Speed Blogging – Take One

Well, it has been a few weeks since I have written and I have finished my 9,000 mile trip through North America. Now I am left wondering when I can get back in my 100 sq ft of bliss and do it again!

When I last left you, I was somewhere in Canada and finding that wifi in places without people is hard to find. I really wanted to disconnect which also made posting a bit difficult, so we are going to go on a few rounds of “Speed Blogging” to catch up. It is kind of like speed dating, but without the awkward silence – or so I hope. Don’t leave me hanging 🙂

One thing I had never done was to visit Niagara Falls, and it didn’t disappoint. With my bike beneath me and my bright yellow poncho (because this girl is prepared!) in my backpack, I took off from my campsite to the Falls. A couple of tips: 1) Do this before the summer is in full swing. I know that a few weeks later the crowds were insane and I was happy that I had a little more peace and quiet on my trip. 2) Don’t drive. Take your bike or public transit (on the Candian side) and take the day to enjoy the entire area.

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From there I headed to Montreal and drove along the Trans-Canada Highway to Fort Francis where I crossed back into the US. It is a bit hard to find words to describe this drive because it is lovely and full of surprises along the way. At this point in my trip, I had no agenda. I would wake up in the morning, have breakfast, and literally just drive until I found something interesting. Well, that happened a lot during this piece of my journey, and needless to say, I extended my time in Canada by a few days.

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Bliss
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This seems to be a thing in Canada
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Yes, I brought a vase to collect local flowers as I went. Doesn’t everyone love fresh flowers in their living space?
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My tiny home in the distance

IMG_2549A nice tribute to Glenn Gould, a Canadian pianist who became one of the celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Listen and enjoy!

Have to stop there! Getting ready for my #AirbnbExperience guests to arrive!

 

 

 

America the Beautiful

As I traveled north toward the Cape with scenery passing by, it made me think of the author of “America the Beautiful,” Katharine Lee Bates, who was born in Massachusetts in 1859.

Coming off the Blue Ridge Parkway and into the Shenandoah Valley, I was looking for a new adventure – a deeper stir. I stumbled upon the Luray Caverns in Virginia and was not disappointed. I read a bit about the caverns before I stopped and took a chance even though it is called a tourist attraction online and people complained about the price.

With 500,000 visitors annually, it is a destination, but it was terrific and well worth the $26!

IMG_1557Everywhere you look, there is natural art dripping from the ceiling and pushing up beneath your feet. The pool towards the middle is absolutely magical, tricking your eyes as to where the water ends and air begins.

IMG_1543After a good night’s sleep in the KOA near Gettysburg, I decided it was time to take my bike out for a spin. I found the greenbelt that encircles the city of Harrisburg and set off to City Island to find a parking spot for the Airstream. The ride was about 20 miles, and most were off the main roads. With several parks mixed with a college campus and downtown, there was plenty to look at and almost no one else on the trail which made for an enjoyable afternoon. Full disclosure…coming from Florida, the elevation changes were challenging, but a good warm up before I head west.

IMG_1545Until next time…happy trails!