I ran out of gas and the rain stopped me here

Trip Start Jul 23, 2009
Trip End Jul 27, 2009

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

I left on my motorcycle after it rained all day. I didn't really check the level of gas very well, so predictably, I ran out around Kars, near Manotick. Ugh. Wearily, I walked my bike up the highway to the next exit, where a very nice lady and her daughter, son and one friend picked me up and took me to a gas station. I gladly paid $5 to fill up to at least a half tank. Oh man. Thank you Kimberly and your children. I thanked Kimberly kindly and went on my way, stopping in Kemptville to fill my tank up all the way.

By the time I got to Kingston, the rain was coming down pretty hard. I couldn't see in front of my face and I had to stop for a while. Driving a motorbike in the rain is no fun. None at all.

I went to the bathroom, called Jamie and tried waiting for the rain to stop. No dice. I went over to the "Lord Nelson Motel" just across the parking lot and booked a room. So gross. I can barely breathe in here. There is furniture lined with VELOUR and FOLDING chairs. Also, the smell is disgusting, I don't know what it smells like, but it's terrible. I had to ASK for a cup. I was so thirsty, I couldn't even drink anything until the lazy people at the desk came. The guy wouldn't even dry my pants and gloves, that were soaking wet.

I called Jamie again and told her I'd call her tomorrow so we could go for breakfast or lunch or something. Of course there's no breakfast at this motel.

Nice. Anyway, I'm going to bed now, that's my story so far. Enjoy the pics of the motel.

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ericlussier on

oh louise....
I'm glad to you made it to a safe velour pitstop.

Careful driving the rest of the way today!

marian55 on

oh louise is right!
Glad you at least got to Kingston, take care driving the Chicago and I hope your accommodations and your weather are better for the rest of the trip.

j.lynn1020 on

Dinner was waiting
Hi Louise, Its a good thing you crashed at that sketchy model when you did. The rain came down crazy hard around midnight here in Newcastle. Too bad things didn't work out better for us, but I'm excited to see you for brunch today!

jacquesl on

Kingston drive!
We took the train to Kingston early, on the same day.

We were going to pick up our new car and drove back later that day (left Kingston around noon)...and boy oh boy!... you are not kidding about the rain coming down hard!

There were times that we could not see more than 20 to 30 feet ahead of the car and everyone was pulling their car over to the side of the highaway and turned on their four way flashers!

Of course, I'm just too crazy to do that...I just kept on driving, albeit, very very slowly! It was really really BAD......and you drove a motorcycle through that..... AND ran out of gas ! ! ! WOW ! ! ! AND you kept going ! ! ! What courage ! ! !

I really hope the rest of your trip is better, especially weather wise!

Enjoy Chicago! It's a really big city with lots and lots to do..... you can even stay dry and out of the rain!... :-) You should refill your energy with a HUGE steak at Chris Ruth's Steak House! You deserve it.


Great Restaurant....if you like steak...like I do! YUM YUM YUM!

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