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Published: April 27th 2019
Preparing for a road trip is completely different to preparations for backpacking. We keep forgetting that we shall not have to carry rucksacks, so the clothing allowance can be a little less frugal! However, since we are taking some camping gear with us, space will not be over-generous in our wheelie holdalls, just a little more ample than in a rucksack. Weight will not be a problem: the little tent weighs just 2.2 kilo. So, the packing list is complete, we have shopped for most of the things we need (medical, toiletries and so on) and John is playing with his new Canon camera!
Another difference is that we have not had to visit the International Diseases Unit at the Vega Baja hospital in Orihuela as for past big trips. Unlike when venturing forth to tropical climes, visiting Canada does not require one to have a supply of malaria tablets and jabs for nasty things like Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis, Encephalitis and so one (all of which we have had anyway, the jabs that is, not the diseases). So, not a lot to do at all, just collect medications enough for two months for our dog Mutley, who is epileptic, get the watering system sorted in the garden and then go! Our son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Mam are caring for our two dogs, Megan and Mutley, in our absence.
Our blogs are arranged into trips, so this blog is the first one in the “Canada” trip, which is trip number eight on this Travelblog site. We have just checked on our blog stats and were surprised to see our stats for the previous seven trips as follows…
Blog entries: 171
Had no idea I wrote so much whilst travelling!!! I have often been asked if I find it a chore and the answer is “Not at all!” I wouldn’t do it if it were. I actually love writing and it is my way of reliving each day. Nothing nicer than chilling in the evening with a glass or two of wine, typing away on my notepad and reviewing the day’s photos. John takes hundreds, so it takes a while to choose just a few for the blog entries (well I say a few but we are amazed to discover that they total 1,804 to date)!
The quickest route from Toronto to Vancouver is via the US, however we wanted to stick to the longer Canadian route so that we could explore the Great Lakes, the numerous forests, lakes and waterfalls in Ontario’s national parks, the vast wheat fields stretching to the horizon in Saskatchewan and the mountains of Alberta and British Columbia. It is a long drive and some writers say that the wheat prairies are monotonous but “Hey!” That is what they are; vast oceans of wheat and constant views for kilometre after kilometre. It will be different and the drive will be a challenge; we like a bit of challenge now and then! Just hope the weather warms up a bit, there is still snow in them there hills and rain on the plains to boot! Soft-sided bivi tents and bears don’t mix really either! We cannot WAIT!!! Just one week to go! “The quest is not so much for extra years in our life, but for extra life in our years!”
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