Friday, March 18, 2011

Road Trip 2010: Day 1

In August 2010, our family of 7 went on a road trip in our 2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali and 35' Keystone Premier 31BHPR travel trailer. From Vancouver, Canada, we drove over 7500 km (4650 miles) through the United States taking the I-94 East to Thunder Bay, Ontario and the I-90 West back home from Minneapolis, MN. We spent nearly 30 days on the road living out of our trailer and had an incredibly great time. However, the journey was not without its bumps (including the first night when we found ourselves in the wrong lane at the border crossing and a flat tire in North Dakota), but every "wrong turn" we encountered happened at the "best" possible time to NOT ruin our trip. Even the bent axle that forced us to spend an extra 3-days in Deer Lodge, Montana, did not put a dark shadow on our vacation, because it allowed us to explore and make a special connection to a place we had no idea existed. As a result, we saw a very beautiful part of the country that we will always want to return to. And we can't wait until we can start our next adventure. Can you tell we love road trips?

With our 2-week spring break starting next week and my mind drifting away from work, I decided it was time for me to finally post up pictures of our trip. This is the first in the series. (Sorry for the poor quality cellphone picture.)



Day 1: We decided to start our 3-week road trip one day early. We left after work and stayed at Camping World Burlington that night. We arrived a little later than we expected because the NEXUS lane at the Peace Arch border crossing was closed and I didn't know that until it was almost too late....

I had to backup the trailer a few feet so that I could turn into one of the regular lanes. In doing so, I drove the right-side wheel of the trailer over the curb. This may or may not have implications in our major break-down at the end of our trip thousands of miles later.

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