Well, after 28600 km, 10 new tires, 5700 litres of diesel fuel, one day in the trailer alignment shop, an untold number of museums and historical sites and several thousand ‘Wow’ moments we have made it home. On Mapquest our travels in a more or less direct route would have totalled about 17300 km and it’s not hard to believe that we travelled some 11000 km just doing our sightseeing (not to mention various side trips chasing our tail after listening to the the annoying little lady who inhabits our GPS).
The pictures and commentary have slowed down a bit over the past month as we made our way across the continent, mainly because we didn’t do very much sightseeing on our return trip. As well, we’ve found ourselves to be quite worn out and lacking the energy to do much more than point the truck towards home. Most of the time we spent in Canada on our return trip was spent visiting with family and revisiting spots we’d seen on our eastbound trek. Even with the reduced activity level we have had our fill of travelling for a while, and according to Sylvia we’re not leaving the house for several months. (we’ll see, I’m already looking at warm places to spend the winter!)
The prettiest place we saw in our travels has to be PEI, and along with the rest of the Maritimes we’d really like to spend some more time there in the future. If we could only figure out how to transport the 5th Wheel to the Quebec border without driving it there we’d be thrilled. The second prettiest sight might have been this afternoon, and our first glimpse of Georgia Straight and Vancouver Island from West Vancouver. The most interesting sight we saw was the icebergs near St Anthony Newfoundland. There are not enough words or pictures available to describe how amazing those days were. The best hidden gem of the trip was probably the Studebaker Museum in North Bend Indiana. It was full of very special vehicles.
Old Town Montreal was packed with people, but full of amazing buildings, sights and yes, people. The buskers and wedding parties spread over the area provide non-stop entertainment. Music on PEI seems to be everywhere, and the 3 shows we saw were first rate entertainment. We only wish we’d had time to see more.
This trip gave us the chance to visit with friends and family that we hadn’t seen for some time, and in the case of Ed and Cathy in Bathurst, this was our first visit in 28 years. We couldn’t get over how much fun we had with them, and how the years didn’t seem to make a dent in our relationship. We know that we’ll be back to see them and all the rest of the people we saw this trip before the next 28 years pass. Everyone we visited made our trip that much more special.
All in all we had a wonderful time, but I don’t think we’ll be attempting such a gruelling pace anytime soon. We hope you have enjoyed the chance to travel with us, and that you will get your own chance to see what we have and more, in the near future. Also thank you for all your comments. We have really felt you were with us as we read them.
We’re going to be quite quiet over the next couple of months as we recover from this trip, but we’ll let you know when we leave again!