Saturday the 23rd was our pack up day. UHaul decided that the closest location out of the multitude in Calgary was one way up in the NE corner of the city. Upon arrival back at home it seemed as though they forgot to give us the dolly we ordered. So, Brian went out on a trek to buy one for us to use as that was cheaper than the gas we would blow in the truck driving back to the UHaul depot!
With the help of Brian's Uncle and Cousin we managed to pack everything up inside - only leaving the BBQ for the lucky new owner of our condo. Then for the cleaning! This poor apartment has not been cleaned for quite awhile as everything was in an upheaval getting ready for the move.
Dinner with our Realtor was an interesting experience. What a way to spend out last evening in Calgary! But it worked out well as she did her walk through and made sure everything was in order since we won't be in town on the actual day of possession.
Setting up our sleeping bags on the floor we thought we would sleep like the dead after this crazy day, but little sleep was to be had for either of us. Fortunately that meant that it we were up nice an early to do the final packing of the cat and away we were!
Saying goodbye to our apartment and Calgary was not as I had imagined. We were shocked at the lack of emotion either of us felt. I guess this move was much needed for both of us!
On the road, the first part of the drive is not that exciting as it is all prairie. As beautiful as Canada is, hours upon hours of flat terrain in the rain is less than impressive. Now you must understand that when Brian gets behind the wheel, it is with a determination and purpose not to be reckoned with! Downing energy drinks he wanted to get as far as possible in one day. That distance happened to be the Ontario boarder - a little less than
half way. It's amazing to think that after all this driving, half the trip is within Ontario itself. Waking from a snooze at around 2:30am I managed to convince Brian to stop for a little shut eye. Pulling into a rest-stop we managed to catch one or
two hours of uncomfortable sleep leaning up against one another.
Early waking and drive to the nearest Tim's we were excited about the next day of driving. We were back in Ontario! The terrain has changed and we are surrounded by the rocks and trees and trees and rocks and rocks and trees and trees and rocks and WATER that we've missed so much since living in Alberta! A new day of driving through remote wilderness was beautiful to behold. It seemed as though the vastness of this country is unending. While we were able to get through 3 provinces the day before, we seemed to not make any progress at all and
began to wonder if we would make the Sault that evening! We had hoped for Sudbury or North Bay, but it seemed impossible. Although the distance from Calgary is technically supposed to be 36 hours, moving eastward we lost a couple of hours due to the time changes, and driving a loaded truck is slower than a car...As much as this trip is supposed to help us be free of time restraints, we are tired of this drive and need to be home before tomorrow night as it is my Mother's Birthday!
Playing a brief game of 'dodge the moose' and a mere 4 hours sleep in the luxury of a Walmart parking lot, we're ready to face the last day driving. This is familiar territory now as we've driven these roads many a time before. Due to the generosity of a friend's father we have a place to store our belongings. Unloading took a quarter of the time that loading did.
We've now sufficiently reduced our living space from an apartment to a truck, and from a truck to a car. In a week or two that will reduce again to a bike...