May 25, 2018 Old Woman Lookout, Lake Superior, Ontario, Canada
Today we drove further in one day than we did in one day of our entire circumnavigation of North America last year. We left Lyndsay's brother Evan's house in the Leslieville neighbourhood of Toronto and drove 986 km to Old Woman Bay on the shores of Lake Superior. Again, the old girl performed remarkably well for her advancing 238,000km age.
Today marks the beginning of our next adventure. After slowly doing a massive counter-clockwise loop of North America from the spring of 2017 and returning to Ontario in the spring of 2018 we are ready for even more. Last spring, We left southern Ontario and followed the shores of the great lakes as we headed towards Manitoba, taking us a month to finally get there. The prairies were a quick blur of canola and wheat fields until we slowed our pace for the majestic splendor of the British Columbia mountain ranges. When the weather began to turn cold we drove towards the coast to see Vancouver Island before we dipped south of the border. The van boarded the Coho Ferry to cross the Juan de Fuca strait to American shores where she was welcomed by a thorough search of her cargo. Welcome to America! Home of the free!
Six months in Canada went by in a flash and we were excited for six more months in the warmth of the American south. With no family or friends south of the border we were essentially on our own with no scheduled pit stops for laundry or showers.
We sped down the Pacific Coast during the annual November showers while only quickly stopping for some pics of Oregon's epic beaches. Then came the California Redwoods and their magical forest homes of mist and moss. As we continued South the massive redwoods were replaced by Palm Trees and deserts; the sun's ferocity grew stronger, bronzing our pale skin. We were now in the famous south western deserts of California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. The skies were bluer than I could ever have imagined and the night brought a dazzling light show of stars.
After enjoying the hot springs and beautiful solitude of the deserts we became dispirited over the inevitability of our sojourn Eastward, toward home. The dry hot air was replaced by 100% humidity as the Gulf Winds met us on the Texan shores. We parked our van on the beach and enjoyed the warm waters as we watched the oil rig lights glisten like cityscapes in the night skies.
Our time in Louisiana and on the coast of Florida was cut far too short as we only left ourselves five days to make it back to Canada before our travel visa's expired. Poor planning forced us to blow by many epic Appalachian mountain views as we made our push for the border. A couple quick weeks of visiting with family and friends in Ontario and we are back on the road. This year we plan to really break out of our comfort zone and venture to Mexico and perhaps further south to Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama. Let's hope the old girl has a few more kilometers in her this year!