Mid-Atlantic Misfit

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Canada day 2 – 6 hours and countless Timbits later

7 October 2013 , , , , , , , , , ,

My body insisted I was still in London or at least over the Atlantic, as I woke up at about 5 a.m.   I’ve decided to write more as I travel and also video blog (vblog), so even if I’m travelling alone, I can share the adventure.  

I decided after the long journey, a hearty breakfast was in order and so made my way to the hotel restaurant.  Again I was greeted in French and responded in kind.  It makes me realise how much I miss using it.  There’s just no opportunity in London to do so.  When I travel, I typically want to sample local food and so I ordered ‘le petit déjeuner Québécois’.  What made it a Quebecker breakfast, the French toast and rillettes, a pâté made of minced pork or other light meat, seasoned and combined with fat.  Magnifique!  Very tasty!  

So full to overflowing, I checked out and jumped in the Ford Explorer for the long drive to North Bay, Ontario.  As is usual these days, the car has, for me what is absolutely essential, both an auxiliary input and USB power.  I’ve got to be able to play music and the Tom Tom sat nav instructions via the car stereo.  There are few things I like more than driving with great music playing.

To exit Montreal west, you take Autoroute 40, off the island and into Ontario.  It seemed like they’d decided to scrap it and start fresh as they whole length was under construction. It was a beautiful, but crisp morning and that showed off the amazing autumn colours, the first glimpse of them I’d had.  Within 30 minutes you arrive in Ontario on highway 417 and then less than an hour later you arrive in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.  It’s at this point I lost the good weather and hit yet more roadworks.

Half an hour later I reached Arnprior, Ontario and the skies opened and from that point on it pissed down.  At about the 3-hour point, I reached Petawawa, Ontario on the banks of the Ottawa River.   I needed rest, but more importantly I had to get my fix of Timbits from Tim Horton’s.  Timbits are doughnut holes and come in about a dozen different varieties.  I’d not timed it well, though as there was a queue and the supply of Timbits was dwindling while I watched in horror.  I reached the counter and downsized my order to avoid getting umpteen of the plain variety.

Belly full yet again, I darted out to the Explorer to avoid being drowned en route.  Another 2 1/2 hours and a few slow moving vehicles later, I arrived in North Bay.  The colours here are stunning and I’ll share some photos tomorrow.  I was kind of nervous. I’ve not seen my friends here for a couple years, crazy really.  I few huge hugs later, I was settling into their beautiful home and it was as if no time had passed at all.

In the evening we went out for Japanese.  What a humongous feast!  It’s one of my favourite foods and we had all manner of rolls, tempura, gyoza, etc. I was stuffed (yet again), but a what a wonderful first night with my friends.

I struggled til about 11 p.m. and then turned in and I’m sure fell asleep before my well travelled head even hit the pillow.



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