After six months without a road trip, we had planned to make a day trip down to visit Kim, Mike and the girls at a cottage they were renting near Calabogie in eastern Ontario. Despite Jan's passing a couple of days ago, we had already made all the necessary arrangements and needed a break. It was 57 F and raining steadily as we hit the road at 5:00 AM. The GPS predicted an arrival time of 9:48 AM but I figured 10:30 would be more realistic.
We drove along in the dark listening to The World According To Tom Hanks, an audiobook borrowed from the library. The rain eased of about thirty miles east of Sudbury and then we stopped at McDonald's in Sturgeon Falls for some sustenance to go. The rain stopped as we continued east towards the rising sun.
As I cruised along, I wondered how many lives had been saved by the simple act of carving rumble strips into the centre and fog lines of the highways. I am sure I ponder this every time I travel a two-lane highway.
These memories don't mean anything to anyone but me, but they (and many more) remind me of the many miles that have passed under my tires and all the places I have been. Especially, I am reminded of all the great people I have shared the journey with.
We stopped in Deep River for gas and then at Tim's for some cookies. I know, I am not supposed to have cookies but they were calling my name. The rest of the trip was uneventful as we passed from sunshine to rain and back. We pulled into the driveway just before 7:00 PM. It was a long day but, as I said before, it was worth it.
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