DAYS 2, 3, 4
OCTOBER 11, 12, 13
We left Huntsville around 8 in the morning on Wednesday and had a great drive. To get to #400 we had to take this narrow road, no shoulders, a solid line in the middle for the whole way. It was constant turns, hills and bumps! Thankfully there was little traffic because only locals came anywhere near the speed limit. When one of them came up close enough to read your navigation screen through the back window, you found a place to pull over. The road went around every rock , and there were lots of them. But it was a beautiful drive and we really enjoyed it. Then we went on #400, again traffic wasn’t heavy, and then on to #17. We had been spoiled by the wide roads, but now had to share -back to both directions on the same road.
As is our custom we stopped for lunch – our only restaurant meal of the day. It was a local restaurant, which we prefer. Lloyd had a good old club house sandwich and I ordered chicken poutine. I have had it before, chicken strips on top of poutine. NEVER have I had mushroom gravy with huge slices of mushroom on poutine. It also was not cheese curd, but chunks of cheese. I ate half of it, grumbling all the time!
We made such good time that we decided to go past Sault Ste. Marie. So we went to Batchawana Bay and stopped at The Voyageurs’ Lodge. I loved it at first glimpse a good thing since we stayed there much longer than planned It was across the road from the Bay which is part of Lake Superior. It was where the voyageurs landed and the trail had gone right past the lodge. The place is all wood, with the key on a little wooden canoe, the coat hooks on wooden paddles, and all the furniture in the room and the restaurant were hand made.
All went well until we unloaded the SUV and discovered I had left my computer in its case at the door of the inn in Huntsville! I made the first of many calls to the Knights Inn in Huntsville. First I will tell you that English is not the first language of the owner to whom I spoke each time. When I explained what had happened she told me yes, they had it, but they would not send it ‘collect’ to me by Purolator. I had to arrange that myself. So I went to the main desk, and they found the number for me. I called Purolator and they said, no problem, just go on line, fill out the forms by which I could pay it, and they would pick it up. I explained it was a bit hard to go on line with my computer since that was what they were picking up. So it was suggested I go to the front desk again, and ask to use the computer there. The problem was the owners were away, and the computer was in their house on the property. The waitress, who lived near there was willing for me to use hers, but her husband was away, and she couldn’t leave. SOOOO back to our room, called P. again, got a snarky man who said the order form had to be sent to the Huntsville Inn, before they could pick it up. When I asked how the form was to be sent, he said on line. I replied – a bit more emphatically “I DON’T HAVE A COMPUTER!!! THAT’S WHAT I WANT YOU TO PICK UP!!!” He said something else, and I said even more emphatically ” DO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME IF I DON’T HAVE A COMPUTER SO I CAN GO ONLINE, I CAN’T DEAL WITH YOUR COMPANY????” Well ,he said, you could call the Inn and give them the address to fill out the packaging slip. Sooo, once again I called the inn – did I mention English was not her first language? I gave her the address of the Lodge in Batchawana. Then I called back to P. where I talked to a wonderful young man named Craig, who very kindly informed me I had to call back to the inn and have them change the shipping address to the pickup depot in Sault Ste. Marie, since I couldn’t pay it online! ( I was really beginning to hate the word online), I had to pay there before I picked it up. Assuming I would do that, he said he would book it to be picked up on Thursday and I could pick it up on Friday. He also said the person picking up the parcel would help fill out the form. SOOOOO once again I called the inn, gave her the new address. By this time we had become good friends! So we went to bed hoping all would go well. I’ll tell you right now God and I did a lot of talking!
So yesterday, Thursday, Oct.12, we stayed at the Lodge, which if you have to stay somewhere, is a good place to stay. We walked across the road to the shore. Samson does NOT like waves coming in, even when gentle. WE did this a couple of times. I read and we watched TV. We bought two meals – breakfast and dinner. I had fresh pickerel caught fresh from Lake Superior for dinner – delicious.
This morning we woke up and wondered how things would go. I called P. at 9 and was told it had been picked up (phew!) but had not been scanned yet. So we decided at 9:30 to drive back to the SOO and search for the depot. I must say that Katie (our new SUV’s navigation system) is wonderful! I had no address just ” 40 Industrial A Court” I put it in, and lo and behold, it showed us the way! So we went , found it, paid for it, and headed on our way!
We are now paying $1.23 for gas!
I have heard people talking about how boring it is driving through this area – just trees- but I have to disagree! It was like driving through one of the Group of Seven’s paintings, with the trees, rapids and lakes. We loved it. The traffic was light, and it was a good day.
We are in Marathon. We did not get as far as I had planned for the third day of driving, but did OK saying we had such a late start. I don’t know if we’ll get out of Ontario tomorrow, but will enjoy wherever we end up. I don’t think many people realize how huge our province is.
I would say Friday the 13th didn’t turn out too bad. I have my computer and survived my 75th birthday. Imagine – three quarters of a century!