Exploring the world one word…and one mile…at a time

On The Road Again

L to R:

L to R: Outside our building on morning #1, small town NH diner, Niagara rainbow, running by the falls in ON, and exploring Charlevoix, MI

Greetings from Grand Forks! So much has happened in the last few days, making it hard to believe we’ve been on the road for less than a week.  We’ve traveled more than 1,800 miles from home in New Hampshire to this university town on the Red River.

After setting out early last Wednesday morning, we were able to connect with friends from California (who happened to be in NH on vacation) and meet their adorable five-month-old son. We stayed in Niagara, ON Wednesday night and enjoyed a misty, rainbow-filled run along the falls in the morning before arriving Thursday afternoon at a friend’s house near Lansing.  We spent a sunny few hours floating around the pool, catching up on the last year and enjoying good company.

We hit the road again Friday morning and meandered our way northwest for a few hours to the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, where we picked up our race numbers for a half-marathon in Charlevoix on Saturday morning.  The race was amazing (full post to follow), giving us a lot to talk about as we ventured north across the Mackinac Bridge to the Upper Peninsula for our first camping stint of the trip.  To minimize our time in a tick-filled campground, we took a semi-spontaneous boat trip along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (post also to follow soon!) before continuing our journey again this morning.

More than 10 long road hours later, I reached my 48th state: North Dakota! We haven’t quite found our road legs, but we are relaxed and excited about what awaits us.  Our daily journaling project is underway, and we are keeping an eye on the weather further west.  Our planned route through the national parks of Alberta might be jeopardized by flooding.  (Part of the Trans-Canadian Highway was washed out in a town we planned to stay in.)  We’ll make any adjustments as needed next week.  For now, we’re heading to sleep, thrilled to be indoors in a comfy bed after a long night in the tent and a long day on the road.  600 more miles ahead tomorrow.  Saskatchewan, here we come! –J

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