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Mar 16, 2018 - Ottawa

Its been a relatively mild February and March in Ottawa this year, but that doesn't at all take away my excitement to get back into shorts and sandals, let alone explore the jungles and beaches of Colombia. Plan is to spend some days in Bogota, then start heading north to some colonial villages and waterfalls, then to the caribbean coast for beaches and jungles, capping off at Cartagena and about 24 hours in Panama City. Will be interesting to see how these old(er) bones react to backpacking again. Can't wait.

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WanderingIdiot

Aug 23, 2017 - Day 2

Today we caught up with our middle son and went out for lunch. After lunch we stopped into a local business to see an old friend. Its called "Vibration Studios". A music rehearsal studio and art gallery - supporting LOCAL talent. We spent some time with Fred, one of the co-owners and an old friend of the family. He gave us an extensive tour of the workshops, the gallery and coffee house, stage and open mic area, jam sessions, music studios and explained their future plans. They've done a fantastic job converting the building and putting...

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2017 Maritime Trip

Aug 22, 2017 - Ottawa, ON

So, word had it that we were probably going to run into 3 different storm front. Well, we sure did. First one was late morning around the Quebec/Ontario border. The second one hit as we pulled into our next campground in Ottawa. A lot of water real fast. The third front hit about 5 o'clock. That's OK. We were nice and dry in our motorhome.

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2017 Maritime Trip

Jul 23, 2017 - Ottawa

I’d picked up a brochure about a place called Watson’s Mill which said it was one of the finest examples in Canada of a 19th Century Grist Mill. It was only about 15 km down the road so I thought it was worth checking out. It was. There was a control dam built here in 1858 to regulate the flow in the Rideau Canal & 2 prominent businessmen from Ottawa had the foresight & resources to harness the dam’s power for commerce. The mill, built in 1860 was state-of-the-art powered by 6 turbines instead of the less efficient water-wheel. The turbines...

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Canada 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - Ottawa

I hardly moved out of the motorhome today. First of all I did some housework – even motorhome showers need to be cleaned & floors washed occasionally. It got warm around lunchtime so I turned on the air-con all afternoon while I did some homework on what I wanted to do next. I read up on Montreal & have decided there’s not much I need to see there so I’ll give it a miss. Several people I’ve spoken to, including people who live there, have told me it’s a big city & not very exciting so I’m satisfied with my decision. I spent several days in...

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Canada 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - Ottawa

After such a tiring day yesterday, I didn’t really feel like more sightseeing today but I wanted to go to the Royal Mint & although they have tours on the weekend, nothing would be working so it had to be today. I looked at different ways to get into town but decided it was easier to use the route I knew. Because I was so slow to get moving, it was almost lunchtime when I got into town so I stopped by Parliament Hill & had a delicious grilled bratwurst sausage in a bun from a street vendor I’d noticed yesterday. You’re supposed to call the...

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Canada 2017

Jul 20, 2017 - Ottawa

I woke up early & was out of here before 8:00am. I took the same route into town – drove 10 km to the Walmart parking lot, caught the train then the bus & walked 3 blocks to Parliament Hill. The only difference was that I didn’t find any nice train-driver to give me a free ticket so I had to pay for my day pass. I joined the queue waiting for tickets to the tours of the Parliament Buildings about 8:40. By that time the line was halfway down the block but once the office opened at 9:00, the queue moved reasonably fast. It took me about an...

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Canada 2017

Jul 19, 2017 - Ottawa

It's now 3 months since I left home so I'm on the back end of the trip. Although the top temperature was only 30C yesterday, it was very humid & the motorhome was like an oven after sitting in full sun in the parking lot all day, even though I had the blinds closed. I was hot & tired when I finally got back to the campground & didn’t feel like going through that again today. Because it was forecast to be even hotter than yesterday I stayed home & did my laundry which took most of the morning. First I had to go to the office & get change for...

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Canada 2017

Jul 18, 2017 - Ottawa

As the capital of Canada & a city of 950,000 people, there’s a lot to see in Ottawa & although I worked on it all day, I don’t feel I’ve even scratched the surface. I’d originally planned to rent a car here but the lady at the campground told me some people drive about 10 km towards town where they can hook into the public transport system. That sounded like a great idea because even a small car can sometimes be a nuisance. I parked in a Walmart parking lot which was conveniently next to the train & bus station & when I got to the station,...

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Canada 2017

Jul 17, 2017 - Kingston to Ottawa

This is Chaffey country. On Saturday, during my drive along the 1000 Islands Parkway, I had planned to go Brockville, the end of the parkway, which is where George & WB Chaffey, the brothers who started the Mildura irrigation settlement, were born. However, the bloke at the 1000 Islands tower told me there was a big festival at Brockville & said traffic would be a mess so I went home a different way. Today, on my tour along the Rideau Heritage Route, I stopped at Chaffeys Lock which is lock #37 on the 202 km canal. Unfortunately there was...

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Canada 2017

Jun 28, 2017 - Ottawa

Beginning in Quebec City, I saw the preparations, tent raising, security etc in preparation for Canada's 150th Anniversary. I was going to try to find some out of the way place between Quebec City and Montreal to 'wait out' the holiday. Instead I decided to forego touring Montreal - I'd been there many year ago anyway. So I bypassed it and decided to wait out the holiday at Sault Ste Marie - either Canada or Michigan. The highway - by the way 99% of the highways I've traveled in Canada are two lane roads with occasional passing lanes for...

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Nov 13, 2016 - Home safe and sound and tired!

Walking into the terminal building, it seemed everyone was going to Toronto or Montreal, Air Canada's two flights that evening. The line went through the maze in front of the counter, then around the corner and down the hall. An hour later we managed to get checked in, but of course she hadn't put us in seats together. Oh well, after six weeks, we figured we could manage two and a half hours apart. Guess our luck hadn't all deserted us, as we got chosen for the expedited security clearance process and didn't have to take off our shoes or...

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