Friday, September 14, 2012

Sep 14 – To Dryden, Ontario

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I always forget just how big Ontario is. It has been 5 days since we left Jasper and if we were going straight to Toronto it would take us at least 4 or 5 days to get there from here at the Ontario border.

We went through a whole list of varying scenery today.

First we took the so called Perimeter Road around Winnipeg. I think they left a lot of room for expansion because you can barely see the city in the distance across the fields.


From the wide open fields we soon got into some trees.


Then the dreaded tunnel of trees all the way to the Manitoba border.


At the border it was like someone flipped a switch. We are now in the land of rock cuts and lakes everywhere. Lake of the Woods cottage country. It could have been Muskoka.


We found a nice spot to stop for lunch.





Then as we got closer to Dryden we moved to farm country.


And then into Dryden dominated by its pulp and paper mill.


The roads were exceptionally good today. Even the older sections were very smooth. We also hit a lot of fresh asphalt which meant construction. We waited at one spot for about 15 minutes. This was the lineup at the other end. We saw several of those huge tanks pass us.


There are a LOT of trucks on this section of highway and not a lot of passing lanes. With the nice road it was fairly easy to keep our speed up and not create a lineup.

We are “Wallydocking” again. My brother used the Apple “Find My Friends” app and then Google Streetview to send me a picture of where we are.


I couldn’t get quite the same angle.


There is a Tim Horton's across the road. Good – we can attach to their WIFI and do all the big downloads we have been holding off. Bad – all the truckers pull into the Walmart parking lot and walk across the road to get their coffee. We’ll see how bad it is through the night.

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