North Bay

We left Ottawa around 10 am yesterday after topping up at a MacEwen gas station on Bank Street near our camp ground that was still selling diesel for 79.5/litre. The drive along the Ottawa river was beautiful. Chris’s only concern was no sleep after her nightshift but she managed to doze off occasionally. Thankfully, we managed to find a Tim Horton’s along Hwy 17 in Chalk River and that perked us both up. The road up past Mattawa was very rough. Note to Dalton……spend some $$$ in this area!!We pulled into North Bay and topped up at a Pioneer station selling diesel for 87 cents/litre which is not far off prices in Ottawa. We stayed overnight in the driveway of an old family friend in North Bay. We were all stationed together in Germany with the Canadian military in the early 60s and her two boys, along with my brother and I, were the best of friends. We yakked for hours catching up on old times before heading off to Kelsey’s for a marvelous supper.

Still noting potty smell in phaeton occasionally if we use the facilities while mobile. Still working on a solution as well. Hoping to make Sault Ste Marie or maybe even Wawa today.


  1. DDonald June 14, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    Hey Mark and Chris. Yahoo……Can't believe you're finally on the road. Chris you must be in heaven knowing you don't have to get up and go to work again. Get some good shuteye tonight and then the two of you have a wonderful time. Thanks for adding our blog to your site. Let us know when you drop in. Mark, I know my pictues don't compare to yours, but I'm pretty proud of the pictures of the sandhill cranes in the back yard!!! Take care you two, stay safe and have fun. Rich and Donna

  2. Keith and Marie Richards June 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi….don't know if you remember us but we played pickleball with you in Fl…Keith and Marie Richards… We too had the same smells you're talking about…FINALLY used Odorless in our black water tanks and that did the trick – not more odors. Hope you can try it!