Out for a walk beside the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada!
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Heading to Nova Scotia around August 1st.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Well, our first day of relaxing went very well!

We are getting right back into routine, and did our morning power walk around the perimeter of the property here. Ruth did eight laps which is 4 miles (6.5 kms) , and I did six laps, or 3 miles (4.8 kms). I also began doing some push ups and other arm/chest/back exercises.

We'll have to get to it a little earlier though. We started our walk at 10:00am, and with the clear blue sky it actually gets pretty hot when you're doing a power walk. The idea is to get your heart pumping at 75% of it's maximum rate for at least 20 minutes. So you need to move fairly quickly, and fast enough that you break into a bit of a sweat. This morning, we will get started at 9:00am!

Still a few wild flowers in bloom.

It's the end of the rainy season here, so we're seeing the last of the wildflowers in bloom. We may or may not get another shower, but within a week or two most of these flowers will be gone until next year.

We didn't get much done yesterday, preferring instead to do take advantage of the fact that we don't have to do anything! We got our backpacks unpacked and clothes sorted and put away. 

Sherman needs a major cleanup so I'll get started on that today. Also need to get him fired up and take him for a drive to get the propane tank filled. He was in pretty good shape after sitting for six months. The driver's side is pretty filthy with black streaks (the residue from the oxidation of the rubber roof membrane) because I had him tilted a bit so the rain would run off the roof. So there will be some polishing necessary, but I can do a little each day.

We sat out and had our own little happy hour with Sal, and caught up on things. They aren't expecting any more campers until, around November 20 unless somebody shows up out of the blue which does happen regularly.

Temperature is about 23C (73F) during the day, and it's getting closer to freezing at night now. I'm sure we'll be seeing some frost on the ground in the morning soon. This is because we are 6,400 ft (2,000 meters) altitude! It was 10C (50F) inside the motorhome when we woke up, but we put the heater on for 20 minutes and by then the sun is shining in and warming things up.

Today is market day, so we'll go into town and get our week's supply of fruits and veggies. We love market day!


  1. You make me feel guilty. Paul and I have to get back to our exercise routine. Once we get to Mission for the winter we will eat and drink to much. Need to burn those calories one way or the other.

    1. We were feeling guilty too! We haven't really been on a good hike since we left England a month ago. Feels good to get back into a regular excerise routine again.

  2. Now that you have your own transportation, market day will be easier.

  3. That's what I was thinking - it's nice that you have your car and your rv this year. The stone wall and wildflowers are pretty. Love market day - always more fun to shop for fresh veggies and fruit that way. Carry on!!!

  4. Glad to see you got a little down time, Andy hit a deer last night, but it got away and he doesn't have much damage to the car,we could have used a hundred pounds of meat. He is planning a hunting trip later when deer season comes in, He usually gets one each year. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

    1. Sorry about Andy's car. Wouldn't have been so bad if he could have got the deer from it, the meat would have helped offset the cost of the repairs.


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