October 6, 2007:
This morning when we looked out the door of the camper, the campground looked extremely waterlogged from the heavy rain last night. The weather was still gloomy after the storm but at least it's not raining ... just grey!
We packed up the camper and loaded it back on the truck which was a challenge today as the site was not level right next to the road and where we had to back the truck. We also had to fight with the squirrels - I'd left a bag of garbage next to the camper while we loaded it on the truck and the pesky little critters managed to open the bag and run off with a few bits and pieces. That was with me constantly chasing them away in between helping to put the truck and camper back together.
We drove back the way we'd come a couple of days earlier but only made it a few minutes along the road before we came up against a traffic jam. We took our place at the end of the line and wandered up to the front to see what the story was - apparently part of the road had been washed out during the storm and a few of the truckers in the queue had been there all night. This was not good! The good news was we only had to wait for 20 minutes before we were allowed through. Once again we were astonished at the delay the wash out was creating. We drove many kilometres after that and never saw anything that would hold up traffic for hours - even if there was only one lane moving at a time.
Once back on track, we returned to the campground at Pancake Bay Provincial Park (where we'd stayed a few nights earlier), we'd lost a shoe somewhere along the way and we thought that was where we'd lost it. Unfortunately, we had no luck in finding it.
Moving on, we came to the Chippewa Falls which were in full flood. Actually the rocks that the falls usually tumble over were not visible beneath the mirky, muddy water of the river which had widened its course and now swept swiftly round a corner before being channeled under a bridge. A previously grassy area was now completely underwater and logs had careered down the river then been caught up amongst trees and rocks. The Chippewa Falls also mark the approximate half way point of the Trans-Canada Highway, a 7,822 kilometre (4,860 mile) main road which runs between St John's in Newfoundland and Victoria in British Columbia.
With the weather deteriorating again, we decided to make a beeline now for Killarney Provincial Park to find a campsite. On our arrival we were stunned by the number of people there. It was a weekend plus Canadian thanksgiving so the place was full to the top and we were lucky to secure one out of the two remaining sites available that night. Again we were caught out by the holidays! The site which was down from the road in a bowl, was far from level with a base of sand - in this rain we'd be lucky to climb back out in our camper without assistance. Anyway, we didn't have a lot of choice and launching the satellite was definitely out of the question.
With dinner out of the way we took a walk down to the lake next to the campground then returned to relax with a glass of wine - there was a lot of partying going on that night - half of Toronto had left town for the holiday.
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