THIS IS MY WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1 POST…NO INTERNET SIGNAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT
A quiet night boondocking in Sault Ste Marie’s Home Depot parking lot. We were the only one’s there. Nice. Taking Pheebs out for a walk Tuesday night I was encouraged to see the cloud cover had parted to reveal a big half Moon overhead. Fingers crossed for a cloud free morning. Finger crossing doesn’t always work & as our early morning dawned it was obvious this was one of those times. A discouraging solid cloud cover for the third day in a row & we were fogged in!! Weather map shows we are headed into rainy days & colder temperatures.
SOON AS THE FOG HAD THINNED ENOUGH WE WERE ON THE ROAD
When light enough we headed north from Sault Ste Marie on highway 17 with a misty drizzle keeping me busy with intermittent sweeps of the windshield wipers. This sporadic drizzle continued for about an hour. Fall foliage colors are in their prime & despite the dull day views were awe inspiring. Passed a pulled over lettered Class A with the words JESSE'S JOURNEY. Remembered hearing something about that on the news.
THE RUGGED NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR
This drive over top Lake Superior is truly spectacular made even nicer by Fall colors & lite traffic. Would recommend this drive to anyone. Great highway with gentle grades & long curves. Again today traffic was light. Highway follows along the rocky Northern windswept shores of Lake Superior the largest fresh water lake in the world. We pulled into a view point along Alona Bay & discovered the great lake freighter Edmund Fitzgerald had sunk in 1975 just 19 miles off a point we could see to the south. That sinking was immortalized in the song by Canadian songwriter/singer Gordon Lightfoot, ‘The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald’.
NINETEEN MILES OFF THAT POINT OF LAND SANK THE EDMUND FITZGERALD
Well before reaching the great Goose at Wawa Ontario the days misty rain had stopped. Highways were dry with a comfortable temperature of 60F. Such beautiful country. Wawa soon hove into sight & we decided to pull off & have us a look at the big Goose. I have been by here maybe 4 or 5 times many years ago but my memory banks were blank. While taking some photos of the big Goose Kelly slipped into the Visitor’s Center. We had seen a sign for Tim Hortons coming into town so Kelly asked the lady inside where it was. She said about a 15 minute walk from the center & it was not very accessible for big rigs, even along the highway. So now here is something very amazing for this day & age & it is a page out of Mayberry RFD. The lady reached into her purse, handed Kelly her own car key’s & said, “take my car it’s much easier to get into Hortons with’'. And that’s what Kelly did & the lady didn’t even want a coffee for herself. Now doesn’t that just knock your socks off for good old small town hospitality.
VIEW TOWARDS LAKE SUPERIOR FROM WAWA’S BIG GOOSE SITE
THE TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY HEADS WEST OUT OF WAWA & THE VISITOR’S CENTER
THIS IS THE LADY WHO GAVE KELLY HER CAR KEYS TO GO GET US A TIM HORTON’S COFFEE
A TRUE HISTORIC CANADA GOOSE
Kelly also asked the lady where we could dump our tanks & find some water. All Parks are closed now up here in the North so we figured we had better clear the tanks & take on water wherever we could. Lady said just down the road across from Tim Hortons was Young’s General Store & we could dump & take on water there for free. Bonus, so that’s where we headed. And that’s where we ran into trouble.
JUST PULL IN BESIDE THE OLD FIRE TRUCK CAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE DUMP STATION IS
SEEMS THERE IS MORE THAN ONE GOOSE IN WAWA
PRETTY NEAT OLD FIRE TRUCK
No problem emptying our black & gray water tanks so hooked up our hose & began filling the fresh water tank. Seemed to take forever. Stood inside watching the tank level gauge finally go from quarter full to three quarter full. Figured that was enough & headed out the door to turn the hose off. Soon as I stepped out I saw water coming out by our steps. Water was running out three rubber drain hoses. Ran around & shut the water off at the tap but water continued to run for another 5 minutes or more before we heard air sounds from the hoses. Had also noticed something hanging out of one hose. Steel wool? Reached in & pulled more steel wool out of all the hoses. We think the former owner plugged up those hoses for storage to keep rodents out. A check of our fresh water tank now showed the level at a quarter full. We had lost most of the water we had just put in. We still had water from the tap inside but how much water in our fresh water was an unknown. I didn’t trust the gauge. So now we had a problem. Checked all the bins for water but all was OK there & bins were dry. Decided to not re-fill the tank because we didn’t know what the original problem was. Pouring through the rig’s manuals Kelly found a section saying be sure drain valves are free of obstructions because if not serious problems can occur when filling the fresh water tank. ‘OH-OH’ we could have some serious water line trouble here:((
ENJOYING THE DAY’S BREATHTAKING SCENERY
THIS IS WHAT I SEE IN MY REAR VIEW MIRROR WHILE ROLLING DOWN THE ROAD & A POLICE SPOT CHECK FOR TRUCKS BUT THEY WAVED US THROUGH
Just before emptying our tanks we had decided to drive to Pukaskwa National Park near Marathon Ontario & hole up for a couple days. Plan was to arrive in Winkler Manitoba next Monday or Tuesday. Winkler is the home of Triple & is where our rig was made. But now with some kind of problem or leak with our fresh water tank we knew we probably didn’t have enough water to last that long. Our crappy weather also aided in this decision. Decided the only choice we have is to head for Winkler & try to make it there before the week-end & before we run out of water. Hopefully they could diagnose our problem & help us out. So for right now that is our plan. We will try to reach Winkler by Friday afternoon sometime. After a first great day our journey has taken on a stress factor. A furnace problem, a water problem, & the weather has been the total pits. Other than that the rig has run great. Impressed with the power this 8.1 Chevy engine has. We kept right up through the hills & dells with those big diesel banging truckers:))
Ended our day in a drizzly fog. Found a place beside the Ministry Of Natural Resources in Terrace Bay & pulled into their parking lot for the night. Fingers crossed we don’t get kicked out. About 9 o’clock it began pouring rain…..:((
Meant to include a link to Mike’s blog over at PHANNIE & MAE a few days ago but it slipped my mind until tonight. Their Motorhome was burglarized while in a high end RV Park. Be sure to read his latest follow-up post as well. Some lessons to be learned here.
OUR SPOT FOR THE NIGHT AT THE MNR
About 80% of today’s photos were again taken from a moving driver’s seat so pictures may be a bit fuzzy & not the best. I’m hoping they will at least give readers a sense of the Fall’s colors. There are literally a million photos per mile along this stretch of road & how I would have loved to been able to spend some time in fine sunny weather just wandering along a rugged Lake Superior shoreline trying to capture even a little bit of the awe inspiring majestic scenery & absolute beauty which abounds here in this land of Indian myth & legend…………………
WE ENDED OUR DAY IN A SHROUD OF FOG
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Unable to get on the internet tonight & not able to reach my Groaner’s Corner joke source or Hotmail account where I have jokes filed. Therefore I am unable to come up with anything humorous. I did manage to save something from Hotmail this morning though. Saw it on my Son Sean’s Facebook page. Another stunning photo of Granddaughter Erin…………