Friday, September 27, 2019

If you plan it they will come... day one.

Friday September 27th.

The day started out a little chilly with the Calgary weather forecast calling for snow!!!!

Fluids topped off, luggage, tools and parts all packed. Ready to go!!
The roads were familiar as we have done this route a number of times in the past. It was raining on and off for the whole drive to Moose Jaw.


Alberta prairie views


Welcome to Saskatchewan
We made a detour to Gravelbourg SK. This prairie town is renowned for its brick  homes, the Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral and its Francophone heritage.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

If you plan it they will come.... day zero

We are about to embark on will most likely be our longest road trip to date! It's been a bit of an adventure already with a number of mechanical issues that needed looking after with the car... new head gasket and valve seals, replaced the turbo, and a new front crank seal to name a couple. I also had the wheels rotated and balanced and did an oil change.



This trip will be a little different than our previous ones in that we will be travelling with Sharon's sister and her husband. We will be in the Festiva and they will be in their class C motor home. This allows us a bit more flexibility as we don't have to rely on hotels for our accommodations! We do have a few hotel nights booked though.

Here's a general overview of our trip:
  • 2 provinces
  • 22 states, 12 of which we haven't been in before
  • approximately 11,000km / 6,800 miles
  • 20 days
  • 1 Festiva meet!
 
Approximate route
A few of things we're looking forward to:
  • Time in Amish country
  • Two full days in Washington DC
  • A return to Festiva Madness! Our last visit was back in 2011
  • visiting the towns where a couple of our favorite HGTV shows are based
  • New Orleans
  • Pikes Peak
I'm going to try and post updates daily but it might end up being weekly, that will depend on access to wi-fi.

What are your favorite road-tripping hacks? We'd love to hear from you so leave your comments below.