Hello All! Happy New Year! It has been 3 weeks since our last entry. Wow time flies when you're having fun! Our celebration in Montreal did not go well. City was not prepared. Snow not removed. Road not closed. And no protester control. The show did not go on. The torch did arrive however. They never seem to stop that. Next day we travelled to Gatineau. Beautiful sunny drive. Good Celebration. Dec. 12 Ottawa. Christmas shopping and then off for my torch run. I was very nervous. What an incredible experience! Missed having family with me, but my away family was there and they are great! Went to the evening celebration at Parliment Hill. Very beautiful! Back to Hotel and shared some champagne with my honey! Yes I mean Hank! Dec. 13 Pembroke. Nice to get back to smaller communities. Very friendly. Beautiful drive to Kingston the next day. Nice site with skating rink in front of stage. Dec.15 off to Peterborough. Went to see Brian at Cathcart Trucking. He bought Hank's truck and trailer 2 years ago. He helped us out with a truck wash and drove us to our hotel. The owner of this Best Western was a sweetheart.
Reminded me of my mommy. She liked it when I called her Mom! Invited us back in the summmer. Beautiful spot on the river. Joanne came to visit us at the Celebration. Poor Reed was very sick. R1N1 we believe! Later that evening Jeff announced Hank's spot as a Torch Bearer. Off to Oshawa the next day. Had a nice lunch with Denise. Art was working. She came out again that evening for the celebration. Found out that our friend Rod is also running the torch on Friday. Off to Toronto. 2 nites at the Delta. Toronto Celebration at Nathan Philips Square. Very beautiful with all the lights. Large crowds of course. Next day I almost didn't make it to Hanks Torch Run. They mixed up his time with Rod's. Made it however and so did Carol, Randy, Steve, Linda, Catherine, Brian, Andrew, Kim, Evan, Eric and Michelle. Very memorible moment for us! After the run I had to whisk Hank off to Brampton. Back to work! Great Celebration. Carol and Randy joined us and we went for dinner after and they shared our hotel with us. We had a great day! Sad good-byes the next day. Off the Hamilton.
We have a new team mate with us for a while. John, very nice guy. Great to work with. Dec. 20 Niagara Falls. Wow our room overlooking the falls. Everything is covered in ice. Very magical! We had the celebration right down by the falls. After the celebration, we had a little wine and cheese party at Jeff's. The next day Brantford, Ont. Got a bonus room again. Giant air tub in the room and fireplace. Nice! Off to Chatham the next day. Great bunch of volunteers here. Very nice celebration. Wonderful fire work display at the end. Stayed at the Wheels inn. Not quite what it used to be. Dec. 23 Windsor. Another fine firework display which they are known for! Did not sleep well. Very noisy party goers that night! Dec. 24. Very excited! early set up in London at Victoria Park. Very pretty setting! Jackie, Jeremy and Alanna came to see us. I got to show her off to my team mates! After the show we headed back to Stratford. Had a wonderful Christmas Eve with Kelly and Nolan. John and Julie stayed for 1 Christmas chee r. Thanks for your help guys! Nice Christmas morning at
home with Kelly, Hemi and Charlie. Gift exchange in the afternoon with all of us and then off to Hil and Pete's for a fine Christmas dinner. Hil did an amazing job cooking for all those people. Great to see everyone! Quiet boxing day. Laundry, groceries and then nice dinner with Jan and Vance. Dec. 27th. Went to Straford celebration for an hour. Got to see Joanie and Rick. Big hugs. Also Sarah and Chris. Jan, Vance, Nick, Leigha, Ed, Darlene, Pat and Mike. Missed my little Chickie today though. We had to leave before the Saviles got their. Off to Kitchener. This celebration had the most protesters so far. It was also my favorite. The crowd tried to drown out the protesters. The best loudest singing of Oh Canada so far! Wow, goose bumps! Dec. 28 off to Owen Sound. Temps are starting to drop and some snow. Beautiful Christmas light display at the site. Found out our good friend and top boss Jackie Braden is running tomorrow near Wasaga. Go Jackie!!! Next day Barrie. Lot's of help from The Bennies (my favorite cousins) Got a free truck wash from Royal Tank Lines. Had a nice lunch with Jude
and Cath.Went for dinner at Cathy and Ricks house during the celebration. Wow what a house. Forgot the camera unfortunately. Judy was with us for dinner as well. Short sweet visit. Thanks, guys. Dec. 30 North Bay. Set up at Discovery North. Great crowds. Fireworks. Dec. 31 off to Val D'or Que. 5 hr drive. Amazing scenery. Nice New years celebration. Back to Hotel for our own celebration. Drinks, laughs, dancing and lot's of hugs and kisses! Jan. 1 up at 6am. Ouch! Drove to Kirkland Lake. Really cold. Great bunch of volunteers. Free food at the local McDonald's. We really do love day celebrations. Off to Sudbury right after celebration. Long pretty drive. Jan. 02 5:30 am. -25 outside. Coldest set up yet! Free hotchocolate, pancake breakfast and bags of really good kettle corn. Met Jeff's family today. Off to Marothon after celebration. Long drive, but dry roads and sunny. Stunning drive. Some of the Vanoc crew travelling in a van hit a moose just the other side of Wawa. Very lucky all were okay. A little shook up. Jan 3. morning set up in Marathon. Decided to move it indoors, so we had very little to set up.
Almost like a day off! Off to Dryden after celebration. Sunny, dry roads and more spectacular views. Went for dinner and a brew after arrival. Very kind Hotel clerk Nancy washed all our coats and snow pants. Heading off to Kenora shortly. Truck would not start this morning. -33.
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