500,000 bottles of sparkling wine mature in this section of the underground cellars at Cricova Winery just north of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 3, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

8,000 miles later...

We arrived back at Cabri Regional Park yesterday evening. What a long four or five days that was! But we made it, safe and sound. And, we arrived to better weather than we've seen since we left Utah.

I figured out that we drove approximately 8,000 miles (12,800 kms) since the time we left Cabri last October 5th.

Here's a rough route map of our travels this past winter season...

A rough route of our travels this season.

Of course that doesn't detail all of our back and forth and here and there driving in Mexico, nor our trip down to San Diego, nor all the driving we did in the red beetle rent a car.

But what a great winter we had. And Sherman came through with flying colors. Never let us down once! For a 20 year old motorhome (whose odometer hit 90,000 miles yesterday) we sure are happy with him. He needs a couple of minor repairs, because we sure did put him through his paces on some of the roads we took him on, but other than that I wouldn't hesitate to set out on another big trip tomorrow.

Here's our drive from yesterday...

Montana roads at 7:00am.

Lone tree.

Nice road in Montana leading up to the border crossing.

At the Turner, Montana border crossing. 
The U.S. and Canada actually share the building. Never seen that before, but it's a logical idea.

Not a nice road on the Canadian side.

Welcome to Saskatchewan.

Crossed the border at 11:00am. The lone Canadian border guard said he wanted to come on board Sherman. Never had that happen before entering Canada. I guess he was bored. Nice enough young man though, and asked all the standard questions. Let us in with slightly above the legal booze allowance.

The town of Climax. Yep.

Stopped in Gull Lake for lunch (thanks Sharon and Arnie!) and then went into Swift Current and stocked up on groceries. Then in to Cabri where we met with Liz (thanks for the wine Liz!) and family and picked up the keys for the park.

Yesterday's drive, 278 miles (445 kms).

They had a warm and dry winter in this area. Leaves are coming out on the branches early. Parts of the grass already need cutting! The water level in the lake is the lowest we've ever seen it, and that's not a good sign, but it's out of our hands. Hopefully there was enough snow in the mountains that the lake fills up later in May and June!

Today, we'll get the water turned on to the house, and start moving things from the motorhome. And, I'll go up to the shop and see how the little blue car fared over the winter. Lots to do around here to get the park ready for opening weekend May 20th.

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A fantastic deal this morning on a t-fal cookware set. It's not often you see a product with a five star rating...


And in Canada, a good deal on a men's Braun electric razor...





28 comments:

  1. Quite the trip and a long few days, but 'There's no place like home'.

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    1. It has been a great winter but yes, those last few days were just too long for us. We are happy to be back at the campground but ask us the same question in one to two months and I'll bet it will be a different answer! We really do love being "on the road". :-)

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  2. Thanks for letting us share in your adventures and seeing part of the country I may not make it too! Have a safe summer and keep posting!

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    1. Thank you Kay for reading along on our adventures, we enjoy bringing them to you. :-)

      No worries we will have lots to post about during the summer. So far the weather here is starting off great!

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  3. Welcome back to Canada! Have fun in between being busy.

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  4. I'm sure it feels wonderful to be back "home". Sure have enjoyed your 8,000 mile adventure. It's so nice of you to share your adventures. Kind of like reading a non stop novel!

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    1. Thank you Lori for following along with us! Love your description of the blog "kinda like reading a non stop novel" :-)

      It is nice to be back however that also means work but what a great place to have to work!

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  5. You made it - way to go Sherman!

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    1. Sherman did an outstanding job! We are so proud of him. Now he is going to get a well deserved rest and will get cleaned up and a few things done to him so he will be ready for June when he will get to go out on the road again, unfortunately we won't be going along for this ride.

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    1. Thank you Contessa, we had a great winter! BTW, we should have bought more of those turkey breats that were on sale because the border guard didn't even ask us about our food.

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    1. Sherman is "Home Sweet Home" to us, so wherever he is then we are home! :-)

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  8. Welcome back, and glad it went well overall. Miss you both, and feeling veeery far away at the moment . . . like several continents away!

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    1. Thank you Tamara, everything went super! We had such a great time with you and Mike and thank you so much for your hospitality. I am sure we will met up again in the future.

      Bet you guys are really enjoying yourselves right now! Love looking at your photos and look forward to hear more about the trip.

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  9. The most miles we've done in one long trip was just under 8,000, and we had a wonderful time, too! Border crossings are not our favorite, but that reminds me to put our passports in Tergel -- we're leaving in two weeks. I enjoyed your journey!

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    1. I think that amount is just about perfect for a great time away. Slow and easy and for the most part that is how our winter went, right up until the last few days at least! Border crossings are never fun. You can never be sure what to expect. We always go prepared with all our "i's" dotted and "t's" crossed and so far haven't really had any issues, it's all part of the experience. :-)

      Have fun on your journey, I am sure you are looking forward to it!

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  10. Beautiful place to spend the summer. We liked it! Can't wait for all the details and I hope Little Blue fires right up!

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    1. Yes, it is a beautiful place to spend the summer. Just hope the water level goes up otherwise there will be no boating but they will have a huge, huge beach!!!

      We are confident that he will. :-)

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  11. Safely back again is a good thing. Quite the journey.

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    1. Yes, it certainly is a good thing! We had a fantastic winter now we have to buck down and do some work so that we can do it all over again next winter. :-)

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  12. I have so enjoyed your travels. Montana is where I wish I lived. Let me know if you plan a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I have lived here for 50 years. Faye Gates

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    1. We are happy that you had fun on our adventures by following along virtually, internet is such an amazing thing! :-)

      We have actually been to Charleston, SC several times in our first few years and really enjoyed ourselves there. We also have some friends (readers) that we met just outside of Charleston and have still kept in touch with them. If we are ever that way again, we will certainly let you know.

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  13. I've been following your blog for this entire trip and just want you to know that I feel like I've been with you. Your pictures, your descriptions of places, and the positive reactions you two shared about the people you met were more than a travelogue; it was a virtual experience for anyone who kept up with you.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and for your kind words. We are so glad that you have enjoyed our blog and feel like you were right there with us. This is one of the reasons that we like to keep the blog going, so that people can see what is out there and hopefully after seeing some of the spots we have been will then want to head there themselves. Again thank you, it means a lot to us that you have enjoyed our winter away so much.

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