Off we go. Join us for live updates along our 16-hour drive to the East Coast of Canada.
It’s our annual two-week summer roadtrip to visit T’s grandparents in New Brunswick.
I love family roadtrips for many reasons – bonding, listening to music in the car, taking unplanned detours, delicious food stops, snacking on junk food, getting lost in thought and feelings of hope, and dreaming about the future together.
In the last 7 years, we’ve had many memorable roadtrips with T – my favourite being the week-long trip to Thunder Bay during the first pandemic summer in 2020 and driving through breathtaking Lake Superior (pictured at top – does not do the views justice).
As far back as Homer’s Odyssey, the concept of the journey has long fascinated people – the idea that you don’t finish the quest the same person as you started.
The destination is the cherry on top, the journey and all the milestones along the way are the prize.
This year’s quest got off to a sputtering start – a day late! The hubby and I both got sick (kids and their damn germs) and I was stuck in bed the day we were supposed to leave.
Alas, a day lost in the grand scheme is not a big deal. The sun is shining and here we go!
10:00 a.m. – Kingston, Ontario
Two hours into our drive, we took a bathroom break at the En Route in Kingston.
I was excited to see a Popeye’s Chicken, because only on roadtrips do I have a craving for fried chicken in the morning. Alas, it was closed.
This is the first roadtrip we’re bringing bikes with us! It’s going to be exciting to explore the trails by T’s grandparents’ cottage.
The hubby installed a bike hitch on our car. It’s holding up well so far. 14 hours to go!
12:10 p.m. – Ontario-Quebec Border
The trick to surviving a long drive with T is taking frequent breaks.
This playground at the Montreal side of the border is a regular milestone for us. There was a time when T was dwarfed by this sculpture. Now it’s a breeze for him to climb.
4:00 p.m. – Outside Quebec City
One of our favourite pitstops on the drive out East is Normandin, a restaurant with delicious pasta that T loves – and what made him decide he likes pasta sauce with meat.
I like their BBQ chicken.
We’re having an early dinner then have 6 hours of driving to go.
6:00 p.m. – Somewhere in Quebec
T is passed out, which is great.
In our early roadtrips, he would resist napping and we dreaded when he fell asleep because he’d wake up a short while later, very disregulated and have a meltdown that’d last for a while; and driving off the road seemed like the way to end our suffering.
Now, he can nap 1-2 hours and wake up pleasant.
Small blessings. 😊🙏
7:10 p.m. – Near Quebec – New Brunswick Border
This part of the drive is so beautiful – despite the dark clouds on the horizon.
I’m thankful the hubby and I can tag team this drive – 3 hours on, 3 hours off – as it makes the 16 hour marathon bearable.
T just looked out the window and exclaimed, “Look at all those trees. Good job trees. Making all that air for us.”
Yes, I think we’re nearing the point of delirium. About 3.5 hours to go. We can do this!
7:25 p.m – Even Nearer to New Brunswick Border
Nothing like a joke to break the tension.
T was getting cranky and acting and talking like a brat.
Then this beautiful rainbow appeared through the dark clouds.
“There’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” T said.
“I already found my two pots of gold,” the hubby said.
“Papa’s not a pot of gold, he’s trash,” T said, trying to get my goat.
I quickly snapped back, “And you’re the leprechaun, cuz you’re short and annoying.”
I expected T to snap back angrily but he just started laughing out loud.
Then we all laughed together.
Small blessings. 😊🌈
8:40 p.m. AT – New Brunswick border
We hit New Brunswick, finally – 3 provinces in one day – and one hour ahead than Eastern Time.
It’s the home stretch. 3 hours to go.
I’ll be taking over for the rest of the drive as soon as we hit the next rest stop.
We have about an hour left of daylight and when it gets dark, the drive gets a bit hairy cuz you’re always on the lookout for moose. 😆
T is still in really good spirits. At some point soon, we will shove a phone in front of his face to sedate him for the final stretch of the drive. 🤣
See you at the finish line!
12:15 a.m. AT – New Brunswick
We arrived. I’m tired. Will write more later. 😆