Road Tripping – BC to Ontario and Back Again

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This was my second road trip back to Ontario in our camper van named Geri. That’s right we named her Geri! And Geri is short for Geriatric, since this is the type of van that is usually owned by much older individuals than ourselves. That being said you’d be hard pressed to find a better vehicle for road trips!!! She’s equipped with all the necessities of home including a coffee maker. Space is tight but as I fondly tell people, you can s***, shower, shave and make your breakfast all at the same time, because really….. can you think of a better selling feature?

Yup, that’s my dog Odin sitting in the passenger seat. He was tired of the mosquitos.

The reason for the road trip you ask? Why Ontario you say? Well, the DH and I are originally from Ontario, but have been living in BC for the last 12 years or so. Since our families still live there, there’s a familial obligation to show our faces on occasion. Now the last time we drove out there it was a whirlwind visit with a lot of driving between families. This time we decided to rent a cottage for two weeks and have the families come to us, at least partially. This way the DH and I still get a vacation and spend a lot less time on the road.

On this trip we chose to drive the 3,395KM from through the States. This saved us 6-7hrs of driving over driving through Canada, and we got to see different scenery than the last time. Alas, corn fields in Canada look much the same as corn fields in the US.

So we left on a Thursday after work, briefly stopping at home to check on the cats and toss the dogs in the van. We drove for 3 days to get to Port Franks Ontario, which is record time. They were long days, but we made it.

We rented a cottage in Port Franks for nearly two weeks so that we could spend time with each of our families before finally heading back home. Port Franks beach is just as good as I remember it, with powder sand that is perfect for sand castles. It was a good visit and very relaxing, but that is another story.

It was also a Thursday that saw us heading home. The idea was that we would be able to spend more time sightseeing on the way home, again through the states. Well….. Sight see we did, just not in the way we would have imagined. Our faithful companion Geri failed us…. She blew a transmission in the middle of South Dakota, and there we remained for 6 days waiting for her to be fixed. That too is another story.


This will be a series of posts so that I don’t have to cram 2+ weeks into one post. It may not be an Epic Road Trip but it certainly was eventful.

To see loads of photos from the trip you can find them here:

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We’re Marla and Stephanie, two friends separated by a 12 hour drive but not much else. We love to travel. We also love food.

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