Friday, November 5, 2010

goderich to PEI - the journey

 20 hours 36 minutes
1880 km
by myself
the link below shows the route i took
im ready.  the trunk is full and all this stuff still has to go in the car

1.5 hours to kitchener to see my youngest pooch and my son before i go
then another hour to toronto where my oldest pooch lives
time for some refreshments
the first pic with my daughter, the second with my bro

 the place is called bread & butter
 eastern european deli
507 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA
 3 hours to kingston to my other brothers
then 10.5 hours the next day
heres the quebec border

i missed the new brunswick sign  but finally arrived in grand falls new brunswick

 this is a beautiful spot.  check out the link for info.   
its a 23 meter falls (the largest in canada east of niagara falls) but it is used for electricity so i could see the gorge but not the falls
i will go back

next day approx 4.5 hours to my destination
on the road again

since i had such a short drive today, i decided to stop at magnetic hill in moncton, NB

 in neutral, my car actually went UP the hill
its so fun i did it 3 times

the pic below shows the hill and the front of my car

the last segment of the journey is confederation bridge

"The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century."

theres even a bridge cam on the website..... SO cool

AND, just as im getting on the bridge, i scan the radio for some tunes
i find a station called DOG radio, from halifax nova scotia and the song that comes on is
bowie, rebel rebel.... serious

thats usually how i know that im on the right path

and here i am.....

a long post, but it was a long journey

i will draw a winner for those goodies before my next post

~ pooch purple reign  xxoo


  1. Hey Pooch
    I can see you ate your way to PEI!! as it should be.. and good think you remember to take Johnny with you!!! haha

    What a feeling of openness.. vastness in those images entering PEI... beautiful.. Is that how it feels there? vast and endless?

    Have a great weekend.. ciao ciao xxx Julie PS glad you are having balmy in autumn... we are having rainy and chilly in spring!! blahh!!! haha

  2. I love how Bowie validated your journey to PEI. I'm intrigued by the Magnetic Hill - I'm surprised you only tried it three times! How cool to know someone who lives in the land of Anne of Green Gables! xx

  3. Oh Laura! That was one heck of a long journey but it's definitly worth it, right? to see all those magnificent views and nature.
    I am willing to trade your place anytime =)
    have a great weekend Pooch!

  4. Wow!...great road trip! I have never been that far east so your images are all new to me. Canada is so vast and beautiful!. That long bridge might have been too much on a wintry day but your crossing looked lovely. ....what an engineering feat indeed! Great tunes and wonderful destination....I think you took the right road! looking forward to seeing and hearing more! Best, Susan

  5. Wow, thanks for taking us on the road...all the way to Prince Edward Island, yet! I've never been to such a place...Winnepeg is as far into Canada as I've ventured...on my honeymoon.
    Looking forward to the next photos of your great housesitting adventure ! You DO know how to travel, girl!

  6. SO glad you arrived safely and I hope you settle in soon and will be happy there. It is beautiful country right?

    Starting a new adventure...I wish..... sigh



  7. A journey can never be long... If it is so much fun!
    Gorgeous shots...all of them.. And I loved travelling along with you:)

  8. Wow...what an adventure this is!!! Have fun...I like that Johnny is coming with you...after all who wouldn't!!! Enjoy...Dzintra♥x

  9. wow - what a journey! That magnetic mountain looks so cool!!! I would love to visit Canada, it looks like the lake district on acid!


  10. Looks like you had a great trip, albeit long! Loved all of the pics and especially that deli sandwich! YUM! And that hill is too cool! Hope you're having a fab weekend! Cheers!

  11. Thank you for this journey, Laura! The place of the waterfalls is amazing. Great post!
    I have googled 'your' bridge, it looks great but could not find many pics taken on the ice season.

  12. What gorgeous photos!! The dude and I are leaving for a road trip to our fam's vaycay home in the App Mountains this week and I can't wait!

  13. trippy, dippy going backwards up the hill with the big ole magnet pulling you along. Have a glorious happening !!

  14. Wonderful trip. The location of falls is beautiful and scenic.

  15. As z driver I also would just love to have a go at the Magnetic Hill pull. Wonderful experience, and a great trip you had.

    Now the 'Key of the door' saying, I didn't know it wasa Kiwi saying at all. It kind of means; when in the older days children didn't leave home til 21, and were given the key so they could come back home again if they chose. Also the drinking age was 21 out here so it also meant they could go out drinking and use their key to come back inside after the pub closed. We always sing at 21st party's
    He's got the key of the door,
    never been twenty one before. And some other words I forget.
    I got a great big mirror shaped like a key and every guest signed it, when I turned 21, Amanda got a paper one and we all signed it and left a nice wish for her future. So it is symbolic now.

  16. WHAT A TRIP!!! I love it how there was some sunshine when you arrived at PEI.

  17. I agree with Mary-Laure. I love long car trips. the one at Christmas will be 13 hours straight.. My vehicle has a long range fuel tank so I only need to fill up once!

  18. Estupendo viaje Laura, felicidades al chucho¡¡¡

  19. You sure know how to road-trip, Laura!

  20. Wow!!
    It was a WONDERFUL trip :-)
    Amazing shots ....

  21. I missed this post but had to comment - it is a lovely travelogue of your trip! And we have a Magic Road here in Co. Waterford which I wrote about in one of my first ever blogposts in Dec. 2008! It is an uphill road near Mahon Falls in the Comeragh Mountains and it is great fun - and free!
    I have never been to Canada but read Anne of Green Gables so PEI is a magical place for me!
    Thanks for sharing that journey - Catherine


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