Day 166 – Niagara Falls Day 2 of 2

Today Fanny and I had planned to go the Hornblower Niagara Falls Boat tour. It delivered what was expected, stunning views of the falls and a good shower. It wasn’t a very long tour but it was plenty of time to get intimate views of the falls and get a good chill from the water. We took the shots below prior to boarding. These shots were taken from the Hornblower itself. After the tour we grabbed a cup of coffee and I dropped Fanny back at the hostel. I said goodbye and drove towards home. Driving on recognizable roads, and eventually through my neighborhood felt surreal. It had been over 5 months since I had seen my milieu and it was more jarring than showing up to an unfamiliar location. The first leg of this trip took 166 days and put 17,832 miles on my car.  

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Day 165 – Niagara Falls Day 1 of 2

Fanny and I checked out of the hostel and headed off. However, before leaving town I had one last thing to do. I had to have one last cup of Mayan hot chocolate. YUM! Since check in at the Niagara hostel wasn’t until 4pm we took the scenic route. We took mostly local roads by lake Ontario and were able to see the various neighborhoods along the way. We wound up going to Niagara by the lake where one was surrounded by multimillion dollar properties and beautiful scenery. After checking in to the hostel we went into town and grabbed some Indian food and then took a walk along the falls. They were illuminated with colorful lights that changed every few minutes. After our walk we headed back to the hostel for the night.

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Day 164 – Toronto

This is going to sound silly to most but one of the things I was looking forward to the most in Toronto was going back to the distillery and having a Mayan Hot Chocolate, a dark hot chocolate with some chili spices made by SOMA chocolatier . It’s the best hot chocolate I have ever had and I had been dreaming about it for years. I got up early since my car was parked on the street and parking regulations would start at 8am. I took a drive around the city for a while and then parked not to far from the hostel at a metered spot and I walked back to get myself some of the hostels free breakfast. At breakfast I met Fanny. I had seen her reading a guidebook and asked her if she knew where the distillery section was relative to the hostel. She found it in…

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Day 162 & 163 – The long drive

I knew I had a lot of driving to do and was really not looking forward to it. My solution was to fit as much as I could on Monday’s drive. In essence, make my last driving days progressively shorter and more tolerable. To do that I put in 18hrs on the road this first day, a personal best/worst. By the end of it my ass hurt like hell. In total I drove 1,179 miles according to the google map below. The following day was 11hrs to get me to a hostel in Toronto. Again because I was crossing the border I thought I should have some accommodation in case I was asked about it. I stayed at the Canadian backpacker inn. I arrived fairly late so I pretty much just showered and went to bed shortly after that. In all I drove 1,805 miles without accounting for detours for…

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Day 161 – Dinosaur Provincial Park

I woke up in the weigh station this morning and there was a thick accumulation of snow. Fortunately the major highway was pretty clean. Still, there was plenty of evidence of the conditions from yesterday. In an hour I counted out 11 vehicles on the side of the road. I continued to Dinosaur provincial park and arrived only to find it closed. The visitor center was closed and so were the rest rooms. Luckily they have some outdoor exhibits and gave myself a little self guided tour. After leaving the park I wound up on a dirt road heading toward the major highway. It was a hell of a challenge to get through. Eventually I hit the major highway and found a mcdonalds to get some wifi. I looked at the border crossing hours and realized I would have to back track to get to an open US border. I…

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