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Ottawa to Algonquin Park

Flat tire, setting up camp for the first time, something is missing on the R-pod, rain, and more rain

rain 12 °C

June 3: Getting ready to camp.

We finished our visit to Starbucks and headed over to the Loblaw store to stiock up for 4 planned days of camping at Lake of Two Rivers campground in Algonquin Park. The drive there was about 3 hours and check in time was 2:00pm, so we figured we would mosey along and arrive right on time. We left the Walmart parking lot, stocked with food for 4 days and headed in the direction of Algonquin. Our GPS tends to focus on expressway travel and wanted us to head up to the 417, so we changed the route and headed along smaller county roads.

All went well until we were an hour in. We ran over something on the road, never did see it but we heard it as it ripped out of the passenger side rear tire and we had our first flat of this trip. We were on a good stretch of road to pull off and either wait for CAA to come change it, or do it ourselves.

We decided on option 2, and removed everything from the back the Honda to get at the jack and the spare tire. As you are aware from previous posts, we travel with a full sized spare so we don't have to tow with the donut tire that Honda provides as a spare. The tire change went relatively well, and a passer-by stopped to see if we needed help and directed us to a gas station in the next town that could fix the tire.

Jenny took a picture of the process and the end result. This is the first tire I have changed at the side of the road in 50 years:

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We stopped in the next town, Pakeham, Ontario where we had the tire repaired and put back on the Honda. We lost almost two hours on first changing the tire along the road as well as getting the tire fixed right away, but felt good about getting by this with just a short delay and no damage to either the Honda or the R-pod (TaJ).

We arrived at the campground at 4:30pm, a couple of hours later than planned. We set up camp.

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We set about filling our on-board water tank. We were really looking forward to testing our the pump and water heater TaJ. We poured in the first 2 gallons and it promptly poured right back out the bottom of the tank. Somewhere along the road, the cover for the water tank drain had fallen off, and of course we did not have a replacement.

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The campground looks nice, the showers are decent and there is laundry facilities as well. Our first night was dry but the forecast is for rain, and a pretty good amount of it. We'll do a review of it when we leave on Wednesday, June 7

June 4:

We drove 80 kilometers into Huntsville, in the hopes of finding a stopper for our water tank. Of course, with it being Sunday the only R/V place in town was closed and we had no luck finding what we needed at Home Depot or Canadian Tire. We did see two moose on the way back to the campground in the afternoon.

We returned to steady rain so we settled in to get some chores done. Jenny spent a couple of hours organizing where things will ride in Taj for this long journey of ours. We sometimes wonder if we have way more stuff than we need. I got our laundry up to date.

We had wine, cheese, crackers and pate for supper while we watched the 1983 classic "The Big Chill" on DVD. Great movie and we drifted off to sleep quite early to the sound of the rain on the roof.

June 5:

As this blog entry is written, it continues to rain, although there is a promise for tomorrow. The only internet in the entire park is a the Visitor Centre, so we have wiled away a couple of hours here, going through their extensive exhibits on the history of Algonquin and caught up with family on e-mail.

This afternoon we shall go looking for moose. There are many here and they like to hang out along the gravel roads leading to more remote sites in the park. Perhaps there will be pictures of them for the next blog entry.

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 07:51 Archived in Canada

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Great blog. Looking forward to your trip. If you haven't done so, do yourself a favour and join the group R-Pod Owners on Facebook. Wonderful community and many questions asked and shared.

by 410trailrunner

Great blog entry, although a few misaps. but that is the RV life. Bet you're glad you have those knee pads. I have mine in the RV. Keep blogging we love it. Just spent a few days in northern BC with Moose signs everywhere and did not any moose. so pretty envious.

by Djharvey123

Now we're caught up with your travels. I think I was waiting for a notice on Facebook that you posted more blogs! hopefully the rain stops soon.

by Mary Klimek

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