Steve’s Progress

As of last night Steve had driven about 1000 miles and was in Nappanee, Ontario.  He said he will be very happy to cross into the U.S. today because of the high prices in Canada.  But the route he is taking is the most direct to drive to Wisconsin so there wasn’t much choice.  Unfortunately this also means he must drive through Chicago.
My mother and I went to Pueblo yesterday to get a copy of the police investigation report and check on Kathy’s house.  The report was shoddy crap.  I did more thorough detective work when I was 19 years old employed in a credit bureau where my job was finding people who skipped out on paying their bills.  I’ve never seen a police report before but each law enforcement officer writes what they did and saw, who they talked to, and what various persons said.  They contradicted each other several times with very hard core facts.  We just have to try and forget it all and go on.  Nothing anyone does now can bring Kathy back to life.
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Eventually I’ll get around to taking pictures here in Manitou Springs and writing about our town……..maybe next month after the tourist traffic lessens.  It’s a busy little town right now as there has been something going on every week.  Last weekend was the annual Pikes Peak Marathon.  A 47 year old local won it for the 6th year in a row.  This weekend Manitou Springs is having a Mountain Music Festival.  I just have to open a few windows or sit on the deck to hear the music – that’s how close we are to the action.  

Goodbye Canada

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Three months and five provinces and we were becoming pretty attached to Canada.  Here is our favorites’ list:

1.  Favorite province:  Newfoundland with Quebec close behind

2.  Place we could easily live in:  Quebec City (but not in the winter).

3. Steve’s favorite place:  Bonavista, Newfoundland

4.  Cleanest air and prettiest sky:  Newfoundland when it wasn’t raining

5.  My favorite drives:  Quebec City to St. Simeon, Humber Arm in NFL, Gaspe Peninsula,  and from Corner Brook through Gros Morne National Park.

6.  Steve’s favorite drive:  Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia

7.  Best fish meal:  Seafood platter at Hartery Family Restaurant in Stephenville.  Note:  The town of Stephenville is not much to look at and has some rough characters downtown.

8.  Best camp spots:  Blow Me Down Provincial Park, Newfoundland, Mall at Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and the parking lot by the train station in Quebec City.

9.  Most RV friendly:  Hands down it was Newfoundland and Quebec.

10.  Favorite big city for downtown shopping:  Saint John, New Brunswick

PS  Steve says I should mention that no place starting with Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, when I broke my leg, got a really fair shake.  That means “I Shall Return”.

This is a good time for me to take a break from writing this blog.  I will post again September 15th with our whereabouts and what we are up to. We haven’t decided where to go over the winter (Mexico is out at this point) and we are still thinking of shipping the RV to Europe in April. Much depends on Steve’s October checkup on his aortic aneurysm.