Good afternoon ladies and gents. Sorry for not posting yesterday, but there really wasn't much to say. We got a lot of rain in the morning, so we spent that time mostly just bumming around the lodge and driving to nearby shops. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it gave me a great opportunity to get a ride in my uncle's Toyota MR2. Big grin!
In the afternoon I just went for a jog out to the lighthouse and then chilled out in the lounge with my book. After dinner we all relaxed in the lounge and listened to Andy sing the evening away. All told a very relaxing day.
Today, not so much.
After breakfast I got right on the road, hoping to get home in the early afternoon. I made great time to Parry Sound, stopped for a bit of gas and a bag of beef jerky at the half way point, and continued on my merry way. However, it was around half way between Parry Sound and Barrie that the fine troglodytes of the Ontario Provincial Police decided that it would be amusing to shut down the highway. Now, it may seem like I'm being critical of the highway closure itself, which I'm not. I have no idea why they closed the highway, and given their track record it's entirely possible that the closure was vaguely warranted. No, my problem with our lobotomised boys in blue was that they simply blocked off the highway at a particular exit and dumped everyone using that highway out onto a meandering county road and left us to fend for ourselves. With that many cars dumped onto a road, completely devoid of directions, chaos ensued. People were stopping in the middle of the road to turn around, or try to get directions. There were hundreds of us on this tiny road, on the way to a small town where the great caravan of cars would be held up by a stop sign. In short, it took about an hour and a half to get the roughly 17km to the first small town. At that point, things sped up a bit, but aimlessly as at that point, still without signs or guidance in anyway from the imbeciles who had thrown us off the highway, the great caravan wove its way through the great Ontario back-country. With the previously mentioned stop for gas and one short washroom break being my only stops it still took just a little over 7 hours to get home. The real fun was that thanks to my detour I got into Barrie around 4:00, which was just time for traffic to start getting nasty, so even the last leg of the journey where I was back on course was a bit arduous. As usual the OPP have managed to make it look like this was everyone's first day on the job. Well done.
Okay, okay, enough ranting from me. Aside from the crumby drive home I had a great vacation. Looking forward to heading back up for some camping at the end of September.