A Road Trip from Canada to the USA

At the cottage in North Bay.  I shared a snack with my little friend, Chippy.

Leaving home is always hard. It gets harder every time I go home. I said good-bye to friends and family four days ago, but I’ve been able to draw it out a bit with my father when he surprised John and I with a road trip from my home in Carleton Place, Ontario to John’s home in Algona, Iowa.

The view from my cottage.  Lake Nippissing, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Actually, both my parents were supposed to accompany John and I to Iowa, where we were going to introduce our parents at least once before the wedding next year.  Sadly, my mother wasn’t able to accompany us because my grandfather has been ill.  She opted to stay at home and look after him.

On the other hand, my Dad was more than happy to make the trip with us.  We didn’t find out about his plans for a road trip until a few days before we left, although I had to wonder why he had the road atlas out so much.  I guess I’m more like my father than I thought.  I thrive on international travel and he thrives on road trips.  We share a passion that is different in many ways, yet it’s that same.  I’m really glad I got the chance to spend this time with him.  I’ve been able to see the world through his eyes and for that I’m grateful.

Our first day of driving ended at our cottage in North Bay.  We spent two nights there and enjoyed the fresh air and warm weather.  From North Bay, we traveled to Sault St. Marie, where I bid a final farewell to my beloved homeland for another year.  We traveled all day and spent the night in Marinette, Wisconsin.

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I’ve always dreamed of traveling the US by car or RV. John and I have talked about it a few times. We’ve done numerous road trips by car and on motorcycles in countries like China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam, so it seems only natural to continue with this mode of travel when/if we move back to North America.

Our third day of driving took us through several storms and by the end of the day, blue skies were shining once more and we were able to stop and take a look at the magnificent Mississippi River.  Minnesota is a gorgeous state to travel through and I’d love to come back and travel through there during the fall.  I guess I’ll be able to do this when I move here with John in a few years.  I’m looking forward to it.

We arrived at John’s home in Algona, Iowa late last night after three days of driving.  The scenery was gorgeous and it was a great way to say good-bye and take a last long look at everything that I’ll be missing over the next year.

My Dad and I on the Mississippi River in Minnesota, USA.

Storm clouds gathering in Minnesota.

A storybook setting for the Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

‘Nuff said.  Just had to share it because it makes me smile.

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline. Twitter @globetrotteri Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/. I also have a dedicated page for My Several Worlds at https://www.instagram.com/myseveralworlds/. Each IG feed features different content.

4 thoughts on “A Road Trip from Canada to the USA

    Lisa Bettany

    (June 24, 2007 - 4:46 pm)

    a chipmunk and a large statue of the jolly green giant??? you sure know the way to my heart.

    globetrotteri

    (June 30, 2007 - 11:47 am)

    I know! It was a strange and trippy road trip. Epsecially the Jolly Green Giant. I just had to share.

    one.year.trip

    (August 11, 2009 - 4:14 pm)

    Just flipping back through the archives… no! That can’t be real. I wonder if it’s still there – the giant – and if so, I must find it.

      Carrie

      (August 22, 2009 - 8:50 am)

      It is. Iowa has the strangest things…

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