Day 1 of my trip to Newfoundland.  I wish I could tell you that this was an exciting day, but it wouldn’t make anyone’s top 10 list.    I guess that is to be expected when it involves nine hours of driving.  But here are the highlights just in case you have run out of things to read/do or think about today:

  1.  I was supposed to leave at 7am.  I finally got on the road at 8:30am because I had to retrace my steps 30 minutes into the drive and return to Barrie as I forgot to leave my keys with the boys.  They are watering my plants (well, plant.  There is just one).
  • The gas pumps at a gas station in Kingston went down right in the middle of filling my tank.  I was okay with that, but I had to talk the guy down beside me who thought it was a conspiracy by Justin Trudeau to rip us off.  The Deep State is alive well at Petro Canada in Kingston.
  • I watched the church service from Northwest Barrie on my phone which was perched on my knee, while I did 120 down the 401.  Stupid?  Probably.  Ben and Chris both did a great job!!  If you haven’t watched the service, please do.
  • I crossed the border into Quebec and as I did, I felt my blood pressure nudge up a few points. I have a fear of breaking down in a place where I can’t speak the language.  “je m’appelle Phil” will only get me so far with a flat tire.
  • Tim Horton’s chocolate chip muffins are delicious.
  • I passed a car from New Hampshire.  Their license plates have a very provocative slogan on them, “Live Free Or Die”.  I think my friend at the gas station in Kingston would be happy living in New Hampshire.
  • My GPS is a rock star. When I left Barrie (the second time) it said that I would arrive at my hotel in Levi at 5:40pm. I arrived at 5:36pm. That’s game!!
  • My French is quite sad. As soon as I said “bonjour” to the Hotel Clerk she switched to English.
  • Hotel rooms are hotel rooms wherever you go.  The artwork takes you breath away (not in a good way), the carpet has stripes, and the air conditioning makes a clicking sound.  But I’m not complaining!!  It’s a very comfortable room.
  1. One of the greatest feelings at the end of a long day of driving, it kicking your shoes off, laying on  a hotel bed, eating M&M’s, and watching HGTV. 

So that was day one!!  Tomorrow, I make my way to Fredericton, New Brunswick. In many ways, that is like coming home for me, so I’m sure it will be a great day, and maybe a little nostalgic. As I pass the exit to Sussex, I may even mist up a little.  But that is tomorrow’s adventure.  For now, I’m watching House Hunters, snoozing and enjoying the feeling of achievement after a long day of driving.  Good night.