Monday, October 10, 2016

Canada: July 27, 2003

A continuation of the cross-country adventure I shared with Ben during the summer of 2003....


Day 51--Sunday, July 27, 2003


The rest of the day was spent driving and driving and driving.  Our plan had been to cut through Canada to come at Niagara Falls from the north.  We later discovered that it would have been shorter to just do it Stateside, but we didn't know that at the time.  We spent the entire day and much of the night driving.  During this time, we learned the interesting fact that basically anywhere in Ontario will accept American money.  This was a good thing, because we hadn't thought to change any money.  All of the cash registers had a button which would do the conversion from Canadian money to American, and the cash drawers held both kinds of cash.  Interesting.  Americans would certainly never think to do that for Canadians.




We also learned that fierce Canadian national pride requires that they plaster every available surface with pictures of the maple leaf.  Other than that, though, the scenery didn't look too different.  All of the chain stores were the same, except for that pesky maple leaf inserted somewhere in their logo.


We got McDonalds for lunch with a free voucher from one of the hotels we had stayed at.  Shortly after eating, Ben started to look worse than he had for the rest of the day, and we soon had to pull over so he could throw up by the roadside.  He felt better after that, but I drove most of the day to let his stomach rest.




We got lost in the city near our campground, so Ben took over driving and I read my book.  We finally rolled into Niagara Glen View Campsite around 11:00 and set up our tent by the light of our headlights before crawling into our sleeping bags.




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