It has been way too long since I had an adventure. I think the last one was when I went up to Boston for a week. Not that I could claim that was an adventure, more like a week away from work. Wanderlust setting in, I needed to go on a road trip, adventure, travel, and mind restoring outing. While I would love to have gone to Europe, that is for next year. Just a week now and then come November back to Seattle.
I was pondering on a road trip to Canada, though, honestly Canada was not on the top of my list to visit. So I put a status update on my facebook saying that I am thinking on a road trip to Canada. When I spoke to my boss about taking the following week off, she immediately told me to go and check out Canada and Ottawa. Then I got an email from my friend saying that if I go, I can stay at her place. Success!
So making my decision at that point, I emailed my boss and colleagues that I was heading to Canada. Booked my hotel for a first day and rental car, I was set to arrive in Canada on Sunday.
So on Saturday, I picked up my rental. This car was tiny! A Kia. Of all cars I get, a Kia…
I was initially thinking about driving my Impreza up, but, adding an additional 2.5k miles was definitely not something I wanted to do. The girl at Enterprise was pretty cute. And tried to sell me the insurance. It was so hard to say no, but I did. Progressive would cover my rentals. But…. she was soo cute..
When I was ready to leave, the GPS units, I took my Incredible and my GPS along with some paper directions, wanted me to take i676 to get through Valley Forge. Traffic being immensely backed up, I took i95 to the PA turnpike instead. I think my GPS’s told me to turn around nearly 100x before it resync’d to the better route.
Endless roads does wonders to a person’s mental state. I was getting tired by the time I got to Quaker and luckily my GPS said that there “was” a Starbucks nearby. Yay! But, I went in a large circle up and down large hills. When I got to the supposed direction, I didn’t find it so I had to backtrack to the Wawa to get the coffee. Yes, I am pretty picky with my coffee drinking.
Oh well. I needed my caffeine.
– Four hours later –
I got to the border line, sitting at the last exit before crossing into Canada. Do I stay or do I go… it started to pour out. I sat at the exit thinking should I just stay over night at the rest stop or just drive to my hotel hopefully able to get a room. The fact that my GPS said I was 2 hours away didn’t help with the better choice. I decided to just drive into Ottawa instead of waiting in at the rest stop.
When I crossed the border, I was asked for what purpose was I going to Canada.
Purpose- to adventure around and see a friend
Where did I meet her- In Italy
After that I was able to leave, but it felt weird.
Both my TomTom and Incredible wouldn’t work. AHHHHH!!!! I specifically went to Verizon to gain access the international data plan on my droid!! And it doesn’t work! VERIZONNNNNNNN!!!!
The whole reason I went there was to access this! This is very aggravating.
Luckily I had my paper directions and directions on my cell. I pulled over to finally find a place to stay. I though $77 was too much, but then, later I went to the hotel next to mine on Sunday’s for… $110.
Crap. Oh well, I need a place to stay.