Day 11 - May 19

Border Crossing

We got up this morning, figuring to make up a little for yesterday's Side-trip to Alfa Heaven, and that's pretty much what we did. It was another beautiful day, warm, windows rolled down to let in the wind and the...

Bugs! Gawd, the atmosphere is full of 'em! We've added the word "splat" to the computer's spell-checker. Our windshield got so splattered that it looked like we were in a paint-ball war, and lost. We started buying gas three gallons at a time just so that we could use the window squeegee!

But we did put on some miles today, driving up the northern coast of Lake Michigan and crossing into Canada at Sault Saint Marie, and then taking Canada's Route 17 eastward.

At one point we passed a roller blader, followed by a couple of support trucks festooned with signs saying that the guy was roller-blading across Canada coast to coast. Not sure which is more strenuous—to do it on roller blades or in a 27-year-old Alfa Romeo.

Speaking of whom, she continues to perform flawlessly—it seems that she's going to like the east coast.

Tonight, we're in the "city" of North Bay, Ontario, on the northern shore of Lake Nipissing, a good lake but not a Great Lake. We spotted no Alfas today, buy we did spot a big black bear out in a field while driving between Sudbury and North Bay.

This is where we went today
Today's Map
(Sorry, our mapping software only covers the USA.)

Lake Michigan
The Great Lakes are truly that—they're vast—no way can one see to the other side.

Here we are waiting our turn to fake our way through Canadian Customs. The inspector was a gorgeous young woman who waved us through despite The Warriors natty appearance, and our own.

Dandelion Farm
This is one of hundreds of dandelion farms that we passed. Canadians grow dandelions and ship the seeds to the US for use in our lawns. The inset shows some dandelion seed storage silos.

Lake Huron
The Warrior (we're talking about the car) takes a breather alongside the blue water and sandy shores of the third Great Lake we've encountered.

Fill 'er up!
The Canadians pull no punches when it comes to things about which they are serious. Check out the protective coating that The Warrior is now wearing.

Beer(s) of the Day

Muskoka Premium Dark Ale
Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery, Bracebridge, Ontario

It seems that there is a lot more beer selection in Canada than the last time we passed through. This one's by a microbrewery near North Bay, no great shakes but a darn site better than the standard Molson/LaBatt's fare one normally gets up here.

Culture Feature

We're not sure what the point of this was, but we were definitely in Chippewa territory and, alongside the road, we get a little sampling (left to right) of bark canoe, teepee, animal hide, totem pole, and some two-dimensional guy who didn't seem to fit.

Alfa Spotting!


Day 1


(Except for a bunch while still in San Francisco)

Day 2


(No Alfas, but one Fiat X-1/9 parked, but standing on its own wheels)


Day 3


(No Alfas, no Fiats, but one Corvair that looked like it might have run)


Day 4


The Milano parked in Doug Zaitz's driveway when we pulled in.


Day 5


That's 20 or so on the Wine Tour, plus the three in Doug's loft.


Day 6


(All of them in the Veloce Motors garage.)


Day 7


Hey, we were in Idaho and Montana.


Day 8


Hey, we were in Montana and North Dakota.


Day 9


But we've got something up our sleeves for tomorrow—stay tuned!


Day 10


We didn't actually count them, but there must be at least this many at Alfa Heaven.


Day 11


Ah, back to normal.






May 2001


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