December 17, 2015

Into the USA

December 17, and teaching is finished until next May. Time to get on the road, and for the fifth year since we began fulltiming, begin our journey across this great continent. We are looking forward to this journey, which will take about three weeks. Included in our mission statement, which may be seen here, is the phrase "The journey is as important as the destination", and we honestly believe this.
We left Milton Heights Campground, located just west of Toronto, at 9:30am.

Milton Heights Campground
Our trusty Honda is stored at the campground in a secure storage area, and gets a well-earned rest after the three-times-a-week commute to Barrie. I hooked up a small solar battery maintainer to keep the battery charged while the car is in storage.

Honda in storage
We headed west on Highway 401, among heavy truck traffic, and took Highway 402 from London to Sarnia.
As usual, we entered the USA at the Bluewater Bridge crossing, which is at the southern end of Lake Huron. We were processed through customs quickly, with no difficulties. The CBP personnel we dealt with were courteous and efficient.

We covered about 300 miles today, and because there are no campgrounds open this far north, we are presently parked overnight at a Walmart near Charlotte, MI. Charlotte is about 35 miles south of Lansing, the state capital. We asked at the customer service desk for permission to park overnight, which was graciously given. We are warm and cosy in our own home, using the generator for power. Sure beats overnight at a highway motel!
Wallydocking overnight in Charlotte, MI

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