I had two choices at work today: write more yearly reviews or take a true lunch hour and do some research into places I could stop on my return trip from the Safari Condo factory in Quebec to Seattle. I’ll bet you can figure out by the title of this blog post which choice I made. (And I might have spent more than an hour…)
The return trip starts in St. Nicolas, Quebec, at the KOA campground just up the road from the place where I pick up the Breeze on May 2. It’s a small drive from showroom to camp, 6.2 kilometers (3.8 miles), to be exact, but it will be the first drive uniting Bella and the Breeze and me, so I am pretty sure there will be a tiny bottle of champagne tucked away for the campsite celebration that evening!
The last thing I want to do is pick up the trailer and start the drive back the next day, so I will stay at this campground a couple of days. I can lay in some supplies, practice how to work with the trailer systems, and rest up for the return journey. I might venture (minus trailer) across the river to Quebec City, which I visited with my Dad a really long time ago. Or I might just sit inside my trailer and grin like a very happy fool. Probably a lot of that last one, actually.
On the morning of May 5th, I will venture out onto the roads and start the return trip (probably stopping by the factory to visit a Facebook friend picking up her trailer that day). I figure I can drive 4-5 hours a day at trailer speed, so thanks to Google Maps, I had a pretty easy time calculating that will get me to the west side of Ottawa. Bingo, KOA campground. Reservation made!
Next stop is not confirmed because I have to call them, but I’m aiming for Parry Sound, just east of Georgian Bay in Ontario. That will set me up to have what looks like a lovely scenic drive up to Sault Ste. Marie, right on the border between Canada and the USA. I have always thought that sounded like one of the coolest place name ever, so I’m going to spend two nights there, giving myself a little break before I do the border crossing and push on. Lots of water and things to see in Sault Ste. Marie, so I’m building in some sightseeing time.
Then it’s across the border to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, another place I’ve never seen. I’m going to end up in Osceola, Wisconsin but it’s too long a drive for one day, so I will be looking for a camping spot in one of the national forests up there. It will be my first shot at finding a place on the fly (no reservations accepted) but it will be early May, so I figure the odds are probably good there’s a spot for me somewhere.
I’m still mapping this part out but it looks like Osceola to Sioux Falls, then to Rapid City, up to Billings or thereabouts, and then I meet up with my cousin and her husband and my Denver-based nephew in Yellowstone for a few nights of family camping. Between their RV and my Alto, we will have a good time, I’m sure!
After that? Well, I’m almost home, aren’t I? Cruise by the Craters of the Moon National Monument (because really, how cool is *that* name?!) stop over in Hailey Idaho to visit with an old friend for a few days, then head west again, through Boise and Baker City, Pendleton, Kennewick, Yakima, and home.
Just having the first week planned out and mostly reserved is making the return trip finally feel real. It’s been 10 months of waiting, only four more to go before I leave to head east to my new trailer. Planning the journey is a blast because I can already see dozens of places I want to stop and check out on the road. Yay for adventures to come!