I had to purchase a new GPS unit when we were in Calgary, as our previous one fell and shattered the screen. The new one has some nicer features, including the ability to search for RV and Camping sites which has proved useful, at least until yesterday. The campsite we stayed at in Prince Edward County was called Barcovan Camp, and I was unsuccessful in finding it in the GPS by using the address given in the Camping Ontario book we’ve been using. We were pleased to find it specifically listed in the Camping section of the GPS, so we thought we were well on our way once it was giving us directions. I have set up the GPS to provide us with the shortest time on any route it gives us, and as we started to travel down smaller and smaller backroads in the middle of nowhere, I was reminded of the Kelowna couple who met tragedy this spring trying to get to Las Vegas. Our situation was by no means as isolated, but I did see some very interesting and narrow roads in our one hour trip to Carter Road in Carrying Place Ontario. Unfortunately when we got there, we found it to be a dead end gravel road with no hints of water any where near what was supposed to be a waterfront Campground. I called the campsite, and the owner gave me some hints on setting up the GPS to find Carter Road in Quinte West Ontario, which is nothing I’ve been able to find on any map we’ve used so far. We did manage to get to the site, after another hours drive and some more unnecessary back roads traveling, which I figure might have been shorter by a few hundred feet, but was by no means faster. It turns out we’d driven within a km of the correct location earlier, just on a parallel road.
After all the gallivanting we wasted a couple of hours, but did see some pretty rural landscapes. We took off that afternoon to visit Huff Estates, and find a grocery store in Picton. I didn’t use the GPS for directions, but did attempt to use our maps to see if I could do better myself. Not such a good idea as we got just as lost with me trying to be the navigator. We did see some more of the area though, and came across a gas station just as I was needing to refuel. Who needs GPS anyway. Once I handed the map over to Sylvia she figured out a way to get us back where we belonged. There seems to be a lesson there somewhere.
I also have to reconsider my previous assessment of Ontario drivers. We drove right through the Toronto Mega Maze in the mid morning, and I found that traversing 6 or 7 lanes of crowded freeway was actually a fairly painless experience. The traffic was courteous enough to let me change lanes when I needed to get over to the correct lanes, and people around TO really do know how to merge on and off the freeway. We’ll see how Ottawa is in the next few days, as we’re here for 4 nights, and will have to travel about 30 km into town on a busy road several times.