Road Trip

Canada
April 19, 2017 6:41am CST
In our old age we don't do the road trip as often as we did in the olden days so when an old friend said he had to do some business by Lake Huron and you need to see this place we said “Sure, we're up for it.” We left Monday morning at 7AM, heading to north and west By the time we old folks needed a potty break it was time for breakfast. Back in the car we went through miles and miles and miles of nothing but fields and farms. It was hours of looking like Kansas where we used to live, and listing to that annoying woman telling us to turn right or left in 3 Kilometers ... My best girlfriend and I sat in the back and chatted and the guys in the front were doing the same so it wasn't that bad, the sun was shining and the clouds were interesting. Our first stop was at a new vineyard. Our friend is a viticulturist who has helped him develop the vineyard and needed to tell him how to prune the plants now that it is spring. It was extremely cold with the wind blowing off Lake Huron. We were freezing!!! We were also seeing hundreds of Wind Turbines everywhere along the shore of the Lake Huron. Our next stop was another new vineyard only this one was at an event resort, they cater to weddings and parties, have a hotel and pool, beautiful buildings and barns and a museum on the place and a brand new vineyard. The men went to the vineyard with the owner and my friend and I checked out the building and enjoyed the beautiful grounds of this interesting place but we were even closer to Lake Huron and we were freezing.. We headed to warmth in the resort. We had a lovely lunch put on by the owners and there was a lot of wine talk going on. It was an interesting day and we were glad we went along for the ride. Our driver got a speeding ticket on the way home and the policeman was gentle with our old friend, his ticket was only $119 instead of $340... Holy molly he was speeding but that $340 is an expensive fee... thankfully he didn't have to pay it all... and he turned on his cruise control for the rest of the way home. It was fun to get out with friends for a day and I think we should do it more often, without the tickets... Where did you go on your last Road Trip? The photo above – the wind turbines that awed us all along Lake Huron, top right is the guys talking vines and showing how to prune, and the photo on the bottom when we got back home to find the trees in the ravine and back yard are blooming. Spring has Sprung in Ontario.
We are Ontario?s first commercial wind farm located near the shores of Lake Huron in the energy hub of Bruce County. Doing our part for the environment and future generations, we provide no greenhouse gas emissions and supply electricity from a renewable s
27 people like this
26 responses
@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
19 Apr 17
Our last road trip was the ride home from Florida and we did enjoy it, every day is a little different. But of course, we were not with friends, we were alone.
6 people like this
• Canada
20 Apr 17
I've made that trip with the hubs many times, it is a good trip from Florida but he insists on staying in the car way too long for me. I think that 8 hours is long enough but Mr. hurry to get home thinks 12 is ok - I complain a lot after 8 thinking he will bend sometimes it works sometime it doesn't...
2 people like this
@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
22 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate I am way too old to travel that long and Al gets a back ache after about 4 hours so we keep it short and sweet.
1 person likes this
• Canada
22 Apr 17
@BelleStarr I moan and grown and won't put up with it anymore, we'll see next trip...
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Apr 17
That sounds like a very enjoyable day. Glad you had such a good time.
3 people like this
• Canada
22 Apr 17
Me too, we didn't go anywhere all winter...
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate It would have been so nice to get away from the house for a while.
1 person likes this
@AmbiePam (49079)
• United States
19 Apr 17
That sounds amazing! The older I get the more I appreciate time with good friends.
3 people like this
• Canada
22 Apr 17
Me too, Good friends are good to have, We had a good time.
1 person likes this
@PatZAnthony (12659)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
22 Apr 17
Road trips seem to get old as we get older. Not as interested in doing all of that as we were in our 20s! Tickets: That is ridiculous. $50 would make sense, but to me that would be enough of a reminder.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
That ticket was a surprise, He and my husband were gabbing and obviously he wasn't watching his speed. I use my cruise control all the time on the highways, I know I have a lead foot. And I don't want to pay a fine...
1 person likes this
@PatZAnthony (12659)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate Speed control can really save the day and may have saved him $119
1 person likes this
• Canada
24 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony Absolutely, he usually used it but because the guys were talking it just didn't get set.
1 person likes this
@Juliaacv (30310)
• Canada
19 Apr 17
That sounds like it was a fun day-minus the speeding ticket, but it could have been much worse! I love the area up along Hwy 21 and Lake Huron, I like it much more then any area, except for Port Stanley, which is on Lake Erie.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
We've only visited Huron a couple of time. Ontario is right out our door (so to speak) and we do go by Erie quite often, usually heading south...
1 person likes this
@Juliaacv (30310)
• Canada
23 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate During the hot spells in July, when we experience high humidity levels, my husband and I like to take off to somewhere on Lake Huron. The cool breeze off of that lake is so refreshing. We usually plan a few days each July up there either in Owen Sound or in Midland.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
@Juliaacv we had a fishing trip last summer/fall up to Owen Sound. it was lovely and I walked a lot, it was too cold for swimming..
1 person likes this
@just4him (117005)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Apr 17
I'm glad you had an enjoyable day. Too bad it was so windy and cold. The museum sounds like it would be fun to go through. Too bad about the speeding ticket, but what's a road trip without a small hiccup in it. My last road trip was my trip to Washington Island at the top of the thumb of Wisconsin, accessible only by ferry. It was a great three days exploring that great place. I'm hoping to go back again one day.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
I love Wisconsin but only been there once. We had a good time, the museum wasn't open yet for the season but I imagine we will be visiting again.
1 person likes this
@just4him (117005)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate Where in Wisconsin did you go?
1 person likes this
• Canada
24 Apr 17
@just4him Silly me I just looked at a map to find the name of the area and it wasn't Wisconsin it was Michigan, I flew to a winter ski and paint weekend with friends. It was just across the border from Canada. I have traveled through Wisconsin visiting my now husband when he worked in Minnesota. no stops other than potty and gas.
1 person likes this
@LadyDuck (157377)
• Switzerland
19 Apr 17
On our last road trip we went to see my mother in the north of Italy, it's not a very long way, but it takes forever because the road from Switzerland to Italy is crowded all the time.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
Our highways get messy near any big city but this time it was easy so we enjoyed it.
1 person likes this
@LadyDuck (157377)
• Switzerland
23 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate The line to pass the custom to Italy was about 20 Km long the day before Easter, it takes about 3 hours to cross the border. I stay home on those days.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
@LadyDuck I'd be staying home too.
1 person likes this
@Shellyann36 (9616)
• United States
3 May 17
The trip must have been very fun. I have always wanted to see wind turbines up close. Many people complain that the noise they make is a nuisance. I have no idea if this is true but I am all for renewable energy! From the way you say the wind was whipping off of the lake, sounds like the wind turbines were a good investment. Glad you had fun! Your friends' ticket reminds me of one of my last tickets. I had just gotten the yellow truck in my avatar pic. I took the entire office staff to the beach for the day. I drove on the interstate with the windows and the moonroof and the back sliding glass open. Needless to say, I was not doing the speed limit. Got to the beach and back to town, dropped off all of the folks who went with me and then got a ticket for doing 55 in a 45 right in town! That was an expensive ticket. It could have been worse though. I can just imagine if I had been caught on the interstate doing 95 in the 65 zone...... The last road trip we went on was to Charlotte. Took the kids to the Discovery Place and they had a ball. Going to Charlotte was ok, nice outside and not too hot. Coming back was a total pickle. It was hot and it was a Friday afternoon. Got stuck in major traffic.
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 May 17
Getting stuck in traffic is the worst for me. I can't stand sitting and waiting. I'll bet that ticket was frustrating, as I drive down the escarpment I keep forgetting to slow down, that road has given me a couple of tickets. - 10 MPH over...
1 person likes this
• United States
8 May 17
@PainsOnSlate Stuck in traffic really is bad when it is hot with no AC. We were fortunate that the kids had fallen asleep. When they woke up we stopped for a nice break with some Icee's.
1 person likes this
• United States
1 May 17
I cant say I have ever been on a road trip at least not a peaceful one. That is all I will say about that topic lol as of yet. When you said about the wind coming of the lake omg I can just imagine the cold. Going to a winery for a visit would be great sounds lovely tho I cannot drink dang it. I miss it. A speeding ticket is so expensive omg
1 person likes this
• United States
1 May 17
@PainsOnSlate I want to taste, sadly I will be drinking gallons if I do lol
1 person likes this
• United States
22 Apr 17
I love a good road trip. My last one was on Wednesday of this week!
1 person likes this
• Canada
22 Apr 17
I would do it weekly if I could but once in a while it is a fun event.
1 person likes this
• United States
23 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate I plan to take several over the next few months.
1 person likes this
@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
20 Apr 17
Sounds like a fun road trip. It is always nice to spend time with friends. Our last big road trip was to Ottawa last November.
1 person likes this
• Canada
22 Apr 17
I haven't been to Ottawa in a few years, my daughter lives near Kingston so when I visit I'll suggest doing that.
1 person likes this
@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
22 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate it is such a beautiful city. It was the first time I was there in quite a few years. I have quite a few relatives there.
1 person likes this
@DianneN (78116)
• United States
19 Apr 17
My last road trip was to Florida last year. Now that we keep a car down there, we fly. I drove cross country with my parents and brothers when I finished 6th grade. I still have such fond memories.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
My parents loved road trips too - they loved the coast of New England and Canada. We were there often and i loved it too..
1 person likes this
@DianneN (78116)
• United States
23 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate My parents didn't fly with us, so we always drove, even to Florida. We did road trips to Maine and Canada with the kids, but flew someplace more often than not.
1 person likes this
@amadeo (65835)
• United States
19 Apr 17
we take a road trip every week here and continued to do so.I have post a lot of this here.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
That sounds like a great plan I would like taking a road trip every week too - I might have to start that in this house...
@amadeo (65835)
• United States
23 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate why not it is Summer and time to get out
1 person likes this
@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
19 Apr 17
What a fun time! Ticket aside, sorry it was so cold! But it's great you had a nice lunch . My last road trip was to a resort for a day, that was 2 years ago @PainsOnSlate .
1 person likes this
• Canada
20 Apr 17
We do like to travel a bit now and then, it was a fun day...2 years is too long, I hope you give yourself a gift and go someplace.
1 person likes this
@bluesa (13421)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate , maybe sometime next summer...
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (36970)
19 Apr 17
It is wonderful to get out indeed. My last road trip (all island) was many years ago.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
You need to get out more - just kidding, we are retired and can do what we want when we want to do it...
1 person likes this
@Kandae11 (36970)
23 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate You are perfectly right, I know I am missing out on a lot, I do need to get out more.
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Apr 17
Last summer - I think LOL - Maggie Valley, NC - we only do 2-3 hour trips now....that's as long as I can sand Ruby panting and pacing in the car.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
My grand-dogs love being in a car. Thankfully I don't have a dog so a road trip is always fun with no stress.
• United States
23 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate OUr previous dog was a dream in the car - never made a sound, she would lie down and ride 8 hours. This one is nuts!
1 person likes this
@Shavkat (62589)
• Philippines
19 Apr 17
I like a road trip. It is fun to see the scenery while on the vehicle.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
Me too, i like to see both country and cities.
1 person likes this
@Shavkat (62589)
• Philippines
26 Apr 17
@PainsOnSlate it is so relaxing to discover things in both world.
1 person likes this
@Tampa_girl7 (25690)
• United States
23 Apr 17
$340.00 is outrageous, but $119.00 isn't cheap either
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
We were surprised at how deep it started and how deep it ended too..
@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
23 Apr 17
My husband and I Love to get in our car and drive when we can afford too and have the time. Especially when we decide to go find something different and new. But many times we have also gone to Portland, OR for the weekend just for something different. It can be a lot of fun to just get out there and sight see.
1 person likes this
• Canada
23 Apr 17
I agree, just getting out and doing something interesting is a relief from boredom.
@responsiveme (16223)
• India
22 Apr 17
We usually travel by road when we go to visit our parents, stopping for food breaks . Earlier with the kids around we used to stop for picnics in empty fields
1 person likes this
• Canada
22 Apr 17
My parents did that with us as children too. We were always moving when the children were little so there was not much time to do that, but we did drive to the grandparents homes every summer. That was a long drive...
1 person likes this