The Transnistria parliament building with a statue of Lenin out front. In the city of Tiraspol, Transnistria. Photo taken December 9, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Doing the happy dance!

We got the word yesterday. Our last day of work for the season will be next Sunday the 15th.

Monday the 16th we'll get the little blue car packed up, and early morning of Tuesday the 17th we're outta here!!!

And so I spent last night doing some planning for our big road trip. We're going to do approximately 3,300 kms (2,046 miles) from Sturgeon Lake, Saskatchewan to Ottawa, Ontario. We're going to be doing the American route going through North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Cheaper fuel, and some reasonably priced beer and wine!

Plus, we get to meet lots of new friends, and even some old friends. We are totally excited!!

Here's our route...


We've got the driving broken into 8 days. And they're fairly even days, averaging 400 kms (248 miles) per day or so. Perfect for being able to stop along the way and take some photos and do some hiking.

And, we're looking forward to meeting some of our readers, and some new couchsurfing hosts. Not all of this is written in stone yet, but we're trying to arrange a couchsurfing host for our first night in (B) Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Then, we're looking forward to meeting some of our blog readers in (C) Killarney, Manitoba who have invited us for a visit. Then couchsurfing again in (D) Grand Forks, North Dakota. Next is (E) Duluth, Minnesota where we're hoping to be meeting more of our readers.

After that, couchsurfing in (F) Marquette, Michigan followed by a little detour to visit with fellow Mexico RV'ers Bill and Bonnie in (G) Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Really looking forward to seeing them. We've been close to each other in our travels over the last couple of years, but never close enough to get together. This time, we're making sure we can have a few laughs...plus, they know how to play the Euchre card game!!!

Followed by (H) Elliot Lake, Ontario. This is a place we've wanted to visit for a long time, and we got an invite from another blog reading traveler to stop in and visit for a night. The timing was going to be dependent on us getting out of here sooner than later, so we're glad to be able to stop in.

If any other readers are along our route, feel free to send us a note and maybe we can get together. We love meeting the people who follow our travels!

The little blue car is raring to go!



36 comments:

  1. That's basically the shortest route, and the cheapest too.
    Once upon a time, when my parents and I went up to Flin Flon, we went through Sault St. Marie, Minnesota, ND and then straight up past Winterpeg. Can't say I'd exactly recommend Flin Flon as a travel destination though. It's kind of "out there".

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    1. Two of the three reasons we are going that way, the third would be that we think it is a prettier drive. Never heard of Flin Flon before so I had to look it up and found that it falls right on the border of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, now I know something new.

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  2. Way to go guys, that is great news!! Even earlier than you had hoped!

    Enjoy your last week of work!

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    1. Yep, we would have been quite happy with Sept. 20th, now it is even better and no need to rush our road trip in order to get back to Ottawa before Oct. 4th.

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  3. Great news and sounds like a fun trip. Too bad we're too far south for a visit.

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    1. It is a shame that you are too far south, we would have loved to have stopped in for a visit. There is always next year, you never know.

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  4. Fantastic. Back to 'retirement' and loads of travel fun. Can't wait to hear of new adventures and friends. Isn't life great?!

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    1. Looking forward to relaxing some of our joints and muscles! We can't wait to start our new adventures, it is going to be an exciting seven months ahead.

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  5. You will love the Upper Peninsula. Paul fished up there for 40 years. Really beautiful country.

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    1. We have been along this route a long, long time ago and I remember it as being very pretty so we are looking forward to doing it again and having more time to enjoy it in.

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  6. Just don't enjoy all that cheap booze too much as you travel... ;c)

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    1. No worries we will enjoy both, just not at the same time! ;)

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  7. Congrats on your last week of work in summer 2013!

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  8. Awesome, travelling! Just what you love to do! I can't wait to read about it all.
    So when you camp host, do they pay you like a regular paycheque or do they pay you at the end? Do you get a bonus, and when do you know if they want you back? (right away?)
    Just wondering if you thought about going back next year after your adventures.
    Have a great last week in saskatchewan!

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    1. We aren't camp hosting or work camping, Kevin explains this in the next post as a few people have been asking questions on this subject. Hope it answers some of your questions.

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  9. Out at the earliest possible moment is good news! Looks like a fun trip coming up and then Let the Adventures Begin!!

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    1. Yes, we will be and we are looking forward to so much in the upcoming months.

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    1. You can never have too many road trips! :)

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  11. It's going to feel so good to have those wheels moving again. And on to such exciting adventures. Have fun.

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    1. You can say that again Jim and Sandie!

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  12. Now that you're done, do you think you want to return again next year? Curious.

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    1. We are about 90% sure that we will but we haven't committed ourselves to it yet!

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  13. Great news, can tell you are anxious to get rolling again.

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    1. We sure are anxious, 4 1/2 months in one spot is a long time for us.

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  14. hello amigos.por so awaited trip. good for you that you deserve. Congratulations and keep in touch

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  15. Congrats on a job well done! Enjoy those overdue beers and bottles of wine! hooray!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. You can be sure we will Que Vida, we just have to wait until we are back in the States first.

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  16. Just learning to write comments. Great following you.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to post a comment Diane and for following along with us.

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  17. Nicely organised. I'm looking forward to reading about your journey.

    Sft x

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    1. Thank you Sft, and we can't wait to write about our journey and all our new adventures.

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