls
(visited the Salvation Army), Gander (McDonalds & Honda),
and Port Blandf (Gas) before arriving in the capital city
and finding our hostel. The staff and other guests
made our first hostel stay amazing. Although the
hostel was old and out of shape, Jack & Bill (the staff that
greeted us) and Myriam (a guest there) made our stay one
we'll never forget (in a good way!). We all decided to
stay in tonight, and visit George Street tomorrow. So,
after everyone else was in bed, I ate at Tim Horton's,
played on the computer, and finally crashed around 04:00,
Sept.23. I got up just before noon, about an
hour after Matt, and we went out for brunch at "K Cafe"
downtown. We went into the SA thrift store, and Matt
got a t-shirt. We headed to the famous George Street,
stopping at Christian's to find out about getting properly
"screeched in" to Newfoundland. Around 18:45, we drove
with Myriam to Signal Hill to see the sites and take some
photos. It was a lot of fun. We stopped on the way
back to the hostel for supper at Pasta Plus Cafe, and then
at the Legislature, which was boring, as it turned out to be
just a modern office building. We got ready at the
hostel to go out, and walked back to Christian's, this time
with Myriam, for our screeching-in ceremonies. It was
a really cool experience, of course I didn't have any
screech, and then we hung out on George Street most of the
night enjoying the party scene. We enjoyed some live bands
(one really neat Celtic band), and took in a couple clubs.
I left Matt & Myriam around 03:30 to go to Tim Horton's and
to play on the computer, and they got back at about
04:00. I went to bed around 05:00, and Matt hiked to
Signal Hill to see the sunrise. I got up around noon,
as Matt was getting into bed, and got ready for the day.
After a couple hours, Matt got up and we went back to K
Cafe. Now, both visits there we enjoyed the food
(mainly because it was all day breakfast), but the service
was very slow, and our drinks were always empty, but our
waiter Colin had the "St. John's Best Server" award.
Interesting! At about 15:00, Myriam directed us to
"Cape Spear", the eastern most point of North America.
We took a lot of photos, checked out the amazing scenery,
and headed back to town. This was the scenic highlight
of Newfoundland for me. We were hungry, so we decide
on Chinese food at "Magic Wok Eatery". It was very
slow service lol. Maybe we're just to fast paced?
Hmm. We did finally eat, and made it back to the
hostel. Tomorrow we start our backtracking journey to
the west. We have reached the end of the continent!
PQ - Moncton, NB
- 20, 2006
| We checked out of
our hotel and headed out of town on the #10 to the #20, and
into Quebec City. Amazing city. We toured the
old city walls and learned a bit about the old city history,
and enjoyed some poutine at "Cedre du Liban". After an
afternoon in Quebec, we got back on the 20 and headed NE to
our hotel in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. Not much English
spoken at that hotel, but we managed. I had to check
around the small town for an open wireless connection, but
it didn't take too long. And then, of course, I found
out I could get a signal in the hotel lounge.
Convenient lol. We stayed the night there, found breakfast
at a place next door called "Normandin Restaurant", and
headed east, still on the #20. We turned around to
take pictures at the "Quebec" welcome sign, but entirely
missed the "New Brunswick" sign. We made our way into
Fredricton (on what has become Hwy 85/185) and down to the
Legislature Buildings (not really all that amazing).
We intended on getting into PEI and maybe further today, but
by the time we made it to Moncton (passed it, and came back)
it was late enough to make a decision to stay for the night.
We drove on the Magnetic Hill, and then checked into the
brand new "Future Inns". We checked online info about
the PEI & NFL ferries, then headed for supper at BP's.
We played some pool, ate some food, and were served by
Amanda, who actually works at the Halifax Boston Pizza.
Maybe we'll see her there! We made it back to the
hotel, and finally hit the hay.
- Montreal, PQ
- 18, 2006
| Here's a quick
rundown on our trip for the last few days. We hung out
on Hamilton for the day (Saturday the 16th), bought a pair
of Edmonton Eskimo jerseys and watched the Ti-Cats beat the
Eskimos. We even had our faces painted for it!
Owell. We hung out down at "Tailgate Charlies" for the
night with Matt's friends.
The next day (Sunday the 17th) we almost drove North
without seeing Niagara Falls! So, we headed South on
the QEW to Niagara and spent a few hours site-seeing,
including our "Journey Behind The Falls". I'm glad we
did it, but I think next time I'll skip it. We then
went North to Toronto, stopped at the base of the CN Tower
(right beside the Rogers Center), and then headed to "The
Docks" on Cherry St. We enjoyed the batting cage and
met a few nice people and a few interesting ones, before
getting back on the road. We went North on the 401 to
Ottawa (via the 416) and checked into our Econo Lodge on
Rideau St. for the night.
Checked out, had breakfast, did some banking, and toured
Ottowa. Matt went to the "National Art Center", and I
checked out the "Rideau Canal" and "Parliament Hill".
I skated over to the Art Center to meet up with Matt, and
then we headed up the canal to the car. We drove to
"24 Sussex Dr." (our leader's home), and because of a
dispute between me and the GPS, we did a couple loops
through Hull, Quebec and back before hitting the 417
eastbound. We made a pit stop at "Herbs Travel Plaza"
at the Hwy. 34 Junction (if you're ever driving that way, be
sure and stop. They are so friendly there, it was
great) before continuing the hour drive to Montreal.
We got into the city at about 21:00. We checked out
the "Forum de Pepsi" (now called the "AMC Forum") before
getting a room at the "Clarion". We checked out
Montreal's night life (on a Monday night, hmm) before
getting back to the hotel, calling it a very late night.
Sault Ste. Marie - Hamilton, ON.
September 15, 2006
| We left our Sault
Ste. Marie hotel with a decision on our hands. Cross
into the USA and shave some time off of our drive to
Hamilton, or continue through our beloved country. I
made the deciding vote to continue through Canada.
From the start, it was my goal to cross Canada before
heading south, so that's what we did.
We stopped at a massive loonie on the side of the
highway. Matt hurt his foot jumping from it's
pedestal, but all in all, it was worth it for me.
We made a few pit stops during the next bit of driving,
but nothing that exciting. Near Sudbury, we left the
Trans Canada #17 to go south on the Trans Canada #69.
Almost immediately, we stopped at "Variety 69" to use the
bathroom, but due to limited water, I had to find somewhere
else. A bit further on, we stopped at the Sudbury
Information Center, but it was closed. So I peed
We stopped at 18:22 near Perrytown at Tim Horton's &
Wendy's for supper, then at Shell in Barrie for fuel.
After checking into our hotel at 21:10, and contacting
Matt's friend 'Cranberry', we decided to drive around and
locate the Tiger Cats Stadium. We got back to our
Comfort in (183 Centennial Pky N) and crossed the street to
Kelsy's for supper. We then headed downtown to check
things out, and found a club called "Tailgate Charlies" that
we hope to checkout after the game tomorrow. While
down there, we watched a raccoon rummage through the trash.
Kinda neat lol. We got back to the hotel, hung out a
bit, and turned out the lights around 03:45ish.
Dryden, ON. - Sault Ste. Marie, ON
September 14, 2006
|14:00 MB Time, 15:00 ON Time
We left the Evening Star at 10:46, and carried on east.
We stopped at Kakabeka Falls, ON. It was really nice,
check the photo's! See this website (www.rvtravelog.com)
for more info on the falls, and about the "Legend Of
Greenmantle", that Matt was really fascinated with. We
haven't had breakfast yet, and we're on our way to Thunder
Bay to get it. We're so close, I can taste it!
Man, I'm hungry! Oh, and we realized that Kakabeka
Falls is on the time zone line.
We arrived in Thunder Bay and went to Tim Horton's and
ordered our food. Then, we realized that Ontario Tim
Horton's only accept cash. So, at about 3:45, we found
a TD bank and got some cash, and went back to get our food.
I think they were surprised to see us back. We got our
food, and headed east on the TC17, which is now joined with
the TC11, and from Thunder Bay to Nipigon is the Terry Fox
Courage Hwy. We stopped in Nipigon to get gas at the
Husky House Restaurant.
Matt wanted to build an inukshuk, so I stopped to take
some photo's of Lake Superior and Matt built his work of
art. We were at N 48° 58' 6.5", W 87° 59' 10.3", in
case you want to find it lol. While stopped, I did
some rock climbing for fun, and for better pictures.
Peter, a guy from Northern BC stopped on his motorbike also
for photo's, and we chatted about the drive for a while
before getting back on the road.
We made a pit stop in Schreiver at Esso for snacks & an
Ontario map. They have cool electric one person train
cars there. (not functioning, mind you) Neato.
We left there at 19:37, and we hope to get to Sault Ste.
Marie at a reasonable time. Sue (the GPS) says about 5
hours to go. We stopped in White River for some snacks
and, as they saying goes, some time away from the group.
12:35 - 06.09.15
We coasted into Sault Ste. Marie on the fumes left in
the gas tank, and stopped at Mohawk to fill up. On the
way in, I noticed that a Future Shop was being built.
Wow, they're going up everywhere!
We checked into our hotel (Travel Lodge Downtown) and
we where very impressed by the quality. I actually had
to double check the price at the front desk to make sure
Matt didn't hear it wrong. Great price, and great
We just finished our late night meal at a cool little
24 hour place called "West Side Cafe", recommended to us by
the lady at the hotel desk. Rhea was our waitress, and
we really enjoyed her friendliness. Great place.
Go there if you ever have a chance to visit. Now it's
back to our hotel, and off to sleep.
Regina, SK. - Dryden, ON.
September 13, 2006
We checked out of the hotel at 10:32, and ate breakfast
at McDonalds next door. Last night I updated the GPS
software, and so far today it isn't able to acquire
satellites (it's not working). We got on the TC1
(Victoria Drive) and headed east out of Regina.
Matt's Note - Trevor almost ran over a
(construction) pylon, but he saw it at the last second and
only ran over the base of it.
We stopped on the side of the hwy to try and fix the
GPS ourselves. I was able to uninstall the updates
using the computer and we finally have Sue (the GPS's voice
& personality) guiding us once again.
We made a "pit stop" at Shell in Moosomin, SK.
Hello, Manitoba! We stopped for photo's at the
"Welcome To Manitoba" sign. This is a very long
stretch of road.
We realized that we're in a new time zone (first time
change of the trip!), but neither of us saw a sign. We
almost ran over a tumble weed, but just barely missed it.
Would've been our first road kill. This place is flat!
23km to Brandon MB!
We saw smoke, again. This time we were sure that
it was at the airport, so we took hwy 10 MB (1st street
Brandon MB) north to check it out. We discovered that
it was a fire fighter college beside the airport.
Kinda neat. Anywho, back to TC1 and eastward!
We got onto TC1A into Portage La Prairie at about
16:50, and stopped at Tim Horton's for me and McDonalds for
Matt. We went to Mohawk and got gas. Bill (the
employee) insisted on filling my car for me, and chatted
with us about our journey. He gave us some suggestions
and pointers for our trip. TC1A rejoined TC1 east of
Portage La Prairie.
We passed rows and rows and piles and piles of hay
bails near the TC1. I thought it was funny, because it
looked like we were in the land of mini-wheats. Very
large mini-wheats. I guess you could just call them
wheats. Winnipeg is so close we can smell it!
We're now in Winnipeg, taking Portage Ave (TC1 & TC16)
into the downtown area to the William And Catherine Booth
College, and the Manitoba Legislative Buildings.
We drove past the Salvation Army College, and then we
stopped at the Legislature. That was pretty neat.
We met 2 security guards there who gave us a lot of neat
info about the building's history. We had to sign in,
and Matt made a mad dash to the bathroom. He came back
all excited and said we had to go down there and take
pictures. Sure thing! lol. We toured the
building, and Matt got his pictures of the bathroom (it was
a little awkward for Matt when a guy came in and saw him
snapping pictures!) We made plans to rollerblade down
to the Forks (where
the Assiniboine River meets the Red River) but Matt saw a
soccer game in the park out front of the Leg, and he asked
to join in. So, while he stayed and played soccer, I
discovered that downtown Winnipeg along the Assiniboine
River, the trails are mostly dirt. Owell. I did
see some neat sights, and played in the amazing skate park
for a bit before heading back to meet Matt. We met
back up at about 21:55. After Matt finished playing
soccer, we chatted with the other players. One guy was
attending CAC in Lacombe AB, and knew Red Deer well, and knew
who my Mom is from the soup kitchen. He offered to
pray with us before we headed out again. It was really
cool. We had a bit of fun getting out of downtown and
back on TC1, but we did, and then stopped at the SS Cafe for
food and internet access. We continued east on the TC1
and we're almost at the Ontario border.
Matt's Note - I scored a
When we got into Ontario, there was a worn out welcome
sign that was plastered with paintball shots, but we stopped
to take some photo's. We had a good laugh when, about
˝km east we came across a nicer Ontario sign. We have
photo's of that one, also! If you're ever driving this
stretch of TC17 (the TC1 becomes the TC17 at the Manitoba /
Ontario border) in the dark, look out for deer! I
think I saw more deer eyes in my headlights then ever before
on one stretch of road. As we drove on, and the time
got later, we started phoning ahead to hotels, but we began
to think we might have to sleep in the car or pitch our tent
in the middle of the night in the great Canadian Shield, or
just try to drive non-stop. We went through Kenora,
ON, but we passed up the first motel in hopes of one a
little nicer, but by the time we realized there was no
vacancies, that one was closed. We got gas at 1:24 at
Mohawk. I said to the cashier that I shouldn't have
assumed that I could just drive in and get a hotel, it's a
busy place! She seemed offended, and asked me what I
expected in the middle of summer! Someone should tell
her it's the middle of September. Owell, back on TC17.
Somewhere on the hwy during the next few hours, we were
driving along in the night when a K9 of some kind ran out in
front of us from the woods as we rounded a bend in the road.
I played the "I go right, you go right, I go left, you go
left" game with it for a fraction of a second before I felt
the thud of it under my front bumper. We were both
shaken up by this, and pulled off a few km's up the road at
a truck stop. I checked the bumper for damage, and we
decided to go back and see what we hit. Matt was a
little concerned about turning around on the highway, which
made sense, but I was determined. We drove west until
we knew we went to far, and I decided to turn around.
At the last second, I noticed an approach on the left side
of the road, but a turned too late and ended up stopped
across the hwy. Matt was a little panicked, but I knew
that neither of the trucks from either direction would hit
us! Somehow I managed to sneak off into the approach
as two trucks went whizzing by from both ways. On the
road again, we saw my tire marks from where I hit the
animal, but no body. We are optimistic. We kept
driving, until finally, after many hotels and motels, found
a vacancy in Dryden at the Evening Star at about 3:00am.
Red Deer, AB. - Regina, SK.
September 12, 2006
| We started our
trip heading South on Gasoline Alley, and our journal entry
reads mostly as follows. Keep in mind, Matt did the
writing, I did the typing, so although the perspective has
changed from Matt to me, this is mostly Matt's writing
style. I made miner alterations to some entry's for
clarification and made some omissions to protect our
Got journal from Staples. We're going to look at
smoke (SW of Red Deer) God speed Trevor & Matthew, God
We left staples west on Mackenzie Road and headed south
on Alberta 2A. We went west on hwy 42 to see the fire,
which was a farmers field We headed west on Alberta 42 then
south on C&E Trail. Smoke was just from a farmer
burning his field. Saw really scary scare-crows in a
yard on the corner of Hwy 42 & C&E Trail. We went
south into Innisfail and then east on 50th Ave (Hwy 54),
then south on QE2. We went East on Hwy 27, then south
on Hwy 21. At 2:55pm we started our TC1 (Trans Canada
#1) journey East.
Stopped at McDonalds in Brooks AB, Matt saw a guy he
knew (Adam from Leon's). We went through the drive
through, and back on TC1.
We stopped on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and took
pictures. Odometer was at 134327. Matt says
"Man, it's flat" I said "It's not as flat as I've been
told. Check the pictures for yourself. The roads
are as bad as I've heard though.
We stopped at Esso in Maple Creek SK for gas and to
pee. The gas jockey guy talked with me about
self serve and gas costs.
We saw the first windmills of our trip. They were
about 1km west of Gull Lake, SK. They don't look like
they do in story books! Check the photo's!
Stopped at Caron Port at "The Pilgrim Centre".
Rick Cochrane from Red Deer saw us and because I know him he
came and said hi, and we talked for a bit. We drove to
Brier Crest Bible College, which was a few minutes away in
Caron Port. We got gas at Husky (part of "The Pilgrim
Centre"). This place is a perfect stop, because it has
Husky, Starbucks, Internet Cafe, Subway, and a convenience
store. Great stop.
Checked Sandman Hotel in Regina, it was $110. The
Howard Johnson was $80, so we stayed there. Nice
place, wireless internet, so I started on the website.
September 12, 2006
| It's been a fun day 1. For now, check out the photos. We're keeping a detailed journal, and for only a small fee, you can read it! Just kidding, I'll post it as soon as I have more time. But, for now, it's bed time. I need to crash before Matt starts snoring! I'm out.
Oh, this site is really non-functional right now. I'll do more as I have time. K, um, bye bye now.