Vancouver Tour

Thursday, 18 June 2008

Vancouver Island Loop 2008

The Vancouver Island loop ran north from Nashville to Brockville ON, west on the Transcanada Highway to Calgary AB, north to Edmonton, then west to Vancouver via Whistler.  We took the ferry to Nanaimo, BC and spent several days on the Island including a visit to Tofino on the Pacific coast. The route home was via Yellowstone, St Paul, MN, and Nashville TN.  Enjoy the photos and/or the text. There are 62 pages. Click 01   

 

Trip Statistics

Total Miles:              8,192

Good weather days:     58

Bad weather days:         1

Rainy nights:                  3

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Thursday, 19 June 2008

Day 2 June 18, Columbus OH to Erie PA

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We had a little rain on the way today but beautiful weather when we arrived in Erie. Ohio speed limits are 65 with trucks 55. We cruised at about 62 mph and got 18 miles to the gallon. The best ever. 

We got to Erie about 12:45pm and checked into the Lampe Campground which is right on Lake Erie. It is almost empty but nice being a service of the Erie Port Authority. We then toured the Maritime Museum and learned all about the great naval battle in 1812 where the American’s 5 ships beat the 9 British (read Canadian) ships. The British guns could fire 1 mile while the American guns were only good for ½ mile. However, the American fleet captain, Perry, made a gutsy move and went between the British ships firing on both sides. The photo shows the recreation of the event. The exhibit builders fired guns at the mockup and filmed it. Turns out that the exit holes from the cannon shells are much larger than the entry holes and spray lethal splinters at the gun crews.

Tonight, we had dinner with old friends Jan and Frank Reese. Frank was my mentor when I was at GTE Automatic Electric. He is now 90 but in great shape. Tomorrow we visit the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY and then on to Brockville for the GTE Reunion

Thursday, 19 June 2008

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