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Aug 16, 2008 -

An Ending Moves into a Beginning

In a matter of hours a horde will descend upon my house, filling it like hungry little fire ants attacking a prey. When it scatters, the house will be quite empty.

I’ll then have two weeks to continue bringing items to Miranda and get rid of the rest. I really don’t have that much left to bring at this time, though. What’s left is mostly stuff I don’t want to do without in the next couple of weeks, like my clothes, computer set up, DVD cases, and mattress. For the last big haul, I would like to bring Miranda here one day, finish filling her up, and then leave for good. That will hopefully happen on Saturday the 30th. I had planned to spend that weekend at a campground but only just clued in that, HELLO!, it’s the Labour Day weekend! I’ll be lucky to find a campground close by that still has spots left. I’ll make some calls on Monday, but I have a couple of other options in mind.

I will spend my last two weeks in this house the way I spent the first two weeks, with very little furniture and no appliances, and will be coming full circle as I move back into a metal tube on wheels. Had someone told me last March that I would be moving back into such an abode, I would have laughed. Life is the strangest ride.

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Jun 20, 2008 -

More Officialisms

I’m houseless (but not homeless) as of 1 September. My landlords were happy to accommodate my request to break my lease a month early (yaaaaaaay).

Then, I’ll be jobless as of 4 September. My supervisor signed the first batch of papers today.

I now have just about all of September to get out west. The beauty of having your home with you and boondocking most of the way (ie. not paying for a campsite) is that it doesn’t cost any more to take four weeks to cross the country than to take one week. You’d have had to eat during those four weeks anyway and you would have done the same amount of mileage in one week or four. I just need to learn to slow down and not put in insane driving days, something I suspect will come naturally to me when the time comes.

Excited, so very excited.

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Jun 19, 2008 -


While I don’t want to make myself a set itinerary for my cross-country trip, I am researching my various route options for a couple of legs, namely that from Gatineau to Winnipeg and Calgary to the British Columbia interior. I’m mostly focusing on the former right now and just gathering information to be reviewed in Saskatchewan (!) for the latter.

Until today, I thought I was getting to Winnipeg the way I came back from there in 2005, on the 17 via North Bay, Sudbury, the Sault, Thunder Bay, and Kenora. I didn’t think that the more northern route through Kapuskasing was a viable alternative. Then, I began to read several trip blogs and forum posts describing the 11, a more northern route, as being superior to the 17 for RVers because it’s less mountainous (better gas mileage, less wear and tear on the brakes) and that it’s the exact same mileage. I liked the idea of taking a new route for part of the trip to Winnipeg and adding more towns and sights to my ‘been there!’ list.

So, I pulled out my trusty Michelin road atlas and looked at the 11 more closely. Suddenly, a third route opened up. I called up Google maps to test a theory. A nice feature of Google maps is that you can chart routes of your own choice by specifying that you want to from a to z by way of c and y. By altering my search parameters, I figured out the mileage between Gatineau and Winnipeg by each of the three routes. The 11 and 17 routes are indeed exactly the same mileage. My route adds only 30 kilometres more.

Therefore, unless further research makes me feel this plan is ill advised at the time of year during which I’m leaving, I plan to get to Winnipeg by way of l’Abitibi-Temiscamingue, with Vérendrye Park for my first night. This is my favourite place to camp and it would be lovely to say goodbye to it. Then, off to Val D’Or, a city I’ve been meaning to visit ever since I came to this region. After, Rouyn-Noranda, Kirkland Lake, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Hearst, and on past Geraldton and Rocky Bay to rejoin the 17 at Nipigon. From there, it’d be two short days to Winnipeg. If I plan on averaging 5 hours of driving per day at an average of 90km per hour, I’d be in Winnipeg in 5 to 7 days.

Originally, I planned to leave on September 15th. But I had a talk with my supervisor about this and she strongly suggested that I leave at the end of a pay period, so either September 3rd or 17th. The 17th is too late for me. We agreed on the 3rd, but didn’t sign papers because she had a few more questions for me to ask HR. Papers should be signed tomorrow. Then it’ll really be official. I’m so scared to let go of that steady pay cheque, but I know I need to do this.

Obviously, if I’m done with work on the 3rd, there’s no way I’ll hang out here for two weeks before taking off. 🙂

Next on my list of things to do is ask my landlord if he’d be willing to advertise my house as being free for September 1st. I’ve already given him notice that I’m not renewing my lease, and I’m hoping to not have to pay rent for September. I have a feeling he’ll be open to discussion on this matter.

So much to do and arrange and plan and research, but how good it feels to be so free.

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