Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sudbury Ontario to Waterloo Ontario (Van)
After we got back on Thursday, I didn't get much done. We had to be in Elmira Monday so Sandy could get her mother of the bride dress fitted at Taylor Bridal and, having just gotten back and because we might bring the dress home, we decided to take the van and head down today.
First, though, we needed to attend the monthly Freedom Riders meeting. We've missed the last two months because we've been away and, as Treasurer, I like to show up from time to time to assure the members that I haven't skipped town with our huge bank account. The meeting went well and then we hit the road heading south.
The trip was uneventful except for the traffic. North of Parry Sound, a blue SUV held the left lane all the way through one passing stretch and then dropped to 80 KPH as soon as we went back to one lane. I would really like to know what was going through the driver's poor addled brain as he did this. Is it possible he is that out of tune with his surroundings or does he just have a mean spirit?
As we neared Barrie and the merge with Highway 11, it became apparent that we were once again caught in the Toronto lemming migration. Twice in three days, we have gotten in the crowd either leaving or returning to Toronto, a situation that guarantees bumper to bumper stop and go traffic. A couple of miles before the two lane Highway 400 and the two lane Highway 11 merge and become three lanes, everything came to a grinding halt. As our two lanes became one, the lane that was merging was moving much faster than the lane that wasn't. I notice this almost every time a lane merges in heavy traffic and have to wonder why people in the through lane let others blend in at a more than 1:1 rate.
In Barrie, we exited on Dunlop St and let the GPS take us on a route similar to the one we took with the bikes on Victoria Day. It was a little different and we discovered a large wind farm north of Shelburne that I didn't know was there.
Once we got to Waterloo, we joined Heather, Tom and his mom Zofia as we drove over to Waterloo Park to check out possible locations for wedding photos. This is a very nice park with a large pond, a replica of the Erb Mill and a number of animals in pens. We got to see a rabbit attack a wild turkey (as Tom points out in his comment, it was actually a peacock), which I add to the list of things I had never seen before. There was a problem parking when we first got there but I'll link you to Tom's blog for the description of the doorknob in question.
Back at Heather and Tom's, we turned in early.