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Well, we didn't make it as far as I had planned. There was an accident on highway 17 just east of Mattawa with a possible fatality. That meant  they had to close down the highway to launch an investigation. Of course, this being Canada, the closest detour was 150kms (~90miles) behind us. 

We stopped at 10pm in North Bay (we had probably only been an hour away from it at 3:30pm when we had to turn around on the 17, but alas.) and are staying at the Sunset Inn (REALLY nice rooms) for $109 (more expensive than I would have liked, but they have wireless, free DVDs, and complimentary tea and freshly baked muffins in the morning...and the Super 8 was full, and was probably just as much).

Tomorrow we are getting up at 9am (foregoing my sleeping-in plan) and driving to Sudbury to see the Big Nickle! Yay! Childhood memories will be enjoyed by all.

Susie started measuring distance in number of songs listened to. "We should be on the other side of Algonquin Park in 17 songs, and then Huntsville is another 7 songs after that." Usuaully in Canada, we measure distance in time, so this was a first for me. And of course, the first thing that popped into my head is "I wonder if Dean and Sam ever do that?"...I am so lame.

ETA: I forgot to mention that Huntsville is home to Hawksley Workman! Susie and I made sure to put on and turn up his Los Manlicious album as we drove out of town.

Date: 2009-08-18 06:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auriliawestlake.livejournal.com
I don't know about Dean and Sam, but I tend to measure distances in a combination of songs and cigarettes, unless I'm on my motorcycle (and then I'm in an entirely different mindset and it's just me and the road stretching on forever).

The last time Mom and I visited Wyoming (at the time, we still lived in Iowa, so the distance was about 900 miles), she asked me to find a rest stop. I said sure, but the town we were planning on stopping over at should come up in about three songs. I hadn't realized at the time which mix-disk was in the player, and as soon as I finished saying that, Inagoddadavida (or however that's spelled) started playing. I thought Mom was gonna hit me and the look on her face was priceless, so I had to amend the statement with 'make that fifteen minutes or so'.

Date: 2009-08-18 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Ha! Yeah, measuring distance in songs seems just as approx. as measuring it in time!
Edited Date: 2009-08-18 02:00 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-08-18 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auriliawestlake.livejournal.com
Particularly when most of my song-collection averages about five minutes or so to a song (at least, the playlist with all my favorites does - the rest average around three minutes).

If it's a really long drive, I'll measure the distance in cigarettes (especially if I'm traveling with another smoker). For example, when I lived in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines was a four-cigarette trip, and going to my parents' place was a three-smoke voyage. Chicago was the worst at around sixteen cigarettes. Yeah, I smoke too much. I'll quit when I'm good'n'ready and not before.


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