Our 2023 Road Trip

This page was last updated on August 17, 2023.

Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)

Hopefully Motel 6 will leave the light on for us!


Linda & Ron

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Our tentative route plan has us crossing into Ontario at Port Huron.
Updated July 14, 2023

August 17, 2023
(Day 40)

Ron in the Vinyard

Happy Birthday, Ron!

Ron in the Vinyard

Tasting some wines with Paul and Rolando at Portteus Winery

Hops on the vine

This area (Yakima Valley) produces 70% of all hops used in the US and over 40% of all hops worldwide.
Remember this the next time you hoist a "Coldie" with your "Mates."

August 16, 2023
(Day 39)

Welcome to Washington

We're back in Washington State. try to visit a couple of wineries tomorrow.
Of course we'll make sure to visit Portteus Winery and try our favorite wines!

August 12, 2023
(Day 35)

Thomas Jefferson Statue


Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

Billings, MT

Our friend, Keenan is from Billings and he recommended that we visit Scheels Sporting Goods while we were there. We needed a fly swatter so off we went.
We stopped to pose with our favorite president, Thomas Jefferson, who was reviewing the draft of the Bill of Rights.
The entrance features an arched aquarium.
Further inside the store is a huge working Ferris Wheel.
Ron did find a moose, but we never found a fly swatter.

August 11, 2023
(Day 34)

Geese in Flight

on I94 outside of Bismarck, ND, Geese in Flight is visible from I-94, standing 110 feet tall and 150 feet wide. In 2002, it was recognized as the world's largest scrap metal sculpture by the Guinness Book of World Records.

TR Park Sign

Painted Canyon

Linda's Shirt

We stopped at the Painted Canyon overlook at Teddy Roosevelt National Park.
This is part of the North Dakota Badlands.
Linda got this groovy bison shirt!

August 9, 2023
(Day 32)

Welcome to North Dakota

"We got half way across North Dakota today and will spend the next two nights in the capitol, Bismarck.



Minnesota and North Dakota are pretty flat, the day was filled with miles and miles of corn and sunflowers punctuated only by grain silos and highway construction barriers.

August 8, 2023
(Day 31)

Welcome to MN

We arrived in Minnesota yesterday and are staying in Alexandria Birthplace of America for 2 days. This will give us a chance to relax and catch up on laundry.

Wobegon Trail sign

The women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children above average. (Garrison Keillor.)


Beer bottle

Minnesota is the last state to still have 3-2 beer laws (who remembers those?)
We like to have a beer at the end of a driving day, so Ron went next door to the gas station beside the motel and could only find light beer and this 0% beer. Even Walmart doesn't carry normal beer! We'll have to find a liquor store or head to North Dakota to find real beer!

Big Ole

"Big Ole" a 28 ft statue in Alexandria celebrates the mistaken belief that Vikings landed in this part of Minnesota in the 12th century.
No, not the football team!

August 6, 2023
(Day 29)

LNotre Dame Sign

(August 4) From New York we crossed into Ohio where we spent the night in Millbury.
On August 5 we traveled through part of Indiana (including South Bend) and spent the night in Napierville, IL.

Linda, Bucky, and Ron

Today, (August 6) At the 50,000-mile mark on the odometer we crossed from Illinois into Wisconsin.
Here we are with Buckingham Ulysses "Bucky" Badger, mascot of the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

August 3, 2023
(Day 26)

Trip Home

We leave Lewiston tomorrow (August 4) and start our journey west.
Here is the tentative route for our trip home, it may change as we go.

August 1, 2023
(Day 24)

<Big Ole

Getting ready to leave Pickering.
I once heard that a tourist is someone who drives 3,000 miles to take a picture of themselves beside their car. Here are Ron and I with my Jeep after 3,060 miles.

Welcome to New York

Apple Granny

After crossing into New York State we made a beeline for Apple Granny in Lewiston and the chicken wings we 've been craving since we were last here in 2006.
They were worth the 3,000 mile drive.

July 31, 2023
(Day 23)

On Saturday (July 29) Steve and Leeanne treated the family to a BBQ.

Steve at the BBQ

Steve manned the BBQ. Corn, ribs, and chicken joined the salads and desserts inside.

Steve and Leeanne in the Kitchen

Steve and Leeanne working on the salads

The Boys

Monica's "Boys" Sons and Grandson.

Brothers and Kids

Chris, Steve, and Steve's perfect children.

Chris and Chrissy

Chris with is wife, Chrissy.

Marley is infatuated with Ron

Marley was infatuated with Ron.

Ron, Monica and Linda enjoyed a BBQ on the roof garden of the condo on Sunday night, July 30.

Ron at the BBQ

Ron shows his cooking skills, up on the roof of Monica's condo.

Ron on the roof

Here are Ron and I up on the roof. Frenchman's Bay (part of Lake Ontario) is in the background.

Pickering Power Plant

From up here you can see the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant in the distance.

July 27, 2023
(Day 19)

Monica dancing at Bollocks

Monica and Linda with the Band

On Wednesday (July 26) Monica and I went to Bollocks Pub in Oshawa to listen to the band, Two for the Show, while Monica danced.
Two for the Show played an entertaining mix of Rock and Country Rock.

July 25, 2023
(Day 17)

BHighway 401

After leaving Owen Sound we trevelled to Pickering to spend a few days with Monica at her condo. She has a birds-eye view of one of the busiest highways in Canada, The 401.

BHighway 401

Monica and I took our morning exercise in the pool in her condo.

Mary and Ken

On Tuesday afternoon (July 25) we visited with my brother and his wife, Mary.
Mary cooked a wonderful dinner and Ken give us a tour of his 3D printer collection.

July 21, 2023
(Day 13)

Bailey-Cains and Mollons

Here we are with our friends the Mollons in Owen Sound.

Bailey-Cains and Mollons at Coffin Ridge Winery

On Friday afternoon (July 21) we enjoyed a glass of wine and a charcuterie at Coffin Ridge Winery, the first winery on the Niagara Escarpment.

July 20, 2023
(Day 12)

Port Huron

On Tuesday (July 17) We checked into the Days Inn in Port Huron, MI. This is our last US stop for the next couple of weeks.
The motel had a lovely patio area where we could relax with a beer and enjoy a quiet dinner.


Welcome to Ontario

We crosser the Blue Water Bridge from Michigan into Canada on the 19th.
From Sarnia, Ont we travelled to Owen Sound to stay with friends for a few days.


This map shows ther route to Pickering.
Updated July 20, 2023

July 17, 2023
(Day 9)


I thought I would pause in the road log and let you know how we are travelling. Since we sold the motorhome, we are staying in motels along the way.
Usually as reputable as we can find while sticking to a budget. So far, they have all been reasonable with only exception, the Motel 6 in Davenport, IA was disappointing.
Some motels include breakfast, but they usually cost a little more and the breakfasts are not worth the extra money. At one time we would have things like eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc., but now it is just sugary cereal and mini muffins.
We carry milk and whey powder, yogurt, and our own cream since powered creamer is what the hotels usually offer for breakfast when it is not provided by the motel.
We have lunch at highway rest stops, usually a sandwich and fruit.
For dinner we pick up cooked food at supermarkets and heat it in the motel microwave (all rooms have them.)

Orange Chicken

Here is a sample of dinner, orange chicken and fried rice from Walmart. We have had two of these types of meals from there and they were very good and inexpensive.
Eating this way costs about a third of what restaurants would cost.

Back to our travel progress:



Today (July 17) We left Iowa and crossed Illinois and part of Indiana.


Ron with Lighthouse

Later on Monday we crossed into Michigan.
We are staying in Benton Harbor tonight and head for Port Huron tomorrow.
From Port Huron we cross into Canada at Sarnia and head for Owen Sound.

July 14, 2023
(Day 6)

South Dakota

On Thursday (July 13) we crossed into South Dakota early in the morning.
My sister, Monica, has complained that there were not enough pictures of us, so we took this instead of the usual highway sign."
A little past this is the geographical center of the US. We are technically in the east, but it still looks pretty western to me.


On Friday (July 14) we crossed into Iowa (Possibly the flatest place on earth.)
We'll be spending at least one night in Missouri Valley, IA on the border with Blair, NE.

July 12, 2023
(Day 4)


After spending our first night of travel in Spokene, WA we crossed into Idaho mid morning.


The panhandle of Idaho is only about 60 miles across, so we crossed into Montana before lunch.


Shortly after crossing into Montana we crossed the Continental Divide at Homestake Pass.


On Tuesday (July 11) we spent the better part of the day crossing Montana, no wonder it's called "Big Sky Country."
We ended the day in Gillette, WY where we rested for 2 days.
Tomorrow, (July 13) we head to Oacoma, South Dakota for a night.

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