Up earlier than usual we started a rather non-routine day. It was all three of us in the Jeep as we rolled out our drive-way at 7 a.m. on the nose heading for a destination 180 miles away through some of the nicest scenery in central Ontario. It was nearly 25 years ago we were last up into the Muskoka region towing a Prowler travel trailer with our Dodge truck. We had gone camping at Killbear Park for a week. This morning we were headed for a town by the name of Gravenhurst in the same area. Now why would we drive all the way to Gravenhurst today??
|WE TRAVELED SOME VERY SCENIC ROADS TODAY|
|OUR LONG ROAD TRIP STARTED OUT UNDER THREATENING CLOUDS AND A FEW SHOWERS|
|HEADING IN A NORTH-EAST DIRECTION SKIES SLOWLY BEGAN TO BRIGHTEN|
Well, same reason we've made our last 3 or 4 longer drives in the Jeep. We headed to Gravenhurst to have a look at an RV. Kelly had taken a fancy to Winnebago's Rialtas a couple years ago but we had never seen one close up. She spotted a 2001 low mileage Rialta on Kijiji so we thought we would go see and see if it was 'the one' for us.
|BLUE SKIES AND SWEEPING GREEN VALLEYS AHEAD|
|SEVERAL LARGE RV DEALERS NORTH OF BARRIE ONTARIO AND THIS IS HEIDI'S|
What a beautiful Sunday morning drive we had all the way up into Muskoga's cottage country. We got to see a lot of scenery we had never seen before and it reminded me of our RV traveling days when new scenery was always so excitingly invigorating and a top priority. By 10 a.m. we were rolling through Barrie Ontario heading north up the 400. About 40 minutes later after a few missed turns we were in Gravenhurst looking at the Rialta. But not before a much-needed washroom break at a Sobey's Supermarket. This Covid thing has really put an inconvenient damper on folks needing to use a washroom. Especially we older folks.
|ORILLIA IS THE HOMETOWN OF CANADA'S BEST KNOWN SINGER AND SONGWRITER GORDON LIGHTFOOT|
We really liked the European designed Rialta and in both our opinions it's outward and inward design far outclassed the Roadtrek we looked at and the Leisure Van we bought and sold. It had a V6 cylinder Volkswagen engine known for its great gas mileage. I found it a very quiet running engine. But here's the problem.....I could tell the engine did not have the power to be tooling around in the Rocky Mountains and that is a big disadvantage for us if we ever have the chance to go West again. And VW parts for the Rialta are not always readily available and when they are they can be expensive. It drove nice but again I think it would have been a touch small for us. Grrreat for one person but just not quite what we're looking for.
|ATER NEARLY 200 MILES WE FINALLY MADE IT TO GRAVENHURST ONTARIO|
|WE HAVE ALWAYS LIKE THE SHAPE AND DESIGN OF THESE WINNEBAGO RIALTAS|
|YES THAT IS REALLY PURPLE YOU SEE AND I LIKED IT|
|NOT A LOT OF ROOM BETWEEN THE TWO FRONT SEATS|
|TWIN BEDS IN THE BACK|
|LOVED THE BIG SKYLIGHT ABOVE KELLY'S HEAD|
|A PULL UP AND FOLD-OUT TABLE|
It was 1 p.m. when we pointed the Jeep's nose south and put the pedal down for home. We were both surprised by all the traffic so I'd say things are really getting back to normal here in Ontario. Gorgeous drive all the way as we passed by countless photo opportunities. Rolling hills, valleys, lakes, picturesque farms, and forests for as far as the eye could see in some areas. We didn't spare the horses and tiredly rolled into our driveway at 4:35 p.m. A total of 611kms (380 miles) and I enjoyed every mile of it. Makes me want to get right back out there and travel new roads, highways, and byways again.
NICEST SMALL OLDER VAN WE HAVE EVER SEEN BOTH INSIDE AND OUT
|TRAFFIC WAS HEAVIER THAN WE EXPECTED IN THIS COVID ERA|
|PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN RV DEALERSHIPS AROUND|
|HEY LEN, IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE READING THIS I GAVE YA A BIG WAVE WHEN WE WENT THROUGH:))|
|JUST THE GREATEST DAY FOR A SUNDAY DRIVE|
|SAW LOTS AND LOTS OF COWS, HORSES, AND SHEEP TODAY|
|AND IT EVEN LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE AMISH/MENNONITE FOLKS WITH RUBBER TIRED BUGGIES IN THESE PARTS TOO|
Have to admit we do sometimes ask ourselves why we are looking so hard for another RV when the future is in such turmoil and especially south of the border. I have a feeling things could very well explode in America this November and the resulting fall-out could last a long time making things very difficult if not impossible for Canadians wanting to cross the border and spend their winter months in the south. And if this Covid thing continues and possibly gets worse again all Campgrounds and RV Parks, etc. could be closed indefinitely not to mention a whole lot of other things. Maybe not the best time to look for an RV but neither one of us can seem to shake off that 'hitch-itch' feeling that gets into most every RV'er who has spent time traveling either as a 'Full-timer' or 'Snowbird'. That feeling of traveling that extra mile to see what's around the next corner just stays with us no matter how hard we try to shake it and I don't know if it will ever go away. And ya know what, I don't know if I ever really want it to go away anyway.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( An 8 year old girl went to the office with her father on 'Take your kid to work Day'. As they walked round the office she started crying and getting cranky. Her father asked what was wrong. As the staff gathered round she sobbed loudly, "Daddy, where are all the clowns you said you worked with?"
My uncle was crushed by a piano....His funeral was very low key
|A SLEEPY LITTLE TRAVELER TODAY|
I found the Rialta to be way underpowered as I met folks that had them. Other than that they seemed a quality unit.ReplyDelete
The Rialta's besides being underpowered are pretty poor engines...Stay away..far away..ReplyDelete
A vwery nice looking unit but power is important. It sounds like a nice drive regardless and certainly not wasted.ReplyDelete
Hitch-itch is indeed a powerful thing. Good luck in your search!
Great groaners everyone! Thanks. In these times we all need the laughs especially here in the states with our narcissistic clown in chief. Though he's scary not funny. I share your hitch itch which is getting more extreme by the day. I also think you may well be right unfortunately about November.ReplyDelete
Too bad about the lack of power in the Rialta though it seems too small even for me alone but then I'm used to the space of Winnona. She's a real home on wheels.
We always liked the Rialta too. I've seen them climb surprisingly big hills. Not enough ground clearance for us though. At least you had a nice drive, we're quite familiar with it.ReplyDelete
I am surprised that a guy who used to promote Western boondocking would praise a Rialta, with that passenger-sedan-like ground clearance. It would be OK if you never left pavement.ReplyDelete
You can always use an RV here in Canada.ReplyDelete
If the borders are open we will be heading to Mexico come October.ReplyDelete