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Hot Showers on the Road (Part 2)

Hot Showers on the Road (Part 2)

One of the most common questions I get asked,
“Where do you shower?”

Read Part One here – HOT SHOWERS EVERY DAY! LIVING OUT OF A VEHICLE

Part Two….

Here are the Two Cheapest ways to get a Hot Shower while on the road.

Since I prefer being clean and showering everyday, I’m always looking out for a shower. I’m a little picky that way and here is the easiest way to maintain good personal hygiene while on the road.

The cheapest showers can usually be found at campgrounds. Surprisingly, most campgrounds I have come across are Free. And, you don’t have to stay at the campground in order to use them.  Just in case they are coin operated, be sure to keep a few coins in your personal hygiene bag at all times.  Oh, and keep this in mind…Most showers are closed between noon – 2pm for cleaning purposes.

The 2nd cheapest place I have found is in small communities & towns with public swimming pools. When you approach the front counter, be sure to let the front staff know that you are a traveler who is just passing through and only looking for a hot shower.  They will give you the “Traveler’s Discount” which is quite cheap.  So, how do you find the public pools in small towns? Easy! While you are entering the town, go the the Visitor Center, they’ll be more than happy to guide you.

There are other methods of maintaining good personal hygiene and I’d love to hear about your experiences, please leave a comment below! 

 

Nerve Racking & Adrenaline Pumping Fun – Pictographs

Nerve Racking & Adrenaline Pumping Fun – Pictographs

Agawa Rock Pictographs – Lake Superior

Getting to the pictographs is a challenge.

Don’t let the following discourage you, because once you get to see the pictographs and the landscape they are located in, its soooo worth it.

There are 2 challenges you’ll have to contend with.

The first is the trail itself. It consists of steep jagged rocks, tree roots, and at times narrow footing. It’s not a long trail, 0.5 km loop, but you do have to watch your footing.

The second challenge is at the end of the trail. This is where most people let their fear take over and don’t go any further. But if you want to see the pictographs, you’ll have to walk along the edge of the rock face while being very careful not to slip. If you slip… you’re sliding 15’ down the smooth & slick rock face, where you’ll be swimming in Lake Superior.

It’s a little nerve racking and adrenaline pumping fun!

Oh, and they only way to make this attempt is when Lake Superior is calm, otherwise forget it. The wrath of Lake Superior’s waves will take you out.


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Abandoned blanket on a bench

Abandoned blanket on a bench

Taking a break at a gas station, I got speaking to an older woman who had been hitchhiking.

She looked like she was a little weathered, had a hard life, and she did give hints of it through our conversation, but what was also a noticeable trait… she still had hopes for a better life.

As we conversed, she mentioned that her backpack was jammed pack with a few clothes and 3 blankets, which was getting to be a little too heavy, so she was thinking about ditching one of her blankets with the hopes it would find someone in need.

It’s funny (not is hilarious manner), here’s a lady who wasn’t asking me for anything… she didn’t have anything… but still had hopes for herself and hopes for the blanket to find someone in need.

I could only offer her something she needed more than I did…. I gave her my last gatorade and an emergency blanket.

When I came out of the gas station, I could see her in the distance walking along the highway, up and over a hill, where I eventually lost sight of her. 

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Centre of Canada vs. Middle of the TransCanada Hwy

Centre of Canada vs. Middle of the TransCanada Hwy

The Centre of Canada is located near Ritcher MB, east of Winnipeg. Longitudinal Centre of Canada Coordinates – 96 48 35

The TransCanada Hwy is 7821 kms and runs from Victoria BC to St. John’s Newfoundland. The middle of the TransCanada Hwy is marked with a plaque at 3910.5 kms, located at a rest stop, just west of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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Mike Ranta & Spitzii along with David Jackson

Mike Ranta & Spitzii along with David Jackson

Lake Winnipeg, Gimli Manitoba

Let me introduce you to by buddy, Mike Ranta & his faithful companion Spitzii. These two characters are today’s modern day voyageurs. Along for the adventure is the expedition’s photojournalist, David Jackson, who in his own right is definitely an adventurer.

So here’s what’s happened, Mike has not only canoed Canada from coast to coast, he’s done it twice! As a result of these great paddles, he’s the world record holder of having done it solo and having completing the trip in a single season.

Photojournalist & Adventurer – David Jackson

So what’s he doing in Lake Winnipeg near Gimli? He’s in the middle of canoeing Canada for a Third time! Along for the adventure is David, who has joined Mike & Spitzii from the beginning of this adventure.

Back on April 1st 2017, they began their journey in Bella Bella BC and headed east through the rockies. I can’t give away any of their stories, because let’s face it, its theirs to tell at the end of the adventure. I will say, they had to endure solitude, relentless elements, nature, wildlife, food & water shortage, and other adventures within their adventure.

Live location updates – Mike is carrying a beacon which tracks his every movement. Go to his website and locate this whereabouts on his map and if you get an opportunity….go meet the the three companions while they paddle Canada! I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t pass up on a good cold beer either.

You can read about Mike’s & Spitzii’s previous journey through his website and be sure to check out his book. Oh, and check out the baby moose he saved in during his last adventure – video here: Baby Moose Rescue

Mike Ranta & Spitzii – www.mikeranta.ca 
David Jackson – www.davidjacksonphoto.com 

ps. Once this paddle adventure is done, he is far from done. Follow him on the social medias and be the first to see what he does next!

Mike and I exchanging gifts.

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Winnie the Pooh’s connection to 3 Canadian Cities

Winnie the Pooh’s connection to 3 Canadian Cities

We’ve all heard the stories of Christopher Robin & Winnie the Pooh, but how many of you know the actual story of how & where it all started?

Winnie the Pooh has been long associated with my home town of Winnipeg Manitoba because the soldier, Harry Colebourn, who actually owned the bear, was from Wpg, MB.   He had named the female bear “Winnipeg”, but was later shorted to “Winnie”.

Something I had no idea was that Winnie was not actually from Winnipeg. Winnie was from White River Ontario where she was purchased for only $20.

Eventually, Harry Colebourn had to leave for the war and Winnie was housed in the London Ontario Zoo, where she passed away 12 May 1934 (aged 20)

So there you have it, a little history on Canada’s Winnie the Pooh!

ps. More info on Winnie – Wikipedia 

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Rainbow Falls – Ontario

Rainbow Falls – Ontario

Definitely a must see!
Starting at the lake, a short walk on the boardwalk takes you down along Rainbow Falls, which can be viewed from various angles and heights.   What you don’t see in the photo to the left is that I’m standing right beside the top of the waterfalls.  


If you look closely at the photos, you’ll discover why it’s named “Rainbow” Falls. The various colours pop out at you from all over!


This area predominately sits on Red Granite, which the colours really come to life when wet. 

 

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Paddle to the Sea & the Smallest Canadian Tire Store

Paddle to the Sea & the Smallest Canadian Tire Store

As you drive through Nipigon Ontario, one of their claims to fame is having the Smallest Canadian Tire Store in Canada. This photo actually makes it look bigger than what it is, but nope, its definitely a small store!

Then I came across the Paddle to the Sea park…

This is where a carved toy starts its journey…

Paddle to the Sea, a 1941 story written by Holling C. Holling. A story about a young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea.  Paddle’s journey takes him through the Great Lakes and into the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

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