Day one started at 9:30am. Traffic was good all day and we crossed the border with no problems at 12:30pm. Weather was ok with a little snow, but nothing serious. As far as scenery, Michigan and Indiana are nothing to write home about. We ended the day outside of Indianapolis. Day Two started at 9:30am. We crossed the rest of Indiana making it through Illinois and ending outside Kansas City Missouri. The highlight so far was in Michigan seeing one billboard on one side of the road advertising a Christian University and on the opposite side of the road a billboard advertising the Adult Superstore. This to me was quite funny and makes me ask the question, why a “Superstore”? Do they buy in bulk?
Tommow’s goal is to make it close to Denver…we shall see.
It is the last day before departure and it doesn’t seem real yet. The motorhome is parked out front and being loaded as I type. Dad and I still need to pack, but that’ll only take a short bit. Mom is getting last minute provisions at the store. I thought about wearing my Team Canada jersey as we cross the border, but after watching this TV ad, Dad has said a definitive “NO!”
Departure is approximately 8am tomorrow morning. Hope to make it to Indianapolis tomorrow night. We shall see…
Bon voyage! Next time you hear from me, we’ll be on our way.
We’re about to enter the final week of preparation for our drive. Wow, it’s happening! Thanks though to the Yanks, we can’t do as much shopping ahead of time as we would like. They have strict guidelines that’s for certain. For instance, no poultry or poultry products (even Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup), no potatoes, no fruits or vegetables (unless you want to waste time getting each and every item inspected…), no rice, no eggs, plus other things. Insane if you ask me. Needless to say, once we cross over into Helter Skelter Land, we’ll have to shop.
Craig’s flight comes into Toronto at 7am-ish on February 1st, we’ll pack that day, then hit the road February 2nd at 8am-ish. Now have to sync the iPhone for music. More to do this week.
Only 19 days until the start of the Games and for the fun to begin!
Christmas eve, mid morning, there was an unlikely surprise in the office…the Olympic torch! One of the ladies in the office had carried it a few days before in Brampton and brought it in. It was pretty cool to hold and get a picture with. It was much lighter then I expected, but I guess that’s not surprising as it was designed by Bombardier.
The Olympic torch was lit in Athens, Greece on October 22 and made its way into Toronto on December 17th! The final destination in the city was at Nathan Phillips Square and I was fortunate enough to be there for it! I arrived just before 6pm where there was live music, skating on the rink, vendors, free activities for the children and of course the large Christmas tree and lights that go with the season. The ceremony was officially opened by an Aboriginal Blessing at about 6:30, then followed by First Nations hoop dancers and other acts which were a good way to defer our attention from how cold it was and that warm feet were going to be so nice once it was through.
Despite a couple of protests along the route, which resulted in a slight detour, the flame was still able to make the scheduled stop at Sick Kids hospital where there were 80 children eagerly awaiting it! It was about 8pm when Vicky Sunohara, former two-time gold medalist for Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team, and the brigade carried the flame into a crowd of excited Canadians, like myself, who cheered as loud as we could. What a feeling as people clapped and banged the free tambourines that had been handed out! After she lit the cauldron (that will remain lit until after the Games), my highlight of the evening was the singing of O’ Canada! A chill and smile were had by all at the same time, as a few thousand people joined in the anthem, what a great feeling! The unity and peace that the Games stand for was evident that evening and I was proud to be a part of it!
ith exactly 2 months to go until the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics, things are falling into place. In September Mom and Christopher booked their flights to Vancouver and back. They leave February 12th and return March 2nd. After a search for a motorhome, which resembled a search for a needle in a haystack, one was finally found. However, we won’t be buying it, instead renting it from a couple who live just north of Toronto. It’s a 35 foot 2008 Fun Mover with roughly 7,400km on it. Suffice to say, it is a BEAST! Our itinerary for our roadtrip is undecided yet, but we’ll be leaving about February 1st, giving ample time to get from T.O. to VanCity. Leaving the same day Mom and Christopher leave Vancouver, we’ll be home mid-March.
Here’s a few pictures of our “Shaggin’ Wagon” (click to enlarge):
So, if you see this rig barreling down the Trans Canada, that’s us!
Today the Canadian hockey team jerseys were unveiled, and damn do they look SWEET! The logo has changed and is no longer the Hockey Canada logo that was used for the last 14 years of international play. Within the central maple leaf crest there are smaller maple leafs, symbolizing the gold medal count for Canada’s men’s and women’s Olympic ice hockey and Paralympic ice sledge hockey teams. Other symbolism includes a hockey player with a stick in hand and two powerful First Nations icons — the thunderbird and eagle — supporting the central maple leaf. I am for sure getting one of these!
With a suggested retail price of $135, the Team Canada 2010 Olympic replica jerseys are available today in Nike stores across Canada, The Olympic Store at vancouver2010.com, Hudson’s Bay Company Bay stores, and later this fall at Olympic Stores in Vancouver, Whistler, and the Vancouver International Airport. They will also be sold in the Olympic Superstore at the Bay Downtown Vancouver and hockey venue concession stands operated at Games time.