Road Trip


In less than 3 weeks we will be embarking on the Road Trip of our life.   I have always envied those families who are able to pack up everything and go explore the world with their kids for some extended time period.   Trust me I have toyed with this idea for some time in my mind trying to figure out how do could do it but the Rett Syndrome factor (i.e. medical needs, physical mobility challenges, and the limited activities that engage Reilly)  keeps getting in the way.  Maybe it is a blessing in disguise.

However, many people might equate what we are doing and how we are getting out to Calgary a close second in terms of craziness or level of adventure.   I would love to even say that we are taking 3 months to get out to Calgary and exploring every nook and cranny en route but nope, just two weeks. I don’t doubt that at times these two weeks will feel like it is two weeks too long but nevertheless we are looking forward to this little adventure and what fun we might get into to.

So what does it entail?

  • Mode of Transport: One Brand new Honda Odyssey
  • Departure Point: Greater Toronto area – Sunday, July 14th am
  • Final Destination: Calgary, Alberta – arrive no later than Monday, July 29th
  • Route: Travel north up to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and then head south of the border, across the northern US and then up again through Alberta
  • Key Points of interest:  Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, and anything inbetween
  • Sleeping Plans: Camping (we have only camped 4x before as a family, 2 night maximum). I have only booked the first two nights in Sault Ste. Marie and  then we are just going with the wind from there. Ahh!
  • Fear: Bears – we have no experience with camping in bear country
  • Max Driving Distance/Day: Ideally no more than 6 hours of driving per day. I think this constraint is more for me than the kids.
  • Key Resources: CAA membership and Trip Check information, Honda Road Side Assistance Trip information, updated Magellan with US map information, US Cell Phone Coverage and Life Insurance already in place.
  • Key Success Factor: It will definitely be a sense of  humour

In the remaining two weeks I will be focusing on finishing packing up this house and preparing for this trip.  I am starting to get real nervous that I won’t be fully prepared and there is no reset button on what we are about to embark on.


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