The Great Journey Home

He’s Finally Here!

After six long weeks of not seeing each other, my fiancé is here. Even through the countless flight delays and cancellations, because of the winter storm, he’s here!

Due to some changes in our life, we decided that it would be best to move back to Ontario. And so, a few weeks ago my fiancé and I drove our car from Calgary, AB to Ontario. It was, to say the least, quite an adventure.

And We’re Off

We started our journey on February 25, 2016 and left at 5:11 a.m. We made a quick stop in Medicine Hat, AB to eat some breakfast, fill up on gas and drive. We saw the sunrise, which was and beautifully blinding and drove through several cities and towns.

There was a stretch of the highway where there was a cop car in front of us and a few others for about 40km. It was funny to see everyone who approached the cop slow down abruptly and take their place in line; no one dared to pass him.

We drove for several more hours then made another stop to get gas and grab a bite to eat for lunch. We went to Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina, Saskatchewan. The food was okay, nothing too special. We shared a fleet of beer samplers with our meal and were off again.

Our first destination was Winnipeg, MB where we spent the night to rest and relax. We had an argument in the car prior to reaching Winnipeg and so dinner at Stella’s Café was a bit awkward. By the end of the meal we had talked about our fight and decided that we were both exhausted and moody. We also made sure to pick up a few jars of Stella’s famous jam then headed to our hotel for some well-deserved zzzzz’s….

Day 2

We slept in, ate breakfast and left at 8:00 a.m. on February 26, 2016. We crossed the border and entered Ontario around 9:55 a.m., and lost an hour due to the changing time zone. Excited to be that much closer to reaching home, we filled our bellies and eagerly started the drive to our next destination. As soon as we entered Ontario the roads became winding; driving became more dangerous yet somehow more entertaining. That is until the night driving began. There were no lights and the roads, still winding, were covered with several ‘Night Danger’ signs with pictures of various animals. We drove for about 4 hours through the darkness.

There were even some parts where our visibility was reduced from the howling wind and patches of blowing snow. While we could, we relied on other vehicles to be our guiding lights and tried to keep up with the other drivers on the road. About an hour into the dark drive, we realized that we were the only ones on the road and continued our drive with our high beams on. We were exhausted but grateful that we reached our destination, Wawa, ON, around 10:30 p.m.

Day 3

We got up and left around 8:00 a.m. and having the sun shining bright behind a few clouds made for a very nice drive. Ontario is very pretty and scenic. We saw people out on the lakes, ice fishing and snowmobiling. We saw how huge Lake Superior and other surrounding bodies of water were.

We stopped for lunch in Dryden and drove through Thunder Bay at approximately 4:40p.m. Determined to be home in time for dinner, we made minimal stops, only making trips to the gas station and quick bathroom breaks, we reached home at 6:05 p.m.

The third day my fiancé did ALL the driving, which amounted to approximately 890km.

Home Sweet Home
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This 34 hour driving trip was unforgettable and long but well worth it. Any time spent with him was truly appreciated and special.

Have you ever been on an extended car ride with your significant other? Where exhaustion sets in and tempers flare from being hungry, tired and uncomfortable?

If you want to see if you’re relationship is strong, may I suggest an extended car ride?

Stay strong and beautiful!

 

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8 thoughts on “The Great Journey Home

  1. I’ve always wondered whether cops actually get annoyed that everyone around them is driving so slowly. They pretty much bring a miniature traffic jam with them wherever they go.

    Welcome back to Ontario! : )

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